Life was looking pretty grim thanks to severe sleep deprivation with my nearly 2 year old waking 1-3 times a night for 1-2 hours at a time. I was constantly hopping in my car to drive to work on little more than 3 hours broken sleep. Nobody was living a happy life - not me, not my husband and as it turns out, neither was my daughter. We were all so broken and barely surviving. Then, after yet another night from hell, I had really hit rock bottom and knew something needed to change.
I remembered I had read on Inner West Mums FB page recommendations for sleep consultants so after a quick search I called Lauren from Sleep and Nurture. Instantly her voice put me at ease. I felt like there was hope. Lucky for us, Lauren had a cancellation for the next night. The thought of a 'stranger' coming into your home and spending the night seemed so awkward, but once Lauren walked through the door - I just felt completely comfortable and my daughter loved her (until it was bedtime). My ways were out the door (bottle & cuddles to sleep) and Lauren's methods were introduced like a band-aid - and really this was the only way for us to have fast and effective change. To be honest, I knew what I had to do - get rid of the bottle and enforce a strict day and bedtime routine, but we were just so exhausted I didn't have the energy to commit to it and had just let my toddler dictate the rules. With Lauren by our side those first 2 nights - and the days and weeks after her stay - we were able to put this new strategy in place and most importantly STICK TO IT!
Instantly we saw results. After just a few nights we were a MUCH happier family with my daughter going to sleep on her own and most importantly, sleeping through the night. Absolutely amazing!! Not only do I feel happier in life, I am safer on the roads and am enjoying being with my daughter. Most importantly though, my daughter is like a new child. Better behaved because she is so well rested and is eating much better because her tummy isn't always full of milk.
I cannot thank Lauren enough and though this review of her interaction with us and the results we've seen is long - I could go on & on about the change in life this has made for us all. If you are suffering from baby/toddler-induced lack of sleep.... do NOT hesitate to contact Lauren. Like everyone says, my only regret is that I waited so long!
After three weeks of co-sleeping with our 9 month old bub in the spare room, whilst my husband slept upstairs I finally bit the bullet and started researching sleep consultants.
I was very reluctant to do any sort of ‘cry-it-out’ methods so were relieved when I came across Lauren’s website and saw that she offered more gentler techniques. We had pretty much every negative sleep association happening in our house! The only way to get her to sleep in the day was in the pram or car; she was fed to sleep each night and had multiple night feeds, which led to me co-sleeping with her for my own sanity. Lauren fixed all of that on the first night. By the end of the first week of support from Lauren my husband was putting our daughter down for all her naps, she had tripled the amount of food she was eating and was sleeping through the night without milk feeds.
Now, 9 times out of 10 bub is able to put herself to sleep, otherwise it’s just a few minutes help from one of us and she goes down without a fight. Lauren was very responsive throughout the 21 days of support providing us with useful tips on how to navigate our travel over Christmas, transitioning to day care and how to drop her lunchtime milk feed. Getting Lauren’s help was the best money I’ve spent on our baby’s care and I feel a lot more confident about returning to work, knowing that I will be getting a decent night’s sleep!
Not too long ago I was reading these testimonials and knew I had to get in contact with Lauren - and am so happy I did. Our (then) 10 month old daughter was not sleeping well - we had many months of frequent night waking's, resulting in co-sleeping and the only way she would go back to sleep was with feeding. Daytime naps were a mixture of running around the neighbourhood with the pram or in the car - it was all exhausting and I know we needed to make a change. After having Lauren join us at home, our daughter slept through the night on night 3! Nearly 2 months have passed and our baby is nearly 1 year old and her sleeping (and my sleeping) is entirely different. Our day and night routine is part of our everyday and we have 6.30pm-6.30am nights of full sleep and two naps a day in her own bed. We are all rested, refreshed and our baby now eats so well as a result of not needing the night feedings. Lauren was supportive, extremely knowledgeable and put me at ease immediately. The time in our home was so valuable and the ongoing support really ensured we committed to the new approach. If you are reading this and are ready for a positive change I cannot recommend Lauren enough - her help has brought such an enormous change to our family.
