Baby Sleep the Night TM
By Karen Bramall
Creator of The Five Stroke Rule TM
Sleep Solutions for Families
Sleep Consultant Training & Mentoring
Gemma Axford
Gemma Axford
First, thank you for taking the time to read about me. I’m wondering if your looking me up in the wee hours, looking for help…..


I am a Mum to a beautiful boy. He NEVER slept well. I came to accept that with a child, lack of sleep was a given (its NOT!!)

My son had a dummy, was fed and rocked to sleep and I couldn’t seem to ‘fix’ this myself, despite all my efforts and a mix of advice from other people.

I was amazed that on the first night of sleep training, my son slept through the night.  He’d NEVER done this before in his whole 10 months.
I recommended Karen to all of my friends with children, the results were FAST and we didn’t look back.


I went from a sleep-deprived vague version of myself to a well-rested, happier mum.  Enjoying the days with my son, no longer dreading the nights.

My son is now 4, and our whole family love to sleep still.


After qualifying in 2006 with a CACHE level 3 in Child Care and Education, I worked as a Nanny.
I understand the many parenting styles and needs of different families.  When helping a sleep deprived family, I take each on their own merit and ensure the plan fits in with their life as much as is humanly possible.

I LOVE to help people, and giving the gift of sleep is so rewarding.
I am proud to say that I have 100% success rate with families who follow my sleep plans.


Book in a FREE 15 minute call with me, below, where we can discuss you child’s sleep habits.
You can then decide if you want to start the journey to a good nights sleep.
Phone: 07465983181
Email: gemma.axford@babysleepthenight.com


Prior to starting with Gemma we were a family all sleep deprived. We asked for Gemma's support as our 10 month old Leo had never been a great sleeper and although he was able to settle himself for naps and bedtime he struggled to resettle. Typically we were up in the night feeding 2 or 3 times a night and also sometimes having to also settle with back rubs. most mornings we were also having struggles after 5:30 and would need to sometimes go in more than once after this point just to get Leo to sleep longer. whilst Leo would nap in the day these were inconsistent with timings and lengths. It didn't take long for things to change and night once Leo managed to settle himself without having to go in. He soon learnt to do this consistently and haven't had to feed in the night since we started. Naps have also seen an amazing change with Leo napping for longer and at consistent times. During our 2 weeks with Gemma she provided great support and help. She gave me the strength to continue when there were times it didn't feel easy and I could have easily given up. Me and my husband have noticed such a change in Leo as he now is even happier than before and in the evenings we are able to have fun and play as Leo is no longer too tired. For us sleep training worked and it has benefited us all. 

Caroline, Mummy to Leo, 10 months.

My son always had pretty regular night wakings, and feeds but I just thought 'this will get better as he gets older'. Then we hit the 4 month sleep regression and he  was feeding 2 hourly overnight (more than he did as a newborn!) I was exhausted and knew we needed to do something. 

Gemma has been absolutely amazing in guiding us and helping my son become able to self soothe! He now sleeps for 12 hours a night with only 1 feed which I explained I wanted to do, so this was incorporated into Rory’s plan (it's a nice peaceful little moment just the 2 of us)

His daytime naps are great too, meaning, I can actually get things done around the house without having to rush at the thought he might wake any minute. Thank you so much Gem, I actually feel human again! 

Jade, Mummy to Rory, 4 months.

All I can say is thank you SO SO much you have honestly been a LIFESAVER to our family.

Within the two weeks we have worked with you we have turned from a very sleep deprived household into one where we actually get an evening, and a full nights sleep! Little Freya would only nap on us (and for a very short period of time) she also would only sleep in bed with us. After doing this for about 4 months me and my partner decided things needed to change. We were both miserable, never spending any time together as one of us would have to lay in bed with little lady for hours until she fell asleep. From the first email with Gemma she was so friendly and non-judgemental about the bad sleeping habits we had got into. Gemma was so helpful and really prompt when replying to any questions, and all of her advice and plans were really tailored to fit in with our life. The first 2 nights were really hard and I clung onto the hope that she said it would improve and I couldn’t believe that by night 3 our previously very clingy, cuddly baby, just laid down in her cot and got herself to sleep in 10 minutes. She then stayed asleep all night to the point where we had to wake her up the following morning! She now has two naps a day which was previously unheard of and means I can actually get things done.

I've been recommending you to everyone I know!

We will forever be grateful to the magical sleep lady, Gemma!

Thank you,

Jo, Sam and Freya (11.5 months) xx

Should have booked sooner!!
Like most, at first I was hesitant to get the support from a sleep consultant for varying reasons, I wanted to be able to 'crack' it alone, I thought I knew what I was going to be told, I was fearful I would spend money and be no better off and I thought my child would be the one it wouldn't work on. Ha! How naïve was I!

