The difference between a Sleep Consultant and a Sleep Trainer

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The difference between a Sleep Consultant and a Sleep Trainer

sleep trainer Let me guess. You’re here because you were Googling “sleep trainer” or “sleep consultant” at 3am. You saw a list of sleep experts who offer a variety of services at different points, and you’re confused about why some baby sleep consultants charge $500-$1,500 and why it’s significantly more expensive to hire a Sleep Trainer who provides real-time sleep training support in your home.

I’ll break it down:

Baby seep “consultants” consult by phone and email. They will give you a personalized plan, followed by 2-4 weeks of phone, text and/or email support. They’re not with you in your home, and they don’t get to know your baby. While this does work for some families, and it’s affordable, sleep training without in-person support is HARD. It may literally be the hardest thing you’ve ever done.

Following a “plan” in the middle of the night is nearly impossible when you’re already sleep-deprived. The “plan” doesn’t tell you what to do when the plan isn’t working. The plan is useless when you and your partner are arguing at 3am. One of you will likely give in, and rock or feed your baby to sleep because you don’t know what else to do. But then your baby will get confused, and you will be back at square one in the morning, emailing or texting your sleep consultant.

Many of our clients (including pediatricians!) have already purchased these sleep consulting services. They’ve spent weeks or months of trying to follow a “plan”, but they gave up and felt defeated after weeks of crying, confusion, and little to no progress. They come to us feeling really defeated, terrified that nothing will ever work, and that they will never sleep again.

Hiring a Live-In Sleep Trainer is a significantly larger investment because one of us will stay with you in your home for 3-4 days, and hold you and your baby through the whole sleep training process. With one of us in your home, your baby will likely sleep 11-12 hours on the second or third night. Your baby will be fully sleep trained by the time we leave your home. We include 4-weeks of unlimited support afterwards to ensure that you’re all set, and your baby is a great sleeper for life. Guaranteed.

Sleep-training is a nuanced process and it’s also emotional for you, especially after months of sleep deprivation. Experiencing first-hand the environment of your baby over 3-4 days, helps us tailor our recommendations for your baby. Getting to spend time with you and your baby lets us really get to know the dynamics of the family and develop a trusting relationship. We are there with you 24/7 to gently support you through all the challenges, emotions, and to offer choices and recommendations for those “what do I do?” situations. We will discuss with you what we are observing, help you understand the difference between your baby’s habits and needs, we will show you in real time what your baby is capable of, and how handle those “now what?” situations after we leave.

Brainstorming logistical challenges with small spaces, or room-sharing with siblings is a common challenge for NYC families, and something we can best do when staying with you in your home. We bring an outside, experienced perspective. We’re well-rested, and we’re not emotionally attached to your baby, so we can observe facts, collect data, and see things that you cannot see. We help you make split-second decisions night and day, to make sleep training seamless and easy for you and your baby.

Our clients tell us again and again that hiring us was “the best money we’ve ever spent,” “life-changing,” and “could have never done it without you.”

The idea of inviting a virtual stranger into your home for 3-4 days may not be initially appealing, and it is a significant investment, but it can literally be the difference between weeks or months of crying and struggling, or sleeping through the night in 3-4 days.

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