Sleep Philosophy

My approach to improving your child’s sleep is pretty simple:

  • I’ll give you honest information about WHY sleep is so important for your child’s well-being. (This will give you all the motivation you need to make changes to your child’s sleep habits.)

  • I’ll lay out an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that lets you make some choices about what is the right approach for your child. (All children are different, and nobody knows your child better than you do. I encourage you to use your knowledge of your child to customize his or her sleep plan.)

  • I’ll show you how to measure success. (No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep 12 uninterrupted hours on the first night — although it does happen! I’ll tell you what you should expect along the way…)

NOW LETS TALK ABOUT CRYING...

 

People often ask whether my solutions involve "crying it out,".

Crying is your child's way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That's why I'm always sure to tell parents that my program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child's part.

Please understand that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries. The reason the methods used are so effective is that it lets you develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child.

If you have any questions at all about the philosophy behind the stregies I use, Please don't hesitate to Contact Me

When parents entrust me as their child's "sleep guide," either through one-on-one consultations or seminars, they are placing a great deal of trust in me, and I want to let you know that I take this responsibility very seriously.

While most books and programs dealing with child sleep issues take philosophical stands (based largely around the issue of "crying it out"), I believe that your child's sleep is more important than my personal views on this subject. That's why the strategies I use places so much emphasis on accommodating different parenting styles. The bottom line is that you, as a parent, need to be comfortable with your new sleep plan in order for it to work for your child.

Heather Edeling

Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant

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Disclaimer: The advice you receive from Heather Edeling is for informational purposes only and is intended for use with common early childhood sleep issues that are wholly unrelated to medical conditions.  Heather Edeling’s advice is NOT intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health practitioner regarding any matters that may require medical attention or diagnosis, and before following the advice and using the techniques described. Reliance on any information provided by Heather Edeling is solely at your own risk.