Baby&Toddler

sleep education and coaching for babies 4 – 24 months

Baby&Toddler

sleep education and coaching for babies
4 – 24 months

Thanks to Rachael we experienced the whole sleep training process with more ease and less guilt!

Rachel, grateful mama from Canada

Coaching with Sweet Babydreams was one of the best things I have spent money on.

Caroline, well-rested mum from England

My baby girl finally has a schedule, sleeps twelve hours at night and naps by herself during the day!

Tiffany, grateful mama from China

I should have sought your help earlier - it would've saved me a lot of heartache and tears.

Caroline, calm mama from Canada

Within a week, our son was sleeping through the night, and I felt like a new woman.

Cherise, happy mom from USA

Is your baby struggling with

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frequent night wake-ups

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short naps (<45min)

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early morning waking (earlier than 6:30am)

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difficulty falling asleep at bedtime or nap-times

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unpredictable sleep schedule

Even Supermoms need sleep!

Let’s just start with the most important thing – you’re a supermom

Even if you don’t feel like it most days, even if your baby doesn’t sleep well, you are a great mom. How do we know without even having met you in person? 

Because you’re here! You’re actively looking for help. You know that something has to change, even if you’re not quite sure what or how.

You are brave. 

Many moms we talk to admit to feeling ashamed or judged for seeking out help, for not being able to “get through it”. Mama, if that’s you – we see you! 

Motherhood is challenging enough – you don’t have to do it alone! 

Sleep is incredibly important, not just for you, but for your little one as well, and most sleep issues aren’t “just a phase”?

Healthy sleep…

strengthens of your child’s immune system
decreases stress (in yourself and in baby!)
increases your baby’s concentration and ability to learn (both now and later on in school)

prevents future obesity and hyperactivity

improves your child’s ability to regulate their own emotions

helps the whole family thrive and enjoy each other more

work effectively against symptoms of postpartum depression

The Sweet Sleep System

We look at sleep holistically, bringing all the pieces of the sleep puzzle together, and giving you confidence in making changes while minimizing your little one’s tears!

Biology

(WHY)
Most sleep issues develop when a child’s sleep situation isn’t congruent with their age and/or biological maturity. Knowing the biology of sleep enables us to understand their sleep issues, set realistic expectations, optimise the sleep environment, and create a day rhythm that supports peaceful sleep for your little one. 

Development

(WHAT)
We evaluate your child’s
development so we can be sensitive and respectful of their emotional maturity, and understand how their current milestones affect sleep. It helps us assess your child’s nutritional and sleep needs, and to create a safe and sleep-conducive sleep environment

attachment

(WHO)
Understanding your and your little one’s
attachment style enables us to offer a sleep solution that fits your parenting philosophy, and give you personalised support during the sleep coaching process.

Environment

(WHERE)
We help you optimise your child’s sleep environment to suit their biology and development. This makes falling and staying asleep easier, which in turn supports an age-appropriate day rhythm and a good night’s sleep. 

Rhythm

(WHEN)
An age-appropriate day rhythm, guided by your little one’s biology, ensures your child’s sleep and nutritional needs are met. A predictable day rhythm promotes better night sleep, easier and longer nap, supports your baby’s development and growth, and results in a happier baby overall. 

Associations

(HOW)
You’ll get specific and individualised tools based on your child’s
attachment style to respectfully, yet consistently, change any unhelpful sleep habits. How and when we make these changes is informed by your child’s biology and development and supported by an optimal sleep environment and day rhythm

Biology

(WHY)
Most sleep issues develop when a child’s sleep situation isn’t congruent with their age and/or biological maturity. Knowing the biology of sleep enables us to understand their sleep issues, set realistic expectations, optimise the sleep environment, and create a day rhythm that supports peaceful sleep for your little one. 

Development

(WHAT)
We evaluate your child’s development so we can be sensitive and respectful of their emotional maturity, and understand how their current milestones affect sleep. It helps us assess your child’s nutritional and sleep needs, and to create a safe and sleep-conducive sleep environment.

Attachment

(WHO)
Understanding your and your little one’s attachment style enables us to offer a sleep solution that fits your parenting philosophy, and give you personalised support during the sleep coaching process.

Environment

(WHERE)
We help you optimise your child’s
sleep environment to suit their biology and development. This makes falling and staying asleep easier, which in turn supports an age-appropriate day rhythm and a good night’s sleep.

Rhythm

(WHEN)
An age-appropriate day rhythm, guided by your little one’s
biology, ensures your child’s sleep and nutritional needs are met. A predictable day rhythm promotes better night sleep, easier and longer nap, supports your baby’s development and growth, and results in a happier baby overall.

Associations

(HOW)
You’ll get specific and individualised tools based on your child’s
attachment style to respectfully, yet consistently, change any unhelpful sleep habits. How and when we make these changes is informed by your child’s biology and development and supported by an optimal sleep environment and day rhythm.

Sleep Tight Coaching Package

OUR PREMIUM ONLINE SLEEP COACHING SERVICE 

Understand your child’s sleep requirements, so you can confidently offer what they need 

Get expert advice about infant sleep without having to do all the research yourself (trust us, we know how tiring that can be!)

Learn clear and practical changes you can make, with as few tears as possible (from both you and your baby).

Learn a holistic approach to sleep and find a solution that uniquely fits YOUR family.

Includes

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A Sleep consultation

A 45-min consultation via live video call or *at-home for an additional price

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a Personalised Sleep Plan

A 20+ pages PDF individualised to your child and family

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A Support Week

10 days of on-call support via Email / Whatsapp / Messenger

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a Follow-Up Session

A 30-minute consultation within 2 weeks of ending the Support Week

Got questions?

Do I have to sleep train?

