BABY-LED SLEEPING CONSULTING
“Preserving a feeling of connection and closeness is a child’s most critical need” -Dr Neufeld
Society has inundated us to believing there is an expectation that parents must strive to raise their children to meet. This begins immediately, in the newborn stage, when new parents are trying to figure out life with their new baby.
We are trapped into thinking in "shoulds" which leads to guilt when your new baby or young child is not meeting that expectation. We’re often asked; within days of bringing a newborn home “are you getting any sleep at night?” And this quickly turns to “do they sleep through the night?” Imagine the pressure for new parents because no, they are not getting enough sleep and no their infant is not sleeping through the night. Then the magic of the media has all the answers in a simple “sleep training” program. These expectations often drive parents to try methods and things that go against their gut- their natural instincts. What we do know, is that it is developmentally appropriate for babies to wake through the night.
SLEEP WITHOUT SLEEP TRAINING
Research on brain development validates that a mother's instincts about her baby are best.
Sleep training often goes against the very biological needs of infants which is connection, closeness, emotional acceptance, belonging and safety. These needs being met are the basis of developing a secure attachment between parent(s) and infant. This attachment will then support all types of development throughout their life! Through attachment we are forming connections in the brain. Baby-Led Sleep™ approach to place an emphasis on a mother’s instinct and a baby's cues. Our mission is to help parents find sleep solutions through responsive parenting practices while building connected relationships.
This is sleep without sleep training. Babies do not need to be trained. They need connection and emotional security which in turn will become better sleep (and more secure wakefulness). I offer parents; exhausted parents, the opportunity to learn about infant sleep and make some changes with the goal of better sleep. The baby-led approach is using attachment as the foundation of the work. Parental instincts and the attachment system will lead us down the healthiest path.
The focus of Baby-Led sleep is on, well sleep however understanding attachment and how to connect with our babies will support in all areas of child development. Sleep is just the bonus!
Personalized Care and Guidance
HOURLY SLEEP CONSULATION
Learn about developmentally appropriate sleep behaviour to better understand your child and their sleep and what is typical based on age. Consultation can help parents gain deeper understanding of the child’s needs and sleep behaviours through tuning into parents’ instincts. We will discuss your concerns or sleep challenges and then strategies to promote changes for these areas. We make sure to accomplish this while maintaining the aspect of your sleep routines that you love.
Contact me today to schedule a personal consultation.
Check out these online, self-paced sleep courses on Baby-Led Sleep offered by Isla Grace.
Toddler bedtime battles
5 modules, online, self-paced course for babies 12+ months
Sleep from the Start
10 modules, online, self-paced course for babies 0-5months
Sleep Without Sleep Training
10 modules, online, self-paced course for babies 6-18month
Parenting Beyond Sleep
14 modules, online, self-paced course for parents of babies 12+ months