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  • Joanna Shtrosberg

So, what exactly is sleep training and how can you tell if you’re ready to change your child’s sleep habits? Sleep training is when a parent or carer encourages their child to learn to settle independently at night and/or during their daytime naps. The aim is to get your child to fall asleep on their own and to prevent frequent night awakenings. There are a number of different methods which can achieve this, so it is essential that you find one that you are comfortable with and that is suitable for you and your child.

The whole process can feel daunting. And because you want to be the best parent for your child this can be a stressful period. You’ve had many sleepless nights. You are drained and exhausted. And you just want to find a way out of all this. So, before you start sleep training your child, ask yourself this:

  1. Are you exhausted from being woken up in the night?
  2. Are you fed up of having no time to yourself in the evenings?
  3. Are you overly tired and stressed during the day?
  4. Are you struggling to focus and unable to concentrate on your work?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these, then you are acknowledging that you need to address these issues in your life and find a way that allows the whole family to get the sleep they need and deserve.

The way out

You are the key to fixing your child’s sleep habits no matter how entrenched they may be.

From my experience, I have found that the more determined the parent is to make the change, the more successful they are at doing so once they start one of my Superstar Sleep Plans.

Can’t cope with the tears?

So many parents have said to me that they are desperate to improve their child’s sleep but the main stumbling block is that they can’t bear listening to their child cry. This is the hardest part of sleep training and when your child is really screaming it’s just plain awful. But, remember there are some very gentle ways to teach your child to sleep better, although of course it can take longer and you need to be strong and persistent.

The way I see it, crying is a baby or child’s way of communicating. For adults, crying can signify pain, distress or even emotional joy. But for a young child who has no or very little speech, crying can mean anything from “I’m uncomfortable” to “I want you”. So, don’t let this stop you and remember that once you’ve made the change, you’ll wish you’d done it sooner!

So, what are your options?

Right, so you’ve decided you’re ready. But what next? These are the options:

• The first option available to you, is that you can contact a baby sleep consultant. There are several baby sleep consultants that you can find on the internet, or preferably through personal recommendations. This can be a great option for parents who want someone to talk to and contact whilst they put their sleep plan into practice. The downside of this option is that it can be very expensive depending on the extent of support you need.

• The second option is to read, read, read. There are hundreds of books and articles all focusing on baby sleep and the different methods that you can use to get your baby to sleep. If you have the time and (energy!), you can collate and sift through the information yourself and perhaps come up with a sleep plan that you are happy with. For time-starved parents who are looking for a quick solution, this approach might not be the one for you.

• There is also the option of taking an online course. Some sleep consultants offer online courses where you can learn about baby sleep and develop appropriate strategies for your family. This is not a bad option provided you have time and energy to spare.

• The fourth option is buying a sleep package. Some sleep consultants offer sleep packages based on the age of your child. These are cheaper than using a one-to-one consultation with a traditional sleep consultant. But bear in mind that the information they provide is very general. It is not tailored to your child specifically. The packages will require you to sift through their material and choose the appropriate approach for your child.

• The option which gives you the best of everything, is one of my Sleep Welfare Packages. In putting together my packages, my aim was to combine the best of all the above options to create the optimal option for you at an affordable price. The sleep packages include a sleep plan and resource pack that is tailored to your child and your family and take into account your preferences as a parent. This will ensure that you are given only the information that is relevant to you. The big advantage to you is that this is both affordable and immediate. After selecting your package and completing our online questionnaire which tells us all about your child and your family, you will get instant access to your sleep plan. Over and above this, Sleep Superstars has developed a unique Sleep Support Hub – a one-of-a-kind resource to answer all your questions and concerns. We set this up when we realised that parents were having to trawl forums to get the information they wanted and we realised how time consuming this was. Our Hub is detailed, comprehensive and continually updated. No other baby sleep consultant provides a resource quite like this one. It’s there to help you every step of the way whilst you work on your goal of helping your child sleep better so that you can get the rest you need and deserve.

Joanna Shtrosberg
Joanna is a certified level 6 holistic sleep consultant and founder of Sleep Superstars. Her vision is to help parents navigate the challenges of parenthood by helping them and their children get the sleep they need. Before setting up Sleep Superstars, Joanna graduated from Cambridge University and the College of Law after which she practised in the legal profession for several years. She is also a mother to two young boys so fully understands the difficulties in balancing a career with family life.