Astrid - 5 Months
"The internet is full of parents who have opinions on what makes a successful sleeping baby and nursery setup, but they completely contradict one another.
It is frustrating, and when you're in the thick of this chaos, you will try everything, which means nothing works.
We put ourselves through so much trying to solve our little girl's sleep issues and just assumed it was the four-month sleep regression.
After weeks of her only napping for 10-30 minutes, waking up screaming after 30 minutes at bedtime, needing to feed to sleep, and having complete meltdowns for nap and sleep time, we decided to bring in a professional.
It was so relieving to have a professional weed out the misinformation and set us up with clear guides for us as parents to follow.
In one night, our daughter stopped needing night feeds and, within just a couple of nights, slept through the night (meaning, she was able to put herself back to sleep).
In a few days, she was getting better, fuller naps during the day. Honestly, after the first week, we just t had situation-specific questions we needed guidance for; otherwise, our baby was a sleeping superstar at just five months old!
When I have told family and friends we hired a sleep consultant, many didn't know it was an option. Those who have littles are now considering this option if their little needs that helping hand.
Don't be afraid to get help. It may seem like something you as the parent should just be able to solve, but you don't need to do this alone.
Give yourself the relief and let someone else guide you."
Felix - 10 Weeks Old
We were initially concerned about hiring a Sleep Consultant due to my sons age (10 weeks), we were concerned that he was too young, and the recommendations would be too strict. I was also worried that maybe I wouldn’t have the emotional fortitude to implement the recommendations.
But once we started working with Erin she put our concerns at ease. Right from the beginning she explained to us that this would be a rollercoaster and reminded us of this throughout our time together. She is a Mom herself and has been through this with her own children. Her stepwise approach works to gradually build the baby’s skills, as well as the skills of the parents. She offers straight forward advice, and was always willing and open to meet us where we were at.
Erin was always available to ask as many questions as we needed throughout the process. The WhatsApp texting allowed us to get fairly real time answers to questions or concerns as they came up.
My little guy now sleeps in his crib, on his own for all of his sleep both during the day and at night! I put Felix down and he falls asleep on his own within 5-10 minutes, and there is very little fussing. When there is fussing I now have the skills to be able to help him settle without panicking. Felix sleeps 10 to 12 hours every night, along with 3 to 4 hours of daytime sleep. We are now a well-rested happy family, and are able to enjoy our time together!!
I would recommend Erin to any parents who are struggling with sleep. I believe that quality sleep for parents and babies is invaluable for mental health, enjoyment, and development. Both my husband and I are really enjoying the experience of being new parents, even during a global pandemic, and I believe a large part of that is because the whole family is well rested. Thank you for guiding us through the process of helping Felix learn how to sleep!
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!