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When your child isn’t sleeping well, it can be all-consuming. I know because I have been there. Whilst it really may not feel like it at times, your little one does want to sleep. All children have both the need and the ability to sleep well - it’s just that some require more help than others to realise their sleep potential.
The good news is that helping your child achieve great sleep does not need to be an ordeal.
It’s often said that it takes a village to raise a child. Whether your village comprises family members, friends or other new parents you’ve met along your pregnancy or parenting journey, everyone will have a view regarding what you “should” be doing to help your child sleep. Many will have shared that opinion with you - maybe more than once. And let’s not even get started on what the internet has to offer!
All-too-often, two extremes are presented: leave your child to cry or resign yourself to the fact that they will, eventually, grow out of hourly waking, even if that takes several years. No children are the same and when it comes to sleep, the factors driving sleep challenges, and in turn the best solution, are as diverse as the children themselves. It is always possible to achieve biological best sleeping (which respects a child’s age and developmental stage) using gentle approaches where you work with, rather than against, your child - and where you support and respond to them, every single step along the way.
At Little Sleep Stars, we know a lot about sleep. But you are the expert in your child. We will achieve the best outcome for your family because I will listen to you, work with you and respect your priorities and parenting style.
I will never recommend you leave your child alone to cry.
If your current sleep situation isn’t bringing your family the rest it needs, book a free introductory call to discuss how things can be gently turned around. If you are based outside of the UK, please note that all diary times are GMT/BST.
The last thing you need is another person telling you things you don’t believe will work.
That’s why I offer a complimentary introduction call so you have the chance to share what’s happening for you and little one right now and understand how I can help.
Because your time with child is precious, we do this in a 15-minute call so you can get a feel for what we can do together. On that call I will either make a recommendation for you to rule out some of the common health reasons your baby might not sleep or invite you to find out more about how we can work together.
Imagine giving the gift of a good night’s sleep, the most useful gift for new or expectant parents!
Think of this as a live “what to expect” where you discover what is “normal” for baby sleep and how you can gently optimise sleep from the outset.
- A one-hour call focused on you, your baby, your lifestyle and parenting principles so you feel confident right from the start...
- 24/7 access to my most valued sleep guide videos in a library that saves you hours of searching on the internet for that one thing that might work...
- Complete reassurance and guidance on what to do and why it will be the right choice for you and your new family...
Suitable from pregnancy/birth to 6 months.Book Now
By 6 months baby has had time to get used to the routine of living in the big wide world. But sometimes they miss the memo about sleep and that can persist through their toddler years and beyond. In the early years, little ones change faster than they ever will again and that’s great news if you want to help support baby or child to learn something new.
Working together with the sleep solution means you’ll get:
- A detailed assessment of your current sleep situation so we can work with your family to get the best results for you...
- 90 minutes of dedicated listening and advice where we explore your tailored sleep solution - perfectly individual to you and your child...
- Six guidance and review calls to keep the sleep solution working optimally whatever little one decides to do with the new learning process...
- Ongoing contact via my dedicated client support group so you can be sure your results will be long-lasting.
Suitable from 6 months to 6 years old.Book Now
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When we enlisted the help of Lauren, I had reached crisis point. Our 3 year old had been waking up multiple times in the night for months (despite having previously slept through) and I was pregnant with our second and exhausted. We managed to get an appointment with Lauren almost immediately and had a long chat about the various issues we needed help with. At no point did Lauren make us feel rushed, dictated to, or criticised for the approaches we?d tried in the past, all of which I?d been worried we might experience with a sleep consultant. She was compassionate and understanding of our situation and we immediately felt confident in her ability to help us. By the end of the first session, we had a number of strategies we could immediately put into place, some of which gave us startlingly quick results. Lauren was on hand over the next couple of days to answer any queries we had, checking back in with us regularly. We then had a follow up session a few days later, when we felt ready to begin implementing the next wave of strategies. This supportive approach didn?t end there. Lauren provided timely and detailed responses to all of our queries, helping us to troubleshoot any issues which arose as we went. This wasn?t just limited to sleep either. Our daughter?s sleep improved swiftly and dramatically, only to be replaced with very challenging behaviour during the day, as she pushed the boundaries we had put in place. Far from saying that this was out of her remit, Lauren worked closely with us to help us resolve the behaviour issues we were experiencing. We found her approach to be very adaptable and she opened our eyes to different ways of working with children to avoid it becoming a battle of wills. The marked difference in how much happier and calmer our daughter is now she gets the sleep and rest she needs, and the positive impact it has had on our relationship with her, is testament to Lauren?s skill and experience in this field. We also now have a toolkit of strategies to use, should we experience any blips in the future with either our daughter, or with baby number two. We cannot recommend her highly enough. Thank you Lauren!