Stephanie - Paddington
Honestly contacting Lauren was the best decision we could've made. The improvements we have seen in our 2.5 year old daughter have been amazing. Obviously us all getting more sleep is great but the change in our daughter's mood during the day has been unbelievable. She is so much happier, honestly she has changed so much it's like she's a new kid! At night we are currently sitting just at her door (out of sight) and will be able to move just outside her door soon. Still a couple of early morning wake ups but massive improvement and she knows now that we don't get straight out of bed. Thank you so much for your help you have honestly changed our lives!! Carla - Canterbury
Lauren was amazing and we can’t thank her enough for her wonderful support and knowledge!
Our son has never been a great sleeper but we just kept hoping he would eventually grow out of it, only it didn’t and at 10months of age we moved home and his sleeping just got a whole lot worse. We tried everything and in the end started co-sleeping but even that was not working. Both my husband and I were so exhausted and it was really starting to take its toll on all our lives.
Lauren showed us great techniques and supported us through the whole process and now we have a little boy who sleeps through the night in his own cot. Lauren not only helped with our sons sleep but answered a stack of other questions we had from being first time parents. Lauren is so lovely, we felt so comfortable with her from the moment we met with her. We highly recommend Lauren. Don’t hesitate just call her, it has made such a difference to all of our lives.
Kat - Marrickville
When I reached out to Lauren, I was feeling a bit broken. My gorgeous 4 ½ year old boy had gone from being a great sleeper to the complete opposite. After a few work trips away, he went through some separation anxiety and became very clingy and needy. He needed me to sit next his bed holding his hand until he fell asleep and then every time he woke through the night, I would either have to do the same thing again or he would end up in bed sleeping with us for the night. At a very busy time where my husband and I were both working full time, it was the path of least resistance so we had him in bed with us every night for probably 6 months. When work finally slowed down, I was sitting on his bedroom floor one night at 2am after another wake up, googling options and I came across Lauren. I emailed her the next day and we were on the phone 5 min later. After that phone call, I knew immediately she was the right person to help me. She was calm, understanding, warm and most of all not judging me! We booked in for a 3 night consult and I counted down the (broken) sleeps until she arrived. The first night was HARD. Archie is old enough to know what’s going on and wasn’t happy about it. The first re settle was nearly 2 hours but it definitely got easier and easier with each one. By the 3rd night, Archie was only waking once and resettling without drama and falling back to sleep with me sitting outside his room out of sight.
It took probably 3 weeks after that with constant email support from Lauren but the wake ups stopped and was sleeping through the night. I can’t tell you how life changing this has been for our family. Everyone is waking up happy and rested and starting the day in much better moods.
Lauren is just a godsend. Amazing at what she does, warm and kind and uses a very gentle approach. If you need help, just call her! I couldn’t recommend her more highly. Erica - West Ryde
My son Ryan is 15 months old and since he was about 7 months he refused to sleep at night. For 8 months straight he wouldn’t fall asleep until 10-10:30pm and would have to be rocked or have breast milk to actually fall asleep as he had a strong sucking association. Once he was asleep I would attempt to put him in his cot. He would wake up and scream so I would have to start the process again which could sometimes take up to an hour just to get him to sleep. Most of the time Ryan would just end up in my bed but even co sleeping wasn’t working. It got so bad that I would have to take days off work because I wasn’t coping at all and would be snapping at my husband for the smallest things and I was losing my mind. Then I called Lauren and after reading her website I found hope that maybe she can help me. She responded so fast and I booked her in asap to come and stay for 2 nights. The first night she was so lovely and helpful and informative and I felt completely comfortable with her immediately. Lauren said that for the first night she would get up to Ryan and use her gentle calming techniques. That night was the first night in forever that I got to stay in bed all night which was incredible!!! My son had lots of wake ups but settled quickly for her (even though she was a stranger). The second night, Lauren got me up and taught me her techniques and spoke to me about routines, diet even his day sleep routines and I took it all on board and applied it all. I followed Lauren’s guidelines and techniques and within a week Ryan was sleeping through the night and he now doesn’t have to have a dummy or breast milk to go to sleep!!! Ryan is a much happier little boy and I feel human again. I can’t thank Lauren enough and can’t rate her highly enough. She was absolutely fantastic and changed our family life. Katie - Bligh Park
Thank you for all of your help and guidance over the last 21 days.
