I am a mother to 4 gorgeous children, aged 4-9 years old. Every time I went back to work after maternity leave, (quite often pregnant) colleagues would ask me how I was coping so well. My answer was always the same; ‘because my children sleep’. We would make jokes about the fact that I should write a book! So after my 4th child, I decided, why not?!
So I wrote, “With sleep I can do anything. The first year – A manual”
Mine have all slept through the night (with a dream feed) between 10-13 weeks and I can not stress enough, how important sleep has always been for me! However, after helping a large number of parents during my training it has become apparent that babies sleeping and eating (specifically) are a big issue for many parents, so I’m here to help and share my knowledge around infant sleep and breaking up the myths about sleep training!
I have developed my own style of parenting which I like to call “Structible parenting”. Structured but flexible. For example, by having structured time intervals between feedings and nap times and learning to recognise your baby’s cues correctly, you can be more flexible in your day to day life. For example, if your baby wakes up at 7 am, then you know they will need to eat at 11am, 3pm, 7pm. BUT! you have school pick up at 3! so instead of panicking about being caught out by a screaming, hungry baby when you are in no position to feed, you plan your day accordingly. By feeding at 10;45, then you can get to the school early and feed at 2.30. Feeds are still within the 3.30-4 hourly window but you’ve been able to manage your day to minimise your stress! Equally, the structure of having good nap times that are reliable, mean that your baby’s body clock can start to adapt and will know when to expect naps. That way, you can be a bit more flexible (within reason) with the nap location.
I worked for a year as a health care assistant in the Chest Ward before studying Nursing at Oxford Brookes University in 2006. Upon qualifying in 2009, I started working as a Neonatal Nurse in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU). I was then ready to start my life long dream of becoming a Midwife. I completed the transfer course in 2012 and I was blessed enough to get a job in my local hospital where I worked for 7 years before leaving to work full time as a Baby Sleep Consultant.
And I’ve never looked back!
To date I have helped over 900 families get the sleep they all need and deserve and I couldn’t be happier.
I have written a book on the first year of parenting which is available on Amazon, https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1983378925/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_Gb86EbGRRP9AG, but seeing as I love to help others on a face to face basis, I decided to become a Baby sleep consultant and offer sleep training guides and plans via video consultations or home visits.
I have been Lucky enough to be featured in the Mum&Baby Magazine Spring Issue of 2020
I have a blog on BlueBell Monitor site
And another blog on the Tommee Tippee Site which you can read in the link below!