FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you believe in Crying it Out (CIO)?

Through our clients, we have summed up that most people link CIO with the extinction method (putting the baby down, leaving the room and not going back).

If your baby has a sleep association, it is unrealistic to expect that you can change this without any crying. However, you do not have to leave your baby to cry alone.

We have also found that although most parents ask this question very often, it is not the crying that worries them. What worries them the most is the sense of abandonment that they fear their child may feel.

You do not have to leave your baby alone, but if you are going to make changes, then there will likely be crying. The amount of crying will come down to your baby’s temperament and the type of association the baby has.

What method does your sleep training program follow?

We use a collection of methods based on the sleep diary and information that you provide.

Once we have been through your online form and sample sleep diary, we will then know what the initial recommendations would be. 

We would not have a client do anything that they are not comfortable doing and your parenting style will always be taken into consideration during this process of sleep training your baby or toddler. Provided that your expectations are realistic, and you can commit to a program and change.

We understand that this is a daunting process and your confidence in executing these changes is important to us.

Is it ever too late for sleep training?

No, it is never too late. Sleep training is the same as any behaviour modification technique. You can always make changes, but the baby/toddler’s age will determine what the best method to use is and how long the process will take.

Even adults can make changes to their sleeping habits if they tried and went about making the changes the right way.

​On average children who are under the age of 2, take around 3 weeks to get their sleep modified, children over the age of 2, often take longer – closer to 6 weeks.

How long will it take for the baby sleep plan to work?

Until you start, you have no idea how you or your baby/toddler will respond to the changes.

Although most habits take three weeks to change, some children will complete their sleep training in a shorter period of time and others may take longer.

The plan that we give you will be the plan that we believe is best for you situation. Once you start, you will have to check in with us to see if it is working the way that we would expect it to. If something does not look right, then we would have you change the plan.

We do not guarantee a plan, but will guarantee that we will work with you to the best of our knowledge so that you reach the goals that you set out to achieve; provided that they are reasonable, realistic and achievable. 

What is the best age to start sleep training?

Babies usually need to keep one feed until they weigh close to 14lbs (6.3 kg). At this weight, they typically have the ability to sleep through the night with one feed.  

However, babies under 12 lbs (6.3 kg) can still be taught to fall asleep. The baby would need an extra feed over night. 

I love co-sleeping and would like to continue to do so. I know that my child does not need to feed through the night anymore. Is it possible to make changes and continue to co-sleep?

Yes, it is not where children sleep, it is how children sleep.

You can make change to your baby’s sleeping habits and continue to co-sleep. It would involve making big changes to start with, but we have worked with many clients in this way who have had success.

Does an earlier bedtime equal a longer sleep or earlier waking?

No, there is certainly a misconception about the later you put a baby/child to bed, the later they will sleep in. This is more often not the case.

Children usually have a set wake-up time, and this time is usually MUCH earlier than a parent would like. When children have late nights they often do not sleep in, but more usually wake up even earlier.

​ How can we get back on track after illness or teething?

When children are ill, the type of illness would dictate the level of regression.

When sick, you should not go back to being the prop (putting your child to sleep), but you can be there for your children in other ways so that they are not suffering alone.

Teething overall can be an excuse as to why children are up through the night. When babies/toddlers have good sleep habits prior to teething, wake-ups due to teething would be minimal compared to a child who had poor sleeping habits to begin with.

With teething, you also find that some teeth can come in without you even knowing and some are more bothersome.

The bottom line is that if through the night your child needs you, then you should make them comfortable. Regression usually seeps in when you go back to adding props in an attempt to put your child to sleep during these phases.

If you do go off track, then once you are back in a place where all is well, you may have to do some retraining. You should not do this though until you are confident that your child has fully recovered.

At what age can you have siblings share a room?

We usually recommend waiting until the younger child has reached the age of six months; the main reason for this is that a sibling, who is in a bed, could get out and put something in the crib that could smother a younger baby by accident.

When siblings share a room, it is good to get both children sleeping through the night first. You should also have them on similar wake-up and sleep patterns so that they are not disturbing each other too much.

It is also good to run some white noise so that any movement or issues that crop up can be masked by the monotonous sound that a white noise machine makes.

Note from cheekychops founder: My two children shared a room even when we had the space for them to have their own. They shared from the age of six months to three years until they were three and a half and six years old. I think it created a great bond between them and I would often get up to hear them chatting and in one bed together.

What is the benefit of white noise?

White noise creates a monotonous sound that will block out other noises and create a nice ambience for your baby/child to fall asleep to.

White noise would be beneficial to calming crying babies if you:

• Travel and are sharing a room.

• Live in a noisy house.

• Have dogs barking in your neighbourhood.

• Live downtown where there are many sirens throughout the night.

• Have siblings sharing a room.

My baby has reflux and rolls around when I angle the crib. What would you suggest?

Babies with reflux, can still become good sleepers but the reflux does need to be managed, we can help with this.

Don’t see the answer to your question above?

Let's Start a Conversation

Get relief. Schedule an appointment.

Choose from various packages, suited to you.

Drop us a line, we're here to help.