Cry-It-Out Does Not Work.
This Does.

Batelle’s program is gentle, reliable, and guaranteed to work. Learn how.

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GENTLE METHOD

Never Cry-It-Out

‘Cry-It-Out’ (or more commonly, the ‘extinction method’) is fundamentally against the basis of the Batelle process. We always ask parents to respond to their child's cries. We cannot promise that your child will never cry during the program... - it's how they communicate with you as their parent. However, we will show you how to understand what they are calling for, and how to respond. Our method integrates play as a way of building positive associations with sleep and bedtime. Batelle is room-sharing, co-sleeping, contact-napping, and breastfeeding friendly.

BEDTIMES ON YOUR SCHEDULE​

5-Minute Bedtime​

Here, bedtime is defined as starting when your child is awake in bed until you say 'goodnight' and leave the room. By the end of our process, this will take 5 minutes with your child falling asleep independently. Batelle bedtimes are simple, rooted in play, and... ultimately flexible to suit your family's preferences - if you want a longer bedtime, go for it. Similarly, because our process is not Cry-It-Out, you are free to give them more support and love when they need it (illness, developmental milestones, environment change) without worrying about "breaking the process".

REGAIN SLEEP

Sleep Through The Night

Depending on the age of your child, 'through the night' means between 10-13 hours. Good sleep is not just about duration, however - it is also about quality. One of the fundamentals of Batelle is ensuring your child feels safe and comfortable... in their bed and in sleep itself. A key change we have identified in children after completing Batelle's program is the increased length and regularity of their deep sleep cycles - crucial to a child's growth and development.

ONGOING SUPPORT

5-Year Commitment

Parenting is not a 2-week job. We will support you and your little one after you complete the Batelle program. It is our commitment to your family that we will solve your child's sleep struggles until they turn 6-years-old. Anything from answering... simple scheduling or regression questions to working with you to solve broader bedtime issues - it's all included.

Reviews from Batelle Families

12 Sep 2022

More than a year later, we continue to highly recommend Batelle!

We signed our son up for Batelle Sleep School at 18 months - he’s now almost 3 years old, and enrolling in Batelle was and continues to be one of the best decisions we’ve made. At 18 months old, our kid refused to sleep. He needed to be held for literal hours to nod off, would wake up an hour later and repeat. We were all exhausted and miserable. Enter Batelle. While a commitment, within 2 weeks our son put himself to sleep and slept through the night. We were so impressed with the holistic, child-friendly nature of the program and blown away by the support of the Batelle team. More than a year later, our son continues to be an excellent sleeper who chooses sleep, and my husband and I have the skills to handle anything that comes our way - regressions, travel and all other types of sleep disruptions - giving us flexibility we didn’t imagine possible. The Batelle team continues to provide support whenever needed - they’re sincerely invested in the well-being of their enrollees even after “graduating”. In short, if you’re even remotely considering Batelle, go for it. You won’t regret it!
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By Hannah
16 Sep 2022

Yes, the grass is greener.

I’ll start with the fact that I’m frugal in almost every way. I pushed through 2 years of poor sleep with my first son and something broke in me when it started happening again with my second. I was desperate enough to take the carrot of a refund if my kid wasn’t sleeping through the night in 2 weeks with a 5 min bedtime (no it’s not cry it out). I mean yeah.. that’s impossible right? And if it isn’t then ok take my money! Well they exceeded my highest expectations. The team was so helpful and kind. If you have a kid that isn’t sleeping it affects everything; Your marriage your health, your other kids (temper much?), your house (is a mess), your job (you can’t think anymore) and you look like crap. You are putting your kid down for the 4th time in the same night and just feel completely alone. Not only did this program teach me how to fix it, they helped me understand how to give my kid tools for life success in the process. Also I wasn’t alone anymore. I wasn’t resentful that my husband got to go to work and got more sleep, and I stopped feeling trapped. They give you simple steps to follow and if you are to tired too make sense of it (I was) they digitally hold your hand and walk you through each step. Don’t get me wrong it’s hard work for you and your kid. But holy cow with lasers the difference in my son was apparent inside a week. Even at 7 months he was able to feel safe enough to let himself sleep. He trusts me and I can see it. I would have loved to have had this be part of my childhood. I am so grateful for what is has done for our family. If you are on the fence… yes the grass is much greener.
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By Ari Brooks Hansen
15 Sep 2022

Life changing!

