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Email: karen@babysleepthenight.com   

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Our son Harry only ever woke once or twice during the night from birth and it was quite manageable. He even slept through the night at 2 months. However when he reached 3 months old there was significant regression as he began waking 4/5 times a night and sometimes every hour all night, each time I would have to feed him. We could not understand why there was an all of a sudden change as we followed a set routine every night and hadn't deviated from it.

Harry was not good at being put down in a moses basket or cot for a nap from birth, he would wake after only 20 minutes or less. Harry would only nap well in someone's arms and by 3 months he had to be rocked to sleep and we couldn't put him down at all without him waking up straight away. This meant that I was literally stuck to the sofa all day with breastfeeding and naps. It was mostly our fault, it was difficult to conceive Harry and therefore we literally didn't want to put him down and enjoyed every last cuddle with him. By 3 months however we began to realise that we were not getting anything done, we could not go anywhere and we had no time to ourselves at all.

Soon we began to dread night time and exhaustion had set in. So we contacted our good friend Karen, we were desperate to get Harry back into good sleep habits. We didn't like to see Harry upset so we were concerned about the possibility of having to leave him to cry during sleep training but we were honest with Karen about this.

After our first consultation with Karen we knew immediately we had done the right thing. Karen really listened to our story and concerns and gave us so much knowledge about how our little baby worked, what was going wrong and how to improve it in a way that was comfortable for us as a family. Karen was so thorough, supportive, honest and made no judgements.

We were given a bespoke sleep and nap plan and we were able to stay in Harry's bedroom and sit by the cot so he was never alone. Although we were warned by Karen that she could not say Harry would not cry a little we were put completely at ease knowing we could be in the room with him. It even taught us the differences in his cries.

We had a few very hard emotional days to begin with and we ensured we stuck to the plan to every letter. Karen was there to support us every step of the way with lots of words of encouragement and it kept us going.

Within 3 days Harry was sleeping through the night (around 11 hours) and 5 days in he was having 3 naps a day in his cot of one and a half hours or more. AMAZING

I contacted Karen on a whim after reading on the internet from various sites what seemed like the 100th tip to get my 11 month old daughter to sleep through the night and have a nap through the day! To be honest my husband wasn't convinced that contacting Karen was the best way as he had convinced himself that she would never sleep through! However as I was due to return to work I was desperate for things to change. After speaking with Karen at great length and completing the questionnaire on Ruby's sleep habits Karen assured me there was light at the end of the tunnel and that she was confident we could turn things around.  Of course it was hard to start with but by the second night Ruby had surprised both me and my husband by sleeping through the night! The daytime naps even started to fall in place! You wouldn't believe the difference a full nights uninterrupted sleep can do! We have both felt like we have more energy and Ruby is also not as cranky through the day! Karen was very supportive throughout the process even when I buckled at the start and picked her out of her cot for a cuddle! I only wish I had contacted Karen earlier! We have missed out on so much valuable sleeping time! But now I can say I feel more confident in being able to return to work knowing that we have all had a decent nights sleep!  Katie - mummy to Ruby 11 months

“I can’t thank Karen enough for her help in getting Jack to sleep quickly at bedtime, and then remain asleep throughout the night. 

Saying ‘I can’t believe the difference it has made to all our lives’ would not be true  - I was always fully aware of how much better/easier/happier life would be if we didn’t have to spend two hours every night getting Jack to sleep, and then deal with him running into our room every couple of hours thereafter – it’s just that as a family nothing we tried to achieve this was very successful! We spent a couple of months assuming/(hoping?!) things would get better before we decided to seek help when it was apparent this wasn’t going to happen. 

I was unsure as to how a proper consultation could take place without meeting in person and without seeing the baby’s bedroom, but Karen listened carefully for 2 hours to understand Jack’s personality, the current bedtime routine and to gauge what would work for both him and his parents. This allowed her to construct a detailed plan for us to follow. 

A nervous Dad put Jack to bed the first night and was amazed the process only took about 20 minutes – which has been the case almost every night since. Stopping the night wakings took longer, but we could see improvement, which kept us confident we would get there. While there are ups and downs in the process – having Jack throwing his teddy out of him room and shutting the door behind him was a particular low-light – nothing phases Karen or appears to be a new scenario to her, and ‘the plan’ is slightly tweaked to allow for the previous night. 

A month later, Jack has now slept for a full 12 hours for over a week, and having him happily running into our room at 6.45 with a big smile saying ‘rabbit’s awake!’ is one of the highlights of my day! I can confidently say that this would not be the case if we hadn’t had Karen’s help.

From Ben Daddy to Jack

It's amazing what you put up with when 2 weeks with Karen can completely change yours and your child's life. 

Jack would come and visit us 4 or 5 times a night, ask to sleep in our bed or we would end up sleeping on the floor in his room. We kept thinking it was just a phase and it would get better. It didn't so we asked Karen for help. We had an informal consult when we discovered what methods Karen used. One thing we didn't want to do was try things that we had tried before and hadn't worked. Karen then spent 2 hours with us via face time discovering what type of child Jack was, what our routines were and then sent us a detailed plan of what to do as well as talking us through the plan. I'm not denying things changed in a day and that it was easy! It took a lot of hard work from us but Karen made us see it was working and was there with positive words and back up when we needed it. 

Jack now sleeps 12 hours a night, goes to bed easily and we have seen such a developmental leap in conversation which I do think is due to sleeping better. He's really happy, as are we that we have achieved a great balance for work, rest and play! My husband and I even managed a night out after 3 weeks of the plan which we hadn't achieved in a year! Thank you Karen!

My 3 and half year old toddler had been waking every night for a year (since the day her sister was born) and I really thought there was no way of fixing her or getting a normal nights sleep. I was about to return to work and the prospect of dealing with night wakings whilst working filled me with dread and depression. I really lost hope until I spoke to Karen. She made me understand that it could all change and that I could get a normal nights sleep again. After implementing Karen's plan, we soon saw how the little changes made a big difference and she was soon sleeping through the night with no tears or tantrums. I am so grateful to have had Karen's help and support and it's really made life more pleasurable and has also changed the behaviour in my little girl, who is now more pleasant to be around. We think as parents it's normal to miss out on sleep but there is no reason to. Babies and children need help to understand how to sleep so for anyone having doubts, I urge you to try it - it's a small price to pay for a skill that lasts a lifetime! 

Shareen

“Working full time, surviving on very little sleep, a cranky baby, and stress levels at an all-time high, were part of day-to-day life in my home. There was no harmony at all, not a minute to myself, and very little time to spend with my 4 year old child, as his little brother was using up every ounce of my energy. I came across Karen’s Facebook page advertising help getting your baby to sleep, and thought what have I got to lose?! I emailed Karen, and received a prompt reply to discuss my issues in further detail.I have to admit, I had reservations about the help, advice and sleeping plan working, but from the first night I implemented the new routine I saw a massive change!!

Our home is now filled with sleep filled nights as a result of this amazing advice. Friends, family and work colleagues are astounded at the results, and have asked ‘who is this magical lady’? !If you are in the same or a similar situation to me, I strongly recommend you put your trust in Karen, and follow her advice to the letter!

I did it, and so can you!!” Thank you!  Lindsay x

Hi Karen,  I wanted to say a big Thank You to you helped my daughter with her sleeping issue. 

My daughter Lilly has not sleep thought the night since she was born, now she is just over 2 years old. For the last two years, me and my partner have no life ourself, I have no more than 5 hours sleep every night,  we couldn't go out because she wakes up for dummy, holding hands and when she turned one and half years old, she started to come to our bed. Like lot of family, it is the easy opinion to do so, but gets to the point that she wanted to do it when she go down at 7 o clock, this makes us have no evening together. 

I did contact Karen about year a ago, I thought I can resolve the situation, I wish I did go ahead with it, but I am glad I talked to her again and made that works. Within 3 days my daughter sleeps in her cot, no dummy, no hand holding and she slept through till half 6. Now today(31th of Jan), two week since what we started, I don't have to go in her room anymore, she sleeps herself now, it was amazing, I would never dream about someone don't know my daughter would helped me make her sleep through the night. 

I would definitely recommend Karen if you experience the same as I do. She is worth every penny. Now me and my partner can go out and have our evening back, and I am not tired to handle the day anymore, I am so happy. 

Thank you Karen. Regards.  Rebecca Zhang 

We contacted Karen about our daughter Evelyn when she was 7 months old and was waking around 4-5 times a night and only settling by being breastfed. Our first daughter was a legendary sleeper and slept 7-7 from around 10 weeks so we weren't prepared for the torture that is sleep deprivation! We had no idea what to do and were given so much conflicting advice from breastfeeding counselors, friends and from researching sleep solutions online. What we needed was a plan and the confidence that she could and would sleep well! That's where Karen came in. We were amazed to read past testimonials of her successes with other families going through the same as us and after a 15 minute consultation call we were sure that she could help us. Our initial consultation was an hour and a half and consisted of a really detailed discussion about Evelyn and her sleep habits, how we felt about her sleep and what we had done so far to try to help her. We had basically done exactly what we had with our first daughter, expecting it to work exactly the same, but soon realised Evelyn was a very different baby. 

Karen talked us through our detailed sleep plan which involved a few small but significant changes to our bedtime routine and a bit more structure around day time naps. She was calm and supportive every step of the way and reassured us that we were doing what was best for Evelyn and for us, and she was right. The first night Evelyn woke twice briefly and settled herself and then had a longer waking and with our comfort and support was able to get back to sleep. The next night she woke briefly twice, and then after 4 nights she slept all night! We couldn't believe it. We thought it might be a one off but 2 weeks later she is still sleeping 11-12 hours at night and having 2 good naps a day. We are starting to feel more human again and its all down to Karens support and advice. We cant thank you enough for what you have done for us and for Evelyn! Thank you so much. Love from Liz, Ian and Evelyn x

 

At 6 months Amber was feed to sleep at night which could take up to an hour, was waking up to 6 times a night and had to be feed back to sleep. During the day I was walking around 7 miles a day with Amber in the pram so she could nap. I was exhausted and so was Amber. I knew something had to change but I didn’t know how to go about it. There is so much information about sleep out there working out what was best for Amber seemed impossible. In the end it was my Mum who found Karen’s website. 

Having discussed the way forward with Karen I was bracing myself for the worst, however nether me or my husband had to get out of bed on the second night until 6 in the morning, it was unbelievable. Amber did amazingly well and picked it up very quickly despite some challenges. In the first two weeks Amber had a tummy bug, a persistent cough, her first teeth came through and she learnt to crawl but she still manage to self settle both at night and naps! 

