The thing nobody tells you is that they way your baby sleeps (and by default, the way your family sleeps) is pretty individualized and personal. After reading books and articles on sleep and trying everything, I realized I needed someone who I could walk through how an actual night in our house works, and get some advice. Doing a sleep consult got us a real life plan that took into account our schedules, our goals for breastfeeding, and our parenting philosophies. Most importantly, the advice was based in research, not anecdotes or fads, so as my son grew and went through different phases, I knew what to do: stick to the plan.