From first talking to Gemma and biting the bullet and starting was roughly two weeks, two weeks of hellish sleep and a period of time I thought I could problem solve alone (how wrong was I).
Gemma was absolutely lovely from our first contact and throughout. After our in-depth consultation we received our plan which I was prepared for after speaking with Gemma.

The first two nights were the most challenging, but was already a vast improvement on life before. Gemma was there every step of the way giving advice and support! Even with our little boy having a bout of illness during our time the plan was incredible, we now have a little boy whose naps are so much better and he sleeps from 1830-0630.

Having known what I know now, I wish I'd never left it so long in booking Gemma.
We will definitely be recommending her to all our friends with babies.
Thank you again Gemma.

Zoe and Dan, Parents of Theo.

I highly recommend Gemma to help with sleep training. As a Mum of 3 boys I have a bit of experience, therefore I was very sceptical that anyone could help me as I’d tried everything.

Being a Mum is a tough job, trying to function on no sleep is much harder especially when you have other children! 

My little boy was feeding every 3hours day and night, he would only fall asleep on a bottle and had a dummy. I dealt with this for 6months hoping weaning would help him sleep, but as a result of all night drinking he wouldn’t eat! Within 2 days Roman was sleeping through the night and we had dropped the dummy completely! Roman now has less milk, and enjoys 3 meals a day (3weeks later) It’s been life changing.

At these difficult times during Self Isolation, Gemma’s training has actually allowed me to homeschool my other boys. Before training Roman had lots of short naps all day. With Gemma’s guidance Roman now has 2x2hour sleeps during the day, allowing me to give my other children my full attention.

I can’t believe how much sleep Roman now needs and as a result he is so happy when he is awake. 

I use this time at home to teach everyone valuable lessons! 

Thank you so much Gemma xx

Kerrie, Mum to Roman, 8 months.

My 5 month old daughter, Neave, would only nap for 30 minutes at a time during the day and woke multiple times during the night. Within two weeks of starting Gemmas plan Neave was having two consistent naps each day lasting between 1.5-2 hours and sleeping for 12 hours at night! Before sleep training Neave would only go to sleep when being rocked/ in her pram, she is now able to settle herself to sleep quickly and independently. Gemma was amazing and made this experience so much easier for all of us.

Thankyou so much for all your help! I am one refreshed mumma.

Gemma, Mum to Neave, 5 months.

If only we had found Gemma earlier....we were amazed how quickly Jenson slept through the night after starting Gemma's sleep plan. We honestly did not think anything would work with Jenson and before our initial consultation were pessimistic, but thought "what have we got to lose". Well, we lost nothing and have gained so much- our evenings, our nights and some extra time in the day. Plus a very happy little boy who's cheekiness and character is even more amazing than it was before.

Jenson was waking 2 to 3 times a night, and feeding on wake up, and was completely unable to self settle. Whilst the nights were manageable what we struggled with was the fact that he would wake within 30-40 minutes of falling asleep, whether during the day or at night. It could then take another 30- 60 minutes for him to fall back to sleep. He also would only go to sleep after being rocked and jiggled to sleep. Within 3 days of Gemma's sleep plan Jenson was able to settle himself when he woke, without a feed or jiggle, and within a week he was consistently sleeping through with only a few squeaks during the night.  From week 2 we have bot needed to go in to him during the night.

Gemma was encouraging and extremely supportive throughout. We started the plan on 19 December and despite Christmas festivities she made herself available at all times to check in on our progress and answer our queries.  She reassured us when we struggled and tailored the plan to fit with Jenson's older brother and to help with nap time problems. We still cannot believe that Jenson sleeps through and have and will continue to recommend Gemma to other sleep deprived parents!!

Thanks again for all.your help.

Cathy, mum of Jenson, 10 months.


One-to-One Sleep Solutions Package
This is the most popular package, and consists of:-

  • A preliminary evaluation. This is a comprehensive questionnaire about your child’s sleep habits and routines that you’ll fill out prior to our meeting. (Having this information in advance helps us make the most of our time together).

  • A private, 90 minute consultation in the comfort of your own home, or via Skype/FaceTime or telephone, where we’ll discuss strategies, troubleshoot possible problems and learn how to address bedtime, nap-time, night-wakings or any other specific issues you might be dealing with.

  • A detailed, fully customised sleep plan, that I will prepare for you after the conclusion of our meeting.

  • Four follow-up telephone calls during the first week following the consultation. These follow-up calls last about 15 minutes, and we’ll use this time to deal with any setbacks you might be having or answer any general questions.

  • One week of e-mail support. After your four follow-up telephone calls have been used, you still have an additional week of e-mail support where you can email me once daily, excluding Sundays I will always aim to reply to your queries within one working day.

