My husband and I were blessed with a son who slept well through the night from month 1, but was a terrible napper. Around 4 1/2 months he had a terrible regression with his nighttime sleeping and my husband and I were exhausted of getting up in the middle of the night (but unfortunately were unable to do sleep training due to some other circumstances in our life at the time). We had read EVERY BOOK ON THE MARKET and were finally ready to put a plan in place. Around 6 months we reached out to Emily and IT WAS THE BEST DECISION WE HAVE MADE SO FAR.
EMILY IS A WONDERFUL SLEEP CONSULTANT AND IS SO EASY TO WORK ALONGSIDE. SHE IS EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL AND WAS ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS WE HAD FROM DAY 1. SHE HAS A LOT OF EXPERTISE TO OFFER AND MY HUSBAND AND I ARE SO THANKFUL FOR ALL OF THE HELP SHE PROVIDED. SHE IS VERY DOWN-TO-EARTH AND, BEING A MOM HERSELF, KNOWS EVERYTHING YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. HER LEVEL OF EMPATHY IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER!!!
WE CAN NOT RECOMMEND HER ENOUGH!!!! THANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID FOR OUR BABY BOY AND OUR FAMILY!
I'm happy to tell you that my son is doing awesome!!! His naps have gotten a lot better. He is napping 3 times a day first 2 naps are 1.5 to 2 hrs long and last nap is about 40 min and he is sleeping 11-12 hrs a night! I'd say that is tremendous progress! Thanks so much for following up with me!
I had an 11 month old that needed to be nursed and rocked to sleep, a process that, on a good night would take 15-20 minutes, but typically took much longer, like an hour, and sometimes even longer. Best case scenario she would wake twice a night for feedings (every 3-4 hours) but typically she would wake up 3-4 times a night. By the time I met Emily during our consultation I was a complete zombie who hadn't slept an 8 hour stretch in longer than a year! I remember after she explained what to do, she asked me what I thought about it, and I admit I was blunt and skeptical. I remember telling her that I thought this whole program was BS but let me tell you, I am eating my words now. In less than two weeks we had gone from taking as long as an hour or longer of nursing and rocking, plus 2-4 wakings a night, to the point where I would literally do her bedtime routine and put her in bed WIDE AWAKE and she would put herself to sleep in less than 5 minutes AND STAY ASLEEP ALL NIGHT LONG. If I could go back in time I would have called Emily long before I actually did. But I am so glad I met her because let me tell you, a good night's sleep has been life changing, not just for me and for my husband and for our relationship, but for our daughter too.
It's like a dream came true - my baby sleeps the whole night and even falls asleep by herself....more
It's like a dream came true - my baby sleeps the whole night and even falls asleep by herself.
Thanks Emily for proving me that everything is possible as long as you consistent.
Finally, we are able to sleep the whole night after a year of suffer.
I just wanted to write a quick note to say thank you for your help with Lailah. We started from scratch a week after we got back from AC and she cried for a couple of days but since then has taken to it so well. She is now almost wriggling out of my arms to get into her crib for a nap and there is no crying at all (unless she's overtired because of a busy day). She usually sleeps for 12 hours straight at night and is now starting to take 1hour+ naps during the day.
Lailah being able to put herself to sleep has truly changed my life and I can see the difference in Lailah herself, a much happier and more energetic baby.
So thank you for your encouragement and support. We will certainly recommend you to anyone we know with baby sleep issues.
Wishing all the best to you and your family.
I just want to thank you for all of your help. She just went down with just a little whining tonight-took 10 to 15 minutes but she is so good at soothing herself now. Our household is totally changed. She's much happier during the days and so is mom 🙂 please let me know if I can write any kind of testimony or anything....I am so grateful!
When I found out I was pregnant with my second child I was ecstatic, then it dawned on me that my 18-month old was still going to sleep between midnight and 2 a.m., and still sleeping in our bed. How was I possibly going to handle pregnancy with a non- sleeping toddler? I immediately began to seek help. I had already tried “reading the sleep books,” which worked at putting ME to sleep within minutes. I found Emily’s website and of course I was a skeptic but I was willing to give anything a try at this point. From the initial telephone conversation I knew Emily knew what she was talking about. She had been in my shoes and was going to do everything in her power to help my family. Emily is extremely personable, confident and firm. Never once did she make us feel like “bad” parents because of the choices we made. Needless to say, we were extremely happy with the results! Our daughter who had suffered with severe reflux, allergies and ear tubes was sleeping through the night in her crib by day one of Emily’s suggested program. I promise you that I am a REAL MOMMY, not a spokesperson! My husband and I cannot say enough about Emily! It was like our daughter was just as relieved as we were. She takes naps, sleeps through the night, all thanks to Emily her “Fairy Sleep Mother.”
