A Different Kind of Sleep Coaching
If you found this page, it's most likely because you're seeking better sleep for your child and you want to avoid the usual crying-it-out method. If this is so, you're in the right place and I'm happy you're here.
As your sleep coach, I will work with you in your sleep goals, while keeping the trust and secure bond between parent and child in place. Gentle sleep coaching can help your whole family get more sleep.
Because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all when it comes to sleep, my sleep coaching is specific to your child, the needs of your family and teaches you long-term mindful parenting skills for better sleep.
I operate with biological and science-based education for good sleep in babies and children, pulling from experience as a Wholistic Postpartum Doula, a Positive Parenting Educator, maternal mental health specialist and a Baby Friendly Initiative hospital educator, as well as experience in providing sleep coaching for hundreds of parents in the last 10+ years. And as a Certified Lactation Educator with years of experience helping mothers, I’m knowledgeable in providing sleep coaching to parents of a nursing child, as equally as parents who bottle nurse.
What mothers like you have to say about working with Giselle...
"I would highly recommend Giselle and her sleep coaching program! Her method is holistic, very gentle, and super collaborative. The progression each week felt organic - she takes into consideration how the child and parents are responding to the previous week's implemented change, and builds from that each week. Her program is custom tailored rather than a rigid one-size-fits-all plan. She is personable, approachable, friendly, warm, and compassionate. She was there for me and my child every step of the way during the weeks-long program by advising, teaching, guiding, supporting, and encouraging us. What I also liked about her program was that it was a longer (and, thus, more realistic) program rather than being handed a supposed magic sleep plan which was supposed to work overnight. You won't regret seeking her expertise!" - Clara
"Giselle is amazing! She helped us with sleeping coaching for our lil one (first baby) and really changed our lives. I prepared for so many things but didn't think sleep would be a significant problem. Well it turned out to be one of our biggest challenges and we did not feel comfortable with CIO as so many of my friends and family members had suggested. It was scary in the beginning, I was filled with fear and anxiety and so sleep deprived for over 7-8 months but Giselle gave us a reasonable plan and was right there with us every step of the way. It takes some work on your part (as it should) and is not easy but its a wonderful gift to give your child if he is having trouble sleeping- safe and important skill of beautiful sleep. thank you Giselle:)" - Lorraine
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Whether your child is sleeping in their own room, in a crib, in your bed or next to your bed, working with you and your family dynamics, we will work with holistic sleep solutions that will result in more sleep for you and your child. Parents can have healthy sleep for their children without doing the usual CIO sleep training. It's possible.
Crying-it-out (CIO) requires baby to cry at set intervals without parental or caregiver support or comfort during that time frame. I often get asked if I use CIO during sleep coaching. The basis of my sleep coaching is on the biological needs of a child and the Secure Attachment Theory. In the studies on the secure attachment theory, it has been found that children grow to be competent individuals, with a sense that they are worthy of respect and with the ability to engage well in a healthy way in interpersonal relationships with their caregivers and those around them.
The concept of this theory is that secure attachment begins at birth. That the cries and the communications of a child have a meaning and that by supporting children through these emotions, they develop a healthy and secure attachment to their primary caregiver that later has an effect in how they interact in relationships with those around them.
At a recent discussion with Help Me Grow of Orange County, a non-profit organization that specializes in child development education and connect parents to local resources, the concept of insecure attachment that a child learns through crying-it-out, where their cries are not being supported by their main caregiver, can result in that child growing up to later have co-dependent, unhealthy relationships with others. For this and other reasons, we do not use any method of controlled crying-it-out in sleep coaching.
There are parents that want sleep solutions without using traditional CIO. They understand that even if their child cries during the process, that unlike CIO, the parent will be present and supportive through any negative emotions. And for these parents, it's quite hard to find effective options! I know, because I personally called many sleep coaches over the years to help find one that didn't resort to CIO as part of their sleep solution. It was nearly impossible to find!
During sleep coaching, we work with the most gentle transitions to reduce crying. And if baby cries during any process of sleep training, the parent is always advised to comfort and act as an emotional regulator for the child. The fact is that parents can have healthy sleep for their children without doing the usual CIO. It's possible.
Is it guaranteed?
I always say that sleep issues is a great opportunity for using mindful and positive parenting with your little one. My role as your coach is not to "fix" your child. My goal is to coach you in a way that gives you the mindful ways to help your family with healthy sleep.
Parents that sign up for gentle sleep coaching are those 100% committed to working through their beliefs about sleep, their expectations of sleep, and their ability to implement healthy family boundaries in a responsive way.
Gentle sleep coaching is not your typical "sleep training". I provide the guidance and coaching and you as the parents are doing the steps to implement the mindful and positive changes in your parenting, which in turn, sets up a foundation for your baby to get better sleep.
It's a process that is based on parent interaction, synergy, and communication.
The goal is of gentle sleep coaching is not "sleep through the night". It's a holistic goal of "I want to better understand how I parent, the needs of my child when it comes to sleep and how I can set up a foundation for my child to get the most sleep my child needs."
Is my child getting enough sleep?
Here are the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommendations that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
|Age||Recommended Hours of Sleep|
|Infants aged 4-12 months||12-16 hours a day (including naps)|
|Children aged 1-2 years||11-14 hours a day (including naps)|
|Children aged 3-5 years||10-13 hours a day (including naps)|
Importance of Sleep Coaching
You're tired, your child is tired and everyone is getting frustrated. Guess what? Something is no longer working at this point and you have options. With gentle sleep coaching for babies and toddlers, we can strategize to work as a team in making changes as a family that provides the best opportunity for better sleep.