There are a growing number of experts, programs and solutions out there that promote evidence-based / Biologically Normal Infant Sleep which is really exciting - and really important!
We need to change the way our culture approaches infant sleep, and the more people and organisations sharing the latest evidence-based information and solutions, the better!
Some of these solutions are focused on improving sleep hygiene factors (e.g. having the right room temperature, lighting etc.), which can sometimes help, but is unlikely to solve excessive night wakefulness.
Others are focused on bringing the sleep regulators back into sync, a process which involves making changes to a baby's sleep habits to re-set the sleep pattern so sleep is - once again - consolidated into decent stretches overnight.
Arthur Spielman, a much loved and highly respected Professor of Psychology from New York is considered to be the pioneer of this 're-set' approach - first publishing a paper on it in 1987
. Decades later the methodology is now an integral part of the go-to (first-line) therapy for adult sleep problems in the UK
, US and Australia as well as for children in the UK.
This approach has many advantages over sleep training - the two biggest being that it addresses the true cause of the problem (so babies actually wake less), and secondly parents are able to continue to respond appropriately to their little one day and night while applying this solution.
Excitingly - as more and more people and organisations come on board - there is huge potential for this approach to replace sleep training as the ‘go-to’ sleep solution for babies and toddlers as well!
The Baby Sleep Revolution program incorporates elements of this methodology as well as a carefully curated combination of the latest scientific concepts and research insights.
So what makes the Baby Sleep Revolution program different from other biological solutions?
The biggest difference is the (slightly obsessive) focus on effectiveness!
The reason parents invest in a sleep solution is to get a result. To get the rest they need so they can function properly and enjoy life a whole lot more going forward.
Unfortunately many sleep solutions - regardless of the method used - focus on improving sleep in the short term, but the improvement doesn’t always stick around.
The concepts and basic methodology used in the BSR program are really quite simple - the process is not dissimilar to the approach you’d take to overcome jet-lag. But while it’s simple in theory, it can be hard to apply effectively.
When I first started sharing these concepts and the solution with parents, or talking with parents who’d come across the idea elsewhere, I found that many of them really struggled to apply it - even though the cause of their little one’s wakefulness was almost certainly a Disrupted Sleep Pattern. Some couldn’t make it work at all, while others saw glimpses of improvements, but then the nights would get wakeful again. And they wouldn’t know what to do.
And so I embarked on a mission…
I wanted to find out exactly what was stopping them from getting a great result - where they were getting stuck and what issues or challenges they were running into during the process - and how I could help them overcome these barriers to success.
There I sat at my kitchen bench, hunched over my laptop - for literally thousands of hours over an 18 month period - deep diving into the science and research, and developing, testing and refining a solution that would give parents the best possible chance of success.
A program that teaches parents exactly how to effectively apply this solution and avoid or overcome the common challenges and obstacles so they can get the results they are after, not only in the short term, but in the longer term as well.
And so the Baby Sleep Revolution Program was born.
Fast forward to today, and the Baby Sleep Revolution program has already helped hundreds of parents become "baby sleep experts" themselves, stress less about sleep and settling, achieve restful nights and - very importantly - enjoy life with their little one a whole lot more.