Hi, Emily!

We know how imperative it is to your health and the health of Oli to get a full night of Zzz’s. And we’re so happy you took the Trustle sleep assessment, backed by over 20 expert child sleep coaches and decades of research, so we can help, starting tonight!

Prepared by
Alina Cararat, ICNCS, CLC, SC
Here’s what isn’t working

Oli's Analysis

We looked at your responses and have made the following analysis of Oli’s sleep.
1. Bedtime

First up, you told us putting Oli to sleep is not currently a big challenge. Yay! Glad to hear you’re doing great on this. I'll still share some thoughts in case it's a challenge in future.

Sleep Pressure

“Sleep pressure” is the technical term for how tired a baby is. The goal with sleep pressure is to have just the right amount. Think of it like a balloon - too little air and the balloon won’t float, and with too much air it will pop. At just the right amount, Oli will drift off to sleep without complaint. 

Oli could be struggling with bedtime because he either isn’t tired enough or is too tired. Because he doesn't have a consistent bedtime it's hard to tell, and indeed could change each day!

Here’s a chart for how much sleep you should be aiming for. Keep in mind, this is a general guide, and children vary significantly.

10 Months
Daytime Sleep
2-3 hours
Time Awake Before Bed
~4 hours
Nighttime Sleep
10-12 hours
12-14 hours

Bedtime Routine

A key part of a sucessfull bedtime is the routine. Going to sleep is a skill, and young children are still learning it, alongside everything else they’re learning.

It looks like your routine may be a little underdeveloped. By having a number of set activities like lullabies and books in a consistent order as part of a routine, you’re letting Oli know, consciously and subconsciously, that it’s time to get ready for bed. Children are not as good at transitions (moving between one activity to another) as adults. A routine helps them gradually switch to a calm state before bed.

Finally, the fact Oli goes to bed at a different time each night could cause issues (not just at bedtime, but overnight too.) Having a consistent bedtime and wake-up time helps Oli set his body clock. Just like adults, children have a circadian rhythm and having a consistent bedtime makes sure that you’re asking them to go to sleep at a time when their body is ready. An inconsistent bedtime means that you’re fighting against the circadian rhythm which makes any other sleeping challenge so much harder.

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2. Overnight

This chart shows you how all babies and adults move between light to deep sleep all night.. Feel familiar??

The difference for adults (and for children who don’t wake up all night) is that they barely come out of light sleep and immediately fall back to sleep. Babies aren’t born knowing how to go back to sleep themselves. They need help. Cue the crying!

The fact Oli sleeps through the night means this isn't an issue for him right now which is great! It's worth knowing though in case of a sleep regression.

Sleep Independence

You said Oli doesn't fall asleep independently. Instead he needs help, for example, rocking or bouncing.

Even though that’s how Oli goes to sleep initially, it actually affects the entire overnight experience. If Oli goes to sleep that way, he will need that every time he wakes up in the night. On the other hand, ifOli can go to sleep without help at bedtime, he'll be able to go to sleep without you whenhe rouses during the night.

Because you go in overnight, and because Oli doesn’t yet have the skills to go back to sleep, he continues to need you in the middle of the night. Picking up, rocking, feeding or soothing Oli back to sleep at all hours is exhausting and unsustainable. But with the right sleep training method, you can give him the skills to not need this intervention. 

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Here’s How we can fix it

Oli's Proposed Plan

You’ve tried fixing your sleep situation before - it didn’t work. We’re so glad you’re here, so we can help make sure you achieve sleep success this time.

Sleep training is a journey, and you can either Sprint, Run or Walk to get to your full-night-of-sleep destination. Based on everything you told us about you and Oli, the method that best suits your needs is the “Sprint It” method.
The Sprint-It Method

The “Sprint It” Method, also referred to as “Cry It Out,” is one of the most well known methods (and is sometimes controversial.)

How It's Done:

Put Oli to bed and allow him to fuss or cry until he falls asleep (or back asleep), with NO intervention from the parent until desired wake-up time. 

It's fast, it's straight forward, and most of the time highly effective.
It may involve more crying that some parents are able to handle. You mentioned a higher tolerance to this, but it could lead to a failed attempt at sleep training if there’s a lack of consistency.

In many ways, “Sprinting It” is the simplest method, but it can be emotionally taxing. Sign up for a guided plan and have the support of a Trustle sleep coach expert every step of the way. Get help to do it the right way, the first time.  If you have reservations about this, your coach can also explain how research has shown that there are no long term negative effects to this method.

Also called:

Cry It Out, Full Extinction

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Elle, Mother of 2
Alina was amazing!  Her advice was life changing.  I’m grateful to Trustle and will recommend it to the end of the earth.
Ashley, New Mom
Alina gave us a life-changing solution around bedtime. My husband and I were very skeptical. But it has genuinely changed our lives. We can put him down now and do things! We’ve never had a date night before Alina was introduced into our lives.  
Kristi, Mother of an 9-Month-Old
I finally got a plan that worked for my family. Alina was amazing and I am so grateful for her help!
The Trustle Approach

Most sleep training fails because parents don’t know how to do it properly - and it’s no wonder, with all the contradicting information out there. Don’t fall into this trap.

Google doesn’t work. Yes, it’s free, but the advice is contradictory. This is because there isn’t one approach that is best for every family.

Books don’t work.  While some of them offer a detailed plan, how do you make it work for your family, and what do you do if you get stuck and need to change course?

Trustle works.  We created Trustle to be a fool-proof, but cost-effective alternative to sleep consultants, who usually charge an average of $500 for a consultation.  Trustle allows you to invest in your health and well being, while also being affordable - and, we guarantee it will work.

A lack of sleep can be harmful to a family, and most of our parents say they wished they had started sooner.  Sign up to Trustle and you’ll never be unsure of what to do, and will have a happily sleeping child in no time! Don’t spend another night losing sleep - your health is worth it!

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A solid sleep training plan and maintaining consistency throughout the process will avoid confusion and make it easier for Oli to get on board the sleeping-through-the-night train.  Often, attempts to sleep train fail because it’s not the right method for that family and / or the plan isn’t implemented in the right way.  We make sure that’s not the case by being by your side each step of the way!

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