Reviews

When you’re totally exhausted and sleep deprived, it can be hard to believe that your family’s sleep will ever improve. Trust me, it can. Made a decision to start your journey to better sleep now.

Here are just a few success stories of families that I have worked with…

Mum and child after using Gentle Sleep Solutions with The Baby Sleep experts

I absolutely wasn’t expecting this to work, but it 100% did and I wish we had gone to Michelle 2 years ago. My 2.5 year old girl had never slept through the night and we have never been able to get away from sharing a floor bed with constant wriggling all night. Bedtime was taking hours of frustration with me sitting in the dark with my her while she fell asleep and she would cry if I left. This was extremely draining as a mum working full time because I had no time to myself.

The changes we made over 4 weeks were completely gentle and in fact with less tears than we were previously experiencing at bedtime. We solved the bedtime routine drama and she will now go to sleep with a kiss on the head and me leaving the room, I’ve got my evenings back! There were lots of small steps, no cry it out or similar at all, but everything together just worked for us.

By the end of the program overnight wakings were solved and my daughter has slept through the night  for genuinely the first time ever! Michelle is lovely to work with, there were a few times things were not working as expected so we changed course and the advice and approach was fantastic. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend and will be reaching out for support with our next baby early on!

Rebecca – Mum to Lena 2.5 years

I cannot recommend Michelle enough, she has helped us so much. If anyone is thinking about whether to get help or not, just do it! My only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner. 

Our little Stanley (14 months), was waking every 1-2 hours and needed feeding back off to sleep every time so not even my partner could help! I am self employed so trying to keep my work going on hardly any sleep was incredibly tough. It was having a knock-on effect to work and personal life.  Michelle was really sensitive to this, she took time in getting to know us and put together a plan that suited us as a family.  I was really surprised how quickly things started to get easier.  It gradually was getting better and more manageable after a week but week 3 was the turning point when it just suddenly started to all click into place and he was only waking once!

We did the 4 week 1-1 program and Michelle was on hand for any questions I had which I found at the beginning especially helpful to get Stanley’s nap times right, Michelle was there guiding me through it.  I now feel more confident in making the decisions myself.

Laura – Mum to Stanley 14 months

I honestly cannot thank Michelle enough for her help with Sofia. After 18 months of broken nights (Sofia would often wake up for hours at a time and would only settle when she was in bed with me) we were all exhausted and worried that we would never again get a decent night’s sleep.

From the very start of the process Michelle was brilliant. We had a phone consultation, during which I unloaded 18 months worth of worry and frustration. Michelle listened and took note of everything that I was saying, asking the right questions and making loads of great suggestions. This was followed up with a really detailed report, an immediate action plan, and a list of suggestions for good habits that can be implemented moving forwards.

The change in Sofia has been amazing. Over the past 2 months she has woken up less and less and now generally sleeps through the night. On the rare occasions that she does wake up I feel so much calmer and more in control – which in turn makes settling her so much easier. Since the initial consultation and report Michelle has checked in weekly – offering encouragement and advice whenever it has been needed. We are doing so much better than I ever believed possible!

Kate – Mum to Sofia 20 months

Michelle has been a lifesaver after our son stopped sleeping through the night for months and became very difficult with bed time and sleep in general. He would wake 3-8 times in the night and start the day at 4/5am. It was hell! We took her one-to-one 4 week Slumber Package and have never looked back. Her gentle sleep support has been invaluable and she was very accommodating making herself available whenever we needed her support during difficult times with our son. By the end of the 4 weeks, our son is now sleeping through the night and we feel like we know what we are doing, thanks to everything we have learnt in this experience. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to any parents struggling with their child and sleep. Thank you!

Zelia – Mum to Jude 15 months

My son Oscar was 14 months old when I first spoke to Michelle & was waking up several times in the night and relied on being fed to get back to sleep. Michelle is very knowledgeable and took the time to understand my family’s circumstances in order to give advice and tips that would work for us. She gave advice on our daytime as well as nighttime routine which have really complemented one another. Her gentle and holistic approach was exactly what we were looking for. The bedtime routine advice has also benefited my 4 year old son as he is getting to sleep much quicker and without being overtired. We still have a little way to go as I opted for the very gentle approach, but talking to Michelle has given me the confidence to implement the changes and to persevere on those nights when things don’t go to plan! I highly recommend Michelle for any sleep issues/ advice.

Laura – Mum to Oscar 14 months

When I started working with Michelle, Anna was only napping in the car or sling and only for a short time as she refused to go in the cot. I was exhausted and stressed not knowing when her next nap would be. My back and shoulders were aching because of wearing the sling.

Michelle spoke with me for an hour and we established a gentle plan of how I could get Anna sleeping in the cot. She gave such calm, gentle and sensible advice that was easy to follow. Anna is now happily sleeping in her cot, sleeps for longer in the daytime and is a much happier baby generally. I can’t believe it!

Emma – Mum to Anna 8 months

I could not recommend Michelle enough. Her gentle evidence based approach that utilises your natural mothering instincts is just the approach we were after. With a 9 month old co-sleeping baby who could only fall asleep whilst being fed by Mum, we were after a gradual move towards sleeping in his own cot and finding other methods to help him fall back to sleep rather than being fed. We have had a few road blocks thrown at us but Michelle has helped to guide us to doing things a slightly different way in order to accommodate for the challenges. Nothing has been too much trouble and she has always been on hand. We have a much happier baby who is now getting the sleep he needs. We cannot recommend Michelle enough.

