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Sleep Consultant Certification Program

How do I become a Certified Sleep Consultant
Have you thought about becoming a baby sleep consultant but have no idea where to get such training? I know, the information about sleep consultant certification and training is very limited and difficult to find. Currently there are only a handful of sleep consultant certification programs available.

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Through the years of sleep consulting,  I have been asked by several of my clients to train them in what I do. This is an amazing career, so I can definitely understand the interest. I get to help sleepless parents all over the world, while still being home with my two little girls, not missing a single thing.  

As a sleep consultant you have the amazing job of giving sleep-deprived parents the gift of sleep. Not only is it rewarding, but it enables you to meet and work with wonderful parents and their families. I've found a great deal of joy in helping people all over the world, and I believe you can too. So, if you are passionate about sleep topics and parenting, then you would be a great sleep consultant. The only thing I ask for is a willingness to work hard. In turn, I will do my very best to make sure you understand every concept and will share all of my secrets and tricks of the trade. 

Course Outline: 
The Sleep, Baby, Sleep consultant training program is approved by the International Institute for Complementary Therapists. You will be learning about infant and toddler sleep, sleep troubles, client coaching, putting together sleep plans, and anything else that you need to start and run a successful business. Through this program you will learn how to be a successful sleep consultant, how to get clients, and how to market yourself and your business. 

Course Content:
Infant and toddler sleep topics as they relate to sleep consulting.
This content will be divided into age groups. We will discuss the most important aspects of infant and toddler sleep as it relates to sleep consulting. Sleep topics are vast, so we will be focusing in on the information that you need to consult. 

The science of sleep.
The science of sleep is very intricate and detailed. This section will teach you all about sleep cycles and stages, how sleep works, and how the science of sleep actually affects how well a baby rests.

Common infant and toddler sleep problems.

You will learn about a variety of sleep problems and learn how to help clients. Bedtime struggles, frequent night wakings, early morning wakings, pacifier and sleep prop dependency, sleep regressions, short naps, how to handle crying, and so much more.

Sleep training methods and techniques.
We will discuss different types of sleep training methods and techniques. What works, what doesn't. You will learn about gentle sleep methods and how to handle tears. I will discuss in detail how I have helped so many clients through the years. 

Bumps in the road.
This content will discuss common road blocks and bumps you may come across and how to handle them. Some of which include teething, separation anxiety, illness, growth spurts, and regressions in relation to developmental milestones. 

How to create sleep plans.
You will learn how to create a successful sleep plan. We will discuss the different sleep plan components, how to put them together, and how to create templates to be prepared ahead of time. 

Business Aspects.
This content will cover business cards, banners, ads, book keeping, insurance, liability, how to create client intake assessment forms, how to start your website, and anything else that you need help with.

. . . And SO much more!


Successful completion of the course will be demonstrated by completing required reading and tests, working through case studies, watching required videos, and engaging in discussions in the discussion board. The course is designed to be taken at your own pace, so there will be no rush to get everything done at once. I know many of you are busy at home with your little ones, so I created this course to be flexible.

There will be a final exam at the end that will require you to put together all of the information that you have learned throughout the course and create a sleep plan based on one of my current clients. You will also be required to come up with responses to their questions. Don't worry, you will have plenty of time to prepare.

Certificate of Completion:
A certificate of completion will be issued once all of the requirements are submitted and passed. If you are having trouble passing a requirement, we will work through it together to make sure that you are successful. You will be able to print your certificate as soon as it is issued. You will also be given a Sleep, Baby, Sleep certified logo for business use on your website to show your sleep consultant training and certification by Sleep, Baby, Sleep.  

Mentoring and Support:

Outside of the wealth of information I will be giving you, I'll be available to you every step of the way to guide and support you. I will make sure you are confident and ready to go out and be a great sleep consultant. I will work with you on your first clients for six months, or until you are ready to do it on your own. I will also help you set up your website, help you with sleep plan templates, and anything else that you may need.

$1,600 or 3 monthly payments of $570. 
Payment deferment and other payment options available.

