Can you tell us a little about your business, Loving Lessons? What inspired you to start Loving Lessons?
As a Pediatric Sleep Consultant with Loving Lessons, I support tired parents to help get sleep in place and empower parents with positive and gentle solutions to help their children transform their sleep habits, set children up for academic success while enjoying the parenting journey! Loving Lessons is based on transitioning our parenting from fear based to love based. It’s about building those loving connections to leave a legacy with our parenting for our children.
My inspiration for Loving Lessons comes from my boys Connor and Bailey. They taught me how important sleep really was, how different they were as children, and to respect and understand them for who they were and what they needed. Prior to my consulting, I was a 5th and 6th grade teacher- turned mom in 2006 to become a sleep deprived parent until 2009. I decided to retire from teaching to do a home daycare so I could stay home with Connor and Bailey. While taking care of my boys, 2.5 and 5 month old at the time, and a couple other children in my home daycare, I quickly realized staying home and being a mom wasn't all I had imagined it would be.
So once I learned about sleep for my 5 month old, which was sleeping from 6:30-6:30 with two, 2 hour naps, my life changed. I was able to get 4 children down for naps at the same time which was heavenly. I started to get sleep in place for my 3 year old too, but it wasn’t in place until I actually started my training with the Sleep Lady, Kim West. It was during my training and consultation that I figured out what was missing, what I didn’t know about Connor and his sleep needs. Once I discovered the secret and understood the science of sleep, it became my mission to share this with other families.
What specific services do you offer families looking for help sleep training their babies or children?
I offer personal sleep consultations for children ages 6 and younger where I come to the families home if they are in the local Raleigh area. If they are not local I can accommodate families by doing our 2 hour session via Skype. We create a personal sleep plan that will take the child’s temperament, parents’ parenting style, and schedules into consideration so we can figure out the best path to good sleep. Clients have unlimited access to the Client Resource area that guides and supports them step by step from sleepless to sleep filled nights.
What is your philosophy or style of sleep training?
What specific advice can you give new or expectant parents who are trying to help their baby sleep longer?
The best thing you can do is observe your baby. Tune into what your baby is telling you. Your baby is letting you know when they are hungry, sleepy, hurting, ready to play and engage or just content. Be respectful to tune in and engage with your child. If you are not sure what your baby is telling you, it might be an important step in connecting with a professional that could help you build that communication with your child.
What are the biggest mistakes or misinformation you see related to sleep training a baby?
There is a belief that sleep training involves leaving your child to cry it out and that’s it. Sleep is very complex and we have to evaluate the entire sleep situation to figure out what might be holding you’re your child back from good sleep. Leaving your child to cry it out is usually not the answer for majority of families.
How can families get in touch with you to start the process of sleep training?
Families can get started by visiting my site http://loving-lessons.com/
You can also set up a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if sleep coaching would be the right step for your family. https://www.timetrade.com/book/VX5T6
1. Favorite vacation spot…Walt Disney World.
2. Favorite restaurant…Cheesecake Factory
3. Favorite movie…Love Actually
4. Favorite weekend activity…is hanging out with my family.
5. Favorite book…Heaven is for Real
I want to thank Irene for taking the time to share her business with us! So, you may be wondering is it worth it to contact Irene for a consultation? Well, check out what her clients are saying...
-Kristin & Brian, Holly Springs, NC