What are the benefits of hiring a Sleep Consultant

Why you would want to hire a sleep consultant

A family’s whole existence can be transformed by a skilled sleep expert. Parents who are overworked suffer greatly from sleep loss, which is real, crippling, and negatively affects both their physical and emotional well-being.

And a sleep consultant can make all of that better by figuring out what has to be changed in your child’s sleep patterns and, if necessary, putting the appropriate sleep training techniques into practice.

Ultimately resulting in a more restful night’s sleep for the entire household. And a baby sleep consultant can help you with that.

How does the process work with a child sleep consultant?

Nowadays, most baby sleep therapists operate online rather than from their homes. For families who ask for it, some still provide in-home support. We will primarily work remotely at The Mummy & Daddy Sleep Consultant, but we will consider other situations as well.

 

Black and white photo of co-founders Dani and Chris with 2 of their boys

Before they begin working with you, they will ask for a sleep diary or questionnaire to evaluate your existing sleep patterns and any sleep issues.

After that, based on their services, they will have a consultation with you either in person or by video. During that session, they will ask further questions regarding the sleep diary, the current sleep issues, and develop the best sleep plan for your family.

SLEEP CONSULTANT CHARGE: WHAT IS IT?

This will change based on the sleep consultant’s background, experience, and support system, and also where they are based.

Some, like ourselves, also provide reasonably priced online sleep training courses. Ours incorporate Comforting Through Change™, our hugely  effective sleep training technique.

WHAT IS THE USUAL BACKGROUND OF A SLEEP CONSULTANT?

Sleep consultants typically come from a variety of backgrounds. While some have worked as health visitors or midwives, others have been registered nurses and some have never worked with children prior.

Nonetheless, they are extremely skilled specialists in the field of sleep and can recognise your problems with sleep, offer professional guidance on children’s sleep, and collaborate with you to improve sleep for the entire family.

A SLEEP CONSULTANT WILL USE WHICH SLEEP TRAINING METHODS?

Each sleep consultant operates in a unique manner, therefore it’s critical to have some flexibility in order to consistently satisfy the demands and sleep objectives of their clients.

For some families that may be a gentle approach only for their baby. For others, it may be about something much quicker.

Below are a list of the main sleep training techniques you would expect them to be using:

CRY IT OUT METHOD

Parents leave their toddler or infant to fall asleep after finishing the bedtime routine.

No matter how long it takes or how agitated the child gets, the parents don’t attend to their cries when they are awake, even in the middle of the night. Instead, the child must go to sleep and stay asleep on their own.

This sleep training technique is called extinction. It is not advised that you work with a sleep consultant who employs this technique. You would be spending money on very little input from them!

FERBER METHOD

Similar to Cry It Out, the Ferber Method involves parents responding to their crying infant at predetermined intervals, increasing the amount of time each time until the infant falls asleep on their own.

Over the course of about 5-7 nights, these time intervals also get longer each night in an effort to help the infant learn to comfort themselves on their own with progressively less assistance.

PICK UP PUT DOWN METHOD

The Pick Up Put Down Method is an attempt to implement a “no-cry” approach, the parent will pick up their sobbing child from the cot using the “Pick Up Put Down” method. They will return the infant to the cot after they have fallen asleep. The infant should be taken up and calmed once again if they cry.

After that, this is done again until the infant no longer needs assistance to fall asleep or stay asleep.

THE FADING technique

Using a gentle approach to sleep training, parents use calming methods to assist their child in falling asleep.

These include holding, feeding, rocking, stroking, or singing. The idea is that the kid will eventually become less dependent on the carer and more self-sufficient when it comes to sleeping, at which point you can begin “fading out” those calming methods.

SLEEP TRAINING CHAIR METHOD

The parent or carer will use this mild approach by sitting on a chair close to the child’s bed or cot until they nod off.

Other than the knowledge that their loved one is near, no other comfort is offered. Until they finally left the room and let the youngster to fall asleep alone, the parent or carer would move the chair more and farther away each night.

