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Would you ever hire a consultant to help get your kids to sleep?

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Parents Who Hire Sleep Consultants for Toddlers Take the Easy Way Out (VIDEO)

by Julie Ryan Evans

girl going to bedHands down, one of the most frustrating and exhausting (literally) parts of parenting small children is the lack of sleep. From middle-of-the-night feedings to nightmares and kids who just don't want to sleep, there are a number of issues that leave parents red-eyed and in need of copious amounts of caffeine. But should it get this bad?

Nightline recently interviewed parents Danielle and Marcello (who don't want their last name used) who were so desperate for sleep, they took extreme action. Between their two children -- a 2-year-old and a 9-month-old -- they say they were staying up virtually all night long. Danielle said she was lucky if she was getting fours of sleep a night -- and not in a row. 

Both parents work full-time, and when they simply couldn't function anymore, they hired sleep consultants.

The service runs about $2,000, and it includes an overnight visit and follow-up support. That's a lot of dough! And the consultants admit that most families could do what they do themselves -- using things like controlled crying, black-out shades, and sound machines. But if parents aren't able to -- for whatever reason -- then isn't getting someone else to do it worth it?

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I suppose it depends on your budget, just how tired you are ... and the level of guilt you might have for farming out such a chore.

The fact these consultants even exist is worrisome to a degree. I mean, do children today really have more trouble sleeping than they did for hundreds of years before such a service existed? Are we really that bad at instilling good sleep habits at an early age? Or are parents today just more willing to throw up their hands and bring someone else in to do the job when they can't. 

I mean, you can hire people to do everything from potty train your kid to help them with their homework and remove lice from their head. Is it a good thing that parents are able to ask for and get help in areas that challenge them (or they don't want to deal with), or is it somehow cheating our children? Is taking the easy way out always a bad thing, or does it make sense sometimes?

I don't know. I suppose if parents have the cash and want to go this route, then that's their business. You just have to wonder if you start down that road of hiring experts when the parenting gets rough where else it may lead you and what message it sends your children.

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Would you ever hire a consultant to help get your kids to sleep?

by on Apr. 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM
Replies (61-70):
momtolittleg
by Platinum Member on Apr. 2, 2013 at 10:32 PM

If I was desperate, yes. But that's a LOT of damn money for one night and some consulting. I'm in the wrong business!

I'd totally hire someone to get rid of lice for me!  That's brilliant!  God, who would want THAT job?

momtolittleg
by Platinum Member on Apr. 2, 2013 at 10:38 PM


Ass wiper!  Yes!  I hate to hear the words "I'm dooooooone!" come from the bathroom!

Quoting randomosityblog:

If my kids weren't good sleepers, and I was a rich bitch, HELL YES. I'd have a nanny and a maid and an ass-wiper too.



nellyb118
by Gold Member on Apr. 2, 2013 at 10:43 PM
No. I prefer to be hands on and just wouldnt invite a stranger into my home to puty kids to bed.
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gabrielsmommy04
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:05 AM

i think that before i shelled out 2 grand for a sleep consultant  I would try more cost effective solutions because that is 2 grand that could be put in the college fund. I would  make sure my child had a consisent night time routine , diet has a lot to do with it and I would talk to my childs pediatrician.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 9 on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Nope. I think that's ridiculous!
MilkLover0203
by Ruby Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:09 AM
My son was the same way! That child would not sleep for anything! Ugh, so frustrating. Now he's four and sleeps well but we barely made it through that first year. He even hated the car seat.


Quoting prettymomma1204:

The thought crossed my mind a time or two. We had the newborn that Did! Not! Sleep! We tried what seemed like everything and nothing worked. He's almost 2 now and still doesn't sleep well. His sister has always been a fantastic sleeper.

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aalmomma
by Bronze Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:13 AM

nope. my kids, my responsibility.

aalmomma
by Bronze Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:15 AM

omg me too! especially since my kids only go a little bit each time and end up pooping like 10 times a day..ugh!!! lol

Quoting momtolittleg:


Ass wiper!  Yes!  I hate to hear the words "I'm dooooooone!" come from the bathroom!

Quoting randomosityblog:

If my kids weren't good sleepers, and I was a rich bitch, HELL YES. I'd have a nanny and a maid and an ass-wiper too.




Anonymous
by Anonymous 10 on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:20 AM

to do the same thing we did with DS? Hell no. that's crazy.

jadedcynic
by Nerdalicious on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:23 AM

No, but this article has given me some fantastic business ideas.

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