I am truly in awe of how you have managed to turn this around for us. I feel like I am now enjoying motherhood and enjoying my time with Frankie (6months). I have my energy back and am getting back into living life!! Frankie has also progressed with so many milestones since you have come into our lives!!!!
I am forever grateful and wish you all the very best with the future. You are amazing at what you do!!!
Jana - Rozelle
Thank you so much Lauren. I seriously cannot thank you enough. From the minute you walked through the door you were so informative and helpful and on top of it calm and collected which was just what we all needed.
I am very thankful and grateful for your help and support. A little sleep makes a lot of difference and now I am getting more confident in working Mia (9 months) out. Thank you, thank you, thank you again.
Emma - Westmead
Our sincere thanks for everything you have taught us, and for your patience and kindness. You are wonderful at your job and we are so grateful for all the knowledge and experience you have shared with us, as well as all the time spent encouraging us and responding to our sleep journals. I honestly didn't think we would see the day that Tex (8 months) would sleep without us having to get up every night to settle him, I will be forever thankful you were able to teach him that gift and give us all some sleep back, and some confidence in what we are doing with him!
Ashleigh - Mount Colah
Lauren is amazing. Call her. If you're struggling with your little one's sleep, just pick up the phone.
Our daughter was six months old when I contacted Lauren. We had endured six months of broken sleep and it was to the point that our daughter was really only sleeping fitfully in our arms, not even co-sleeping was working! My husband and I were so tired and stressed and it was deeply affecting our lives. We had tried many other avenues to get help for our daughter's sleep and nothing had worked at all. We honestly thought we were beyond help.
I said to myself that I had to give it one last try to improve my daughter's sleep. I called Lauren and had a huge chat to her about our sleep issues and asked her honestly if she thought she could help. She said she could, and after talking to her I had something that I hadn't had in a long time - hope. A tiny possibility that things could get a bit better.
Lauren came to stay with our family for three nights. On the first night my daughter started stirring as per usual and Lauren had her settled in the cot in fifteen minutes!! Previously it had taken us hours to resettle her, we had to rock her in arms and then we had to try and transfer her to the cot and most of the time this didn't work, so we then had to repeat the process all night. For Lauren to come in and begin working her magic in only fifteen minutes was absolutely amazing. Things only improved from there.
Over the three nights Lauren honestly transformed our daughter's sleep. Lauren's methods are very gentle but extremely effective. She is also just such a lovely, kind and caring person and it was lovely to have her support us through the process. Her magic ingredient - calm, has honestly changed our lives. Lauren's email support is fantastic too, her answers to all my questions were always thoughtful and detailed and it was great to be able to send her an email anytime I needed to. If you are having any issues at all, don't hesitate to contact Lauren, or as I call her -Modern day Mary Poppins! I couldn't recommend her more highly.
