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 a very hands-on grandmother), we were faced with a vicious cycle of hourly wake ups overnight, short naps during the day and a very unsettled baby for most of the time.
Together, my daughter and I researched the spectrum of sleep training methods in great detail, in a desperate attempt to stop the endless process of feeding and rocking to sleep. What was clear was that there was no good evidence that sleep training in itself was harmful to the psychological health of a baby, either in the short or long term. What was abundantly clear was that months of broken sleep and lack of a good sleep structure would be significantly detrimental to a baby’s health, well-being, and would likely cause problems with sleep well into late childhood.
We spent a lot of time researching baby sleep consultants as we wanted to find someone who had an abundance of hands-on experience, a holistic way of working with families, and an approach that was specific to the individual child and family.
We approached Jen because of her unique combination of years of living with many families, the technical know-how to make sleep training work, and her extreme attention to detail.
We booked the three-night program which included her working in the home for the first three tough nights teaching self-settling, and three weeks of daily support to address issues in real-time. We were so impressed with the way Jen conducted her business. Not only was she professional and caring, she clearly knew what she was doing. She always kept our baby’s needs, his temperament and our parenting philosophy at the centre of her sleep plan. Her focus was not just on getting him to sleep, but also how to provide a healthy structure that promoted all the components of sleep. This personalised and holistic approach to baby sleep training led to our little boy sleeping through the night by day 3.
We now have a much happier little boy sleeping through the night without tears or tantrums. As a Paediatrician, my daughter is amazed at the developmental leaps he has made since working with Jen, all because he has a rested mind and body. If you are considering teaching your baby how to sleep, do it for their growing brain and body, it will be the best thing you can give to your child. Jen, we cannot thank you enough.