I cannot begin to explain how much Lauren has changed our lives. Our family dynamics have changed completely and for the better. When she initially asked us what our goals were, I felt a bit silly telling her I wanted to go from a 7 month old baby that had hourly wake ups most nights, very short naps and wouldn?t sleep anywhere other than with me to sleeping all night in his cot and having naps there too without complete meltdowns. I thought that it was completely unrealistic. Still to this day I am so shocked at how things have changed for us. Lauren has been with us every step of the way. She explained everything in a way that was so easy to understand, completely logical and it was a huge lightbulb moment for us. Not only could she tell us why certain things were happening, but she could support it with evidence based research as well. For me this spoke volumes about the type of service she offers; she is fully invested and passionate about helping families. Lauren had given me a practical plan of what I needed to do. She had broken it down into small manageable pieces and advised me to go with what felt best and how I felt our little boy was doing. This was something I really appreciated, as it meant we could move at a pace that suited him and it wasn?t too stressful for him; or me for that matter. One of the other things I loved about Lauren?s plan, was that it was personalised for us as a family and specifically for the problems we were having. Lauren is highly qualified, uses gentle evidence based methods and has extensive experience as a sleep consultant, which is evident as soon as you talk to her and I cannot recommend her services enough.
I have used Lauren for both of my children (yes, I?m unfortunate to have two rubbish sleepers - Lauren reassures me it is not my fault!). I can safely say she's saved my sanity, my marriage and my breastfeeding journey. My second child went from bed-sharing, feeding throughout the night to sleeping through in her own bed in her own room in less than two weeks. I literally could not thank Lauren or recommend her enough!
Me and my husband could not be happier with the results of working with Lauren. I start using Lauren's service when my twins were about 4 months. Since I started applying Lauren's advice, the babies went from waking three times in the night to waking up only once, and from having cat naps to having three three good naps in the day. Now my twins are seven months old and sleeping trough the night! (7pm to 6:45am). They learned to sleep well during their day time naps and they are happy and rested, no dramas because they are over tired! I thought that I had moody babies but the reason they were moody was that they were overtired. Also their sleeping patterns almost completely synchronised, which is quite amazing considering that my boy and my girl are completely different individuals. I am very happy with the outcome and for sure will keep using Lauren's advice as my babies' sleeping patterns changes as they grow up.
Lauren has literally changed my life for the better! I have reached out to her when my baby was only 12 weeks old in order to slowly start a gentle sleep training routine before my daughter approaches her 4 months sleep regression phase. Lauren has created the most gentle sleep programme for me to follow step by step and it worked wonders from the beginning even when my daughter was very young! I followed her advise religiously over the next 6 months and kept a close weekly contact with Lauren over the telephone or emails as I felt that I needed guidance and reassurance that I am doing the right thing. Thanks to her, by 9 months my daughter has already started sleeping through the night which I never thought would happen! People still don?t believe me when I tell them that Lauren's sleep training methods practically includes zero crying! I highly recommend Lauren to anyone who wants to start sleeping again.
Lauren has been a transformative good in our lives, and we will be forever grateful. transformative and wonderful. Where we were: we had 18 month old boy/girl twins who were co-sleeping and breastfed to sleep. They would sometimes fall asleep by 8 or 9pm, after enormously long feeding and rocking sessions, and were waking several times each night for more feeding, until about 1am. Then they had to remain latched on until about 4:30am, or they would scream. I would be up with them from 1am to 4:30am, because I couldn't sleep with both latched on, and I developed horrible backache. At 4:30am, they would wake for the day, shattered and running wild! They'd have to nap at 9:30am, and they'd only manage about 40 minutes (usually latched on as well), and then they'd nap again at 3 or 4pm. It was unsustainable & exhausting. My husband was having to wake with them at 4:30, and then do a whole day's work. I was only sleeping between 4:30 & 7am for weeks on end. After only a couple of weeks with Lauren's help, we were nightweaned with no screaming, which was transformative. A few weeks after that, we were at the point where only one of us needed to look after them at night - so we could count on a good night's sleep every other night. She helped every step of the way, with gentle techniques that are not about sleep training or leaving your child to cry. It took a few months of work, but the kids sleep so much better and get proper restful sleep now. They nap better than they used to, and everything about their day is better since we started working with Lauren. They eat better, they are happier. The toddlers now sleep over night in their own room, and fall asleep independently. They still wake up between 5-6am, but after months of work, I'm not sure they'll ever change that!! Her results are astonishing. But the most amazing thing about Lauren's help is not her results. It is that she kept helping, as long as we needed it. Our problems far overran the 6 phone calls included in the package we bought. Lauren continued to help us until we were happy. Even now, 10 months after we first contacted her, we still run into problems, and Lauren always returns our emails within a day, offers phone calls if we need them. She is so caring and kind. She consistently goes above and beyond what's included in her official fee, probably to the detriment of her time and business - and we have so much gratitude for her support.