Gentle Sleep Training Testimonials from Past Clients:
I’ve been meaning to send you a note to say THANK YOU for all of your gentle help and guidance a few months ago. Because of you, we were able to gently guide our son towards better sleep. Upon implementing your suggestions, things just got better and better and now E sleeps the whole way through the night most nights. This of course wasn’t the goal, but it’s honestly such a relief to have him sleeping so well (and us too!). And on rare nights like last night when he has some trouble winding down, I’m content knowing that going back into his room and rocking him until he’s settled is just fine (and I enjoy it too – the baby phase is so fleeting).
We are so glad we made the investment to seek your help – we are more confident as parents, we trust our intuition, we’re proud of ourselves for finding a solution other than letting him just cry in distress (unthinkable), and we now laud your peaceful advice to every new parent we know. We feel so well set-up now to handle the inevitable parenting challenges down the road, and we’re so glad we got onto the gentle path early on. Thank you.
I look forward to reading your next book!
“Thanks Sarah. And thanks for all your help over the past few weeks. The service you offer is excellent and you offer practical advice without judgement. I would wholeheartedly recommend your remote advice as it offers, not only solutions, but also reassurance that you’re doing the right thing by your child and you’re not alone.
All the best A and L x”
I hope you don’t mind me emailing, but I just wanted to update you on how we are getting on following your six-week sleep plan/advice etc. We sought advice just after Christmas when A, our then just one year old, was waking pretty much every two hours through the evening and night. We had to delay the six week plan as she had just started nursery and picked up a horrible bug, so, we have only just come to the end of our 6 weeks.
We stuck to everything you said where possible, and have definitely been consistent. It was hard at times as, like you said, none of it worked straight away and with A just starting nursery we have had several bouts of yucky illness which more often than not we have also picked up but we were determined to keep going!
As we are both big geeks, and as I definitely am prone to dwelling on the negative where sleep is concerned, we decided to sketch out the six weeks on a calendar and rate each night on a scale of 0-10 with 0 being absolutely no sleep at all to 10 being a full night’s sleep. This definitely helped make the 6 weeks not seem as endless, and also helped me to see that in and amongst all the 3s we were getting the odd 6!
Anyway, I am delighted to say that by the last week of the 6 A has definitely responded positively. I never expected her to ‘sleep through’ but just hoped she might sleep for longer, but she has become calmer, more settled, and even seems to enjoy sleep now, and we have had several nights where she has only woken once, or dare I say it…SLEPT THROUGH! I never imagined what this would feel like and am still in shock. It really gives testament to your advice as the first time she did this was when we were away from home visiting my parents (where she used to sleep much worse as a given).
All the little cues in place are clearly helping her feel safe and secure when she stirs at night. We often hear her now rousing slightly. In the past this would always lead to her waking, crying and needing comforting. Mainly now she will make a little noise, and then when we check on her she has re-positioned herself and gone back to sleep.
I think the whole routine has helped me feel calmer too. I love it! the difference it has made to my mood and how I feel going to work has been wonderful. I feel proud of myself too, and so glad we stuck to our guns and ignored all the ‘sleep training’ advice.
In the last week she has had several nights where she has slept through (and by that I mean from 7.30 through to 5.30-6!) and in the others just woken once or twice. I never expected it to happen this quickly and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have helped us find a way to help A learn to feel happy and settled in her cot, and more to enjoy sleep, that is truly gentle and full of love (the only sort of parenting I do!). I know there will be bad nights to come. There will be illness and teething etc but I believe now that things will get easier again and we just have to get through it together. It’s made me feel more confident about having more children again, as we hope to do in the future!
A is such a happy, content little girl in the day who never stops smiling. I remember saying to you that sometimes I felt like I had two different babies- one in the day and another at night. Now I just feel like she is one and the same! I am so proud of her too. She amazes me every day!
Thank you very much for helping us. I am about to order your Gentle Sleep Book, and am telling all my friends about you. Best wishes,
Just thought I would give you an update following your email sleep advice for R as the change in her sleep patterns has been dramatic!
R now sleeps for 5-6 hour stretches at a time every night (with the exception of teething times) and in the past week has slept through the night twice in her cot (8pm-5:45am)!! The hourly wakeups seem like a distant memory. It is hard to believe that just a couple of months ago she was waking between 5-10 times a night, needing the breast to get back to sleep and only sleeping for any half reasonable length of time in my bed!
Thanks for all of your help!!
It was lovely to meet you and thank you so much for all you advice.
We’ve had 2 really great nights. Sunday P slept from 8 until 6 am with 2 wake ups and the first bf was 6am. Last night she slept from 8 until 5 with only 1 wake up and first bf at 5. We feel so refreshed with so much more sleep! Long may this continue!
Thanks so much
I did exactly as you said tonight…..She did talk a little but was much calmer than last night…and she was a sleep within 30 minutes. I know every night may not be the same and it’s just the start but thank you! It’s the first time I’ve managed to get her to sleep since she’s been in her own bed.
Thank you so much for your detailed replies. I’ve read both emails and I have printed them out so I can go through the suggestions properly with my husband tomorrow. We are both really keen to use the suggestions….I actually felt really emotional reading your replies and suggestions as they felt right and like you really understood us…. I know there are lots of things to take on board but so far the process of answering the questions and reading your replies has felt very reflective and cathartic.
We have a great bedtime routine. It’s actually helped with our 2 yr old too. It’s a really nice time for us all to connect in the evening. They both settle to sleep really well now. He still goes through times of waking more regularly but he only woke twice last night which is a massive difference.
Thank you, you’ve really helped us.
I am very grateful for the advice you sent me. It was great to receive some practical ideas that fell in line with my natural instincts. I was fed up of people telling me to try controlled crying or top up with formula (they still tell me that!). Your advice has been incredibly beneficial…..Thank you again for you advice.
I am writing with an update, I’m sorry it has been so long. T’s sleep is so much better, I feel like a new woman! T now normally only wakes about once a night at about 3am, has a quick feed and then kicks me out of her bed! She then sleeps through until the morning. She has even slept through one night which felt like a miracle!
Thank you for sharing your ideas, there was so much to choose from and some really simple ideas. Mostly it was just nice to hear that her sleep was normal and that “quick fixes” aren’t always what they seem.
I’m still very grateful for your advice! Thank you, so much, for your help.
Love from, A happy baby and his happy mama!
F’s sleep is much better and I think it’s for several reasons. Firstly we have relaxed hugely and have accepted that he isn’t going to be a 12 hour a night sleeper! He goes to bed around 8-8.30pm which is later than we were trying for before….He gets into bed with us around 4am, which is fine and rather nice as he does fab cuddles, and sleeps till around 7-7.30am.
Thank you so much for your help!
I thought it was about time to give you an update re my toddler’s sleeping habits!
She has actually gone through a bit of a transformation of late… I really don’t know whether it’s your tips or whether she’s reached a certain age and is naturally calming down, I suspect a good dose of each?!
For about two weeks she has regularly been SLEEPING THROUGH from 7:15pm until 7:15am OR LATER!!!! I can’t believe it. It is heaven……I’m so happy and I still can’t quite believe how different her sleep is. I really don’t mind getting up a bit for her, I’m just so happy she is not consistently waking up every couple of hours, it has really eased things for us all (especially as the baby is still being a bit of a pickle!)
Thank you so much for your advice. It really gave me the chance to think about how we do things and how I can tweak it and it has clearly worked!
Thanks again, I will be forever grateful.
I just wanted to say thank you for replying to my email last week, for listening and understanding. It was a particularly hard week last week. Juggling 3 little ones is not for the feint hearted. A has slept really well past 4 nights.
Thank you again, it meant a lot to me during a down period of time.
I thought I’d give you an update on H’s sleep as we’ve been using your suggestions since the end of April.
The miracle occurred on Monday evening. I had put H into her cot awake and as we had both shared a bath, I said I was just popping to my room to put my pjs on. She was drinking some water and was quite happy. I then came in and we said goodnight etc and I said I was popping downstairs to make a cup of tea, I would leave her door open and she would hear me.
After I had made the tea, I could see on the monitor that she was lying down cuddling her lovey and snuggling in so I sat and waited. She called down and I reassured her I was just drinking my tea. She then fell asleep.. By herself…for the first time ever at night!!
She has just done the same this evening so it wasn’t a fluke!
We are absolutely thrilled and I am so happy that we have let H move towards this point in an understanding and caring way. She is obviously now happy to be alone in her cot, in her room and secure enough that she knows we’ll come back if she needs us. Your advice helped us all so much and we are very grateful.
Thank you again