Sleep Coaching2021-04-15T07:40:13-04:00

Sleep Coaching

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Ready For A Happy, Well-Rested Baby?

If you are tired of being tired, chances are that your baby is too. The sleep consultants at Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny are devoted to helping you and your child get the sleep you need. We will provide your family with gentle, compassionate overnight visits, and support you every step of the way.

When your little one has sleep challenges, the whole family suffers. We are devoted to making your parenting journey easier. Soon, everyone in your household will be snoozing through the night again.

Signs Your Baby May Need Sleep

  • Rocking, swinging, or nursing/bottle-feeding is his primary method of falling asleep
  • Has trouble falling asleep and wakes several times throughout the night
  • Taking short naps or no naps, but clearly needs more daytime sleep
  • Waking up before 6 a.m. but is still exhausted and irritable
  • Your baby ends up in your bed at some point during the night and neither of you are getting enough rest

IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP

Sleep is just as important to your child’s development and well-being as nutrition and physical activity. The amount and quality of sleep they get impacts their awareness, memory, mood, behavior, and learning abilities. Establishing good sleep practices while your child is young will not only benefit you, it will help them for many years to come.

What to Expect

  • Our Sleep Consultants work with families to provide customized and evidence-based sleep solutions. We start with a preliminary phone call to assess your baby’s current sleep habits, listen to your needs, and determine whether you and your baby are ready for sleep coaching.
  • Through a series of in-home or virtual consultations, we will review your child’s sleep habits and family schedule to gain a better understanding of your goals. Our experts will then create an individualized sleep coaching plan to meet the unique needs of your child.
  • Our Sleep Consultant will present an in-depth plan and explain the scientific data to support our methods. Understanding the science behind sleep is a key component to sleep coaching success.
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We’re Sleep Experts

Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny is affiliated with the American Association of Sleep Medicine, the leading voice in the sleep field. The AASM sets standards and promotes excellence in sleep medicine, healthcare, education, and research. It is also the only professional society dedicated exclusively to the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine.

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Sleep Coaching FAQs

What is sleep coaching?2020-10-15T18:34:41-04:00

Sleep coaching usually begins when your baby is a minimum of 4-6 months old and once your pediatrician approves it. The signs that indicate that your baby may need sleep coaching are frequent night wakings and a general inability to fall or stay asleep on his/her own. The whole sleep coaching process usually takes between 4-14 days, and promotes healthy sleep habits. This will benefit the whole family.

Do babies ever need additional sleep coaching?2020-10-15T18:36:21-04:00

If your baby has already completed the process of sleep coaching, he/she has acquired an essential life skill that will benefit everyone long-term! Your baby already knows how to fall and stay asleep on his/her own, but the above reasons may cause a temporary regression. In rare cases a refresher with a shorter sleep coaching session can help get your baby back on track. You can try this on your own or Sleep Consultant from Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny would be happy to help you. We are just a phone call away. 

My baby sleeps well in our bed. Should we just let her sleep with us for now?2020-10-15T18:39:05-04:00

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, bed sharing can be dangerous and even life-threatening to your baby. It is important to have your baby sleep in his/her own bed and establish this routine from the start. This is easier than trying to break the habit of bed sharing later down the line.  

Do babies ever regress back to waking at night after sleep coaching is finished?2020-10-15T18:41:51-04:00

Yes.  As babies grow and develop they may experience some nights with more frequent wakings.  Babies may wake more often when they are overtired, teething, sick, experiencing a growth spurt, traveling, or with the introduction of new routines 

Will sleep coaching cause any harm to my baby?2020-10-15T18:43:29-04:00

No. There is no evidence to suggest that sleep coaching causes any physical or emotional harm to babies. In fact, studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics have shown that sleep plays a fundamental role in child development. Lack of sleep during childhood is associated with physical and mental health problems. Sleep deprivation can also cause major health problems including a weakened immune system later in life.

Does every baby need sleep coaching?2020-10-15T18:55:47-04:00

No. Many babies do not need sleep coaching. The gradual process of sleep conditioning by your Newborn Care Expert will prepare your baby for a lifetime of sound sleep, without the sleep coaching process. There are some babies, however, who may not show signs of learning to self-soothe through sleep conditioning. They may need a more structured sleep coaching program in order to sleep through the night on their own. If you find your baby waking several times a night or is unable to consistently fall asleep on their own, you may benefit from a sleep consultation to see if coaching is recommended. Most babies who complete our sleep coaching program learn the essential skills of falling and staying asleep on their own quickly. We will help every step of the way!

Will my Newborn Care Expert guide my baby to sleep through the night?2020-10-15T19:02:34-04:00

Yes. With your pediatrician’s approval, the Newborn Care Experts at Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny are able to gently lengthen the time between feeds overnight to prepare your baby to sleep for longer stretches. This is called sleep conditioning. There are no tears involved and it is a gradual process which often leads to your baby sleeping through the night on his/her own. Remember, every baby is different, and their sleep habits are no exception.

hear from our clients

I wanted to extend my highest praise and sincere gratitude for Anthonina. She was absolutely wonderful and has helped us so much with our sleeping issues and even with nursing protocol (and I have two lactation consultants, have taken breastfeeding classes, and read countless literature). She is extremely professional and knowledgeable. Anthonina is also clearly passionate about all things mothers, babies, and breastfeeding. Lastly, she is also just a really nice woman and a pleasure to talk to. I wished I could take advantage of her expertise more often!
Ariane, Boston, MA
Thanks so much, Bryn – the good news is that Rose is sleeping more through the night…but we’re definitely sad not to be working with you and Kaitlin anymore! You were wonderful to work with from the very beginning – professional, supportive, and prompt in all your communications. Looking forward to having an opportunity to work with Boston Baby Nurse another time in the future!
Caroline, Brookline, MA
I just wanted to let you know, that since Charlene left us, Ella has been sleeping through the night!! We would never have managed this without BBNN and we can’t believe how much our quality of life has improved with a good night’s sleep, EVERY night!
We’re so looking forward to working with you again next baby! Thank you again for your wonderful support,
Emily, Cambridge, MA
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