The reason the cost of the Sleep, Baby, Sleep program is lower than other sleep consultant certification programs is because several of my clients over the years have had a true passion for helping sleepless parents and their babies, and I don’t want the price of tuition for sleep consultant training to hold them back from becoming amazing sleep consultants. 

I also don't charge a yearly membership/certification fee like other programs do. Tuition is all you will every pay for the course.

If you are interested in the Sleep Consultant Certification program please fill out the short application and I will be in contact with you so that we can discuss your journey into sleep consulting in detail.

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Time Change: Baby Sleep Tips

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The end of daylight savings time is just around the corner! that means we gain an hour of sleep, but for your baby this can mean another monkey wrench thrown into his/her sleep schedule. If you have an early riser this may mean your baby will wake even earlier! Your baby's internal sleep clock helps put her to sleep at a certain hour, and helps wake her up at pretty much the same time each morning. So it may be a little difficult to put your baby to sleep at the usual bedtime without some struggles, and she will most likely wake early in the morning with the new time change. To help make time change an easy transition for your baby, follow these 3 simple tips.

  1. Prepare for the time change, ahead of time. You will have to change your baby's entire daytime schedule, not just bedtime. So for the 6 days prior to daylight savings, shift your baby's schedule by 10 minutes each day until you reach the full hour. This will give your baby a chance to adjust, without a drastic change in his/her sleep schedule. A young baby, or a baby that doesn't adjust well to change, will not be able to handle an hour time change easily. Prepare your baby slowly and ahead of time. If you haven't had enough time to prepare ahead of time, no worries, you can even do this post time change. 
  2. Get some good blackout blinds. The end of daylight savings time means more light sneaking in during the early morning hours of the morning. Light suppresses melatonin, the hormone that helps your baby sleep. Making the room nice and dark will help tremendously and will help your baby sleep in later. Blackout EZ Window Covers are amazing for this!
  3. Give your baby a week to adjust. As I mentioned your baby's internal clock is set to get her ready for bed at a certain hour. With the end of daylight savings time, you will be putting your baby down an hour later than she usually goes down. The new 7pm bedtime, will actually be 8pm according to your baby's internal clock. Meaning your baby will most likely be a little overtired leading to some bedtime struggles. In the morning her internal clock will most likely wake her at her usual time, which is actually an hour earlier with the time change. It will take about a week for your baby's internal clock to be reset to the new schedule. So be patient, and have your coffee ready in the morning! Some early wakings are inevitable. 

The end of daylight savings time can be stressful, especially if your baby is already an early riser. Making sure you prepare ahead of time by gradually shifting your baby's sleep schedule, and getting good blackout blinds will help the transition go more smoothly. Make sure you give it about a week and your baby should start waking at a decent time. Don't start any new bad habits, just to get your baby to sleep longer. I know it can be tempting to get a few more Zzz's, but eliminating bad habits is much harder than just dealing with a few early mornings!

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Teething Baby and Sleep

Teething baby and sleep....If I had a penny, just a penny, for every time a parent tells me that teething is causing their baby's sleep troubles, I would be one rich lady!! And when I ask how long the teething has been causing these sleep troubles, parents usually tell me weeks, months, heck ever since baby was born. GEEZ....Really? No! There's no way teething is causing your baby to fight bedtime and be up all night for weeks and months on end. The fact of the matter is that teething is not even painful for many babies. Some babies find it annoying, no more than an itch. While sure, others do feel some discomfort. But the discomfort is usually only the 3-4 days before the tooth erupts and maybe the 2-3 days after it pokes through. Not weeks, definitely not months! The emergence of a tooth simply does not take that long! In fact, there are studies that prove the short duration of teething symptoms. And there's science behind the fact that teething is not this excruciating and a painful experience, maybe a discomfort at most. Although most of you moms I speak to you about your teething baby and sleep sound VERY convincing, I hate to break it you, but your 18 month old baby has NOT been teething since 3 months old! And the real reason he has been a fussy, cranky and tired terror is because his sleep habits are poor.

