FAQs

DO YOU OFFER REMOTE CONSULTATIONS?

Yes! At the moment I only offer remote consultations. I will be offering in-person consults and packages in Melbourne, Australia in a COVID-Safe environment in the future.

HOW CAN I START WORKING WITH YOU?

There are several ways! You can select one of the consult options or courses and purchase. You can also use the contact form or the chat function if you would like to discuss anything first or you have any questions. I also do free 10-minute phone/video calls to discuss my services and suitability.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY INITIAL CONSULTATION?

When you purchase a consult or educational course, you will be sent an email with all the details you need to prepare. Sleep consult + plan options require the completion of an intake questionnaire and sleep log that will be emailed to you prior to our first consult session.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SLEEP EDUCATOR AND SLEEP TRAINER?

Sleep Educators teach about normal infant sleep and encourage parents to parent responsively and support their baby's sleep. They also offer holistic advice that can assist with optimising rest and well-being based on scientific principles of sleep and the benefits of responsive caregiving.

 

Conversely, sleep training is a behavioural modification technique that does not change how babies sleep, only how they behave, or signal, to their parents. Any method that involves reducing or eliminating support or responding at night or for naps (e.g., night-weaning, delaying going to your baby when distressed, not holding or rocking to sleep), involves very prescriptive routines or schedules, or focuses on sleeping "independently" or "self-soothing", is sleep training, regardless of how gentle the methods used are claimed to be.

There is no definitive evidence on the harms of sleep training, and it is likely to vary baby to baby if it is in fact harmful. The evidence also does not show sleep training is safe or not harmful either - more and better research is needed. The research does however show sleep training is not effective at changing infant sleeping patterns, only parent perception of sleeping (because they no longer call out). Therefore, it is arguable that sleep training is not really for babies but instead a parent-centred approach (although most parents doing it do not even realise this). Parents are important of course, but the benefits of responsive caregiving are well-established and most parents intuitively want to parent this way.

 

This is where a Sleep Educator comes in: we offer a holistic alternative that supports instinctual parenting but also promotes optimal rest and well-being using sleep science and practical, implementable, strategies. How this looks differs for each family depending on their unique circumstances and needs, but it is an effective way of addressing and optimising parent well-being without compromising or risking the needs and health of the baby.