In January, I was desperate as my 22 month year old was waking up every hour in bed with me wanting to nurse....more
In January, I was desperate as my 22 month year old was waking up every hour in bed with me wanting to nurse. I tried Sears, goodnight sleep tight, the happiest baby on the block, the no cry sleep solution and others. I think they all work to be honest. But my son wasn't bad putting to bed. Usually the first round of waking up would last a 1/2 hour. Then he would get up and cry 3-4 and then wake up at 5. Also everything that worked for my first child did not work for my 22 month old. He would throw the bottle, lovey, pillow and blankets from the crib. I always gave up at 5 am. I just couldn't do it myself and was frustrated and exhausted and frankly desperate. I found Emily's site and she was the only one who would stay the night and support me. I didn't need a written plan. I needed live support. I was so desperate I just called her and hired her on the spot. I didn't check references. I just hired her. She was so supportive on the phone and when she showed up to stay the night with me, it was such a relief. She gave me the action plan. She stayed up all night. She woke me up when I needed to go to my son and we would text back and forth when i needed help or had questions. It was so nice just to follow someone else's lead. We got through the first night. Every night after until he fell asleep through the night we would text until about 9 and I would follow up with her the next day. She always responded very quickly and was helpful and supportive. I think night 2 he threw his diaper at me and she helped me threw it via texting. Each night got a little better and finally after about a week HE SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT. By the way I realized in the middle of it all my poor baby had pneumonia. She helped me still treat his sickness and still sleep train him. I strongly recommend Emily. She even offered to help with my 3 yr old and gave me a plan for him. It has been almost 5 months and the quality of my life is so much better because of Emily's help. I am well rested, much happier and a better mom. I can't say enough except if she can help me with my son, I know she can help you with yours.
Hi, I’m the dad, and this review is from my point of view.
Our daughter was never a good sleeper. We expected to have little sleep for the first 2-3 months,……….However for us, it seems that she never learned how to fall asleep on her own, and would wake every night after around 1-2 hours.
That’s one thing no one teaches new parents, sleeping skills and techniques. Everyone talks about diapers, and breastfeeding, and pumping, how to give a bath, what clothes to wear, but no one talks about sleeping.
And as new parents, we didn’t know any better. We loved cradling her and having her sleep in her arms and just hang out with that little cutie. If we had only known that we were creating our very own sleep monster, teaching her all the wrong skills and making her dependent on us to be comfortably asleep.
Around the 5th month we reached out exhaustion point.
At that point, this is when I found Emily online and scheduled an appointment with her. She came over to her house and was punctual, courteous and very friendly.
It took us about 3 nights to teach our daughter the skills she needed to successfully put herself to sleep.
It’s incredibly refreshing to have our nights back to ourselves, and have about 3-4 hours only for us. We’ve got her routine nailed down and it’s like clockwork. We put her down around 7PM every night, it doesn’t vary that much. And she wakes up between 6:30 and 7AM.
We can’t express enough our gratitude to Emily. She has gone above and beyond what we expected her “contractual” obligations to be, as well as providing the fine adjustments that enabled us to be successful in sleep training our daughter. I believe she would be tremendous help both to the educated parents who did their research on how to sleep train their babies (like us), and especially those who have no idea on how to try and make their little ones sleep soundly through the night.
She has helped restore sanity to our home. There are very few things, if any that can make me grumpy, and I found out that prolonged lack of sleep is one of them. It affects everything from being productive at work, to having the energy to want to be healthy and work out, to just generally being moody with your spouse. We had significant doubts if we wanted to have another child due to our initial sleep deprivation. But now that our sanity has been restored, and we know it’s possible to teach good and positive skills to children, we are now discussing when to have another one.
Of course, we understand each families situation is unique and comes with different challenges, but given our experience, we’re positive Emily will be able to help navigate your personal sleep issues.
Thanks Emily for all your help and support, and we wish you continued success helping other families find those ZZZZZZs
Emily has worked her magic for my son at the age of 10 months, and my daughter at the age of 3 months. Her advice is simple, her sleep plan is a gradual release of responsibility for babies which teaches them how to put themselves to sleep regardless of the situation. Emily has given my family the gift of sleep, and for that I am extremely grateful. If you are considering her services, do yourself a favor and run, don't walk to the phone and call her.
Thanks so much Emily for all your wonderful advice! Already owning the sleep sense program and having two good sleepers, we ran into a small bump in the road and just needed a little extra support. Your detailed and simple to follow plan got our 2 1/2 year old back on track and our 6 month old taking longer naps.
My husband and I have twin girls, around 8 months old when we started the program. We were at our wits end by the time we contacted Sound Asleep as the stress of getting the girls to bed was taking a toll on us mentally, physically, and emotionally. About a month or so later and we are tremendously happy with how well the girls are able to soothe themselves to sleep. As we leave their nursery at night, with both girls wide awake in their cribs, we look at each other in amazement to say, who would have ever thought we, or they, could be doing this!?! Such a burden has been lifted. The best piece of advice I can give other parents who sign on to the Sound Asleep program is to be patient and allow for their experience to be unique; every baby is different! We could not be happier or more grateful for our consultant Emily and her patience and professionalism help along the way!
