Sleep

Parenting is extremely personal and so is your journey to find sleep for your family

It is not up to us to tell you how your child should be sleeping.  Instead, we promise to listen as you outline your specific goals, and as Registered Nurses, we will use our expertise to help you reach them.

We know you have so many options for sleep education these days, let us explain why choosing The Mama Coach to support your journey is the best . . .

  • We are extremely proud to be Registered Nurses, utilizing our in depth assessment skills as the basis for our programming.  
  • We will listen to you.  It is not up to us as health professionals to tell you how your baby should be sleeping.  Instead, we will hear you, and provide assessments to determine the easiest way for you to achieve your goals.  We will walk beside you each step of the way.
  • We help families with newborns, all the way up through school age children.  We can support your family as it grows and ages.  
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Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.  We would love to learn more about your family and share how we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions - Sleep

We get asked this one all the time.  As Registered Nurses, having merely one method does not align with how we were trained in University to utilize the nursing process.

The Nursing Process is defined as, a “systematic approach to care using the fundamental principles of critical thinking, client-centered approaches to treatment, goal-oriented tasks, evidence-based practice (EBP) recommendations, and nursing intuition.  Holistic and scientific postulates are integrated to provide the basis for compassionate, quality-based care” (*1).  

Simply put, we will assess your child using our nursing training to determine the best way to help your family reach their goals, walking beside you all the way.  You can choose us with confidence, knowing you have picked the most qualified resource to support your family’s journey.

*1 – (Toney-Butler TJ, Thayer JM. Nursing Process. [Updated 2020 Jul 10]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499937/)

Our programs are based on assessment.  For example, it is not appropriate to start working on sleep habits without assessing feeding first.  This order of things ensures there is no underlying feeding issue that could be causing the sleep challenge for your child.  We also assess development before looking at sleep — research tells us that one impacts the other.  Where your child is at currently will decide how we move forward with sleep together.

No, we don’t. There are many different definitions of “cry it out”, and we see it most commonly defined as deciding your child is going to sleep, putting them in their sleep space, and essentially seeing them in the morning. We are not that.

At The Mama Coach, we are committed to ensuring your child is ready to learn healthy sleep hygiene; utilizing a solution that the entire family unit feels good about.  In our programming, we use the analogy of a “mountain of sleep props” — sleep props are anything you are giving your child (i.e. soother) or doing with your child (i.e. rocking, bouncing, nursing, etc.) to help them get back to sleep when they wake between sleep cycles.  

We don’t believe in “ripping the bandaid off” type of methods, where you “get rid of” multiple sleep props all at once.  As Registered Nurses, we can help your child adapt to independent sleep skills, one supported step at a time.

The science of sleep is a very complex process that is interwoven with other aspects of your child’s wellbeing — sleep does not function independently.  Since there are many pieces to this complex sleep puzzle, we will assess the entire picture, create a customized solution, and ensure the process is as easy as possible for your family.

At The Mama Coach, we are all Registered Nurses and as such have a regulatory licensing body which ensures compliance to a standard of practice, code of ethics and conduct, as well as evidence informed care.  Our dedication and commitment to our profession, ensures we provide you with excellent nursing care as part of our private practice.  At The Mama Coach, we build tailored approaches for your unique child based on our assessment (through our lense as Registered Nurses), therefore, your experience with us will be incomparable to other companies who offer sleep training.

Often, yes — the answer largely depends on where you live and what your private insurance covers.  For example, in Canada, our services are covered under ‘Lactation’, ‘Registered Nurse Services’ or ‘Health Spending Accounts’.  In the United States our services can be covered through FSA’s, HSA’s, and private insurance.  Reach out to your local Mama Coach HERE for more information.

There is no magic formula when it comes to teaching sleep.  At The Mama Coach, we prefer to call it “sleep learning”, because it is a skill that your child will learn and carry with them into adulthood.  Research shows that children with poor sleep skills turn into adults with poor sleep skills.  Thankfully the opposite is also true!  

Our newborn packages  help you build a developmentally appropriate routine and schedule for your child (it’s variable with a newborn), as well as take a good look at feeding — often feeding issues are the reason behind newborn sleep struggles.  Between three and four months of age, your newborn will start to cycle through sleep differently — this is a great time to start working on building healthy sleep habits.  

Our programs do not use an all or nothing approach.  We encourage teaching your child how to listen to their body — feed when they’re hungry and sleep when they’re tired.  Often this means keeping feeds overnight and following your child’s lead.