It has been about 6 weeks since we enrolled in Batelle Sleep School and I am blown away by how quickly my two year old son, Ryder responded to the program. We were in a real sleep rut that went on for many months and included many sleepless nights. Ryder would cry himself to sleep most nights and wake up multiple times throughout the night and get out of his bed. I decided I couldn’t go on like this much longer and found Batelle during a sleep deprived google search. I was impressed with how quickly the sleep consultant connected with me and spent time listening to my story. We quickly enrolled and within a few days of starting the program, Ryder was sleeping through the night! Batelle provides you with the tools (the special hug sleep sack, hatch light and ring camera). The process is really gradual and gentle but kicks in quickly. They truly are available 24 hours a day for any questions, big or small, to get you through the tough moments. One of the most important takeaways from the program is to make your child feel safe during the sleep process. Each night before bed, we still talk about safety and tell Ryder he is safe and loved before leaving the room. I cannot recommend this program enough. It truly is life changing to get that time back in your life! I feel like a new person after catching up on months of lost sleep and am so grateful for Batelle for making this happen!!
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By Ashley Miller Perlwitz
Sleep stories

Meet Some of Our
Batelle Kiddos

We see a lot of different types of children through Sleep School and every one is unique in their own way. But, there are a lot of common traits we come across. Do any of these ring a bell?

AVERI ~ AGED 2.5 YEARS

The Negotiator

"Just one more" story, drink, or minute before bed, these tots are hard-core negotiators. Future business owners and lawyers, perhaps?

Read the full Sleep Story here
HAYES ~ AGED 1.5 YEARS

The Room-Mate

Co-sleeping, contact napping, and room-sharing, these little ones don't even pay rent!

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IAN ~ AGED 5 MONTHS

The Architect

Where everything has to be juuuuuuuust right! There's always another thing that needs to be fixed...

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ETHAN ~ AGED 2 YEARS

The Escape Artist

Somehow these little ones seem to always find a way to escape their bed - Mission Impossible style.

Read the full Sleep Story here
THE BATELLE PROCESS

How Does it Work?

Batelle works with families with a range of sleep-related issues; whether it’s fighting bedtime, waking up in the night, feeding, weaning, scheduling, or co-sleeping. We will work on your specific needs, ultimately resulting in your child feeling comfortable and safe in sleep.

1

Diagnosis

Determining the individual needs and behaviors of the child, and the corresponding approach to take.

2

Foundations

Removing externalities, establishing a common understanding of being comfortable with bedtime and with sleep

3

Repairing Sleep Associations

Establishing healthy and sustainable sleep associations, building on the foundational progress of the previous step.

4

Self-Regulation

Developing a sense of independence and self-regulation at bedtime and through the night, where the child knows they are comfortable and safe.

5

Practice & predictability

Cementing the progress of Steps 1-4, ensuring the whole family is comfortable with the new process and tweaking any final issues. Practice makes perfect.

The Data Speaks For Itself

Pre-Batelle vs Post-Batelle

Here is an example of the quality of sleep your child will be getting after graduating Sleep School. This data, collected from an Owlet case studywas measured both before and after a toddler’s participation in Sleep School. This could be your child in just two weeks.

Before Sleep School

Here's a snapshot of a child two weeks before they started Sleep School. In addition to the multiple night wake-ups, you'll notice that the child experiences very little deep sleep, with irregular and short sleep cycles interrupted by wakings.

After Sleep School

This snapshot was taken three months after graduating Sleep School. Here, night wake-ups are non-existent and the child is sleeping through the night, with much more consistent and regular sleep cycles. It's also worth noting the lower heart rate, suggesting a much calmer and comfortable night for the child.

