Having a baby should be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of your life, but it’s so often not the case with many parents feeling helpless when their baby doesn’t settle or sleep well.
If you have a healthy baby – they CAN learn how to sleep! Fact! Over the past 20 years of my career have literally lived-in with thousands of babies day and night and taught ALL of those babies how to sleep well right from the beginning of their life. I want to tell you that it doesn’t have to be a struggle and that there are small steps you can put into place at any age to help teach your baby how to learn to love sleep. Sleep is a learned skill, just like riding a bike or learning the ABC, it comes with practice. I genuinely want to help you and would love to pass on all my knowledge, so your baby feels happy, rested and you can enjoy motherhood just like you should.
Book a FREE initial consultation with My Newborn – Baby Sleep Consultant and let’s identify which baby sleep program is best for your family. Hang in there, mum! This, too, shall pass, and I’m here to help your whole family get the sleep you so desperately need
Babies are like a blank canvas when they are born and from day one, you can start to instil positive sleeping habits that will encourage your baby to grow into a great sleeper. Of course, this doesn’t just happen overnight, it takes time, practise and perseverance. The ‘JENtle’ Sleep Shaping Program offer parents a gentle alternative to the traditional “sleep training” and has helped thousands of families with newborns get into a gentle routine from the beginning. Book a Baby Sleep Consultant in Sydney to help you now.
The benefits of this program are:
My Newborn – Baby Sleep Consultant offers In-Home visits and Remote programs.
All sleep programs come with:
Not every family has the same idea around how they choose to parent and no two babies are the same, therefore each baby sleep program is personalised based on your baby’s history, health, personality, temperament, habits, stage of development, as well as the parenting philosophy you wish to maintain. Book a Baby Sleep Consultant to help you now.
There is ‘SLEEP SHAPING’ and ‘SLEEP TRAINING’. You can start sleep SHAPING your baby from the day you arrive home from the hospital. Sleep Shaping is gentle practices that will gently teach your baby to settle from the beginning. With Sleep TRAINING: Nearly all healthy babies are physiologically capable of sleeping through the night (i.e. 10-12 hours) without assistance by the age of 6 months. If best practices are implemented early on, some babies can sleep successfully a little earlier in months 3 or 4. *some smaller babies still need to be fed during the night. Book a Baby Sleep Consultant to help you now.
Each family’s situation is unique so the baby’s sleep learning process can vary. However, I can confidently say that there are quick wins early on when recommendations are implemented correctly. Most families achieve all of their goals (and more!) within one to two weeks of starting the program (some luckier families, in as little as 24 – 72 hours!!).
The two main factors to your baby’s sleeping success:
Whichever baby sleep training method you adopt, there are some key areas to be addressed beforehand that will give you a better chance of success.
Health: Before you consider sleep training, you want to first get a clearance from your pediatrician to rule out any health or medical factors that could be playing a role in your child’s sleep. Check your baby’s weight to see if they can start to reduce night feeds down or cut them out altogether. Remember, if it’s your preference to keep one or two overnight feeds, you can certainly do this AND teach your baby to sleep on either side of the feed.
Commitment: Teaching your baby how to sleep won’t happen instantly. If you have already been through a prolonged period of broken sleep, following a sleep plan that could make your nights deteriorate initially takes real resolve. Starting a new sleep plan only to abandon it a couple of days later will do neither you nor your baby any good. What’s more, it’s likely to be even harder the next time you try because your baby knows that within a couple of nights you’ll go back to how you were initially settling them. Make sure you and your partner are committed to your strategy before you begin so you can give it 100%.
Staying home & vaccinations: It is strongly advised that you don’t have plans to go on holidays, nights away, vaccinations scheduled or too many commitments for two – three weeks after commencing the program. After the training is over and your baby is falling asleep independently, you will have a bit more flexibility around nights away from home. **If you like to get out of the house a couple of times during the day, this can be incorporated into your sleep plan throughout the training period.
Support: If you or your baby have developed poor sleeping habits at night, the initial days of sleep training can be hard for both you and your baby. This may leave you both groggy the next day. To help this situation, you will need as much back up support as possible through this crucial time. Ask friends, relatives or neighbours to babysit for a couple of hours during the day, so that you can catch up on some lost sleep.
Safety: All successful sleep strategies involve leaving your baby to sleep alone, eventually. You cannot do this if you worry your baby is not safe in their sleeping environment. If your baby is sitting on their own, then their cot needs to be on the lower base level so they are not at risk of falling out. Make sure your baby’s bed is safe and that there are no toys in it, which they might choke on, no bumpers or mobiles. If your child is in a bed that they can climb out of, make sure the room is safe with an option of a secure safety gate on their door. For safe sleeping guidelines, visit: rednose.org.au/article/what-is-a-safe-sleeping-environment.
Crying: Parents can feel a lot of guilt about not comforting their babies while they are crying. While it is important for your baby to have a good night’s sleep, we often forget that parents’ sleep is just as vital. There are going to be big changes in the way your baby falls asleep and resettles during the night. It is expected that there will be lots of protests, tears and unsettledness during the training. The first couple of nights, in particular, are going to be difficult, but by night three to five, you will likely notice your baby falling asleep faster. By the end of week one (sometimes sooner) they may start going to sleep independently with little or no fussing. Once your baby learns how to fall asleep on their own, the better the overall sleep will become.
