Hi, I’m Karen and I am a child sleep consultant who is passionate about helping children sleep through the night.
Why do I care so much? The answer is quite simple.
I am a mother of three beautiful daughters. That’s how I have first-hand experience of what it is like to endure months on end of disrupted sleep.
Trust me when I say I really understand what you’re going through!
That’s why I offer some immediate relief. Here are the first steps to getting your child to sleep.
How Did I Become a Baby Sleep Consultant?
None of my children were very good sleepers as babies, leaving me with many sleepless nights.
However, after the birth of my third child, my sleep problems intensified. Starting from the day she was born, my baby refused to sleep. When she did, she’d wake up every two hours and left me utterly and totally exhausted.
‘ Why won’t my child sleep?’ I despaired.
After months and months of sleepless nights, I almost crashed my car with all 3 of my children in it! At that point I realised I needed help to get my baby to sleep the night for all of our sakes.
I did extensive research and found the perfect baby sleep consultant for me. Within 3 days, my 5-month-old daughter suddenly began falling asleep at 7 o’clock in the night… and sleeping right through until 7 o’clock the next morning!
Even if she did wake up, she quickly settled herself again without any intervention needed from us. I can still remember my husband and I looking at each other in disbelief.
This profound (and almost instant!) transformation made a huge impact on me. I decided there and then to dedicate my professional life to helping other parents solve their children’s sleep problems.
How Do I Help You Get Your Child to Sleep?
Over the last decade, I helped thousands of families worldwide by developing gentle, caring sleep solutions to get children to sleep, with a 100% success rate provided they stick with my gentle sleep plans.
This I did with my detail-oriented approach tailored to each baby, toddler, and child’s specific needs. I left no stone unturned to ensure that the child slept the whole night.
Many of these parents underwent the same transformation I did, and became as passionate as me about baby sleep solutions.
That’s when I made the change in my approach. After years of running a four- to six-week waiting list, I realised that one of me simply wasn’t enough. I realised there weren’t enough people out there doing this job, and even fewer actually doing it really well!
I have taken a step back personally from daily one to one consulting, and now only help a handful of VIP clients per year (Email me for further details!). I now create new baby sleep specialists with my Baby Sleep the Night™ consultant training programme.
I handpick and train child sleep consultants, and equip them with tools to transform their own lives, and other people’s lives, for the better.
Do You Wish to Become a Child Sleep Consultant?
I can help you transform your life as well.
Whether you want to become a Baby Sleep the Night™ – certified consultant or need a child sleep consultant near you, you can find help here.
If you’re looking for a child sleep consultant because your baby won’t sleep and you need help, please check out the Baby Sleep the Night™ – certified consultants page.
If you’re interested in becoming certified as a sleep specialist by Baby Sleep the Night™, get in touch. I don’t accept just anyone on my course. However, if you meet the requirements, you’ll find a career that’s equally incredibly rewarding and flexible! I’ve truly loved every single day of my work transforming the lives of families over the last decade, whilst still being there for my children.
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 Read more “”
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. Read more “”
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. 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 “”
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!! Read more “”
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. Read more “”
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 “”
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!! Read more “”
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. Read more “”