Tell us a bit about yourself;
Hi I’m Lauren Peacock, based in Yorkshire and mummy to one very energetic little boy, Harry, who is 2.
Why do you want to help sleepless families?
Sleep is so, so important but it’s also counter-intuitive and often misunderstood. On the antenatal journey, no one really tells us that children need to learn to sleep well – there’s seemingly an expectation that it will miraculously happen once we’ve paid our dues with sleepless nights in the newborn stage. The reality for many families is that doesn’t happen and they often feel as if they are failing somehow. To be able to help a family understand why their child isn’t sleeping, to help them change that within a few weeks and massively improve that family’s situation is an incredible motivator.
Describe your approach to ‘sleep training’
Sleep training has to be right for the individual family – I take time to understand the parenting style(s), the temperament of the child and the priorities of the family which enables me to build the sleep plan that is right for them. My only “rule” is that parents are honest with me regarding what they can stick to as a plan needs consistent implementation to work – I would rather move in baby steps (no pun intended!) than set parents up to fail by asking them to do something they are not comfortable with.
Do you have any particular areas of specialism?
I have had a lot of success helping parents overcome a child’s dependency on co-sleeping, and being rocked/fed to sleep. I particularly enjoy working with toddlers and with families around a parent (usually mum) returning to work.
What are your top 3 sleep tips for parents?
1. Understand that your child needs to learn certain skills in order to sleep well.
2. Give your child the opportunity and support to learn those skills (which doesn’t mean you have to leave them to cry).
3. Manage your child’s wakeful windows (which shift with age) so that you can avoid overtiredness.
In your experience, what are the most common mistakes parents make?
1. Believing that limiting daytime sleep will help the child sleep better at night (it won’t!).
2. Continuing feeding/rocking to sleep beyond the first few months, which prevents a child learning to self-settle (the cornerstone of good sleep).
3. Allowing certain things, such as co-sleeping, some of the time but not others – the phrase “only after 5am” comes up a lot! Boundaries need be clear and super-consistent.
What would you say to someone who is afraid that nothing can help them in their situation?
This is how most parents I speak to feel when they first pick up the phone! I think the availability and sheer volume of information the internet provides actually makes parents less confident – so often families have tried lots of different things, none of which have worked and that creates the belief that nothing will help their child to sleep. The truth is that with the right plan, consistently implemented, ALL children can learn to sleep well – working with me enables a family to have a plan that will work plus the information, confidence and support to implement in a way that will bring about the results they are looking for.
What do you love about your job?
There aren’t many jobs where people tell you that you’ve changed their lives but it’s something I hear a lot which is incredibly rewarding.
If you are experiencing sleep issues book in a free 15 minute call with Lauren by clicking the link below;