What is Dodo Coaching?
In a nutshell, Dodo (meaning “Sleep” in French) Coaching is the process of helping your child learn how to fall asleep and stay asleep while decreasing your level of intervention.
What is your philosophy about sleep coaching?
Sleep coaching is nothing more than guiding your baby learn to put himself to sleep at naptime and bedtime. Many parents don’t realize that sleep is a learned skill, like walking and talking.
My philosophy is to respect and support parents in their choices when it comes to raising their child. I do create a Sleep Plan for all healthy kids, including the ones who are co-sleeping, room-sharing, breastfed and bottle-fed. As a certified Gentle Sleep Coach®, my goal is to guide the parents in order to minimize the crying while their child is learning to self-sooth and become independent sleepers.
You are a certified Gentle Sleep Coach®. What does that mean?
I have successfully completed the Gentle Sleep Coach® program which is the most extensive professional sleep coaching certification program available until this day. My ultimate goal was to master the gentle and proven method to get good nights’ sleep. The program included over 90 hours of training, an exam and supervised pro bono cases. On the top of this certification, I have an exclusive access to resourceful information to get an ongoing continued education.
When can I start Dodo Coaching my child?
The timing must be right for you and your child. Infants can be ready for some sort of sleep coaching as from 4 months. I do not recommend starting Dodo Coaching if you expect that in the upcoming month you will go through a routine disruption such as travel, the birth of a sibling, change of jobs and moving to a new home.
In addition, it is only after having received the pediatrician’s approval that I could give parents the green light to start Dodo Coaching. Please note that I do not offer medical advice. If you have any medical concerns you should consult your doctor immediately.
Since the success of Dodo Coaching will mainly depend on the parents’ patience and consistency throughout the process, I will also ensure that they are 100% on board. Before creating a Sleep Plan, I will always make sure that the parents’ expectations are realistic in order to be achievable
I can’t stand hearing my child cry. Am I ready for Dodo Coaching?
I will not lie to you; your child will cry during Dodo Coaching. There are a lot of methods out there that range from the ‘no cry’ to the ‘let cry’ but let me tell you that none of them can promise you that no tears will flow. Babies do cry no matter how gentle you try to be. The methods should rather be labelled as ‘maximum parent intervention’ to ‘zero parent intervention’.
The Dodo Coaching Method does not derive from the Cry-It-Out approach. This means that parents are allowed to provide their child the necessary support and reassurance while helping their child to become independent sleepers. Together with the parents, I will ensure that everything is being put into place in order to keep the tears to a minimum.
Is it true that the Cry-It-Out Method is the only one that works?
That is not true. The Cry-It-Out approach definitely works, but not for all parents or all children. It is highly probable that tear-sensitive parents will not stay consistent throughout the process and will pick up their child to stop the flood of tears. In addition, based on the child’s temperament, this method could be inefficient even when parents remain patient and consistent. Researchers have also demonstrated that being in a stressful situation over and over again for too long can have harmful consequences for a child’s relational skills on a long run.
It has been proven that positive routines, optimal sleeping environment and parental fading also provide great results. However, methods such as the Dodo Coaching might take more time than Cry-It-Out before expected results are observed.
Can I Dodo Coach more than one child at the time?
Yes, in such case, you may select the Combo Package. Thanks to the information provided, I will create a customized Sleep Plan based on you what you are trying to achieve with each one of your children.
Could the Dodo Coaching Method break the great bond I currently have with my child?
Certainly not! The Dodo Coaching Method is designed to get your child to fall (back) asleep alone, without affecting your close bond. You will be allowed to comfort him and respond to his cries while teaching him an essential skill for his development. By encouraging him and providing the space to achieve it alone, you show your child the level of confidence you put in him. In fact, this will strengthen your relationship.
Can I Dodo Coach if I am still breastfeeding during the night or if we are co-sleeping?
Of course! Your Sleep Plan will be put together based on your current situation, family dynamic and goals to be achieved thanks to the Dodo Coaching.
How do the Dodo Coaching packages work?
Based on the level of support and insights needed, choose the services you would like to be provided with. Take a look at the different packages to make your choice.
Should you have any doubt about the combination of services that would suit you best, feel free to book a free introductory consultation. I will help you pick the best solution based on the current situation and your requirements. Click here to schedule a time that works best for you!
What does a customized Sleep Plan include?
The Sleep Plan will first of all only be applicable to your family. Believe it or not, there is no one-size-fits-all solution since every person’s goals, lifestyle and family dynamic are unique and different.
I adapt each and every Sleep Plan to this with an education focus. You learn about the best choices for your child and other family members, which helps you understand sleep, tiredness, and optimal sleep environment better and on your own, independently from sleep coaching solution or what someone is telling you.
Your Sleep Plan will lay out the following:
- Key Sleep Concepts to keep in mind and put in practice during the whole process.
- Analysis of your child’s daily schedule and routines to identify potential factors hindering his sleep (e.g. medical condition, sleep crutches and sleep environment).
- Solutions to coach your child to self-soothe.
- Easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan to assist your child at naptime and bedtime while giving a maximum reassurance and generating a minimum of crying.
- Sample schedule adapted to your child’s age
- Additional information upon request (e.g. summer / winter time change, ideal time to transfer from crib to toddler bed, etc.)
Do you offer Follow-up Support?
Definitively! Even the greatest sleepers could hit a little bump in the road by entering new developmental stages or experiencing changes in their environment. In such cases, you may require follow-up support to implement minor sleep adjustments.
Do you participate in seminars, trainings or talks to parenting groups?
Certainly! I gladly participate in group sessions. I can conduct a presentation on the topic and language (English, Spanish, French or Dutch) of your choice. The audience will also have opportunities throughout the speech to ask questions.
Prices vary based on group size and travel requirements. Submit your request here and I will contact you at my earliest convenience.