Why Should I Hire a Sleep Consultant?
With all of the information that’s readily available online and the resources you have at your disposal in the form of friends and family who have managed to get their kids to sleep, why would you want to invite a stranger into your lives (or homes!) to get your child sleeping through the night?
While people may not phrase their questions this way, I know it’s a concern that a lot of parents have when they’re thinking about getting some professional help with their little ones’ sleep habits. And it’s a valid question! After all, your mother managed to get you to sleep at some point and your best friend might have four kids who are all champion sleepers. They surely should have some answers for you, right?
Well, yes! At least they might. But then again, they might not.
Most of the time, my clients are parents who have already exhausted all the suggestions they’ve received from their immediate support system but still continue to struggle. The biggest reason why solutions that work for one parent don’t work for another is simple. They’re not dealing with the same baby.
Some babies rely heavily on sleep props. Others can’t sleep in a room that’s too warm. Some may not be getting enough daytime sleep while others might be overtired. Some babies have developed an association between feeding and falling asleep whereas others need to be rocked to sleep. More often than not, sleep challenges are usually a combination of all these factors and more!
Adding to the challenge is the fact that most solutions don’t work overnight. Parents often try a solution that could potentially help baby start sleeping through the night but end up abandoning it before it can take effect due to heavy protesting on baby’s part.
In short, sleep is a complicated issue and there’s very rarely one single thing that can remedy the situation overnight.
THAT'S WHERE WE COME IN!
A professional sleep consultant has the experience and training to recognize which problems result in specific symptoms and can work with you to develop a personalized plan for your child that addresses those individual issues. They can also provide some much-needed support when things don’t seem to be working and provide the encouragement you need to follow through on that plan until it starts to work. This is one of the things that makes Oh Baby packages so unique: we will never throw information at you and walk away. Every sleep package includes extensive follow-up support (with options for more) to ensure that you feel confident in handling your child’s unique sleep needs.
Consider the example of a personal trainer. It’s not hard to grab some dumbbells and watch a few YouTube videos in order to get in shape, so why pay someone to guide you along?
It’s because they’re able to give you tangible, targeted advice based on education and experience, can help to keep you motivated, and know how to respond to the problems that might arise when it comes to your specific situation.
Of course, when it comes to your little ones’ sleep needs, I hope for everyone to find success on their own. But if that doesn’t happen for you, Oh Baby is here with the answers and support you need to get everyone sleeping well again!