• Frequently Asked Questions

How does a sleep consultant work?

Well, we can’t speak for other sleep consultants but we’re here to help! Here’s an overview of what happens when you work with us!

If you’re considering a 3, 4, or 6 week support package, let’s chat first. That way we can hear more about what’s going on with your newborn, baby, toddler or young child and get a better idea of the best way to support you, based on an overview of the sleep challenge and your parenting preferences.

Once you’ve chosen and paid for your 3, 4, or 6-week package, we will need to set up the time for our initial meeting. The meeting typically lasts approximately 90 minutes. We will send you an app – Baby Connect – as well as instructions to start recording sleep and more for at least 3-4 days before our initial meeting. You will also receive a detailed questionnaire to complete so we can learn more about history, health, routines, and more. This helps us really prepare for our meeting and have a good idea of a 24-hour day in your home.

Before our meeting you will be sent an agenda – an overview on what we’ll discuss. Of course there will be lots of time to ask questions too.

Our meetings are typically virtual – via phone, Skype, or FaceTime. In-person meetings are also possible for additional fees in Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex and Berkshire, England. You will receive tools you can implement immediately. After the meeting, you’ll receive a personalised report – based on our meeting, as well as lots of useful tools to refer to now and in the future.

Over the period of the package you choose, we will get close, with almost daily (5x/week) feedback via the app and scheduled phone calls to discuss next steps.

At the end of your support package, you’ll receive a coupon code to the Sleepy Lambs Sleep Academy. The Academy offers fully comprehensive online, self-paced sleep information, that you may find useful if you hit a regression, have another child with sleep challenges or need a little reminder of all that you’ve learned.

Will I have to leave my baby to cry?

No! You don’t. Different from most sleep consultants, we don’t start with sleep “training” at all. We frequently don’t even use sleep training. We focus on learning the source of the sleep challenge and addressing it. This often resolves the sleep challenge. We discuss appropriate next steps based on how your child responds to initial changes. We will provide you with choices, along with our recommendations, and you make the decision that you feel most comfortable with.

We can’t guarantee that there won’t be any tears because tears are a normal reaction. Reasons for tears can range from being overtired, protesting change, to being overstimulated, or just a normal emotional release. Our methods focuses on emotional wellness and as a result, tears are often avoided or minimised.

My little one is breastfed. Can we still improve sleep?

Most definitely! We support healthy feeding so whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, there is typically a lot that can be done to improve sleep. Good nutrition is important for good sleep. We never rush to eliminate night feeds but we have gentle ways to reduce the feeds when you and your little one is ready.

Do you guarantee success?

We guarantee that we will do whatever we can to help you achieve your sleep goals. There are so many variables involved that we can’t guarantee specific results, from health, temperament, illness, parental willingness to implement change and realistic, age-appropriate expectations. 99.9% of families see a significant improvement in sleep and we are persistent in looking for appropriate solutions to any challenges that come up. We want you to see sleep success, so we do our very best to help you on this journey to better sleep.

Is there any way I can ensure sleep success?

Based on working with hundreds of parents, there are a few characteristics of parents that have the best and fastest results when working on sleep. Parents who are willing to make sleep a priority can make such a difference. This may result in changes in schedules and routines in order to meet your child’s sleep needs. Parents who are open to different sleep options and are really ready to implement change, typically see great results!

Still have questions? Contact us for more details!

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