Q&A with Ingrid

How long have you worked in the sleep industry?

I first started working in the parent industry in 2009, but my love for children started at a very young age. My parents gave birth to my baby sister, Nataly, when I was eight years-old. Proud to be a big sister, I always helped my parents take care of her and eventually babysat for them when she got older. I went on to babysit for several families during high school and college.

Fast forward a couple of decades, my husband and I bought a house in Connecticut in 2006. Soon after we relocated from New York City, I became pregnant with my son, Leonardo. At the time, I worked as a fund analyst for a venture capital firm. Both of our families lived out of state, and we were just starting to meet new friends. We had no one to turn to locally for parenting advice. Since I had been working as a research analyst for close to a decade, I decided to do what I did best — research, read and learn all that I could about having a baby and raising a child.  When my second child came along, Maximo, I learned first hand what sleep deprivation was really about. This is where my business took a turn and I engulfed myself with everything related to sleep. I love to sleep and not sleeping was not making me or my baby happy at all! It’s been ten years and I’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of sleepless families globally.  Working with adults evolved organically and now I have the privilege of working with sleepless adults as well via one-one-one consultations, Corporate health fairs and corporate lunch-and-learn workshops.

How did you become A Sleep Expert?

After Leo was born, I continued to work as a full-time analyst. My little Leo was a great sleeper. From the moment, we brought him home from the hospital, he slept six to seven hours at a stretch. Delighted by the birth of Leo, I was fascinated by this new world of parenting. So in the evenings, I began studying for a variety of pre- and post-natal parenting certifications. Shortly after that, I started a part-time baby planning consulting and concierge business called Savvy Mom on Call.

After giving birth to my son Maximo in 2011, I left my career as a research analyst and became a full-time parenting consultant, formerly known as Savvy Mom Call. During this time, I was struggling with getting my little Maximo to sleep. I turned to a dear friend of mine, Deborah Pedrick, a seasoned child sleep consultant I had known for several years and to whom I would refer clients. She told me, “Ingrid, you know what to do, you are just tired and can’t think clearly right now.” Deb was right. I did know what to do; I just wasn’t thinking clearly. I was tired. I had recently given birth and now had two children to take care of. Taking Deb’s advice to heart, I reviewed all of the sleep books that I had on hand and then leveraged my various certifications to help my little guy become an amazing sleeper in no time.

After going through that experience, my career passion became clear. So I asked Deb if I could take her up on an offer she made to me to become my mentor a few years back. Then, I set out to become as proficient as her in the field of pediatric sleep consulting. Eventually, I joined Deb as an associate and helped her sleep train clients.

Who are your clients exactly?

I work with sleep-deprived souls, my youngest client has been a day old and oldest client has been 71 years old. My clients are located all over the globe. They are at their wit’s end trying to get themselves or their child(ren) to sleep through the night.

I coach working moms and dads, stay-at-home moms and even those women having a second or third child and wondering why this baby isn’t sleeping like the sibling. In general, I can help parents with children ranging in age from newborn to teens.

I also work with sleepless adults that have tried everything but have not given up on the hope they can attain blissful sleep somehow.

What happens if you haven’t yet worked with someone who has a unique or special situation?

Among my many credentials, I am a Family Sleep Institute (FSI) Child and Adult Sleep Consultant, Lactation Counselor, Newborn Soothing/Calming Expert and a Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Nidra teacher and currently enrolled in an Aromatherapist certification program.

In addition, I collaborate with other practitioners in the healthcare field weekly and do extensive research on your specific situation and even consult with your child’s pediatrician or other healthcare providers, if need be. And as a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, National Sleep Foundation, American Sleep Association and International Stress Management Association (UK), I have access to thousands of other expert sleep consultants who I can call upon to help troubleshoot your specific scenario.

How does your work differ from other sleep consultants?

I’ve designed programs that encompass sleep, nutrition, mindset, and exercise no matter the age group I work with. My educational background allows me to focus on more than just behavioral sleep hygiene. I know that attaining blissful sleep is not as easy as changing certain behavioral sleep habits. I incorporate holistic science backed tools in my programs that you will not find being used by others in my industry.