2 ½ weeks after starting Amber sleep programme we really put it to the test by going way for 4 nights over Christmas to two different places with 2  4-5hrs car journeys. I wasn’t looking forward to it. However Amber proved Karen’s programme works by sleeping through each night without too much grumbling and although most of the naps were short she still stuck to her routine!

Thank you Karen for giving us the confidence to follow the sleep programme through and I would highly recommended Karen’s services. 

Nikki, mum to Amber, 7months

Hello, my name is Kelly. 

If you'd have said to me six months ago I would be sleeping for more than two to three hours in a row at night and more than five hours in total, I would have never have believed it! Since the night we brought our baby Harry home he has not slept through a single night.. Until now!

After twenty one months of sleep deprivation we were at our wits end mentally and physically. 

When a friend recommended us to Karen, I was ready to get help. It had been suggested to me in the past but I think like many parents I hoped things would get better on their own and felt that if we just hung in there we could sit it out until then!  I must admit that as much as I wanted to put my faith in this stranger to solving all our night time traumas, I was somewhat dubious as to how she was going to achieve this. 

After all, many stories I heard were of babies or toddlers not wanting to go to bed and having to be asleep before being put into their cots etc. Harry rarely made a fuss about actually going to bed, his problem was the million times through the night when he would wake up! 

I couldn't understand how anyone could stop that. My doubts were outweighed though by my desperation for sleep! Working with Karen was very interesting. She had been where we were now and it helped knowing she understood. Most of the changes we were advised to make were so subtle that my doubts about how they would make a difference started to worry me.After the first two nights it was clear that these changes were extremely noticeable to Harry! 

Karen had always said from the start that the first few nights would be the hardest and she wasn't wrong! Also I wasn't expecting for the changes we had been advised to make in the daytime to be as challenging as they were also. Throughout it all though Karen was there and we followed her instruction to the letter. 

Well to cut a long story short! I am still waiting for this amazing transformation to Harrys sleep pattern to end and for me and my other half to fall back into our nights of cat naps and crying (apply that to whoever you wish)!! to reinstate itself! I just can't believe that pretty much from day four of working with Karen our boy has slept all night every night without us getting up to him.

I still do not know how this happened! But it did and all I can say if you are reading this through bleary eyes after yet another sleepless night when that first little murmur from their cot sets your adrenalin racing and your palms sweating is, get in touch with this lady! 

We are still working on the finer points of Harry's routine but everything takes time to perfect and obviously when he was poorly with a cold over Christmas things were harder, but we have the tools now to get back on track when we need to. All I can say is that it worked! Don't wait a single day more! 

Happy, restful new year!

'This has completely changed our lives. Before contacting Karen I couldn't imagine how it would be possible to get my daughter to go to sleep by herself. I really cannot recommend this enough. Both my husband and I agree that this is the best money we have ever spent. We are all so much happier as we are getting some sleep! I can concentrate at work, my husband and I actually get to spend some time together and our little girl is so much happier (which I didn't think was possible). I wish we had done this sooner!'

Thanks for everything karen. Hope you had a great christmas.

Jo 

We have a wonderful son, so active and interested in the world but at 16 months of age he had never slept longer than 3 or 4 hours at night. This meant disturbed sleep for everyone and the problems that go with that! We were often ill and because we were so tired, we didn't have the energy to enjoy playing with our son as much as we'd like. We had read books and websites and made changes to our sons bedtime and naptime routines but even though we saw an improvement from waking every 2 hours to every 4 hours, we had almost accepted that we had a baby who would never sleep through the night. 

A colleague of my husband then recommended that we contact Karen. After a 15 minute telephone conversation, Karen was confident that she could help us and we dared to hope that a full night's sleep was within reach! Karen asked us lots of questions about Alex's sleep habits and how we put him to bed and came back to us with a plan to get him to sleep through the night. She is very knowledgable and provided regular contact throughout the time we were implementing the changes, making minor adjustments to the plan and further recommendations depending on our progress. 

We were hopeful that Karen's advice would help us all sleep better but we weren't prepared for how quickly we would see results! The first 2 nights were hard, our son cried for nearly 30 minutes each night but Karen had explained this was out of frustration at changing his routine and it was part of helping him to learn to fall asleep without us feeding him to sleep. We were in the room with him the whole time and we knew this would help comfort him while he learned this new skill. This first 2 nights our son woke at his usual times but only briefly and put himself back to sleep without the need for us to feed or comfort him. We were able to go straight back to sleep too. After that, our son continued to sleep well through the night without crying! After only a few days we were all much better rested. Our son was so different, even happier than before and less quick to cry. My husband and I were also happier, able to cope with life's ups and downs more easily and take real pleasure in watching our son explore and learn. 

This is all thanks to Karen. What seemed like small changes have resulted in a huge difference to our lives and I would urge anyone who thinks it won't work for them to give it a try. Thank you Karen, you have a gift! 

Sally, Adam and Alexander.

"Having already had one daughter who had mastered the art of sleeping within the first two months of her life, I was one of those smug mums who naturally assumed number two daughter would follow suit! How wrong I was. After a difficult start to life, numerous operations and hospital trips, our little girl decided that she wouldn't waste another moment of her precious life - especially sleeping. After 11months reading numerous books, googling different websites and trying all sorts of weird and wonderful new routines, sleep still eluded us, and I contacted karen at baby sleep the night as a last resort.  

After a couple of hard nights getting to grips with the new routine, I felt we were finally spending more time with our heads on our own pillows than against her bedroom wall, when a chesty cold hit our household and had everyone up throughout the night. I can honestly say, without Karens constant reassuring words that with patience and consistency we would get there; giving us new tips to try and holding our hands every step of the way, we would have thrown in the towel and admitted defeat. And of course she was right - sleep no longer eludes us, our daughter not only sleep soundly at night but loves a siesta twice a day. And all this just in time for her first birthday and Christmas. Thank you Karen for the best present money could buy - a good nights sleep" 

Many thanks once again and have a wonderful family christmas.  Emma

"I was really struggling to get my second son to sleep through the night, I was permanently getting up in the night to put the dummy back in, I was so worried he would wake my 4 year old I would do anything to keep him quiet.  But after 7 months of sleepless nights I'd had enough, I was desperate for some sleep.  I was at a loss as my first slept through from early on and I needed some help and guidance.  Some friends of mine has worked with Karen in the past and recommended her.  I now wished I had done it sooner.  She gave me the confidence to get Rory through the night and to give up the dummy.  Karen gave me a step by step instructions and Rory responded to them almost immediately.  She was there on a daily basis if we had any problems or if things needed to be fine tuned.  I had got to a point where I was so tired I couldn't think for myself, I was short tempered with my husband and children and didn't know where to turn.  Karen saved me and my family, I can't thank her enough for what she has done and couldn't recommend her more.  So if you are thinking about calling her, don't even hesitate!" 

Thank you for saving me and my family.Merry Christmas :-)  Olivia

When we first contacted Karen, we were in a pretty desperate state. Max (our third child) had woken up every 1-2 hours and never napped for more than 20-30 minutes, it was affecting everything in the house including our relationship. A friend of mine recommend Karen to me and I am forever in their debt, Max is now not only sleeping through the night but sleeps for over an hour twice a day! I never thought it was possible, I cannot thank Karen enough for all the advice, help and support that she has given. We now really enjoy bed and nap times and max does now too!

Thank you so much Karen.  Francesca and Kevin (A well and truly happy mummy and daddy)

 

'I was out for my third rainy walk of the day with the pram trying to get my 5 month old son Callum to sleep and I bumped into another mum with her pram trying to do the same thing, only her little one was 10 months old, I thought enoughs enough I don't want to still be doing this is 5 months time.  I was also breastfeeding him to sleep at night and doing the same thing when he woke, it was the only way I knew for getting him back to sleep. I was thoroughly confused looking on the internet for solutions and needed a step by step plan to follow. I contacted Karen and she gave me just that, a bespoke plan as well as very helpful advice and support along the way. The first couple of days were a bit rocky, but on the third night he slept through the night. He is now also taking 3 naps a day in his cot. We would not hesitate in recommending Karen, and I am very glad she followed her calling to become a sleep consultant. Thank you very much, will be back when we have hopefully have another baby and get it right from the start'.


Kindest regards

Alison x

What can we say? After months of sleep deprivation and a toddler, who had just turned two, slowly turning into a vampire we finally decided enough was enough and after a recommendation enlisted the help of Karen at Baby Sleep The Night. After a friendly chat and then a thorough consultation a plan was devised. With a few simple and manageable changes with Karen guiding us all the way this new plan was put in place. On the first night we were not woken up and Theo no longer had his dummy. A fluke...surely? Well we are now nearly two months on and we have one very happy little boy who now loves his sleep - nearly as much as Mummy and Daddy do now. Thank you so much Karen. The difference you have made to our family life is amazing. I just wish we had asked for your help sooner.

With love and best wishes Charlotte, Darren, Lexie and Theo xx

My toddler woke up screaming about 11 every night

He would then stay up and sleeping was the thing that he would fight

We thought that we'd tried everything, exhausted and depressed

We found this sleeping website and desperate, put it to the test

It is by far the best thing we have ever signed up to

His dummy's gone, he sleeps all night which means that we can too

We cannot praise too highly this lady's method and her skill

Our family life is back on track Recommend her? Yes we will!!!

My wife sought out and registered us for the course following a recommendation on social media.  I was indifferent to the idea at first but was absolutely prepared to put my full effort into it as it would have been a waste of money not to fully commit to the course, and I wanted to get the most out of it and also solve my sons sleeping problems.  

The facetime interview enabled us to lay out Alex’s issues in fine detail, whilst also building a rapport with Karen. She was able to lay out the programme that we would be required to follow over the subsequent days and discuss the details of it.  It was therefore possible for her to tailor the programme to our particular situation. Subsequently we received the supporting course paperwork to be read before and during the programme.  This reinforced in my mind what we had discussed in the online chat.  The crib sheet proved particularly useful thereafter and is still sitting on the dresser in Alex’s room to refer to. 

Although not proposed on the course, me and my wife took the opportunity to walk through the process of the new routine whilst Alex was in playgroup.  In this sort of dress rehearsal, we literally walked through the new routine from bathtime through to bedtime, just to make sure we would have everything we needed to hand, that we had the ergonomics sorted out, the lighting correct, and to confirm we were both in agreement as to how things would play out and how we respond to situations.  I think this helped greatly as we it got the first night off to a good start with no disorganisation. 

