When I was expecting Baby #3, I promised myself I would NOT fall into the rocking habit (as with baby #2) and end up, for a second time at Tresillian. (Who, for the record are wonderful and do wonderful work!)
But it didn’t take long for rocking Angus to sleep to become a quick and easy habit. To begin with it worked a treat and gave me time with the other two kids. But it didn’t take long before the nights to become very unsettled and soon Angus was waking every hour to be rocked back to sleep. Sometimes it took and hour to get him back to sleep.
I was utterly exhausted. I would cry all through the nights. The days, I just plodded through, dreading the night to come. While I was struggling alone, I thought I was hiding it pretty well. It wasn’t until during a bit of an argument with my partner he said that we were all suffering, kids included. I knew I had to do something and ask someone for help but I just couldn’t bring myself to do so. I’m not sure why.
I tried (and failed!) many different ‘tips’ and one was using white noise in the bedroom. I tuned into 2UE, little did I know what a saving grace that station choice would be! One fateful evening, in an attempt to rock Angus off sleep I heard Karen on the radio talking about her gentle approach to settle babies. It sounded great! So I sent my email off to Karen that week and it wasn’t long before we scheduled our phone call.
I was feeling like a total failure as a mum and I was actually really embarrassed that I had got myself into such sleep time mess with my third baby. But not once did Karen make me feel that way! She was kind, sympathetic and very understanding. Karen’s approach to getting Angus back on track felt so caring, I loved the fact I wasn’t required to leave him alone and was even encouraged to cuddle my little man! After our chat I finally felt I had a game plan! (After reading numerous methods online that I couldn’t bring myself to put into action.) I picked my starting date, and feeling that I had the support I needed, I said good bye to rocking Angus to sleep.
We had the odd set back with colds and coughs thrown in the mix but with the support I had from Karen it didn’t take long to get things back on track.
It was so amazing to watch Angus suddenly become this happy little baby boy, who loved his meals and slept! To have time once again in the evenings to spend with my other children and my partner is wonderful. My mummy guilt has definitely lifted! I can never thank Karen (and 2UE!) enough for her guidance and support.
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Baby Sleep Training – Joseph 5 months
It's difficult not to be moved when Jack opens this video with a most heart wrenching message. Joseph was 5 months old and had never slept more than an hour in the day or night. His parents were very sleep deprived and desperate for help. Concerned for his wife as much as for his child's welfare, this video will give you both a father's and mother's perspective on how Nurture Parenting can help.
Posted by Nurture Parenting on Thursday, September 15, 2016
Karen you may be known as the baby whisperer but I like to think of you as The Sleep Angel <3
Thank you so much for all of your help getting our Zara (6.5month old) who was waking 2-3 times a night and feeding now sleeping through the night…within a week.
Your tips and tricks are invaluable to any family with a baby…. You were so nurturing not only with her but also with me too, your knowledge is amazing and considering she is my 3rd baby I’ve learnt so much from you… And you’ve been a constant source of support since!!! Thank you again Zara thanks you too XX
Karen’s approach is confident and extremely knowledgeable.
Her ability to recognise a baby’s protest from a serious need is, what I believe, is her magic touch.
Karen’s approachable and non-judgemental interactions have always left me the mother with so much more confidence and enjoyment from my child.
She is one of a kind and an extremely gifted lady.
I feel so relieved that our paths have crossed and I can’t recommend her enough.
Keep up the amazing work xxxxx
Julia was the quintessential catnapper. She was a colicky baby and would only do 45min at the time. Only rarely would she surprise us with a long nap. The nights were not that bad and that’s what kept us going hoping for a change in her behaviour or what I often hear “she will grow out of it”. She was not self-settling and we had to rock her to sleep. During the day I used the Baby Bjorn as a way to settle her.
I soon found myself wandering around the streets of our neighbourhood to make her sleep, unable to seat, unable to rest, always on the move. My back started to sore badly, I couldn’t have a minute to myself, I was exhausted.
I was referred to Tresillian and we went there for a couple of sessions but the situation didn’t improve. Julia was still not self-settling and her sleep cycles got shorter, meaning that she was only sleeping 35min instead of 45min.
I was really stressed because I knew that Julia could sleep more and wanted to sleep more. But I didn’t know how to teach her to self-settle and to move from one sleep cycle to the next one.
Karen was highly recommended by a friend and I decided to give her a go. She connected with Julia right away but mainly she understood me. She knew what I was struggling with and she gave me all the tools I needed to act and avoid the 4th-month sleep regression.
She gave me back my confidence by teaching me how to read Julia’s signs and tired cues. With her technique, I saw dramatic results in the first week. Julia started to self-settle and to move from one sleep cycle to the next one and Karen was there for us checking on the situation and answering my questions. Julia is now a happier baby that loves her cot and her room and naps like a pro.
I would recommend Karen to all the parents that struggle with a baby because babies they do not grow out of catnapping but they can with Karen’s help.
Karen, you’re an absolute superstar and we cannot thank you enough. When others were worried about the 4 month sleep regression, all I could think was we don’t sleep that well now for it to get worse!
After all she slept on us for the first month of her life. We got Karen in to help and managed to get some 6 hour sleep stints, fabulous! Then after a bout of Bronchiolitis mixed things up, we had another chat and wahoo we’ve had her sleeping through the night since 5 months old.
7.5 months now and I have to say leaps are a non event now we have good sleep and her development is amazing. Thank you Karen, very grateful we found you
A picture of our little groover Sophie at Bluesfest at Easter and who loves car rides now (thank god!)
Alfie has reflux and other medical problems, he had never slept through the night and had been to sleep school twice and was still waking many times a night. Mum was more than exhausted and had just about given up hope. Following a phone consult a week before Christmas this is what happened.
Karen, you have changed my life, and that of my family!
I wish I had been in touch earlier instead of spending 9.5 loooong months thinking things would get better. I was too nervous to tell anyone, or contact you, in case it was a one night miracle….but it’s not! We have had 5 nights of sleeping through. I cannot even begin to explain how grateful I am – thank you thank you thank you. Will be in touch properly soon but I wanted to share some of my joy with you. Happy new year! Racheal (and an incredibly well rested and now very happy child, Alfie). X