Gentle and effective holistic sleep training for babies and toddlers 0-5 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 hard to get your baby or toddler to nap in their cot at regular times?
Does your toddler refuse to go to bed or stay in their bed?
Do you need help managing a toddler and new baby, or multiple babies?
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 a certified infant and toddler sleep consultant, but in addition to this specialist training, I am also a trained primary school teacher and a 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.
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 - 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.
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 a growth spurt.
But if your family is chronically sleep-deprived night after night, 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
• Coping with colic and reflux
• Twins or multiples
• 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
I have accredited OCN training 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!."
Lack of sleep is making our children obese.
"Increased calorie intake is just the start of it: insufficient sleep can also contribute to behavioural and learning problems."
Guardian November 16
Click on this link for the full article www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/14/lack-of-sleep-children-obese-calorie-intake
Cot deaths are at the lowest recorded level in England and Wales.
BBC News August 16
Click on this link for the full article www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37033394
New research finds that letting infants cry for short periods can help both child and parent sleep better without emotional harm.
"Despite assertions that extinction-based methods may result in elevated cortisol, emotional and behavioral problems, and insecure parent-infant attachment, our data did not support this hypothesis. Coupled with the findings from Price and colleagues,41 behavioral interventions appear to improve sleep without detrimental effects on the child or family."
Behavioral Interventions for Infant Sleep Problems: A Randomized Controlled Trial published in Pediatrics May 2016 by Michael Gradisar et al
Click on this link for the full article pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/05/21/peds.2015-1486
A neuroscientist explains that exposure to sunlight is the key to conquering jetlag and resulting sleep issues.
Guardian January 2016
Click on this link for the full article www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/03/how-to-conquer-jet-lag
As they prepare a major study to test the idea, UK scientists have said that starting school at 10:00 could have huge benefits for teenagers. Research suggests that society pays too little attention to our "body clock" - and adolescents in particular have a late-running biological rhythm. This means insisting on an early start can cause sleep deprivation, which in turn can affect learning and health.
BBC News September 2015
Click on this link for the full article www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34192371
"Behavioral sleep training techniques have no marked long-lasting effects on child, child-parent, or maternal outcomes. Parents and health professionals can feel comfortable about using these techniques to reduce the population burden of infant sleep problems and maternal depression."
Five-Year Follow-up of Harms and Benefits of Behavioral Infant Sleep Intervention: Randomized Trial published in Pediatrics June 2012 by Anna Price et al
Click on this link for the full article pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/4/643.full.pdf