I found that a small set of yellow ear plugs were a great help on the first few nights since crying was inevitable.  Having them in, I didn’t completely block his crying out to and I didn’t want to, but it took the edge, preventing his crying from getting the better of my instincts to see to him.  I also was able to message my wife who was downstairs with the baby monitor and this gave us mutual support and feedback. 

I had belief in the outcome of the course by the end of the online chat with Karen.  Her estimates of how it would play out were surprisingly accurate.  Needless to say in my opinion the course has been a complete success and was worth every penny.  Our lives have already improved significantly in the last two weeks.  

My advice to other parents who do this is for both parents to commit to the programme and then stick to it ruthlessly. 

 

I just thought I would email to let you know how brilliantly Ivy (now 15 months old) is sleeping.  We followed your newborn plan and she started sleeping pretty well fairly early on.  She had a wobble at around 5 months old and I did controlled crying 1 night and since then we very rarely have to go in to her room during the night unless teething etc.  She absolutely loves her sleep and even though she can't talk she signs BED when she wants to go to bed and has been known on days she has been at nursery to ask to go to bed at 445pm!

It hasn't meant she has woken stupidly early the next day and in fact she slept until her normal time.Her normal bedtime is now around 1830, she wakes around 0600-0630 most mornings but if we leave her alone she normally Resettles until around 8am, sometimes later. We are much better rested parents and have recommended you to numerous other friends expecting or who have children with sleep Issues.               Thankyou ever so much for all your help with Adam and Ivy.  Rachel 

I didn't start this process entirely convinced it would work but I knew we had to try something. I couldn't keep up feeding every hour and I wanted my husband to move back into our bed after 3 months of sleeping apart. Nothing else we had tried had worked so we both decided to put our all into this training. On the first night, my husband sat with our son as he had his first ever attempt of falling asleep by himself. I couldn't stay in the house and went for a walk instead and by the time I came back he was asleep. I only had to feed him once that night and from the second night on he slept straight through! I couldn't believe it! My baby obviously was ready to sleep for longer periods but it was actually me stopping him from doing it by responding to every noise he made. This training has been the best thing we could have done for our son and it has transformed our family. Karen's expert advice, clear explanation and encouragement means that my husband and I now better understand our baby's needs and can read his tired signs, our son is a well rested and happier baby, and we are getting the sleep we so desperately needed at long last! I would recommend this to anyone.  

Life was tough when my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer and with a lack of sleep it was hard to keep things together! Mum gave me some money to buy myself something nice and I said the greatest gift anyone could give me was sleep....it was the only bad thing I could take control of.  I did some research on sleep training and found Karen on the internet. I spoke to Karen and she was sure she could help. My husband was completely sceptical but I convinced him to give it a try.  

Due to mum passing away in June we had some delay in starting as we did not feel ready to take on the challenge. Karen was sympathetic and understanding and said it was entirely up to is when we were ready. I wish we hadn't waited, as after weeks of night wakings and driving him round in the car at all hours when we finally did start in august, miracles happened! Thomas had a dummy all the time and at 20 months still had 4 bottles a day. Karen said we had to cut them all out, which we did. The first night he cried for an hour, but after that we have had no issues at all! He has taken to it so well and even settles himself at nursery or if we are away from home. We are 3 weeks in and he has not once needed us to go into him between 7pm and 6 am.  You need to be prepared to follow Karens advice to the letter (even if it goes against your "mum" instincts). It has changed our lives, we have our evenings back and we haven't had to try and function on 2 hours sleep!! It was worth every penny and would recommend it to anyone! 


"We first contacted Karen after the worst night ever!!!!! Our 7month old was having serious issues with sleep and they were only getting worse. He would never go to sleep easily. He would be awake until 10pm sometimes, only settle being rocked or laying next to us, them would wake up numerous times a night, require 1-2 bottles per night and have his dummy constantly. When he hadn't slept in his cot for 2 weeks (only in bed with us) we knew we needed help!

I found her on Facebook and looked at all the glowing reviews, and seen as Karen was offering a free 15 minute consultation, I thought it can't hurt to have a chat.

Karen was immediately reassuring, telling me that it was nothing she hadn't come across before and that with a little work, we could sort his sleep issues out for good, so we decided to go for it!

Now if you're reading this thinking, 'I bet my child will be the only one that it won't work for', I thought the same. But it has. In the 2 weeks we have been doing the plan, Cooper now sleeps from 7pm till about 6am. If he wakes in the night he is able to settle himself. He has not been in our bed at all. He has not had a night feed at all. He has not had a dummy (night or day) at all. His naps remain short but they are in his cot rather than taking the car out to get him to sleep and I know this will come together in the next few weeks. I am currently able to write this because he is asleep in his cot at 3pm!!!! 2 weeks ago he would have been asleep on me.

Was it hard work? Yes. Was there tears? Yes. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!!! Absolutely and completely worth every single penny. We have our evenings and our bed back. But more importantly, our little man is getting much more sleep which will help him grow and thrive!!!"

At 5 months old, I had reached desperation with Israel's sleep. At best he was waking twice a night, at worst 5 or 6. Naps were a daily battle and I had resorted to lying on our bed with him for every nap. Karen was great, she gave us the confidence to change things and by the second night he slept 9 hours straight and within just a few nights, Israel was sleeping all night...it took a while longer for me as I had gotten so used to waking up multiple times! We're still working on naps but we're getting there. We're all much more rested and much happier. 

Nomia - Mummy to Isreal 5 months

Ever since Harriet was born we had sleep problems. Inability to latch on, then silent reflux then lactose intolerance, then a major set back in building work on our house meant living here there and everywhere sharing a room with Harriet far longer than expected! As a baby she would wake every 20 minutes , she got to a year and we would get about an hour or so before each wake up,luckily I only worked part time so I managed to catch up on sleep an hour here or there when I could but I just felt exhausted depressed and saddened that we had this amazing bundle of joy in the day but such a terror at night. We didn't understand why she would constantly wake cry and want us. When Harriet was 18 months we moved back home , we never really had a routine and would dread night time every evening at dinner time my husband and I would get anxious and dread what was coming. We would either stay at my parents or Gary's parents for dinner then drive home late for her to fall asleep in the car just for an hour respite or else it would be her falling asleep downstairs for us to then take her up when the night was over for us! She seemed like the Duracell baby and never wanted to sleep or needed it! We thought , to try and encourage sleep we would put her in a big girls bed! Well it made no difference and so many times she just climbed out and called us. I was up and into her upto 10 times a night to quickly put the dummy in or settle her before she woke up fully. I was exhausted!!! My husband would go in from 9-1 and I would do the night shift to try and help each other out. But it got to the point where I was working full time and enough was enough and we couldn't go on like it anymore, and we felt so sorry for her little brain and body never resting!!! A friend of mine had used Karen and highly recommended her. My husband and I were a little apprehensive and thought it would never work with our strong minded stubborn independent 2 year old!

WELL IT IS SINGULARLY THE BEST THING WE HAVE EVER DONE! For all those non believers and pessimistic parents PLEASE HAVE FAITH!!

Karen gave us confidence and exactly what we needed to do without the crying out approach.We had to revert back TO THE COT which I felt so terrible for but the bed wasn't working anyway. We also had to take her dummy and taggy away (all the distractions) but she was allowed her soft dolly.We had a routine we needed to follow, and as hard as it was we stuck by it!!!

Night 1: an hour of tears and upset then settled- 2 wake ups, Night2: 30 minutes of tears and crying - 1wake up, Night 3:  10 minutes crying then settled- 2 wake ups and put herself back to sleep after only a few minutes of calling out!

Seeing Harriet so upset and calling out our names and begging for us even when we were sat in the room with her was heartbreaking and we felt distraught but it wasn't because she was actually hurt or sad it was just because of change, and she soon got used to it! And has days now when she is upstairs wanting messy bath time before we are even ready! :-) She asked for her dummy for 2 nights we explained how we gave it to her baby cousin and that was that. She soon got over that. 

3weeks later....... My husband and I have never had so much sleep in over 2 Years!!!!! And can watch a film uninterrupted!!!!! A MIRACLE!!!!!!

I REALLY CANT EXPRESS WHAT A LIFE CHANGER IT IS FOR ALL THE FAMILY!!!!! We also had friends round for a curry night which has never ever been possible before without constant interruptions!!!  PLEASE DONT WAIT ANY LONGER..... IF you are reading this it's because you are probably desperate for a little sleep!!!! CALL KAREN you will not regret it!! Xxx  

Thank you Karen for everything! We will call you when our next bundle of joy is due to arrive to ensure we get it right from the start!         

Lymara, Gary and Harriet 26 months xxx 

 

"At 6 months of age, Henry had never slept for more than an hour at a time, night or day. He wasn't napping well in the day and was obviously grumpy. We were both totally knackered and feeling that we weren't able to engage with him as much as we should because we were so tired. Life was simply survival. We found Karen and asked for her help. She was fantastic, within 5 nights Henry was sleeping through for 12 hours and within a week he was having 3 naps in the day as well.We are now 2 months, one change of clocks, 3 holidays and one bout of illness down the line and all 3 of us are still sleeping well.Karen's advice worked and was tailored so that neither Henry or us were too upset with what was going on. She was confident and dealt with our problems in an open and understanding way. We would have no qualms about recommending her to anyone who is having problems with their baby's sleeping. 

