Sleep Sense™ Philosophy
“A well rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn.”
Dana Obleman, Founder Sleep Sense™ Program
Everyone needs sleep – no matter how young or old you are. The only difference is how much. It is important to note that sleeping through the night is not a developmental milestone, it is a skill that is learned. Babies and small children learn so quickly, and there is an art to letting them learn how to fall sleep independently.
As parents it is our duty to keep our babies alive, healthy, safe and protected. We are the chosen ones to nurture and encourage their growth, physically, emotionally and spiritually. So, we should be able to teach them the skill of sleeping too – right? This isn’t always as easy for some as it is for others. If you are reading this, you may need some help. I needed help too, and there is no shame in admitting that…I just wish I had asked for help sooner!
It may be a popular notion that when you become a parent you say goodbye to sleep and that you will henceforth be exhausted until your children leave home, however I believe that with a little bit of guidance most children can learn the techniques and strategies needed to sleep through the night from an early age, giving parents the ability to be well rested themselves, able to keep up with the demands of life and parenting.
With so many methods and opinions available out there, rest assured that the The Sleep Sense™ Program is focused on improving your child’s sleep and not about pushing any particular philosophy. Often, when people hear ‘sleep training’ they often assume that it is a “cry it out method” where their babies will be left alone in a dark room to cry for hours without comfort. Please know that I would never ask a parent to ignore their child’s cries or to leave their child to cry for extended periods of time.
I guide parents through a gentler method that allows your baby to learn independent sleep skills, while respecting the parents’ comfort level. At the outset, it is most likely that your baby will protest this process to some extent. Ask yourself how you would feel if we drastically altered your bedtime routine? There would be a period of adjustment followed by a new normal. The good news is that the protesting is temporary until your child develops his or her own independent sleep skills. We know we are working toward the greater goal of getting your child the quality sleep he or she deserves. The process will be worth it in the end.
If you are struggling and in need of a little help, it is my desire to come alongside you as we work together to improve your child’s sleep habits which will in turn help improve your quality of sleep too. You could be closer to a full night’s rest than you even realise…trust me!