Now I know some of the other birthy people out there are cringing right now - don't worry! I am not planning to be some kind of ruthless baby trainer, desensitizing and nutrition depriving and all those nasty words. NO WAY! I will be helping parents learn to nurture their newborn's sleep and develop healthy sleep habits from birth. We will look at toddler sleep difficulties and together figure out a method of "sleep learning" that complements each family's parenting style. We will build plans and support the implementation of those plans until everyone is sleeping peacefully, one family at a time! And sure, there might be some Ferberizing or some Wessbluthing (if someone wants it), but there will be loads of Kim West and Elizabeth Pantley's ideas being tossed around as well, not to mention Jodi Mindell and even some Dr. Sears for those who love him. I am a mother, a doula, a childbirth educator, and an open minded sleep consultant, and I will find what works best for each family. And hopefully we can all get some more sleep along the way!
For the next few weeks I will be writing about my first experience (there it is again, another first!) supporting a family in their home overnight while they teach their 4 month old twin boys to sleep, in their own room, in their own beds, hopefully for a good chunk of the night.