We’re betting that Sleeping Beauty’s parents never had to put up with night waking, fussy bedtimes, or the daily naptime fight—but most of us do. Thankfully, there’s help for exhausted parents and kids from sleep expert Diane Dauphinais and her consulting business, Sound of Sleep.
All kids are unique, so there’s no one magic answer when it comes to getting your child on a good sleep schedule. Diane’s strategy is to create custom plans for kids as young as newborns—she can even work with expectant parents to set up good habits from day one. Where her services really dazzle, however, is with toddlers and preschoolers who are struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep all night. We were amazed when we heard that healthy-weight babies should be able to sleep at least 8 hours by age 3 months (ha!), and certainly should be getting through the night by a year (double ha!), but with a 99% success rate, it’s hard to argue with her approach or her skills.
Nervous about potential distress? Don’t be. Although any major change in schedule and routine will likely lead to some protests, Diane’s plan will fit your family’s values and needs, resulting in gentle transitions that minimize the stress on both parents and baby. The biggest challenge for parents is consistency, but if you’ve been living with bags under your eyes and an intravenous feed of coffee, then you’re likely ready to really commit to her program and make it happen.
Best of all, you can now tap into Sound of Sleep services at a great price. This weekend, on October 18, Diane is running a group workshop for parents with babies aged 4 to 11 months. You’ll still get a custom sleep plan for your family, with plenty of personal counselling and support, but the group meeting environment means all those happy nights come at a deep discount (register now on the Sound of Sleep website).
Maybe fairytales do come true, and every child can be a Sleeping Beauty after all.
Learn more ways to help them sleep all night. See our guide: How to Get Your Kids to Sleep Through the Night.