Tuesday, April 7, 2015
My Life as a Sleep Coach
Have you heard about my latest job in my exciting world of parenting? I've been hired on as a sleep coach! I started out as a temp two months ago, but I've done a decent job so I've been hired on permanently! For those of you not familiar with what a sleep coach does, here is the job description.
Baby girl seeks qualified sleep coach who demonstrates excellent facility of each of the following job requirements:
1. Ensure baby gets maximum amount of quality sleep. Keyword: quality.
2. Full understanding that the phrase, "Sleep like a baby" will not apply to baby under your supervision. Really.
3. Provides sleep support in all environments, all conditions: at home, in car, at the supermarket, while dining out.
4. Able to distinguish differences in baby's cries and what baby is asking for based on cry.
5. Willing to use different tools, as needed, to assist with sleeping: swaddles, pacifiers, white noise, etc. Also knows when and how to remove these tools when they are no longer needed or should not be used.
6. Knowledgeable on the following sleep methods and their differences; Weissbluth, Ferber, and Pantley. Willing to try each of these methods, depending on baby's temperament and family's needs.
7. Must be willing and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Must be willing to stay on for 12 months, bonus paid if baby is sleeping through the night by 6 months old.
In all seriousness, we started working on sleep "training" (if you could call it that) with Baby O right around the 2 month mark. Now that she's 4 months old, the hubby and I are ready to tackle the next challenge: getting rid of the rock n' play and getting Baby O into her crib. We're terrified! But we know that with time (and more than a few sleepless nights) we'll get Baby O upgraded in the beautiful world of sleep.
What's the most challenging job you've held in recent memory? What is the one tip you would give others if they had to do that same job?!