Many, many thanks Karen. From Sarah, Rob and Henry" 

I came across Karen's details via a popular parenting forum, having spent far too many months googling sleep tips and reading baby books with advice on how to get my baby to sleep well.  We started sleep training at age 11 months, and at this stage it was becoming desperate for me as I was returning to work at age 12 months and was still rather sleep deprived with a baby who needed fed/walked or rocked to sleep in a baby carrier for naps; and sharing a bed at night - 75 centimetres of wriggling baby was not getting anyone a good night's sleep!    We had habits, which we knew were bad and weren't working for our family - co-sleeping,  breast feeding to sleep and using a dummy for naps/night wakings, and even these were not guaranteed to work as time went on and sleep time became a dread.    Whilst some of these 'habits' were lovely in the early days, you can only learn for yourself that they aren't ideal for teaching your baby good sleep habits, despite lots of anecdotes saying that these things never do harm!  We were very much against crying methods for our family, and this was all that had worked for anyone I knew.  Karen taught me that , yes you will have to listen to your baby crying and gave in-depth explanation of why, but that you can choose to be beside her so that she doesn't feel abandoned   Night 1 was very tough, but the next day held an amazing improvement and a few weeks on my baby enjoys the simple steps of our new nap and bedtime routine and reaches out for her cot to go to sleep.   I can return to work safe in the knowledge that anyone can put my daughter to sleep in the daytime and that Daddy can do his share at bedtime!    Karen is a great listener, with experienced ears and a ton of advice, you feel as though you are in it together and she genuinely cares - there is no judgement of your bad habits at all and I found her to be extremely professional and personable.   My daughter got a bug 3 days into sleep training, but fortunately she had learned the principles already and was still able to sleep in her cot all night and for naps and Karen supported us throughout the illness. If you are concerned about the cost of paying for help with sleep training, it is understandable, given than many of us are on budgets during maternity leave and beyond, however, this is one of the best 'baby purchases' for me.  You cannot put a price on a good night's sleep - it is really a transformation and I would suggest that you consult with Karen rather than buying books that you won't have time to read or follow through with complicated routines and plans that will confuse your sleep-deprived parent brain (from someone who has been there :)..)  Remember before you had a baby when you used to get a whole night's sleep? it can be very close again if you do something about it now - don't hesitate - the change is so uplifting and most of all you will very extremely proud of your child for learning these valuable new skills so well :) 

F and Baby L, Scotland

My little girl had never been a great sleeper. From when she was born the only way I could get her to sleep was to feed her to sleep every night, and every time she woke - which was many, many times each night! As for nap times, well at eight months I could count on my hands the amount of times she'd napped in her cot during the day. Every day I'd walk for miles with her in the pram to try and get her to sleep. While this was very good exercise for me, my overall health was starting to really suffer from the effects of sleep deprivation. With a husband at work most of the time and no family local to help me out I was utterly exhausted, pretty miserable and feeling desperate. The final straw came after returning from two months away in my native Australia when my daughter was 8 months old. If her sleeping wasn't already bad enough she now had jet lag to contend with! Even when she had recovered from this she still would be waking every hour or maybe very two hrs if I was lucky during the night. I had to get up and feed her back to sleep each time and as I was breastfeeding my husband couldn't really assist meaning that I was out of my bed numerous times each night....
On one of these night feeds while awake and scrolling through my phone desperately googling methods to help get my baby sleep I came across Karen's website. I had read so much information already and I knew what our problem was (feed/sleep association) I was just having trouble finding methods to actually resolve this without it being too traumatic for all of us. From reading Karen's website details and the testimonials, I came to the conclusion that her fee would be a small price to pay if it meant we would all get a good nights sleep!!! Luckily my husband agreed after some initial scepticism (even I to be honest was a bit worried that nothing would be able to work with MY high maintenance little darling) but after speaking to Karen for the first time I genuinely had hope!

Karen was so helpful during the consultation and really explained the process and techniques that we were to follow, this made us feel prepared for the challenge ahead! From the very first night after the consultation I've not had to get out of my bed once during the night! Yes, my baby has had not one single night feed since the night before our meeting with Karen! 

If you'd have told me this would have happened so quickly before, even with Karen's help I still would have found it highly dubious. Ever since my daughter has also napped in her cot twice a day. Sure, it has taken a bit of work from us but this genuinely does feel a bit like a miracle! 

The effects on our little family are just great and I no longer feel like a sleep deprived zombie on the brink of a breakdown! We've even been able to treat ourselves to a couple of nights out recently, it is just sooooo nice to not need to fret about what will happen if she wakes and how the babysitter will get her back to sleep. Having Karen's follow up support really helped us keep on track with the plan and erased any fears that I had regarding the methods we were using. She explained the technical details so well and was always encouraging. 

A couple of months on and everything is still going brilliantly. Once we settle her we don't hear a peep from our little girl until a sensible time in the morning. A childminder even got her to nap well when I went into work for a couple of days recently. We are very grateful to Karen. It really was just so useful to have someone spending the time helping us work through our baby's sleep issues and 'hand holding' us through the process. Her advice and experience was just invaluable. I think a few people thought we were mad paying someone to help us with our daughters sleep issues but each evening as my husband and I relax without worrying when the next wake up will be and every time now when I catch myself thinking during the day 'wow, I actually feel really good and not tired, how amazing' I know that we 100% did the right thing getting help and contacting Karen. Possibly the best money we ever spent!

Jade - mummy to Anastasia 9 months

 

'When people found out we were having our second child with only 17 months apart many thought we were crazy! Our confidence in our ability to cope however came partly from meeting Karen. Karen taught us how to get our 6 month old sleeping through the night and when I knew baby number two was coming along I contacted Karen for her newborn packaged. Karen armed me with all the knowledge and skills needed to get my new baby into a sleeping routine within weeks of being born. Many have commented on how content he is and I put it down to Karens wake eat play sleep routine that has us both knowing what we are doing. Our newborn is self settling and has begun to sleep through the night at 9 weeks. When we hit the inevitable milestones that will throw this off track!!! I will be contacting Karen again for her advice and support.

Becky, Hampshire

"We contacted Karen in utter desperation and exhaustion, after 9 long months of our baby daughter Rose not sleeping for more than 1-2 hours at a time. We tried everything to get our daughter to drift into the deep, restorative sleep she clearly needed night and day, but nothing would work. We were beyond tired. After a difficult start in life, including a traumatic period in hospital, Rose quickly became a highly sensitive baby and a very poor sleeper. We felt we had tried everything, and just hoped things would get better as Rose got older; that she would naturally fall into a good sleep pattern all by herself. Unfortunately they didn't and in the end we came to realise we needed expert help. We were looking for a sleep solution that was as kind as possible to both our daughter and us. Karen reassured us that Rose's sleep problems were completely normal, and that we had done absolutely the right thing in comforting and responding to our daughter for those long and difficult months before seeking assistance. Karen took a detailed history and helped us to understand how sleeps works and the importance of good sleep. Karen was sympathetic, supportive and non-judgemental in her approach and advice. After following the tailored sleep plan, Rose now sleeps for 11 hours in the nights, and naps for almost 2 hours during the day! The difference has been simply life-changing for all of us. Rose is thriving after finally getting her much-needed sleep and we can enjoy our lovely, happy daughter to the full. We have already recommended Karen to all our friends with children."

 Emily, James and baby Rose

 

When we contacted Karen, we were absolutely desperately sleep deprived. Benedict, at 9 months, had gone from bad to worse in the sleep department. He was now waking up every 40 minutes to an hour throughout the night and my husband and I were taking it in turns to sleep on a mattress in his nursery. We had to rock him back to sleep every time he woke and even that didn't always work. Sometimes it took an hour or two to get him back to sleep. Then there was always the dreaded transfer back into his cot, which would invariably wake him.His naps were getting shorter and shorter as well- usually only 25 minutes or so. When I spoke to Karen I was reassured by her kindness and confidence of solving the problem. We were very worried about just leaving Benedict to cry and Karen was very reassuring that we wouldn't have to do anything we weren't comfortable with. Karen's sleep plan is incredible. It was hard work, but the benefits are huge- actually life changing for us. Benedict now sleeps through the night, every night. We put him down in his cot at night, leave the room, and 5 minutes later he is asleep. No crying, no fuss. He now regularly naps for 1,5 hours, again typically falling asleep 5-10 minutes after putting him in his cot. We finally have our lives back and even went for our first meal out together- unthinkable just a few weeks ago!Thank you Karen for transforming our lives and giving our baby the sleep he deserves. In my husband's own words- the best money we've ever spent!

Pippa, Chris and Benedict

For the first 8 months of Alice's life, Jon and I adopted a rather laid back approach to parenting. Alice wasn't in any form of routine, apart from the one which she naturally created herself, and I spent my days and nights breastfeeding her to sleep. After months of sleepless nights (getting up 3 times a night was considered a good night - quite often I was up every 45 minutes), I finally reached a level of exhaustion that I didn't know existed, and we decided that for my sanity, something had to be done.  I stumbled across Karen purely by coincidence whilst I was on a baby-based forum one night. Another lady was talking about how Karen had changed their lives in a matter of days so I picked up the phone first thing the following morning to talk to Karen and see if she could help us. And help us she did! By following the plan that Karen made for Alice, we saw our little girl transform from waking every 45 minutes, to sleeping 11 hours in a row on night 2 of the plan! Alice has been following the plan for almost two weeks now and no longer needs us to send her to sleep. She settles down for the night all by herself, sleeps 11-12 hours, and on the occasions that she has woken up, resettles herself within minutes. The transformation is incredible and Alice is much happier, as are mummy and daddy! Karen truly is a miracle worker and we can never thank her enough for putting happiness (and sleep!) back in our home. I would recommend her to absolutely anyone who is suffering from sleepless nights and I am already planning on talking to Karen again when we have another baby so we get it right from the very start next time - after we have caught up on our sleep of course!

 Karen, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Rachel, Jon and our little sleeping beauty, Alice x

 

In a desperate sleep deprived state late one night I stumbled across babysleepthenight.com.  I remember reading through all the testimonials from happy clients thinking to myself ‘this sounds too good to be true’ and ‘this will never work for us.’ Well if that is you right now, have faith and put your trust in Karen – she’s amazing and she very quickly solved our 13 month olds sleep problems. Our little boy had not been sleeping well for months, it was not unusual for him to wake 6+ times a night and his naps were all over the place.  It would take us ages to get him off to sleep and every time he woke he’d need us to help him back to sleep.  We followed Karen’s personalised plan exactly to the letter and now we have a very happy well rested little boy. He sleeps from  7pm to 7 -7.30am and naps for 1.5 – 2hrs every day.  It’s amazing when you consider that in one week he learnt to put himself to sleep AND to sleep all night. All this while transitioning from two naps to one! On a personal note, I have so much more energy and enthusiasm now.  I’ve gone from struggling to just get through the day to really looking forward to all the fun things we can do together. Seriously money well spent, it’s transformed our lives! Thankyou so much, you'll never know how much of a positive impact you've had on our lives.  All the very best, Michelle, Arps and Eashan x


We first called on Karen when I was pregnant, to help get our older son James sleeping independently in his own bed in plenty of time for the arrival of his baby brother.  This has worked like a dream and set us up really well for the first few weeks of expected sleep disturbance with the new baby, Alex.  However, thanks to the advice Karen gave us on managing day and night sleep with a new baby, the sleep disturbance was really kept to a minimum, and by 4 weeks old Alex was only waking for one night feed.  When we started to have problems with short daytime naps a few months in, which was leading to more night waking, we called on Karen again for some help tweaking our day and night routines.  This has worked so well. Alex is sleeping through the night at six months old, and sleeping really well in the day which gives me some time to get things done or have a rest.  I am sure the help we have had from Karen has helped prevent a recurrence of the post-natal depression I had with James which had a lot to do with being exhausted and not knowing how to change things.  Karen has given us a proven toolkit to work through problems as they arise.  The very reasonable cost has been a small amount to pay for the peace of mind it has brought us.

