As a Philadelphia-area pediatric sleep consultant, I’ve been asked almost every question in the book. Today I’m going to answer one of the top questions I receive: “What methods do you use?” The short answer is Sleep Sense™.
The Sleep Sense™ program
Authored by Dana Obleman, after countless hours of trial, error, and research, Sleep Sense™ is a complete system designed with easy to follow steps. The Sleep Sense™ program helps your little one learn and build the skills needed to independently sleep through the night.
Why Sleep Sense™ is different
You’ve likely stumbled upon my website after hitting the books and exhausting search engines. Odds are, you tried a hodgepodge of different techniques to help your baby sleep, but nothing has worked. And if you’re finding yourself nodding in agreement, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. A large number of the parents I see have consulted books and websites but were unable to find a system that ensured restful nights.
The Sleep Sense™ program is different because it is comprised of clear, simple, easy to follow steps, perfect for sleep-deprived moms and dads. With this program, parents decide between two approaches, choosing the one that best suits their baby and their family.
Is it cry it out (CIO)?
“Does your method make my baby cry it out?” The short answer is no. I am not here to cause a chain reaction of stress in tired families. And while crying it out works in many cases, it’s not really worth shattered nerves. That said, the Sleep Sense™ program will involve some crying. Let me explain.
If you have been rocking your baby to sleep and then placing them in their crib for the night, or if you’ve been nursing your baby to sleep and putting them down, you won’t be with this program. And with any change, there will be a period of uncomfortability. Your baby is used to being rocked to sleep, so when that disappears, they’ll get confused and perhaps a little frustrated. And how do babies communicate? Exactly, they cry.
Full disclosure, if the thought of your baby crying at all through this process makes you uncomfortable, sleep training is not for you.
Can you sleep train a toddler?
Sleep Sense™ works with older children, as well. So if you thought you missed a “sleep training window,” you didn’t. The best thing to remember is that at the most basic level when you sleep train a toddler, you’re teaching new habits and establishing a predictable, consistent routine. The beautiful thing about sleep training a toddler is that you can use a reward system as an incentive.
If you’re curious about the Sleep Sense™ program or have other questions, give me a call. I offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation to see if sleep training is the right fit for you.