My first daughter never slept. Never. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, but the kid took 20 minute naps and woke up every 2-3 hours until she was 6-months-old. I had the only newborn in the world who spent more time awake than asleep. She wouldn’t sleep in the car or stroller no matter how many miles I clocked. You can imagine how crazed, exhausted, emotional and just plain desperate I was.
After trying almost everything, I was introduced to a book from a Dr. Marc Weissbluth called Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.. After some trial and error, and yes, some crying it out on her part, she started sleeping like a champ. She was a much happier baby and we were much happier parents.
Now there is help, besides a book, for parents at their wits end.
Enter Dream Team Baby. These sleep consultants will help parents and babies get a good nights sleep via phone consultations, visits and even overnight stays. One Dream Team consultant lives right here in Baristaville. Elizabeth Ruebman, Montclair mom of three (that’s her above), can help your baby and you get a good night’s sleep. She told me more about the method Dream Team Baby uses:
The method is tailored to each family but we start by preparing the baby and the family for sleep. We first work with the parents to make sure that there is partnership between them and that they are on the same page moving forward. We have parents keep logs of their baby’s days and nights and receive approval from their pediatrician. Then we review everything to see if there is anything that could be affecting sleep and then we make any needed changes. We assess the nursery for anything impacting sleep such a light sources or temperature. We develop a schedule for the baby to provide the optimum amount of sleep and the parents commit to the schedule for two weeks. The first night we do an in-depth consultation covering everything from sleep science to strategies for when the sleep consultant is not there. Clients receive two weeks of phone support.
The benefits are immeasurable. Babies release growth hormone at night and they need uninterrupted sleep for their physical and cognitive development. Typically my clients say that the baby is very cranky and/or very “busy.” A lot of babies have been labeled “bad babies” and I get to watch them become happier and calmer once they sleep. The “bad baby” is suddenly the happy baby and the “busy” baby is suddenly focusing on a single toy at a time when they start getting the right amount of rest. Parents cannot function at their best when they are sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation can make you depressed, irrational, and/or irritated. It is a joy to see this fade away as the family starts to get sleep!
Do wish you had help getting your kids to sleep? Are you going through the sleep deprivation now?
(Photo of E.Ruebman by Ron Holtz Photography)