Why Won’t My Baby Sleep?
Is this a question you ask a lot? Do you wake up multiple times because your child wants constant feeding at night, or complain that ‘my baby will only sleep on me’? Have you not had a full night’s sleep in days? Weeks? Months?
Do you feel you can’t cope with daily life because your child won’t sleep through the night or take a nap?
At Baby Sleep the Night, we are passionate about helping parents and children get a full night’s sleep with our gentle sleep training plan!
Whether it’s toddlers who won’t sleep in their own bed, or babies who only sleep while feeding, we can help you with all your problems with tailored child sleep solutions.
In over a decade, we have helped thousands of families by giving parents a detailed step-by-step plan to solve their children’s sleep problems quickly and easily. We leave no stone unturned and have a 100% success rate. Trust us, you will get results sooner than you expected!
Are You Looking for Ways to Get Your Child to Sleep?
Does ANY of this sound familiar?
My child fights sleep, and won’t take a nap
My child wakes up at night and won’t go back to sleep
My baby needs to nurse to get to sleep, multiple times a night
Why does my baby feed all night and when do I wean night feedings?
My child only sleeps on me or when held
My toddler won’t sleep in his/her own bed
My child needs to be rocked, bounced, or taken for a drive
How do I get enough sleep with a child who won’t sleep through the night?
At Baby Sleep the Night™, we believe a baby, toddler, or child should not be waking you up again and again at night. Night waking is normal and most children wake up at night – quite frequently, actually. So do adults, but we have the ability to go back to sleep if we do.
A child sleep consultant’s job is to help you teach your little one to go back to sleep when they do wake up at night. When a child can resettle independently, they will only wake you up if they are genuinely in distress. If they do wake up, they will learn to go back to sleep without tears or fuss. This way, they get vital, nourishing deep sleep.
Sleep is a necessity for the child’s health (and the parents’!) and if they don’t get enough of it, it can affect them and you quite adversely.
In fact, mums whose babies don’t sleep are 3 times more likely to develop post-partum depression!
Being mothers ourselves, we’ve all sat through many, many nights wondering how to get our children to sleep too! Karen’s journey started after one particularly traumatic incident caused by her lack of sleep, where she was such a walking zombie that she almost crashed her car with her three children in it. That was the moment that she sought help.
Now we help others, by training baby and child sleep consultants. These sleep specialists are well versed in the Baby Sleep the Night™ philosophy. They understand all about sleep regressions, self-soothing, night feed weaning, and more. If you’ve not slept in a long time because of your child, they will find the right way to get your child to sleep… the whole night!
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You don’t have to take our word for it. Hear from the mouths of those who’ve been there and have benefited from our Gentle Sleep Plan.
“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 Read more “”
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 Read more “”
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 Read more “”
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 family – Winterbourne Dauncey, Salisbury Read more “”
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! Read more “”
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! Read more “”
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. Read more “”
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. Read more “”
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! Read more “”
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 Read more “”