Please note that “Learning to sleep like walking” is not a personalized assistance service. As a result, we are unfortunately unable to respond to individual requests for assistance.
But you’re not alone.
Because it takes a “village” to raise children and support parents, don’t hesitate any longer. Arms and hearts are open and waiting for you, dear parents. There are listening services offering support and respite throughout Quebec.
How about having your baby looked after by professionals for a nap (or two) so you can see things more clearly and get back to being yourself?
If you are in Quebec, there are resources available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you find respite.
at your fingertips.
These services are free and confidential to you or anyone else.
- Info-Santé 811: Dial 811 option 1 for health advice.
A nurse assesses the patient’s state of health and gives recommendations for care at home or for finding the service that best meets the need.
If the call concerns a child aged 0 to 17, the priority line offers a faster response, which may result in an appointment with a health professional. For all emergencies, dial 911.
- Info-Social 811: dial 811 option 2 for support in your area. A psychosocial intervention professional offers advice on a psychosocial or mental health problem.
Dial 1 800 361-5085 to reach professionals specialized in working with parents and their children, for a personalized, on-the-spot listening service. Day and night. You can also contact them by chat or e-mail.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to community family organizations where you can find support, a listening ear and also respite care thanks to the drop-in daycare centres, among others.
What is a Family Community Organization?
Imagine a place that is not a home, but where you can feel “at home”. A friendly place where you could have a coffee with other mothers and fathers to share what you are going through, where you could learn, have fun and laugh. A space that would be like you and where you would be able to benefit from support to better exercise your role as a parent. A place where you would be welcomed without judgment with your strengths, your questions and your aspirations. This place exists and is called a Family Community Organization (FCO) or sometimes a Family House or a Family Center.
The FCOs of Quebec believe that each parent is the first and foremost educator of his or her child. That every mother and father has the capacity to equip themselves to improve their family experience. And that every parent can also share their knowledge with other parents.
You can open up a dialogue about your child’s sleep, and your need for sleep, with the healthcare professionals around you.
If your child has a history of sleep problems and has or is awaiting a medical diagnosis (psychiatric, neurological or other), vous pouvez contacter la Clinique d’évaluation diagnostique des troubles du sommeil du CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.
For information on sleep, you can visit the following sites:
- Naitre et grandir
- The Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development – sleep file
- Ligne Parents – Étapes et défis/ Sommeil
- for twins and triplets (but not only) Mamans Pieuvres offers advice tailored to their needs
- Sleep on it – Canada’s public health sleep campaign
- Fondation Sommeil
- Le réseau Morphée
- for teachers, learning about sleep at school with Mémé Tonpyj