Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Why should we hire someone like you?

There is a lot of literature about baby sleep. There are also different approaches and methods which may or may not be suited for you and your baby. The key is to find a method that suits you the best. That’s something that I can help you with.
Everyone who knows what sleep deprivation really is, also knows how hard it is for our memory and concentration to function normally. That’s why reading books about child sleep while being sleep deprived is not an easy task. In situations like this, it’s good to have specific advice from someone who knows a lot about baby sleep and who has been in a similar situation. I would follow you daily and be there for you to answer any of your questions. You won’t be alone in any step during this process.

How can we know that you can help us?

Almost all children can improve their sleep. The only exception is children whose problems have a neurological cause.
It is not possible to know in advance what the outcome of some process will be, but all the families I have worked with and that were consistent showed improvement. Just by contacting someone who can help you, you are showing great motivation, which is important in the whole process.

I want improvements as soon as possible, how long does this take?

My approach is gradual and in-depth, therefore a bit slow and it takes time. It is necessary to find out what is causing poor sleep habits and work on that. Quick solutions are not always good solutions in long-term. There are methods that can help your child to sleep „through the night“ in a few nights, but usually those methods are not good for the baby nor for the connection between a child and a parent because they usually include cry-it-out method. I am strongly against that method therefore with my help you won’t get your child to sleep much better in just a few days. It will take a bit longer, but with no harm to the baby.

Your children will sleep „through the night“ when they’re developmentally ready and us parents should give them all conditions to achieve it. We should not expect from children something that they’re not ready for. My approach is based on scientific facts about baby and child sleep, while I take into consideration the current child’s developmental stage.

Do you use cry-it-out method?

No! I am strongly against it and consider that it can have a negative impact on a child’s emotional wellbeing. The result of this method can be a child who seems to sleep better in short period of time, but in long-term those kids can start fighting sleep, have a higher risk of anxiety disorders in the future and, for what is the worst – their trust in their parents is broken.

Which methods do you use?

There are so many different ways in which we can help babies and children to sleep better. I use different methods and their combinations, depending on each child and a family. There isn’t just one method that could help all children to sleep better, because every child is unique. I will never suggest or support methods that I’m against personally and professionally, like cry-it-out method.

Is this the same as sleep training a child in order to sleep better?

People often consider that changing the child’s sleep habits include sleep training and cry-it-out method. They are skeptical towards something that they don’t know well and that is totally normal.

Term sleep training has a bad reputation for a reason. That kind of training is teaching them not to signal or cry when they feel like doing it. In my opinion that is not the most appropriate approach. Children will show us when it’s their time for sleeping. They should go to sleep when their needs are satisfied instead of us forcing them to fall asleep when we think it’s time for it. Babies are not robots and we can not train them to sleep better. What we can do is give them all predispositions for better sleep and to follow their signals and needs. Babies communicate with adults since the birth and it is important to respond to their cries in a way that seems the most appropriate for us.

Can I continue with co-sleeping with my child?

Of course! Do whatever feels right for you. I don’t want you to ever do something that you don’t feel good about. You should follow what’s best for you and for your child. Babies and children can sleep equally good with parents or in their crib. My experience has shown me that children who sleep with their parents take a little more time to change their sleep habits, but they can change them just like children who sleep in their crib can.

If you are co-sleeping with your child but you feel like you would like to change that and you don’t know how to do it, I can help you with that as well.

Can I continue with breastfeeding?

Of course you can! I support breastfeeding and I have breastfed my son until he was 22 months old. Breastfeeding is not an obstacle for a baby to sleep well. I want you to keep all those habits that you feel good about and to change those that don’t function anymore for you.

Will my child cry during the process of implementing new sleep habits?

Children have emotions and it’s ok to express them. In the first year of their life babies cry is the only way of communication with adults. Even though our work will be based on changing babies crying habits it is very important to understand that babies still have to cry in order to express themselves and to let us know if they are confused or if they don’t understand why something is happening.

Your child will cry depending on what kind of changes we will implement. If we change the way they fall asleep, there probably will be crying, but as a sign of protest and not distress. It is very important to comfort your child every time they cry. If we don’t change the way the baby is falling asleep, there probably won’t be crying but it will take a little more time for positive changes.

I can’t promise that there won’t be any crying but it is very important to understand that your child shouldn’t be left alone while crying. I support parents to always respond to their child’s need, to react on their every cry, to comfort them, to cuddle, to calm and to never let their baby cry.

What do you do during consultations?

During consultations I collect information that was not covered by a sleep questionnaire and are important to me in order to better understand the pattern of your child’s sleep. After that, I give parents advice and we talk about different options.

Do you work worldwide?

Yes. Thanks to the modern technology, we can work together no matter where you live. Consultations can be conducted via video call. Afterward, the majority of work is done via e-mail.

Do you have any further inquiries?

If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact me at: marina@svijetsnova.hr

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