A child sleep consultant is a personal coach for your child’s sleep needs. When you are exhausted, it’s difficult to know what you can do to help your child achieve the sleep they need. Parents end up resorting to practices that might work in the short-term, but are unsustainable in the long run. Instead of guessing how you can best teach your infant or child healthy sleep skills, wondering if you’re going about it in the most effective way, your sleep coach will provide you with research-based effective methods that will work. Because every family is different, your sleep consultant will get to know you through an intake form and through either a face-to-face consultation or phone/video call consultation. It’s important that your consultant understand your parenting philosophy around sleep and your goals, so that you can be successful in teaching this lifelong skill to your child. Your sleep consultant will then develop a plan unique to your philosophy, your needs, and your goals, and will coach you through the implementation of your plan, making adjustments as necessary. The personalized approach of a child sleep consultant is what makes this resource unique; tailoring a method and a plan to your baby or child will ensure results.
About my Family Sleep Institute Certification
While many Sleep Consultant Certification programs exist, many require that consultants follow one solitary mode of helping babies sleep. To me, this was too narrow of a mindset for all of the families I know. I wanted to be able to help parents with all different philosophies, all different sleep-styles, and all different kinds of wonderful children achieve optimum sleep, and health! And so I found the Family Sleep Institute. During four months of intensive and consuming education of the highest order, everything having to do with infant and child sleep was covered in detail, including:
-Infant sleep safety
-SIDS caregiver certification
-Sleep and developmental milestones
-Varying parenting philosophies (in regards to sleep)
-Varying parental goals (in regards to sleep)
-Naps–longer, better, and transitions
-Varying methods of teaching infants and children to sleep
-Sleep issues and disturbances
-Children with special needs and sleep
-Sleep and the nursing mother
-Sleep and attachment parenting
-Sleep and infant illness/teething
…and much, much more. FSI students are expected to research, read, and consider all angles of a family’s sleep issues as they determine the best plan of action. Continuing education is also a requirement. In short, I found the course I was hoping for to fit families of all kinds.