What is Baby-Led Sleep?

Supporting Littles supports families using the Baby-Led Sleep Approach™.

The Baby-Led Sleep™ approach places an emphasis on a mother’s instincts and a baby’s cues. Research on brain development validates that a mother’s instincts about her baby are best, and this vital fact is the foundation of our approach. Our mission is to help parents find sleep solutions through responsive parenting practices while building connected relationships. We are passionate about helping families improve sleep without resorting to sleep training, we have developed a program that:

  • Respects and nurtures the attachment system;
  • Supports the natural progression of development;
  • Gives parents an understanding of what “normal” baby sleep looks like;
  • Appreciates your baby’s still-developing brain and dominant survival instinct;
  • Encourages parents to believe and to follow their own instincts; and
  • Empowers a mother to make changes to improve the quality of her baby’s sleep.

The Baby-Led Sleep™ approach will help you connect with your baby on a deeper level and guide you through how to reinforce important feelings of safety and security so that when developmentally ready, your baby will be prepared and will know how to fall asleep.


  • Understand realistic, age-appropriate expectations about sleep;
  • Learn about yourself as a parent and your impact on your baby’s sleep;
  • Be a responsive parent by listening to your child’s cues and dealing with your child respectfully while supporting any distress, in an effort to build and nurture trust;
  • Create a safe sleep space;
  • Appreciate the emotional work required to support sleep, understand what causes sleep interruptions, and how sleep actually works; and
  • Use the tools that encourage better sleep for your baby, as well as help you gain control over the conditions that affect good sleep, such as your own behavior, nutrition, environmental factors, routines, time, and “village” of support.