Jessi NYC

I never saw myself as a mom who would need to use a sleep consultant to get her baby to sleep. There were many reasons why I believed that my baby would simply figure it out, but as the weeks passed, my baby wasn’t into it. At play groups I would watch babies of a similar age sleep – well, ” like a baby” – and my guy would be awake and active the entire time. For night time sleep, he would fall asleep around ‪7pm and give me a 4 hour stretch, but then would be up every 2 hours. Once we hit 4 months, I wasn’t even getting the initial stretch and was routinely up every 2 hours. Naps were terrible as well. It took an hour of rocking and cuddling to get my baby to sleep for 45 minutes on me. After this torture, I began reading sleep books, but I didn’t feel confident to just “try” it out on my baby. How would I troubleshoot if my baby didn’t do exactly as the book said? I then promptly decided that my kiddo was simply not a sleeper, and that with time he would just do it. Fast forward 2 weeks later, I e-mailed Andrea for help. I realized I needed to sleep. Badly. Andrea was terrific! She gave us great information on babies sleep cycles, age appropriate bedtimes, ideal room conditions and explained different sleep training techniques. Andrea helped us to put a plan into action. To my husband’s and my surprise, it took one night of crying it out to get my baby to sleep fully through the night by ‪the 2nd night (12 hours straight!) We were shocked. Daytime naps fell into place 3-4 days later (averaging 3-4 hours). Now my baby at 6 months sleeps 11-12 hours a night, take 3-4 hours worth of naps and doesn’t make a peep when you lay him down to sleep. Traveling, time changes and teeth have affected sleep, but we have a solid foundation to go back to if we ever need to stray from the plan. Thank you, Andrea!

Samantha LaBarbara