Newborn Sleep Strategies: 0-5 Months

Sleep without Sleep Training: 5-12 Months

Private Coaching, 1:1 Consultations, Group Coaching, Educational Workshops

 

 

The Complete Sleep Package Includes

 

Assessment and review of all intake forms

One-hour initial consultation via phone or skype

Detailed sleep stratgegy session

Written and customized sleep plans

Sleep education package and sleep science review

x10 Email lessons: The puzzle peices for sleep

Written feeding plan as needed

Scheduled Sleep Sessions M-W-F x3wks

Facebook group community

 

 

Private Coaching Calls Include

 

 Complete assessment and review of sleep strategies

Establishing rhythms and routines, while following natural biorhythms

Supporting baby emotion, responsive parenting, building trusting relationships and deeper connections

Why your baby's right brain dominance matters so much, and how to be more attuned to body language cues

Co-regulation between the primary caregiver and baby, how to optimize this tool and use natures design best

Understanding emotional development, knowing when to soothe your baby and down-regulate 

Introduction to conscious parenting and mindful mothering to improve sleep for baby

Sleep science, rhythms, patterns and routines, the details and basics of sleep foundations

Balancing nutrition and sleep, weaning strategies and options for managing night feeds

 

Why We Do Not Use Extinction or Any Form of CIO

The central nervous system remains immature and cannot regulate from distress. Trust in the world and the core self is forming. Babies need close proximity to their primary caregiver at a time when their brain is developing an alarmingly fast rate. Breastfeeding must also be protected at all costs and always comes first! Babies are very dependent on their mothers and sleep is a vulnerable state. Connection and building emotional safety is our priority. Babies sense of danger when separated from their caregivers and respond by shuting down as a protective response. 

Independent sleep is a process of development. If we were in living in "tribes," your baby would be sleeping beside you! Safe sleep practices in western culture mean we must adapt and help babies to feel safe sleeping without momma. By recognizing and respecting the emotional needs of your baby while supporting healthy sleep habits, we can carefully make the shift without using any form of sleep training.

The one hour newborn sleep session is the perfect solution for avoiding barriers that prevent blissful sleep. While learning the early sleep cues and emotional responses from an early age, you can prevent sleep challenges down the road! If your baby is at least 5.5 months old and having frequent night wakings, difficulty settling, short naps, early risings, split nights or rocky starts, you can begin the process of sleep coaching by shifting the comfort zone and supporting emotion in arms. 

Encouraging your baby to self-settle from a state of calm is not the same as "sleep training." You will not be leaving your baby to cry alone, I do not promote emotional isolation. The term self-soothing implies that baby can down-regulate emotion from a state of stress or hysterics, this is not my belief and as such, the term self-settling is used to describe natural self regulating patterns from a state of calm not stress. A baby who remains calm after you leave them, and can surrender to sleep is a baby who feels safe and secure in their environment. This takes time to achieve but is absolutely possible!

The sleep process involves guiding, helping, supporting and respecting the baby's limits. You will first balance the foundations and build up the underlying components that support sleep, work on emotional synchronization with awareness, self reflection, pause, patience, compassion, empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of the emotional mirror through conscious parenting. Lastly, you will watch your baby for cues that indicate readiness for independent sleep.

Sleep science gives us many clues and provides an excellent foundation for sleep structure at each stage of development, understanding the chemistry behind sleep and the basics of sleep drive and circadian rhythm will help you meet your baby’s needs more effectively. Looking at all factors that contribute to sleep, is imperative to long term success. Balancing nutrition, emotion and activity can go along way! Education on the biology of sleep, wake windows, temperament and developmental markers are also important before removing any sleep association. Positive affirmation and emotional connection is imperative for long term success. 

" I will teach you how to identify your baby’s emotions, support them with empathy, use sleep science and manage nutrition to allow sleep to evolve. By understanding each developmental stage and remaining emotionally available, your baby will sleep without compromising other needs. The program is about educating parents from a holistic approach!"
 

 

 You can expect exceptional, personalized service with access to Shawnee on a daily basis!