Not necessarily. Sleep coaching with Sweet Babydreams is not only focussed on implementing sleep training methods. We look at your baby’s sleep holistically, using the Sweet Sleep System to bring all the pieces of the sleep puzzle together, giving you confidence in making changes while minimizing your little one’s tears! 

However, depending on your baby’s sleep issues, part of the sleep coaching process may involve implementing a new settling strategy or sleep training method to wean your baby off of unhelpful sleep associations that are preventing their sleep from improving. While sleep training methods in general have gotten a bad rap, the truth is that you’re “sleep training” your child every time you put them to sleep, whether you’re aware of it or not! The way you approach sleep teaches your child what to expect when it comes to bedtime. You could say that we help parents do sleep “re-training” – that is, changing the patterns their child has known till now for sleep, and replacing them with new, more helpful ones. 

*We do not advocate the “extinction” method where parents are to leave their child to cry without any response. There are many other, gentler responsive methods available!

Does the process involve crying?

When changing any habit (for us adults included!) frustration is a normal reaction to change. And the only way babies can express their frustration is through crying. While some tears are normal during the sleep coaching process, we’ll help you recognise your baby’s communication and support your little one through overwhelming emotions in a loving, responsive, and respectful way. 

By first evaluating all the factors that contribute to sleep (see the Sweet Sleep System), we’re able to keep tears to a minimum, because we’re setting the stage for good sleep!

Do I have to stop breast-feeding to improve my baby’s sleep?

No! You don’t have to stop breast-feeding in order for sleep to improve. Our suggested day routines at this age do recommend structured feeding times, as this ensures that baby gets enough calories during the day from solids (once appropriate) as well as milk, in order to encourage longer night sleep. Rest assured, however –  enjoying a long-term nursing relationship AND getting a good night’s sleep at the same time IS possible!

Can I still co-sleep?

The AAP recommends that you room-share with your baby on separate sleep surfaces until your baby is at least 6 months of age, and till 12 months if possible. However, other studies have shown that room-sharing after 6 months of age may lead to poorer sleep quality for baby. We recommend room-sharing until 6 months of age, and then re-evaluating the situation regularly between 6-12 months. 

Our experience with hundreds of families has shown that the presence of parents can start to disrupt baby’s sleep past 6 months of age, which is why we often recommend putting the baby to sleep in their own bed or room after this age. However, in the end it often depends on your child’s temperament, and that’s why even in one family different children may need a different approach. Some babies can still sleep well at night when co-sleeping, others experience more disrupted sleep and need more space. Where your child sleeps is ultimately your decision, and our goal in sleep coaching is to help your child sleep the best they can, wherever they sleep! 

*Whether you decide to bed-share, room-share or put your baby in his own room, please carefully follow the AAP sleep safety regulations at all times. 

Can I still baby-wear?

Yes, you can absolutely wear your baby during and after the sleep coaching process. In fact, we encourage you to wear your baby during awake times, as this promotes emotional bonding, linguistic and motoric development, and generally results in a calmer, happier baby. 

But, after 5 months of age, the movement and light sleep environment while wearing your baby to sleep may cause a catnapping habit. This can result in less restorative sleep, overtiredness and increased night wakings, which is why we encourage parents to let their little one do the longest nap of the day at home in their bed, instead of the wrap. 

However, we also completely understand the importance of staying flexible and being able to get out and about, especially if you have multiple children! Depending on your child’s age, they may have a short morning and late afternoon nap. These naps are easier to do on the go and are ideal for wearing baby to sleep. 

What’s a Sleep Plan?

We know how hard it is to remember lots of details, especially when your sleep-tank is running low. Plus, when you are making changes to your little one’s sleep, we believe that the more straight-forward and clearly explained everything is, the easier the process will be! That’s why we provide the Sleep Plan – a 20+ page PDF sent to you by email within 72 hours of your consult. 

 

The Sleep Plan includes: 

 

  • a detailed written summary of the personalised recommendations and individualised coaching plan discussed in the 1:1 Virtual Sleep Consultation
  • Lots of valuable information covering all the factors from the Sweet Sleep System, specific to your child’s age and developmental stage

 

 

How long before sleep improves?

If you are consistent and work closely together with your sleep coach, you can expect to see improvement in your child’s sleep within the first 5-7 days. There is often a natural back and forth as new habits are formed, and sometimes the sleep even takes a small step backwards before it improves long-term. Depending on your child’s sleep issues, the approach that you choose, and what your specific goals are, we usually see the entire process taking 10-30 days.

What kind of results can I expect?

This really depends on what your baby is capable of biologically and what your specific goals are! For example, at 4 months old, we would consider 2-3 night feeds to be a realistic goal. This little one might have increasing capacity to self-settle, but still need lots of parental support. For a 1 year old however, sleeping 11-12 hour through the night is often possible. However, it’s very important to us as sleep coaches that YOU as the parent also get to define what your goals are, and help create a sleep plan that feels right for your family’s current situation. So if your 1 year old is waking currently every 2 hours to nurse, maybe your goal for the moment is just to get that down to 2 feedings – which is also fine! The Sweet Babydreams sleep coaches are all experts at listening empathetically, creating personalised and realistic sleep plans, and compassionately coaching parents to achieve results that they feel happy with.

Is this compatible with attachment parenting?

Yes! We believe that a strong parent-child attachment is vital to improving your little one’s sleep.   However, we don’t believe that there is one “right” way to parent in order to create a strong attachment. Research shows that the main indicators of healthy attachment are parental sensitivity and consistency. So regardless of your parenting style, whether you co-sleep or have separate rooms, breastfeed or bottle-feed, our team is committed to both helping your whole family get the good sleep you crave while also respectfully and lovingly responding to your little one’s physical and emotional needs.

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