Motherhood is a beautiful mess. Between the loss of sleep, shift in family dynamic, and striking a balance in this new postpartum life, being a mama is nothing short of a beautiful adventure.
When my first son was born, I felt like I could not be my best self for him because of how much sleep I was losing. I was constantly losing sleep for this little human I created and was losing myself in the process.
It wasn’t until my husband and I got him sleep trained that our lives changed for the better. I was finally able to have a full conversation with my family and friends without sleep fog. I could respond to my son’s cries without getting irritable from the lack of sleep. I grew increasingly confident in my abilities as a new mother and felt that because I could get my son sleep trained, I could do anything.
I was in desperate need of sleep and spread too thin, feeling lost trying to get my baby to sleep and disconnected from my family and myself in the process.
Sleep-A-Bye Baby was born out of my passion to help new families through the same struggles I endured as a new mama. With a focus on evidence-based and holistic sleep plans, parents will feel reassured in their child’s sleep journey and gain confidence in themselves to become the best version of themselves for their family.
As a Pediatric Sleep Consultant and NICU nurse, with an infant and a toddler, I have experience in connecting with and supporting new mothers through this process. I offer mamas like you evidence-based research on pediatric sleep and educate you on why sleep is so important for your child’s development.
I offer DIY sleep plans formulated specifically for your child’s temperament and sleep philosophy in mind. I also offer 1:1 sleep support to not only get you through the sleep training process but to help you enjoy this new journey with your little one! Our main goal is to set a solid sleep foundation for the child. When your child sleeps better, so do you.
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Sleep support changed my family’s life, and it will change your family’s life too. From newborn sleep support to infant and toddler consulting, Sleep-A-Bye Baby uses an evidence-based approach with our resources and sleep plans to tailor services to your individual needs.
This is a non-judgemental space where all families are welcome, whatever your sleep preferences may be. We help parents gain confidence while learning about sleep hygiene, safe sleeping practices, developing a sleep foundation and routine, establish independent sleep for your little one and more.
Book a free consultation with us today or find a sleep support package that fits your family’s unique needs.
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Hi mama! I’m Amber, a certified pediatric sleep consultant and NICU nurse. I am the proud mother of two kids, an infant and a toddler. I have not only had the opportunity to educate myself on all things related to newborn, infant and toddler sleep, but I also have experience connecting with and supporting families in the NICU setting that are going through the thick of it. With two kids under two, I also have experience in losing my own end of sleep. So, I know exactly how it feels to be in your shoes!
Absolutely, YES! Studies show that at least 60-75% of parents will bed share at some point. Keeping this in mind, as a holistic sleep consultant, I take pride in making sure that I respect preferences and cultural norms such as bed sharing and approach every family with each of their needs in mind. However, my ultimate goal is to educate families on how to bed-share safely to reduce the risk of SIDS.
There are two things to keep in mind when it comes to teething:
The first thing is to make sure teething is actually occurring. At around 3 months of age, babies’ salivary glands start to develop which means they will often start to chew on their hands, and drool. People tend to think their baby is starting to cut a tooth, when in reality it is just a normal part of their development!
Once we know that teething is actually occurring, the second thing to keep in mind is how teething affects sleep. Studies have shown that teething causes no significant reductions in overall duration of sleep but a few days before a tooth erupts or on the day of eruption, sleep awakenings are more common.
After going over these two things, I always tell parents that sleep training can start when teething is occurring BUT expectations for successful sleep training during the window of actual teething (the few days before, during, and after tooth eruption ~ 8 days) should be lowered.
REMEMBER: Overtired babies do not handle discomfort (i.e. teething) well, so keeping them as well rested as we can is important. Overall, it is NEVER too late to start sleep training your child, whether before, during, or after the many bouts of teething they will experience the first few years of their life.
Helping your child learn and maintain healthy sleep habits in a loving and mindful way is just one way to encourage a deep bond. No matter which sleep training method you choose, we always encourage parents to use the pre-bedtime routine to snuggle up and enjoy their baby, including feeding or rocking – just not all the way to sleep.
Fussiness and crying during the sleep training is absolutely normal and not a bad thing! Crying is your child’s main form of communication when they are little, so objections by your little one during the sleep training process is absolutely normal!
Also, there are no studies that show sleep training to be detrimental to a child’s emotional well-being nor does it show any breaks in the child-parent bond. Actually, it shows the complete opposite! If you are interested in reading up on further research about the benefits of sleep training, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is very true! Many parents may resort to rocking and feeding to sleep, and other soothing techniques to get their babies to sleep – which is always a great time to bond! However, this can lead to some serious sleep deprivation once you are beyond the newborn stage. Sleep deprivation to that degree is not good for anyone, especially parents dealing with postpartum anxiety, depression and anger.
That is a BIG no! This method, also known as extinction, has been tied directly to sleep training for YEARS, and even though there may be reasons why certain families may choose this method, this is NOT the only method. There are around 10 sleep training methods that I recommend for my clients, and I choose one or two based off your preferences as a parent and your little one’s temperament.
Depending on what package you choose, I can be there for as little or for as much support as you and your little one needs! I will always supply your family with a customized sleep plan and depending on the package you choose, I will be available for phone calls, in-app direct voice and text messaging support, and even virtual and in-home support for those mamas that are really in need of a lot of hand-holding! The choice is yours mama!
At the end of the day, my main goal is to help you not only get through the sleep training process BUT actually enjoy it and gain some life-changing knowledge! I will be your NUMBER 1 cheerleader and supporter!
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