Katie Fischer Certified baby and toddler sleep consultant for Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Highgate & North London

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Katie Fischer changed our lives, can't recommend her highly enough.

Petra, mother to Alfie, aged 1


Sleep training advice, consultations and packages for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers

My techniques are tailored to your child's developmental age and personality, as well as your parenting approach and individual circumstances. I recognise that each child is different and always take the time to build up a full history of your child’s sleep habits and all the factors that affect them, like feeding and nutrition, day time routines, temperament, health, allergy, developmental phases, mobility, siblings, childcare and home environment, before making any recommendations.

My role as a sleep consultant is to help you understand what falls within a normal range and why your child is behaving in the way that they are, and then give you the knowledge, techniques and confidence to optimise the environment for sleep, help your child into a consistent routine that's age-appropriate and phase out sleep associations or overcome habitual waking, so that they learn to sleep independently. Typically, a plan might be for 2-3 weeks and most children respond quickly, but others may require a more gradual approach, especially if they are still feeding lots at night, not yet in their own room or they're experiencing change (developmental or external factors).

When you contact me by phone or email, we will discuss the nature of the problem, your aims for sleep training and how I can help you. If you’re happy to go ahead, I will ask you to complete a questionnaire and keep a 48-72 hour diary, which will help us see your child’s sleep in a realistic light and enable me to put together a targeted sleep plan.

However, I know that when parents take the step to contact a sleep consultant, they want help urgently, so I will always suggest some easy, immediate changes you can make to promote good sleep habits.

Unlike many sleep programmes, my plans are not rigid and I have lots of built-in contact by phone and email to work through any difficulties, give encouragement, review progress and make adjustments as we go.

I also work with you in a flexible way so that you don't end up paying for a lengthy plan that isn't necessary.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Payment is needed in full before all consultations.

Support packages: after completing the consultation, the additional cost of the 2 weeks of support is not refundable, but there is an option to delay the support within a 2-month period.

If you need to a postpone a phone consultation after you've booked and made payment, then please do let me know as soon as possible, and I will be happy to rearrange another time with you. If you miss your consultation without any notice, please be aware that I charge 50% of the consultation fee if you want to re-book.

For services booked via Peppy Health, there will be an additional 15% charged on all the prices listed below.

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One-off email

QUICK RESPONSE ONE-OFF EMAIL-ONLY OPTION FOR ANY AGE - £40

Not for complex sleep issues, but if you email me with your query (could be anything from nap transitions and timings to introducing mealtimes, when to reduce night feeds/days feeds, tantrums at bedtime, managing jet lag or sleep away from home etc), I will respond the same day with ideas and helpful, practical tips.

If you subsequently decide you'd like to do a solo consultation or package, I will refund the cost of the email-only option.
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Solo consultations

1 HOUR SOLO PHONE CONSULTATION
£90 (MON-FRI DAY TIME) or £105 (MON-FRI EVENINGS)


1-1.5 HOUR SOLO HOME CONSULTATION
£150 (MON-FRI DAY TIME) or £170 (MON-FRI EVENINGS/WEEKENDS)


Included in the solo option - review of 48-72hr diary, sleep plan, factsheets and 2 follow-up emails (no time limit)

  • This consultation is for any age 3 months - 6 years.
  • Following your sleep diary, I will conduct an in-depth consultation, either over the phone or in your home, to discuss your child’s current routine and specific sleep issues, discuss different sleep training methods and agree on the most effective course of action to meet your aims.
  • I will email you a detailed, manageable and tailor-made plan, including a structured feeding and nap routine, daily steps to implement the sleep training technique we have agreed on and advice to give your child the right sleep environment and sleep cues. We will talk this through, plan a sensible timeline and make sure you are happy with everything.
  • The solo option includes 2 follow-up emails to review progress, support and answer any further questions when you're implementing the plan. There is no time limit to use these emails.
  • You will also receive helpful factsheets about managing nap progression, teething, illness, consistency after sleep training and sleep away from home.

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Consultation packages

1 HOUR PHONE CONSULTATION PACKAGE FROM 7 MONTHS
£200 (MON-FRI DAY TIME) or £215 (MON-FRI EVENINGS)


1-1.5 HOUR HOME CONSULTATION PACKAGE FROM 7 MONTHS
£260 (MON-FRI DAY TIME) or £280 (MON-FRI EVENINGS OR WEEKENDS)


Included in the packages - review of 48-72hr diary, sleep plan, factsheets, 2 review phone calls, up to 2 weeks of follow-up support by email and identifying next steps at the end of the plan

