What does it look and feel like when you book a sleep package with Nurturing Touch?
Clients reach out to me from all different backgrounds, parenting styles, varied aged babies & children, different work & lifestyle commitments & all types of family dynamics. Although all of them have one thing in common, they all want better quality & restorative sleep for their baby & for themselves as a family unit.
What makes working with Nurturing Touch different to say a mainstream “Sleep Consultant” is I don’t support families by only viewing their situation through a “Sleep Lens”. What I mean by this is only focusing on making adjustments that directly relate to the “doing of sleep” i.e. how baby is going to sleep, resettling, nap timings, awake windows, location of sleep & +/- parental involvement in the sleep process. Sleep can be complex and there are many factors in the life of a baby, that can impact on sleep. The temperament and the stage of development of a baby can impact on the ability to take the sleep the baby needs in a 24hr period and therefore this then impacts of the family’s experience of sleep as a whole.
So when a client books a sleep package with me, we have already had a lovely long chat in my FREE call option, about the current biggest issues for that family, any concerns regarding feeding/sleep/behaviour, strategies the parents have tried and what works and what doesn’t, goals in regards to sleep etc and expectations of their baby’s sleep. I offer “quick wins “to try now early in meeting with my clients, I normalise behaviours around sleep that might be occurring, build on the parental confidence, validate their experience and we start planning together our way forward, step by step. I often hear a change in my client’s voice from when I start the phone call to when it ends. Parents go from the beginning of our call being overwhelmed, confused, exhausted, irrelevant & uncertain to hopeful, reassured, validated & a little excited for what’s to come. Listening, validating & empathising with parents about their experience with their baby, is big part of the way I support families. Isn’t that what we all want as human beings? To feel connected to others, supported in a respectful way, seen as an individual & feel empowered to create your own parenting path?
“How would it feel for you to have a professional really hear you, understand your experience, respect your parenting needs and then walk beside you to empower you to reach your goals with sleep?”
To achieve sustainable outcomes for families, I take a holistic view of the health & wellbeing for the family as a whole, the birth & feeding experience, parenting values, parental lifestyle demands, parenting expectations of their baby’s sleep, what strategies & techniques have been tried for sleep/settling & a full 3 day food/feeding & sleep diary. It is after this has been completed that the 2hour home visit is organised at an agreed time. Building a repour during the home visit with parents and their baby/child is vital in building and establishing trust, understanding & connection. Together we reflect on the diary, discuss issues, clarify concerns & set about creating goals to work towards as a team.
This is when I the magic begins!
Setting realistic goals for both the parents and their baby is paramount to success.I offer my professional knowledge and experience to each issue/situation that the parents would like to address and then the parents decide what approach or strategy they feel comfortable with, what they believe their baby wi