Frequently Asked Questions
Kim Sopman has completed the nationally recognized Holistic Sleep Coaching program accredited at level 5 through Open College Network, the largest vocational awarding body in the UK. The course focuses on evidence-based gentle sleep coaching, family-centred and intuitive-based support. Both Kim and Gillian Minsky are certified Sensitive Sleep Coaches through the Institute of Sensitive Sleep, based in Australia. The Institute prides itself in training sleep coaches to approach each situation from a uniquely sensitive approach. This includes effectively listening to each family and their goals, respecting their lifestyle choices and encouraging parents to gently attune to their child, in order to preserve the attachment relationship.
Rest Easy founder Kim Sopman has many other additional certifications which include Child & Newborn sleep certifications with the Institute of Sleep & Parenting, and an additional advanced sleep coaching certificate with the Institute of Sensitive Sleep Consulting. Kim is also a Certified HUG Teacher, and Certified Night Coach. Kim belongs to the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, in which she holds their principles and coaching beliefs to the highest regard.
Our approach and methods are sensitive because each discussion, plan or technique implemented is tailored to the family and their individual needs. While some sleep coaches may use the same approach and method for most children, we keep sensitivity, responsiveness and intuition in mind to create a plan that will allow parents to feel supported and encouraged every step of the way. We know that parents don’t want to follow a cookie-cutter approach. Instead, they want an approach that will work best for their child’s personality, their lifestyle and their parenting style.
While we use sensitive approaches, it is inevitable that babies tend to protest change. A baby that has been used to feeding to sleep and being held for each nap may not appreciate the switch to his crib, for example. Because babies can’t yet speak, they express their displeasure in this change in the only way they know how — crying. While you are in the process of making some changes to your sleep habits, your baby may not like the change and will tell you. While parents don’t usually like the idea of their child crying, we have many methods that allow a parent to support their child during the process. Many past clients have said that they did not feel overly distressed by the tears at the beginning of the process, and that the changes they witnessed soon after made them feel reassured that their baby is achieving better, more restorative sleep.