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Success stories

Meet The Families

We’ve seen it all: multiple wake-ups in the middle of the night, cranky mornings and hour-long bedtimes, and all of the above. We’ve solved some of the toughest cases – but don’t just take it from us.

Meet the parents who have been there. Hear their stories in their own words, and learn how Batelle impacts a family’s life.

SLEEP HELP REIMAGINED

24-Hour Guardian Angels

This is a new kind of pedagogical support. Our app is open through day and night for you to access everything you need to reach your sleep goals – Sleep School information, key learnings, and a direct line to our Sleep Guides will have the kids sleeping (and graduating!) in no time.

You are no longer alone in this

We are you and your child’s champion for two weeks. We are with you at every step of the way. We will help you navigate bedtimes, wake-ups and mornings, cheerleading and supporting you throughout. You are no longer alone in this – support is at your fingertips! Children don’t come with an instruction manual or live support – until now.

Your Dream Team

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Kim Hewlett

LACTATION CONSULTANT

Specialized in lactation, weaning, and infancy, Kim focuses on Batelle’s younger families.

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Elizabeth Green

EARLY PARENTING EDUCATOR

Elizabeth brings 35 years of early childhood development work to the Sleep Guide team.

professionally trained sleep guide | Batelle

Deanna Buley

SLEEP GUIDE MANAGER

Deanna specializes in scheduling for families to suit their specific needs and preferences.

professionally trained sleep guide | Batelle

Sam Rosenberg

SLEEP GUIDE

Sam is trained and certified in working with children on the autism spectrum.

professionally trained sleep guide | Batelle

Lucie Holtermann

DOULA

Lucie’s experience as a doula and psycotherapy expert is invaluable to the Sleep Guide team.

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Ayla Roberts

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

With a background in family therapy, Ayla has guided over 1,500 families to graduation.

Batelle & Pediatricians

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, whilst practically all pediatricians believe the ability to provide reliable advice to their patients on sleep problems is integral to their job, very few (only 18%) had ever received any formal training whatsoever. We aim to solve this. Get in touch here.

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THE PEDIATRIC KNOWLEDGE GAP

Developing Batelle’s relationships with pediatricians allows us to reduce this knowledge gap by providing pediatricians with information regarding sleep problems and solutions, as well as to inform and grow Batelle’s own knowledge base.

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PROACTIVE INTERVENTION

Sleep has established causal links with a significant number of downstream issues in both adults and children. Solving sleep early can aid in the prevention and mitigation of future mental and physical health issues for the whole family.

Facts and Figures

Don’t just take our word for it.
"The leading causes of all health issues in developed nations all have recognised causal links to a lack of sleep"
Walker, M.P.
'Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams'

Simon and Schuster, 2017
"Child sleep is 'critical' for both physical and cognitive growth"
Stremler et al. 2006.
"A behavioral-educational intervention to promote maternal and infant sleep."
"Sleep has profound effects upon all aspects of developmental physiology in the human infant"
Heraghty et al, 2008
"The physiology of sleep in infants"
"30% of couples who separate after childbirth cite sleep deprivation as a major factor."
Tracy McVeigh
The Guardian
"57% of employees who leave an organization do so to take care of a newborn or adopted child."
Joseph B. Fuller, Manjari Raman
'Room to Grow'
Harvard Business School, 2019
"Babies with persistent sleep problems are 3x more likely to show signs of mental health issues by age 4."
Archives of Disease in Childhood

FAQs

“Cry-It-Out” is the act of leaving a child crying alone in a room without responding to them in some capacity. Under this definition, even Ferber methods and phase-in methods include varying elements of “Cry-It-Out”.

Conversely, our method provides you with techniques and strategies that ensure you’re always able to respond to your child in some meaningful capacity, thereby reinforcing to your child that you’re always there for them if and when they need.

We guarantee that we will achieve two milestones within a two-week period: 1) your child will be sleeping through the night; and 2) you’ll be able to settle your child to bed in five minutes or less, if you so choose. If we haven’t been able to achieve these milestones, we’ll give you the option to receive a full refund or extend the coaching and support until your child is reaching these goals. The choice is yours.

