If you’re having sleep troubles with your child, you might be thinking about calling a sleep consultant. I highly recommend this. It always makes sense to call an expert. But like all professionals, how do you make sure you’ve hired a good one? Here are some questions to ask about your consultant.
What are the consultant’s credentials?
Unfortunately, there’s no national association that certifies sleep consultants, so you have to do your research. Many sleep consultants are part of a small (but verifiable) organization that certifies their own sleep consultants (this is likely how you would find one for your family).
Find out what their training entailed. Did they take an extensive course and mentor under an expert, or did they read a few pamphlets and watch a YouTube video?
Look for reviews, testimonials and what people are talking about online. If you can, get a hold of previous customers of a sleep consultant and ask for their opinions.
Often times, you’ll find sleep consultants with other related certifications. Some might be lactation consultants, nurses, therapists, child psychologists, postpartum doulas, neonatal care specialists, etc. These are usually great resources because they have a wealth of information.
What methods do they use?
Before you choose a sleep consultant, get a general idea of the types of methods that are available. You don’t have to learn everything, but know enough to gauge the consultant’s style.
You also want to make sure the consultant is willing to work within your values. If you speak to a sleep consultant and they push for “cry it out” but that’s out of the question for you, then you need to find someone else. A quality sleep consultant will have many tools in his/her belt to help your baby sleep.
What type of service do they provide?
Depending on your area and how you want to communicate with your sleep consultant, they can provide multiple services. Most will speak with you over phone, email or video, listen to your concerns and they lay out a plan for your family. You’ll execute the plan for a few days and touch base with the consultant to report progress and here you’ll receive any modifications to the plan.
Make sure you understand what comes with your service. How long will they speak with you on the phone? Do follow-up calls cost extra? If they live nearby, will they come visit your home?
Does he/she listen?
This is important because every sleep plan is different depending on the child. You don’t want a consultant that doesn’t really hear your concerns, but instead waits for their turn to talk and spits out a well-rehearsed speech. There is NO right answer for every child, so if your sleep consultant is telling the same thing to every family, they aren’t very good at their job.
Have you ever worked with a sleep consultant? What was your experience?
Written by Cindy Perry, Inventor of the pello, Luxe Floor Pillows
Cindy, a Texas girl, put herself through college working at a children’s library and sewing at night. When she met her husband and had her two boys, she decided to stay home to care for them while designing window treatments and bedding.
When Cindy’s first son was learning to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows she set around him, hit his head, and cry. Besides, setting her child down on the hardwood floors on just a blanket always seemed so cold. Using her years of sewing and design skills, Cindy took inspiration from a woman in her breastfeeding class and got to work. With some scrap fabric and a few tweaks, pello was born! pello is a luxe floor pillow that helps children feel safe, warm and protected.
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