Age: Newborn – 3 months.
Best for: For younger babies that are struggling with feeding, sleeping, short naps, unsettled and are constantly waking. Also designed for families who would like to create routine, structure and predictability early on.
This is My Newborn’s unique and highly successful ‘JENtle’ Sleep Shaping Program, created personally by your Baby Baby Sleep Consultant, Jennifer! After more than two decades of living-in with families and their newborns, I have critiqued the art of teaching young babies how to sleep and settle well, literally from day one! Now, I am passing on these skills by teaching parents with even the youngest babies how to obtain structure (and sanity) in their lives. The aim of this program is to set your baby up on a sleeping and feeding schedule to ensure they are receiving enough rest and nutrition to feel happy and content (not to mention, you too mama!)
The best part about this unique routine is that it’s super gentle on your baby and will set you both up for many months to come.
My Newborn’s ‘JENtle’ program spans over three weeks and is implemented in three stages. The first stage is very hands-on and no/very limited crying. Stages two and three will allow you to try and get your baby into the cot without having to always hold, feed or rock them to sleep. Most families achieve results within the first week and there is no need to commit to the full three weeks if you don’t want to.
I created this program to offer parents a gentle alternative to the traditional “baby sleep training” and have wonderful results from even the youngest age. I have personally implemented this thousands of times in person and helped even more families successfully do exactly the same thing via my remote guidance.
What to expect:
★ Week 1
Creating Routine and Structure
We will be setting your baby up with a napping schedule that suits their biological need to sleep, laying the foundations of sleep and ensuring your baby is drinking adequate amounts at the right times (day and night) to promote better overall sleeping. This is all done with a no-cry approach and is very hands-on. We will be working very closely together every day via a logging system and by the end of week one, you will have achieved structure around feeding and sleeping for your little one. Some families have such success within the first week, that they don’t need to continue on to the following weeks.
★ Week 2
Start to remove negative sleep associations one by one
It can be so beautiful holding, rocking and feeding your baby to sleep, but what happens if this becomes the only way they sleep and settle?! If you are struggling with not being able to put your baby down to sleep, then week 2 of the program might be suitable for you. During this week, we look closely to determine how many sleep associations your baby has become reliant on and remove one at a time to slowly start teaching them independent sleep. My philosophy is; small changes over a period of time are a lot more gentle and easier on babies than a hard and fast approach.
★ Week 3
In week 3, we look to remove all sleep associations and teaching your baby how to self-settle. This involves leaving the room or just sitting by the cot until your baby learns to settle on their own. I have successfully taught many young babies how to self-settle in a gentle manner, and they can fall asleep easily. However, some babies due to a sensitive personality or a very strong negative sleep association, find this stage a little more challenging. It also depends on the parenting philosophy – some parents are happy to allow their baby to have a few minutes of crying, where others are not comfortable to do that. My aim is to work within each family’s goals and try to do the best I can, given their circumstances and the baby as an individual. Contact your Baby Sleep Consultant now!
Cost $650 per week (no need to commit to full 3 weeks).
Age: Newborn +
Would you like to have a professional Baby Sleep Consultant to help you with the first few days / weeks or even months from the day you get home from the hospital? Right from the start, I help parents gain vital knowledge about many aspects of caring for their new baby. For many parents, gaining knowledge really helps them to develop more confidence, which then allows them to have a more relaxed and enjoyable relationship with their baby.
During the Postnatal Care, I slowly implement my unique and ‘JENtle’ Sleep Shaping Program, which essentially teaches healthy babies how to sleep and settle well within days of my arrival.
Postnatal packages are designed to educate new parents on breast / bottle feeding, sleeping, settling techniques, weaning and also provide constant professional care while adjusting to the newest family member. Before my departure, you will know your baby’s routine inside and out, and you will feel confident in following the structure for many months to come.
Postnatal blocks are tailor made to suit the family’s needs. This can be a blocks of 24 hour care, days or nights only, or a combination of both for up to 6 months at a time.
What are the benefits of Postnatal Care?
Cost: $1500 per 24 hour block
From the moment I made contact with Jen [My NewBorn], I was incredibly impressed with her level of support, professionalism and knowledge! Before we had even committed to working with her, she was offering me guidance and advice. I could tell from the get-go she genuinely wanted to help us!
Jen is Wonder Woman! I am so grateful and happy we chose Jen as our sleep consultant in Sydney! Don’t even think about it and contact JEN right now if you have the same issues as me. My 8-month-old baby boy was never a good sleeper. Honestly, I didn’t sleep
We were initially hesitant about working with a Sydney baby sleep consultant, but after 10 very long and exhausting months with minimal and fragmented sleep, we finally made the decision. We couldn’t be happier right now. Our little girl was one of those babies who never seemed to sleep right
What an amazing turnaround it’s been for our family. It’s been 8 months in and we have read several books, subscribed to various baby sleep programs, and tried out various options to help us with our baby’s sleep problems. We spent $$$ month after month trying to help our bub
To sleep train or not to sleep train? This is the constant battle I had with myself for over a year. Now with 2 under 2, I finally chose to sleep train but I wouldn’t settle for any consultant or standard program. Jennifer was the perfect fit for our family.
