The Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.
I don’t believe in sleep training?

We have been in this business long enough to know that there is various beliefs around “sleep training”, “crying it out” and “attachment parenting” and we do not believe that one type of parenting is better than the other. You have been chosen as your child’s parent for a reason and thus you should always trust your instincts above all else. While we are not fond of sleep training, we are fond of sleep. If your family co-sleeps for example and everyone in the family is happy with the arrangement, and each family member is getting adequate amounts of quality sleep, then  who are we to advise you differently? However, we believe in the fundamental value of uninterrupted consolidated sleep for everyone in the family, and for this reason we advise you on how to develop a routine and sleeping schedule to help your child to learn how to sleep well.

I have an autistic or special needs child?

Sleep is fundamental to the development of a healthy child, no matter what other challenges your family may face. We have had dealings with children with autism and other special needs, and we are confident that we can help you to teach them how to sleep well.

My child has reflux or colic?

Having a child who’s been diagnosed with reflux or colic can be a huge trail for the parents. But even children who struggle with this can and should also be learned how to sleep well. We will help you to have healthy expectations of your child when it comes to sleep, and it’s reassuring to know that  all our methods are reflux-friendly.

My baby is still young?

There is no age too young or too old to learn the art of sleeping. Sleeping through the night is a benefit for a child who learns good sleeping habits. In other words, you can guide your children from day one to sleep well by not creating bad habits. Prevention is better than cure, and so we advise all parents to educate themselves well in advance of the parenting stage to help their children learn the skill of sleeping.

My baby is teething?

If you wait to teach your child good sleeping habits only once they have stopped teething, you will need to wait a very long time.

We believe that teething is very often wrongfully used as an excuse for children who do not sleep well. A good way to test this is to see whether your child shows any other signs of teething during the day. Your baby’s teeth won’t just become bothersome at night, but during the day as well. Essentially, you can use this programme to help your child sleep better even when they are teething.  Teething is one of the elements we analyse when we advise on the best sleep plan for you, and we will adjust and discuss the plan as your child continues to grow and develop.

Do I need to book a stay over consultation?

As another service we offer, we provide in home support for as long as you need us. If you are nervous about implementing change in your home, to aid good sleep, let us assist you by being there with you every step of the way.  The sleep plan that we provide you in a private consultation is a step-by-step action plan that can be easily  implemented. However, if you are sleep deprived, exhausted and or require extra support, we will come to your home and help you through the implementation process.

Will I benefit more from a workshop or a private consultation?

It all depends on how much help you need. A workshop/seminar is beneficial for any parent or to-be parent, no matter what their family’s sleep habits look like. However, if you need more hands-on help, and you are currently struggling with sleep issues it might be best to have a specialist assess your situation.

What does the programme cost? Can I afford it?

The price of a private consultation is based on the child’s age and our pricing structure is calculated at an affordable rate for families, as our passion is sleep! If you can go without that new pair of shoes this month, or maybe eat-in instead of enjoying a catered meal, you can easily afford to pay for your consultation. And let’s be honest, can we really put a price on a Good Night’s Sleep?

What method does Good Night use?

Good Night believes that every child is different, and thus no generic approach works for all children. We also believe that sleep is influenced by many factors, all of which should be taken into consideration if you want to allow your child to sleep well. Our methods are based on a holistic approach to healthy sleep development for children. We begin with developing a sense of timing to soothe your baby when he is naturally becoming drowsy and we teach you how to help develop self-soothing strategies. We combine knowledge of routine, age appropriate awake times and an elimination of sleep props to support parents in their journey to good sleep for the whole family!

My child doesn't sleep too badly, so will I still benefit from the programme?

Definitely! Remember, that if your child currently sleeps well, it doesn’t mean that he will sleep well in the future, especially if he hasn’t been taught the correct sleeping habits. Why not start cultivating good habits while you are ahead of inevitable sleep challenges?.  You may find that your child sleeps even better.

How do I convince my partner to invest in a sleep consultant programme?

We believe that getting a good night’s rest is not about us, but for the benefit of our children. Sleep is a fundamental building block of their development, and well-rested children do better at school as their minds and bodies have adequate time to develop optimally.
Sleep is therefore of utmost importance, and if you’re struggling to get Daddy (or Mommy) on board, he/she is welcome to phone us and we will have a chat with them (or maybe let them get up for baby one night to see how hard it is).

What type of training or qualifications do you have?

We often advise parents to ask this question when seeking help on their child’s sleep. Petro Thamm, founder of Good Night is the only person in Africa who has been trained by Dana Obleman who owns Sleep Sense TM. Petro completed a comprehensive training programme with Dana Obleman in America and has since learned from various medical professionals and sleep consultants all over the world. Her experience includes working with families as far as afield America, Greece, Australia, Zambia and the United Kingdom. Petro personally trains all the consultants affiliated with Good Night and oversees every plan and case so you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Good Night is also accredited by the International Association of Professional Sleep Consultants.

