Diane held our hands & guided us through.
When our daughter turned 6 months old her sleep routine changed overnight. All of a sudden she wouldn’t settle and woke on average every 3 hours. After 4 weeks of sleep deprivation I contacted Diane. She talked us through why our baby was doing what she was, and guided us through the steps to amend it. We followed Diane’s technique for settling her and kept to the feeding and nap schedule that we were given. Now, 8 days since we started my daughter sleeps from 19.00 till 07.00. I can’t believe the transformation, thank you Diane!
What additional value will a sleep consultant provide, if I’ve already read all the books??
There is a lot of information out there and it can all seem a bit overwhelming sometimes – especially if you’re struggling with sleep deprivation too! When you’re tired, it’s hard to see the wood for the trees and even if you have some idea of what you need to do, it can still help to have this broken down, or actually shown to you.
I will customise an approach for your child – one that also takes into account your personal views, philosophies and practices around parenting.
Unlike a book, I can answer questions and offer you support daily. If needs be I will change course mid-week or tweak routines to suit you and your baby ensuring a great result.
SPRING IS COMING
In two weeks the clocks go forward by an hour, if your child is an early waker, then losing an hour of the night may be a good thing for you as 5am suddenly becomes 6am this may be just temporary, as within a few days, most babies adapt to the new time.
If you are happy with your child’s current sleep routine and want to keep things as they are, here are some tips:
* A week before the time change, start to put your child to bed 10 minutes earlier than usual, increasing by 10 minutes every night until Saturday night when you put them to bed at 6pm. So they are ready for the change.
* You will need to adjust nap times too, 10mins per day. So your routine stays on track.
* Now is the time to put up some black out blinds, if you haven’t already. Each night before bath time go up stairs and close the curtains. So upstairs is quiet & sleepy zone.
* You may find your child wakes a little earlier, because you are putting them to bed earlier. Don’t worry this will balance out when the clocks go forward. If they are happy in their cot/bed in the mornings leave them be & try to increase this by 10mins each morning. Obliviously if they are upset get them up.
This can be a tricky time, if you need help please call me
Our youngest child aged 2 has always been a bad sleeper preferring to be in my bed than his. He suffers with Asthma and slight eczema but knew a lot of his problems were behavioural (habit). After months and months of deprived sleep and musical beds ( the whole house was literally exhausted), we were referred to Diane.
After an initial phone chat and email Diane came and stayed overnight. She was to be my support and reassurance for that night. When my son woke he had all his blankets and toys ready to come in with me, but with Diane’s guidance and my perseverance after an hour he fell back to sleep in his bed.
With the techniques Diane gave me I felt confident to follow this through the next night on my own. Blow me he slept 7pm to 6.45am! The third night was the hardest as he woke and it took an hour and half to settle him (I must admit I nearly buckled but stood firm knowing that what Diane had shown me would work).
Six nights have passed and he has slept right through from 7pm to pretty much 6.30am. This is a miracle for us and feel like we are getting our life back. Diane has supported us everyday for a week. I now feel confident that if our little one wakes I have the tools and confidence to settle him to sleep.
I wouldn’t hesitate in using Diane again.Such a lovely person and so easy to talk to. I would thoroughly recommend her. Rebecca.
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