Toddlers: 12 - 24 Months

Sleep consultant

Curious if anyone out there has ever used a sleep consultant, and if so would you recommend it? I found a lady who is recommended from The Sleep Lady shuffle website in our area and am really considering it but it's pricey, $225 for 90 minutes wor of phone call that can be broken up, a sleep plan, and different strategies....our DS ha salways been a crappy sleeper and needed to be rocked to sleep otherwise he cries and throws up.  He has a very sensitive gag reflex.  I've already spoken to her as a pre consult and she sounded confident that she could help while our DD is also in the room.   What do you think? Especially if you have used a consultant before.  Also I apologize for all the typos having trouble with the iPad cursor!

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  • How old is he? Is the only issue that he wants to be rocked to sleep? I can't imagine ever hiring a sleep consultant and I wouldn't say I have great sleeper and I have only used non-crying methods of sleep help. 

    DD2 is still nursed and then rocked to sleep. If he likes it and you are okay with it, then there is nothing broken. If you aren't happy with it, I'd explore other sleep help options that don't involve crying since that hasn't helped.

    From your post it doesn't seem like you have much of a problem. Kids will eventually learn to put themselves to sleep when they are ready. DD1 did, it was just around age 2 as opposed to younger than one like most people prefer. We just waited until she was ready. 

     


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  • Before dropping that kind of money on a sleep consultant I'd read a couple books - I'd recommend Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child (Weissbluth) and Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems (Ferber).  Both address rocking to sleep. 

    I have a friend who hired a sleep consultant and she sent her on a wild goose chase of ENTs and specialistis thinking her kid had sleep apnea when in reality she just needed sleep training and after 2 days of CIO she was sleeping through the night.

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  • We visited the sleep center at the local children's hospital. DS was 17 months old and had only STTN maybe 4x in his life. The first step in our process was to be seen by a pulmonologist and interviewed by a sleep psychologist. The pulmonologist suspected either asthma or tonsils and sent us home with an inhaler and a plan for sleep training. This saved our lives. DS coughed alot at night therefore waking and rocking back to sleep, repeat. The inhaler solved the cough but we still had to do the sleep training. Sucked but it worked (we used Sleep Easy Sleep Solution).

    I'm not sure where you live but I would recommend checking into a sleep center at a local hospital and following the path there. I am skeptical of the self-proclaimed sleep consultants. GL.

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    We visited the sleep center at the local children's hospital. DS was 17 months old and had only STTN maybe 4x in his life. The first step in our process was to be seen by a pulmonologist and interviewed by a sleep psychologist. The pulmonologist suspected either asthma or tonsils and sent us home with an inhaler and a plan for sleep training. This saved our lives. DS coughed alot at night therefore waking and rocking back to sleep, repeat. The inhaler solved the cough but we still had to do the sleep training. Sucked but it worked (we used Sleep Easy Sleep Solution).

    I'm not sure where you live but I would recommend checking into a sleep center at a local hospital and following the path there. I am skeptical of the self-proclaimed sleep consultants. GL.

    In your situation it sounded like there was something else going on, but generally speaking it is not abnormal for a 18 month old to not STTN. People expect their kids to and want them to, but just because they don't doesn't mean something is wrong.  


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  • I would also want to know your LO's age and what you had done so far to this point.

    I too used the Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child (Weissbluth) book and it worked and also helped me understand why sleep was so important and how to give this SKILL to my child.  

    Most important is to be consistent and to follow through.

    Look everyone is different in life - some people can lose weight on their own, some people need the support of a group like weight watchers. I say if you haven't been able to help LO sleep on your own then hire the help. 

  • Ive used help from the Baby Sleep Site.  DD is an average sleeper I guess but we struggled with night and naps at different points and even after reading a few books I just had such anxiety about sleep that it was worth it to me to get another perspective.  I was never lead astray or to products / procedures or other.  Rather I've had an ongoing exchange with a fellow mum and it has helped both my sanity and our sleep.  I don't always agree or use their reccs 100% but often their info is helpful and works.
  • Sorry been away all day and am just starting to see the responses...the issue that we are having is twofold.  1)  Half the time we rock him to sleep he is screaming, probably because he doesn't want to go to bed.  2) When we go to put him down he cries so hard he throw up, and he wakes up almost every time we put him down, the only  times that he doesn't throw up is when he's really tired.  If he didn't throw up I wouldn't have a problem with him crying a little when being laid down.  I did talk to the pedi about it and she said it's just a sensitive gag reflex combined with the stress of being put down and not liking it.  She said physically he's fine, and he never shows any problem with it during the day.  Also somebody asked how old they are and they just turned 17 months.
  • My daughter is generally a good sleeper. Now. It really took hardwork, consistency and patience when she was younger. It was not fun and sometimes when she is not feeling well or something is going on we have to give her a little "help" in the form of rocking. However, Babywise along with my own adaptations to allow this to better fit my child and my need really made a big difference. Also, my pedi recommended listening to a local syndicated specialist. It was pretty informative. I hope it helps! Nurse Rona is awesome!

     

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