Sleephaven Sleep Consultation Review

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Sleephaven Sleep Consultation Review

April 26, 2016

Need Sleep. Lack of sleep. No sleep. Zombie mom. Mombie. If this sounds like you or someone you know, keep reading.

iphone 286Sleep is one of several keys to healthfulness. Without quality sleep, most find it difficult to function at their fullest capacity. I know that I am more irritable and have far less energy when my sleep is disjointed, interrupted or too short.

When our daughter was born in early 2012 we didn’t know much about infant sleep. I didn’t have the connections to my community and its resources like I do now. We didn’t establish a consistent routine and I often found myself rocking her to sleep and almost always nursing her to sleep. I would stealthily sneak out of her room once she’d fallen asleep, calling on my “inner ninja” not to wake her up. I didn’t know that there was another way, that babies could learn to fall asleep and stay asleep on their own.

In the spring of 2015 our son was born. We tried to do things differently. We attempted to establish a consistent routine, but we struggled. We knew what not to do, but we didn’t know what to do. Once again our baby’s sleep was unpredictable and we were all exhausted. I knew that I didn’t want to be sneaking out of my son’s room like I did still do with my daughter. I didn`t want interrupted sleep to become my new normal, to always be on the brink of exhaustion.

As he neared 6 months I decided it was time to call on my community for help. I’d heard Margot speak about infant sleep countless times over the years in my Mom to Be and Mom & Baby classes. I’d heard amazing feedback from the moms who had worked with Sleephaven. I knew we would be in good hands and a restful night’s sleep was just around the corner.

The consultation included some work for me including a thorough questionnaire about our son and our sleep goals as well as three days of very detailed sleep logs. Once everything was completed Margot came to our house to get us started. It was clear right away that we needed her help. She taught us how to gently and gradually teach our son how to fall asleep on his own. She taught us how to make his sleep environment most conducive to sleep. She taught us that timing is a big part of successful sleep, i.e., bedtime, wake-up time, nap-time. She taught us how to make a logical and predictable bedtime routine that would help ease our son to sleep.

I’m not going to sugarcoat it. The first few days were awful. They required patience, tenacity and grit. I cried most nights out of frustration and sheer exhaustion. I wanted to quit. But every morning I sent an updated sleep log to Margot and then shortly thereafter we would debrief over the phone. Her advice and encouragement is what kept me committed.
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Amazingly, in less than 5 days our son was sleeping all night long, with only a “dream feed” around 11 pm when I went to bed.

Now 6 months later, our son is still a great sleeper. We have bad nights like anyone, with typical culprits like sickness and teething or insufficient daytime sleep. But what is most amazing is that even now at 12 months when separation anxiety is usually at an all-time high, he still falls asleep on his own. The sleep skills that we taught him at 6 months are still with him.

Sleep, like anything in parenting, looks different for every family. Some families bed share or room share while others sleep in separate rooms or a combination of the aforementioned. Regardless of your sleeping scenario, if you are struggling with your baby or child’s sleep, I encourage you to give Sleephaven a call. You can teach your child the sleep skills she needs to fall asleep and stay asleep on her own whether you are bed sharing, room sharing or sleeping in separate rooms. Sleephaven offers a FREE 15-minute phone consultation that will give you a good indication of whether or not you’d like to book their services.

For more detail on the services they offer and the prices for each, please visit their webpage. And if you have extended health benefits and/or a health spending account, their services may be partially or fully covered because all consultants are Occupational Therapists.

Sweet dreams.

~chelsey

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0 Responses to “Sleephaven Sleep Consultation Review”

  1. Margot Byer says:

    Thanks for the beautiful review, Chelsey!

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