I have twins. Can this programme work for them?

Absolutely!

How long does the programme take before my child will sleep through?

Parents always want to know how long it will take for their children to sleep through. Unfortunately the answer is: “I don’t know”. Every child is different, but if you implement your unique sleep plan, success is guaranteed. The good news is it may take as little as two days!

Once the programme is complete, what do I do if my child ``regresses`` after a few months? Are you still able to help?

More often than not, it is not baby who regresses, but rather parents. Part of the process for us is to help you be prepared for whatever sleep challenges and/or other changes that might occur. However, should you feel that you need additional help or support we can gladly assist by providing an additional quick telephonic catch-up call, and/or email support.

I live in a small town with no Good Night consultants living in my area. How can I still get assistance?

We offer telephonic and/or Skype/FaceTime consultations very successfully, so we can help you anywhere in the world. We are also happy to travel to you at an additional cost, and should you require a one-on-one session, please get in touch with us.

I'm concerned that my baby will cry a lot.

As crying is your baby’s and/or toddler’s way of protesting against change, you can expect some objection on their part. There is no way of predicting how your child will react when we make changes to his/her sleep routine as every child is different. However, when it comes to the well-being of our children, we won’t think twice about doing what is best for them. Helping your baby sleep is not just good for your child but is also good  for the whole family. Our promise is that we will only approach sleep training as a last resort, that you’ll never ask you to leave your baby alone to cry,  and we will never tell you that you are not allowed to pick your baby up, and we will never ask you to do something you are not comfortable with.

I'm concerned that it will be too difficult for me to implement.

We believe in giving you a customized sleep plan that will work for your family. This means giving you something that you are comfortable with to make it easier on you. We also provide you with support as you implement the plan, so if you need to chat to someone, or whether you need us to check in that you are still on track,  or whether and/or simply need some encouragement or motivation, we are only a phone call away.

I'm concerned about spending money on hiring a consultant, what if it does not work? Do you offer a guarantee?

We would really offer a guarantee if we could prove that you took our advice. The problem is, that like a doctor we cannot prove that you take the medication as prescribed. We believe wholeheartedly in what we do; in a survey we did a while ago we asked our clients to tell us whether they believe that it is value for money – 96% of clients agreed that it was!

I'm pregnant and when my baby is born, I want to co-sleep. Is this a good idea for us and our baby?

Co-sleeping is A personal choice for parents as long as it is done safely. The great thing about the programme is that we work WITH you and we do not tell you what to do.
For this reason we will happily discuss the type of sleeping scenario that you would feel comfortable with and we’ll share our views. From there we can put together a plan with which you feel comfortable.

I'm concerned that I have a colicky baby. Will the Good Night programme still work for her?

Yes! The problem with colicky babies is that the symptoms of cramps and hunger are similar to those of plain old tiredness. We have worked with babies who have been diagnosed with colic but whose symptoms disappeared once they were sleeping better and were following a routine that promoted good sleep habits.

From what age can I expect my child to “Sleep through the night”?

This differs widely from child to child, but children are generally able to sleep a good, solid eight hours from as young as 12 weeks, and babies are able to  “sleep through the night” from around four months (or even sooner). These sleep milestones depends on your child’s, nourishment needs and other factors. The Good Night programme will help you to determine these factors, and will guide you to form healthy expectations.

My child is still only a few months old. Surely she will grow out of her sleep problems?

Children do not grow out of sleep problems! Studies have shown that young problem sleepers continue to be problem sleepers as the grow older. You can easily give your child a head start by starting with good sleep habits as young as possible.

My nurse advised sedative medicine to help my child sleep. Is that a good idea?

Giving your child medication will not solve their sleeping problems. You can’t keep giving them medication for the rest of their lives. There’s no time like the present to tackle their sleeping problems, the sooner, the better.

My child wakes up crying in the middle of the night and screams for hours. Surely he’s in pain?

More often than not, children wake up at night screaming because they are tired and don’t know how to go back to sleep. This programme will help you remedy that.

I've read that certain blankets, bath products and toys can help a baby sleep. Is this true?

No special cream, special diet, special sleep blanket or taglet, or any other sleep “product” will on its own help your baby to sleep well.  Although these products might help, they are just tools that form part of a toolbox and cannot be used in isolation. Don’t waste your money on products that promise sleep – rather hire a sleep consultant who can demonstrate life-long tactics to help you and your child enjoy the benefits of quality sleep.

My daughter is six and has started waking up at nights for comfort. Is six ``too old`` to help her sleep better?

We believe that it is never too late to learn good sleeping habits. We will assess the situation that you’re facing, and will advise accordingly.

But What if?
I don’t believe in sleep training?