Nelly - Beaumont Hills
Lauren is just amazing! I reached out to Lauren after many, many months of terrible, broken sleep with my 10 month old daughter, Elke. Elke has many food allergies and is on a extensive, restricted diet and we had become used to the constant night wakings, difficultly settling to sleep etc and just blamed it on her health issues. But the severe lack of sleep was really beginning to effect my mental health, so i contacted Lauren to arrange a Skype Sleep Consultation. I love that Lauren's approach gave a little bit of wiggle room in the routine to fit within our family life, there were only few 'rules' to follow, nice & gentle settling methods and her daily check in really helped keep me on track. I'm still blown away at how quick and easy it is to get Elke to bed now, our lives have changed so much in such a short space of time - I use to spend HOURS feeding and rocking her to sleep! If you're a sleep deprived parent reading this, please do yourself a favor and send Lauren a message now, my only regret is that i didn't contact her sooner! Thank you once again, Lauren!
- Kayla, Victoria
Prior to contacting Sleep and Nurture my two year old son was waking up several times a night and it was difficult to get him back to sleep. I'd heard about Sleep and Nurture through a relative and although I was sceptical of whether a sleep guidance could actually help, I decided to give it a go, as we were all exhausted from the lack of sleep. I booked a three night sleep guidance. Lauren came to our home and assisted with putting our son in a routine which improved not only his sleeping but eating habits as well. He is so much happier now that he sleeps through the night - and so are we! Thank you Lauren! You have been a godsend.
- Nahla, Ermington
Our little guy was 6 months when we contacted Lauren. He was waking multiple times a night and would only sleep in our arms during the day. We were tired, stuck in our 'whatever works this moment' mentality and all my googling on sleep left us feeling overwhelmed. I found Lauren through a local mum's Facebook page and was hopeful she could work her magic and bring sleep back into our house! Well.... she did! Her techniques she showed us gave us a consistent and comforting way to settle our baby. After just 3 nights, we had a 7 hr stretch of sleep...then a 9hr.... then an 11hr!! Hallelujah! Our little one had learnt to self settle. No more rocking, swaying, feeding to sleep! Lauren's daily contact and analysis of our nightly sleep journal left us feeling really supported and gave us a clear direction as to what to do next. If you're having sleep problems, get some help! It's the best thing we've done! The feeling of waking up to a smiley, well rested bub each morning is hard to top. Thank you, Lauren!
- Chloe, Leichhardt
"My only wish is that we had found and turned to Lauren earlier!"... We have a 3year old and a 11month old. I came across Lauren’s details on Facebook and it’s fair to say we were at the end of the road with both our children and suffering severe sleep deprivation. Having moved to a new area with no family or regular babysitter to call on (especially at night!) and both working full time we were very desperate. Both our girls were waking up up to 3 times each night and not at the same time so we were just shattered. Because we live outside of Sydney we went for the skype consultation program with Lauren. We filled out a detailed questionnaire for each child and had a 1.5 hour skype consultation with Lauren. Her questioning and assessment was extremely thorough and touched every single aspect of our ‘routine’ ranging from their sleep environment to screen time, diet and daytime schedule. This resulted in very detailed instructions which we followed to a T. Lauren completely overhauled everything we did and we saw instant improvements. Every morning I would fill out and send her a detailed ‘sleep journal’ per her template and she would reply with advice, instructions for the night ahead. I would say Lauren is very attentive, she helps you celebrate the quick wins and keeps you accountable in a warm yet assertive manner – just what we needed. Our girls very quickly adjusted to their new routines and were both asleep by 7pm which meant we had our evenings back, a novelty. They still sometimes wake up during the night but nowhere near to the extent that they were before so we definitely have our lives back. My only wish is that we had found and turned to Lauren earlier!
- Eugenie, Vincentia
"Don't hesitate. Contact Lauren now and get the sleep your family needs. We had tried every trick in a few different books to try and get more than 3 hours sleep in a row and when my son turned one something clicked - enough was enough. My husband and I were back at work and were tired and cranky and so was Raphael.
THE FOLLOWING IS NO WORD OF A LIE. Lauren stayed over 2 nights, we implemented her plan ourselves on the third night and my son has slept from 7pm-6.30am every night since.
I honestly did not think this would ever be possible. I almost feel like Sleep and Nurture saved our lives!"