Liz - Southampton

 

Our 8 month old had been a bad sleeper since the early days, with a brief spell of good sleeping at 6 months.  However, after a bout of illness we slipped into bad habits and Euan would be awake for about two hours each night and usually ended up in bed with me as it seemed to be the only way to settle him.  Napping during the day was also a problem, Euan rarely slept for longer than 40mins at a time.  Thanks to Karen’s plan, Euan consistently sleeps for about 12 hours a night and if he does wake up he can put himself back to sleep without our intervention.  He is also napping well - for up to 1.5 hours twice a day.   I was surprised about how quickly we saw improvements in Euan’s sleeping and it was such a relief to finally get a decent night’s sleep. Thank you Karen for all your help.  Jo & Neil, Hampshire

Wow what more can I say but thank you so much Karen, my son who is 17 months old slept in my bed with waking every hour for a bottle of milk to comfort him back to sleep, I was totally worn out, being pregnant too I thought enough is enough, so  calling Karen for the first time was amazing, she told me my sons sleep could be sorted I thought it wouldn't work and was so negative about the plan given, but to our amazement our son slept through the whole night on the "FIRST" night!! I couldn't believe it, so thank you again Karen for your fab advice and support but most of all patients, we have our evenings back and a very happy little boy.      

Mummy and Daddy to L-Ade 

We really cannot thank you enough for the help and support that you have given us with Dylan's sleeping pattern. For 12 months he had only ever slept through the night twice and due to personal circumstances outwith our control we had slipped into bad habits that we just couldn't reverse. We did not know what to do or where to turn for help and so when I was given your details it was like a light at the end of the tunnel.We thought it would take a lot longer but within 2 nights of your help he was sleeping right through the night managing to get himself back to sleep and he now regularly goes for naps during the day. The plan is simple to follow but more importantly makes sense so we understood the reasoning behind it. I must admit that my husband was sceptical to begin with but he admits it's the best money we have ever spent. In short Karen, you have given us back our lives and for the first time in 12 months we felt confident enough to leave Dylan with a friend and enjoy a meal out together.

From Gaynor - London

Im really pleased I went with a friend's advice and contacted Karen. I have to admit that the free consultation was a great start and reassured me she could help. Then Karen developed a plan to meet my own needs (as little crying as possible!), as well as the baby's (who had a tricky start with very poor sleeping habits when first born and feeding issues, reflux too). My 7 and a half month old slept through the night the first night, with only 6 minutes of intermittent crying. Then proceeded to just really grizzle if anything and become a textbook night time baby since. This was great as I needed the help getting over the last hurdle- night time wakenings. Oh, and the dummy. And her association of sucking and sleeping. I thought she had been doing really well and that maybe i just needed to have more patience at night time, but Karen change things up and helped me jump the last hurdle really quickly with some changes to our routine and behavior that I wouldn't have been able to get from any of the books I had been reading. Karen held my hand throughout the next couple of weeks, and answered all my many and random questions promptly and thoroughly, which included sending studies my way as well as offering reassuring words from a fellow mum who knows her stuff and has helped hundreds. I would thoroughly recommend Karen. Hand on heart, it is the best money I have spent this year in fact. And the bonus is, I get to feel myself again.

Shireen  Mummy to Aven - 7 months


I waited until my son was nearly a year old before contacting Karen as his sleeping habits were erratic - we'd have a mix of good and bad nights and I kept thinking it would sort itself out.  But around the year mark the lack of consistent sleep was really starting to take its toll - with early morning wakings standard practice (anywhere between 4:30 and 5:30) and usually some form of night time waking too.  I wish we hadn't waited! Karen put together a plan tailored to my son's needs and since starting it he is sleeping between 11-12 hours a night and is able to self settle on waking.  Naps are improving too, and I'm sure we'll get the consistency there in time too.  It's not always easy but Karen has been on hand to provide advice every step of the way to support us on the journey to sleeping the night.  Thank you for all your help.

Anne-Marie and Alex


At 18 months Molly had never slept through the night, waking up regularly and co sleeping with me. I decided that it was time to implement a new routine and help Molly learn to self-settle but wanted to make sure that whatever I did I followed it through and made it as easy as possible for Molly (and me!). A friend recommended Karen and I am very  grateful she did as Molly now sleeps through the night for a minimum of 12 hours. The plan made a lot of sense and Karen made sure she explained the reasons for each step which made me fully confident it would work and demonstrated the importance of consistency. I really can’t believe that now, as long as I follow my routine, I put Molly into her cot, walk out the door and before I know it she is asleep and then I don’t see her again to the morning! Thank you Karen! From Vicky Gray

 

My 7 month old baby girl was waking every hour and needing to be resettled every night from the day she was born. Our lives were horrendous and my husband and I were arguing all the time and my other two children suffering as we were sooo tired all the time. Having read all the books and with two other children who always slept the night from 3 months I didnt think we were ever going to sleep believing Sienna was just a baby who wouldn't ever be able to sleep properly. I decided to hire karen and see if she could help. If im honest I didnt think anything would work.. I am an experienced mum and didnt think there was anything karen could do that I hadnt already tried. But it did work and on night 2 of karens sleep plan Sienna, to my complete surprise slept the whole night. . She has slept every night since. Most nights 12 hours solid. I cant thank her enough for changing our lives. Miracles do indeed happen (with the right help). My only regret is I didnt hire her sooner. Thanks karen xxx

Amber - mum to my beautiful sleeping Sienna.

Thanks to Karen and her plan our 9 month old daughter now consistently sleeps 11 and a half /12 hours night and has 2 decent length naps in the day. We sought Karen's advise after all being sleep deprived and after realising that we were falling into bad habits at bedtime and nap time. We could be in and out of her room up to 6 times at night and sometimes trying to settle her for up to 2 hours in the middle of night. In sheer desperation and exhaustion I started bringing her into our bed, which I knew I didn't want to do but felt I had no other option. After religiously following Karen's sleeping plan Amelie slept through the night from day 2. We couldn't believe how quickly it worked for Amelie. We can't thank Karen enough!!
Caroline, Southampton

I cant recommend Karen enough even my husband agrees it’s the best money we have ever spent. Joel is my third child and hadn’t slept from day 1. As a newborn he would be awake for hours at a time, 9 months down the line he was waking repeatedly all evening and all through the night and the only way he would settle was if I fed him. My other two hadn’t been great sleepers and I couldn’t see how it was ever going to get better.
On night 2 of Karen's sleep plan Joel slept through and it really was so easy I almost felt cheated that it wasn’t a bit harder, had I really gone without sleep and looked after three children for 9 months and within two nights he was sleeping? I wish I had known about Karen 6 years ago when my daughter was born I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her. 

Claire - Mum to Joel 9 months

My twins Olli and Jessi are nearly three with my son having speech and language difficulties.
I contacted Karen at the end of my tether, lacking in ideas and
suffering from sleep deprivation.
Jessi was not settling at night running me ragged. I was up and down the stairs for hours to a girl who would not stay in her bed and if she did she would cry and scream for hours..
Both twins were waking several times in the night with Olli coming into my room and refusing to return to his bed...
Both were often awake at 4.30/ 5am.........

Karen has been incredibly supportive, professional and very
honest and always quick to explain the reasons for the structured
programme we have introduced....
Has the past three weeks been easy.... no..... especially having two
toddlers one with special needs.... but we have stuck with the programme and three weeks on I am downstairs relaxing by 1830 every evening with my twins settled and sending them selves to sleep with their doors open....I have to say I never thought I would be where I am today...!

Karen is a life saver, she can solve your problems and get you relaxing for the evening.....

Thank you Karen.... I feel as if you have been sitting on my shoulder for the past 3 weeks and I will
miss you....and all your support.......

Cheers

Su x Mum to Olli & Jessi 2 years 10 months


Just over 7 weeks ago I was living off about 3hrs sleep (broken) per night and this had been going on for 5 months. I barely saw my husband in the evenings as we did shifts – dinner together, talking about our day or even just 5 minutes of TV was a big NO in our home and we both couldn’t see how this would change. One of my friends gave me Karen’s leaflet and since meeting Karen in August mine, my husbands and our daughters life has completely changed – it sounds dramatic but it’s true.
It got so bad that rocking Ruby (for 2hrs one night!!!) or even putting her next to me in bed was not helping her to sleep and now…she does between 11-12hrs every night and she is such a happy, smiley, chatty baby – it’s amazing and her development just increases day by day.
For my husband and I we have our evenings back! We can sit and have dinner together, chat about Ruby, listen to music all with the knowledge that our daughter is sleeping soundly and its great to know that we’ve helped her to learn to self soothe - sleep is so important.
Karen, you were brilliant and supportive – I still pinch myself every morning when I hear her stir just past 6am – thank you very much.
Ps All of the tips you gave me for going abroad worked wonders, Ruby slept through the night even though we were all in the same room and in a totally different country. Thank you.

Kelli - mum to Ruby 5 months


Massive thanks to Karen at Babysleepthenight, our lives have been changed dramatically since our bundle of daytime joy has become a bundle of nighttime joy too!
We enlisted Karens help after many failed attempts at getting out little one to sleep! (12 months of frequent wakings plays havoc!) We started on the eve of her first birthday and I can honestly say within 3 nights our lives were transformed! Within 2 weeks our little girl was sleeping 11 hours a night!
We used Karens time change advice when the clocks changed and took her advice on our first holiday, with our little one still managing 10-11 hours! 
Now 6 months on we still stay true to the advice and get 11, sometimes even 12 hours of nighttime joy!
Thanks Karen!!     Liz mummy to Rose 18 months

Thank you so much for helping us Karen! Madison had not really slept since she was 4.5 months old, regularly waking 4-5 times a night (sometimes more! ) and after months of sleepless nights, having exhausted most options we decided to bite the bullet and ask for help. This was the best decision we made . Madison has been sleeping 12/13 hours a night since Karen put together a plan for us (this started from night 2 of implementing the plan and we are now 3 weeks in!) She is dummy free and has now learnt to self soothe. We couldn't be happier!

I contacted Karen for advice regarding our six month old. At that time he was waking 3 or 4 times a night and could only return to sleep with milk or rocking. He was also unable to settle and nap in his cot during the day. Our initial 15 minute consultation filled me with hope and positivity and true to her word when Karen and I met for our one to one session she talked openly and honestly with me regarding the issues we were facing and how to change them. Her personal sleep plan for our son had him putting himself to sleep, and back to sleep on the first night, and sleeping through within days. I was amazed that he could adapt so quickly when we consistently carried out the plan. As Karen had advised naps would prove harder to master however two weeks later our son is successfully napping in his cot twice a day. The daily support in the early part of the plan is invaluable to discuss any issues and gain reassurance. An amazing service, from a genuinely kind and caring professional.

Becky & Chris, Hampshire

'When I called Karen I was feeling a bit hopeless about our sleep situation, my beautiful 15 month old daughter Evie had been sharing my bed since around 3 months of age and had been breastfed to sleep for every bedtime and nap since she was born.. I couldn't see how we could ever get out of that as previous attempts had proven upsetting for me and her and I had resigned myself to carrying on until she decided to get herself to sleep or wanted to go in her own bed, whenever that would be!! None of us were getting a good sleep as she would wake between 10-20 times a night and need to be immediately pacified (fed) back to sleep. As a result her appetite and moods were suffering in the day. I barely saw my other half and eldest daughter as i would go to bed with Evie and not be able to leave the room as she woke so frequently.. it was all a mess.. something needed to change!
I called Karen and she immediately she made me feel positive, her confidence told me that we were going to come out of this alive!! After speaking to her I just couldn't wait to get started. 
At the 90 min consultation I was made to feel even more at ease and confident.. Karen had put together a plan to suit us all with a routine that worked perfectly for our family.
First night was hard but even then she surprised us with how quickly she learnt.. By nights 7/8 she was sleeping 7-7.30 with one or two little shouts in the night but she was settling herself. I never ever thought she would be doing that.. I have my evenings back and my bed.. She is a different child in the day too.. So happy and she has a wonderful appetite now too. She loves her new routine and knows what's coming next and I think she is actually beginning to enjoy going to sleep as she leans towards the cot when we sing her bedtime song :)
Best thing I ever did ringing Karen, she has changed our lives completely and was worth every penny!'

Sarah, Mummy to Evie - Andover

A huge thanks Karen for helping us get our nights back. Only after 3 nights James now sleeps through the night. We couldn't have done it without your help. I’ve already recommended you to others. Thanks again!!!

Rachel Guttridge  - Mum to James 15 months, Winchester

 

Amazing is just one word!!

My son is 16 months old and has only slept through the night 3 times.  He would wake up the same time every night at around 11pm and 3am.  He would always want milk to get him back to sleep. Me and husband had come to point where is was driving us mad and had to seek help.  That’s were Karen came in.  After having a new routine and the fabulous Karen at hand he was sleeping through after night 4!  I thought it wouldn’t work and that I would cave in but no I stuck to it and the result was amazing.  I have already recommended her to friends and I am sure that they will be amazed as we were. 

We were at breaking point when we contacted Karen for help with our beautiful twins. They were never good day time nappers but initially they only woke once in the night to feed and then would go back to sleep until 6.30 -7am. However, after one of the twins became poorly this changed and between them they were waking nearly every hour. We were exhausted and so were our babies, which then impacted on their day and my ability to enjoy my time with them.

When we spoke to Karen she was so positive and provided a sleeping program that was so individually tailored to our babies needs and our parenting style that it inspired confidence in our ability to help our babies learn how to sleep through the night and nap for longer. One of the things that make the program so effective is the regular contact and support that Karen gives, it is invaluable to have someone to talk to who is so positive and kind when you are feeling so low and sleep deprived.  

Now my lovely twins are sleeping longer at nap time and throughout the night and they are developing both emotionally and developmentally in leaps and bounds as they are no longer exhausted.

We cannot thank Karen enough for the difference it has made not only to our lives but to our babies lives and we would recommend her to anyone who has children with sleep problems.

Jo, Martin, Harry and Grace – Southampton.

Working with Karen has been one of the best investments that we've ever made! The whole process, from the initial 1.5hour consultation, to the daily update call or e-mail and the final hand off after 2 weeks was so easy and stress free. The techniques and changes that we applied to our 13 month old sons bedtime routine were simple and, after the initial nervousness of putting our boy down in his cot awake (for the first time ever!), we quickly realised that the plan that Karen had put together was one that we, as a family, could actually work to.
Within just a few nights our son was sleeping 10-11 hours with minimal wake ups. With Karen's experience giving us confidence we were able to stick to her advice and help our son learn how to put himself back to sleep on his own when he woke in the night. After just one week he was sleeping through the night for 11 hours and resettling himself when he woke up. A revelation after more than a year of considerably broken sleep!
2 months on and we are still amazed (and so grateful) that our son consistently sleeps 11.5-12.5 hours a night. We have travelled away from home on a number of occasions over this time and not even this throws our son off sleeping through. We are all so much more rested and ultimately happier! 
I would recommend Karen to anyone experiencing sleep issues with their little one...life really is too short to struggle on through sleepless nights and the fix really can be incredibly quick and easy with Karen's help.
Karen - we thank you and salute you!
 
Beth and Dean, London

 

"Finding Karen has been truly life changing for both my husband and I as busy working parents (with previously no adult time) but especially for Aidan aged 18 months! Going down at bed time had never been a problem but the night waking got more and more frequent and coupled with lack of sleep resulted in Aidan joining us in bed most nights just so we could all sleep.
I had read lots of information in books and online and felt I had tried everything. I was at my wits end when I found Karen's details and little did I know that in less 3 days Aidan would be sleeping through 7.15pm until 7.45 in his own bed!
Karen's support and encouragement was unwavering and it gave us the confidence and determination to see it through. I would not hesitate to recommend Karen to anyone who is struggling as it has brought back to me how wonderful being a mother is now that none of us are sleep deprived.
Thank you so much and hopefully we will be in touch when there is a new addition to our family"

Emma Smith-Kind, Mum to Aiden 18 months  from Nottingham

After 21 months of crying for 2-3 hours a night we decided enough was enough and contacted Karen to help get our little boy sleeping through the night. We have read and tried numerous different ways to try and get him to consistently sleep through the night and none of them worked for us. Karen devised a sleep plan for us to work with and it was tweaked along the way to suit our little boy and us. Unfortunately during the process, we had the clocks changing, chicken pox and a nasty cough and cold to contend with but we have now had 16 nights of sleeping through!!! Not only are we feeling more human, our little boy is much happier in the daytime and napping better too.  Thanks Karen

Rachel Rowan, Mum to Adam aged 2 Lee-on-Solent

I just want to say thank you for helping our 15 month old sleep through the night. He had been waking up for his bottle every three hours or so for as long as I can remember. Within three days of starting your programme he was sleeping through the night. One week in and now it is only me that wakes up at silly o'clock in the morning. It looks like it is going to take me longer to adjust than him!

Keith Gutteridge – Dad to James age 15 months, Winchester

Working with Karen has been life changing and I cannot recommend it enough. Our little boy was 16 months old and had never slept for more than 3-4 hours without needing us. Before starting work with Karen I had spent the previous month sleeping on the floor next to his cot which at 3 months pregnant with our second baby and working full time was pushing me to the limit. Zach had suffered with severe silent reflux for his first year and the management of his treatment (as well as his medication) resulted in very poor sleep habits - e.g. Dummy, night feeds, holding upright 20mins post feeding. Once he was better we had tried many things ourselves including controlled crying which just led to a cot phobia. Having spoken with Karen I felt confident she could help although couldn't quite believe we could fix Zach's sleeping in just 2 weeks. Before starting the first night we were very nervous and steeled ourselves for a very long night. It wasn't easy but he accepted the changes much better and faster than we ever dreamt he could and unbelievably on the 2nd night he slept through for the first time ever and has continued to do so!!! 3 weeks on I still have to pinch myself every morning that we now have a 'sleeper'.

 

Clara Walker, Surrey

Why we didn't do this earlier, goodness knows!!  After 21 months of disturbed sleep with my son waking at least twice a night, we made the call to Karen.  I knew a lot of the mistakes we were making, I just wasn't sure how to reverse them, we had tried before but often gave in or he would be unwell and we would be back to square one.  After a short conversation with Karen on the phone, she gave me the confidence to realise we could sort this once and for all. We completed a detailed questionnaire for Karen then met formally to discuss going forward.  It was very relaxed with no 'tuts' of I can't believe you have been doing that. She gave us a straight forward plan and target date to start.  After only 3 nights my son was sleeping through the night and within a week he was having proper afternoon naps.   He has been sleeping ever since, slight wavering when he got croup but with just a little adaption during him being ill, we have carried on as before following the new routine with total success"

Lara – Mum to Alex 21 months,  Winchester

After 16 months of pretty much no sleep, myself and my husband decided we couldn't go on like this. Our 16 month old little boy was an awful sleeper. Some nights waking every 45 minutes, most nights just screaming.
After trying everything we could, we decided we needed professional help. My mother in law found an article about parents struggling with their babies not sleeping, so I decided to call Karen and I am so glad I did.
After meeting Karen who is fantastic and going through a plan suitable for Max it was time to start. I was dreading it at first but things couldn't get any worse. The first few days were hard but were so worth it, it's been 2 weeks now and Max has been sleeping through for a few days now which is amazing. Everything about nap and bedtime has completely changed for the better.
I would 100% recommend Karen to anyone struggling, not only is she amazing at her job she's a lovely lady too.

Selina & Steve Rubery - parents to Max 16 months Andover

My son had always been a good sleeper and had no trouble going to bed. Suddenly at around 18 months he started waking in the night and not wanting to be left alone and he started early rising. We managed to pretty much overcome the night waking but the early rising became a daily thing with 5.15am the norm! On top of this, he refused to nap during the day when at home so we were stuck in a rut with a tired child and tired parents. With a brand new addition to the family and the increased lack of sleep that brings too, we decided enough was enough and I called Karen. My only reservation was that I did not want to pay to be told things I already know or have read in books and I hoped Karen would have some fairy dust up her sleeve...She did.

Just after I convinced my husband to let us spend the money on Karen's services, we had such a rough night that he said he'd pay double! I think he nearly hugged her when he answered the door to her. We had the complete solution package and the newborn package for our two children. We expected it to be hard at first but we saw a massive improvement on our very first night of sleep training our toddler. Over the two weeks of training we have turned things around and he is now sleeping through to more like 7am with no night waking a and still going to bed with no problems. We have also learnt valuable skills to help the newborn who is also sleeping through already at just 6 weeks.

