Frequently asked questions

What is Sleep Consulting?


Sleep consulting is when a trained professional helps parents to help their child sleep. The method of sleep training will vary depending on each family and their needs. The method you choose can be as gently as you are comfortable with. There is more than one way to help a child sleep and we will find a way to help your child sleep, together.




Why should I hire you when I can just read the books and do it on my own?


You absolutely can get a book, read it, and navigate sleep on your own. However, no matter what book you buy there is nothing that can replace personalized help. There is peace of mind that comes from knowing you are handling sleep with your baby or toddler in the best way possible. The other reason parents tell me over and over again that they are so grateful they chose to hire me is because of the emotional process for them. Sleep is hard! For parents and children. By working together I help parents gain confidence in themselves as they work through their own anxiety around sleep issues all while helping to strengthen your attachment with your child.




Why hire me instead of someone else?


Sleep affects every aspect of our lives. When we are not getting the sleep we desperately need (babies, children, and adults alike), we often experience symptoms from a lack of sleep. In a baby or child these symptoms may look like: increased/decreased appetite, crankiness, tantrums, irritability, rigid or inflexibility, acting out, ADHD behavior, fighting, etc. Adults can experience just as many side effects from too little sleep, including anxiety, depression, irritability, or inability to focus to name just a few. With my unique training as a marriage and family therapist, I am trained to recognize the difference between lack of sleep and a condition worth seeking additional help. As a therapist, the attachment you and your child share is my top priority. Attachment is complex and often misunderstood. By working with me, you can rest assured that both you and your child will come out on the other side with a stronger attachment and healthier both physical and mentally.




I am not sure which plan to buy, how can I decide?


Sometimes it can be hard to know which plan will fit your needs best. I offer a FREE 15 minute call to discuss your specific situation and which package would be the best fit. You can also get to know me a little better and feel 100% confident this is a good purchase for you!




How long will it take for my child to start sleeping better?


The simple answer: it depends. Vague, but true. It depends on the temperament of the child (easy going or stubborn), how old your child is, what sleep training method you choose, how consistent you are, and how precisely you follow your plan. Some families see results in as little as one day. For other families it can take up to two week to see nighttime sleep come together. During your free 15 minute call to find the right package for you I can better describe (based on your situation) how long it will take to see results.




What is the best age for my child to learn to sleep on their own?


There are two different answers I could give here. The first answer relates back to the child’s age. If you know that you will be doing some sleep training at some point, I recommend starting between 4-6 months. Children in this age range are young enough to still require a lot of sleep, so there are a lot of opportunities to help the baby learn to sleep in only a few days! Generally, babies experience a sleep regression around 4 months that is hard to bounce back from without some sleep training. And if your baby isn't phased by that it is unlikely they would also not be phased by the introduction of object permanence arouns 6 months. Both regressions can be devastating and both can be avoided and resolved through sleep training.

The second answer has to do with the family situation and how the child is sleeping. A great time to sleep train is when you are unsatisfied with the sleep arrangement or schedule at your house and need a change. If things are going well then you don’t need to fix them, but you may decide to sleep train using a preventative approach to sleep problems starting later. Even when things are going great, you will at some point do some sleep training. Many parents put off sleep training until their child is well into their toddler years, thinking this will be easier. I assure it will not be easier, but is definitely doable. In other words, you can sleep train at any point with varying degrees of difficulty.




Do you work with twins? Triplets? Multiples?


Absolutely! As a mother of twins, I understand how challenging and overwhelming getting multiples to sleep can be! There is no better time to hire a sleep coach than when you have multiples! Especially since there is no extra charge in a sleep plan for multiples! Do it. It will be the best decision you will make for them and you!




Can you work with multiple members of my family at the same time?


Absolutely! Additional members of the same family will receive 15% off!




Do all of your plans involve ‘cry it out’?


Nope. Cry it out is a popular method when it comes to sleep training, but even inside the terms ‘Cry It Out’ there are multiple methods to choose from. Outside of ‘Cry It Out’ there are other options to help a child learn to sleep on their own. One such method is referred to as the ‘Chair Method’ and can involve no crying at all! I will warn you that this method also requires the greatest amount of time, patience, and consistency but, if that’s your thing I will support you! My goal is for you to feel 100% comfortable with your plan so that you can be 100% consistent with it and see results as soon as possible!




Can I hire you if I don’t live by you?


Of course! While consultations can take place in your home if you are local Utah County most consultation take place in my 'virtual' office.




What is your refund policy?


No refunds are given once payment has been made.




Is Sleep Consulting right for you if you plan to sleep train later in your child’s life?


Yes! As a Sleep Consultant, I am going to give you the knowledge you need to carry out your preferred style of sleep training when you need it. For some parents this is at six months but for other parents it will be at three years. No matter when you begin, I will be there throughout the process with two-weeks of unlimited text and email support, as well as providing you with a detailed sleep plan. This approach will give you the tools you need to know as well as what to do in every circumstance so that you can be consistent and teach your child the fastest way possible!





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Marietta M. Paxson M.S., AMFT

marietta@littledreamers.us

(435) 770-8312

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