Kim West, better known as The Sleep Lady, has been a family therapist for over 25 years and specializes in helping babies and children achieve healthy sleep, while ensuring that parents remain healthy and rested at the same time. She joins the podcast to discuss her book, Good Night, Sleep Tight, the path that led her to become a well-regarded resource in the area of sleep, and what she’s learned along the way. She explains several methods for achieving healthy sleep patterns in babies under six months of age, including the controlled crying or graduated extinction, and full extension methods. But she also explains why neither method sits well with her, elucidating the benefits of her own method, which she refers to as parental fading or The Sleep Lady Shuffle. Kim West details why she doesn’t recommend attempting any sleep coaching for children over the age of six, as it’s critically important to first rule out generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the need for psychotherapy.
Interested in learning more? Tune in, and check out sleeplady.com.