A Day in the Life of a Baby Sleep Consultant
I’m often asked what a day in the life of a baby sleep consultant is like. Do I really have freedom to include downtime? How long do Zoom calls take? And of course, do I ever sit on my couch in my jeans for client sessions?
The answers to the above are, in order: yes, a pre-chosen time, and of course! But I wanted to make sure my graduates were having the same experience I had. So I sent out a randomly-selected questionnaire.
I chose one set of answers that seemed to represent the general population of IPSP graduates. They did vary; one great thing about being a baby sleep consultant is that you can live the life you want while working.
You Can Make Your Career Your Own
Keep in mind that you’ll be able to make a life of your own. That’s one of the best things about this amazing career!
Meanwhile, here* is a day in the life of one of our many successful graduates. I chose it not only because it was representative of IPSP graduates, but because I loved the writing style.
*Reprinted with the permission of the student and unedited except for grammatical errors/clarity.
One Day in the Life of a Baby Sleep Consultant:
IPSP Graduate Lu’s Day
Got Haley up. It’s an even day so she starts earlier and I pick her up early. Had breakfast, got dressed, packed backpack, all the good stuff.
Dropped Haley off at school. Texted client in the car (not driving! Don’t worry, Violet!) to confirm that we’re on for 10:00. Did not hear back from my 2nd client yet, will follow up.
Put in a 2X load of laundry (hope this log is as exciting for you as it is for me). Took a loooong bath because I’m still not over my shoulder issue yet. It definitely helped.
Double-checked to make sure I have my clients’ (2 today) sleep logs. My second client (mentioned above) hasn’t completed hers. Made a note to mention that and get her up to speed.
John texted me: he can’t get Haley from school because he has a client meeting (face-to-face). He always has my back so I have his and I told him it will be no problem. I may need to switch my client’s session to a 30-minute session instead of 60. I wouldn’t do that with everyone, but this is a long-term client. Can make up the time during the week.
Zoom with client #1. Successful. Noah is doing great! He was a late bloomer (going on 6 mths.) but he’s making up for lost time. They just had their first sleep-through-the-night.
School. I’m trying to expand my business so I’m going for a baby sign language certification.
Client #2. Whew. I don’t usually schedule two clients close together on a school day. This is what worked out for my clients and I didn’t know John wouldn’t be able to pick up Haley. But it’s all good. I have to say I do like the flexibility. That was one of the reasons I chose baby sleep consulting.
Yay — Becca was able to start our session a little early. That really frees everything up as I won’t have to schedule a 30-minute later on. Pretty good session. This is her 3rd and he’s adorable, but he really doesn’t like being put down. I mean…really doesn’t like it! But things are moving right along.
Cutting it close b/c I wanted to do a few things around the house. Picked up Haley and we had lunch at Domenico’s. I can’t believe how she can eat, especially after a school day. She’s super healthy, she burns everything up as soon as it goes into her mouth. Want to switch, Haley?
I have the rest of the day off. Wasted a ton of time on TikTok because why not. Then had a long talk w/Haley about a friend at school who swears. (I knew that eventually had to happen.) It was such a relaxing afternoon. We just lounged around and were girl pals. Fun fun!
FaceTime coffee with Jill. I do NOT want to pick our bridesmaid dresses, somebody send help, LOL. But…we’re on for Sat.
Caught up on some invoicing while watching No Hard Feelings. (Sidetrack commentary here: so underrated!). Checked FB, IG, TikTok. Answered a few questions, which is good. This is why I want to expand to related areas. There is such a huge call for consulting from parents in need right now.
Laundry. No comment. (Well…at least everything smells good right now.)
Dinner. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, heated up our leftovers from lunch.
Bath, book and bed routine and this bod got into pjs and in front of Netflix. Great day all around!
Dreaming of the Life of a Baby Sleep Consultant?
While rewarding and profitable, this career isn’t picture-perfect. (No career is!) Not every day in the life of a baby sleep consultant is smooth sailing. You’ll have your bumps in the road. But as an IPSP graduate, you also have the school and its credentialed, amazing educators to guide your first steps. Not to mention 6 months of one-on-one mentorship so you’re not fumbling through difficult clients (or launching your business).
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