Sleep Support Services in Washington DC
Are you overwhelmed by all the conflicting information on sleep?
Do your instincts tell you one thing, but google/friends/family tell you that you are creating bad habits?
Do you have no idea what’s normal sleep for your baby /toddler?
If so, you are in good company with so many other parents. Common sleep approaches do not align with infant development or parental instincts, but there are other options.
My sleep support provides an alternative to sleep training. As a Certified Infant Sleep Educator, I approach sleep from a developmental perspective that stresses the science of infant/toddler sleep, parental intuition, and responsiveness. Realistic expectations can go a long way to reducing parents’ stress.
Sleep support also means balancing everyone’s needs, sometimes making changes with baby, sometimes making changes with parents. I help your family find balance around everyone’s sleep needs with gentle, respectful guidance and holistic support. I look at sleep in the larger context of the family’s life so that we can collaboratively find changes that feel right.
Whether you are expecting a baby or have a little one at home, I hope you will find an option below that fits your needs.
Understanding Infant Sleep
This class is designed to create healthy expectations and habits surrounding infant sleep. Using evidence-based research and practical parenting tools, you will know how to make bedtime a safe and peaceful time. This class will draw from a developmental understanding of sleep which fosters responsiveness and strong attachment between parents and babies.
This class is designed for both expecting parents and those with younger babies.
We will cover:
- The connection between attachment, brain development, and sleep
- The science of infant sleep
- Baby’s sleep patterns
- Ensuring safe sleep
- Sleep tools
- Common challenges
I offer this class as both a 2-hour group class and a customizable private class. I can tailor private classes to meet your individual needs.
Private class: $150 for a 2 hour class
Customized classes will vary in price depending on the length of the class.
Sleep Consult Packages
Learning to fall asleep on your own is a developmental milestone, just like crawling or walking. Forcing a baby to crawl or walk before they are ready ultimately results in frustration and tears. It is the same with sleep. Babies will learn to fall asleep on their own when they are ready, but there is plenty we can do to help everyone get a good night's sleep.
My ‘no cry’ approach to infant sleep not only works but allows your baby to form a healthy relationship with sleep. This leads to less sleep issues as they grow up. If you’re feeling tired, overwhelmed, or at your wits end, I can help you create sleep solutions that will work for you and your baby.
The Sleep Support package includes:
- 1.5 hour meeting in person or by phone, Skype, or Facetime
- Review of the client consult form
- Sleep education for your baby/toddler’s developmental stage
- Wellness assessment for the parent doing the majority of nighttime parenting
- Customized sleep strategy package for the family emailed after the consult
- One month of unlimited email support
- Additional follow up email and phone support may be added for an additional cost if needed
When you just have a few questions about what’s normal or how to approach a new sleep situation, a Sleepy Chat might be helpful. This 45 minute conversation is for the family who is generally coping well with sleep but wants a trustworthy ear to help them with a specific situation. A sleep chat does not include a sleep strategy package or any follow up. It does include an initial email exchange so that I can understand the problem and a 45 minute call for education and support.
Support Through the Transition
This package is for expecting parents who want prenatal education as well as support during babies first few months. It includes:
- 2 hours of prenatal sleep education
- A written sleep strategy package for the first few months with baby
- Unlimited email support for baby’s first 3 months
- 2 hours of phone support during the first 3 months, divided as needed
Cost: $500 for one child
Don’t see a package that fits your needs? Not sure which package to choose?
Contact me and we can figure out how best to address your needs.
Classes and consults are held in my home in Capitol Hill, Washington DC less than 2 blocks from Stadium Armory Metro.
Exact address will be given after class registration.
Infant Sleep Educator FAQ
What is an infant sleep educator?
Infant sleep educators support the normal sleep patterns of babies and toddlers. We look at sleep in the context of the whole family. We help parents understand normal sleep and how responding to your baby helps build strong attachment and optimal brain development. Realistic expectations go a long way towards reducing stress. There are many factors that can help families get more sleep without overriding a baby’s normal and healthy sleep behavior.
How is this different than sleep training?
Sleep trainers’ goals are to get your baby sleeping through the night. In reality, they are training your baby to stop crying for you, not necessarily to get more sleep. Sleep training is stressful and goes against most parents’ instincts.
Sleep education recognizes that wakening in the night is both normal and healthy. Even with this understanding, there are ways to ensure better sleep for the whole family. A sleep educator will help you find areas to change that work for your family, resulting in more rest.
Why is it so hard to sort through all the conflicting information on sleep?
The increase in sleep experts in person, in books, and on the internet
has not led to parents feeling better about their baby’s sleep. Instead, parents often feel confused, torn, and stressed by so many suggestions that conflict with each other. If you are wondering why this is so, there are many reasons.
A few are listed below:
- Because so much of sleep advice is cultural opinion, and not based on biological norms or research.
- Because parents often have no idea what is biologically normal and often feel that they are doing something wrong, when they aren’t.
- Because our modern lifestyle and what babies have evolved to expect just don’t mesh well.
- Because sleep is one area of development that can only be understood in the context of the family as a whole.
- Because there is so much else we can do to improve sleep without ignoring our baby’s needs.
But shouldn’t my baby be sleeping through the night?
Sleeping through the night is the holy grail of parenting. But here is the thing, even adults don’t sleep through the night. Some night waking is normal for all humans. Sleeping for longer stretches is a developmental milestone that your baby will reach when baby is ready. In the mean time, you can support a healthy relationship with sleep. This will help everyone be more rested through these early years.
But don’t I need to teach my baby to sleep?
Babies are born knowing how to sleep. In fact, they spend a lot of the time during pregnancy sleeping. We don’t need to teach them to sleep. What babies need is a family environment that encourages them to respect their circadian rhythms for optimal health.
How do I know if sleep education is a good fit?
Sleep education is for people who want to respect their baby’s normal and healthy sleep patterns while still managing to sleep as well. It is for people who want to have realistic expectations for their baby so that they know what is normal at their baby’s age. It is for people who do not want to use cry it out or other types of sleep training. People who practice attachment parenting, or other types of responsive parenting, will find this type of sleep support very helpful.