I’m Leigh – a mummy of two little girls. To those parents reading this through blurry eyes and currently going through the “dark side” of sleep deprivation – I am right there with you! I have been there (and back) myself.
I’ve been there at 5am wondering how I was going to make it through another jam packed day as a working mum without having either some sort of catastrophic accident or collapsing into a blubbering heap on the floor. My poor sleep deprived daughter and the rest of my family were suffering too and in desperation I hired a sleep consultant. One of the best decisions I have ever made, which quite literally changed our lives.
Having been through the fog and successfully come out the other side…I have since dedicated myself to becoming a child sleep behaviour expert … so that I can help other families in a position that is all too familiar to me, get through such challenging times. What ever your child’s sleep problems may be – I believe there is a solution. Help really is here. 🙂
I will work with you to create a unique and very gentle plan not only for your child but also for you as the parent. Because lets be honest…the success of this plan comes down to how you implement it, so I want you to feel comfortable and confident with the way forward. I will then gently coach you 1:1 and guide you through each step of the way, at pace both you and your child feel comfortable with.
I am proud to say I have a 100% success rate with my clients in solving their sleep challenges.
Here are some examples of the most common sleep issues I have been helping with:
General sleep refusal
Regular night wakings
Daytime nap problems
Inability to self settle
Feeding to sleep dependency
Ditching the dummy
Transitioning to a big bed
Moving out of parents room
Teaching your child to sleep is truly the best gift you can give them. If you would like me to help you do that then please contact me via my email address. I would love to hear from you.
If you want to learn more how I can help you as well as sleep tips and advice visit: www.borntosleep.co.uk
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What Parents Say
A good nights sleep is priceless!
When Archie was 9 months old, we moved him into his own bedroom and disturbed what had previously been a good period of sleep. He started to really fight bedtimes and would only go to sleep being patted, shushed and rocked – this could take a long time and he could be awake again within 30 minutes.
For the next few months we were traipsing backward and forward throughout the night until inevitably he would end up in our bed. We couldn’t continue like this; we were all constantly unwell as our bodies were not given a chance to rest, my other half was sleeping on an airbed and Archie was so miserable throughout the day that it got to the point that I had to admit to my partner that I wasn’t enjoying being a mother anymore, something no mum ever wants to admit.
We realised we needed help and I found Leigh online. I have to admit that I didn’t think anybody would be able to help. Our baby was a cuddly one who had been rocked to sleep since birth and I didn’t believe that he would accept going to sleep any other way. I didn’t want to leave my baby to get upset either.
We had our 1 hour consultation to discuss the bespoke plan Leigh had put together and I walked away from my laptop feeling unstoppable. The method we discussed was similar to those I had read about online, but it was gentle and I was given indepth information and support that was just incredible. I felt excited to start the following night and, thanks to Leigh, I was filled with so much confidence and determination that we deflated the airbed and put it away.
I’m pleased to say that it has not been out again since. We have been given our evenings and night times back and we are all feeling much healthier and happier as a family. Archie now goes to sleep in minutes with very little help from us.
I would happily recommend Leigh to anybody. She was encouraging and friendly and the support she provided was brilliant. She was easy to talk to and did very well to be present, but not to be contacting me constantly. I felt like I was admitting defeat when I first started researching Sleep Consultants, but I can say now that there is no pride in suffering and you definitely cannot put a price on a good nights sleep! 5* out of 5
Archie – 12 months
From waking every hour to falling asleep happily in his cot
We were sleep deprived and barely functioning; day time naps were a battle and the nights were becoming unbearable with our little one refusing to go into his cot and waking every hour. Now our little one puts himself to sleep and loves his cot.
We would never have managed this without Leigh’s help, guidance and support – priceless!
Fred – 8 Months
Two years of sleep deprivation now forgotten like a bad dream
Leigh came to our lives to save us. We have been sleep deprived for 2 years – since our daughter, Julia, was born. We have tried different techniques and read few books, but we weren’t able to help our daughter to settle down and sleep through the night. Julia had most of the ‘common’ problems: she would fight to go to sleep, consistently wake during the night, consistently come out of her bed, wake up early (around 4.30am), separation anxiety, to name few.
Since our first chat Leigh gave us hope, and we felt that we could trust her completely. She is a loving and spectacular human being, and during our journey she always demonstrated that she really cared about our family’s health. She helped us making informed decision and created a plan that worked perfectly to our family. We strongly recommend Leigh to all parents and carers – even to the ones who have children that sleep through the night without much problem –, as we think that the information she provides can guarantee that the parents have a thorough understanding of the sleeping process and can be conscious of their role on that.
