We received our report just prior to the start of the pandemic. We had already been doing “homework” before receiving the report and things had improved. I was very hesitant to start anything further during such a stressful and anxiety-filled time as the baby crying was a huge trigger for me to begin with. I eventually decided to go ahead with it though since it was a rare time where we didn’t have our normal obligations and could solely focus on implementing his sleep plan. Having a plan that outlined exactly what we were supposed to do (and email assistance almost daily) made things much easier than I was expecting! Not having visitors right now and going to different play groups has made it a much smoother transition into having a new nap/sleep routine. We are very happy we decided to go ahead with this at this time.
When we made the appointment with Karen for Ava-Grace’s sleep consultation, we never thought we’d be where we are these days. We were worried about how to implement the sleep plan juggling between work, home and baby sitter. How about the sleepless nights and how we are going to have any energy at all the next day to do anything. And then, all of a sudden, those worries were forced to turn into newer versions very fast - with everyone staying home and no babysitter, how do we work together as a family to push through her sleep training while staying sane.
To us, those worries quickly went away. Karen’s professional knowledge and extremely helpful, timely support was second to none. The pandemic, in a positive way, provided a solid ground to build and maintain consistency since we are staying home which means no running around for work and other things. With this blessing in disguise (look on the positive side), we were able to build a consistent schedule for Ava-Grace and that really excelled her making her sleep habits better.
Ava-Grace started showing very positive results very soon after we implemented her sleep plan. We all had to keep our communication open and candid especially when all other stresses in life are running higher.
I cannot thank Jennifer Garden enough for all her help and guidance. I was in a bit of a dark place dealing with PPD and the exhaustion of little to no sleep. I knew I needed to help my daughter learn to fall asleep on her own so that we could all get more sleep, but I lacked the confidence to implement a plan. I had read many books and talked to lots of other moms, but the information just seemed too overwhelming and confusing.
Jennifer was so easy to talk to with her patient and genuine demeanor. She had a wealth of knowledge and was up-to-date with research based best practices. I was able to trust her right away with our sleep struggles.
She and her team at Sleepdreams provided our family with a comprehensive and holistic sleep plan uniquely designed to meet our family's needs. I am happy to say that at 6 months of age, our daughter was falling asleep on her own, in her own crib. This was life-changing and translated into me getting more sleep, as well as becoming happier and more confident Momma!
In addition to sleep, Jennifer also provided our family with reliable and trustworthy information on several other topics - infant massage, feeding, separation anxiety, and developmental play, to name a few.
I would not hesitate to contact Jennifer for other issues that may arise in the future, and I would highly recommend her to anyone else seeking more information or help with their own sleep issues.
On behalf of my husband, myself and our daughters, I wanted to send a huge shout out to Jennifer and the team at Sleepdreams. We had been struggling for a couple of months with a major sleep regression in our newly turned one-year-old. The nights were getting longer and longer and we were constantly finding that she needed to be fed to sleep, held for most of the (and sometimes even the entire) night, and she would wake and feed so often that it was affecting her appetite during the day. Jennifer came out to our home and we had a wonderful visit and meeting; she learned so much about our daughter and our family, observed her personality and level of activity, met our older daughter, and took some time to check out our nursery setup and provide feedback. She then produced a very detailed report that was comprehensive, thoughtful, and fully customized! She also provided a number of resources to help with our daughter’s eating habits and to help prepare us for the official retraining period! We chose to sleep train our daughter leading into a really good time for our family to be grounded and at home, and with a month into the new routine now complete, we are thrilled with the result! We put our one-year-old down awake after her routine, rub her back for 10-15 seconds, gently tell her it is bedtime and we will be right outside, and without any fussing, she goes to sleep! Equally awesome, we don’t hear from her until morning! And now, because we have things under control with her sleep, we are seeing a much bigger interest in food and our entire family is happier and better rested. We were getting tight for date nights because our daughter’s sleep schedule was so out of whack and we were completely exhausted and irritable, but now we have our evenings back and are enjoying lots of couple time after the girls go to sleep and even some fun outings that have our babysitters thrilled at how easy bedtime is at our house again. Thank you Jennifer and Sleepdreams. We could not have done it without your support! And it is truly life changing when your baby sleeps!
"Courtney has been really helpful in getting our son sleep trained. She was quick to respond and we like her gentle style of sleep training method as we didn't want to let our son cry it out. The process was gradual but it worked well for us and my son later on transitioned to daycare without no issues in napping at all. He napped really well at daycare right from day one and I attributed it to the sleep training program that Courtney came up with for us.
I also really appreciate Courtney’s continual support for us, as she offers her advice whenever we have setbacks due to teething/sickness/going through another phase.
Thank you Courtney!"
“Thank you Karen for all your help. We needed your insight and guidance to help us with a better sleep routine for Spencer. With the information and ideas you provided us, we now have less struggles, a much better sleeping routine and more restful nights. You also gave my husband and I our evenings back since we are not spending several hours putting a toddler to bed! Thank you again for your help!”
"I just wanted to share a quick update with you regarding Torin and his sleep, since Karen's help a couple of months ago. The sleep consulting helped tremendously, since the third night of progressive wait Torin has been sleeping through the night pretty consistently. As would be expected, there have been a few bumps in the road, as I'm sure there will continue to be, but most nights he sleeps from 6:30pm - 6:30am. It's really amazing to see the progress that can be made with a few simple changes.His naps have come together well too, and are really quite consistent. I'm so pleased that we contacted you and did this before he starts daycare next week - it's such a relief to know we can all get some good sleep at last!"
