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Meet Emilie Caro of Emilie Caro Sleep – sleep consultant
I spent some time with Emilie and asked her many questions I often get asked by mums about sleep consultants.
A sleep consultant works with a family to help change a child’s sleeping habits, using a variety of different sleep techniques. A sleep consultant differs from a maternity nurse as they help and support the parents to change their child’s sleeping pattern rather than actually staying with the child.
What made you change careers?
After having children I wanted to use my psychology background for something child related and the area of sleep psychology was one that always interested me. I have been a practicing sleep consultant for nearly 4 years.
What makes you different from other sleep trainers?
My personal preference is to meet families face to face and really get to know their parenting style and what they are looking to achieve with their child’s sleep. I pride myself on personalizing every report I do to the individual. The reason why it is so difficult to follow all of the books out there, is that we are dealing with people and there is no exact formula to apply! I stay in touch with many of my past clients to keep up with their child’s progress, not only in sleep but also in other areas such as potty training and nutrition.
At what point do parents usually ask you for help?
I like to help parents at the point when they are definitely sure they need to make a change. Often putting a new routine in place takes a lot of energy and effort and I feel people really try their best when they are exhausted / fed up and willing to commit to putting something new in place.
What do we as parents need to do in order for your help and guidance to work best?
I find the clients who have the quickest and best results are the ones I speak to the most in the ‘change period’. Regular communication and feedback between my clients and me ensures on both sides that we are helping your child in the best way possible.
How do we keep it up after our sessions have ended?
I usually stay in touch with clients for 6 weeks after the initial consultation as part of my ‘sleep package’ but after that time I can do ‘one off sessions’ to help people get back on track. I also do a jet lag package, which has been very popular for people planning long trips to different time zones.
What tips do you have for promoting good sleep?
Children thrive from consistency so that is key at bedtime and for dealing with any wake ups during the night. It is also important to remember all children have different needs in terms of sleep so there is no exact rule for the amount of sleep they require in a 24 hour period. I encourage parents to limit ‘screen time’ in the hour before bed as that can lead to children finding it difficult to fall asleep; the wind down period at night is a key time to put good habits in place.
Where do parents usually ‘go wrong’?
There is definitely no ‘wrong’ way in my opinion. The only time a parent is doing something I would consider wrong is when it is making them or the child feel unhappy and needs are not being met.
What are the reasons for sleep problems?
There are so many different reasons that sleep problems can develop. It is often just an accumulation of bad habits but the reason for my consultation is to enable me to assess exactly what is going on to prevent the child from sleeping as the client would like or expect. Sleep problems can be a case of just not having the correct routine but there are often more factors to consider such as food / milk consumption, psychological factors, environmental factors (such as bedroom layout and surroundings) and many other things that can contribute as well.
For more information or to make a booking, please refer to Emilie’s website: