I’ll be honest with you, I’ve always loved children (I used to be a teacher!) but my career as Sleep Consultant began when my daughter wouldn’t sleep.
I remember sitting in the rocking chair at 5 am after hours of rocking, pacing, and humming with my daughter (finally) sleeping on my chest and listening to my husband get ready for work and thinking “I don’t know if I can have another baby, I can’t do this again.”
The sleep deprivation had gotten to me. I knew that sleeping was important for my baby, and I was determined to figure out how to make it happen so we both could
I researched hundreds of methods and eventually found what worked for us. I have to tell you, once we figured out the sleep piece of the new baby puzzle, the quality of life for my whole family improved. Once my daughter was sleeping well, I could sleep well.
Life went from spending hours trapped in her room, trying desperately to get her to sleep with rocking, shushing, bouncing, feeding, holding (rinse, wash and repeat every few hours all night long), to placing a happy, awake and content child down and leaving knowing she was able to fall asleep peacefully a few minutes later.
I was able to stop worrying about her getting enough rest for quality cognitive, emotional and physical development, plus have some much needed alone time, and even spend a bit of quality 1:1 time with my husband each day.
THE POWER OF SLEEP IS TRULY AMAZING.
Once we got into a solid sleep routine, I became passionate about helping other families do the same.
I received my certification from the Family Sleep Institute and started teaching families techniques to help their children sleep through the night and take restorative naps. Rather than focusing on just one method, I use a combination of methods, with a strong focus on the science of sleep, and customize my recommendations to each family’s needs.
While lots of things work for multiple families, the truth is, every child is different.
My parents rest easy, knowing that I have years of experience and training behind me. I stay up to date with developments in pediatric sleep research, Canadian SIDS recommendations, and regularly attend conferences and trainings.
I am also a member and Western Canadian Representative for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants; a nonprofit educational organization that establishes a high standard of professionalism and educational training for its members.