key areas to address when sleep training your baby
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Key Areas to Address Before Sleep Training Your Baby

Whichever sleep training method you adopt, there are some key areas to be addressed beforehand that will give you a better chance of success.

Development and health:

By 5 – 6 months, most babies are developmentally ready to learn how to self-soothe and resettle when they wake up overnight. Before you consider sleep training, you want to first, get a clearance from your paediatrician to rule out any other health or medical factors that could be playing a role in your child’s sleep. Check your baby’s weight to see if they can start to reduce night feeds down or cut them out altogether. Remembering, if it’s your preference to keep one or two overnight feeds, you can certainly do this AND teach your baby to sleep on either side of the feed.

Commitment:

Teaching your baby how to sleep won’t happen instantly. If you have already been through a prolonged period of broken sleep, following a sleep plan that could make your nights deteriorate initially takes real resolve. Starting a new sleep plan only to abandon it a couple of days later will do neither you nor your baby any good. What’s more, it’s likely to be even harder the next time you try, because your baby knows that within a couple of nights you’ll go back to how you were initially settling them. Make sure you and your partner are committed to your strategy before you begin so you can give it 100%.

Important:

It is strongly advised that you don’t have plans to go on holidays, nights away or too many commitments for three weeks after commencing the program. After the training is over and your baby is falling asleep independently, you will have a bit more flexibility around nights away from home. **If you like to get out of the house a couple of times during the day, this can be incorporated into your sleep plan throughout the training period.

Support:

If you or your baby have developed poor sleeping habits at night, the initial days of sleep training can be hard for both you and your baby. This may leave you both groggy the next day. To help this situation, you will need as much back up support as possible through this crucial time. Ask friends, relatives or neighbours to babysit for a couple of hours during the day, so that you can catch up on some lost sleep.

Safety:

All successful sleep strategies involve leaving your baby to sleep alone, eventually. You cannot do this if you worry your baby is not safe in their sleeping environment. If your baby is sitting on their own then their cot needs to be on the lower base level so they aren’t at risk of falling out. Make sure your baby’s bed is safe and that there are no toys in it, which they might choke on, no bumpers or mobiles. If your child is in a bed that they can climb out of, make sure the room is safe with an option of a secure safety gate on their door. For safe sleeping guidelines, read this reference.

Crying:

Parents can feel a lot of guilt about not comforting their babies while they are crying. While it’s important for your baby to have a good night’s sleep, we often forget that parents’ sleep is just as vital. There are going to be big changes in the way your baby falls asleep and resettles during the night. It is expected that there will be lots of protests, tears and unsettledness during the training. The first couple of nights, in particular, are going to be difficult, but by night three, you’ll probably notice your baby falling asleep faster. By the end of week one (sometimes sooner), they may start going to sleep independently with little or no fussing. Once your baby learns how to fall asleep on their own, the better the overall sleep will become.

Individualised plan:

While babies show similar behaviour at certain ages, they are all individuals. Some are really quick to pick up on new routines and methods and others take a bit longer. You need to be patient with your child and understand that these are big changes we are making and feel positive that they will be able to learn in their own time.

Illness, teething and regressions after sleep training:

When you are little, being sick is hard. When fighting off illness, sleep is one of the body’s ways of healing itself, so making sleep a priority is important for your baby. When your baby has a cold, ear infection, minor illness or teething discomfort, you might find yourself able to continue with the sleeping routines and settling techniques you already have in place. However, when you know your baby is really unwell and wakes during the night, it’s best to attend to them promptly and do whatever they need to feel soothed and comfortable. Once your little one is on the mend, you should start bringing back the regular sleep routines you have in place. Once you have healthy sleep habits established, it’s like riding a bike; your little one will readjust back to them in no time and be self-settling like a champion. 

What you can expect 

There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution with sleep training your baby. The techniques and progress for any one baby may not be the same for another baby. Each child is different and will learn at their own pace. In most cases, most families report noticeable results in as few as 3 days, but changing these habits can take up to three weeks. There are different learning phases your baby will go through, notably, a reverting phase at some point in the three weeks. It is important to know that this is just your baby progressing through the training and is all part of the learning process. Some babies will revert quite significantly and others seem to breeze through, no problem! 