In addition, my sleep consulting programs focus on:

For Children:

  1. Both day (napping) and night-time (bedtime) sleep. Some sleep consultants focus on one or the other, but based on my experience, both napping and sleeping all night are equally important. They absolutely go hand-in-hand and should not be approached in different ways.
  2. Nutrition and sleep. My philosophy is that feeding and sleeping go hand-in-hand, so my services take into consideration your child’s food (milk and solids) intake, as well as sleep patterns.
  3. Parents are highly recommended to update their child’s log daily while we are working together.  Sleepless parents track a variety of things for me like their child’s daily nutritional intake and sleep patterns because I need to understand if the child is eating and drinking enough and getting the right balance of foods for his or her age group.
  4. Self-care of the mother. My mom clients need to take care of themselves, so they can take care of their babies. All of my mom clients, especially those who are nursing, are required to track their intake of food and drink and sleep patterns. Here’s why:
  • My moms need to eat well, so they can keep up with the demands of their little ones.
  • I want to help these new mothers as much as possible to prevent postpartum depression. Post birth support in the United States is very limited. Many parents are left hanging after they give birth, but that’s when new parents need consultants like myself the most.
  • For nursing moms, I need to see if anything you are eating might possibly be impacting your little one’s tummy, which could prevent them from sleeping well.

Finally, I do not and will not apply cried out/extinction techniques unless it is expressly requested by the parent, and I have conducted a thorough analysis of your situation. This includes gaining approval from your child’s pediatrician.

You see, extinction sleep training is quite stressful for both the parent and the baby if it is not done correctly. I have to be completely sure that all of you are physically and emotionally ready to see it through. While it should only take three days to accomplish, the moment you start the process, you should not back out. It will send confusing signals to your baby. I am not in the business of making babies cry for no reason or confuse them.

What type of personality do you work best with?

I have worked with and continue consulting with a variety of parents whose ultimate goal is to get their child on a better sleep schedule so everyone can have a more restful and complete period of rest. Though I tailor my programs to your parenting styles, please know that I will most likely need to make some changes to your routine. As I see it, if everything you were doing was working then you would not need my help. If it’s broken then you need to tweak it, ha! Open communication is critical so I will never give you recommendations that will ever feel uncomfortable because you think you are hurting your child in some way.

As for my sleepless adult clients, it’s not about telling you everything you are doing wrong. It’s about getting to the heart of why you are not able to sleep as well as you would like to. I work with a variety of personalities. The common theme among my clients is that they have hope that they find a way to sleep better. If you have thrown the towel in then I am not able to help you.

What is expected of me?

In the end, we all want to sleep better. Whether you are a sleepless adult or if you are a sleepless parent, you just want a healthy, happy and well-rested home. This comes from balanced nutrition and good periods of sleep using my recommended sleep techniques. So it’s important that my clients:

This comes from balanced nutrition and good periods of sleep using my recommended sleep techniques. So it’s important that my clients:

  • Complete an initial, 30+ questionnaire about their sleep situation
  • Track food and sleep daily in an online log
  • Be consistent; you can’t take bits and pieces of the advise and expect it to work
  • Remain open to suggestions and be willing to make changes.
How do we communicate with you?

Depending on the sleep consulting package that you select, I am available virtually or in-person. Services are provided via phone, Zoom (webinar service), texting and in-person (day or overnight) in-home visits.

How much is this going to cost?

Please visit my Child and Adult Sleep Packages page to see what packages I currently have available.

If you have the latest smartphone or own a flat screen, you can give yourself or your family the gift of sleep. Sleep is priceless and it’s the foundation of health. Technology will not do that for you.

How do I determine if the sleep program is the right fit for me?

I recommend that you schedule a free 20-minute get-acquainted call so we can determine together if my services are the right fit. During your free 20-minute get-acquainted call we will discuss your current sleep situation, what you have tried to make your sleep situation better, what your sleep goals are for you and/or your family and what would happen a year from now if you don’t change anything.

To book your free call, please fill out the form on the contact page and my team will get in touch with you within 24 business hours to set up a call with me.

I look forward to helping you sleep blissfully soon!

For what type of parent is this NOT going to work for?

My services will not work for those who are:

  1. Unwilling to make any changes
  2. Not open to advice or recommendations
  3. Inconsistent with the techniques being recommended
  4. Expecting overnight results
How does your process work?

