Gentle Sleep Coach Philosophy
Sleep is a learned skill. Just like walking and talking, getting to sleep and returning to sleep after normal partial awakenings in the night takes practice – and often consistent support from parents. An abundance of sleep training systems are available today. The Gentle Sleep Coach philosophy was developed by Kim West (LCSW-C) because she found so many parents had difficulty following through with sleep coaching programs that they feared would damage their child emotionally.
The Gentle Sleep Coach approach offers gentler alternatives for families who want to teach their child to develop healthy sleep habits. It encourages consistent, loving and responsive parenting. The parent stays with and responds to their child, offering physical and verbal reassurance without putting the child to sleep. Some crying is inevitable as children deal with changes, but the Gentle Sleep Coach approach aims to minimize distress. This supports the development of secure attachments between parent and child while helping children discover the vital life skill of putting themselves to sleep.
Sleephaven embraces the Gentle Sleep Coach philosophy because of its sensitivity to each unique child and family. Your Sleephaven consultant will work with you to create an individualized, step-by-step sleep plan that will factor in your parenting philosophy, important family dynamics, and your child’s age, development, health and temperament. Most importantly we will support and coach you through the process from beginning to end – for both night sleep and naps. Our goal: to come alongside to help your tired family sleep.