Are you ready for your whole family to experience beautiful, blissful sleep?
“Sleep is as important to health as eating, drinking, and breathing.”
Andrea is a Gentle Sleep Coach working with tired families in Calgary and worldwide
I’m Andrea and I am Calgary’s Gentle Sleep Coach. I have been trained by Kim West (LCSW-C and author of Good Night Sleep Tight) to help you teach your child to sleep using gentle sleep coaching strategies. I have been certified as a Gentle Sleep Coach since July of 2015 and can be found in the Gentle Sleep Coach Directory.
Aside from my work as a Gentle Sleep Coach, I am also a mom to three incredible children. All three had sleep struggles (hello reflux), but the sleep deprivation I experienced after my second was debilitating.
He fractured his clavicle in birth, had a tongue tie that went undiagnosed, and had severe reflux. He cried for the better part of the first five months of his life AND he woke six to twelve times per night. Postpartum depression and anxiety kicked in very soon after his birth and I was not coping well with the nightly 3-4 hour struggle to help him to sleep.
The main advice we received from well-meaning friends and professionals was to let him cry. It took us five months to get our sweet boy to STOP crying and we were still quite traumatized from the first five months of crying; it just wasn’t the right option for us.
Luckily, we soon discovered some gentle sleep coaching strategies and LIFE CHANGED! Our son started sleeping through the night other than one feeding we chose to keep AND we started to see his true, sweet, happy personality start to emerge. As his sleep improved, I slept and my symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety began to lift.
I am a huge advocate for mental health – for the entire family. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and Culture with a Minor in Psychology. The majority of my pre-sleep coaching career was spent working with families in the mental health field. Since becoming a Gentle Sleep Coach, I have taken an additional 30 hours in breastfeeding training, and 60 hours in infant mental health training.
My goal is to educate, listen, empower, and support you on your journey to better sleep.
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This is YOUR baby, YOUR family, and YOUR life. I will work with you to create an individualized, step-by-step sleep plan that will factor in your own parenting philosophy; your child’s age, health and temperament; your well-being; and your family dynamics. Most importantly, I will support and coach you through the process from beginning to end for night sleep and naps!
The plan is NEVER set in stone and most little ones do need some adjustments in their plans along the way. That’s what I am here for.
The most common questions I am asked by parents about sleep coaching are:
Will my baby cry?
The root emotion of tired is frustration. That means that when your child feels tired, they feel frustrated. Most children don’t welcome changes in their routine at a time of day when they feel tired (aka frustrated) and they voice these frustrations through tears.
Important topics we cover in your consultation are the difference between tension release crying and tension increase crying and what self-soothing actually looks like. A baby crying AND self-soothing is very different from a baby crying and NOT self-soothing.
Do you use “Cry It Out” Methods?
All of my sleep plans involve in-room or in-arms coaching; My goal is to have as little crying as possible. You will respond to ALL of your baby’s cries and offer higher levels of support when needed to ensure they do not become overwhelmed.
You can coach while bedsharing, room sharing, or with a little one who is in their own room (I can also help with this transition)!
It is incredibly important that YOU feel comfortable with your sleep plan; you know your child best and I always encourage open communication.
Can I continue to breastfeed my baby at night?
Absolutely! I always recommend using a gradual night weaning strategy so you will never be coaching through hunger. Some babies can sleep through the night (11 hours) between 6 and 12 months of age, but many still need a feeding. My goal is to position the feeding to give your baby the nourishment they need, and to maximize the sleep for your entire family!
Mental Health and Sleep:
Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking, and breathing. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect the mental and physical health, quality of life, and safety of you AND your baby! I’m here to help.
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