Children

individual sleep coaching for children aged 2 – 5 years

Children

sleep education and coaching for children aged 2 – 5 years

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

Does your child…

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frequently wake up in the night or experience nightmares

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struggle with falling asleep at bedtime or nap-times

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only do short naps, even though you feel they need more day sleep

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act tired and grumpy throughout the day, throwing tantrums at every corner

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have an unpredictable sleep schedule

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struggle with early morning wake-up (earlier than 6:30am)

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only fall asleep very late in the evening

The days are long, but the years are short

Congratulations! Your tiny little bundle of joy is now a walking, talking bundle of energy! Moving to a new big-kid’s bed, reducing or dropping naps, adjusting to day-care, developing a sense of self and increased independence, perhaps welcoming a new baby into the family – life can be stressful in the preschool years! 

Maybe your child has never been a “good sleeper”, or maybe recent changes have thrown you a few sleep curve-balls, and you need some support to get back to restful naps and peaceful nights. 

These early years are too short to waste them on nap-time tantrums and bedtime battles! 

We’re here to help your little one get the sleep they need to thrive, and you the rest you crave, so you can be the calm, collected and present parent you desire to be.

Healthy sleep…

strengthens your child’s immune system

decreases stress (in yourself and your child!)

increases your child’s concentration and ability to learn (both now and later on in school!)

prevent future obesity and hyperactivity

improve your child’s ability to regulate their own emotions 

help the whole family to thrive and enjoy each other more

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 end bedtime shenanigans and create a schedule that meets their needs

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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Support Week

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

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a Personalised Sleep Plan

A 20+ pages PDF individualised to your child and family

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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 focused on implementing sleep training methods. We look at your child’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 child’s sleep issues, part of the sleep coaching process may involve implementing a new settling strategy or sleep training method to wean your child 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, as well as many creative ways that you can get your 2-5 year old child on board with the changes.

Can I still co-sleep?

If your child is still co-sleeping with you at 2-5 years of age, most likely you have either chosen to co-sleep because you wanted to, or because nothing seemed to work and that was the only way you felt you could survive. Realistically, many children that co-sleep need regular reassurance in the night as they go through light sleep phases (every 2-4 hours). This is often because they are falling asleep with parental presence in the first place. 

If your child settles back to sleep easily, and you are content with the situation, you don’t have a problem, and co-sleeping sounds like it’s the right choice for your family. However, if you are personally finding that you are struggling with frequently having to re-settle your little one in the night, that your well-being is suffering, or you notice that your child is grumpy and tired throughout the day, it might be time to re-think your sleep situation. Each family is different, and what works for one child may not work for another child, even within the same family! We believe that the place where everyone gets the most restorative sleep is the right sleep arrangement for your family, and we are committed to helping you evaluate your sleep situation, and supporting you to make any changes you feel are necessary to improve the well-being of your whole family.

Does the process involve crying?

At 2-5 years of age, your little one is now old enough to understand more, and thus we recommend that you involve your child as much as possible in the process – the more they can be on board, the less tears there will be. However, when changing any habit (for us adults included!) frustration is a normal reaction to change, and crying can actually be a helpful stress relief when it happens in a loving and responsive environment. While some tears are normal during the sleep coaching process, we’ll help you recognise your child’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!

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.

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
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 create a strong attachment with your child. 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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