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Does Sleep Parenting promote cry-it-out?

The Sleep Parenting philosophy is one of responsive parenting, which does not lend itself to the idea or practice of Cry-It-Out, or any other one-size-fits-all "sleep training" method.

Parents are encouraged to remain attuned to their children, responding based on their cues at each moment in time, rather than on pre-determined plans and rules.

When is the best time to work on independent sleep skills?

Contrary to popular belief, you do not HAVE to "teach" your child independent sleep skills by a certain age.

As your child develops and matures, they become better able to self-regulate.

When changing bedtime routines to give your child a chance to fall asleep more independently, we'd advise waiting until they are healthy and have consistency in their routine (ie not immediately following a move, or introducing a new sibling).

Will you come to my house for a consultation?

All of our consultations are completed virtually, using Zoom. This allows us to reach you even if you do not live within driving distance of one of our coaches! 

Do you support families who've chosen to bedshare?

YES! In fact, a large portion of the families we work with continue to bedshare the entire night, or for part of the night, while working on improving the quality and quantity of sleep for everyone. 

Will my child be damaged if I let them cry?

Sleep Parenting coaches focus on creating secure attachments between children and their parents.

As a responsive and caring parent, your goal should be to create the environment in which your child flourishes but it is also imperative that you consider your own mental health and wellbeing. 

Sometimes, this means that change (however big or small) is needed.

With change, there often comes a period of adjustment. With present and attuned parents, any short term distress your child may feel (including crying) will be buffered by a caregiver and is considered a "positive stress".

You will never be asked to ignore their cries.

How long until my baby will sleep through the night?

Depending on age, you should expect to see improvement overnight in as little as a few days. Some children adapt a bit more quickly than others, mostly because they are developmentally ready.

Most babies actually don't sleep through the night until closer to 9-12 months, or even later! Working on independent sleep skills at bedtime does not necessarily mean that your baby will sleep through the night if their body still requires those additional calories.

We will always discuss goals and what is realistic for your child before starting and if sleeping through the night is an appropriate goal, we will incorporate that into our plan.

Do I get a discount if I've already worked with a Sleep Parenting coach previously?

Yes! Welcome back! At Sleep Parenting, we are here for you throughout the duration of your child's early years, and as you grow your family.

As such, to thank you for your continued patronage, we are happy to offer our returning families a 15% discount with the purchase of any of our Sleep Packages, or a PAYG Initial Consultation.

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Does Sleep Parenting offer an installment plan?

No, Sleep Parenting does not offer installment plans. If budget is a concern, please mention it to your coach on your free introductory call and they will be able to recommend the most cost effective options for you.

Why am I being charged 13% in taxes on my purchases?

Sleep Parenting is a Canadian business, registered in the province of Ontario. Ontario has a Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 13%.

Are your prices in Canadian or American dollars?

All of our listed fees are in Canadian dollars (CAD).

Do you charge extra for an additional child?

Absolutely not! When you sign up to work with a Sleep Parenting Coach, we work with your entire family. That includes how your sleep concerns are affecting older / younger siblings, as well as multiples.

Will my private health insurance cover Sleep Parenting's services?

Unfortunately, Sleep Parenting's services are not likely covered by your private or provincial / state / federal health coverage. If you have "flex" dollars included in your private health insurance or extended health care benefits through your employer, you will need to inquire as to whether our services would be covered.

Sleep Parenting is not responsible for contacting your health care insurers.

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