Welcome to Evolutionary Parenting’s Brief Infant and Toddler Sleep Screening, otherwise known as BITSS. This screening was developed as a response to what I saw as a growing need for families to access some quick information about their young child’s sleep. Sleep is one of the most common worries for families and results in a lot of stress for everyone involved and my hope here is to start a family’s path towards happiness with sleep. Many families worry something is wrong when really their child is quite normal. Others think sleep is the problem when in reality it may be a health or feeding issue. And sometimes we just do things as parents that can have a negative impact on our child’s ability to reach their sleep potential (which is highly variable and dependent on development).
This screening is short and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. As it is a brief screening, it is not conclusive and to be used only as a guiding force for what you may want to look into next, if anything. In some cases, you may be told there is the potential for a problem and really there isn’t (which is lovely!), and this happens because you have endorsed items that are frequently associated with a certain area. Currently it is set for children up to 3 years of age, but may be relevant for some slightly older – you can try it out if you like! It is definitely not relevant for children ages 6 and above.
When you receive your results, you will also be guided towards some general recommendations about who you can follow up with or any recommended readings. I hope you find this helpful and I welcome any feedback on the test itself which you can send via email to: email@example.com and please put “BITSS” in the subject line.
For the following questions, please think about the last 3 months only: