My Philosophy of Better Sleep

A Well-Rested Family is a Happy Family

Sleep training can be a controversial term and it means different things to different families. One thing is not debatable – good sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. Poor sleep can contribute to all kinds of problems, including obesity, a lack of concentration and productivity, serious health problems (including stroke and heart disease!), depression, a weak immune system, and negative emotions. When it comes to children, good sleep is also linked to healthy development.

In other words, good sleep is one of the most important parts of our lives and it’s not something to be taken lightly. This is the basis of my philosophy and the backbone of everything I believe about sleep.

Questions about crying

 One of the most controversial topics around sleep consulting is the issue of “crying it out.” Some think that Sleep Consultants suggest you allow your child to cry endlessly to fall to sleep, which is definitely not the case!

The most important thing when teaching independent sleep skills is to look at the whole picture and to be 100% consistent.

No matter how you approach changing a baby’s sleep, protesting by way of crying is usually a part of the journey. When beginning to teach a baby independent sleep skills, they are sometimes confused by the changes and to voice that confusion and subsequent frustration they protest via crying. Baby is allowed to have these feelings but is completely capable of working through the emotions and calming themselves to go to sleep. A big part of this process and journey is respect for those emotions and offering reassurance to them to know they are not alone and that they are ok.

If you’d like to learn more about my sleep philosophy, get in touch today!

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Megan’s plan was specific to our child and was clear and straightforward for us to follow, and for our daughter to understand. We were both hopeful and skeptical starting off but our daughter was sleeping better within a couple days and two weeks later we are so happy with how much better bedtime and sleeping through the night is. We feel so relieved that our family is getting the rest we need. I really appreciate Megan’s support and encouragement throughout and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any parent looking for help with sleep.
Katie & Mike

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