- Sophie, Marrickville
'After 5 months of sleepless nights and insanity I got in contact with Lauren to come and help Charlize and our family. She was waking up every hour, even 3 times an hour. The nights were long, exhausting and frustrating. Lauren came to us and worked her magic for 2 nights.... and within a matter of days Charlize's wake ups reduced dramatically to then nearly sleeping all the way through!
Lauren saved my sanity. I can't thank her enough. Who would have thought a few days would make all the difference? Thanks Lauren for your sleep expertise, our family is feeling awesome again.'
- Rebecca, Bexley North
To say my son was having sleep issues was an understatement! I contacted Lauren to help me get out of what was becoming a 2hour feeding cycle during the nights and constant wakeups for my 6 month old. I'd recently just discovered he had a dairy allergy also which was adding to his general unhappiness with being settled most of the time.
Lauren gave me the confidence to follow her day routine and settling during the night without feeding around the clock. Within the month of having her stay he had his first all night sleep through for 11hours....I couldn't believe it!
Laurens approach to settling was exactly what I was looking for, not the cry it out which I had tried before. Such a great service to families wanting some much needed sleep relief.
- Jayde, Concord West
Lauren is amazing! My child now gets 12hrs straight sleep at night and it’s due to Lauren’s knowledge and teaching skills that we have been able to achieve this. She is caring, professional, relatable and very in tune with you and your child’s needs. Lauren listens to what you have to say and approaches the situation with a eager and warm attitude. We are now able to get plenty of sleep at night and my child is also continuing to have wonderful day sleeps as well. We miss her arriving at our house. I can not recommend her highly enough. If you are having any trouble getting your beautiful little bundle to sleep, go ahead and book her. You wont regret it!!!!
- Genevieve, Seaforth
Well, where do we start? I wasn't sure what I expected when I hired Lauren, it was a leap of faith. I heard about her though a friend who read an article on Mamamia. But she sounded friendly and was very helpful on the phone & actually had kids, also had a kid that was a non-sleeper. Our son Billy is a free spirit. It's like owning a labrador puppy. He is full of fun, with big personality & had always been a good sleeper until we transitioned into big boy bed...the big boy bed was the unravelling of my life. He discovered he could get up & walk around the house, any time of night & do what he wanted. Our set up also wasn't quite right. Lauren came in and sorted out areas where we going wrong. I think it also gets to the point that your just so tired. I was working full time & so was my husband. Sleep was so lacking and I was a walking zombie. I put on weight and had to cancel my personal trainer. It was 5mths of hell, until Lauren walked in. I wish I bit the bullet sooner & called her. She was clever, she knew kids, especially the cheeky monkey kind like ours. She was firm & loving. Had a fabulousness about her, great ideas & no aggressive techniques. It changed our lives. We are all happy now. Billy stays in the bed most of the time. We had a few wake ups here & there but he has slept through the night a few nights. When Lauren came, we were up and down for up to 7 times a night. It was ridiculous. You can't function on that. So, would I recommend Lauren, hell yes.... She is a miracle worker The biggest thing is, we were doing 90% right with him. The right amount of outdoor exercise time, the right food, but it's the 10% she brings that made the difference & those small changes are what we weren't capable of doing ourselves Thank you, Lauren. You gave us back a life & sanity.
- Liz, Burraneer
Thanks Lauren for working your magic on Maya. When she turned 6mths, Maya decided she was going to wake up almost every hour of the night for a feed. She then wouldn't go back to her cot. We were battling a baby that woke up to 8 times a night and co-slept for almost 3 months! Just a few weeks before having to head back to work, I called you in. We were astounded that you got her to sleep through the night on the second night! And in her own cot! And without any of her usual hysterical screaming! Since then, we have nervously put her to sleep in her cot every night, and been amazed that she has slept 7-9 hours straight most nights. She resettles herself throughout the night. And at worst, has only needed me to resettle her no more than once a night...but even that is no more than once or twice a week. She is now such a happy bub during the day. And I'm appreciative of the sleep I'm getting too! Thanks a million for the miracle-work!
