Dynamic Sleep Connection™ is an infant sleep model developed by Caroline McMahon and Caroline Radford. Through working together in their company, Caroline's Angels- Baby Sleep Specialists, they had firmly grasped how different each baby is, but also how the presentation of the babies that they work with had changed. Caroline and Caroline found that babies are coming into the world more accelerated, and ready to engage with the world around them, earlier than ever before. That through the stimulation of their senses in the awake periods of play, we find that this helped to calm and assist babies to sleep better when it was time to sleep. That by satisfying the child's overwhelming need to communicate and interact with their surroundings, they were more ready to accept and enjoy the process of going to sleep. A strong sensory connection to sleep is used by babies to 'feel' right in order to fall asleep. That is how each baby identifies how to fall asleep differently from another child. So it makes such perfect sense that no one particular sleep strategy that will apply to all babies in order to help them to sleep better. By supporting a baby to learn to change expectation and feeling around sleep to independent self settling you will enable each baby to establish a healthier sleep pattern. A healthier sleep pattern will help each baby to grow and learn at their optimal rate. Caroline and Caroline identify that abrupt extinction methods, are methods of the past. We need to be progressive in our approach and understanding of infant sleep, and adapt with our bright, accelerated babies of the twenty first century.
Our philosophy is to look at the child that is presenting in need of assistance with their family. To treat each child as an individual with unique needs, then gradually move to help them to adapt to feelings around sleep that support long term healthy sleep. Then with the 5 steps to sleep in mind apply the principles of Dynamic Sleep Connection™ to each child in a way that supports uniquely subtle but consistent change.
Dynamic Sleep Connection™ provides a forum for babies that struggle to meet existing accepted methods of settling babies to sleep such as feeding and holding to sleep. While it works for many families to feed/ hold babies to sleep, there are babies who refuse to settle to sleep with this support or just continually wake when offered this. By offering abrupt extinction methods to improve a baby's sleep, This in fact, traumatises them and digresses their sleep, even more so than when you started to address sleep. Many families are often left feeling alone and confused in how to support their child, as well as being overwhelmed and exhausted by their wakeful and often unhappy baby. Here we provide an alternative that is constructed to suit the child, rather than forcing the child to fit within an established model that has no room for a child's uniqueness. By completing our modules, you will get better understanding and knowledge of how to support the families that you are involved with, and achieve a successful outcome for all.