Have you ever wondered what makes a person a “sleep training expert?” And, do these so-called sleep training experts really have the secret to your child’s sleep (or lack thereof)?
We have parents write in to the Helpdesk all of the time saying they’ve tried “everything,” yet their child still struggles to sleep well. If sleep advice is printed in black and white, they read it. If a mom raves about her “awesome” sleeper on the playground, they beg them for the answers. However, no matter how much they read and talk to other parents, they just can’t seem to “fix” their child’s sleep. Not only that, the information they receive can be confusing and contradictory. So, out of desperation, they come to The Baby Sleep Site®, in hopes of finding a sleep training expert.
Our goal, when tired parents come to our site, is for them to find an easy-to-navigate website that directs them to “help.” If a parent decides they need one-on-one direction, we welcome them with open arms. But how did our founder, Nicole Johnson, become a sleep training expert and how did The Baby Sleep Site® come to be? Like many of our clients, when Nicole’s eldest son was born, he was “allergic to sleep” (as she jokes). He woke every 1-2 hours at night and she was exhausted! She got busy and thoroughly researched literature and scientific reports until she became an expert in sleep methods, scheduling routines, baby developmental needs, and more. She overcame her son’s sleeping issues in a way that matched her own parenting style, and knew it was her mission to help other tired parents “find their child’s sleep” and faster than she did.
And thank goodness she did!
Other parents found the way she explained how a baby sleeps and how to fix sleep problems was much easier to understand and follow than other authors. Truthfully, many of the parents that we work with have read a LOT of books or websites. They know a LOT of information. However, sometimes you don’t need information per se, you need someone to put it together into a plan for you. As sleep training experts, we look at a child’s situation holistically. We look at the child’s current schedule, age, temperament, your parenting philosophy, what your child is eating during the day and at what times, how they are falling TO sleep and BACK to sleep, etc. We once counted and found that we make over 50 decisions when we create one of our Personalized Sleep Plans®. We take it all into account so we don’t miss anything. Because ALL of it is connected to whether your child sleeps well.
Not only that, but we’ve been there! We know what it’s like to be chronically exhausted and desperate for change, so we can relate. And we find it a privilege to walk alongside other tired parents to help you get to the other side of your child’s sleep struggles. What an honor it is to be able to use our experience and training to be of service to others. We never tire of getting e-mails about saving marriages, sanity or the like!