Rachel & Julia, 2 years old
From trying to make it through the day to enjoying every minute
Wilbur was around 7 months (April 2019) when we realised, we couldn’t continue with all the broken sleep – we were exhausted.
Kevin was going to work in sunglasses and I was trying to get through the day rather than enjoying it with our boy.
Wilbur was exhausted too. He wasn’t napping more than 30 mins a day and was waking every few hours in the night and was irritable and frustrated. Wilbur is such a happy baby and we wanted him to be like this all the time.
We were using a multitude of ‘tricks’ to get him back to sleep. Milk on demand, falling asleep on us or on the bed; we were singing, sssshhhhhing and rocking.
All of these worked in their own small way but took time, were temporary and often he would wake when we stopped.
I was emotional and felt like I was failing, aren’t mummies supposed to be able to get their baby to sleep?
I decided to look online for sleep nannies and ‘The Sleep Nanny’ came up. I read through some of the profiles and something about Leigh just felt right and this was confirmed after her initial phone call. I remember how buoyant I felt after that call and how positive she was. She wasn’t interested in what we had done but what she could do to help us. Just what I needed. I hung up and knew she was going to be the helping hand we needed.
Leigh listened to our family needs and dynamics and asked such insightful questions which meant she was able to put together a bespoke plan for our family. She was positive, kind and so lovely that we knew this was going to work for us. And it did.
Within a day Wilbur was napping for 3 hours a day and was being to self-settle at night something we had been doing for him. He learnt the skill so quickly and is able to do this at nap and bed time.
He now goes through the night and is happier and has more energy (which is a different type of exhaustion!)
My husband and I feel so much better as we are having more sleep and I am able to be a better mummy in the day as I have more energy. I know that even if I am feeling tired, I can have a decent nap myself when Wilbur is sleeping.
Leigh IS fantastic. Her continual support and advice have been invaluable, and we know we have the plan to go back to if we ever need it.
Never once did she make us feel like we had done anything wrong, her advice is all goal focused and we knew it was manageable and structured so we could achieve our sleep goals together.
We recommend her to support your family with any sleep needs. She knows her stuff!
We would give her 5 stars! She is our star.
The Halls, with Wilbur, 7 months
Dreams of a full night sleep become reality for exhausted parents
We first started working with Leigh when our son Max was 11 months old.
The problems we were experiencing seemed like they were never ending and the thought of a full night’s sleep felt so far away. It was time for some professional help.
We had our reservations because the routine we had felt like it couldn’t be changed.
Our son was reliant on numerous methods
– Required motion to fall asleep
– Waking for unnecessary feeds
– Seperation anxiety
– Depended on the dummy
– Unable to resettle
Leigh reassured us these were common solvable issues. She put together a bespoke sleep plan based around max’s sleeping habits. We followed the plan without deviation and it proved to have the desired effect.
Leigh was professional, friendly, put us at ease and gave us the confidence to implement the new routine. We now have a baby that sleeps not only through the night but is consistently managing 11 to 12 hours.
The results have been exactly what we set out for, and we have all benefited as you can imagine. Max is doing absolutely brilliantly.
We would highly recommend Leigh and wouldn’t hesitate to contact her again should we need to.
Thanks for all your help, a very happy
Kevin, Laura and Max xx (11 months)
Mam gets quality time back for herself and with her other children now her youngest sleeps soundly
I was on my knees. For five months my daughter went down to sleep ok at 7 pm but woke up 1-12 times a night screaming ranging from 10 mins to hours.
Leigh was very warm, calming, supportive and reassuring. She was very knowledgeable and listened very well to really understand my situation and baby. Leigh explained things very clearly and we made a plan that was right for my family and other children.
Communication was excellent and after the plan had started support throughout was offered. I felt this was genuine concern for the family.
Leigh completely changed our lives within a few nights which has now continued for over 6 weeks. Sophia has slept through the night every night since.
Working with Leigh hasn’t just created sleep for Sophia but allowed me to spend more quality time with my other children and having some wind down time for myself.
I would highly recommend Leigh to other family’s and have done already. If you are struggling honest there’s no need. Make contact and within a month sleep deprivation will be a thing of the past.
Sofia, 13 months
Since Fynn has been a baby we have had significant problems with frequent waking, at worst it was hourly through parts of the night.
Leigh’s has a wonderful manner; she is empathetic, kind, friendly and encouraging. She explained to us how Fynn’s personality was effecting his sleep (which was why he was so different from our daughter). She gave us an individualised plan for how we could significantly improve sleep; this plan was progressed very gradually, which gave me the confidence to try.
Each time we talked to Leigh she was so encouraging. She listened so well to our difficulties and was able to explain the reasons why we were have the particular problems (I learnt a lot about a babies development from her).
