Kootenay Boundary Infant Sleep Science

This is a page of trusted resources and support for parents who are looking to support their baby’s sleep (0-3years), and don’t want to sleep train. It is created by a caring group of local professionals who are knowledgeable about infant needs and normal infant sleep.

MISSION: To provide information about normal infant sleep in the first 0-3 years to our local Kootenay Boundary Region, using up to date, research based, developmentally appropriate infant sleep science that keeps infant/ lifelong mental health a priority.

VISION:
We want parents and caregivers to know that nurture and responsive parenting has the biggest impact on brain and body health. We want parents to feel free to be present with their baby, meet their needs, have a community of support, and feel confident in their instincts guiding how they respond to their child. We envision a community of professionals that are on the same page when offering sleep support.

Concerns:

  • We see that parents are fed inaccurate expectations of what infant sleep should look like.  We know these expectations to be based on outdated information
  • Due to this misinformation, we see parents striving for sleep goals that are unrealistic and causing much parental anxiety
  • The hyper focus on sleep goals can take away from being Present during precious early years, where connection and delighting in their child are so key to healthy development!
  • Infants spend more time than adults in lighter sleep, meaning they wake more easily and often. This is seen as a protective mechanism against SIDS. Pushing deeper, longer sleep before a child is ready, is dangerous
  • If sleep training has parents not responding to babies cries in the night, we are concerned that medical red flags are being missed- low iron, breathing obstructions, allergies, body pain and discomfort
  • Long periods without contact in the night have caused premature weight loss in infants and interrupt breastmilk production, often leading to low supply
  • Long periods of crying, without a loved one actively present, cause high stress levels that persist for hours after the crying is done. We know the effect of stress in the body compromises health and brain development. (Crying in loving arms can be a stress release)
  • Our responses affect infant and life long mental health, stress load in the body, physical health and resilience

Resources

The resources on this webpage are ones we back. The advice offered is based on decades of research on secure attachment and up to date research on infant mental health. It incorporates the research of James Mckenna on breastfed baby sleep norms. It accounts for safe sleep environments.

Sleep Educators

(sleep support people you hire that use methods we support: to help adjust sleep patterns, explore medical red flags, share what is normal)

If sleep is a challenge in your family, it does not mean you have to suffer and wait it out. There are people that can support healthy sleep pattern changes that are developmentally appropriate and keep your baby in a healthy state for optimal overall development

 

Infant Sleep Courses for parents

(these cost $)

Possums https://education.possumsonline.com/programs/sleep-program

IslaGraceSleep https://islagrace.ca/sleep-courses/

Social Media Resources

Instagram

Safe Infant Sleep

PDF

Caring for your baby at night
Unicef

Safer Sleep for babies
Unicef, Basis, England Public Health

Safer Sleep for my baby
BC Perinatal Services

Addressing the Myth: Babies Should Sleep Through the Night by 1 Year

James McKenna

Websites

A collection of great resources on various sleep topics
https://www.nurture-neuroscience.com/resources

Baby Sleep Info Source Sleep resources
https://www.basisonline.org.uk/

Dr. James Mckenna Safe Co-Sleeping Guidelines  https://cosleeping.nd.edu/safe-co-sleeping-guidelines/

The Beyond Sleep Training Project How to safely bedshare and side-car https://thebeyondsleeptrainingproject.com/faqs/how-do-i-safely-bedshare

Sleep, breastfeeding, blog
www.pinkymckay.com/category/sleep/

Lullaby Trust safer sleep visuals https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/

Parenting Websites

Evolutionary Parenting Blog and additional resources
https://evolutionaryparenting.com/blog/

Raised Good Blog and additional resources
https://raisedgood.com/blog/

Circle of Security Parenting Videos and additional resources
https://www.circleofsecurityinternational.com/resources-for-parents/

Breastfeeding Websites

Kelly mom Articles and additional resources for breastfeeding and sleep https://kellymom.com/

