(Madison, WI): Sound Sleepers by Natalie Fay is here to serve parents in the greater Madison, WI area. Sound Sleepers by Natalie Fay guides parents in how to help their child learn to fall asleep independently.
While there are many opinions out there when it comes to ‘sleep training’, the most important thing is to make sure that the child and family feel like they are in the healthiest and happiest environment possible.
Natalie Fay says, “Sleep deprivation is not something to be worn as a badge of honor and ISN’T a sign that you are a better parent; too many parents feel shame in wanting more structure in their child’s sleep. Sleep training is not something you are doing TO your child, it’s something you are doing FOR your child (and your entire family!).”
Benefits of Sleep for a Child’s Development
There is undeniable research behind the benefits of sleep for children and how crucial it is for their development. Here are some interesting and informative facts about what amazing things happen for your child’s brain and body when they sleep:
- Growth hormone is released
- Restoring of the body (i.e. physical repair, hormone regulation)
- Memory development
- Neural connections formed (crucial for learning)
- Language and communication milestones met (i.e. uses gestures)
- Social and emotional milestones met (i.e. has favorite objects)
- Cognitive milestones met (i.e explores objects)
- Movement and development milestones met (i.e. sitting, standing, walking)
Without consistent and adequate sleep, children can experience developmental delays, and learning and physical deficits. The body is incredible, and the brains of our littlest loves need time to rejuvenate after expending so much energy.
When a child is born – a parent is born, too
And just as important as adequate sleep for children is adequate sleep for their caregivers. We’ve all heard remarks made to new parents such as “you’ll never sleep again!”, and “just sleep while the baby sleeps!”. While meant to be lighthearted and playful, they do highlight a general attitude in parenting.
Children can sense the energy of their caregivers, and if you as a parent are burning the candle at both ends and are constantly running on fumes, this exasperation can transfer to your child, creating a vicious cycle that doesn’t lend itself a rested household.
Parental support is just as important as infant support and sleep consultants are another important tool to add to your toolkit!
Adequate Support and Education
Natalie Fay says: “One of my main objectives as a sleep consultant is to meet parents where they are with their child’s sleep and support them to get where they want to be. This is no one-size-fits-all venture; I truly strive to provide individualized and evidenced based support and coaching for parents and their children. No one was meant to raise children alone, and I am happy and honored to become part of your village.”
Services She Offers:
- Two-week consultation and coaching
- Customized sleep plan
- “Ask Natalie Call”
- Available for speaking engagements and group coaching (live or via zoom). Great for preschools, mom groups, or baby shower gifts!
All services can be done completely remotely. Natalie can work with clients anywhere in the world. In-person sleep support is currently available to greater Madison, WI area families.
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All clients also receive 15% off of Baby Merlin’s sleep products!
Natalie Fay is a certified sleep consultant through the Center for Pediatric Sleep Management and a member of the International Pediatric Sleep Association. As founder of Sound Sleepers by Natalie Fay, Natalie works with a diverse array of families to cultivate healthy sleep habits for their children and households as a whole.
Natalie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees Rehabilitation Psychology and Education. Throughout her time as a student, she worked in several research labs conducting studies involving learning and wellness. Most intriguing and invigorating to her was her work in the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds in which she contributed to research involving the benefits of mindfulness and meditation practices for children. Natalie also was a member of the educational team at the Waisman Center Early Childhood Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she taught 3 and 4 year olds and supported students with disabilities in the classroom.
Additionally, Natalie is a seasoned professional household manager and nanny, where she has enjoyed partnering with and joining parenting teams and becoming part of families in a unique way. She was eager to merge her academic interests and her skill and love for working with children and families and became a sleep consultant so she could increase her reach and continue to provide services that promote wellness.