I cannot describe how much life has changed since Leigh’s input!!! Evenings are happier as I am so much more aware of when Fynn is tired and I can read his cues so much better and he no longer cries all evening. I have more time to spend with Thea and can do her reading homework and read to her / talk to her about her day and not get cross through tiredness and frustration.
We are able to take Fynn places i.e. Weekends at my mums without dreading the night time and lack of sleep it would present for us all. We have even been able to get a babysitter (never done before as were so worried he would be such a handful) and go out for a ‘date night’. Something we have not done since before he was born!
I have already recommended Leigh to many many of my friends and I truly wish her every success for the future
Fynn Etherton – 10 months
Lucas was waking 2-3 times a night, rising in the morning before 5am, would only nap for 30 minutes at a time and we had to rock him to sleep every time!
I wasn’t sure what to expect and was a little apprehensive to begin with, however I couldn’t be happier with the support and advice Leigh has provided and, most importantly, she has helped Lucas sleep better.
We’ve had regular calls and each time Leigh moved things forward with the next step and new suggestions. Lucas’ sleeping habits have improved greatly – he is now sleeping through the night and we are no longer rocking him, my back is thanking her..
I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Leigh to anyone who is struggling with getting their children to sleep. She’s professional, polite and knows how to get the results needed. Thank you, Leigh.
Lucas Loan – 9 Months
We have rediscovered what evenings together can be like, what a whole nights uninterrupted sleep is. We realise that kids can get back to sleep after a nightmare with just a quick hug… I could never do that before and now wish we had with my 8 year old! Less laundry as Zac’s bed wetting has stopped completely.
I would not hesitate to recommend Leigh to anyone… and do regularly as she is totally amazing… a true life saver … thank you Leigh.
Zach Alexander – 5 years old
Night time partying has become a snooze fest for 15 month old
Christmas was our low point this year with our 15 month old son’s sleep…we were zombies.
After finding out that we had another baby on the way in the summer we decided that now was the time that we needed some help.
I had always trawled the internet before this looking for any miracle cure however I had never spoken to anyone about Guy’s sleep. I didn’t want to be seen as a failure of a mum.
Leigh put us straight at ease.
What we spoke about made perfect sense to us and in some way we already knew what she was telling us, however we needed to hear it from someone that had dealt with it and fully understood what they were speaking about.
Leigh was fantastic and was so understanding to our situation. It was never a question about not continuing on with Leigh and having her help us with a sleep plan; it was guaranteed after our chat.
The tools that Leigh gave us to implement have been a godsend. We are now a couple of weeks in and Guy’s sleep has improved dramatically. We still have night wakes however a quick ‘go back to sleep baby’ settles him straight back down again. We haven’t had any more of the night-time partying for 3 hours at a time and we have started to see less of the early wakes. We are all starting to feel a little more human again and we are so much happier.
We cannot thank Leigh enough for her help and we would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.. If we hadn’t had found it then we would likely still be stuck in the same cycle of night-time partying, wake ups, bottles and cuddles. I love my cuddles but I love them more in the daytime.
If you are having any sleep issues and are even considering this then I would certainly recommend having the initial consultation with Leigh. This was the best money that we have spent this year…
Guy Bartlett – 15 Months
Superhero mum gets little boy from waking every 2-3 hours to sleeping through the night
Having 2 kids under 2 life was already pretty hectic and I was starting to feel the strain it was putting on us as a family when my youngest son Leo was still waking up every 2-3 hours wanting feeds or wanting to be comforted. He was like this from birth and I couldn’t break this habit. The last straw came when I had to go back to work when he was approaching 10 months old. I was becoming increasingly more tired and run down and with finding it hard to function being so sleep deprived, I knew I couldn’t do this alone so decided to get a sleep nanny.
I spoke to a few consultants but I was drawn to Leigh because I felt she completely understood my needs as well as Leo’s and she didn’t judge us for the way we have been doing things so far or what we had previously tried.
Leigh was very reassuring about helping us and her calm approach to sleep training was really comforting for us all to transition/adjust to and I was really impressed with the depth of the follow up calls and the advice that followed.
I always valued Leigh’s opinions, advice and the time she gave to me; I was so impressed with the bespoke plan she came up with which included and suited everyone in the family not just Leo. In less than a week Leo was sleeping throughout the night and It’s made a HUGE difference to our lives!
I couldn’t have done it without Leigh’s support and expert step by step guidance. I never felt alone or uncomfortable with anything we put in place. We would recommend Leigh in a heartbeat, she’s changed our lives for the best, my biggest regret is not getting her to help us sooner!
Thank you again Leigh, you’ve been amazing and we really have appreciate everything you’ve done for us. You’re a 5 star sleep nanny! x
Leo – 11 months