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Let's explore this some more. So why on earth would a baby that appears to be teething, be so miserable and constantly up all night, if she's not in fact teething? Well, chances are this baby has poor sleep habits. He/she is most likely using props to sleep, waking up and depending on mommy to put her back to sleep. This baby is not getting the sleep her growing body needs. So in turn is fussy, cranky, and doesn't enjoy doing what a well rested child would enjoy doing like playing, exploring, and practicing milestones. Not only that, this baby probably has multiple meltdowns over the smallest of things, and anything out of the norm LIKE TEETHING will completely set this baby off.  A tired and not well rested baby will not be able to handle something like teething very well, just like an adult that is exhausted and a curveball is thrown their way. If you are well rested, happy and getting the sleep you need you will feel like you can handle anything. If you are tired and run down, something like a backache or headache will now feel 10 times worse than it really is. This is EXACTLY what happens with a teething baby. If your baby is getting the sleep she needs, chances are the teeth coming through won't even bother her. But because she's tired, the teething feels worse than it is. She continues to wake during the night because of her poor sleep habits, and even after the teeth have poked through you are still blaming the teeth, or next ones which may not even come for weeks! So I can see how it's possible to believe that your baby has been teething for the last few months and not sleeping well because of it. But the real reason  your baby isn't sleeping is not because of the teeth, but because of the bad sleep habits.

It's very easy to blame teeth every time your baby is cranky, fussy, up all night, or just being a jerk for no apparent reason! But chances are if your baby was getting the sleep he/she needs you would see a totally different baby. And even if she was teething, you probably wouldn't even know when that new tooth would pop through.

So what do you do? Teach your baby good sleep habits! Help her learn independent sleep skills so she is not so reliant on you and able to sleep through the night without your help. Once you fix her sleep habits, she will be able to breeze through things like teething and illness, and you will feel silly you ever blamed those darn teeth for so long!

I know teething and sleep can be worrisome. If you need help teaching your baby good sleep habits and independent sleep, please take a look at my consultation packages. I would be glad to help!
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Best Bedtime Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Reading is my favorite part of our bedtime routine. Not only is it fun, but educational. And it's never too early to start. I have been reading to my girls since they were born. Heck, even before that! My husband use to read to my belly!

Reading is a fun way to spice up the bedtime routine, and it gives your baby something to look forward too. Also, if you are stuck and don't have much of a routine, a couple books are all you need.

Here's a simple and easy bedtime routine  
        Wash up.
        Pajamas and diaper change.
        2-3 books.
        Some cuddles, then straight to bed.

And Voila! You've got yourself a fun and easy bedtime routine.

Not sure which books to read or which ones are age appropriate? I have come up with my list of top baby and toddler books based on age and development.

0-3 Months
At this age your baby is fascinated by your voice and enjoys rhythmic sounds. Lullabies and nursery rhymes work best to calm a baby at this age. She may not understand the words, but she loves listening to you.

Your baby's eyesight is not that great during the first few months. Your baby will only be able to focus and see objects clearly that are more than 8-10 inches away. Which just so happens to be the distance of your face.

Your baby will also only see black and white and some shades of grey. By 3 months of age, your baby should see her first color, red. Here are some great books to start at this age:

best books for babies and toddlersLook, Look! By Peter Linenthal. This is a sturdy board book, full of black and white pages, with some red wording. Perfect for your baby's developing vision. Your baby will be fascinated by this book's colors and patterns. Babies often look hypnotized when they look at this book because it is exactly what their vision is drawn to at this young age.

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Baby's My First ABC Cloth Book This is another great black and white book. It's soft and washable if your baby starts to play and chew on on it. It also squeaks and rattles to help stimulate your baby's hearing development.

4-6 Months
At this age your baby should be able to follow objects with her eyesight. Her color vision is also similar to that of an adult, so she can see all colors of the rainbow. Her hand eye coordination is developed, so she will start to grab the books and bring them to her mouth. Thick or vinyl books that withstand chewing will work best at this age. Many parents think that a baby is not interested in books because all baby wants to do is chew on them. The very opposite is true. Chewing on books,  just like chewing on everything else is your baby's way of showing interest and exploring her world through taste.  Through the first year, your baby will explore through her senses. Chewing on everything including books during bedtime routine, is just one of her ways of exploring.

