Q: I feel like I have already read and tried everything out there. What makes this program different?
A: Good question!
The reason that The Sleep Sense™ Program is so popular is because it’s clear, simple, and easy to follow. It allows parents to choose one of two different approaches based on their child’s temperament and personality.
If you’re concerned that you’ve “read it all before;” and that you won’t learn anything new with The Sleep Sense™ Consultation, our advice is simply this: “Why not call to receive a free 15 minute evaluation and see if it suits your family needs?”
Q: Is The Sleep Sense™ Program a version of the “Cry-It-Out” (CIO) method?
The “cry-it-out” method works like this:
Step 1: Put child to bed.
Step 2: Walk away.
Step 3: Let child scream, cry, howl etc. until child is asleep.
Now, while the CIO method does work, most parents simply aren’t comfortable with it. We don’t think a parent’s brain is “wired” to listen to the hysterical crying of their child without doing something to comfort them.
That being said, you should make peace with the fact that your child will probably cry during the process. After all, babies can’t say things like “Hey, I actually preferred it when you were nursing me to sleep four times a night… Can we go back to that system?” Instead, they cry!
NOTE: If you already know that you simply cannot (or will not) tolerate ANY amount of crying (not even for a minute or two), then The Sleep Sense™ Program isn’t going to be right for you.
Q: My child is no longer a baby. Is The Sleep Sense™ Program appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers?
A: Yes, we tailor the program to deal not only with babies, but also toddlers and older children. And the good news is that, when you are dealing with older children, you can make use of incentives like reward charts.
Q: I have twins/triplets. Will The Sleep Sense™ Program work for me?
A: Absolutely! It is a little more work but it’s 100% possible.
Q: I share a room with my child. Will The Sleep Sense™ Program work for me?
A: Yes. If you are sharing a room with your child, a great strategy is to set up a partition or divider of some kind between you and your child for the first little while. (This can be as simple as hanging a sheet over a clothesline). Once your child is sleeping well through the night, you can remove the divider (if you choose).
Q: Should I swaddle my baby?
A: Yes. Swaddling helps to stop startle reflex that often wakes the baby up. We recommend swaddling until 6 months of age or just before he/she starts to roll over voluntarily. Around this time, your baby’s startle reflex should have diminished.
Q: What is a comforter/lovey/transitional object?
A: A comforter/lovey/transitional object is and object that helps the baby feel safe and secure. All babies use some sort of comforter to help smooth them back to sleep. Some of the more common comforters babies use is pacifier, blankets, clothes tags, soft toy. If you don’t know what the object is and remove it from the baby you might create sleep problems. So, it is better if you introduce the object to the baby, that way you can control what and when it is used. It is important to remember to choose a safe comforter.
Q: How do I make sure the comforter is safe?
A: Choose something small and soft to avoid suffocation or the comforter getting tangled around the baby (30cm by 30cm or smaller). Avoid things that could pose a choking hazard or could be used as a step for climbing out of the crib later. Also, be careful of small items that could be pulled off such as eyes or a nose. If you are not sure about what is suitable for your child, ask your paediatrician.
Q: How many comforters do I need?
A: You will need 2 exactly the same comforters at least. This way you can wash one of the comforters when necessary and avoid a tantrum in case the comforter gets misplaced.
Q: Why is a pacifier not recommended while using the program?
A: A pacifier should only be used if recommended by the doctor (eg. premature babies). Otherwise it should be avoided for various reasons. In regards to sleep issues, the pacifier can get lost in the cot and it is hard for your baby to find it without your help.