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Parentology: Calling in the sleep consultants

July 13, 2010 |  7:12 am

Sleep_coach In keeping with the spotlight on life coaches, my latest story is on sleep consultants -- those magical angels who help us figure out how to get our babies to sleep in their cribs, all the way through the night.

You would assume that a story about sleep consultants would ultimately be a story about sleep, how to create it, and how to maintain it, but what I found over the course of the reporting is that it was actually a story about intuition.

Everyone I spoke with for the story used that word. "I tell parents to follow their intuition," said Brandi Rouse of The Cradle Company. "Our sleep consultant kept pointing us back to using our intuition," said Mary Baerg, a mother who could not say enough about sleep consultant Eileen Henry, whom she called when her son was 9 months old.

It seems that over-educated (and over-exhausted) parents have either lost faith in their own intuition, or possibly never had any to begin with. The goal of the sleep consultant it seems is not just to get a baby to sleep through the night, but to help parents tap back into what they may know deep inside.

Here's a link to full story: Calling in the baby whisperers

-- Deborah Netburn

Illustration: Bonnie Dain / For The Times