Will my child cry?
Crying is your baby’s way of communicating. My methods work with your parenting style and your baby’s temperament however we are making changes to what your child understands as their way of falling asleep. So yes it is likely your child will cry for some short periods until they gain confidence in their new sleep pattern.
Why use a sleep practitioner?
There are many free resources available to parents and I have listed a few on this website. There are also many books which can be bought on helping your child to sleep. These are a very useful resource for many parents and can be chosen on based on your preferred parenting style.
However when spending money on face-face or telephone help you are buying on-going support and a method which is designed to suit your child and your family set-up and dynamics. You will get a step-by-step programme which guides you through how to respond to your child at bedtime and during the night. It provides you with the tools to be absolutely consistent with your child which is the key to success.
I have tried everything already – why will it be successful now?
You have already made a commitment to change by getting this far on my website! When working with you, there will be very little about helping your child to sleep which you are not already aware of.
However you may not have considered your child and families sleep in the wider context of how you and other family members feel about the sleep problem.
As adults we make changes in what is termed the ‘cycle of change’ (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1983) which describes a continual cycle of contemplation, action, maintenance and relapse. We discuss this in your consultation and also discuss how normal small relapses can derail a programme by intermittently rewarding your child. After this consultation you be will empowered to teach your child to sleep well and will be set up for success.
How long will it take?
The answer to this question is how consistent can you and all family members putting your child to bed be?
Many sleep issues will resolve within 2-3 weeks however for some children this can take 4-5 weeks depending on factors such as anxiety, special learning needs or attachment issues.
The key to a successful resolution of the sleep problem is absolute consistency and moving at a speed which works for child and parents.
Why does my child wake?
All babies, children and adults wake 3-4 times in the second half of the night (stage 2 and REM sleep). However most of us will fall back asleep with no problems.
However your child will need the same conditions as bedtime with which to fall asleep again eg feeding, cuddle, special song. This is why so much emphasis is placed on the bedtime routine prior to falling asleep. In addition in the later stages of the night your child has a lower drive for sleep after having a period of deep sleep. Keeping your child’s room dark and providing visual cues for awake time will help with repeated wakings and early risers.
How is my data used and stored?
In brief however, your data is collected to enable me to provide a tailored service for your child and family. It is only kept securely for the period of time in which we are working together and then will be destroyed.
Your personal details will never be passed to any third party, except for payment purposes as necessary.
In addition to safeguard myself as a lone worker your surname and address will be available to one other adult if I am conducting a home visit, and will be destroyed at the end of the working day.
Do you offer workshops or groups?
Goodnight Solutions offers 5 week workshops bookable by businesses for their employees. This consists of 3 x 10-15 minute presentations run weekly and then 2 weeks of available support and Q&A sessions. These are designed to fit into a 30 minute lunch-break and the course is charged to the employer. Please contact me for details.
Goodnight Solutions is also happy to provide a 2 hour visit to a group or group of friends with an informal feel, Q&A and sleep solutions discussed.
Goodnight Solutions can also visit nurseries or preschools to give brief sleep presentations and 10 minute parent appointments. Please contact me for any additional requests.
Now available in central Cambridge!
Rachel Greaves is now offering appointments in central Cambridge at the Salus Wellness clinic http://www.salus-wellness.com
These appointments take place within the clinic environment and are ideal for individuals with sleep problems who are working in the city and short of time.