We have been in this business long enough to know that there is various beliefs around “sleep training”, “crying it out” and “attachment parenting” and we do not believe that one type of parenting is better than the other. You have been chosen as your child’s parent for a reason and thus you should always trust your instincts above all else. While we are not fond of sleep training, we are fond of sleep. If your family co-sleeps for example and everyone in the family is happy with the arrangement, and each family member is getting adequate amounts of quality sleep, then  who are we to advise you differently? However, we believe in the fundamental value of uninterrupted consolidated sleep for everyone in the family, and for this reason we advise you on how to develop a routine and sleeping schedule to help your child to learn how to sleep well.

I have an autistic or special needs child?

Sleep is fundamental to the development of a healthy child, no matter what other challenges your family may face. We have had dealings with children with autism and other special needs, and we are confident that we can help you to teach them how to sleep well.

My child has reflux or colic?

Having a child who’s been diagnosed with reflux or colic can be a huge trail for the parents. But even children who struggle with this can and should also be learned how to sleep well. We will help you to have healthy expectations of your child when it comes to sleep, and it’s reassuring to know that  all our methods are reflux-friendly.

My baby is still young?

There is no age too young or too old to learn the art of sleeping. Sleeping through the night is a benefit for a child who learns good sleeping habits. In other words, you can guide your children from day one to sleep well by not creating bad habits. Prevention is better than cure, and so we advise all parents to educate themselves well in advance of the parenting stage to help their children learn the skill of sleeping.

My baby is teething?

If you wait to teach your child good sleeping habits only once they have stopped teething, you will need to wait a very long time.

We believe that teething is very often wrongfully used as an excuse for children who do not sleep well. A good way to test this is to see whether your child shows any other signs of teething during the day. Your baby’s teeth won’t just become bothersome at night, but during the day as well. Essentially, you can use this programme to help your child sleep better even when they are teething.  Teething is one of the elements we analyse when we advise on the best sleep plan for you, and we will adjust and discuss the plan as your child continues to grow and develop.

General
Do I need to book a stay over consultation?

As another service we offer, we provide in home support for as long as you need us. If you are nervous about implementing change in your home, to aid good sleep, let us assist you by being there with you every step of the way.  The sleep plan that we provide you in a private consultation is a step-by-step action plan that can be easily  implemented. However, if you are sleep deprived, exhausted and or require extra support, we will come to your home and help you through the implementation process.

Will I benefit more from a workshop or a private consultation?

It all depends on how much help you need. A workshop/seminar is beneficial for any parent or to-be parent, no matter what their family’s sleep habits look like. However, if you need more hands-on help, and you are currently struggling with sleep issues it might be best to have a specialist assess your situation.

What does the programme cost? Can I afford it?

The price of a private consultation is based on the child’s age and our pricing structure is calculated at an affordable rate for families, as our passion is sleep! If you can go without that new pair of shoes this month, or maybe eat-in instead of enjoying a catered meal, you can easily afford to pay for your consultation. And let’s be honest, can we really put a price on a Good Night’s Sleep?

What method does Good Night use?

Good Night believes that every child is different, and thus no generic approach works for all children. We also believe that sleep is influenced by many factors, all of which should be taken into consideration if you want to allow your child to sleep well. Our methods are based on a holistic approach to healthy sleep development for children. We begin with developing a sense of timing to soothe your baby when he is naturally becoming drowsy and we teach you how to help develop self-soothing strategies. We combine knowledge of routine, age appropriate awake times and an elimination of sleep props to support parents in their journey to good sleep for the whole family!

My child doesn't sleep too badly, so will I still benefit from the programme?

Definitely! Remember, that if your child currently sleeps well, it doesn’t mean that he will sleep well in the future, especially if he hasn’t been taught the correct sleeping habits. Why not start cultivating good habits while you are ahead of inevitable sleep challenges?.  You may find that your child sleeps even better.

How do I convince my partner to invest in a sleep consultant programme?

We believe that getting a good night’s rest is not about us, but for the benefit of our children. Sleep is a fundamental building block of their development, and well-rested children do better at school as their minds and bodies have adequate time to develop optimally.
Sleep is therefore of utmost importance, and if you’re struggling to get Daddy (or Mommy) on board, he/she is welcome to phone us and we will have a chat with them (or maybe let them get up for baby one night to see how hard it is).

Good Night Questions
What type of training or qualifications do you have?

We often advise parents to ask this question when seeking help on their child’s sleep. Petro Thamm, founder of Good Night is the only person in Africa who has been trained by Dana Obleman who owns Sleep Sense TM. Petro completed a comprehensive training programme with Dana Obleman in America and has since learned from various medical professionals and sleep consultants all over the world. Her experience includes working with families as far as afield America, Greece, Australia, Zambia and the United Kingdom. Petro personally trains all the consultants affiliated with Good Night and oversees every plan and case so you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Good Night is also accredited by the International Association of Professional Sleep Consultants.