Thanks for everything
Katrina, Dan, and Torin
"Our family was very impressed with the sleep consultation we had through Sleepdreams. The occupational therapist our family worked with was Courtney Hall. She was thorough, thoughtful and prompt. She collected detailed information about our daughter and family and used this to create a family and child-specific sleep plan that was congruent with our values. The report summary she provided was clear and concise so we could reference it at a later date to review the strategies given. The recommendations provided were based both in her extensive knowledge of child development and current information and research on sleep. This left us feeling confident in the strategies she suggested. Courtney also provided room for questions and follow up and was very prompt at responding. We applied many of the strategies given and our whole family is now having longer and more restful sleep. Thank you for this positive experience around a topic that can be so challenging!!"
"I contacted Jennifer when my son was 4.5 months old. I was drawn to Jennifer because she is a health care professional. I am not aware of any other consultant with her impressive background. Jennifer responded to my initial email enquiry immediately and once we made the decision to work with Jennifer we were able to schedule a visit in my home within a few days. I found Jennifer to be caring, compassionate and understanding of the needs of our son and family. Jennifer worked with me to establish my sleep plan goals for our son and there was follow up to make sure they were met. We were able to claim a portion of Jennifer's services under our extended medical insurance plan. I would highly recommend Jennifer to any family!" Carly and Steve.
Allison and Ted had twins a few years ago. They were concerned about their sleep and were rocking and soothing them to sleep. They wanted an paediatric assessments to ensure there weren’t any underlying causes for the twins’ sleep disturbances and a gentle plan to get them on track. Here’s what Allison had to say: "As Mom to twins I was desperate for my babies to sleep well. We were retrieving my daughter's soother almost hourly through the night, getting up horribly early with my son, and daytime naps were all over the place and usually much too short to be restorative for any of us. Jen inspired us right away and results came quickly. Her experience with her own twins as well as her years as an occupational therapist in pediatrics give her a wide range of knowledge to draw on and as a new Mother that was very reassuring to me. Sleep issues can be so painful and Jennifer brings a sense of humor into your home which I for one, can't do without! I highly recommend her." Allison and Ted, parents to Maggie and Theo, 7 months
Parveen was rocking and feeding her son to sleep. She wanted to ensure that she was meeting her son’s nutritional needs as mentored by a paediatric health care professional and develop a plan which wasn’t ‘cry it out’. Here’s what she said about our services: "I don't know where to start. We first met Jennifer when Tristan was 4.5 months old. We wanted to find someone who didn't use the CRY it out method. My husband and I were exhausted. We were rocking him to sleep and then he would wake up at least 2-3 times at night. The most difficult part was when he did wake up in the middle of the night it would take up to 2 hrs to get him to stop crying. We would give in and give him the bottle to soothe on to stop him from crying. Regarding his naps we would end up rocking him up to 30 mins and then find he would get up 15 mins later. He was rolling when he was nine weeks, crawling when he was 5 months and walking when he was 7 months- all these milestones took a toll on his sleep. BUT Jen helped us so much, we got past all these hurdles of him being an active child. It only took up 3 days to get him to self soothe and sleep thru the night. Well now my son is a happy healthy 9 month old. He sleeps roughly 11 hrs at night. Goes to bed between 7-7:30pm and gets up between 6-7 am (we have to wake him up sometimes) lol. He takes 2 naps usually a 2 hr in the morning and 1.5 hrs in the afternoon. The best part of this sleep therapy is that it was covered by my extended insurance. I would recommend Jen to anyone who needs a little sleep for themselves and their baby:)." Parveen
Kristina called us for help with her son. He had to be nursed to sleep and would wake frequently at night. Naps were a problem too. Here’s what she has to say about our services: "Before we contacted Jennifer, our son Connor would not fall asleep at night without being nursed to sleep. He would then awake every 3 hours in the night and needed to be nursed to fall back asleep. For his daytime naps he would only nap in his stroller and had to always be moving for the entire nap, if we stopped he would wake. After Jennifer came into our home to assess Connor and his surroundings, we were given a very comprehensive and tailor-made sleep training program for Connor. She also included a very helpful feeding and sleep schedule and several useful recommendations. We literally saw results the first night –- it was amazing how quickly he seemed adjust. After training, Connor puts himself to sleep within minutes in the crib (with absolutely no help from us!) At night, he is sleeping for at least 11 hours and quickly puts himself back to sleep if necessary. From the first day we contacted Jennifer she has been encouraging, supportive and responded to our questions and concerns almost immediately. We are so pleased with Connor’s success. It has completely changed our lives and we have a much happier baby!! (Not to mention, a happier mom and dad) Jennifer helped us so much I would recommend her to everyone! Thank you very much again, Jennifer!!!" Kristina, Mark & Connor
"Working with Jen was a pleasure. She is professional, knowledgeable and compassionate. Her experience as a mother, her education and her background as an occupational therapist make her sleep plans successful and flexible. She is always willing to work with families feedback. Thank you Jen!" Sue and James
"Before contacting Sleep Dreams I had spoken to a couple different sleep consultants. Both of which had the same cookie cutter philosophy which was basically "let them cry it out". I knew this method of sleep training wouldn't be the answer to the sleep problems we were having with our twins. Then I spoke to Jennifer and I immediately knew she was the answer we had been looking for. With her customized sleep plan, knowledge and support we were able to quite easily and quickly get our twins on the same sleep schedule without letting them cry it out. Jennifer has completely changed our home life, we went from having two little boys who weren't napping and were waking all through the night to having two well rested little boys who are now napping in the day and sleeping through the night. I would (and do) highly recommend Sleep Dreams to anyone." Diana
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