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    Default Sleep School/Sleep Specialist - Good? Bad? What's your experience?

    I have been reading here about mums bringing their babies to sleep schools or engage a sleep specialist home re sleep issues. So far all I have been reading are 100% praises for the various sleep schools/specialists they have got.

    Is there any mums who attended such schools or got a specialist home but find that there is no improvement to bubs sleep? Or are they really that good?

    I have had a friend who brought her baby for sleep school but she only made it through one night. She said there were too many babies crying and she just couldn't take it. I think the problem is really her in this case. She ended up co sleeping so basically her bubs problem never went away.

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    Default Sleep School/Sleep Specialist - Good? Bad? What's your experience?

    Cannot recommend sleep school highly enough! Worked for both my children and wouldn't hesitate to go
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    Default Sleep School/Sleep Specialist - Good? Bad? What's your experience?

    We got a sleep specialist in for DD1 to help with her day sleeps as she was a serious cat napper.

    Didn't work at all, I followed her recommended technique/routine for 4 very long and miserable weeks with no change in DD1's sleep.

    Funnily enough when I abandoned the specialists method she started sleeping better but continued to cat nap till she was old enough for one sleep a day.

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    Hi I went to a sleep school with dd, worst thing I ever did they made me feel like I was a failure at being a mum I stuck out the week and did everything they told me to do with no success they then told me it was because I was a single mum my dd was acting out (she was only 9mths at the time). My dd wouldn't sleep through the day so when trying to settle her at night she was overtired and would take up to 2 hours to settle. Still to this day my dd who is now 10 is a bad sleeper, I think it's just her.

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    It depends on your personality and the issues with your child too.

    My SIL went to sleep school with her ds and it made a massive difference for her. He was a bad sleeper from day 1 & she'd got into some bad habits (which she wanted to break). Within a week she had a bub (3 months old at that point) who was sleeping a lot better and it made a huge difference to life at home for her & her dh too. She also learnt skills to use for later on with her ds and then with her dd when she came along.

    I vaguely considered going to sleep school with my ds but his Paed recommended against it in our circumstance. He said that they were super strict and if I thought I would struggle with their intense rules it wasn't worth it. He said I was better to just set rules (that he helped me with) for timing of feeds, etc and see how I go at home. My ds had reflux and recurrent ear infections (as a bub!) and that really impacted his sleep. His issue was settling - he was nearly impossible to settle and it could take an hour, even in the early days. In the end we followed info on controlled crying and did that at 15 months when we got medical clearance (reflux was much better & his ears had grommets). Best thing we did. Within 3 nights he was sleeping through and most importantly settling himself!

    Then my dd came along. She slept well from day 1 and was a dream to settle. I however, got into some bad habits at 8 months and then at 12 months she got sick and things went downhill fast. She woke 6+ times a night from 12 - 14 months. I looked into sleep schools but many won't take babies over 12 months and I didn't see the point as she was needing help to settle in her cot in her room, not in some other location. I also needed my dh & I trained, not just me. That seemed very artificial for me, as my dh does heaps of stuff with settling in the nights. So, we tried controlled crying & also read up on Jay Gordon's night weaning info. It's now been 2 months and I'd love to say she sleeps through the night, but she doesn't all the time. Last week she slept through 4 nights and woke once (briefly) the other 3, so I thought we were going well. She's a determined little rascal though and it's been far from simple. BUT, my next step was going to be a sleep specialist, but I think overall she's done well. This week has been hard cause she's been swimming a lot and she's been getting hungry overnight. Oh well.

    Bottom line is to work out why you need to go and if you're happy to take the advice (not a simple question to answer) and then to look at your various options and do it. Basically I see that you have little to lose and potentially heaps to gain.

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    I have only been home a week after spending 5 weeks in a mother and baby unit. We were there mostly for me (depression) but they also do "sleep school". They were fantastic help and my almost 5 month old has gone from not sleeping to sleeping through!

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    Default Sleep School/Sleep Specialist - Good? Bad? What's your experience?

    We had a baby whisperer in for our DD at 7mths. She wasn't a good night sleeper and cat napped all day, I was at my wits end.

    She stayed for 2hrs during the day and showed me techniques (many I had been using). It wasnt a CIO method, that I was worried about it being. Just lots of patting etc, also it was really giving me the confidence that what I was doing was in the right track for us.

    Anyhow it didn't work whilst she was here because my little lady put on her best show, but that night she slept through!!!!

    So now at 12mths, we have our nights where she grizzles and I go in once or twice, but her day sleeps are easy and all in all her sleeping is so much better.

    It worked for us, I couldn't wait any longer that is why we didn't chose a sleep school and instead a private person.

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    Cool! Love the different sharing and views! Keep them coming.

    I am not for CIO...I will be completely broken by that. If I look for one, I hope it will be a gentle one.

    MrsS, can you claim insurance with the whisperer coming to your house! Was it expensive?

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    Default Sleep School/Sleep Specialist - Good? Bad? What's your experience?

    The lady who came to our place you couldn't claim on insurance and she was quite expensive from memory about $400 for 2 hours I think. I guess that might not be that expensive if it works

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    Default Sleep School/Sleep Specialist - Good? Bad? What's your experience?

    Ooh I don't know about claiming it.... I never thought of it. Mine was $200 I think for 2 hours. Are you in qld?


 

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