Gentle Sleep Philosophy
Gentle Sleep Coaching is the perfect option for parents who don’t want to leave their children alone, in the dark, to “cry it out.” I focus on incremental changes at bedtime that teach your child sleep independence while mom or dad is nearby to provide support and reassurance.
Every child is different. Through Gentle Sleep Coaching, I can help you figure out the best methods to use for your child based on their individual temperament, age, and history. I will teach you how many different factors can affect sleep and what you can do to set your child up for success.
The GSC approach is a gentler alternative for families who emotionally or philosophically resist letting their babies cry it out: for families who tried “Ferber” (controlled crying) and it didn’t work, and for families who let their baby cry-it-out earlier but now find it doesn’t help. It is also for families who believe in co-sleeping but find that their children aren’t really sleeping all that well, even nestled snugly with their parents. Or for families who did co-sleep for a few months to a few years and now want the family bed to revert back to the marital one.
Can you guarantee “no crying” you might ask? No, no one really can. For example, if you as the parent have taught your child that the way to fall asleep is to be held to sleep for all naps, bedtime and wakings and you decide that you want to change this; your child will naturally protest or resist this change. After all, they don’t know why you have changed your approach. If your child is pre-verbal then they will cry. My goal is to have as little crying as possible. I encourage parents to be loving and responsive but to allow the child the room to learn this vital life skill of putting themselves to sleep. The parent responds and stays with their child and offers physical and verbal reassurance without putting the child to sleep. This supports the development of a secure attachment between parent and child.
I will work with you to create an individualized, step-by-step sleep plan that will factor in your parenting philosophy, your child’s age, health and temperament, mother’s well-being and the related family dynamics. And most importantly I will support and coach you through the process from beginning to end- for night sleep and naps!
I love being a certified Gentle Sleep Coach. Parents contact me because they need help and I help them. There are not many things in life that are that simple. Please, give me the opportunity to help you help your children sleep.
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Betsy Smith Barney