Frequently Asked Questions

What is your Sleep Coaching philsophy and approach?

I work on the basis that we will do all the wonderful things to optimise your child’s sleep and we will remove any of the roadblocks that might be in the way. We will do that with the utmost respect for every aspect of your child and an evidence-based view of what normal infant and child sleep development looks like.

Everything I do with clients is family-centred meaning that sleep and support is viewed as part of understanding your family’s needs, dynamics, parenting preferences, challenges, wants and more.

I use a holistic approach to ensure there is understanding and consideration of your child’s physical health, mental health, feeding and eating, temperament, personality, sleep needs and behaviours and so much more that makes them unique.

I review sleep on a case-by-case basis so the guidance and support you receive will be bespoke to your child, your situation and your family. I take a toolbox approach to supporting families with sleep ensuring that the right methods and guidance is given that is specific to the situation, child and circumstance.

As a gentle parenting advocate, I am a proponent of supporting sleep in the same way which means ensuring that what we do is not causing distress that feels inappropriate or disrespectful to your child or your family. There are times that changes can be made quickly and other times we need to take our time. I am not a proponent of Cry It Out (CIO) methods or any method that leaves a child alone in distress.

I will support you with compassion, empathy, authenticity and a deep respect for you being the expert on your child or children.

Will there be crying involved?

The approach and methods 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 with warmth, compassion and empathy.

I do not support Cry It Out or any methods with periods of crying that feel inappropriate or disrespectful to a child or parent or where a child is left alone in distress.

Sometimes children will cry when they do not get the same sleep strategy they are accustomed to but this will never be on their own. The way each of us as parents respond to crying is also so individual. Some parents will want an approach with zero crying. Others are okay to support their child adjusting to something being a bit different with a bit of upset.

What is important is that we find an approach that suits your parenting style, is biologically and developmentally appropriate and takes into account your child’s unique needs and temperament among many other factors.

Do you offer in-home services?

My focus is on empowering parents to have clarity, calm and confidence in understanding and supporting the sleep needs of their children. This is done through video consultations, phone calls and text support. I really love building warm connections with the families I work with in this way as that rapport is something I value. Whether it’s releasing some tears, sharing a laugh, gaining insight, busting myths, having challenging conversations about struggles……the focus is on understanding you through these video consultations and ensuring you feel comfortable and confident in the process. Parents often provide feedback about the warmth of our connections which is lovely!

How soon will I see changes in my child’s sleep?

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 show impacts. A key aspect of the sleep coaching I provide will be to understand and review your goals for your child’s sleep. You might expect me as a Sleep Coach to say that I can help you achieve anything with sleep but if I said that I would be lying. To be honest, I encourage parents to have a cautiously considered approach to anyone guaranteeing results with infant/child sleep and/or advising that any sleep issues can be fixed or offering specific results in a specific time-frame. Why is this?

Firstly, when we look at sleep it’s important that we view your child’s sleep in relation to what the evidence shows about infant and child sleep development and a solid understanding about sleep biology and patterns. I encourage parents to view sleep support in two categories.

1. Those aspects of sleep that we can tweak and change with the view to fixing a situation. For example, if a child is going to bed undertired and this is causing a challenge then we would change this with the aim to fix the problem.

2. Those aspects of sleep whereby the sleep is impacted by developmental changes. Sleep may become fragmented and a bit pear-shaped as a child moves through. We cannot ‘fix’ development so there are times when we cannot fix what is happening with sleep at that stage. However we CAN understand it with clear knowledge, we can have a solid plan for how to approach this stage to walk alongside our infant/child as they move through this stage and to avoid things becoming worse and more stressful through these times. It’s a huge stress relief for parents to take on this approach! For example, if a child is going through separation awareness or their sleep is fragmented due to having started crawling then we can’t ‘fix’ separation awareness or make them learn to crawl faster but we can support their development with some beautiful ways when they are awake and have a way to understand and support their sleep as they go through this.

Secondly, every situation and child is unique. For example, some babies have a temperament that are okay with being placed into their bed and supported to sleep and others will not cope with this. If we are trying to push every baby and child into a certain approach without consideration of their temperament, needs and wants, we move into a territory where we may not gentle, we may limit the responsiveness and we are expecting all babies and children to be the same.

The message to you is that the pace at which we go, the methods we use, the temperament of your child, the situation you are in, your approach to parenting, your views on feeding, the way you apply the recommendations, the health of your child, what you have been doing with sleep up until we meet, the age of your child ……all of these and other factors will impact the outcomes for your baby/child.

Are these methods suitable for all children?

This is not a sleep program or a cookie-cutter approach to sleep. Each service is tailored to the child and family and I take toolbox approach to supporting sleep using the appropriate methods and ideas on a case-by-case basis. I also support many ways parents wish to support sleep whether that’s feeding to sleep, bedsharing, cuddling to sleep or a child getting to sleep in their own sleep space. Lots of different ways we can support sleep!

On this basis, the services are suitable for all children from newborn to 5 years.

What locations can you support?

Given the consultations are online this means I provide our services to anyone across Australia, New Zealand and anywhere across the globe where we can accommodate time zones. I also am part of a global network of Holistic Sleep Coaches so can connect you to someone in your timezone.

When is the best time to use Sleep Coaching services?

If your child is healthy then the answer is any time however there are some considerations:

1. If you’re about to travel it may be harder to manage making changes but it may also help you have better clarity and some ways to support sleep in better ways while you’re away. Currently most travel plans are limited but some food for thought.

2. If you’re about to go through a major life change for your little one then you may want to press pause on anything with sleep but again, sometimes just working on some basics can make things easier too

Whether you're pregnant, have a newborn or have a child up to 5 years of age, I can support you.

One aspect of timing that is important is also how are you feeling right now? Sometimes when we are really exhausted it can feel like a catch 22 whereby we want to get support and make some changes but we are frankly so tired it can feel overwhelming to even think about making changes. If this is you then I encourage parents to get in touch before things become a total sleep crisis where things feel acutely desperate which can make it so much harder. Please know we can layer changes, we can break things down and we can also create strategies to help protect your sleep and mental health too.

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 situation rather than the age and stage of your child. Every consultation and service is tailored completely to your unique circumstance so any of the services are suitable for any age.

Looking at the overview page to compare the three service offerings may help:

Alternatively, please get in touch via the Contact option so I can get in touch as I’d love to help you with your decision.

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 and Glynis Howard isn’t offering consultations anymore. After years of working with families and children, and several years working as a Sleep Coach, Glynis Howard 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.

I have taken continued on in this direction and continued to build services that provide parents with gentle, holistic sleep support.

Glynis decided to slow down her involvement with Baby of Mine and her message to me was that she either wanted me to take the helm of the business to carry it forward or alternatively she was going to close down Baby of Mine. I had the absolute honour of working along side here since 2017 and with her endorsement and support I took over in 2020. Glynis stopped offering consultations at the start of 2021 and has remained a close friend and valued mentor.

Where is Glynis Howard?

You may be here because you have been referred to Glynis Howard at Baby of Mine and perhaps you are wondering why she isn’t offering services here.

Glynis began Baby of Mine in 2015 and I came on board in 2017. After many years serving families in different roles both through the hospital system and privately, she decided to slow down her involvement with Baby of Mine. Her message to me was that she either wanted me to take the helm of the business to carry it forward or alternatively she would wrap things up with Baby of Mine. With her endorsement and support I had the absolute honour I took the helm in 2020. Glynis stopped offering consultations at the start of 2021 and has remained a close friend and valued mentor.