Gentle and effective holistic sleep training, advice and support with feeding, sleeping, routines and behaviour for babies and toddlers 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 nightly wake-ups or early starts?
Do you find it challenging to get your baby or toddler to nap in their cot at regular times or for longer than a sleep cycle?
Does your toddler refuse to go to bed or stay in their bed?
Do you need help managing the needs of your toddler and new baby, or multiple babies?
Would you like help with establishing a routine and getting your newborn into good sleep habits as an expectant or new parent?
Are you returning work and keen to phase out night feeding or resolve your child's sleep problems to ease the transition into childcare?
Are you exhausted, exasperated and unsure how to help your child go through the night?
If you said “yes” to any of the sleep issues above, then I can help you. I am an experienced certified infant and toddler sleep consultant based in North London but in addition to this specialist training, I have accreditation to support breastfeeding mothers, I am a trained primary school teacher and a working mother of two. This means I can work with you on your child’s sleep whilst also bearing in mind how this fits with their broader emotional, physical and developmental needs, as well as managing life as a busy parent.
With consistency, sleep training can be quick to achieve, and there are a variety of techniques I use, dependent on the age of your child, their specific sleep issues, your set-up at home and parenting approach. I have worked with hundreds of families - many London-based but some as far as Europe and the US - with most babies and toddlers able to fall asleep more independently at bedtime and nap times and sleep for longer periods at night within the first week - and begin sleeping through in the second week, if they have the physical maturity to stop night feeding. Or often some simple changes around sleep environment, routine timings and sleep cues can make a big difference to how easily your child can settle with less support.
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:
• Establishing good sleep habits from birth
• Age-appropriate feeding and nap routines for babies and toddlers
• Help sleeping through the night
• Nightmares or night terrors
• Reducing or stopping night feeds
• Transitions from a moses basket/cot/bed
• Napping in a cot 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 for babies and toddlers together
• Sleep disorders
• Early waking
• Toddlers and older children getting out of bed or not wanting to go to bed
• Unsustainable sleep associations i.e. feeding, cuddling, rocking, reliance on a dummy
I have accredited OCN training in both Sleep Training and Breastfeeding, and further training with Millpond, the leading children's sleep clinic.
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 teaching your child to sleep independently is one of the most important skills you can give them.
The best measure of my success as a sleep consultant is that my sons both sleep for 12 hours each night and have positive attitudes to bedtime. I can help you achieve this for your child too.
For home consultations, I cover Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Finsbury Park, Highgate, Islington, North London and surroundings areas.
I can't thank Katie enough for her support and advice throughout our sleep training. Katie went above and beyond what I expected and was always there with helpful suggestions when I most needed them. To be honest, she helped so much, I'm not sure this testimonial does her justice!."