The best thing about hiring Karen is that she is there for you the whole way through the process. She tailors the training to your family's needs and reminds and advises you if you come unstuck and she makes sure you see it through. You can't get that from any book. This service is well worth every penny and I feel we will have years of benefit from it. I highly recommend it.

Lucy - Mum to Joey & Sienna  aged 22 months and 6 weeks!


Karen, the sleep guru, is who you need if you have had enough of sleepless nights due to a baby/toddler keeping you up at night! I contacted Karen after over two years of disturbed sleep and wish I had done so sooner, as after four nights, yes, just four nights, my daughter starting sleeping through the night. I never thought I would see the day (well night if we’re being precise!). Karen’s individualised sleeping plan meant that myself and my husband were equipped with the tools and confidence we needed to guide our daughter into learning how to sleep well, and I can honestly say, without hesitation, that she can now settle herself to sleep and sleep through the night without any parental input.  Karen has been a great source of help and support throughout the process, and has been so positive and encouraging. She is worth every single penny and I will certainly be calling on Karen’s expert advice when baby number two arrives early in the New Year! Thank you so much Karen for helping us all to get our sleep back

Jennifer - mum to Lilly Romsey

"We contacted Karen in desperation!  Our 3 year old has never been a great sleeper, but the last 6 months had been really hard, not actually understanding why he was waking and how we could help him get back to sleep.  We tried everything, and it left us all completely shattered everyday!!  His behaviour during the day became difficult, probably due to the fact he was so tired too.  So we made one of the most life changing phone calls, to Karen.  After meeting Karen I immediately started to feel more positive, we put her plan into action and started to notice a difference after 4 days, and now 3 weeks later we have our lives back.  He is sleeping through the night and going to bed on time and without any fuss.  I cannot thank Karen enough, the system works and I no longer go to bed each night full of anxiety!  Thank you so much Karen!!"

Sophie - Mum to Chester age 3 Whiteparish

 

Truly Amazing! Life changing! I never believed it would work for my son....until I tried it. From waking EIGHT times a night for a year and reliant on motion or feeding to now sleeping 11 hours without waking! Everyone is happier and we even have the energy to go and join in with fun activities.  Karen, so encouraging, positive, supportive and wise, she WILL help you succeed. I truly can’t thank her enough and could never have done it without her – Worth every penny! Sleep tight! 

Kay – Bournemouth

"I think I may have been one of Karen's more challenging clients but this didn't faze her one bit!! She was just more determined to get it sorted. I had a 2.5 year old that had NEVER slept through the night and had been sleeping in the marital bed for the last 9 months. If he didn't sleep next to me I would be up anywhere from 3-6 times a night. I also had a 10 month old that was waking a couple of times a night as well. Sleep deprived was an understatement and my use of make-up increased ten fold!                                                                                                         This was a way of life that I only thought would resolve naturally and I just kept putting off dealing with it.  I saw Karen's article in a local magazine and felt I had nothing to lose by ringing her. Karen was warm and understanding and certainly gave me light at the end of the tunnel. She kept me focused when I wobbled - and I had a few - but was there for me every step of the way, confident and positive.  Without her support and guidance there is no way I could have done this.  She has gone over and above all my expectations.  Have we had the double sleep through? Of course we have - every night is a double sleep through! I'm not sure why I let this drag on for so long but sleepless nights seem a distant memory now. I've got my life back, my husband back in the bed and I can honestly say to my friends 'yes, my boys sleep the whole night and don't wake once' which I NEVER thought I'd hear myself say!!  Don't hesitate, call Karen, you won't regret it.  She's my new best friend!" 

Lucy, Darren, Evan & Brody - Surrey

 

This sleep programme is amazing; we spent a few very uncomfortable, sleep deprived months wondering why our daughter would wake very couple of hours screaming, would only settle in our arms and what we should do about it. Following one particularly rough night with her, we saw Karen’s article in our local newspaper and decided to give her a try. Miraculously, within four nights of following her bespoke sleep plan our daughter was sleeping well through the night and was more cheerful during the day.  You are supported through the process and given advice on how to deal with situations that arise. This has had a hugely positive effect on Mum and Dad as they have re-discovered sleep too. THANK YOU SO MUCH KAREN, YOU ARE A LIFE SAVER. :) :)

A very well rested Saffery family (Salisbury)

So before we had kids everyone use to take the mickey out of me as I was always going on about how much I loved my sleep!  I even had a badge that said I love my bed, I just love sleeping!!!  So it seemed strange (and cruel) that I could produce two children that didn't like sleeping, at all!!!  Sleep had become a distant memory as we had been suffering with a four year old who has never slept very well and now a 10 month old who was following exactly the same path and we had tried everything possible so I decided enough was enough! Our nights were just extensions of the day except for the fact we were desperately trying to catch 40 winks inbetween the kids waking up!  We were exhausted and had turned into parent robots!  So when someone gave me the Echo with Karens interview in I could relate to so many things I decided to give her a call.  Initially I hadn't decided to go ahead with it but just wanted to see what she had to say.  As soon as I spoke to Karen I felt like I had known her for years, she was friendly, understanding and gave me such confidence that she could help I immediately signed up.  OK so my husband nearly collapsed when I told him I had spent money on this 'sleep lady' who was going to solve all our problems, but I was willing to try anything.  When Karen came round for the consultation we went through all the relevant information and she came up with a plan, my little girl only cried for such a short spell of time those first few nights, the plan was easy to follow and it was a relief to have times to aim for so I felt I was doing the right thing.  After just one day my 10month old was sleeping through the night!  7-7 no waking!! I am not kidding it was a miracle!  She has continued to do this since that day!  My eldest one is no longer waking either with advice and support from Karen both my girls are now like little sleeping beauties at night and we are no longer robots but have got our lives back!  People don't understand what sleep deprivation is like, parents of kids who sleep well think you are just overreacting or being overdramatic they don't understand how it effects every single area of your life.  What we have now is 'normal' to most people but for us Karen has given us our lives back!  My husband and I believe Karen is worth every single penny!  You just can't put a value on your life or your sleep!!

Heidi - mum to Darcy 4 and Bonnie 10 months.

We have struggled with poor sleeping patterns for a very long time with our 3 year old - almost since he was born. At times, the sleep deprivation and bedtime behaviour was almost insufferable and everyone was affected. We decided that enough was enough and felt that there must be something we could do, but we felt utterly powerless, as everything we had read and tried to date had failed. However, we came across Karen through a friend and within a week of starting the programme, we experienced a massive change in sleeping behaviour - a positive change that is maintained three weeks later and has now become the norm.
 
At a time when we were so tired and could not see the wood for the trees, Karen disected the route causes of the problem and constructed a programme that was the sum of many small changes. It was firm but fair, initially a challenge (mainly a psychological one as parents) as it required a concerted and consistent change of behaviour from us in order to bring about the required changes for our three year old, but it worked really well.
 
I cannot say how much better we both feel and as a dad, I feel my relationship with my youngest has improved massively as we now both have so much more energy to play and learn together thanks to so much more sleep. This programme and approach has made such a positive impact, it's hard to say how much. I cannot recommend Karen highly enough - it has made the world of difference, thank you! 

Mark - Dad Whiteparish


'Our 2 year old son had never been a good napper or sleeper and finally we thought enough is enough! Karen came to see us and brought a personalised sleep plan for us to follow. We felt she really understood our needs and our parenting style. With her support and encouragement, she gave us the confidence to enable our son to develop good napping and night time sleeping habits within a very short time. We are enjoying a brighter, happier toddler and we finally feel rested. We never thought it was possible! Thank-you Karen'

Lindsey, Tom & Alexander Jojic - Salisbury

Strength, determination and conviction that you’re doing the right thing are qualities that dwindle when in the depths of sleep deprivation! After 7months of existing on around 2-3 hrs sleep a night, desperation had set in to find a way of helping our gorgeous little girl to sleep soundly. When Karen introduced us to the clarity, simplicity and step by step approach of her plan, I knew this was exactly what I needed! With Karen’s unfaltering guidance and support, in a matter of days we were on our way to sleep like we’d never before experienced! The results really were astonishing and within a week our little girl had gone from not sleeping for more than an hour at a time to sleeping a straight 10 hours.  Success, blissful nights and a much healthier, happier household!
 
             Beth, Roger & Evie - Portsmouth

THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO MUCH  for giving me my SLEEP  back as well as my life. Before i meet karen i was up and down most of the night and suriving on a few hours sleep, which was hard especially when it was affecting my work as well as my home life and my general health. Within just a few days of meeting karen and sticking to my bedtime routine charlie my 20month old son had started to sleep through the night again as well as having a two and half hour sleep in the afternoon giving me time to myself again. Thank you once again. love jayne, scott ,teona & charlie hawkins x Southampton

I can’t thank Karen enough for her advice, support and patience!  She is THE best problem sleep solver.  Our 2.5 year old went from the perfect sleeper to the sleeper from hell. One email to Karen and 3 weeks later we now have our evenings back and a much happier little boy.  I only wish I had found her months ago. Claire, Marty and Daniel. Fareham

This sleep programme is amazing; we spent a few very uncomfortable, sleep deprived months wondering why our daughter would wake very couple of hours screaming, would only settle in our arms and what we should do about it. Following one particularly rough night with her, we saw Karen’s article in our local newspaper and decided to give her a try. Miraculously, within four nights of following her bespoke sleep plan our daughter was sleeping well through the night and was more cheerful during the day. You are supported through the process and given advice on how to deal with situations that arise. This has had a hugely positive effect on Mum and Dad as they have re-discovered sleep too. THANK YOU SO MUCH KAREN, YOU ARE A LIFE SAVER. :) :)

A very well rested Saffer faily - Winterbourne Dauncey, Salisbury

Put simply, Karen has enabled us to retake control of our lives. With Karen's guidance and unwavering encouragement our six year old daughter now goes to bed without a fuss and sleeps well all night - something we didn't think possible after many years of disturbed sleep! Most importantly Karen has provided us with the tools and confidence to continue this success into the long term. We can't thank her enough.  

 Clare Herbert – Romsey, Hampshire

Dear Karen,

I just wanted to thank you for all your kindness towards me, I really couldn’t have sorted out Zac’s sleep without your support, encouragement and positivity.Its amazing, now I have time to myself of an evening and I am looking forward to sharing them with my husband!

