This email course is a 4-week course designed to help you with your baby or toddler’s sleep. Each week you will receive an email with information on topic, optional homework (when relevant), and you will have the opportunity to ask your individual questions to me during office hours that will be listed each week.
(A note on office hours: depending on the number of individuals registered and their locations, there may be more than one office hour to try and ensure everyone gets a chance to ask their questions and to meet the needs of various time zones. I plan to have office hours over the weekends to maximize availability, but there may be some times during the week/evenings depending on your time zone.)
The topics for the course include:
- Setting realistic expectations. This involves a look at your child and the factors that impact sleep and knowing how they interact to determine what kind of sleep is “normal” for your child. This also includes looking at health issues or feeding issues to determine if outside help is needed.
- Understanding how sleep works (and how this can help you). Just setting expectations isn’t enough, we need to know what biological factors influence sleep and how we can work with them to guide our children to the best sleep for them. When we work with our child’s rhythm (and help set it appropriately), then sleep is often much easier all else being equal.
- Knowing how to care for yourself. This is often a forgotten element for families. They get so focused on all of the burden of change being put on the child, they ignore they hold immense power to take control of their own lives and find ways to provide for themselves while caring for their kids. This is especially important for parents with higher-needs children.
- How to make gentle changes. Once we know what is normal and what isn’t, or when we know if something really isn’t working for us, we need to know how to make changes without risking harm to our kids. Gentle sleep changes are a necessary discussion and one we will focus on too.