What is your Sleep Coaching philsophy and approach?
The Baby of Mine Sleep Coaching approach is evidence and research-based so everything is based on these critical foundations. The approach is gentle, holistic and based on responsive parenting. Sleep is reviewed as part of the whole picture of a child and family's world and everything recommended is based on this whole understanding.
The holistic philosophy is one of truly understanding a family, a child and what is happening and determining the best way to support sleep for that child and family. This means that the approach will vary as needed.
There are some changes for a child that can be done quickly and in fact for some changes and circumstances, this works better. There are other changes that gradual changes will be recommended. It will depend on many factors to determine what changes to make and at what pace.
The aim is to create gentle change for children where possible and minimise upset. Baby of Mine is not a proponent of Cry It Out methods or leaving an upset child alone.
We are passionate to help parents understand sleep, understand their child's current circumstance and to provide recommendations for where things can be shifted to support improved sleep in a positive and respectful way.
We consistently see that parents gain so much calm and confidence when armed with knowledge about sleep and with a clear way to support the sleep needs of their child.
Will there be crying involved?
The approaches taken will always place your child's well-being and your family at the centre. Critically important is your presence near your baby/child to support them gently, gradually and with empathy. Baby of Mine does not support Cry It Out or any methods with extended periods of crying. What is important is that we find an approach that suits your parenting style, is biologically and developmentally appropriate and takes into account the personality of your child among many other factors.
Do you offer in-home services?
The Baby of Mine philosphy is one of empowering parents with clear knowledge and recommendations. The focus is on guiding you to support your child's sleep in your own environment with a focus on that attachment with you.
The different levels of service can provide you with the level of support that best suits your needs so the involvement can be as little or as much or as wanted/needed. The focus is on excellent connection with the families we connect with through the video consultations and tailored support.
Given that much of the approach is gradual and gentle, there is also less angst for parents with implementing changes in their own home and having the confidence to do so. Parent feedback is they feel they have clarity and feel supported as they make changes.
How soon will I see changes in my child’s sleep?
This varies significantly depending on factors such as the age of the child, what has been happening prior to getting support from us, how long things have been going on the way they are, parenting styles, the recommended changes, how diligent people are with following the recommendations and more.
There are times where a few simple changes will have a profound and fast impact. There are other times when the changes will take time to really show impacts. There are also times that while we work on everything to support sleep, there are dvelopmental impacts to sleep that we cannot 'fix' but parents take great value from having a clear approach on how to support their child through such times.
We focus on knowledge about what is both developmentally and biologically normal to ensure we are not trying to fix something that is actually quite normal. Our approach is typically one of gentle gradual shifts and this requires time, patience, empathy and consistency.
We do sometimes get scenarios where for a range of reasons a method needs to be fast. In these situations we will discuss this with the parents and identify the best way to minimise issues while aiming to move things along faster.
Are these methods suitable for all children?
Our methods are suitable for all children from newborn to 5 years as everything we do is tailored to what is developmentally and biologically appropriate. Please note that the guidance we provide around Newborns is based around laying foundations but with lots of contact, focus on attachment and responsiveness.
What locations can you support?
Given that our consultations are online this means we provide our services to anyone across Australia, New Zealand and anywhere across the globe where we can accomodate time zones.
When is the best time to use Sleep Coaching services?
Unless you are about to travel, about to go through a major life change for your little one in the next couple of weeks or your child has health concerns that require medical clearance or attention then the answer is now.
Whether you're pregnant, have a Newborn or have a child up to 5 years of age, we can support you.
Also remember that getting support can be about pre-empting challenges and getting some knowledge about sleep to avoid some of these challenges or know how to support your child's sleep through the various storms that are normal in their early years.
How do I know which is the best service type for my situation?
The services are based on the level of support you wish to have for your situtation rather than the age and stage of your child. Every consultation and service with each family is tailored completely to each unique circumstance so any of the services are suitable for any age.
You can take a look at the overview of three service offerings here to get a clearer view of which service you would prefer to book: https://www.babyofmine.com.au/services-overview
Of course if you have questions or would like to discuss further, please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss what would best serve your family and situation.
Why is your approach with sleep different to before?
If you previously completed a service with Baby of Mine prior to 2020, you may see that the type of services offered are different. After years of working with families and children, and several years working as a Sleep Coach, Glynis shifted the approach. This was based on what she was observing with children through her services, ongoing review of research and studies and the increasing information available about supporting children's sleep.
Her decision was rather than having "program-based" services she wanted to ensure that each service was based on the right approach for that family. Sometimes change happens fast, sometimes it needs more time and it all depends on what the challenges are plus the myriad of other factors that influence sleep.