Most Asked Questions
DO YOUR METHODS INCLUDE CRYING?
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
The Baby Sleep Academy course is designed to help your baby sleep independently, so you can leave the room, and have baby fall asleep within 15 minutes to sleep through the night! With the popular Wink-a-Sleep program within the course, we work backwards to nights to naps, focusing on one major area at a time, so that baby doesn’t become overtired in the process. (Overtired babies = unhappy babies!) In the course you will also be guided on how to do the perfect putdown, create a bedtime routine without tears, and work towards a 1 or 2 nap schedule depending on your baby’s age. Once completed, you can expect your baby to sleep 11-12 hours, on the nightly, without pacifiers, rocking, or having to nurse to sleep.
Sleep “shaping” is a term we developed after ditching outdated sleep training methods that leave baby alone in the room at bedtime to “figure it out” on their own, which usually results in hours of crying and waking up before 6am. Instead, we focus on shaping habits by working on specific areas one at a time, using the science behind the sleep, to accurately time put downs, respond to night wakings, and develop 1+ hour naps. Sleep shaping also keeps a child’s emotional well-being in mind, so that baby doesn’t feel abandoned, scared, or hungry when they wake up at night. We work to support baby along the way, and offer multiple solutions to family sleeping situations.
MY BABY NURSES TO SLEEP. CAN YOU HELP?
We specialize in pediatric nutrition, so this is a HUGE part of your baby’s sleep shaping journey—in fact, it’s so important, that we dedicated an entire LESSON to it. When you’re ready to encourage baby to sleep without the breast, bottle, or pacifier, this is the first step in the sleep shaping “Wink-a-Sleep” method that Lauren will walk you through step-by-step.
YES! If you’re a bed-sharing family, Lauren will walk you through how to share a room AND help your child get 11-12 hours of sleep at night. If you’re living in a one-bedroom space, we would recommend temporarily moving to the living room (campout style!) so your baby can have a space of their own to learn their new sleep habits that we will be introducing. Don’t worry—we will walk you through the entire process!
WHAT ABOUT NIGHT FEEDINGS?
We recommend FIRST checking with your doctor to see how long he/she believes your baby can go at night without a feed, so you feel confident when you begin. Lauren also specializes in pediatric nutrition, and will give you options within the course to keep 1-2 feeds at night if you wish, while sleep shaping at the same time (yep—it can be done!)
DOES THIS COURSE COVER NAPS TOO?
YES! Lauren will provide you with sample naptime routines, helping you set up baby’s room perfectly for sleep, and learn what to expect when it comes to nap training. With the Wink-a-Sleep program designed by Lauren herself, the putdown at naptime for most parents results in minimal tears, if any, after completing the nighttime portion of the course first. She’ll also cover nap transitions, wake windows, and what to do if baby takes a short nap (or refuses one altogether!)
WHAT RESULTS SHOULD I EXPECT TO SEE AFTER STARTING?
Full-term healthy babies are capable of sleeping 11+ hours by 5 months....but some need help to get there. In short, the first three nights after making any changes will usually result in some protest from your baby. Lauren will show you exactly how to respond to any tears experienced in the program so that baby feels supported, loved, and acknowledged. Within 5-7 days, you should begin to see some results, with most parents reporting that they were able to put down baby awake in the crib at naps and bedtime without tears within 21 days.
WILL THIS WORK FOR WORKING MOMS WITH BABIES IN DAYCARE?
Luckily for us, the brain treats daytime sleep and nighttime sleep differently (see why the science behind the sleep is so important to understand? Lauren will walk you through that too!). This programs works very well for children in daycare, which results in 11-12 hours straight at night. Daycare teachers can continue to assist baby to help them fall asleep, or encourage them to fall asleep drowsy but awake.
WILL THIS COURSE WORK FOR TWINS AND/OR MULTIPLES?
DOES SLEEP TRAINING DAMAGE THE BOND WITH MY BABY?
Research actually proves that any crying with reassurance from a parent or caretaker while sleep training does not have any negative effects on your baby. With our course, Lauren actually encourages that you keep your bond with baby strong by moving quickly through the plan, making changes every 3 days as necessary. By moving through the program at this rate, your bond will stay healthy and trust will remain, as you have the option to never even leave baby alone while learning the new sleep habits.