I just wanted to say you have been absolutely wonderful in helping to sort out my then 5 month olds sleep. He had been a cat napper in the day since a couple of months old and despite seeking out help from numerous other avenues early on, no one seemed to be able to give me any advice. Around 4 months it got worse with night wakenings of up to 10 times which I was not coping with! And having a toddler as well meant I needed to be getting some sleep!
I was super impressed right from the start. I emailed you on a Saturday night and you were on the phone to me Monday morning. You gave me a plan for the week or 2 until you were able to do the home visit. Having you come to the house to see what my family, environment etc was like was great. You really took the time to understand us and subsequently tailored strategies to suit our family. The follow up phone support was invaluable.
My little one is now 11 months. He's been sleeping through 6pm to 6/7am since about 7 months old when he dropped his overnight feed. He's sleeping anywhere from 45 mins to 2.5 hours in the day. He's done everything you said he'd do and I've used your strategies successfully to manage the inevitable changes/developmental milestones etc.
Thank you also for giving me some very much needed advice on toddler sleep (because when 1 sleeps well, Murphys law is that the other won't!). He is now going to bed and staying in bed "until the sun is up" pretty much every night. To our amazement he's also given up the dummy without too much distress with your suggestion.
I can't recommend you highly enough Caroline, so thank you! :)
Alicia, Perth WA
We are incredibly grateful for the guidance we received on night and day sleep for our toddler. With Caroline's guidance, we now have a sleep routine that works for our daughter, and for us. A good sleep pattern definately makes for a happy household!" and add at bottom
Tracy and Malcolm Perth WA
> Little baby Hunter is well.
> I truly believe the method you set out for me works! Whenever I have
> deviated slightly from the plan it is not as effective.
> Hunter is in his own room and while we are renovating our room I have
> set up my bed just outside his room.
> I started properly on Thursday and again Hunter is now sleeping in his
> cot, transferring easily, and self settling in just a few short days. WOW again.
> This from a little boy who, due to the environment changes the last
> few months, had reverted back to waking every two hours to feed,
> sleeping in my bed and the only way to get him to sleep was talking
> him for a walk in his pram!
> We have experienced everything from having to pick him up after an
> hour and start all over again, to placing him in his cot and not even
> having to go in there while he settled in 20 minutes all by himself
> protesting but not crying.
> Last night he went to sleep at 7:30 stirred a little at 10:30 and
> didn't wake for a feed until 12:30am. Hunter hasn't slept for 5 hours
> since before Christmas.
> Awake again at 2:30. Tried to settle and should have persevered but I
> fed him again. He stirred at 4:15 and woke at 4:45. I settled him in 5
> minutes without too much fuss. The minute I got back into bed he was
> crying. He was wriggling around so I changed him, gave him a cuddle
> and he went back in his cot.
> He is asleep at the moment and has been for an hour and a half.
> I know it is still going to take some time to have his routine working
> again but I am pleased and confident we will get there soon.
> He is such a sweet happy baby. Thanks to your original help I have had
> the confidence to go through this process again.
> Thank you again.
> Heather :-)
I thought I would send you an email to update you on Emily, and to say THANK YOU!!!
I cannot believe how well Emily has responded to her routine!!! Allowing her to self settle by sucking her hands has made all the difference (we stopped the dummy straight away)! Also, shifting her out of our room allows her to sleep through most nights, instead of me hearing her stir and assume she needed feeding. She will occasionally wake for a night feed and I can hear her well enough from our room.
We follow the routine you wrote and I can now easily read Em's sleeping cues and she's usually back in bed within 90 minutes of waking. She goes straight down and every other day may fuss a little between sleep cycles but that is improving each day, she slept a solid 2 hours from 8am this morning! She's averaging 16hrs plus sleep each day and she's so happy and content it's just wonderful.
I am feeling much better and really enjoying Emily, she's really starting to 'talk' and is starting to use her hands to touch and reach for objects.
Thank you so much for your assistance, you really are amazing and I'm telling anyone who will listen how much you helped us and recommending you to everyone I can!
I just wanted to email you a quick update and thank you soooooo much for all your help.
Kaylee is still self settling every sleep and sleeping through the night.
Jeff and I are still amazed and how much better life is now knowing that kaylee is sleeping properly and not having to spend up to an hour settling her for every sleep.
I've joined the gym and I'm getting out by myself a lot more now, I feel like I can focus on me and my health now that I have more time and less stress. Everyone can notice how much happier I am.
Thank you for turning it all around. You are worth every cent!