Working with Little Dreams has completely changed my life, and I’m not being over the top here. When we started working with Jenna I was depressed, exhausted beyond belief and thinking that I clearly cannot cope with motherhood. I honestly felt like a failure, especially hearing lots of ‘advice’ from new mum groups that poor sleep is ‘normal’ and you just need to get on with it and, God forbid, try any sort of sleep training. I’m so glad I decided to go ahead – in less than 2 weeks Helena was falling asleep by herself every night, waking up once or twice at night for a feed and then happily drifting back to sleep on her own! I started waking up in the morning RESTED! I almost forgot that feeling. And as slowly a nap routine is starting to emerge, I am finally looking forward to our days – I now know that each day I will have a little time to myself, which means that when little one is awake, I can devote 100% of my attention to her. I finally feel like I can do this motherhood thing!
We would 100% recommend working with Fay if your baby is a poor sleeper. Our son went from waking up every 1-2 hours, and only napping in the pram, to sleeping all night with two good naps in the cot. The best money we have ever spent! When our two weeks were over we felt more confident in managing our son’s sleep. If he has a bad nap we know how to handle it so the night sleep isn’t affected. Fay supported us all the way! We are a few months down the line now and he is still sleeping all night!
Following a recommendation from a friend, we contacted Fay about our 9.5 month old boy. We had mastered “putting him down awake” at bedtime, but he still woke up during the night almost every night! We also used a dummy when he woke during the night and for naps. We had tried “crying it out” during the night on two separate occasions but it hadn’t worked and it was a horrible experience for us all, which had left us feeling deflated and unsure of what to do next. We had our initial Skype call with Fay and she was fantastic – direct but understanding, and more importantly very clear. She talked us through a detailed plan for our son but also answered all of the questions we had, not just on sleep but also on food/mealtimes and how to deal with our older child whilst implementing the sleep plan. We made some initial changes straight away but waited until the weekend before implementing the plan fully and to our amazement, our son slept through that night and has done ever since! The dummies have gone too. There was of course a bit of protest at the beginning but it was not nearly as bad as I was fearing. Our son is also now less whingy during the day and we put this down to him being more rested. We are all much happier since we contacted Fay, and I would wholeheartedly recommend her.!
We spoke with a number of sleep consultants for our 10 month old before choosing Little Dreams Consulting. I had tried all of the gentle sleep practices since he was 4 months old which worked in part but didn’t solve the bit where he was able to put himself back to sleep without us. As our baby approached the 10 month mark I realised that with going back to work in a couple of months I wouldn’t be able to handle multiple night wakes and trying to be professional with clients!
Our key challenges were around putting our baby to sleep (rocking or holding) and his night wakes (2-4 wakes with two breast feeds). I was desperately uncomfortable with the idea of our baby crying. Which meant that as soon as he was emotionally uneasy, he would have our support to fall back to sleep. Jenna supported us gently and carefully. She listened to my concerns, validated my emotions and worked with us on a plan so that our baby would have better sleep by learning how to do it himself.
He ended up sleeping through on the third night which blew our minds. The most important part of this process was having a professional sleep consultant reassure us that our baby’s behaviour was normal. We are now 3 months on from the start of our sleep training and our baby is still sleeping through the night and naps well. He had a hiccup at nursery as he adjusted to napping in a new and noisy environment, but within a few weeks he happily sleeps there as well. Working with Jenna has given me my life back. I don’t dread how many times I will be up in the night anymore. I am so grateful for the help provided and cannot recommend Little Dreams Consulting highly enough.
Jenna helped us when we were at rock bottom after 9 months of very little sleep. My daughter would only feed to sleep so every hour she woke in the night and wouldn't self settle, i had to get up 6-8 times every night before she woke my toddler and husband too! She was getting such little sleep that i was starting to get very concerned about the effect of this on her as well as how it was affecting my own mental health and ability to function and cope. It also made naps really hard as she would only feed to sleep, i had to wait until she was in a deep sleep then transition her to her cot. Her bad sleep patterns were taking over our lives! Jenna's sensitive, supportive approach made the world of difference at a time when i felt very broken! She was kind, thoughtful, considerate and came up with a fantastic bespoke plan that worked from day 1! The results still gobsmack me, the changes Jenna helped us bring about have made the most enormous positive difference to our lives. Thank you so much!!!! I can't recommend your services enough. If you're like I was and wondering if things will just sort themselves out, really question what habits you've gotten into with your child as if they're established you will likely need some help to break them. Don't wait any longer, you deserve sleep!!