Working With Expecting Parents

Congratulations!

The time has come to start (or expand) your family.

You’re over the moon with excitement, but all the horror stories of sleepless babies, have you wondering how you’re going to be the best parent you can be if your baby never sleeps!

Congratulations! You’ve decided to expand your world and heart and start a family. We are sure that you are over the moon with excitement but are equally apprehensive about all of the unknowns you will face. You will probably experience the boomerang of intense joy quickly followed by a feeling of overwhelm! Don’t worry if you feel scared and dizzy with angst; it’s quite normal! The Petite Dreamers team has helped thousands of couples navigate the newborn landscape and can help you with the perfectly natural emotions you’ll feel.

Have you asked yourself questions, including how long they should sleep? How do I know if they are hungry? What do I do if they won’t stop crying? How do I know if they are in pain? We understand that every baby is different. Our certified sleep experts have carefully curated a range of foundational sleep programmes that you can build upon to suit your newborn baby and family. Each programme is flexible no matter where you are on your sleep training journey.

The first couple of weeks of your baby’s life are full of excitement, all-consuming love, and exhaustion. We are here to help you through the first few days, weeks, and months so you can find your inner confidence and create a manageable routine; together we will build you a solid sleep foundation. Collectively, we will ensure that your baby sleeps and dreams with ease.

It’s important to remember that healthy and balanced sleep habits start at birth. The hard work that you put in now and when they are born will help your sleep training plan in the future. If you’d like to set the foundation for a lifetime of good sleeping patterns, join Louise, our founder, on a discovery call. Her introductory ‘Expecting Parents’ package will help you begin your journey with your new family. You’ll enjoy an informative hour-long sleep consultation, understand how to create a safe sleep space in your new nursery, receive her complimentary ebook about newborn sleep and have a follow-up call to ensure you are on the right track.

Expecting Parents

FAQ’s

NEWBORNS (0 – 3 months)

Answers to your most frequently asked questions about newborn sleep coaching and how we can help you set up a solid sleep foundation for a thriving little sleep star!

What is the best age to sleep train my baby?

Creating good sleep associations can happen from newborn as your baby will always be ready to get more sleep, especially if they haven’t been sleeping well. However, the best time to start on the road to better sleep, is when you, as the parents, instinctively know that your baby isn’t sleeping as well. If lack of good sleep is impacting their day as well as the quality of your own sleep, then you are ready to make positive changes to help your little one sleep better. Parents being committed to the process is the no. 1 ingredient to making successful sleep possible.

Can I co-sleep and sleep train my baby?

Co-sleeping and room sharing often get confused with one another. So for clarity, when we talk about co-sleeping, we are referring to the practice of sharing a bed with your baby.

In line with the American Academy of Paediatrics guidelines on safe sleep practices (AAP Safe Sleep Link), we don’t work with families who choose to bed-share. In order to help your baby achieve an effective independent sleep skill, they will need an independent, age appropriate and safe sleep space.

Why are my baby’s nap times so short?

For newborns, there are varying factors such as your baby needing help to fall asleep, hunger, under-tiredness, over-tiredness (from overstimulation), too much or too little awake time, the environment in which they sleep, parents expectations or neurological issues (a 30-minute nap is considered normal at the newborn stage).

Can I share my bedroom with my baby?

Absolutely! It is recommended that babies share their room with a parent for at least the first 6 months of their life to help reduce the risk of SIDS.

Is it true that formula-fed babies sleep better than breastfed babies?

No, this is not true. A well-fed baby, whether formula or breastfed, can learn the skill of self-settling / independent sleep, which in turn helps them sleep longer and soundly through the night.

To add further, we don’t focus on how you feed your baby, only that your baby is getting enough food to help them grow and thrive!

Do you teach 'Cry-It-Out'?

No we do not. Let us explain why. The ‘Cry It Out Method’, otherwise known as ‘Extinction’, is the practice of putting your baby in their cot at bedtime awake and then leaving them to cry themselves to sleep without going back in to check on them or offering them any support.

Instead, we use a range of behaviour based, proven sleep training methods which have been tried and tested not just by our clients, but by us with our own children.

Will there be crying involved?

This is by far the most common question we are asked by parents and definitely something that needs to be addressed and explained before you undertake any sleep training program.

Yes, as with any baby, there will be crying involved. Sadly we don’t have a magic wand or fairy dust but we do have a proven step formula that, if implemented consistently, does result in it feeling magical!

When we start to make big changes to your baby’s sleep habits and the structure of their day, it is understandable and completely normal that they are going to be confused. Unable to articulate their confusion into words (as they don’t have any yet), crying is how they get their point across. “Mummy, last night you rocked me to sleep and I slept in your arms, tonight you’ve just put me here in the cot. What’s going on!”. 

Please know we will never ask you to leave your baby to cry on their own. We want you to be there to offer support and reassurance to your baby.

The good news is that the amount of crying significantly reduces night-on-night, nap-by-nap, as you follow the step-by-step written sleep plan that we will walk you through as part of the program.

We work and our baby is at daycare or looked after by our helper/nanny. Can the plan still work?

Absolutely, the ‘not so secret’ ingredient in helping your little one develop a strong sleep skill and becoming a thriving little sleep star is consistency. This means that it is important that all caregivers who look after your little one, whether it be mummy, daddy, nana, pop, nanny/helper, are able to follow the same consistent approach to preparing and getting your little one down in the cot for their sleep.

SLEEP STAR SUCCESS STORIES

I was near breaking point with exhaustion

“Louise came into my life when I was near breaking point with exhaustion. What I learnt with Louise has been invaluable. I highly recommend Louise for any sleep-deprived or overwhelmed parents!”

Olivia & Baby Indie, Singapore

She's the one you need if you want your sleep and social life back!

“Louise helped me get back the very little pieces of sanity I had left...TWICE! Once when I had my son and then a daughter 2 years later. For those reading this, think no further! She's the one you need
if you want your sleep and social life back!”

Philea Dai-Chevalley, Singapore

You've changed our lives!

“Thank you so much, Louise! In just a matter of days, you've changed our lives... from having to wake up over 10 times in the nights to resettle my little one, she now sleeps through the night! She naps better during the day too.”

Diya Mahtani & Mirpuri, Singapore

Louise is so helpful, understanding, clear, and approachable

“I was a sleep-deprived wreck but within a few weeks, he is now sleeping through the night thanks to Louise.  Louise is so helpful, understanding, clear, and approachable. THANK YOU!”

Olivia Russell, Singapore

It was the best decision and investment for the whole family...

Louise changed our lives because we got our sleep back. My son is now waking up after 6 am and my daughter is also sleeping through the night for 11 to 12 hours.”

Fränze Kocaman, Singapore

I wish we had found her sooner!

“Within three days we saw a difference in sleep and by one week in we were on the right track and all getting a full night's sleep. Louise has given me confidence as a first-time Mum. I wish we had found her sooner!”

Olivia and baby Harvey, Singapore