Gentle Sleep Training is run by Sarah Ockwell-Smith.

Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a well known baby & toddler expert and a highly regarded popular parenting author who specialises in the psychology and science of parenting, ‘gentle parenting’ and attachment theory.

Sarah is famed for her gentle, science rich, yet easy to read books and her down-to-earth manner and ability to translate her vast knowledge of parenting science into easy to understand language.


Born in Bedfordshire, England in 1976, Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a mother of four school aged children, three boys and one girl. Sarah lives with her family, four cats and numerous chickens in a 350 year old cottage in rural Essex.

Sarah initially studied Psychology at University. After completing her studies she embarked on a five year career in Pharmaceutical Research and Development until she became pregnant with her first child in 2001. After the birth of her firstborn Sarah retrained as an Antenatal Teacher and Doula, providing for a rather eclectic mix of scientific and holistic viewpoints!

Many refer to Sarah as an Attachment Parenting expert, however Sarah herself does not like this term as she feels it may ostracize many parents from learning about more gentle parenting techniques. She prefers instead to use the term ‘Gentle Parenting’.

Sarah is also the founder of BabyCalm® and ToddlerCalm® and the parenting website


Sarah is a member of The British Sleep Society.