  • The packages have built-in follow-up support by phone and email, and are for children 7 months upwards.
  • Following your sleep diary, I will conduct an in-depth consultation, either over the phone or in your home, to discuss your child’s current routine and specific sleep issue, discuss different sleep training methods and agree on the most effective course of action to meet your aims.
  • I will email you a detailed, manageable and tailor-made plan, including a structured feeding and nap routine, daily steps to implement the sleep training technique we have agreed on and advice to give your child the right sleep environment and sleep cues. We will talk this through, plan a sensible timeline and make sure you are happy with everything.
  • The package includes up to 2 weeks of email support (any time 7am-7pm) to answer your questions as they arise, guide and reassure and help you make adjustments where needed. We will plan when you'd like the support to start following your consultation.
  • The package includes 2 additional phone calls. I will review progress with you over the phone at the end of the first week and at the end of the second week, we'll have another review call to identify next steps and help you ensure that your child maintains healthy sleep habits as they grow.
  • You will also receive helpful factsheets about managing nap progression, teething, illness, consistency after sleep training and sleep away from home.


MULTIPLES AND SIBLINGS

The price of consultations and packages is the same as above for twins and multiples. If you'd like help with siblings concurrently, I offer a 50% discount for a second child.

FOLLOW-UP OPTIONS

The majority of sleep problems will be resolved within 2-3 weeks but if you need further support with embedding the training, progressing your child's routine or troubleshooting, or a follow-up phone consultation at any point, I offer these options:

FOLLOW-UP EMAIL CONSULTATION - £30
30 MINUTE FOLLOW-UP PHONE CONSULTATION - £50

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Sleep advice for new parents and 'sleep shaping' consultations

1 HOUR NEWBORN 0-3 MONTHS PHONE CONSULTATION WITH EMAIL FOLLOW-UP
£90 (MON-FRI DAY TIME) or £105 (MON-FRI EVENINGS)


1-1.5 HOUR NEWBORN 0-3 MONTHS HOME CONSULTATION WITH EMAIL FOLLOW-UP
£150 (MON-FRI DAY TIME) or £170 (MON-FRI EVENINGS/WEEKENDS)


Included in the consultations - review of your newborn's 48-72hr diary, a written manageable and tailor-made plan to follow at home and 2 follow-up emails to review progress, support and answer any further questions as you're implementing changes

Although you can’t expect a newborn to sleep through the night, you can begin to support healthy sleep patterns and ensure that feeding is well established so that they will sleep better and longer when they are ready. If you are a new parent, I offer phone and home consultations to help you:

  • understand how babies sleep and how this changes as they grow
  • understand the factors that affect sleep - which ones are developmental and which ones you can influence
  • co-sleep safely
  • optimise the sleep environment for your little one
  • regulate your baby's body clock
  • learn about overtiredness and sleep cues
  • introduce a bedtime routine and gently build structure into your baby’s day
  • assess and resolve feeding issues and introduce routine when your baby is ready
  • manage the needs of multiple babies
  • manage the needs of a toddler and new baby
  • cope with colic and reflux
  • take steps to reduce the risks of SIDS

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Group sleep workshops

GROUP SLEEP WORKSHOP - £35 PER PERSON

If you have an antenatal or postnatal group and would love some affordable and informal sleep advice over a cuppa, I also offer group sleep sessions, either in your home or at a local cafe that's convenient for everyone.

  • The sessions are for a minimum of 5, maximum of 8, for 1.5 hours.
  • I cover all aspects of infant sleep - understanding how babies sleep and key developmental changes, what you can influence and what to expect in terms of feeding/sleeping/napping patterns as your babies grow, setting the right sleep environment and sleep cues, establishing routines and gentle settling techniques.
  • I will answer all of your questions and we can discuss the issues you're experiencing so that you can all get some practical, tailored strategies to try at home.
  • I will then email with a helpful handout summarising the session.

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What parents say about the way I work

"Katie's style throughout the sleep training was gentle and supportive."


"She has built my confidence and adapted to our preferences for our baby."


"What I appreciate most is her calm thoughtful approach. There's nothing militant or judgemental about her.


"We were previously apprehensive about sleep training as we thought it was cruel and unnecessary. Katie's method was neither and she explained things so well. Her support throughout was fantastic and gave us so much confidence."


"I really appreciate your time, patience and flexibility with methods we are more comfortable with."


What to expect

  • Sleep training can be physically and emotionally tiring so it helps to clear your diary and have family available for support.

  • Consistency and perseverance are key to sleep training - if you change your approach and expectations night to night, your child will get mixed messages and struggle to make progress.

  • Sleep training isn't a quick fix - it's an ongoing process and, though your child may start sleeping through, you'll need to continue to be consistent and adapt their routine as they grow.

  • You may experience some tough patches during your child's first years when they are ill, teething or going through a developmental leap. Comfort them and adjust their routine as necessary, but continue to keep in mind the principles of healthy sleep habits so that they can return to sleeping independently when they're able.


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