Sleep Support

“BABY’S SLEEP IS NOT JUST IMPORTANT FOR THE PARENT’S SANITY, IT IS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE BABY’S DEVELOPMENT”

-ANDRE FENTON, NEUROSCIENTIST

There is so much to know when it comes to sleep.

Feeling overwhelmed?

Need help navigating any of the following areas?

-Longer stretches of sleep at night

-Wake windows

-Predictable schedules

-Nap problems

-Reducing/removing nighttime feedings

-Early morning wakings

-Ongoing pacifier replacement

-Nap & Bedtime routines

-Sleep crutches

 -Bedtime battles

-Sleep regressions

-Teething

-Negative sleep associations

-Co-sleeping/Bed-sharing transitions

-Transitioning from crib to bed

-Nighttime fears/nightmares

-Navigating changes, like travel & daylight savings

I AM HERE TO HELP

As a mother of three, I get it- sleep is essential to a functioning, happy, and healthy family! I have helped dozens of families achieve the goal of improved sleep, working with babies as young as a few weeks old and children as old as 4 years old. I have expertise in a variety of methods, including gentle methods that involve lots of parental support as well as methods that allow the child to develop independent sleep with limited parental involvement. As such, I can support families on terms they feel most comfortable with and develop a truly individualized plan.

As your sleep consultant, I will work closely with you to select and refine an approach that you feel comfortable with, possibly pulling from several methods to strike the right balance for you & your child. With consistency, commitment, and a bit of tenacity, we will work to give you & your child the gift of improved sleep!

SLEEP SUPPORT PACKAGES

ASK ME ANYTHING CALL (ALL AGES)

$125 (45 Minute Call)

Comprehensive Sleep Assessment: Not ready or interested in a fully devised sleep plan but need some help with your child’s sleep? Book a call to pick my brain and ask me anything. I will share my expertise with you and help you find a way to troubleshoot your current sleep issue.

You will be given a verbal action plan to follow.

NEWBORN CONSULTATION (0-12 weeks)

$100 (45 minute call)

It’s never too early to implement a healthy foundation of sleep for your child. While formal sleep training is not possible during the newborn phase, we can set your baby up for optimal sleep by focusing on wake windows, creating the ideal sleeping environment, establishing bedtime routines, and gradually encouraging baby to sleep with less parental involvement.

BASIC SLEEP SUPPORT (4 months-4 years old)

$300

Comprehensive Sleep Assessment: This includes an initial questionnaire that will help me get a holistic picture of your child’s current sleep habits and your parenting style and preferences. We will look at a typical 24-hour day, your current routines, areas of concern, and your sleep goals.

Personalized Sleep Plan: Customized sleep plan catered to address your child’s current sleep struggles & puts you on the track to maximizing long-term sleep. Your plan will include an optimal daily schedule, step-by-step instructions for the sleep training method, and age-appropriate tips and tricks to set you & your child up for sleep success.

60-min Consultation: During this 60-min consultation, we will review your child’s custom sleep plan, make any necessary adjustments, and answer any questions you may have.

PREFERRED SLEEP SUPPORT (4 months-4 years old)

$500

Comprehensive Sleep Assessment: This includes an initial questionnaire that will help me get a holistic picture of your child’s current sleep habits and your parenting style and preferences. We will look at a typical 24-hour day, your current routines, areas of concern, and your sleep goals.

Personalized Sleep Plan: Customized sleep plan catered to address your child’s current sleep struggles & puts you on the track to maximizing long-term sleep. Your plan will include an optimal daily schedule, step-by-step instructions for the sleep training method, and age-appropriate tips and tricks to set you & your child up for sleep success.

60-min Consultation: During this 60-min consultation, we will review your child’s custom sleep plan, make any necessary adjustments, and answer any questions you may have.

Unlimited Follow-up Support (2 weeks):

Throughout this two-week period, you will have unlimited access to me for questions, support, and reassurance as you implement the plan and troubleshoot any issues.

This 2 week support period includes:

*Unlimited text support between 9 AM-9 PM EST

*Unlimited email support

*One 30-minute closing call

*Access to a variety of resources, including age-appropriate sleep schedules for any age, how to troubleshoot common problems like teething, daylight savings time, travel, and transitions (like moving from a crib to a bed), and more!

