A good night’s rest without guilt or guesswork

When we become parents, sleep gets a lot more important — for our little ones and for ourselves. But not every child is born a good sleeper. Even with all the Google searches, self-help books and well-meaning advice, many parents wonder if they’ll ever feel rested again.

For them, we started Nite&Day. We believe there’s no wrong way to teach your child to sleep. Many parents ask “Are you a cry-it-out proponent or family bed advocate? Do I have to stop breastfeeding to sleep coach my child?” You don’t have to pick a camp. The only right answer is what works for your family. The fact is, rules that make you feel guilty aren’t good for anyone.

I practice the Gentle Sleep Coach Philosophy advocated by Kim West LCSW-C, The Sleep Lady®. She developed the program after finding many parents didn’t follow through with traditional sleep coaching, worried they would damage their child emotionally. GSC is a gentler approach where you offer physical and verbal reassurance as you teach your child the vital life skill of putting themselves to sleep.

I work with my clients to create an individualized, step-by-step sleep plan rooted in their goals and wishes. I take into account your parenting philosophy, your child’s age, health and temperament, family dynamics, and many other factors. Most importantly, I support you through the process from beginning to end — from nighttime to naps — with as few tears as possible.

About Elizabeth Sarles, Certified Gentle Sleep Coach

I was on a path in life I’d been on since I was young. Following in my mother’s footsteps, I wanted to take Corporate America by storm. Two days before my last MBA class, I received life-changing news: I was pregnant. But after welcoming my son in 2013, I fell into a common trap of reading everything I could find about baby. Sleep fell by the wayside. Between working full-time and adjusting to life as a parent, I was utterly exhausted and feeling disconnected from work, my friends and even my husband.

I needed a sleep solution. And I found it in a certified sleep coach. She gave us the plan and hands-on support we needed to get back on track. It made a “night and day” difference in our lives.

With the birth of my second son in early 2015, I decided to revisit sleep coaching, not as a client but as a career. Thrilled at the idea of helping bring sleep back to tired families, I began my training in the Gentle Sleep Coaching method and became certified in January 2016, upon which I entered the advanced training program.  I love getting to know the families I work with, helping them get their babies to sleep, and working to make a night-and-day difference in their lives as well.

Certified in the Science of Gentle Sleep

The Gentle Sleep Coach Program is the first and most extensive professional sleep coaching certification program available. The program involves over 80 hours of training, an exam and participation in case supervision with Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a. “The Sleep Lady”) who has been helping tired parents for over 17 years. Clinical supervision and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach.

Training topics included:

  • Basic counseling and child development
  • Sleep science and behavioral modification techniques
  • Secure attachment theory
  • Support for the breastfeeding mother

The training also consists of lectures from top specialists, including:

  • Dr. Shoshana Bennett, author and leading specialist on Postpartum Depression
  • Dr. Lewis Kass, Director of Children’s Sleep Center, on Medical Conditions and Sleep Apnea in Children
  • Dr. Anthony Loizides, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Focused on the effects of GERD and sleep

The GSC Program also includes an exclusive advanced training series directly centered around how to gently work with babies 4 and 5 months of age. This program, which I have also completed, consists of over 40 hours of instruction and mentorship.

Curriculum training topics include:

  • Understanding the delicate nature of infants under 6 months of age and how to consider all elements of their well-being.
  • Evidence-based guidelines and instruction on how to evaluate the 4-6 month old child and family and determine if the child is ready for sleep coaching.
  • Gentle sleep solutions and strategies that are effective and developmentally appropriate for the younger baby.

This specialty training is designed to give coaches the knowledge, education and all the tools and resources they need to successfully work with families of babies 4-6 months of age in a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate manner.