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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you not work with babies under 12 weeks of age?

The 4th trimester is a time for babies to bond, establish appropriate feeding patterns, become accustomed to their new environment and get to know their caregivers. Babies over 12 weeks generally respond very well to sleep cues and rituals and are more likely to be receptive to change.

Do your sleep plans involve ‘cry it out’ methods?

No, definitely not. I do not advocate leaving babies to ‘cry it out’, that is, leaving a baby to cry unattended without reassurance or physical contact for prolonged periods of time. This only adds unnecessary stress to both mother and baby. My methods focus on what the underlying factors are, then gradually reducing dependency using a ‘weaning off’ approach. Some babies may resist the changes, but they will be introduced gently with you close by and providing physical contact.

I would prefer the in home consultation option. Do I need to prepare for it?

No, you don’t, apart from completing the online sleep questionnaire in advance. From my perspective, and for the assessment, it’s best if I visit on what for you, is a normal day. If your baby is crying and there are interruptions, that’s how it is and important for me to experience. And don’t tidy up or stress, please. My aim is to reduce your stress, not add to it!

How are my follow up calls scheduled?

After commencement of your new sleep plan, and a review of your progress, follow up (20 minute) calls are usually scheduled as follows:

Day 2/3

Day 6

Day 10

Day 15

Day 21 - discharge day

What if I miss a call?

Your follow up calls are the most important part of your sleep journey.  These calls are critical to enable you to stay on track and for us to address any issues promptly as they arise.  I will advise you in advance of the date of your next follow up call and should you be unable to answer your scheduled call (without prior notice) after two failed attempts, you may lose that scheduled call.  

Why 3 weeks of follow-up support?

I've been a children's sleep consultant for over 20 years and have learnt that having the right amount of support during the first 3 weeks is crucial and what parents value the most.  Here's why:

Days 1–3: Subtle changes start to happen

Days 4–7: Your child shows significant improvement

Days 8–12: Your confidence levels rise and things slot into place

Days 12-15: Tweaks and adjustments may be necessary as your child encounters normal hurdles or setbacks.

Days 16-21: Your child’s sleep has significantly improved, and you feel confident and equipped with all the tools to go it alone.

What if my child gets sick during the 3-week follow-up period?

If, for whatever reason, your child becomes unwell, I will put your follow-up period on hold until your child is better.

Is it best if my partner is present during the consultation too?

YES! It is very helpful if you are both present as this is not only a time for reflection but the perfect opportunity to ask questions and support each other. Two sets of eyes and ears are a bonus when you’re both feeling tired.

How long will it take before I see results?

In most cases, expect to see key behavioural changes after just 3-4 days with significant progress after 10 days. I always contact my families on day two or three of their new sleep journey to ensure positive changes are happening, and tweak if required.

What if I need more support once I’ve used up my follow-up calls?

Additional follow-up support can be added to your existing sleep package.

Do you give feeding advice?

Yes. As part of your consultation, your child’s feeding pattern (solids, breast, formula etc.) will be discussed and assessed and advice given accordingly.

We're new parents - when can we start working with you?

The quick answer is - when your baby is around 12 weeks. After the 4th trimester my Home or Zoom Consultations are the perfect level of support. At that stage, it means I can hold your hand and assist you through:-  the 4-month sleep regression / learning about awake windows and napping times / when to introduce a comforter / night feeds - learn how often and when to reduce feeds / swaddle to sleep sack transition / how to safely manage sleep once your baby learns to roll / how to manage naps on the go.

You will also receive a FREE copy of my 3-9 month Essential Napping Guide, detailing age specific awake windows, feed times and nap lengths.  

There are lots of changes happening at this age and the transition is often tricky.  I will help you navigate these changes and equip you with the tools to consciously teach your baby how to fall asleep and get the restorative sleep they need.

Why should I use a Sleep Consultant?

This is a question I'm often asked - have a look HERE at why using a Sleep Consultant can make a huge difference to your family.

We’re grandparents raising our grandchildren. We feel a bit out of practice! Do you help people like us?

A definite yes! I have a wide circle of clients including grandparents like you, single parents, and same sex couples. I work with everyone - sleep problems are universal!

My sister is so stressed because her baby won’t sleep. Can I gift her some sessions with you?

Yes, definitely.  You can purchase a Gift Voucher from the online shop and select the amount you wish to spend.  The recipient can use the Gift Voucher on any sleep package or to purchase an item from my online shop.  Please contact me if you’d like some guidance.