- Sabarinah, Rose Bay
"If you’re reading these testimonials because you’re considering using Lauren’s services, my advice to you is: Book her immediately if you want to feel like a normal person again!... Brodie was 11 months old when Lauren rescued us. He had been waking for a breastfeed at all hours of the night for months, was barely eating during the day and was going back into the night overtired. We were in a vicious cycle that I couldn’t break on my own, and the whole family was suffering as a result of our tiredness. With my return to work date fast approaching, I was fortunate that a friend referred me to Lauren. She arrived two weeks before I was due to go back, and I was sure I would be heading back to work a zombie. Little did I know that she would have us sorted out in three days, and I would have a baby sleeping through the night after five nights! One month on and I’m pleased to report that Brodie is still sleeping through the night, and as a bonus we have a ravenous little boy that eats, rather than drinks, and who also has a three hour long day sleep (and that’s even better than the night sleep if you ask me!) Thank you, Lauren, for coming into our home and helping us turn a stressful time back into to the happy and fun time it should be. We will be forever grateful. X"
- Kate, Elanora Heights
Like many little ones my little man went through Leap 4/The 4 Month Sleep Regression and his sleep went from bad to worse! And I remember flipping through forums and seeing other people's little ones getting back on track but not my little man, he was waking at least 10 times a night, I didn't know what to do I was exhausted and everyone else was suggesting it wa...s time for controlled crying or telling me "he'll grow out of it" and to just deal with it. Then I found Lauren... I'm based in Adelaide but she was more than happy to arrange a time that suited to Skype with me to discuss my little man and the sleep issues we were having. By following Lauren's guidance and making small changes my little mans sleep improved dramatically and I remember only getting up 5 times (2 feeds and 3 resettles) and thinking this is great! And it only continued to improve, with Lauren's guidance through our daily emails (and I mean daily, I took full advantage of Lauren's support) by the end of our 42 days (2 lots of 21 days) and ditching the dummy my little man was only waking once a night for a quick resettle!!
- Leanne, Adelaide
I contacted Lauren as a last resort when Amelia was 13 months old, was waking every night, sometimes 3 times a night and was requiring between 20 minutes and 2 hours to go back to sleep. In my initial email, I told Lauren I was anxious that we would try her suggestions and they wouldn't work because I felt like we had tried everything with short lived or no improvement. That was about a month ago and I can hardly believe what has happened - we implemented Lauren's changes and tweaks and within 2 days she was waking less and resettling within 10 minutes, within a week she was sleeping through until 5:30am and for the last 3 weeks she has been sleeping from 7pm - 6:30/7am with a 2-2.5 hour sleep in the day. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this has changed our lives! If you are considering getting some help with your little one's sleep, don't hesitate, I only wish we had done it earlier!
- Eleanor, Melbourne
It has been a week since Lauren entered our home and our nights have completely changed. Our son (2 years 4 months) was waking every 1-2 hours each night, and would only settle with a breastfeed. Lauren supported us to night wean and move our son into his own bed. I was so happy that she respected our choices in keeping him in our bedroom and settling him as gently as possible. He is now waking up considerably less throughout the night, settles quickly with minimal intervention from me, and is so proud of himself in the morning! Lauren's continued support with follow up texts and phone calls have helped keep us on track to fully realising our sleep goals.
One of my friends compared the price of Sleep and Nurture's sleep guidance to a few nights in a nice hotel, but it's so much better than that! With Lauren's help, we have been given an ongoing gift of sleep!