Abby – Mum to Acer 9 months

We were having such difficulty with our little ones sleep and we were really struggling with sleepless nights. We had tried so many things but nothing was helping. We were desperate and searched for sleep consultants nearby and found The Baby Sleep Experts website, which immediately captured us with your ‘gentle approach’ we didn’t want our little one crying herself to sleep but wanted her to learn how to soothe herself. Your advice and recommendations felt so personalised to us and our situation, but they were clear and easy to follow. Some hard work for us but we started seeing results almost immediately. Thank you for your support- we highly recommend that any parents struggling with their little ones sleep contact you. You have made such a massive difference to the whole family’s sleep patterns. We are in such a better place now that she settles so easily at bedtime and sleeps well at night. 

Marina – Mum to Anastasia 20 months

Working with Michelle has changed our lives! Our baby was waking extremely frequently in the night, sometimes every half an hour, and would only sleep during the day in a sling or being pushed in the pram. We were totally exhausted. Michelle’s approach was calm, reassuring and responsive and within the space of a couple of weeks bedtimes were transformed. Our baby now sleeps through, or at the very most, wakes once for a feed and takes longer naps in her cot during the day. We have our evenings back and time during the day to get things done. I only wish we hadn’t waited to seek help.

George and Ellie- Parents to Amelie 8 months

We contacted Michelle after struggling with our babies sleep for 16 months, she was still waking over 5 times a night, and it was very hard to get her to sleep. Michelle guided us gently through making changes to help our daughter fall asleep just with us laid next to her and reduce night feeds which has in turn reduced night wakes. She now wakes once in the night but goes back to sleep a lot easier. Michelle was so kind and helped us go at our speed, our daughter was never left to cry and the focus was on maintaining our attachment and mental health throughout.

Laura – Mum to Eilidh 16 months

We worked with Michelle at the Baby Sleep Experts to support our baby who at 6 months was really struggling with sleep. The four weeks have been transformative. Michelle listened to our complex goals with care, crafting a brilliant, responsive plan to support us and was firm but kind in helping us to deliver it. Though the process was challenging for us all, our baby went through enormous change without any crying, as Michelle’s advice allowed us to be gentle and build our baby’s trust in us and in sleep. We feel like we have supported our whole family to sleep better through this process while also getting to know and to appreciate our baby even more closely. I cannot recommend the Baby Sleep Experts highly enough.

Tessa – Mum to Anna 6 months

Working with Michelle has given me so much more confidence when it comes to my baby’s sleep and she helped me to achieve my goals in a very gentle and responsive way that aligns with my parenting style. We tweaked our nap and bedtime routine and my little one is going down for sleep much more easily and I have been able to leave him to sleep independently for his first nap of the day and in the evening which has given me some much needed free time after months and months of contact napping and co sleeping. She also helped us to transition to a floor bed in the nursery which went very smoothly. Having Michelle on hand to answer all my questions over the course of the 4 weeks was also a huge help and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again in the future if the need arose.

Gabriella – Mum to William 8 months

We contacted Michelle when our daughter was 16 months old. She religiously fed to sleep and would never sleep in her cot meaning we would bedshare to maximise sleep. Cot transfers were a nightmare and there were many wake ups throughout the night.

Within the space of a few weeks our daughter was no longer fed to sleep and would fall asleep happily in her cot. She can now be in the cot all night with fewer wake ups. We used very gentle methods and were able to go at a pace which best suited our needs. The program Michelle put together clearly identified how little tweaks can make a big difference. She is very supportive, empathetic and knowledgeable about the science of sleep, which gave each step some important context.

It’s great to finally be able to enjoy the evenings without tending to the baby! I would highly recommend Michelle’s program if your little one’s sleep pattern is not sustainable and you would like to make gentle, considered changes to improve their sleep.

 

Rebecca – Mum to Serena 16 months

I can’t recommend Michelle enough. She has really helped us move forward with the sleep issues we faced. She gives very practical advice which has been tailored to our individual child and family needs, and was able to make suggestions and adjust her advice accordingly as we went through the weeks. She takes time to find out about your child and you as a family unit and also where your mental health is at as a parent. I felt she was very holistic and non judgemental.

I’m a healthcare professional, and chose Michelle because of her professional background, and her level of baby sleep training, which I felt was much higher than some of the baby sleep specialists I had come across while trying to find someone to help us.
Her advice is rooted in research and takes into account child development, and positive attachment and relationships. I chose her because I didn’t ever want to leave my baby to cry alone, or use crying as a tool for ‘better’ sleep, and through looking at Michelle’s blog posts/ website, I knew that I could trust her to help us get to better sleep without using outdated and potentially harmful methods.
I’m really glad we invested in her expertise and support. Thanks Michelle!!

Hannah – Mum to Monty 13 months

Michelle has helped us so much! So grateful for her sensible gentle suggestions that have got us out of the bad place we were in, my daughter was waking every 1-2 hours and is now generally only waking once and has even slept through several times which is a first for us!! We no longer feel dread at night or overwhelmed with tiredness and knowing unbroken nights are possible is fantastic. Best of all Michelle’s approach allowed us to be more responsive, not less, and this means the world to me. Thank you so much for giving us the tools and the confidence to get here.

Kat – Mum to Maggie 9 months

Michelle helped us have the confidence to make changes that we weren’t sure about making. Our son always fought bedtime and woke up between 3-7 times every night. I was completely exhausted and didn’t know where to start, nor did I have the energy to think about it! Michelle listened to everything we were comfortable and not comfortable with doing and never passed any judgement. She understood what we were going through and that meant a lot to me, as I constantly felt like I was failing. Every change we made was gentle but effective – we were never told to leave him to cry it out. Michelle empowered me and helped get my confidence back. Our boy now sleeps through 7pm – 7am as standard and he and I are so much happier. I am finally able to enjoy him again! Wouldn’t hesitate to get Michelle’s help if you are struggling with your babies sleep!

 

Connie – Mum to Murphy 7 months

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