We’re often asked what an initial sleep consultation involves, and so this week we thought we’d publish a quick guide to it all. If you’re having issues with sleep at the moment, this is what to expect at the Finally get some Sleep coaching package.
The phone call
Before starting to work with any family, I always talk with parents for around 30 minutes, so that I can hear all about the issues that they’re having, and so that I can tell them my plans for working together. This is essential, since each case is different, as each baby is different, so I need to get as much information as possible. Once parents have signed up, I send them a welcome pack, which contains everything they need to know before we get started.
The welcome pack
The welcome pack contains the following information:
- Contract: this is an agreement between us detailing the work we’ll do together.
- Scope of work: the terms of the contract lay out the work which I will be doing on your behalf, in helping to educate and advise on your current sleeping issues. However, ultimately it is up to you. I do not- unfortunately- possess a magic wand that I can wave and make your baby sleep. Much of the hard work is to be done by you; I will be there to guide you but I cannot sleep train your baby for you. It is hard work, but if you stick with me you will see results.
- Communication: You’ll be given a sleep diary to fill out daily- please do keep this up! Communication is vital if we are to work together and I will need to know what’s going on in order to dispense the correct advice as we go along. At first, I will require daily email updates, but after the initial seven days of sleep training, weekly updates are fine. Please don’t worry about contacting me ‘too much’- I need as much information as possible to work with so go for it! I always aim to reply within 24 hours and if you have an unexpected problem that you need help with, I will always endeavour to reply before the next evening, as long as you email me in good time.
- My availability. It’s important to check the days and times that I am available to you, but if you need to contact me outside of normal hours please do enquire as I can arrange this with you.
- Filling out the information needed to get started. This is also important! You’ll be given a password to access the client pages on my site and there you can fill out your sleep diary. All of this needs to be done at least 36 hours before our first meeting/ call.
After the six weeks
There are many resources already on the site (including ebooks) to help you with any sleeping issues that may or may not arise after you finish the Finally get some Sleep coaching package. Like us on Facebook and follow on Twitterand G+ to stay up to date with the latest blog posts, and do feel free to send questions in that you would like to see covered too. On the Facebook page we also hold regular Q&A sessions that you might want to get involved with too.
Remember all that you learn throughout the six weeks, and use your training methods whenever you experience a set back for whatever reason. Teaching good sleeping habits to a baby can be difficult process for some families but I promise it is worth it in the end!