Sarah - 6 Months
"Before we started Erin’s sleep plan for our almost six-month-old daughter, it was almost impossible to put Sarah down for a nap. She had absolutely no skills in settling herself to sleep and, if we let her, she would wail for an hour before passing out. As a result, we were resigned to holding Sarah or otherwise trying to calm her down before every nap, or taking her for a car or stroller ride to make sure she got some sleep. Sometimes it could take up to an hour or longer to settle her. Once asleep, her naps were never longer than 20-30 minutes. We had a chronic cat-napper on our hands! Every trick that worked well for her older sister, who is an amazing sleeper, did not work for Sarah. This caused stress and exhaustion in our household.
After seeing Erin highly recommended on a Facebook moms’ group, I knew we needed her help. I was so skeptical with her sleep plan at first thinking that in no way was it going to work—she just doesn’t know our daughter—but we stuck to it as best as we could and it worked far better than I could ever have hoped. In less than two weeks, it became so easy to put Sarah down for a nap (just one book and a short lullaby—no fussing!) and she never naps for less than an hour. She will gladly nap for 1.5-2.5 hours twice or more a day. Her sleep deprivation is going away and she is a much happier baby. The big bonus for us is that Sarah now also sleeps for 12 hours straight during the night, when before we would wake up every 2-4 hours to put her back to sleep. We didn’t think it was a problem—it was her lack of napping that concerned us—so this is such a nice surprise and we feel so lucky that we have our nights back for our own sleep! I don’t have enough good things to say about Erin. She was professional and friendly, thorough and knowledgeable, easy to contact, and prompt with all of her phone calls. She did the impossible for Sarah and our family. Thank you, Erin!"
Bennett - 4 Months
Erin from To The Moon and Back Sleep Consulting is great! She was available for us every step of the way, even when we had a setback within our 3-week training that took us out of town and away from the routine. We can proudly say that we have a 4-month-old baby who consistently takes 3-4 naps per day and sleeps 9-10 hours a night, typically with one wake up (but he seems to be even moving away from this!!)
We would highly recommend Erin and her consulting to any parent who is in need of a good night's sleep!
With the holidays quickly approaching, parents who have recently gotten their babies, of any age, sleeping on a schedule are often worried that their little ones' sleep will regress over the Holidays.
I can assure you that those fears could not be more real.
Many families struggle with severe sleep deprivation for a very long time due to the "blessing" of having a child (or two like I was) that lacks healthy independent sleep strategies.
So, finally getting your whole family into a routine that works. Finally moving from being severely sleep deprived into a family that is becoming well rested. Trust me everyone inside that little family unit wants to protect their new found sleep including the little one who is finally able to sleep.
When little ones finally FEEL what it feels like to have the sleep that is needed for healthy growth and development they don't want their schedule messed with either.
Between the travel, excitement, and constant attention of family and friends, holidays are the easiest way to throw all of your hard work out with the wrapping paper.
But fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way! With some strategic planning and an iron will, you can keep that carefully orchestrated routine running right on schedule.
There are two major impediments to maintaining your kiddos routine over the holidays. One is travel, and the other is family and friends, so I want to tackle both of those topics individually.
First, we will cover the travel portion...
Bringing a new baby into the house is an incredible, exciting but also terrifying occasion, even more so when you have one or two children already. It can bring up a whole lot of questions.
How are the older children going to react to this new baby? Are they going to embrace the role of being an older sibling? Will they turn into jealous clingers who need constant attention? Will their schedule fit with your newborn's naps and feeding times? Most importantly, how is this going to affect the older child's bedtime?
Trying to juggle two or three different bedtime routines can be overwhelming if you're not ready for it. Trying to find fifteen minutes to feed your newborn while at the same time trying to get your toddler out of the bath can make you lose your mind. Toddlers just know that you're in a position where you're unable to chase them down and enforce the rules, so they are more likely to take advantage of that weakness.
So here are some strategies for those of you who have two or three little people, and are struggling to find a bedtime groove.
As a pediatric sleep consultant, there are a few questions I’ve grown accustomed to hearing. People are understandably curious about whether or not their child is going to cry, and if so, for how long. They want to know how long it’s going to take before baby starts sleeping through the night, and when they’ll be able to do the same.
And even though they never come right out and say it in so many words, they want to know if there’s some kind of magical solution that will solve the problem instantaneously without any effort, crying, or protest.
To The Moon and Back Sleep Consulting
Providing families the tools & support they need to get their little ones sleeping through the night and napping like champs! Everyone has more fun when they are well rested!
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