Getting Your Child to Sleep Doesn’t Have to be This Hard

With My Help I know we Can Get Your Family There

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Hi, My Name is Kaitlin

I am a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant. I have always been passionate about babies, children, and their families. With a Bachelor of Education, background in teaching in the primary division, and my work as a Certified DONA Birth Doula, I have been working with children and their families in a variety of settings for the last 10 years.

Working as a Doula, I have had the honor of supporting families in the exciting adventure of bringing their child into the world. While working as a Doula I have witnessed firsthand the tremendous impact lack of sleep has on the entire family. I was compelled to expand my expertise to help families navigate this often frustrating and discouraging journey.

When I came across the opportunity to train with the world-renowned sleep expert, Dana Obleman (creator of the Sleep Sense Method), I jumped at the opportunity, as I realized that becoming a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant was the solution I had been searching for. After undergoing extensive training and an ongoing mentorship program with Dana, I became New Brunswick’s FIRST Certified Sleep Sense Consultant, and have been happily helping babies and their families all over the globe get the sleep they need ever since.

 

My Philosophy

Let them sleep (1)I strongly believe that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children.

A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn. I also believe that sleep is crucial to a family’s overall well-being and that a well-rested family is a happy and healthy one.

Most books and programs dealing with childhood sleep issues recommend their own sleep-training approach (based largely around the idea of “crying it out”). However, my method is about teaching your child to sleep and places significant emphasis on accommodating your comfort levels, parenting styles, and what you know about your child. The bottom line- As a parent you need to be comfortable with your new sleep plan in order for it to work for your family!

I take the following approach to improving your child’s sleep:

  1. I’ll give you honest information about WHY sleep is so important for your child’s well-being. (This will give you all the motivation you need to make changes to your child’s sleep habits.)
  2. I’ll lay out an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that lets you make some choices about what is the right approach for your child. (All children are different, and nobody knows your child better than you do. I encourage you to use your knowledge of your child to customize his or her sleep plan.)
  3. I’ll show you how to measure success. (No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep 12 uninterrupted hours on the first night — although it does happen! I’ll tell you what you should expect along the way…)

A little note about the “crying” question: Since people always ask me about whether my solutions involve “crying it out,” I think it’s something that deserves to be addressed.

Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why I’m always sure to tell parents that my program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part.

Please understand that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries. The reason that my method is so effective is that it lets you develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child.