Thanks again, I could never have done it without you!  Lots of love  Kay xxx

Karen's advice and support has proved invaluable.  Following two years of regularly broken sleep, we really weren't sure what to do next.  Karen made sure she fully understood our situation before giving us strategies to use that have made a huge difference to our daughter's sleeping habits and our ability to enjoy a decent night's sleep. We can now deal with any problems with complete confidence. I wish we'd found Karen months ago.

Libby and Rich Maryon - Whiteparish

We are a family of 5. Two teenagers and one 15 month old. When I was pregnant with my youngest - Mala - I read a book (an ancient hippy 1970's one to be exact!) That said, in no uncertain terms, that babies cry in cots because they are scared. There was no way my baby was going to be scared and as the book advised, that meant that she would sleep with us, by choice from day one. We never bought a cot. 

In the early days this worked OK ish, it meant that I could latch her on without properly disturbing each time, which led to more sleep, hooray! Everyone was happy and also it was lovely to all wake up together, warm and cosy... As Mala grew we split up at night, with my partner (Alex) sleeping on a single bed next to Mala and I in the double. Gradually the rustling of duvets, flushing of toilets, doors gently closing and in fact pretty much anything woke her up, every night... even if I wasn't feeding her, I was awake trying to keep still! It certainly was not much fun for the rest of the family either.

The lowest point we got to was after 15 months of feeding about 12 to 20 times a night (No exaggeration!)... My exhaustion meant that I could barely function. I HAD to sleep in the daytime in order to function which meant that I was barely dressed or ready for the day by 2pm... just in time to start dreading the next night. The trouble being that because this was of our creation, this habit, I could see no way out. Every time Mala murmured, she was pacified immediately,,, she was totally used to being in with me and being breastfed most of the nigh,t how would we ever break that? And more to the point I didn't have any energy at all for even thinking straight, let alone contemplating even less sleep whilst we sorted it out?! That was it. Life was awful and utterly unmanageable. I wont go into what this eventually evolves into within a small house, I'll let you imagine it all!

A friend who knew what we were up against passed us a copy of Karen's advert. It stayed around for a few weeks, but reading was something I wasn't doing anymore as it was blurry. My partner teaches and at the start of his summer holidays he encouraged me to call and at least find out what the technique was and if we stood a chance of it working. To say I was sceptical is an understatement. Mala is strong willed, intelligent and in a 15 month old habit. This would clearly work for all other children in the world, except mine!

Karen explained over the phone what she thought about babies crying in cots... instead of anxiety and fright, Karen explained it as being tiredness and frustration at not knowing how to stop the feeling... needing help to gain the valuable skill of being able to fall asleep on their own... it made sense and sounded great... 2 weeks of support and then she'd be doing it on her own.... would she???!

Karen came over one afternoon and spent a couple of hours with us finding out what sort of parents we are, what we wanted and what she advised we followed to the letter. 

After getting ready we embarked on the new routine. As that day grew closer I got more and more stressed as I 'KNEW' this was going to be a nightmare, and I cannot bear the sound of her crying. That's when Alex took over. On the first night as I sobbed into making a rissotto in the kitchen with earplugs in and the radio on (?!) Alex got her to sleep, in her cot, in 9 minutes flat?! I was ready to back out the second he found it hard, but he stayed strong. That first night she woke up between 7.45pm and 8.45pm on and off and each time, she cried for less that 3 or 4 minutes. She learned so much in that first night. When she woke at 2am, and 4am she self soothed back to sleep. I slept the whole night for the first time in 15 months! It was unbelieveable. I felt I could see better, and realised just how awful it had been. The next night we did exactly the routine Karen advised again and she woke at 1am and 5am and again both times got herself back off to sleep.

On the third night, with Alex still settling her, so that Mala didn't think about breastfeeding, she slept through the night!!! And, has basically done so ever since. We have the odd blip with cold or teeth etc but either one of us can now settle her and know that we wont be required again until the morning! It's changed our lives in so many ways. To have an evening together.... to catch up with work or household things....We went out together for the first time the other night.... she slept! We can flush the toilet, close doors, watch TV etc etc as she is in a deeper more satisfying sleep... she doesn't wake. For Mala it's changed her life too... she is a calmer, more observant and happy child...

Hilariously, she now loves her new found sleeping independence so much that she begs not to have a story or song shouting "IN IN" to get into her cot and lie down!

Do I recommend Karen?! Totally, utterly with no hesitation whatsoever! Do it, you can't be a good parent until YOUR basic human needs are met, and sleep is one of the most important.

I'm now pregnant again and Karen is going to help us get it right from day one... We can't go through that again!


Clair - Mum to Mala and grateful partner to Alex - thank you Darling for being strong for all of us x

“So, which method would you like to choose?  Pick up, put down?  Controlled crying?  Bringing your son or daughter into bed with you?  A wee dram of whisky?  OK, not the last one, but we had gone through the rest of the list, and the only one that ended up working consistently, allowing us and our daughter to sleep through the night, was bringing her into bed with us.  Without fail.  Every night.  For many, many months.  Oh sure, “pick up, put down” worked for a while.  Even controlled crying.  A week or two later, and then it was..... well, it was back into bed with us. 

We’ve all done it, and really, it isn’t conducive to a healthy family lifestyle.  We must be failures, right?  I mean what about all those perfect parents with perfect children who sleep perfectly through the night from day one?  Well, do they really exist?  I suspect not!  If they do, they’re about as far removed from our reality as it’s possible to get.

 Coming into bed with us was habitual.  We all got some sleep at least.  This was the way to go.  Until we found out that number two was due.  Oh.  Well, having number one in bed with us every night wasn’t going to cut it for long. 

By chance, one of our friends had heard about Karen and told us.  Were we going to give it a try?  The downside - we could be spending time and money on a technique that just wasn’t going to work with our daughter.  She was unique, after all.  The upside - well, let’s put it this way, with number two not far down the line, the upside to having number one managing to sleep on her own in her own bed was..... well, the upside was enormous. 

Even so, skepticism is hard to shake until you’ve been through any process and seen the results, and really, the results have been..... well, wow.  Just wow.

 Number one is now consistently sleeping through the night (that took all of about four nights from starting), and getting herself to sleep without attention too (OK, that took a bit longer, but in the grand scheme of things, nothing that we now look back upon as being excessive).  Even more thrilling - she wakes up in the morning happy and singing!

 What else could you ask for?

 Was the investment in time and money worth it?  Absolutely. 

Karen and her technique get a completely unreserved recommendation.”

Unmukt - Dad to Lilly - Romsey

I must admit that when a friend (aware of our desperate predicament!) passed on a leaflet about the Baby Sleep the Night programme, I was cynical. It wasn’t that there was anything suspect about the blurb, its just that this was Mala! I felt that even if the programme might work for 99% of babies it wouldn’t for her. She is such a forceful, strong and determined little being, and I couldn’t comprehend how all of a sudden we would be able to break her out of her sixteen month habit of only falling asleep at the breast and watch her drop to sleep peacefully in a cot all by herself (?!)!

I was reassured to a degree by Karen’s visit when she explained more about how it all worked. Lots of what she said made so much sense, and I could see where we’d been making mistakes. Mala had been such a poor sleeper that we would always try to make sure she was as tired as possible when going to bed, only for her to have another terrible night and leave us wondering what more we could possibly do to help her sleep. Karen explained that over-tiredness was as much of a problem as under-tiredness, and this made sense as we’d started to notice that the days where she slept the least and went to bed the latest were amongst her worst nights. It was as if the frustration caused by over-tiredness would prevent her from getting into the calm place she needed to sleep solidly. 

Despite the reassurances I felt from understanding more about the method and from Karen’s kind and professional manner, I still felt worried that the plan wouldn’t work for Mala. I had images of her screaming for hours on end. It felt like after sixteen months of cudgy times in our bed with breastfeeding on demand, the cot would feel like such an alien experience to her. I tried to stay positive, knowing that with another baby on the way this was something which had to happen, there wasn’t any choice. Clair wasn’t going to cope with this pregnancy without getting more sleep. I also believed that our friend had picked up on Karen’s leaflet for a reason and that we’d been led to someone who could help us at just the right time, which gave me confidence in the face of my worries. However up until the first night of the plan I couldn’t envisage how Mala would actually fall asleep on her own!

In the end our transition from sleepless nights to sleep-full ones was easier than I possibly could have imagined. The first night was the most crucial one, and the hardest. As anticipated, Mala cried pretty forcibly when I first popped her into her cot, said ‘night night time Mala’ and she realised that she was being expected to fall asleep there on her own! The only thing that made this easier was reminding myself that Mala cries pretty forcibly about other things sometimes that there isn’t any choice about, like when she wants the keys when we’re driving the car and obviously there is no way to give them to her! I had to keep reminding myself that training Mala to sleep by herself wasn’t an attempt to hurt her or deprive her of something but was for her own benefit as much as ours and that it was so important for her growth and development that at sixteen months she experienced solid periods of sleep. This helped me to be strong through the ten minutes she cried forcibly as you battle against your parental instincts to pick your darling up and cuddle her. Then all of a sudden the moment I could never envisage came along; she fell asleep! 

From this first night onwards something seemed to click with Mala and over the coming days settling time got easier and easier and her waking at night got less and less until, on the third night, a miracle happened and Mala slept for twelve hours without waking! A week before, this would’ve been something we couldn’t even of dreamed of. Since then Mala has had her odd little wobble but generally she has slept solidly for at least ten hours each night, and the months and months of sleep-deprived desperation seem far in the past! 

We couldn’t be more grateful to Karen for everything she has done for us. Mala learning to sleep has literally been a life-changing experience that has improved our quality of life immeasurably. Our house is a much, much calmer, happier and more productive place than it was a few months previously and Mala’s solid evening sleeping even meant we were able to get a babysitter in and have our first meal out in sixteen months! One of the things that makes the programme so effective is the structured support that Karen gives – its amazing what a difference it makes having someone there to talk to and get advice from when your in the midst of something that feels so huge, and she couldn’t have been kinder or more supportive in her role. There’s one more person I have to thank in helping to bring this massive transition about and that’s Mala! She learnt so, so quickly what was expected of her and we literally couldn’t be more proud of the way she embraced her new circumstances at exactly the moment we needed her to the most. Its now her who talks me through each step of her night time routine, saying ‘jamas, books and ‘night night’ at all the right moments! Thank you Karen and thank you Mala for giving us our lives back!!

Alex Daddy to Mala 16 months 

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