Sleep Class FAQs:
What will I learn in the class?
The class includes a little over two hours of content and is divided into two parts. Part 1 involves laying the foundation for healthy sleep by learning about how sleep works, creating an optimal sleep environment, setting your baby’s schedule, deciding what to do about pacifiers, creating a plan for night weaning, and understanding what medical conditions cause sleep disruption. Many families will see significant improvements after just implementing the steps from Part 1 alone. Part 2 of the class includes four different options for sleep training, followed by options for implementation of your strategy and troubleshooting strategies. The class ends with a section on how to maintain your progress through future developmental and situational regressions that arise from issues like travel or illness.
Does sleep training just mean “cry it out?”
No. Sleep training is so much more than the strategy that you use to teach your baby how to fall asleep. The class includes detailed information on how to make sure that your baby is ready for sleep training. Once you complete sleep training preparation in the first part of the class you’ll move on to selecting a sleep training strategy. We offer four different core strategies for teaching your baby new sleep habits. You will be able to choose a strategy that suits your baby and parenting style. For example, some babies will benefit from having a parent in the room the entire time, while others will do better having a parent leave the room and we offer options for both. The class will help you decide what level of interaction will be best for your family.
However, this is a sleep training class and the strategies described in the class are all parent-led interventions. This means that you will be changing your baby’s expectations around sleep. Since learning something new can be a little frustrating even with a lot of soothing and support (think about learning to walk or ride a bike),most babies will cry some, even with a highly interactive method of sleep training. It will take time for the new way of doing things to feel “right”.
If you would prefer to take a baby-led approach to helping your baby learn to sleep independently (e.g. making very slow and gradual changes to adjust your baby to new experiences over time), then we recommend that you book a personal consultation so that we can learn about your situation to tailor a baby-led plan to your family situation.
Can I use the strategies I learn during the sleep training class for nap training?
Naps are complicated. Many of the strategies that work very well for nighttime sleep training will not work well at all for naps. We are working on a separate nap training class, but in the meantime we can help you build a nap training plan in a personalized consultation or you can purchase our nap book to develop your own plan. The sleep class does cover what you should do about naps while you are beginning night sleep training.
What ages are appropriate for sleep training?
This class is appropriate for healthy babies between 6-15 months. We have plans to produce more classes in the future, but at this time if you need help with an toddler or with nap training, please schedule a sleep consult for individualized help.
Will I receive a written plan?
We have created a 38-page guided note-taking workbook for you to create your plan based on what you learn in the class. Although some plans may have similar qualities, we do not offer boilerplate sleep plans. The class offers many options for different kinds of sleep problems. As a result, we don’t have a generic plan that we can send to you.
What if I need more help?
We’re happy to help you tweak your plan or deal with new issues. You can schedule a 40-minute follow up with us or a 75-minute call depending on how much time you think you need.
Do you have a money back guarantee?
No. Our class provides a large amount of information to help you build a sleep training plan that suits your baby and family situation. However, the implementation of the plan is up to you. If you decide not to follow the plan or if your child isn’t responding to the plan as expected, then we recommend that you schedule a follow-up to reformulate the plan or to troubleshoot the original plan. If you aren’t seeing success, then it is also helpful to regroup with your pediatrician to make sure there aren’t any medical issues inhibiting your success.