The total cost for the One-to-One Sleep Solutions package for a baby or toddler in a cot is £300 by Skype/Facetime/Phone. If your child is in a bed this package is £350 due to the complexity of the plan.

Face to face consultations are available within a 30 minute driving radius of Southampton. Availability in Bristol at some times also.  (further distances can be accommodated with additional travel expenses– please call for details)
New-born – Get it right from the Start Package
This is a comprehensive training plan helping parents of new-borns train their little ones to have fabulous sleep skills from a very young age and can be implemented from day one! Getting an early start in establishing healthy sleep habits is a huge advantage for both babies and their parents. With this package, you will learn everything you need to teach your baby to be an independent sleeper right from the beginning. It is a fantastic gift package for new parents too and consultations can take place before or after the baby has arrived. (gift certificates available and can be posted direct to the lucky couple if required) It consists of:-

  • A private 60 minute telephone or in-home consultation. We will discuss how to establish a healthy sleep plan for your new-born, discussing sleep needs, schedules for feeding, naps and bedtime, how to help teach your baby the difference between day and night, creating the right sleeping environment, strategies to encourage sleep, when to expect your baby to be sleeping longer stretches, and common sleep issues that can be easily avoided.

  • A detailed sleep plan. If you are expecting, the gentle, caring techniques in your sleep plan will teach you how to create an independent sleeper from day one, and will give you a flexible guide to quickly bring some routine, when baby arrives, to a time of your lives which can otherwise become quite overwhelming. If you baby has already arrived, your sleep plan will be fully customised for your family.

  • One follow-up phone call. If you are following a sleep plan from the beginning then you will find your baby is naturally developing wonderful independent sleep skills, you may find you have some questions so we will schedule a telephone call within 2 weeks of the baby’s birth just in case (if you are expecting) or within 2 weeks of consultation (if you already have your baby at home). These calls typically last about 15 minutes.

  • Two follow-up e-mails I will give you my personal email address so you can email me on two occasions with any questions or concerns any time within the first 3 months of your baby’s birth or our consultation. After 3 months you can purchase another week of email support at any time should you need it .

The total cost for the New-born – Get it right from the Start Package is £125 By Skype/Facetime/Phone

Face to face consultations are available within a 30 minute driving radius of Southampton. Availability in Bristol at some times also. (further distances can be accommodated – please call for details)
The Refresher
It is not uncommon for babies and toddlers who have been taught to be great sleepers to ‘test the boundaries’ from time to time. This option is for parents who have met with me in the past, but are looking for a ‘refresher’. This is a popular option for past clients who have recently had a new baby – or who are expecting in the near future. It consists of:-

  • A private, 60 minute consultation, usually by phone or by Skype, during which we’ll use to discuss any particular challenges you are having with your child. Since we’ve already worked together, a full hour is usually more than enough time to cover all your questions and concerns.

  • Optional 2x follow-up emails that you can use to send me any additional questions that might come up as you get things back on track. I’ll aim to respond to your email within one day.

The total cost for the Refresher Package 60 minute consultation is £95, with 2x optional emails £110
The Overnight
This personal support package is for those who want me at your home within 30 minute driving radius of Poole, Dorset for assistance on the night you choose to implement the program.
This consists of:

  • A preliminary evaluation This is a comprehensive questionnaire about your child’s sleep habits and routines that you’ll complete prior to our meeting. (Having this information in advance helps us make the most of our time together.)

  • 15 minute phone consultation to discuss details of the overnight support- time,requirements etc.

  • Private In-Home/Overnight Support I will join you prior to your child’s recommended bedtime and stay overnight until 7:00 am the next morning. The consultation will take place in the comfort of your home and we will begin your journey to great sleep together.

  • A detailed, fully customized sleep plan This will be prepared for you after our consultation and after the nights stay so you have your own personalized plan to help guide you through the upcoming nights.

  • Four follow-up telephone calls Four phone calls, typically lasting 15 minutes, can be scheduled for the first week following the consultation. We’ll use this time to deal with any setbacks you might be having or answer any general questions.

  • One week of e-mail support After your four follow-up telephone calls have been used, you still have an additional week of e-mail support if any questions arise. You will have my private e-mail address and I’ll respond to your emails within 1 business day

The total cost of the Overnight Package is £850 within a 30 minute driving radius of Southampton.  Further distances my be able to be accommodated, please call for details.
Book an appointment for a free 15 minutes consultation below, or if you would like to speak to me today please do call or email me now on 07465983181 or email gemma.axford@babysleepthenight.com
Please note - Appointments are UK time zone so please convert to your local time if you are overseas. Be sure to check whether we are in GMT or BST at time of booking.
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