The Milk Meg Breastfeeding Blog and additional resources
https://themilkmeg.com/milk-meg-blog/

Safe Infant Sleep Books

Who We Are

Lauren Andres

Training: Infant Development Consultant,  Infant Mental Health diploma (Hospital for Sick Children), Infant and Family Sleep Specialist (Bebo Mia), Circle of Security Facilitator, IslaGrace Sleep Course, Prenatal Educator

Angela Rockall

Training: Infant Development Consultant, Circle of Security Facilitator

Tinaya Jorgensen

Training: Infant Development Consultant, Perinatal and Early Attachment diploma (Myrna Martin), Circle of Security facilitator, ECE,  child focused psychology degree, 1yr training of somatic trauma resolution training, Infant massage

Judy Banfield

Training: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Master’s in early childhood education, La Leche League leader, early childhood educator and professor

Judy Banfield has been involved with babies, young children and families since she was 19 years old.

She has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and taught young children (2-8 year olds) for many years in a variety of Early childhood Settings (Daycare, Preschool, Parent Participation Preschool, and Headstart. She also ran the Demonstration Day Care at Vancouver Community College. She initiated the program, was the department head and taught in the Department of Early Childhood Education at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada for 8 years.

Judy has been a La Leche League Leader (breastfeeding counselor) for 37 years and was an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant for 15 years.

Judy was one of the coordinators of the government-funded postpartum support program, Life After Birth for five years. In that role she offered one on one postpartum counselling, breastfeeding support, led weekly moms’ group and a Post Partum Depression program..

She is the proud mother of two thriving grown children, and was also the founder of Mountain Baby which she ran for 25 years.

Judith Fearing

Training: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, RN

“By supporting healthy growth and development for new babies we can create a healthier and  happier world.”

I am grateful for a nursing career spanning 45 years + that has given me opportunities to work with and learn from so many people. My work has taken me from acute care hospital nursing in medical, surgical, maternity and operating rooms to community based clinics working in postpartum and breastfeeding support, teaching prenatal classes, sexual health clinic nursing and  teaching sexual health in schools. I have worked in rural and remote clinics where I was the only health care provider in the area to large urban maternity hospitals. And I have taught nursing at the college level to nursing students. I have always been drawn back to mothers, babies, and new families. I love supporting new families in getting a good start to grow into the healthiest people they can be.

Tashia Weeks

Training: Circle of Security Facilitator, Bachelor of Social Work, Infant Mental Health Certificate (Vanessa LaPointe), Perinatal and Early Attachment diploma (Myrna Martin), a certificate in Infant and Child Development (UBC)

Tashia Weeks has a Bachelor of Social Work degree and almost 15 years’ experience working with families in the West Kootenays as a family place program coordinator, EA, Child and Youth Mental Health support worker, Supported Child Development and Infant Development Consultant.

She is mother of two amazing children, (one a University graduate and one in Elementary School) who inspired her to seek learning to support young children and how to respond lovingly to them day and night. Tashia is particularly intrigued by the anthropological approach to sleep.

Her intuition about infant sleep has matched what she is honored to have learned from completing an Infant Mental Health Certificate with child psychologist Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, Myrna’s Martin’s Perinatal and Early Attachment diploma, a certificate in Infant and Child Development from UBC and Circle of Security Parenting program, among many others.

She is passionate about helping parents understand babies emotional and biological developmental needs around sleep and the importance of meeting them, rather than focusing on compliance with unrealistic expectations at the expense of growing a secure relationship.

Sarah Courtemanche

Training: BSC Human nutrition

“By meeting the needs of our children today in the healthiest way possible, we set ourselves up for healthy communities tomorrow.”

Sarah is currently the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Facilitator at Kootenay Family Place. She is a mother, professional, and passionate supporter of healthy parent-baby connections., as well as a developmental neuroscience nerd and devoted supporter of exhausted parents everywhere.