Reviews From Our Families
"Kirsty has honestly been a godsend to us! Our baby has gone from being fed to sleep every 1-2 hrs over night to being in his own room, settling himself to sleeping and only waking once for a feed. She gave us the guidance and confidence we needed to get into a good routine, can't thank her enough and highly recommend."
(Mum of a 2.5 yr old)
Our Commitment To You
Our Commitment To You
Meet Some Of The Usual Suspects
We see a lot of different types of children, and every one is unique in their way. But, there are a lot of common traits we come across. Do any of these rings a bell?
"Just one more" story, drink, or minute before bed, these tots are hard-core negotiators. Future business owners or solicitors, perhaps?
The Escape Artist
Somehow these little ones seem to always find a way to escape their bed - Mission Impossible style.
Co-sleeping, contact napping, and room-sharing, these little ones don't even pay rent!
Where everything has to be juuuuuuuust right! There's always another thing that needs to be fixed...
‘Cry-It-Out’ (or, more commonly, the ‘extinction method’) is fundamentally against the basis of our process. We always ask parents to respond to their child’s cries. We cannot promise that your child will never cry during the program – it’s how they communicate with you as their parent. However, we will show you how to understand what they are calling for and how to respond. Our method builds positive associations with sleep and bedtime. We are room-sharing, co-sleeping, contact-napping, and breastfeeding-friendly.
BEDTIME ON YOUR SCHEDULE
Here, bedtime is defined as starting when your child is awake in bed until you say ‘goodnight’ and leave the room. By the end of our process, this will take less than 10 minutes with your child falling asleep independently. Bedtimes are simple and ultimately flexible to suit your family’s preferences – if you want a longer bedtime, go for it. Similarly, because our process is not Cry-It-Out, you can give them more support and love when they need it (illness, developmental milestones, environment change) without worrying about “breaking the process”.
Sleep Through The Night
Depending on your child's age, ‘through the night’ means 10-13 hours. Good sleep is not just about duration. However – it is also about quality. One of The Child Sleep Therapists' fundamentals is ensuring your child feels safe and comfortable in bed and sleep. A fundamental change we have identified in children after completing our program is the increased length and regularity of their deep sleep cycles – crucial to a child’s growth and development.
The Child Sleep Therapist Way
How It Works...
The Child Sleep Therapist works with families with various sleep-related issues, whether fighting bedtime, waking up in the night, feeding, weaning, scheduling, or co-sleeping. We will work on your specific needs, making your child feel comfortable and safe in sleep.
With a combination of the consultation call and our unique assessment form, we send to all our clients. As a result, we can determine the individual needs and behaviours of the child and the complementary approach to take.
We are removing externalities and establishing a common understanding of being comfortable with bedtime and sleep.
Building Sleep Associations
Establishing healthy and sustainable sleep associations builds on the previous step's foundational progress.
Developing a sense of independence and self-regulation at bedtime and through the night, where the child knows they are comfortable and safe.
Practice & Consistency
Cementing the progress of Steps 1-4, ensuring the whole family is comfortable with the new process and tweaking any final issues. Practice makes perfect & consistency is vital.
Meet Your Child Sleep Therapist
Hi, I'm Kirsty, The Child Sleep Therapist.
I am a qualified nursery nurse, an experienced nanny, and a Mum of two beautiful children.
I have worked with babies and children for over 15 years and have always been passionate about helping and supporting families through life.
I then had my first child and endured months of sleep deprivation. Finally, realising how much it impacted our family's health, we reached out to a sleep consultant for help, which was life-changing.
After seeing fantastic results with our first, we used a sleep consultant again for our second child, and that's when I knew I wanted to spread the word and help as many struggling families as possible.
Now I'm here to help you and your family change your lives for the better. Are you ready to sort bedtime?
"The leading causes of all health issues in developed nations all have recognised causal links to a lack of sleep"
Director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science, University of California.
Author of 'Why We Sleep'
Do You Support A "Cry-It-Out" Method?
In a word, NO! Cry it out, also known as the extinction method, is a sleep training technique that involves putting your baby in their crib fully awake and allowing her to fuss or cry until she falls asleep — without your help. Our method provides you with techniques and strategies that ensure you’re always able to respond to your child’s needs in some meaningful capacity, reinforcing that you’re always there for them if and when needed.
Will This Work For My Family?
We will achieve three main milestones within two weeks. First, your child is sleeping for longer stretches throughout the night. We will achieve age-appropriate day naps to promote sleep through the night and make bedtimes a more enjoyable and efficient experience for the whole family. If we haven’t been able to achieve these milestones, we’ll give you the option to extend the support for one week to help your child reach these goals. Your commitment We take our responsibility to you seriously. This is why we commit to you and your child. However, to be able to do right by you, we need your full support and dedication. We ask you to fully commit yourselves to the two weeks and implement all the sleep hygiene recommendations. Sometimes life gets in the way; you get sick, or your child gets sick. We understand, and we are here to support you. We will also allow you to pause and rejoin once during the two weeks for a maximum of four weeks.
I Sleep Trained At Bedtime, But My Child Still Wakes At Night. What Now?
As we’ve mentioned before, a bedtime sleep association is just one factor (albeit an important one) we consider when determining the cause of disrupted sleep. Therefore, when evaluating a child’s case, our experts look at various possible sleep disruptors, including the child’s schedule, daytime naps, the possibility of hunger, and the consistency to which the skills are applied throughout the night.
Do I have to sleep train to ensure my child gets enough sleep? Will my child be a lousy sleeper if I don’t sleep train?
Not necessarily! How well a child sleeps depends on many factors. One factor is how a child falls asleep at the beginning of the night. Some children fall asleep with parental help at the beginning of the night and still sleep well. However, in most cases where night waking is listed as a sleep issue, we find that eliminating parental help at bedtime considerably improves night waking.
Will sleep training damage my bond with my child?
Helping your child learn and maintain healthy sleep habits lovingly and mindfully is just one way to encourage a deep bond. No matter which settling technique 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. It’s normal for children to object when we change established routines; fussing and crying are often (though not always) part of the process when making changes. Our customised sleep plans offer many ways to reduce tears, so parents aren’t asked to go outside their comfort zones to effect change.
Should I sleep train by a certain age? Am I doomed if I wait to change our habits?
While some age groups present unique challenges, changing habits is never too late. We help children under seven years old change their routines and improve sleep.
What If I Want To Cancel?
You can cancel any time before your start date. You can also move your start date or postpone it for up to four weeks. If you cancel before your start date, we will issue a refund minus a fee of £100.
Isn’t it a myth that babies can self-soothe? All parents need to do is hold their babies more, right?
Nope. It’s not a myth. And while we’re all about cuddling your babies as much as possible, holding your baby to sleep every night can contribute to some brutal sleep deprivation once you’re beyond the newborn stage. That’s not good for anyone, especially parents dealing with postpartum depression or anxiety.
"Kirsty was absolutely brilliant from start to finish and we cannot thank her enough for changing our evenings. You will never know how much we appreciate you!"