No Fear in Correcting Your Child's Sleep! Learn how to do it Right!

Published on September 19, 2013

baby sleep helpDon't let the fear of crying or bad stories put you off of sleep training one day longer. In my years of working with families often the "horror" stories of sleep come from the fact that there is a lot of inappropriate application of various sleep methods combined with cultural beliefs that are not based in the brain or biological reality of sleep for children resulting ineffective sleep training.

Sleep is a brain function and something that must be learned. Because it's learned, it can be unlearned during an illness, long haul flight or holiday. Also as your child gets older their sleep needs change. In fact from birth through 18 months their sleep needs reduce every 4 to 6 weeks. Other issues that compound sleep problems are cultural beliefs about sleep amounts or bedtimes that are not based in the biological realities of sleep. 

People put off correcting their child's sleep because of fear of crying or because they don't know what to do. Sleep training often gets a bad reputation because people, while well intentioned, do not understand how sleep works and do not implement sleep training correctly. This often results in a lot of crying and no improvement in sleep. There have been over 30 does since 2007 showing how poor quality sleep has such a negative and harmful impact on a child's temperament, behavior and ability to learn. Not doing anything is often worse than learning how to correctly adjust sleep.

There is a real cost to both the parents and child when everyone in the family isn't sleeping well. Lack of sleep is an official form of torture and activates a person stress system. Lack of a mother's sleep is tied to postal depression & anxiety. Lack of sleep in both children and adults reduces memory, reduces frustration tolerance and generally makes people cranky. For adults who's child isn't sleeping well this can result in a loss of productivity at work and reduced ability to manage frustration. Children who are not sleeping well will appear to be more cranky, hyper and aggressive. Our program will demystify sleep training and give you the confidence you need to address your sleep problems.

Ms. Fontana, MS, NCC, CTRT and lead therapist at All in the Family Counselling will use an evidence based approach to teach parents about sleep. 

This 2-hour Workshop on how to properly sleep train your child based on clinical research on how sleep and brain development impacts a child and their sleep.

Target Audience:

  • Parents who are expecting a child
  • Parents with children between the ages of 0 and 3 years
  • Children not sleep is a parenting issues, the training is given to parents to teach them how to change their behavior, so children are not needed or allowed to attend this workshop
  • Babies in arms are welcome, but this is an adult workshop so there are no facilities for children

Outcome of Workshop:

  • Teach you about child development as it relates to sleep
  • Understand how brain development affects sleep in a child
  • Clarify if attachment is impacted by sleep
  • Educate you on how sleep works so that when you correct the sleep problems you’ll understand the “how’s” and “why’s” of what you are doing
  • Give you trouble shooting skills so that you can problem solve in the event of illness, jet-lag and as a child matures.
  • Discuss in detail the 3 evidence based approaches to sleep training
  • Q&A to discuss any questions you have on your sleep training choice.

Topics Covered

  • Sleep Training Options
  • Reasons why sleep training fails
  • Transition from cot to big bed
  • How Sleep Works
  • Sleep maintence

Location of Talk:

55 Market Street, Level 10. Next the Bank of Singapore Building in the heart of the CDB. The workshop location is a 3 minute walk from the Raffles Place MRT.


  • October 10, 2013

Start and end Time:

  • Start time is 11:30am
  • End time: 1:30pm


  • $100/individual


Individual Sleep Training Attendee: $100




  • In order to provide adequate time to answer question only a maximum of 15 parents can attend, so please book in advance. We need 4 attendees to run the workshop. Seat is only confirmed upon receipt of payment- There are still spaces available!
  • For questions contact: Tammy Fontana at 9030 7239 or

If you'd like to be notified of the next one, please send email In subject line: Future sleep training workshop

Tammy M. Fontana, MS, NCC, (USA) is the owner of, a sleep consulting company and the lead therapist at All in the Family Counselling ( For over five years, Tammy has been helping parents around the world establish good sleep habits and provide solutions for those parents who are struggling with their children’s sleep. Tammy has been featured in Mother & Child magazine and Channel 5 News Asia. She provides evidence based training and action plans for parents that need sleep help and other mental health counselling services.

Client Testimonial

Dear Tammy
It has been almost 3 months since my son was sleep trained. I want to say a big big thank you for the help and guidance ;) Most importantly, I got back my sleep and precious moments with husband.
My son has been coping well during bed time and most importantly, when it is bed time, I will ask him "Are you tired? Do you want to go to bed?"
Amazingly, he will respond by running to his room! No more bed time struggle for me ;)
We have noticed that he sleeps longer during nap time after he is sleep trained. He used to take only half an hour nap but now he will take 2 hours nap. This also indirectly improve his behaviour. He used to be very cranky (I think due to interrupted night sleep and short nap time) ;)

Category(s):Caregiver Issues / Stress, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Family Problems, Post Partum Depression, Pregnancy & Birthing, Sleep Disorders

Written by:

Tammy M. Fontana, MS NCC CTRT Sex Therapist USA

Ms. Fontana is a relationship counsellor specializing in helping people with their relationships whether it is dating, marriage, parenting or with their extended family. Her clients call her approach practical and found solutions to their problems. Ms. Fontana has obtained her Master Degree in Mental Health counselling from the United States and is a USA Nationally Certified Counsellor. She is also a Certified Choice Theory Reality Therapist and is USA trained Sex Therapist.

Tammy M. Fontana, MS NCC CTRT Sex Therapist USA belongs to All in the Family Counselling Centre, PTE LTD in Singapore

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