Why I do it
Sleep deprivation over a long period of time, is something that no amount of parenting books can ever prepare you for. The newborn phase can feel like you are floating in a bubble, but often, lack of sleep for parent and child can go on for months and sometimes years. As a parent of two myself, the feeling of being stuck in a rut of tiredness and disturbed nights is something I have very much experienced. It isn’t something you have to put up with as a parent, and neither does your child. Sleep is vital for us as humans. I love being a sleep consultant, it is such a privilege to help parents with something so important.
“I was amazed at Sarah’s knowledge and everything she said to me just seemed to make so much sense. After a couple of weeks we are a changed family.”
I managed to sleep train my son when he was 7 months, and with minimal disruption ever since, I thought “well I’ve nailed this, getting your child to sleep is easy!” Then my daughter was born…. a completely different temperament, and I ate my words! It was only during my training that I was able to make the changes I needed and now that “bad sleeper” sleeps amazingly.
I have helped families in a range of different situations, with different aged children with very different temperaments and personalities. Every family I work with receives a bespoke sleep plan for their child and I am dedicated to help you reach your goals.
As a certified Sleep Nanny Consultant, my training and ongoing support comes from the most prevalent sleep consultant in the UK, The Sleep Nanny™ herself, Lucy Shrimpton. I am proud to be part of the Sleep Nanny™ brand, with the independence of having my own business. My background is in the charity sector, specifically in Disability. I have worked for two organisations which specifically help parents, so I have experienced first hand the differing and varying trials parents face.
Working with me
All my approaches are gentle and promote a secure attachment with your child. Laying boundaries for your child’s sleep and being consistent forms a bond of trust which permeates into all areas of your relationship with your child. After an initial assessment we will ascertain the length of your child’s sleep plan (usually either 2 weeks or 30 days) and discuss what level of support you would prefer (see packages below). I am flexible, so extending your plan, upgrading your package or booking additional support calls are all doable!
Below are examples of what achievements families have made with my support:
• Combating bedtime meltdowns
• Removing sleep crutches
• Ditching the dummy
• Moving into the big bed
• Stopping unwanted co-sleeping and bed hopping
• Night weaning
• Turning catnaps into full length naps
• Pushing early rising back
• Managing the clock changes
**Book in with me for a FREE 15-minute call to see what I can do to help you and your child, or just to find out more, with no obligation to go forward. **
Sarah The Sleep Consultant x
What Parents Say
Great support and knowledge
Thanks for helping us with Isla’s sleep! Not only is Isla sleeping better now, but the whole family has a routine which works for us. Great support and knowledge and most importantly, very few tears!
Laura, mum of Isla 6 months
Everything she said to me just seemed to make so much sense!
I was apprehensive towards the thought of my child being broken and never ever getting a full night’s sleep. However, I was amazed at Sarah’s knowledge and everything she said to me just seemed to make so much sense.
After a couple of weeks we are a changed family, my mum said to me “You sound like a completely different person”, as now I have the ability to hold a phone conversation later that 8pm. We still have work to do and a few battles to overcome but I’ve noticed a huge difference already.
Sarah was fantastic throughout the whole process, no question I had was thought to be a silly one. She really took the time to explain everything but also explain the reasons and science behind it. It’s far easier to make changes if science says it’s OK, right? Sarah empathised with the day to day struggles of family life and made a plan that involved our family as a whole (we have 3 children).
I cannot recommend Sarah enough, I just wish I’d found her 18 months ago.
Rachel, mum to Reggie 2.5 years
I wouldn't be lying if I said it has changed my life!
Since Robyn was born which was very traumatic birth, she has always been very anxious when separated from me, and this was even more of an issue around bedtime. Robyn was breast fed until 14 months old and would always fall asleep whilst feeding and I would lift her into her cot; once I stopped feeding I would have to remain in her room until she fell asleep otherwise she would just cry until she made herself sick. Sometimes it would be 20 minutes sitting in her room, other times I would still be in for over an hour until she finally fell asleep. On occasions my husband would sit with her but again this would still be a lengthily process. And then on top of this Robyn would still at 14 months old wake up for night feeds as she wasn’t fed during the day when I returned to full time work, even though I had stopped breast feeding Robyn continued to wake up to 4 times every night and would need me to stay in the room until she fell asleep again.
