What to expect from a sleep plan
Before I started my accreditation process I had no idea what a sleep plan included. I knew I wanted to help others and had saw what amazing benefits hiring a sleep consultant can have for a family but did not know the nitty gritty details. So here I am to explain what a sleep plan is to everyone who is just like I was and has no idea what a sleep plan is.
So first I want to take a minute and explain what makes the accreditation program through the Cradle Coach Academy special and why I decided to complete my accreditation through them. Through the process we learned and practiced applying multiple different methods for sleep training. Just like there’s no such thing as one size fits all in clothing, there is no such thing as one size fits all sleep plans. Every family has different needs and personalities and being well versed in many different methods of sleep training really allows me to create a personalized sleep plan.
So now on to what is included in a sleep plan. A sleep plan discusses the sleep needs and goals your child has as well as your parenting philosophy. This allows us to be on the same page and make sure that we are able to meet the goals for your child. Next we discuss the sleep environment, the sleep environment is extremely important and sets the stage for successful sleep training. The in-home or phone consultant helps me to explain to you exactly what this sleep environment looks like while we are both in the space. We talk about your child’s daily schedule and how the new sleep plan fits into that schedule, this schedule includes the schedule you have provided me as well as where naps are placed in the schedule, when to start the bedtime routine, bedtime and a wake up time.
The final component is an outline of the two sleep training methods and description of what it looks like when you put then into action. These sleep training methods are discussed before hand and are agreed upon during our in-home or phone consultation. We offer two methods to allow you and your family the time to make the decision based on what you feel is best. I also have found it beneficial to have knowledge on two methods because as children get older different methods may need to be used.
These sleep plans are your guidebook so when you begin sleep training you have each step mapped out and explained for you. They’re a resource you can continually use and one that can help set the foundation for good sleep habits for your family.