When I was pregnant with my second child, I had no fears that we would struggle with sleep problems. My daughter had been a champ sleeper since birth, and I anticipated my son would fall in line the same way. And then the madness began.
He came home from the hospital and would only sleep on my chest (only with me, no one else) and for just up to an hour at a time. I could literally never sleep. To add to this, he had reflux, food allergies, and problems nursing. I was exhausted, stressed, and not at all prepared for the situation I was in, while still trying to give attention and care to my older daughter.
I went back to work when he was 3 months old, and things just got worse as I tried to keep up my already crazy routine, now with a full time job added to the mix. Perpetually cranky and struggling to keep all the balls in the air, I persisted, telling myself he would eventually outgrow it and find his sleep rhythm. Unfortunately that day never came. He wouldn't go to bed before 10pm, woke up all night long, and was up at a different time every day.
One day when he was 9 months old, after an especially trying night of waking up with him every single hour, I told my husband there was no way I would consider ever having any more children. He told me it was time to get serious about getting a sleep consultant, and I found Emily online.
After speaking with her on the phone and scheduling our home visit, I could literally feel the relief and hope wash over me that maybe things might finally get better. She came to my home and we walked through our daily routine from morning to night, reviewing my son's new sleep plan. It included notes on all of the things that I was worried about, like leaving him alone crying in his crib- which I didn't have to do! She even gave me notes about what to do in case other problems came up that I hadn't already been dealing with. And when they did, I was ready to handle them in advance, which drastically reduced my stress levels. I finally felt in control of the situation, my home, and my life.
Honestly, it was hard sometimes to stay so consistent with his new schedule. One night we wanted to go out to dinner after his bedtime, but Emily reminded me there would be plenty of dinners out after the first few weeks during which he was developing his new sleep habits. I'm so glad she was there to keep me strong and accountable, because otherwise I don't think I would've been as strict with the plan, and we wouldn't be where we are now.
Two weeks later, my wild child has a happy, fun bedtime routine that he enjoys, goes to sleep within a few minutes of being put in his crib, sleeps through the night, and wakes up between 6 and 6:30am, which is the time that works best for our family. He even has more patience and persistence during the day, which I never noticed to be a problem before, but now I think he was just always exhausted before, leaving him impatient and cranky. He wasn't actually such a sensitive baby, he was just always tired!
With every single question and concern I had (and there were a lot), Emily was right there to give me information, advice, and most of all be the voice I needed telling me to stay strong and not cave in. That was so priceless. No book I read, or piece of information I could look up on the internet was going to reassure me and talk me down when I was doubting myself and my commitment to this. Without her support, I have no doubt that we would have failed sleep training and would still be in the same situation we were before.
This weekend is my anniversary, and my husband and I have that dinner out planned. I'm excited to relax, knowing my kids are BOTH home being good for grandma and will be in bed when we get back. I can have a glass of wine and talk about maybe having another baby in the future, knowing that I can call Emily to set up a sleep plan that will give my husband and kids the rested and happy wife and mom they need.
Thank you Emily!
When we first contacted Emily, we were at our wits end. I believe the subject of my first email to her was "tired and desperate" which we were. Our baby was nearing one year old and had never been a great sleeper. He usually woke four to six (or more) times a night, and sometimes would flatly refuse to go back into his crib after nursing, rocking, cuddling... Our first night on Emily's plan was tough. I'll be frank: he cried for a long time. We were with him by his side the whole time, so I didn't feel as badly about it as if we had left him alone in there. It was so bad, I considered throwing in the towel and asking Emily if we could get our money back! When we talked in the morning, though, she assuaged my concerns and encouraged us to keep on the plan. The second night was much better, and he slept for a solid eight hours, which was probably the longest he had ever slept in his life! As I write this, we are a few months in and the changes have stuck so far. He sleeps 10 - 12 hours a night, naps once a day for two or more hours, and puts himself to sleep, usually within about five minutes of being laid down. I don't think it is overstating the case to say that this has been a miracle for our family. Everyone is better rested and happier. No sleep is no joke! If you are reading this and debating enlisting Emily's support in your baby or toddler's sleep journey, I say go for it. It was really helpful to have her by our side to give us support and encouragement and to help us troubleshoot during those first few rocky weeks. We had read many sleep books, and the thing that was hard with implementing was that the baby hadn't read the book and usually would not cooperate with his end of the bargain. Having someone to talk to and ask questions when our baby wasn't following along with the plan was crucial in helping us stick with the plan.
Hope this email finds you well. As for us WE are all getting great rest! Tanya has done wonderfully, since day one. We have not had any issues or concerns. We are truly grateful for everything! I am quite sure we will be contacting you once the new baby is here.