Possibly, it is hard to say without looking at the entire 24-hour picture.  Sleep usually improves in succession:

  • Bedtime clicks first 
  • Then overnight habits become more solid
  • Naps take shape next
  • Early mornings are the last thing to fall into place

Reach out to us HERE — we are happy to learn about your child’s sleep habits and challenges you may be facing.

Yes!  You may add bedtime support to any package.  At The Mama Coach, bedtime support includes a three hour visit where we model the sleep technique with your child and extensively discuss the plan going forward.  The assessment and consultation will be done virtually prior to the visit.

Potentially — reach out to your local Mama Coach HERE and they will get back to you.  You will definitely rest easier knowing a Registered Nurse is caring for your precious child.

Yes, you can work on sleep skills with your child wherever you choose.  At The Mama Coach, we will help you build an optimal sleep environment, whether in their own room or yours.  Is your child going to share a room with an older sibling?  We can provide a plan and guidance to make the transition smooth for everyone involved.

Not likely, however, we will provide tools and suggestions to move through this process with the least amount of stress for your entire family.  The thought of multiple kids awake overnight (without reason) is completely overwhelming, and we will do everything to ensure this does not happen.

No!  We like to think about the process as sleep learning, not sleep training.  This is a new skill your child is learning, and it does not have to be “all or nothing”.  You can make progress towards your goals by getting out and about during the day — in fact, we encourage it.  Thinking about only your child’s sleep all day and night can be really stressful.  There is a balance to be found, and we will walk beside you to find it.

Of course!  Our favorite sleep package is our More than sleep two week package, as it gives us ample time to help you achieve your sleep goals.  Some families want ongoing support after the package ends which is always an option — think Registered Nurse on call to help answer any questions that come up.  Reach out to your local Mama Coach, and they will be happy to build the support package that works for your family.

If you choose our More than Sleep Assessment and Consultation package, you will always have an option to choose more support.

Yes!  At The Mama Coach, our programming teaches how to read your child’s cues.  This helps your child learn to feed when they are hungry, and sleep when they are tired.

No, not when you use a Mama Coach to help you!  As Registered Nurses, we do an in depth feeding assessment with each child, to ensure there are no underlying issues which could cause supply challenges down the road.  As well, we take your feeding journey to-date and goals into consideration when building your sleep plan.  We do not encourage you to “drop feeds” cold turkey, instead we suggest a gradual process when teaching your child to feed when they’re hungry and sleep when they’re tired.

We know that having multiples can be expensive.  At The Mama Coach, we are proud to help with multiples for the same price as one child.  We also offer discounts for siblings, if you want to give the gift of sleep to the whole family.

We strongly encourage partners to work together as they teach healthy sleep habits — providing a unified front to your child ensures consistency, which is paramount to your success.  We will discuss all of this during the assessment and consultation part of the package.  At The Mama Coach, we know that every family is unique, which is why we don’t utilize a one-size-fits-all approach.  We will help find a sleep solution that the whole family feels good about.

Yes!  Consistency is the most important part of teaching healthy sleep habits, which we will discuss during the assessment and consultation part of the package.  If you would like additional support from your Mama Coach, click HERE to see the add-ons we offer. 

At The Mama Coach, we understand how all consuming parenting on your own can be.  We want you to know that you are exactly what your child needs!  Finding healthy sleep for the whole family will take a huge burden off your shoulders, and we would love to be a part of that process.  The gift of sleep is truly life changing.

HELPING FAMILIES JUST LIKE YOURS

5/5

“After weeks & weeks of not sleeping at all I heard about Janelle from another mom. Following Janelle’s advice from the Newborn package helped us get a few hours of amazing uninterrupted sleep the very first night & it has kept improving since then! Highly recommend.”

Sam K.
5/5

“My Baby sleeps in her crib for the WHOLE night. I honestly never thought that was something I would ever be able to say. With the help of my mama coach, I can finally be at ease knowing my baby sleeps soundly in their crib. Can’t thank my mama coach enough for everything”

Michelle L.
5/5

“As Parents, we know our babies, sometimes we need support, education, tools, techniques & expertise. This is exactly what was provided. She supported us  & helped us reach our sleep goals. I LOVE my babies but I am so happy to have some me time when my baby sleeps happily.”

Chantel W.
5/5

“I was so stressed thinking I would have to choose between breastfeeding & sleep. Then I discovered that I 100% didn’t. My baby is exclusively breastfed (after so many challenges) & sleeps so good.”

“THANK YOU!.”

Bree T.
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