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Terms & Conditions

Jennifer is a qualified IMI Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant, Doula and MNT Maternity Nurse. These qualifications enable her to assist pregnant women with their sleep issues, support women during labour and the birthing process, guide parents during the postpartum period and educate families about their baby’s sleeping habits. Jennifer provides safe and gentle sleep training methods based on knowledge obtained during her studies, successful qualifications and 16+ years experience.

Jennifer has obtained her paediatric First Aid Training through KidZAid and is registered to work with babies and children in Australia and Europe. Techniques and methods used are all derived directly from her qualifications and from her many years of experience.

Jennifer’s advice does not replace the advice from your Doctor or Paediatrician, and her advice should not be relied upon as medical advice. For medical advice, you should always seek the advice from your medical practitioner. Therefore, you should consult with your health-care professional should you have any healthcare related questions or before embarking on a new sleep program. If a medical problem appears or persists, do not disregard or delay seeking medical advice from doctor. Accordingly, Jennifer expressly disclaims any liability, loss, damage, or injury caused by information provided to the client.

Jennifer will educate, support you and guide you through the sleep challenges needed to make change in your baby’s sleeping habits. As a Baby Sleep Consultant, Jennifer is not responsible for your application of the sleep solutions once the consultation has concluded. Once the sleep consultation has concluded it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to apply the agreed methods and solutions. Jennifer has an extremely high success rate, however, the success of Jennifer solutions is in the hands of the parents’ commitment & perseverance once the sleep consultation has ended; therefore Jennifer cannot make any guarantees of success. However, Jennifer will use her best endeavours to support you until the desired result has been achieved.

  • I agree to check with my healthcare provider/doctor if my baby has any medical conditions, which prevent them from being trained safely.
  • I agree to follow safe sleeping practices in line with SIDS recommendations (https://rednose.org.au/article/what-is-a-safe-sleeping-environment).
  • I agree to disclose any medical conditions to Jennifer, which my baby has or has had previously.
  • I understand that my customised baby sleep program is meant for my baby only and should not be shared with a third party. I acknowledge the information might not be suitable for another baby.
  • Any changes I make to my baby’s sleeping or eating arrangements are my decision and Jennifer will only make suggestions for change, of which I am responsible for choosing to implement.
  • It is my responsibility to contact Jennifer for my follow up support and send the sleep log information through to be assessed for feedback as frequently as suggested.

 

In-Home Cancellation Policy
To confirm any In-Home Program, the client will be required to pay a 25% non-refundable deposit to secure the booking. The remaining amount of the In-Home Program will be required to be paid on the day after Jennifer leaves your home. Any cancellations barring medical or other emergencies will forfeit the deposit. If  you cancel less than 48 hours before the scheduled visit, the full amount will be required, unless Jennifer can backfill your place with someone on the waiting list.

If your baby is a little under the weather and does not have a temperature, the program can generally proceed as planned. If your baby is sick with a temperature or has been diagnosed with a medical condition by a doctor, the program will be postponed until your baby is better. A doctors certificate may be requested.

Remote Program/Phone Consultation
To confirm the Remote Program or Phone Consultation Jennifer will be required to be paid in full before sleep plans are constructed and the phone consultation takes place.

Remote Program Cancellation policy
The Remote Program and Phone Consultations are non-refundable after the start of sleep work (i.e. when any sleep advice has been delivered to the client via email, text, phone).

Acts of God or suspected medical conditions
If an act of God, such as a fire, flood, earthquake or other natural calamity shall cause you to cancel the sleep services, Jennifer will require payment only for the time actually spent sleep consulting. 

If during the In Home program, Jennifer feels the consultation should cease due to an underlying or undisclosed medical condition, Jennifer will require payment only for the time actually spent in your home. In this case, to keep the situation fair on both parties, the hourly rate is reduced down from the normal sleep consulting fees (as per the program booked) and charged at $50ph. 

Doctor’s appointment
Jennifer requests that every client has an appointment with their doctor to ensure their baby is developmentally on track and fit for sleep training. Written medical approval may be requested for certain circumstances.

Travel
Within 25km from Bondi Beach. An additional fee of $25ph travelled will be charged if travel is over 25kms.

As the client, you knowingly and voluntarily agree to waive and release Jennifer from any and all claims of liability or demands for compensation that you may acquire during the time working with Jennifer.

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