My name is Mara Post and if you’re having issues getting your child to sleep, you’ve come to the right place. I am a Certified Sleep Sense™ Consultant consulting in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have been personally trained by internationally renowned pediatric sleep expert Dana Obelman, whose techniques have helped over 109,000 families to get their children sleeping straight through the night.
After the birth of my daughter I learned firsthand the difficulties new parents face when trying to nurture positive sleep habits in infants. I was co-sleeping out of necessity and pure desperation to get my daughter to sleep longer than 30-minute increments. My days blurred into nights and my eyes were burning telling my body to get some rest already! I was so tired. Then, as if I needed to feel like a failure in another area of my journey in motherhood, my breast milk supply tanked. Something had to change.
This wasn’t what motherhood was supposed to be like. Nobody prepared me for the raw and real heartache I was experiencing. I needed help. I wasn’t able to function as a mombie (mom-zombie) anymore. I didn’t take sleep deprivation as a badge of honor but more as a form of torture. To top it all of I was stuck doing this parenting thing alone while husband was out of the country for work and wouldn’t be back for months.
I wasn’t able to cope anymore and hit what I call rock bottom. Then I found the Sleep Sense program. Its common sense approach got my baby and I the sleep we needed! I now love to teach the same methods to other sleepy parents. I find it very rewarding to give the gift of sleep to families.
Do you relate to my story at all? Your reason for needing help doesn’t have to be as extreme as mine. I’d love to chat about your specific situation.
My Sleep Philosophy:
I teach simple, straightforward strategies that are proven to help overcome sleep difficulties in infants and children. I stress the importance of gently letting children learn how to soothe themselves into a deep restful sleep. It’s a bonus that I have a 100% success rate.
I believe that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn. I am more interested in improving your child’s sleep than preaching a particular sleep philosophy.
When parents entrust me as their child’s “sleep coach,” through one-on-one consultations, they are placing a great deal of trust in me, and I want to let you know that I take this responsibility very seriously.
My approach to improving your child’s sleep is pretty simple:
- I’ll give you honest information about WHY sleep is so important for your child’s well being. (This will give you all the motivation you need to make changes to your child’s sleep habits.)
- I’ll lay out an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that lets you make some choices about what is the right approach for your child. (All children are different, and nobody knows your child better than you do. I encourage you to use your knowledge of your child to customize his or her sleep plan.)
- I will show you how to measure success. (No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep 12 uninterrupted hours on the first night — although it does happen! I’ll tell you what you should expect along the way…)
A little note about the “crying” question: Since people always ask me about whether my program involves “crying it out,” I think it’s something that deserves to be addressed here.
Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why I’m always sure to tell parents that my program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part.
Please understand that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries. The reason that our work together is so effective is that it allows you develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child and my experience in this field.