Always find out the approach a sleep consultant uses when you speak with them to see if you want to work with them. Our Comforting Through Change™ is a room-based method with plenty of comfort provided, hence the name.

Key Signs Your Baby is Ready for Sleep Training

It’s critical to assess your baby’s readiness for sleep training before you start. Because they lack the ability to distinguish between day and night, newborns are unable to follow a sleep pattern or develop the ability to fall asleep on their own. While some sleep consultants begin at 4 months, we advise waiting until the 4 month sleep regression has passed, ideally for at least 5 months. 

wake windows by age - beautiful baby boy in white with white dummy - sleep regression 4 months

If your child is exhibiting symptoms such as short naps, frequent night wakings, or an inability to self-soothe, it may be time to consider working with a sleep consultant to help you get the restful night’s sleep you need.

Can I work with a sleep consultant if I am co sleeping?

This will depend on the sleep consultant. At The Mummy & Daddy Sleep Consultant we do, but that’s because we have a method – Comforting Through Change™ – that can support co sleeping.

We also have a support model that lasts long enough to support the more gradual change required for a co sleeping family. Some sleep consultants only offer 5-7 days of support.

Mum lying beside baby with hand on tummy as a gentle sleep training method

Whichever sleep consultant you choose to work with, just make sure they are in line with your goals and values as a co-sleeping family.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the success rate of sleep consultants?

There will be a success rate for each sleep consultant. However, as long as the family follows through on their plan and is dedicated to it, the success rate will usually be very high. In fact, we guarantee your success if you do follow our plan and what we ask you to do.

When it comes to sleep training, consistency is maybe the most crucial factor to consider. Your infant will know better what’s expected of them if you are consistent.

WHAT ARE THE ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS I SHOULD ASK WHEN SELECTING A SLEEP CONSULTANT??

Take a look at their experience and reviews. Social authority: the sleep consultant’s Google reviews and social media profiles can give you a good idea of whether or not they have the experience you’re seeking for and whether or not they can assist you.

It’s also advisable that you chat with them beforehand to make sure they give you the assurance you need, that you click with them, that they’re composed and kind, and that they have the breadth of experience you require.

Mum with blonde hair holding her young baby on her chest

It can also help if they’ve been on the same journey as you so that you know they can relate and empathise.

Do they only work on nights or do they work on NAPS too?

They should definitely focus on both nighttime and naps. If they have experience, they will be able to determine whether you should begin with days and nights at the same time or whether you should start with fewer days in order to prevent sleep disturbances.

Sleep Training Baby - Mum placing her beautiful baby into its white crib

But they should always have daytime routine in their sleep plan given the importance of daytime sleep to overall night sleep.

Should I expect my baby to sleep through the night after working with a sleep consultant?

While every baby is unique, most should be able to sleep for extended periods of time after working with a sleep expert. Certain children will undoubtedly sleep through the night, but there are other variables to take into account as well, like the child’s age and night time nutritional requirements.

How long will it take for it to work?

This will vary depending on the type of sleep training employed, but generally speaking, full changes can be seen in roughly two weeks, give or take a few days, and improvements can usually be seen in as little as a few days.

Do sleep consultants work with toddlers?

Some do. We work with children up to 6 years old but some sleep consultant prefer to work with babies. Others will work with toddlers, but only if they are in a cot.

Baby standing in his cot looking very grumpy - 8 Month Sleep Regression

How will sleep regressions mess impact progress?

Although sleep regressions can have a significant effect, they will be much easier to handle if the infant is able to self-soothe and learns how to go to sleep.

In addition, a skilled sleep consultant should teach parents how to manage sleep regressions on their own, even after the support has stopped.

If it’s time for help, please reach out to us to see how we can help.

 

We are a husband and wife business, and are leading sleep consultants based in the UK. If you are having issues with your little one’s sleep, have a look at our sleep plans which range from an online plan to one-to-one coaching. If it feels like you’ve tried everything, then come and try the one thing you haven’t which we know works – that’s our proven sleep method Comforting Through Change™.

We also train people to become sleep consultants. So if you fancy a career change, one where you can be at home ALL the time, contact us via our Academy. We would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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