Sarah was recommended to me through a friend who suggested I contacted a sleep therapist, I was a little apprehensive and didn’t believe that anything could change Robyn’s behaviour as I had tried so many different routines. It felt so good to discuss these issues with someone outside of the family and friends and to realise that it wasn’t me being a bad mum and that by making simple adjustments could make such a difference.
After talking it all through with Sarah and receiving an individualised plan it gave me the confidence to try to change routines which I knew needed to be changed but I couldn’t see how to change things; Just small steps like changing bed time to earlier, and asking grandparents to do tea when they look after her so I could just come home and have quality time and bath routine with Robyn made such a difference. Sarah continued to provide support through regular calls and provided new suggestions and new steps to try; and also explained in detail the science and child development behind why we were making these steps. For myself, I have grown in confidence to try new things and understand the importance of sleep patterns, routines and realising that my child will be OK even if I don’t attend to her every whim.
After 3 weeks, Robyn is now sleeping through the night for 12 hours and settles independently in her room on her own without mummy having to be there. I wouldn’t be lying if I said it has changed my life in the fact that I am now a well slept person every day who relishes the bedtime time routine rather then dreading it every night. Having been that person who didn’t think it would work, I can say hand on heart ….. Go for it! Sarah was kind, patient, caring and brilliant and I can’t thank her enough.
Gemma, mum of Robyn 21 months
Two weeks ago I was feeling sick with exhaustion, now I am back to myself
Before we started working with Sarah, Florence would wake up every 1-2 hours throughout the night and would only go back to sleep if she had her bottle. Sometimes we would be up with her for 10 minutes, other times it would be 2 hours. We were all exhausted and it was affecting my work and health. Florence was also refusing to eat during the day, because she was getting all the nutrients she needed from the milk during the night.
Since our first consultation, Florence has not had 1 bottle! She has taught herself to self-settle and no longer uses it as a sleep crutch. She is now sleeping through the night without waking (averaging 12 hours) and is eating everything she can get her hands on during the day!
Sarah was sympathetic but realistic and helped us understand that unless we made a change things would only get worse. She was very thorough in explaining the process to us, making sure it was tailored to us. We understood it and although we felt nervous, we supported each other to implement it. Florence took to the plan brilliantly, and by the third night we saw a difference.
Any concerns we had were alleviated by Sarah quickly. She also confidently and expertly answered any questions we had. She reassured us that everything we had done was correct helped us to become more confident.
Two weeks ago I was feeling sick with exhaustion, now I am back to myself and started to make plans for the evenings, which I had stopped because I was so tired.
Hayley, mum of Florence, 16 months
Before starting the sleep training, no one in our house was sleeping!
Before starting the sleep training, no one in our house was sleeping! Olivia was coming into our bed around midnight every night and rarely settled even when there. She often woke throughout the evening too and was very difficult to settle. Getting her to sleep could take hours so we could never make plans in the evening – even just to eat! We had to rock her in a chair and she often woke on being transferred to the cot. As soon as she roused slightly if we weren’t there she would get very upset.
I can’t believe she is the same child! We put her in her cot, walk out of the room and close the door and she is happy chatting to herself until she falls asleep. She now sleeps through the night without a whimper!
I was adamant that I wouldn’t do ‘controlled crying’ which is the reason I had put off sleep training for so long, but the process we followed was very gentle and I was able to comfort Olivia as much as she needed. It was hard work, but most definitely worth it! I couldn’t have completed the process without Sarah’s advice. Her understanding of child psychology and explanation of what Olivia really needed gave me the confidence to keep going in the knowledge that I really was doing what was best for my daughter. She was understanding of the fact that the routine can’t always be perfect!
I would wholeheartedly recommend Sarah and her programme. We have a much happier, more confident little girl, who is getting the sleep that she needs.
Catherine, mum to Olivia, 20 months