What is infant sleep consulting, and how can it help me?

I struggled with my infant’s sleep for years before I finally decided it was time to part with my money and hire an infant and child sleep consultant. I didn’t see why I couldn’t just read articles online and figure out how to get my infant to sleep on my own.

I payed what felt like an exorbitant amount of money for a student family and was amazed and grateful when my infants both began to sleep better after working with our infant sleep consultant. But after looking at how much infant sleep consultants charged, I wondered if it would be cheaper to get the training myself than to possibly have to pay for infant sleep consultants with each of the new babies I anticipated bringing into our family.

I discovered that it costs thousands of dollars and takes several months to become certified as an infant and child sleep consultant, so I decided at that time that it was worth it just to hire someone to help me.

A few years later I had a little extra time in my busy days as a stay at home mother of 3 and I decided to look into infant and child sleep consulting again.

The training I received took about a hundred hours of work and I learned about sleep on a deeper level than I had been able to in the hours I had spent reading articles online when my kids were younger. I was able to learn the science behind sleep, how it interacts with infant and child brain development, how to spot potential red flags for common sleep disorders, and behavioral modification techniques to gently help infants and children learn to sleep better. It was exhilarating to finally begin to understand my children’s sleep after years of questions, and, I discovered, harmful misconceptions about pediatric sleep. For example, well meaning friends and family would often suggest that if my babies and toddlers woke up too early, I should just put them to bed later. As a infant sleep consultant, I have learned not only that this common advice is not true, but that it is actually the opposite of what the parent of a child who struggles with early rising should do. I learned the science so that I understand WHY, a question I had spent hours searching the internet for fruitlessly.

It is hard to make the decision to pay for help when it feels like you should be able to figure it out on your own. It isn’t hard, though, to see the impact a good night’s rest has on an entire family’s quality of life. If you feel like you might consider hiring an expert to help you with your child’s sleep, please don’t hesitate to call. Many infant sleep consultants are happy to talk on the phone or answer questions from prospective clients without any obligation to contract their services.