I have twins. Can this programme work for them?

Absolutely!

How long does the programme take before my child will sleep through?

Parents always want to know how long it will take for their children to sleep through. Unfortunately the answer is: “I don’t know”. Every child is different, but if you implement your unique sleep plan, success is guaranteed. The good news is it may take as little as two days!

Once the programme is complete, what do I do if my child ``regresses`` after a few months? Are you still able to help?

More often than not, it is not baby who regresses, but rather parents. Part of the process for us is to help you be prepared for whatever sleep challenges and/or other changes that might occur. However, should you feel that you need additional help or support we can gladly assist by providing an additional quick telephonic catch-up call, and/or email support.

I live in a small town with no Good Night consultants living in my area. How can I still get assistance?

We offer telephonic and/or Skype/FaceTime consultations very successfully, so we can help you anywhere in the world. We are also happy to travel to you at an additional cost, and should you require a one-on-one session, please get in touch with us.

I'm Concerned
I'm concerned that my baby will cry a lot.

As crying is your baby’s and/or toddler’s way of protesting against change, you can expect some objection on their part. There is no way of predicting how your child will react when we make changes to his/her sleep routine as every child is different. However, when it comes to the well-being of our children, we won’t think twice about doing what is best for them. Helping your baby sleep is not just good for your child but is also good  for the whole family. Our promise is that we will only approach sleep training as a last resort, that you’ll never ask you to leave your baby alone to cry,  and we will never tell you that you are not allowed to pick your baby up, and we will never ask you to do something you are not comfortable with.

I'm concerned that it will be too difficult for me to implement.

We believe in giving you a customized sleep plan that will work for your family. This means giving you something that you are comfortable with to make it easier on you. We also provide you with support as you implement the plan, so if you need to chat to someone, or whether you need us to check in that you are still on track,  or whether and/or simply need some encouragement or motivation, we are only a phone call away.

I'm concerned about spending money on hiring a consultant, what if it does not work? Do you offer a guarantee?

We would really offer a guarantee if we could prove that you took our advice. The problem is, that like a doctor we cannot prove that you take the medication as prescribed. We believe wholeheartedly in what we do; in a survey we did a while ago we asked our clients to tell us whether they believe that it is value for money – 96% of clients agreed that it was!

I'm pregnant and when my baby is born, I want to co-sleep. Is this a good idea for us and our baby?

Co-sleeping is A personal choice for parents as long as it is done safely. The great thing about the programme is that we work WITH you and we do not tell you what to do.
For this reason we will happily discuss the type of sleeping scenario that you would feel comfortable with and we’ll share our views. From there we can put together a plan with which you feel comfortable.

I'm concerned that I have a colicky baby. Will the Good Night programme still work for her?

Yes! The problem with colicky babies is that the symptoms of cramps and hunger are similar to those of plain old tiredness. We have worked with babies who have been diagnosed with colic but whose symptoms disappeared once they were sleeping better and were following a routine that promoted good sleep habits.

Sleep Questions
From what age can I expect my child to “Sleep through the night”?

This differs widely from child to child, but children are generally able to sleep a good, solid eight hours from as young as 12 weeks, and babies are able to  “sleep through the night” from around four months (or even sooner). These sleep milestones depends on your child’s, nourishment needs and other factors. The Good Night programme will help you to determine these factors, and will guide you to form healthy expectations.

My child is still only a few months old. Surely she will grow out of her sleep problems?

Children do not grow out of sleep problems! Studies have shown that young problem sleepers continue to be problem sleepers as the grow older. You can easily give your child a head start by starting with good sleep habits as young as possible.

My nurse advised sedative medicine to help my child sleep. Is that a good idea?

Giving your child medication will not solve their sleeping problems. You can’t keep giving them medication for the rest of their lives. There’s no time like the present to tackle their sleeping problems, the sooner, the better.

My child wakes up crying in the middle of the night and screams for hours. Surely he’s in pain?

More often than not, children wake up at night screaming because they are tired and don’t know how to go back to sleep. This programme will help you remedy that.

I've read that certain blankets, bath products and toys can help a baby sleep. Is this true?

No special cream, special diet, special sleep blanket or taglet, or any other sleep “product” will on its own help your baby to sleep well.  Although these products might help, they are just tools that form part of a toolbox and cannot be used in isolation. Don’t waste your money on products that promise sleep – rather hire a sleep consultant who can demonstrate life-long tactics to help you and your child enjoy the benefits of quality sleep.

My daughter is six and has started waking up at nights for comfort. Is six ``too old`` to help her sleep better?

We believe that it is never too late to learn good sleeping habits. We will assess the situation that you’re facing, and will advise accordingly.

Want to know more, get in contact.