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?
My name is Karen Bramall and I am passionate about helping parents and children get a full night’s sleep with my gentle sleep training plan!
Whether it’s toddlers who won’t sleep in their own bed, or babies who only sleep while feeding, I can help you with all your problems with tailored child sleep solutions.
In over a decade, I have helped thousands of families by giving parents a detailed step-by-step plan to solve their children’s sleep problems quickly and easily. I leave no stone unturned and have a 100% success rate. Trust me, 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 a mother myself, I sat through many, many nights wondering how to get my children to sleep. After one particularly traumatic incident caused by my lack of sleep, where I was such a walking zombie that I almost crashed my car with my three children in it, I sought help.
Now I 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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Sometimes all you need is a little help to point you in the right direction. My blog offers advice and information about healthy sleep habits.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Hear from the mouths of those who’ve been there and have benefited from our Gentle Sleep Plan.
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. Read more “”
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. Read more “”
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. Read more “”
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 Read more “”
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 up to 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! Read more “”
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!! 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 “”
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! Read more “”
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 Read more “”
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 Read more “”