Katie Blackwell, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant
If you are reading this with bags under your eyes, wondering if you will ever get more than 2 hours of sleep at a time, then we have had something in common!
All my life I knew that I wanted to be a mom, and I married someone whose dream was to have six children (for the record, that was never going to happen!). When we found out we were pregnant with twins, we were through the roof excited! Once our children were born however, we were so miserable due to sleep deprivation that we questioned that same drive we once had towards parenting. It was so hard to treasure those newborn days when all we wanted to do was get some solid sleep. It did not seem that we were living our dream at all, just barely surviving...
"Never did I imagine the kind of progress we could make in a week! We saw progress right away and he slept through the night on the fifth night after multiple night waking's for months. We learned so much about his sleep patterns and what he needed to ensure a smooth transition. So very thankful!!!"
"Katie was so amazing to work with! She was happy to answer any questions I had and she provided a very thorough sleeping plan that was easy to follow and worked like a charm. She tailored a plan specific to my child and really worked to figure the underlying cause for her unwillingness to sleep alone and through the night. Within a week my daughter went from crying herself to sleep and waking up multiple times, to happily putting herself to sleep and sleeping all night long. Katie’s help was invaluable. She’s a miracle worker!"
"Katie has provided so much support to myself and our son to help him go from 4+ wake ups a night and only napping being held, to falling asleep on his own and on a regular schedule. She was so kind and supportive and working with her has truly saved my sanity. Thank you Katie for all you have done for our family, and I’d highly recommend her for anyone who needs help and has given up on ever sleeping again"
Customized Child Sleep Plans
Detailed plans that are customized to your child. Each package varies in their level of support
Need just a little bit of help, or can't commit to a customized plan right now? No Problem! We have a consultation option to fit your budget!
Do I have to let my child cry it out by themsleves?
While I cannot guarantee your child will not cry, I can create plans in which you are there to support your child if they are crying. If you prefer for your child to not cry alone then we can create a plan around that. My goal will always be to help babies become familiar and confident in their sleep routine so that there is as little crying as possible!
What ages do you work with?
I create customized sleep plans for children as young as 4 months up until 5 years! While I love working with babies, preschoolers have been some of my most favorite clients to work with!
Do we have to night wean?
Night weaning is always completely optional. Some babies, especially breastfed babies may continue to need a feeding up until 12 months of age. If you want to night wean then we can explore if your baby is ready for that! My general preference is to wait until 6 months to start the night weaning process. If your child is not ready then we can sleep train without night weaning. If your child is under 12 months then they will need pediatrician approval for night weaning. If your child is older then 12 months then I do generally recommend removing night feedings in order to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
How long will it take for my child to sleep better
This is a hard question to answer because this completely depends on how consistent you are with the plan, and your child's temperament. If the parent is consistent with the sleep training plan, then most children show improvement within 3 days. More easy going/adaptable children will show significant progress in three days. Strong willed children will show a smaller amount of progress within 3 days. Generally children reach their goals by 2-3 weeks.
Is it really realistic to expect a child to sleep 10-12 hours a night?
Yes! In fact, it's optimal. Children are doing so much growing and development that they need all the sleep they can get. Getting an adequate amount of sleep (preferably between 11-12 hours at night, but at LEAST 10 hours of sleep) is associated with increased physical health, cognitive health, and mental health benefits.