Cloth and vinyl books like the ones found here, are great for this age since your baby will be putting everything in her mouth.
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6-18 Months
By 6 months your baby should be less interested in chewing her books and will become more interested in looking at them and following along.

Around 8-9 months, your baby should be able to help turn the pages. It's a great time to start some of the favorite classics like Goodnight Moon, and Brown Bear that will stick with your little one until she is much older.

By 12-18 months your child will love following along, pointing to objects, repeating some words. Singing songs, and lullabies is also fun at this age as your child starts to participate. Ask your baby "what's that?" Or "where is the bunny?" You will start to see how engaged a baby this age can be in books. It's quite fascinating.

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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. This is a perfect book for the end of the day. The little bunny says good night to everything in his room and to the moon. This has been a beloved book by many generations.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? This book is amazing, from the colors to the rhythmic storyline, children of all ages adore this book. This one is a must!

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I Love You Through and Through. I absolutely LOVE this book and the love I get to show my little ones when I read this to them. "I love your sad side, your mad side, your silly side" and so much more! This book is so incredibly sweet and your little one will feel so loved before bed.

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Where's Baby's Books by Karen Katz, are by far the best books to engage your child in a game of "where's that/peek a boo?". Karen Katz makes a variety of these books. Your child can open the flap and find a belly button, toes, nose, and so much more. This one comes in box set for only $10, and they are all amazing. Definitely one of my favorites.

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First 100 Words by Roger Priddy. This is a great educational book. It helps your baby with associating words and meaning. You can also ask your baby to point to things, and help her learn her first words.

18-36 Months
This is a really fun age for books, and you can use it as a learning tool. You can practice ABC's 123's, Animals, Colors, and Sounds.

At this age your child may also exhibit some fears. Many children this age also start preschool, so there are some great books that help with the anxiety of school. At some point between 2-3yrs old you will be switching your baby from a crib to a toddler bed. Getting some new books to ease the fears and to get your child ready for this big change will help.

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Bright Baby Colors, ABC, and Numbers. This is an amazing book for learning colors, numbers, shapes, opposites and the alphabet. You and your child will really enjoy this one.
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Llama Llama Red Pajama By Anna Dewdney is a great book for children that are afraid of going to bed without mommy. It's rhythmic, fun, and helps with those nighttime fears because it explains that mommy is always near by.

The Monster at the End of This Book. This is a hilarious book about "Monsters" that will surely ease your child's fears. I would say it's appropriate starting at age 2yrs all the way up to 8yrs old.

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Llama Llama Misses Mama is by far my favorite book for separation anxiety such as during the first few weeks of school. This book is sweet, simple, and easy for a young child to understand.

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The Kissing Hand by Ruth E. Harper is another great book for children missing mommy at school. Chester the raccoon doesn't want to go to school and is afraid. So mommy raccoon comes up with a neat way to make chester feel better by kissing his hand.

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Big Enough for a Bed (Sesame Street) is great book for toddler bed transition. Elmo is too big for his crib, but is uneasy about sleeping in a big bed. With a little help from his lovey, he starts loving his new bed.

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A bed of Your Own by Mij Kelley. Suzy Sue has trouble falling asleep in her bed because the animals are crowding her. This funny and rhyming book will give your child a good laugh and will ease her tension about going to bed.

So there you go! My favorite bedtime books for babies and toddlers. What are some of your favorites?  I would love to hear about some others, please comment below.

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Teaching Baby to Self Soothe

