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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Sleep Consultation

<br /> Terei que deixar meu bebê para chorar?

We have tried and tested gentle solutions that can support your baby or toddler to learn how to sleep better and longer independently. The process doesn’t always happen without any tears shed, however. If you have a wilful child, or your baby has some very deep rooted sleep associations, they may cry as you sleep train them. That said, you don’t have to leave them to cry alone in their cot – I will guide you through this in a way that works for both you and your baby.

<br /> Will sleep training help with other parenting challenges?

A good sleep forms the foundation of our waking lives. You will have no doubt seen the impact that sleep has on your mental health, as well as a range of physical wellness indicators. The same goes for your children; their development, nutritional intake and behaviours are intrinsically linked to the quality and quantity of their sleep.

Many families find that dealing with a sleep challenge also helps with feeding/eating or behavioural issues – even, in some cases, with other things like colic. Let a quality sleep lay the best possible foundation for your child to reach their potential.

Isn’t sleep deprivation just part of the early years of parenting?

Sleep deprivation is a form of torture and while many people think it’s a rite of passage to joining the parenting ranks, the early years of parenting don’t need to be fraught with lost sleep.

So many families are suffering and it’s hard to be the parent that you really want to be when you are that tired, let alone maintain your relationships or function well back in the workplace. Sleep is absolutely vital for our health and wellbeing and, with some simple and sustainable tweaks, your family can be back to achieving the sleep they need.

While it perhaps used to take a village to raise a child, it’s no longer common to have an extended family all raising children under one roof. What we think of as our intuition is actually largely taught, and in the absence of those wider traditional support networks, I can provide the reassurance and guidance amidst what can feel like an overload of information.

BABY SIGNS 

Best time to start teaching signing?

There is no perfect timing to start and it actually depends on whether you are ready to teach them and whether you are available to teach them.

When will my baby start to sign back?

On average, babies start to sign at age of 12 months old. We have seen babies sign as early as 5 months old. It depends on a few factors on how consistent you are modelling and how interested babies are in communication.

Why my baby has not yet signed back after months?

It depends on his/her age, interest in people and interest in communication. 

Will my baby stay signing and not want to talk?

Not at all. Babies are very smart and they will move on to talk after they notice speaking is much more effective to do without putting away their favorite toy and sign to you.

 TOILET LEARNING

At what age should I potty train my child?

Experts generally agree that a child will develop the physical and cognitive skills needed for potty training somewhere between 18 months and 3 years old.  Experts also stress, however, that every child is different and will embrace potty training on their own timetable.  Given the uniqueness of every child, there really is no “right” age or deadline for potty training.  Some children are ready to start early, while others are going to take their time.  The important thing is to watch your child for when they are ready.  You can help your child get ready for potty training — at any age — with a little help from me.  You can start simply by reading them potty story and begin the conversation with them about learning to use the big-kid potty.

How do I know my child is ready for potty training

This can be a tough question for parents.  There is a huge amount of information out there regarding signs of readiness for potty training.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has great information on its website (www.aap.org), and your child’s pediatrician is also an important resource about this.  

While this information is useful, no bell is going to ring to tell you your child is ready.  And if you wait for your toddler to agree to be potty-trained, you may be changing diapers for a lot longer than you wanted.  Parents worry, though, that if they start too early, potty training will be a horrible experience for both them and their child.  Here is where I can help you to begin to prepare your child even if they are showing no interest in being potty-trained (which sometimes happens).  

Should I use a little kid potty or the toilet?

This is really a matter of preference.  We prefer not to have to clean pee and poop from a little toilet when it can be avoided.  Potty seats allow children to be able to sit directly on the toilet without the mess of a little potty. You can get a stool so the child can access the big potty as easily as they would have been able to with the little one.  And this way you eliminate the need to essentially re-train your child to use the big potty after they have mastered the little one.  But both ways work.  And kids often get excited to have a little potty just for them. 

My child can go pee but struggles with poo. what should I do?

This is actually a fairly common problem for kids.  Pooping is often the most difficult part of potty training.  If pooping is becoming a hang-up for your child, do your best to talk it through with your child.  It is best to understand exactly what is hard or scary about pooping in the potty.  Try to discover why they are afraid and then work to discover ways to help them overcome their fear.

For many children, the fear of pooping can increase anxiety and cause an upset stomach.  Your child may associate this aching in their tummies with pooping in the potty, and all of this just makes their fear of pooping worse.  It can help sometimes to explain to them that these are just nervous butterflies in their tummies which makes it feel weird and it is not the pooping that hurts.  Remind them that getting the poop out and into the toilet actually makes their tummies feel better.  Don’t underestimate how much your child can understand.  They are observant and smart and can catch onto this concept!

Do everything you can to make sure your child does not become constipated while potty training, as this will just add to the difficulties.  Make sure you give your child lots of liquids and fruits and vegetables to making pooping easier.  It is very common for children to stop going poop altogether during the first couple days.  Keep encouraging them, and hopefully, when it does happen, it will be in the potty!

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