I am a psychiatrist and my daughter is a paediatric neurologist with a 6-month old baby boy. We both come from a scientific and medical background, so know all too well how vital sleep is for a baby’s health, emotional wellbeing and development. As a first-time mum (and myself being
Jen was—IS—amazing! She is the best infant sleep consultant in Sydney. She arrived the day we came back from the hospital and stayed with us Monday to Friday for the next 7 weeks. What a gift! She was only going to stay for 5 weeks but we loved having her
This is the 2nd time we relied on Jen to work miracles as our infant sleep specialist, this time with our 2nd child. At 8 months old, our daughter had developed bad habits of co-sleeping, sleeping in the arms or on the go, and multiple night feeds. Whilst we remembered
I approached Jen when my son was 7.5 months old after approximately 7 weeks of very poor sleep for the whole family. It was her baby sleep Remote Program that helped us overcome our sleep struggles. Noah was a great sleeper as a newborn but completely changed at 6 months.
Thanks for contacting My Newborn. You are already one step closer to a better nights sleep. I will be in touch shortly to discuss your little one’s sleep (or lack of!).
Looking forward to understanding your situation in more detail and helping you achieve your sleeping goals.
Jennifer is a qualified IMI Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant, Doula and MNT Maternity Nurse. These qualifications enable her to assist pregnant women with their sleep issues, support women during labour and the birthing process, guide parents during the postpartum period and educate families about their baby’s sleeping habits. Jennifer provides safe and gentle sleep training methods based on knowledge obtained during her studies, successful qualifications and 16+ years experience.
Jennifer has obtained her paediatric First Aid Training through KidZAid and is registered to work with babies and children in Australia and Europe. Techniques and methods used are all derived directly from her qualifications and from her many years of experience.
Jennifer’s advice does not replace the advice from your Doctor or Paediatrician, and her advice should not be relied upon as medical advice. For medical advice, you should always seek the advice from your medical practitioner. Therefore, you should consult with your health-care professional should you have any healthcare related questions or before embarking on a new sleep program. If a medical problem appears or persists, do not disregard or delay seeking medical advice from doctor. Accordingly, Jennifer expressly disclaims any liability, loss, damage, or injury caused by information provided to the client.
Jennifer will educate, support you and guide you through the sleep challenges needed to make change in your baby’s sleeping habits. As a Baby Sleep Consultant, Jennifer is not responsible for your application of the sleep solutions once the consultation has concluded. Once the sleep consultation has concluded it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to apply the agreed methods and solutions. Jennifer has an extremely high success rate, however, the success of Jennifer solutions is in the hands of the parents’ commitment & perseverance once the sleep consultation has ended; therefore Jennifer cannot make any guarantees of success. However, Jennifer will use her best endeavours to support you until the desired result has been achieved.
In-Home Cancellation Policy
To confirm any In-Home Program, the client will be required to pay a 25% non-refundable deposit to secure the booking. The remaining amount of the In-Home Program will be required to be paid on the day after Jennifer leaves your home. Any cancellations barring medical or other emergencies will forfeit the deposit. If you cancel less than 48 hours before the scheduled visit, the full amount will be required, unless Jennifer can backfill your place with someone on the waiting list.
If your baby is a little under the weather and does not have a temperature, the program can generally proceed as planned. If your baby is sick with a temperature or has been diagnosed with a medical condition by a doctor, the program will be postponed until your baby is better. A doctors certificate may be requested.
Remote Program/Phone Consultation
To confirm the Remote Program or Phone Consultation Jennifer will be required to be paid in full before sleep plans are constructed and the phone consultation takes place.
Remote Program Cancellation policy
The Remote Program and Phone Consultations are non-refundable after the start of sleep work (i.e. when any sleep advice has been delivered to the client via email, text, phone).
Acts of God or suspected medical conditions
If an act of God, such as a fire, flood, earthquake or other natural calamity shall cause you to cancel the sleep services, Jennifer will require payment only for the time actually spent sleep consulting.
If during the In Home program, Jennifer feels the consultation should cease due to an underlying or undisclosed medical condition, Jennifer will require payment only for the time actually spent in your home. In this case, to keep the situation fair on both parties, the hourly rate is reduced down from the normal sleep consulting fees (as per the program booked) and charged at $50ph.
Jennifer requests that every client has an appointment with their doctor to ensure their baby is developmentally on track and fit for sleep training. Written medical approval may be requested for certain circumstances.
Within 25km from Bondi Beach. An additional fee of $25ph travelled will be charged if travel is over 25kms.
As the client, you knowingly and voluntarily agree to waive and release Jennifer from any and all claims of liability or demands for compensation that you may acquire during the time working with Jennifer.
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