Working With Newborns (0 – 12 weeks)

Congratulations!

We hope that you are transitioning seamlessly into life with a newborn.

Life right now may seem a little overwhelming, it’s a lot to take in, but we are here for you.

You are probably a little terrified and wondering if you are feeding them enough and at the right time, how many hours each day they should be sleeping and pondering if their days and nights will ever align. But don’t worry if you are feeling scared, unsure, overwhelmed, and exhausted; our Petite Dreamers team can help you with some of the overwhelming emotions you naturally feel. 

The first few weeks of your baby’s life are full of excitement, all-consuming love and angst. We are here to help you through your first few days, weeks and months to find that inner confidence in parenting. Whether it’s your first or fourth child, it doesn’t matter; each baby is different. Together we will build you a solid sleep foundation that will carry you into toddlerhood and their various stages of growth. Together, 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 will help your sleep training plan in the future. Over the last decade, we have developed four vital pillars that you can always refer to; respect, educate, nurture, and transform. This approach will allow you to establish the proper equilibrium for lifelong and recuperative sleep.

We understand that every baby is different, so we have carefully curated a selection of foundational sleep programmes that you can build upon to suit your little one and family.

Each programme is entirely scalable and flexible no matter where you are with your sleep training.

Newborn Packages

What’s Included in all Newborn Packages

We ensure you are set up for sleep success with our comprehensive programs and packages, designed for you. 

Sleep Evaluation

Comprehensive sleep questionnaire to get to the heart of your little one’s sleep challenges.

Consultation

90 minutes, one-on-one consultation to discuss your sleep strategy and implementation.

Private Coaching

Private one-on-one Coaching in the form of Phone Calls & Email support until your baby turns 16 weeks old.

Custom Sleep Plan

Your roadmap to get your little one sleeping through the night and napping like a boss!

Sleep Log Tracking

Dedicated Sleep Log App to track and analyse sleep transformation day by day, nap by nap and night by night.

Sleep Toolkit

Sleep education to help with future sleep challenges, like teething, illness and travel.

Whether you sign up for this package at 6 weeks or 8 weeks, I work with you until your baby turns 16 weeks old.  For example, if your baby starts at 6 weeks old, then I work with you for 10 weeks.

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