After you purchase one of the sleep programs, here’s how my process goes:

  1. Ingrid Baby Sleep WhispererTM Program Welcome Email

You will receive a welcome email welcoming you to my sleep family. Within the email, you will see a link to your intake form. To help me get up to speed on your situation, you will need to complete my 30-question intake form, which you will complete online. You will also see details of the package you purchased and any additional information that pertains to the program you selected.

2. Ingrid Baby Sleep Whisperer Daily Sleep/Feed Log

For a specified period of time, you will need to log either your or your child’s daily sleep patterns and intake of liquids and any solids he or she may be on. I’ll also track a few other things that will help me give you the best advice for your situation.

3. Consultation with Ingrid Prueher, the Sleep Expert

Depending on which program you purchase, this consultation may take place virtually via phone or Zoom or during an in-home visit.

4. Ingrid Baby Sleep WhispererTM Sleep Plan

I do not believe in a one size fits all approach. Depending on the sleepless individual I am working with a customized plan will be recommended or created by Ingrid. Ingrid does not provide a written plan for her group coaching clients since it’s a DIY program. That being said, Ingrid does guide you during the creation of your plan to ensure that you will be successful and attain a blissful sleeping home.

5. Ingrid Baby Sleep WhispererTM Feeding/Nutrition Evaluation and Plan

Food is a very important contributor to overall wellness and a possible cause for sleep deprivation. In regards to my little clients, a number of calories a child needs daily depends on their weight and age. I want to ensure that your little one is getting what he or she needs, so they can sleep better. The better they eat, the better they will sleep and vice-a-versa.

For my sleepless adults, the same theory applies. It’s extremely important to track your food intake a few other things in order to get to the heart of why you are experiencing sleep issues.

6. Support from Ingrid Prueher, the Sleep Expert

Depending on the program you choose, support is provided via group coaching calls, one-on-one private calls or text.

Please note, there is no email program. Ingrid likes to minimize confusion for her sleepless families by providing a space within in their respective logs for questions and answers (depending on the program purchased). Ingrid has found over the years that emails don’t make it to their destination and advice cannot be found easily in searches. This is the main reason Ingrid has moved all questions and answers to a private virtual tool that each client can access and easily refer to whenever they want.

What results can I expect by working with you?

When you work with Ingrid Prueher, the Sleep Expert and follow her program as designed, you can expect to have a healthy, happy and blissful sleeping home.

As long as there is no serious medical issue there should be no reason why your sleep situation cannot improve.

What happens if my child gets sick, starts teething or has a medical issue while we are sleep training?

As a mother, my main concern is your child’s health and well-being. If your child should get sick or is in pain due to some medical reason, we will stop the sleep training immediately. Once your child well again, we will resume their sleep training at no additional charge. I realize things like teething and illness are out of our control, so I don’t feel you should pay additional money to restart the program.

Where are you based? What is your outreach?

I live in Connecticut with my three boys (two I birthed, plus one I married), but I work with sleepless parents and adults globally, who are tired and frustrated and want a good night’s sleep for either their child and/or themselves.

What do your clients have to say about you?

I’ve had the honor to work with 1000s of families and adults globally. You will find testimonials from many of them on my Healthy Sleepers page.

I’m ready to take that next step, so how do we get started?

That’s great to hear! Take a moment to review my sleep consulting programs, then choose the one that right for you and/or your family. I look forward to working with you and/or family soon!

I am not quite sure if this is the right fit for me. What should I do?

Let’s chat. Schedule a free 20-minute, getting acquainted call with me today!

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Sleep training will work:

1) If all caretakers taking care of the baby at home are 100% consistent in following through with the The Sleep Whisperers’ advice regarding sleep and feed plan, as agreed upon by all parties.

2) If the caretakers effectively communicate with The Sleep Whisperer about goals and expectations

3) If the caretakers  implement agreed upon advice with 100% consistency

4) If the caretakers are open to making changes to their current sleep situation that is not working.

5) If the caretakers make sleep a priority and make sure their calendar is clear of social events for at least the first two weeks of sleep training.

Desired Results

Depending on the sleep situation, it can take anywhere from a couple of days to a month to see desired results. Please be patient with the progress. Remember, we have to undo months or even years of sleep habits. Humans are not robots so we cannot just turn a switch and make anyone sleep better immediately. Patience, consistency and follow through are imperative during this process.

Clients are provided with the support so they can attain the happy, healthy and blissful sleeping home they desire.