Hi, Timmy T!

We know how imperative it is to yours and the health of Jenny 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

Jenny's Analysis

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

First up, it looks like things could improve a little around bedtime.

Sleep Pressure

The technical term for how tired a baby is called, “sleep pressure.” 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 too much air it will pop. At just the right amount, Jenny will drift off to sleep without complaint. 

Jenny could be struggling with bedtime because she 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  a guide, and children vary significantly.

Age
14 Months
Daytime Sleep
2-3 hours
Time Awake Before Bed
4-5 hours
Nighttime Sleep
10-12 hours
Total
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 Jenny 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) than adults. A routine helps them gradually switch to a calm state ready before bed.

Finally, the fact Jenny 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 Jenny set her 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 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!

While Jenny isn't too bad overnight, we can likely make improvements based upon this.

Note that this assumes that they’re not waking up for a reason, like being hungry, having an uncomfortable diaper, or being too hot or cold. If you suspect it might be one of those, please let us know and we can discuss how to address this so it happens less often during the night.

Sleep Independence

Jenny goes to sleep without any support which is great!

Even though that’s how Jonny goes to sleep initially, it actually affects the entire overnight experience. If Jonny goes to sleep that way, he will need that every time he wakes up in the night. Children sleep better and longer when they go to sleep without help.

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

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Here’s How we can fix it

Jenny'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 Jenny, the method that best suits your needs is the “Run It” method. We know you said you wanted to move quickly, but unfortunately - given your feelings about crying - it's likely that all you'll do by trying to move more quickly is give up on the method. This may be a case of 'move slow to move fast' for your family.
The Run-It Method

The “Run It” Method is also referred to as “check-and-console.”  There are a number of variations out there that claim to be the ‘perfect way,’ but in reality they are all based on the same method.

How It's Done:

Put Jenny in the crib awake and allow her to fuss or cry for a few minutes at a time. You stay involved in the entire process, offering her comfort and reassurance until she falls asleep.

Pros:
It's effective and parents are more likely to stay consistent as there’s less crying involved than in “Sprint It” (or a traditional Cry It Out method). You mentioned a moderate tolerance to crying, so in this method, with crying being intermittent and typically lower in intensity, it may be easier to tolerate.
Cons:
Some babies may find the presence of a parent stimulating, or more aggravating than soothing. And it does take a bit longer than the “Sprint It” method.

In many ways, “Running It” is the most balanced approach, but it can be difficult to stay consistent for longer than a few days. 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. 

Also called:

Ferber, Weiss-Bluth, Check-and-console

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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.

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A solid sleep training plan and maintaining consistency throughout the process will avoid confusion and make it easier for Jenny 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 it 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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