- Emma, Newtown
I found sleep consultant Lauren Diaz while looking for answers online, and I admit at first I thought she was an oasis in the sleep-deprived desert of parenting. What she offered sounded too good to be true. This sleep trainer would actually go through the overnight hell with you and then try to solve it. Next thing, the qualified night and maternity nanny was in my house offering my partner and I a date night – on a Friday night – along with all night care. Diaz is a new sleep consultant on the block, but she has over 15 years’ experience. Her Sleep and Nurture business is run with a tender approach and a gentle philosophy that “gets results”. “My techniques are gentle, effective and do not involve controlled crying or comforting…Leaving you with beautiful, long lasting memories without the sleep-deprived haze,” her website states. Diaz is warm, kind and easy to invite into the ugly hours of your home-life. In those wee hours, that are often filled with baby tears, she has solutions and they help families that are at “breaking point”. "Some mums do cry. I often walk in the door and the mum is in need of a big hug. They are just so overwhelmed and so grateful that you’re there to help them," says Diaz. The 33-year-old's gentle method doesn't incorporate controlled crying because she finds it heartbreaking - but she's serious about achieving realistic goals. "It takes 21 days to create change so if you’re doing the same thing for 21 days then you’ve pretty much locked in that change. "Some families have created that change a lot earlier than that, and others have taken 28 days. But it’s all very well for me to give them the tools, but it’s up to you guys to follow through," she said. Diaz stayed in my home for three nights and got a front row seat to my most difficult hours. She sat with me and got a plan in place and now I know what to do, and it’s working. The Sydney sleep consultant has helped my 23 month-old-son Charlie sleep through the night – in his own bed - for the first time in months. He even slept past 5.30am. I've had almost two years of sleep deprivation and I couldn't be happier. We’ve flipped the order of things and the parents are back in charge. My baby’s not running the night-shift anymore and I feel like we all know that this is a better arrangement. Charlie hasn’t been distressed, the change has been a calm and gentle one and it’s surprised me how easy it’s been. So far. On night one Charlie slept through the night - which never happens. I think Diaz managed to inject an atmosphere of calm that put everyone in the house to sleep. Night two. By the second night I had thrown out his bottles, purchased new pyjamas and a sleeping bag with legs. I made some big changes with my evening routine and re-arranged some things in his room. There were some wake-ups but Charlie stayed in his own bed after nearly a year of co-sleeping. "There can be an element of crying because we are implementing something different. Often, it’s not what they normally do or are used to, to go to sleep but at no stage am I going to let your child cry it out or leave them to self-settle with an escalated cry. You will support them with your gentle presence," she said. I thought Charlie would kick-off. I thought he'd be beyond help. But by night two we had taken his bottle away, he was no longer allowed to come and jump in my bed and he was so responsive. He played ball. “Charlie’s such a good candidate for this. This is not going to take much at all,” she told me the next night. I'd been afraid to get help although I desperately needed it. I thought it would be some kind of "tough love" torture but the 33-year-old just set out some simple steps that made sense. "I’m never coming in to fix the child, I’m fixing the parents. It’s you guys that have created these not so great sleep associations and I’m coming in to teach you guys," said Diaz. The mother of two assesses everything in the home in order to make "positive changes" - she says it's a better approach than sleep schools because it's tailored to your home environment. "I see a lot of families that have been to sleep schools and it’s just not quite working when they come home," she said. "I take an overall look at everything related to your child. I want to look at your child’s sleep associations, their food intake and their sleep environment and make those important changes where needed. "All of this will help the families make a permanent change, not a temporary change." Night three. The Sydneysider spent three nights camped in my lounge room. The mum of two is probably suffering from lack of sleep herself and with back to back night shifts this week, she says the business is like her newborn. Broken sleep for a newborn is normal but after almost two years of interrupted sleep, I am fed up. It seems I'm not alone. So far, the majority of her clients are 12-month-old boys with dummy habits. "You have to be really realistic about your goals. A six-month-old physiologically is capable of sleeping through, as long as they are tracking along the percentiles and they have started on their solids. But in saying that, it is really difficult. "It is my preference to get babies sleeping through before the nine-month mark because they just progress and advance so much after nine months." Her fee - which she's trying to keep affordable - includes 21 days of support. Parting with the money has been an additional incentive for me - especially as my lovely father gifted it to me. The sleep trainer says she has faith that I will be one of the parents that can follow through. On the last morning, Diaz - who now feels like a friend - gives me a big hug before she leaves at 6am. Charlie is still asleep and I am already dressed for work. I have make-up on and can have a quiet cup of tea. I've finally come up for air. I feel strong. I will sleep again. - Rachel, Waterloo : Article written for Mamamia : http://www.mamamia.com.au/baby-sleep-help/
When I first contacted Lauren, my son was 7 months old and waking every 45 mins. I was an exhausted mess. He was a grumpy baby.