 

Your commitment:

We take our responsibility to you seriously. This is why we have the guarantees we do, as well as our long-term commitment to you and your child. However, for us to be able to do right by you, we need your full support and commitment.

As a simple condition to the refund, we ask you to commit to attend or watch each of our calls over the course of the two weeks.

Sometimes life gets in the way of Sleep School: you get sick, your child gets sick or you miss a call. We understand and we are here to support you. We will send you recordings of the call if you are unable to attend. We will also provide you with the ability to pause and rejoin Sleep School at your convenience.

As a company, we commit to investing whatever it takes to help your family in this process. In order to best achieve success parents should reach out to us early for guidance on how to support their child’s journey through Sleep School.

We know that this process works, but it requires parents’ effort and participation in order to succeed.

To qualify for a refund, all we ask is that you implement the method in good faith along with watching the 8 step instructional videos over the course of sleep school.

We understand that life gets in the way, so we will happily reschedule or try to accommodate you in any way we can until you reach the milestones.

Firstly, Sleep School works equally well for nap and night time. They are both based on the same relationship a child has with sleep, even if difficulties are manifesting at one time rather than another. Once a child has mended their relationship with sleep, both nap and night-time will be easier, more predictable and less disrupted by inevitable changes in life/schedule or sleep regressions.

With regards to weaning and potty-training, these are both things that we can provide help with in conjunction with Sleep School – we take a holistic approach to solving your child’s sleep struggles and are more than happy to help with anything that could be affecting their sleep.

Batelle teaches parents to overcome problems with sleep in a gentle, supportive, and enriching manner. There are many misconceptions about sleep, starting with how sleep problems are considered by many as unsolvable. Children need to sleep, and yet they often wake up multiple times during the night or resist going to sleep in the first place. This is not an inevitable factor of childhood; rather, it stems from a fundamental misalignment of when a child feels safe in relation to sleep.

Our primary goal is to repair and reframe your child’s relationship with sleep, teaching them to feel safe and foster a sense of trust in the sleep process. When a child feels safe and has clear expectations around sleep, they will stop fighting sleep and will naturally begin to sleep through the night.

Batelle’s method is both co-sleeping and contact-napping friendly.

A lot of methods state that you cannot co-sleep or contact nap; however, this is only because results will always be fragile if you do not focus on helping a child to feel safe. If you teach a child a habit, such as in the cry-it-out method, the child will learn that they need to figure things out for themselves and won’t be comforted when they cry. If that child were to go back to co-sleeping, they would feel a sense of safety again. If you then tried to put them back in their own bed, you would need to “re-teach” the expectation that they will not receive comfort in relation to sleep.

Conversely, the Batelle method teaches children to fundamentally trust that sleep is a safe place, and provides parents with the tools to have flexibility around co-sleeping and contact-napping, as both spaces will be safe spaces for them (should you wish to retain any of these elements). 

If you need help with anything sleep related after you have graduated from Sleep School, such as sleep regressions or disruptions, you can reach out to the team free of charge until your child is six years old. We see this as a sleep “insurance” of sorts offered as part of the service.

Because our goal is to repair your child’s sleep for the long-term, our method is a resilient and sustainable solution that is able to weather inevitable life changes. When sleep is approached with the consideration of a child’s underlying need to feel safe, the understanding and trust they build up is something they hold onto for the rest of their lives.

It does! However, we do advise you to either have two caregivers carrying out Sleep School, or to put one child through the program after the other.

We are a currently in the (long!) process of being awarded FDA approval. This will help our Batelle families to claim the cost of Sleep School on their insurance / FSA / HSA.

Yes. At Batelle, we like to work directly with pediatricians to help provide patients and their families with the best and most personalised service possible – do have your pediatrician get in touch! Pediatricians also provide the means to help Sleep School be elegible for your insurance/FSA/HSA coverage. Visit our pediatrician page to learn more

In just 2 weeks,
sleep will be solved.