Effective family-centred, holistic and research-based advice and support with feeding, sleeping, routines and behaviour for babies, toddlers and children from birth through to 5 years in Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Highgate, North London and Greater London
Are you finding it hard to cope with frequent nightly wake-ups or early starts?
Are you having daily nap battles or your baby or toddler will only catnap?
Does your toddler fight sleep at bedtime, repeatedly hop out of their bed or insist on your presence to fall asleep?
Do you need help managing the needs of your toddler and a new baby, or multiple babies?
Would you like help with establishing a routine and gently helping your newborn into good sleep habits as an expectant or new parent?
Are you returning to work and keen to resolve your child's sleep problems to ease the transition into childcare?
If you said “yes” to any of the issues above, then I would love to help your family. I am a qualified infant and toddler sleep consultant based in North London but in addition to this accreditation, I am also trained to support breastfeeding mothers and assess infant behaviour to diagnose and resolve feeding problems, which often impact on sleep. My background is in early years education as a primary school teacher and I am also a working mother to two boys, which means I can work with you on your child’s sleep whilst bearing in mind how this fits with their broader emotional, physical and developmental needs as well as your family's needs and managing life as a busy parent.
Often some simple changes around sleep hygiene, gentle parental boundaries, bedtime routines, awake times and preventing ovetiredness, understanding more about sleep biology, developmental changes and your child's sleep cues or resolving underlying feeding or health issues can make a big difference to both how easily your child can sleep with less support and the quality of their sleep. I use a variety of techniques and holistic approaches, dependent on the age of your child, their specific sleep issues, your set-up at home, parenting philosophy and aims for sleep training. I work with hundreds of families each year - many London-based but some as far as Europe and the US - and I'm really proud to say that parents regularly recommend me to their friends and come back to me for further support as their families grow.
Without adequate sleep, it’s hard to be responsive to your children in the way you want to be and get through the day – whether you’re a working or stay-at-home parent. Children also need lots of sleep to support healthy development, so an uninterrupted night is important for the whole family.
It's equally important to maintain a consistent routine through infancy and childhood, as studies have shown that irregular sleep-wake patterns and mealtimes can cause significant changes in our moods and sense of well-being.
Even if you have a well-established routine and your baby or toddler is able to fall asleep by themselves, you may still experience tough patches when they are teething, ill or going through developmental change or significant change in their lives.
But if your family is chronically sleep-deprived night after night or you're struggling with a regression, I can help you assess the sleep problem and give you the support, techniques and confidence to make lasting changes that will enable your child to maintain healthy habits as they grow.
Sleep issues I work with include:
• Supporting healthy sleep patterns from birth and regulating your baby's body clock
• Help with co-sleeping safely
• Learning about overtiredness and sleep cues
• Age-appropriate feeding and nap routines for babies and toddlers
• Working towards sleeping through the night
• Nightmares, night terrors and anxiety around sleep times
• Reducing or stopping night feeding
• Transitioning from a moses basket/side crib/cot/bed
• Napping at home and elongating the lunchtime nap
• Identifying and managing colic, reflux and symptoms caused by food allergy or intolerance
• Twins or multiples and siblings sharing a room
• Routines to meet the needs of babies and toddlers together
• Sleep disorders
• Early waking or late bedtimes
• Toddlers and older children getting out of bed or not wanting to go to bed
• Phasing out sleep associations that are becoming unsustainable i.e. feeding, bouncing, rocking, reliance on a dummy
I have accredited OCN training in both Sleep Training and Breastfeeding and I am a member of the UK branch of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. I am also a sleep expert for Wellvine and Nurturing Mums. I fully understand and empathise with the demands and challenges of early parenthood, and know from first-hand experience that sleep training can be tough at times, but I firmly believe that supporting your child on the journey to sleeping independently will benefit the whole family and it can be achieved in a way that protects secure attachment and fosters confidence for both parents and children.
The best measure of my success as a sleep consultant is that both of my sons, though very different in character and needs, have maintained great sleeping patterns throughout their infancy and early years, and happily fall asleep at bedtime. I can help your family achieve this too.
For home consultations, I cover Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Finsbury Park, Highgate, Islington, North London and surroundings areas.