Imagine putting your baby down to sleep awake and she just dozes off, completely on her own. You don't have to do any work. Just lay her down, and walk out of the room as your baby self soothes. She doesn't cry, whine, or get upset, just peacefully falls asleep. You would probably tell me that I'm nuts, and that this is impossible, right? I don't blame you. I didn't think teaching baby to self soothe was possible either. When I had my first baby I just nursed and rocked her into deep sleep every single night…for hours on end! I didn't even have a clue what baby self soothing was. Now both of my girls fall asleep by self soothing. I helped them learn to fall asleep on their own, and this is exactly what they do every night. No crying, no fighting. The best part of teaching my baby to self soothe, is that she is able to fall back asleep on her own in the middle of the night, when she wakes from a sleep cycle. Meaning no unnecessary nighttime wakings. 
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Teaching baby to self soothe, or fall asleep on their own is an amazing accomplishment, that will solve most, if not all of your baby's sleep troubles. However, it is probably the hardest part of sleep training. One of the most common questions I get as a sleep consultant is "How do I teach my baby to self soothe?". This question can be tricky to answer because there are many different components to teaching your baby to sleep well. Age appropriate sleep schedules, knowing how to respond to wakings, which wakings are due to hunger vs comfort etc. You also have to be very consistent, pick a method that you are comfortable with, and have a really good step by step plan to follow so you are not confusing your baby. For those reasons, I have made sleep consultation packages available, in which I create a customized sleep plan for your baby based on your baby's individual situation and background. I also provide you with support to make sure that you are successful. View Sleep Packages Here-->

Teaching a baby to fall asleep on their own, is such a great feeling. Especially when you are finally able to lay your baby down without a struggle. You get to enjoy a happy bedtime routine together, give your baby kisses and cuddles, and she drifts off to sleep without a peep. I don't think there's any better feeling when you're a parent that has been struggling with getting your baby to fall asleep and stay asleep. So here are some of my best tips for helping your baby fall asleep on his or her own.

  • Solid bedtime routine. Make sure you have a consistent bedtime routine for your baby. Same routine, same time each night. This is very important, and I can't stress it enough. You can't expect a baby to cooperate when her sleep schedule is all over the place, or the routine is always different. A consistent routine gives your baby predicability. When your baby knows what to expect, she is more likely to accept it.
  • Move feeding or nursing. If you are feeding or nursing your baby to sleep, you are going to want to break that sleep association. So what you do is move the feeding to the beginning of your bedtime routine. This way your baby has the opportunity to fall asleep on her own and not in your arms. If your routine was jammies-book-feed. It should now be feed-jammies-book. 
  • Put your baby down, "drowsy but awake". I know you have probably heard this a million times, but this is really a biggie. Laying your baby down awake is not easy and you will have to follow that up with some sleep training methods. Making sure your baby is drowsy but awake before you lay her down, is very important.  
  • Pick a sleep training method and stick to it. It's always a good idea to have a plan to stick to and a method that you are comfortable with. This way you are not trying one thing, then another, and completely confusing your baby. Inconsistency can lead to many, many, tears. Being consistent and following through with your plan is the only way to be successful. 
  • Buy a good sleep training program or guide. If you have tried different methods, and nothing is working, it may be a good idea to buy a program or guide to help you. Some parents need a step by step guide, and there is nothing wrong with that. Getting help from someone that knows what they are doing and is able to provide you with that step by step plan, is invaluable when it comes to teaching your baby to sleep well. If you would like more individual help based on your baby's unique situation, I offer Personalized Sleep Plans and support. Teaching a baby to self soothe and fall asleep on his or her own is one of my specialties!
  • Stay with your baby. Some babies feel more at ease knowing Mommy or Daddy is right by their side. Since your baby needs to learn the skills to self soothe and fall sleep on her own, she may fall asleep easier, if you are by her side. Don't worry, once your baby gets better at falling asleep on her own, you won't have to stay with her at all. You will be able to lay her down after bedtime routine, and she will smile and drift off to sleep. 
  • Don't give up! Many times parents see how difficult and overwhelming the first couple nights can be. They give up, and don't get to see that it gets easier. Each night is just a little bit better than the previous. As you progress, it gets better and better. By the end of the week your baby will most likely be falling asleep on her own in under 5 minutes. Even if it takes 2 weeks, that's a great accomplishment. Don't give up! Here are some stories from parents like yourself, that didn't think it was possible either, and now the entire family is sleeping well. 

Remember that you don't have to stop nursing, rocking, or cuddling when teaching baby to self sootheIn fact I encourage an abundance of that. You can incorporate nursing, rocking, or anything else your baby enjoys into your bedtime routine. 

If you need more advice, or a step by step plan of how to teach your baby to self soothe and fall asleep on his or her own, please take a look at my Baby Sleep Consultation Packages--> 

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