Good Night Sleep Coaching: Frequently Asked Questions
What is your philosophy about sleep coaching?
Christina is a licensed and certified Gentle Sleep Coach. Her background in Developmental Psychology and her training with Kim West, best known as The Sleep Lady, helps her incorporate a philosophy that respects the child-parent attachment in relation to sleep coaching. She became a Gentle Sleep Coach because she believes it offers parents a gradual and gentle way to help their child learn the skill of sleep. Every child and family is unique and she takes into account the entire household dynamic when starting a new sleep plan.
Is my child the right age for sleep coaching?
When children are under 4 months old she offers a sleep shaping consultation to discuss sleep basics and how to set a healthy sleep foundation for your baby. At 5 months old she offers gentle sleep coaching to help support you in the process of implementing a new sleep plan, if the baby and family appear ready. Christina works with families of children up to and including 6 years old. If you have an older toddler or preschooler, don’t lose heart- it’s never too late to establish good sleep habits!
Is there crying?
Christina will tell you YES, there will be some crying, as in any change of habit. Tears of frustration and change need to be understood and managed through. Christina strives to MINIMIZE crying as much as possible, using various techniques, and supporting parents through the process of coaching their children. More often than not, Christina will ask you to STAY WITH YOUR CHILD as he or she learns the new skill of falling asleep.
How do your coaching packages work?
All families Christina works with complete a thorough in-take form that details their child’s and family history and current schedule. During the initial consult she reviews sleep science, their history form in detail and she crafts a new sleep plan together with parents. Then, she helps parents put the new plan into action and speaks on the phone with the parents on a scheduled basis.
Most families she works with choose the 1 hour consultation and 4 follow up coaching session package. When dealing with more complicated situations, particularly when you are working on more than one child, you will need additional coaching sessions in order to fully support you throughout the process of implementing a new sleep plan.
Do you work on weekends?
Christina offers consultations Monday through Friday 9 am to 2 pm with 1 evening consult a week at 6 pm. She also works one weekend morning doing coaching follow-ups for families who have just started their sleep plans. Most coaching follow-ups consist of a quick daily email check-in when parents send her their sleep log, or when they are scheduled to speak for approximately 15-20 minutes.