Cancellation policy: Services can be canceled for a credit for any Joyful Birthing & Beyond service if cancellation is received with at least a 24-hour notice. Services canceled with less than 24-hour notice will not be credited or refunded.

WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY

Cordelia Mueller

We cannot express enough how helpful Ellie was to us after the birth of our child. She is experienced, supportive and detail-oriented, just what we needed to sleep train our 3-month-old son. From our first call with her, we knew we had made the right choice in hiring her. Ellie is knowledgeable and provided a sense of stability and calm from the outset. She is attentive, comforting, and makes herself available at almost any time of day or night. She was so helpful in providing us with a tailored sleep plan that took into account all the goals we hoped to reach by the end of our two weeks with her. She does not try to steer you in any particular direction, instead she gives you the resources and information necessary to establish your own goals and the support both you and your baby need to reach them. Ellie answered all our questions promptly and provided in depth answers whenever we needed them. The calls we had were incredibly helpful. Our son did incredibly well with the sleep training and we saw results within days of starting. Ellie was reassuring and made us feel so much more confident about starting the process. Now at 5 months our son has an incredible foundation of healthy sleep habits and a sleep plan that we still reference if we are uncertain of anything. We could not recommend Ellie enough!

Jessie S.

I am writing this as my baby sleeps happily in his crib! Ellie was enormously helpful when my partner and I were absolutely DESPERATE for sleep — she gave us practical suggestions to move our baby into healthy sleeping patterns — both at night and for naps. Her advice led us to much improved sleep for our baby — and sanity for his parents! We appreciated her kind, empathetic manner, sense of humor, and straightforward guidance!

Christina Kennedy

Ellie helped us implement a great sleep plan for our toddler. With a new sibling on the way, we knew we needed to help our toddler overcome early morning wake-ups. Ellie gave us amazing age-appropriate tools to incorporate into our routine. She is knowledgeable about all aspects of baby and toddler sleep with the research to back her suggestions. Can’t recommend Ellie and Joyful Birthing & Beyond enough!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHY IS MY BABY/CHILD STRUGGLING TO SLEEP? There are a number of factors that can cause either short-term or long-term sleep troubles: being overtired, overstimulated, or an inability to self-soothe; having an inappropriate sleep schedule, suboptimal sleeping environment, or lacking an effective bedtime routine; or development milestones, illness, or physical discomfort.

 

WHEN CAN I SLEEP TRAIN MY BABY? While we can work to instill healthy sleep habits from day 1, babies are not developmentally ready for sleep coaching until they are 4 months old. Newborn sleep is unpredictable and not yet organized in any way. At 16 weeks, baby’s sleep shifts & develops significantly where their circadian rhythm/biological sleep clock matures, which means they will begin to follow a more clock-based schedule. At this age, babies develop the capability to self-soothe, put themselves to sleep without parental assistance, and link their sleep cycles to length naps and consolidate nighttime sleep.

 

WHAT EXACTLY IS “SLEEP TRAINING”? Sleep training is the process that parents go through to help their babies fall asleep independently and optimize the benefits of restorative, consistent sleep. Sleep training involves changing the parent’s behavior, as the parent is likely reinforcing the behavior that is needed to be fixed (thus, we are changing the child’s behavior by revising the parent’s behavior!). There are a variety of methods for teaching babies and children the gift of independent sleep- some include much parental involvement but most popular and effective are those that allow children gradually increasing intervals of time on their own until they fall asleep. Sleep training includes setting up age-appropriate sleep schedules, bedtime routines, and sleep environments, and essentially establishing the optimal conditions for children to sleep.

 

I AM HESITANT TO LET MY BABY CRY. IS IT SAFE TO LEAVE MY BABY TO CRY? All sleep training methods involve some crying (the degree of crying is entirely up to you!). No parent likes to hear their baby cry. Your baby is not upset with you personally when he is crying at night- he simply wants to fall asleep and is learning how to do so without your help. Sleep training is both safe and effective; in fact, there are many scientific studies that demonstrate that children are not harmed in any way by sleep training. Research shows that toddlers who were sleep trained as infants are better sleepers overall compared to their peers who were not sleep trained and they exhibit no emotional or behavioral problems. A meta-analysis of sleep training studies shows that babies who are sleep trained are more secure, less irritable, more predictable, and cry and fuss less overall. Finally, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that crying involved in sleep training damages the parental bond or relationship. With that said, we will work together to design an approach that you feel 100% comfortable with!

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