Lauren spoke with me in depth to ascertain daytime sleeping patterns, meal times and of course sleep associations. Lauren not only had an empathetic ear but also very realistic advice based on how I wanted to parent. This made a refreshing change from being told what to do.
Lauren guided me and suggested small changes to make, with realistic goals; a gentle approach to sleep training. At times; it felt like she was in the room with me. A support much needed during the early hours when one feels very isolated. Not easy for someone 24,000 miles away.
The encouragement that Lauren gives is priceless, and furthermore it propelled my confidence in my ability to help my son fall to sleep and stay asleep by himself. After a solid 8 hours sleep, I now feel refreshed and after 11.5 hours, my son is smiling and happy. I cannot recommend Lauren enough. She most definitely saved my sanity.
- Susan, United Kingdom
We experienced night time struggles for the last 5.5 years with our 2nd child and more recently our 1 year old developed terrible sleep habits after 6 weeks of back to back illnesses that I just couldn't break. I was averaging just 3 hours of sleep EVERY night for the last 3 months & Mr 5's behaviour & school work was starting to suffer.
In steps the amazing Lauren from Sleep & Nurture to sort us right out! The first night of sleep we got when Lauren took over & implemented her techniques was just what the doctor ordered! The following nights Lauren was by our side for every wake up to re-inforce her techniques & we have had fabulous support via email for any hiccups we encountered in the weeks following.
I am thrilled to say both the boys are doing amazingly well!! After just one week back at school Mr 5's teacher noticed a huge improvement in his memory & being able to engage in lessons. The entire household is so much calmer, the kids are getting along so much better & I am no longer a raving lunatic screaming at my children every minute of the day thanks to sleep deprivation!
I would recommend Lauren from Sleep & Nurture in a heart beat - it is without a doubt one of the best decisions I have ever made for my family!! Thank you Lauren!
- Jessica, Baulkham Hills
I am so grateful to have been referred to Lauren by a friend.
Originally I had reservations about contacting a sleep consultant, as I had imagined the methods used were rather regimented and didn't align with our values as new parents.
However, Lauren is truly amazing and I have seen such an improvement with our little 5 month old over the last couple of weeks and also in my confidence as a parent.
Lauren has such a beautiful energy. Lauren was very respectful of our beliefs and what we consider is best for our baby. She showed us a number of gentle techniques to adapt and improve our usual daily routine.
Our baby is now having longer naps during the day (ALL of them which are by himself), settling is much more easier and quicker. I am now finding that I have more time to myself during the day and also at night with my husband. I have been in contact with Lauren over emails since our original visit and she has always been very quick to provide a response and further advice as needed. Thank you again Lauren xx
- Meighan, Crows Nest
My 6 month old son was waking through the night - on a good night every 2 hours and on a bad night every 45 minutes.
Even though my husband and I were exhausted, controlled crying (or any form of it) was not something we were prepared to consider.
A friend referred me to Lauren at Sleep and Nurture. Lauren's method of teaching my son to sleep was so gentle. Being a mum of two small children, she is very empathetic.
After less than a month of using Lauren's method, my son is sleeping through the night. He is brighter and happier during the day and I am definitely a better mum!