Since we are in close touch with the families we work for, many of you have shared with us two distinct needs:
1. Assistance on vacation
2. Assistance with getting baby or child to sleep
Here’s our response!
Meet Our Vacation/Traveling Program
We recently connected with Nantucket Baby Equipment Rentals and came up with a great idea for families traveling to Nantucket this summer.
Between the two companies, we’ve got everything you need to create the perfect downtime during your beach stay. It’s no secret that having a dependable childcare professional with you while away from home offers wonderful respite and an easier way to juggle a busy family life.
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If you’re not headed to Nantucket but possibly the Cape? MV? Block Island? Anywhere else? Having a trained baby nurse or nanny will ease your family’s transition to an unfamiliar setting or even a different time zone, and parents get the opportunity for a well-deserved breather.
We’ve been developing this program with a board certified pediatrician affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital. What we discovered is that one in four children under the age of five has a sleep issue. The good news is, most children’s sleep issues are behavioral and not medical. If your child is struggling with sleep issues, you are not alone! You do not need to keep trouble-shooting your child’s sleep and exhausting yourself.
Our sleep consultant can help you find the underlying cause of your child’s sleep issue and work to resolve it in a gentle, compassionate manner. Our team member can provide support, advice and encouragement while you help your child learn to fall asleep on their own.
Think you may be a candidate for this program? Consider these little red flags:
- You are rocking, swinging, or nursing/bottle-feeding your child to sleep
- Your child has trouble going to sleep and staying asleep and wakes several times throughout the night
- Your child ends up in your bed at some point during the night, and yet nobody is sleeping well in this arrangement
- Your child wakes up before 6 a.m. but is still exhausted and irritable
- Your child takes short naps or no naps, but clearly needs more daytime sleep.
Parents need a sleep coaching approach that is gentle, safe, and easy to follow. No method of sleep training is one-size-fits-all and no method is right or wrong. What works for one family may not work for another. Success with any method depends on parents being able to commit to a plan and be patient and consistent throughout.
Boston Baby Sleep consultants work with parents of babies and children ages newborn to 6 years old. We partner with families to provide a customized sleep coaching plan that takes into account the age of the child, health, development needs and parenting style.
Since the dynamics of working with younger and older babies is quite different, we’ve created two programs designed specifically to meet the unique needs of your baby.
We offer TWO teams of Sleep Consultants:
- Our pediatrician leads the program for newborns and babies up to the age of 6 months.
- The program for older babies is led by a professional sleep technologist.
The Boston Baby Nurse Sleep Coach Program for younger babies is designed and implemented by our Sleep Program Director, Dr. Paula McEvoy, a board certified primary care pediatrician affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital since 1998. Given the delicate nature of younger babies, Dr. McEvoy’s advanced training will provide you with the current, evidence-based guidelines and instructions on how to develop your baby’s healthy sleeping habits. She will consider all the elements of your baby’s well-being and will evaluate if your baby is ready to start learning healthy sleep habits.
For older babies and children up to the age of 6 years, Boston Baby Nurse uses the “Gentle Sleep Coach Program.” Kristie Dick, who leads this program, is a registered sleep technologist and a certified “Gentle Sleep” coach. Kristie’s background involves over 80 hours of training with a faculty panel that includes two medical doctors, a psychologist, an attorney, a lactation counselor, postpartum doulas and a family therapist.
If you have questions on either program, please contact Boston Baby Nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org.