Sleep Consultants

A Silentnight Sleep Consultant will provide an important and comprehensive understanding of your baby’s sleep cycles and the vital part they play in the all-round development and well-being of your baby. The purpose of a bedtime routine is to prepare your baby for sleep, therefore it should be calm, relaxing and focused. Your Silentnight Sleep Consultation will provide you with all the skills you will need to enable you to promote the perfect sleep routine for your baby.  This can then be followed by 3-4 nights sleep training which is normally enough to establish a good sleep routine.

Role of a Sleep Consultant

  • Work as a team with the parents in order to make a thorough and detailed assessment
  • Observe and discuss the presenting signs and symptoms including erratic sleep cycles, props and attention seeking behaviours in addition to a brief history of your pregnancy, birth and any underlying health issues
  • Cover the age and stage of development of your baby together with play activities and relevant stimulation

  • Look at diet and nutrition, breastfeeding, weaning, appetite and topics around feeding in general, discussing any areas of concern for you along with your baby’s sleep problems
  • Create a calm and relaxing sleep routine tailored to suit you and your baby

  • Keep in touch with you providing feedback and ongoing support

A new sleep routine is able to be established within 3-4 nights.

Screening Process

We take our job very seriously in providing the very best Sleep Consultant the United Kingdom has to offer. All Sleep Consultants who apply to work with us must pass our stringent screening process before we can place them with a family.

We know all the specialist qualities we are looking for and during their initial interview we can get a real feel for if they have the skills and experience required that makes them an expert in their field.

All our Maternity Nurses must have:

  • Paediatric First Aid Certificate

  • Enhanced DBS Check

Many will have completed training courses in:

  • Breast and bottle feeding

  • Weaning

  • Sleep training

  • Multiple babies

Formal qualifications held by our Maternity Nurses may include:

  • Sleep Consultant Training OCN level 3 and 4

  • Maternity Nurse Training OCN level 3 and 4

  • NVQ Level 3

  • BTEC Nursery Nursing

  • City & Guilds

NB: Details of individual Sleep Consultants’s experience and qualifications are clearly detailed on their CV.

Sleep Consultant Costs

Sleep Consultants are self-employed and responsible for paying their own Tax and National Insurance. Their salaries can vary according to experience and whether they are responsible for a single baby, twins or triplets. The following salaries are a guideline only and some very experienced nurses may charge a little more.

Cost per hour
Sleep Consultant – Single Baby £17 – £25
Sleep Consultant – Twins £20 – £30
Sleep Consultant – Triplets £20 – £30

Frequently asked questions

Q: When is the best time to sleep train my baby?
A: We recommend Sleep Training your baby from the age of 4-6 months of age. Preparation is very important so you need to clear the diary! Visitors, holidays and other unwanted interruptions need to be put on hold. There is no point in doing all the hard work for two days and then stopping because you have a weekend away planned. A good sleep routine will be established within 3–4 nights, you will then want to have a couple of weeks without interruptions to get your baby/child used to their new sleep cycle.

Q: Does Sleep Training involve letting my baby cry until he/she falls asleep?
A: No. The goal is not to let your baby/child cry for extended periods. The goal is to teach your baby/child healthy sleep associations as well as the ability to self-soothe on their own.

Q: Will Sleep Training disturb my other children during the night?
A: The short time Sleep training your baby/child will take will be much less disruptive to family life compared to the weeks, months or even years of disruption that can be experienced if the problem is not addressed.

Q: Will my baby eventually grow out of waking frequently in the night when they are ready?
A: If your baby is over 9 months of age and still wakes frequently during the night it is very unlikely they will grow out of this pattern any time soon, it is more often the case things will get worse in time. One thing to remember is the older your baby/child gets the longer they get used to a bad sleep cycle the harder it will be to make the changes!