Do you need one-on-one assistance with setting up a play area, establishing a sleep routine, or moving towards cooperative diaper changes? I have nearly a decade of experience in helping parents with the day-to-day big and little questions that arise when raising an infant or toddler. Book a private session to consult with me in person or via phone on the topic of your choice. Common topics include:
understanding a young baby's cries and cues
developmental norms for play and motor development
beginning solid food or weaning from breastfeeding
troubleshooting difficult diaper changes
helping children deal with conflict and socialize with each other
staying calm with testing toddlers
establishing discipline in a kind yet effective way
choosing a quality infant care situation
Getting enough sleep is vitally important for everyone in the family. Nothing impacts a child's development more than being cared for by a well-rested parent, so I am always happy to do consulting specifically about improving sleep routines.
While individual sleep plans are as varied as the families and babies they are designed for, my method lies somewhere between the two unsustainable extremes of "cry it out" and the type of attachment parenting where you are literally attached to your baby all day and all night. The former is unnecessary and more than most parents can bear to listen to. The latter is far too burdensome for parents and usually results in less high-quality sleep for everyone.
I prefer to help parents find a plan that encourages their baby to sleep independently. It is true that often beginning a new routine involves some amount of struggle, and sometimes that struggle can be very loud! However, we will work together to develop a plan that feels realistic and compassionate for everyone involved.
A sleep consult usually goes like this. First, we will spend some time discussing your current routines, including what works and what doesn't. I will give you feedback about where your child is on the developmental timeline of sleep so you know what is normal, what is likely to change on its own, and what areas are ready for growth. We will establish what your family's sleep needs are, and what you want sleep in your family to eventually look like. Together we will come up with a specific plan for how to get to your new routine.
Afterwards, I can do follow-ups as needed, but often families get all the information they need to revolutionize the family's sleep in one consult.
If you would like to read a book about sleep to get you started, here are a couple I recommend that I think are in alignment with Magda Gerber's Educaring® Approach:
The Happy Sleeper - The sleep plans in this book are developmentally appropriate and will work for most families without the effort of designing your own plan from scratch. Don't feel bad about using a cookie-cutter approach. It's a surprisingly good strategy for the sleep deprived!
The Compassionate Sleep Solution - This book is better for families that want to design their own sleep plan, or who want to rethink the way they respond to crying at night.
A thoughtfully designed nursery functions as a safe play space, an essential part of life with an infant or toddler.
If there is a safe place you can leave your child to play, your life opens up. You can get a drink of water, make lunch for your baby, or even go to the bathroom, all without worrying about your child getting into something unsafe or that simply isn’t theirs.
A safe play space is a relief to the child. Imagine being in a foreign place where you don’t know any of the cultural rules, and every time you try to do something (like stand up, wear a hat, talk loudly, etc), someone tells you to stop! Adult-oriented rooms with exposed electrical cords and forbidden cupboards can feel like this for children. All those limits become exhausting for both of you. The play space is a special place where you can both relax, where you and your child can be free of the limits that must be a part of every other place they go.
I offer this service either as a home visit or online. During the session, I will help you make a plan for creating a safe play space for your baby. I has helped many families design a safe space in their home that is both fun and functional, safe and beautiful. I specialize in helping families work with small spaces, as is so often necessary an urban environment.
The green area on this map shows my service area for home visits. If you are outside this service area, there is a travel fee of $2/mile from Concord, CA.
Other options include a phone consult or reaching out to another RIE® professional in the Bay Area Infant & Toddler Network, as there is likely someone closer to you than me.