Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant
Supporting Clients Across the US
Frequently Asked Questions
What age can I begin to sleep train my child?
It is best to wait until your child is 16 weeks adjusted age before formally sleep training. However, parents can begin to establish healthy sleep habits from the beginning and may find they have to do minimal sleep training in the future. In my practice, I provide support to families whose children are 4 months adjusted age to 5 years old. I also offer an Expectant & Newborn package for those looking for guidance on how begin to establish healthy sleep habits before 4 months as well as create a safe sleep environment for baby.
What is "adjusted age"?
A child's biological age, or "adjusted age" is the age of your child based on their estimated due date. We use this to determine the beginning of an infant's sleep timeline. So for instance, if your baby was born 2 weeks early and is 16 weeks old, his adjusted age is 14 weeks. Therefore we would recommend establishing a consistent sleep schedule when baby is 18 weeks.
Why should I sleep train my child?
Little ones need a large amount of sleep each day/night so that they have the opportunity to rest from all of the physical and cognitive activity and development they experience each day. When a child does not get enough sleep, they may be more prone to tantrums, have trouble performing simple tasks and/or experience difficulty focusing in school. Lack of sleep can also effect your child's health. The most obvious side effect seems to be that when one child doesn't sleep, the whole family suffers! Establishing healthy sleep habits for your child will help your entire family live a happier, healthier and more well-rested life! It's not too late!
Will I have to let my child cry all night?
This is a very common concern/question. When you begin to teach your child how to sleep independently, there will always be a bit of crying as your child protests the new changes. Just like a child might cry when you tell them they cannot have ice cream for dinner or touch a hot stove. But as a parent, you want to keep them safe so you ignore the protests. The same can be said for sleep training; you know it is in their best interest to sleep. And you as the parent need to sleep so you can be at your best! When you choose Coastal Sleep Services as your child sleep consultant, we will work together to establish a personalized sleep plan which will include deciding on what method of sleep training you feel most comfortable with, whether it be a more direct or gentle one. Once a child understands what is expected of them at bedtime, you will find that the crying stops.