After a strong recommendation from another mum in my mums group, I had a look on Lauren’s website. Immediately I was confronted by the fact that my 6mo had every single sleep issue that was listed. From that point on, our miserable sleepless lives began to change. After Lauren helped us through the initial grueling battle over our baby’s desperate desire to try and stay awake 24hours a day I am happy to say we now have a regular routine, day and night, and for the most part we are all happier, less grumpy and saner. Lauren’s ongoing support for weeks after the initial stay was a God send to iron out our trouble shooting issues and her sense of humour, kindness and obvious expertise made the journey one I will forever be grateful for. She has our highest recommendation! - Beck, Marsfield
Our daughter Peta was 7 months old when we hired Lauren to do a 3-night sleep guidance. We had hired a different sleep consultant when Peta was 8 weeks old which hadn't helped as much as we needed. Peta was riddled with food allergies, eczema, and intermittent dermatitis. She had been a very unsettled baby, would wake multiple times a night, and struggle to sleep through the day. Wasn't a big eater and was always agitated, highly strung, and made herself overtired resulting in us being constantly frustrated and exhausted first-time parents. We needed help having reached breaking point so many times in those wee hours of the morning with a screaming baby in our arms. Lauren came in and changed up everything. She assessed Peta's diet, sleep environment, physical activity, routine, and best of all offered settling techniques that we could choose from. Everything needed tweaking and the science behind it all made sense. Although slightly skeptical and anxious we saw results straight away. Lauren explained everything to us and was calm and accommodating to our needs. In fact, she made the whole thing seem so simple. By night number 2 Peta slept through the night with only 1 wake that needed settling - unheard of as I was feeding her 2 to 3 times a night prior. By night 4 when we were on our own up until now, we haven't needed to settle Peta to sleep day or night. She has finally learned the art of self-settling. Her skin has cleared up and we are finally able to tackle her allergies. She is calmer and content. We are finally able to enjoy parenthood and are so glad we found the answer to all of our problems. Thank you, Lauren. You are truly a gift!
- Sarah, Rose Bay
I cannot thank Lauren enough for the huge improvement she has made to our lives.
At 6 months old, my daughter entered what I thought was a typical sleep regression - waking 2-3 times a night, needing breastfeeding or rocking to get back to sleep. I thought that it would pass and that she would go back to her usual 1 wake per night, which I could live with. Fast forward to 11 months old, and the ‘sleep regression’ was still around and she was waking 3, 4 or 5 times a night. The sleep deprivation was real, affecting my mental health, my physical health and my family’s well being.
From the start, Lauren’s experience and her calm, comforting manner helped my partner and I feel confident about implementing her methods, routine and settling techniques. I liked that Lauren also looks at eating habits, activity levels and family dynamics, and how they can affect a baby’s sleep.
We purchased the three hour home visit service and 21 days of support - this was perfect as Lauren was able to walk us through the first bedtime, showing us how to settle her at the start and then if she woke in the night. We also used this time to night wean.
It was amazing, like a switch had been flipped. From the first night, our baby girl was able to self settle to sleep and during the night wakes. She now falls asleep happily and does not need us to help. Our sleep has improved 100%. My daughter now sleeps 11-12 hours at night, with minimal wakes and naps beautifully. This includes a 10 day holiday away in a strange house and sleeping in portacot. Dad can now help with bedtime and naps whereas before it was only me who could get her to sleep.
She is happier all round and her appetite has improved. Before Lauren's help, eating was a constant worry for us as baby's appetite was very small due to the constant night feeds.
I never imagined I would be one of those parents with a self-settling, beautifully sleeping baby, let alone be able to write about it. But all thanks to Lauren, l now am and we have our sleep and lives back!
- Tiffany, Wollstonecraft
Lauren is a miracle worker! Our son had trouble sleeping from a young age and at 4 months we sought help from Tresillian, which did help for a while. But he started waking every 2hrs again at 7 months.
Lauren was recommended to us by two separate families, who could visibly see how sleep deprived we were. We browsed through Lauren’s website thoroughly and read all the testimonials, thinking our baby was never going to sleep through.
With Lauren’s encouragement, we decided to move our son to his own room, cut the night feed and get rid of the dummy, all in one go. It took 45mins for him to fall asleep the first night but on his own! No holding, rocking or feeding to sleep. Then he basically slept through the night, only waking up twice for a few minutes but falling back to sleep on his own. The next night it took 30mins for him to fall asleep on his own, again with a few short wakes. Three weeks later, he slept through! It was unbelievable.
We cannot thank Lauren enough for what she has done for our family. She has taught us so much about sleep and the importance of nutrition. We feel like we understand our son so much more.
Don’t be like us and wait so long to seek help for your baby. We highly recommend Lauren to anyone with a baby.
- Thuy, Rozelle
Lauren's gentle and supportive guidance has made such a positive impact on our 7 month old. Prior to Lauren our bubba was grizzly through the day and would wake several times overnight for a feed or needing the dreaded dummy replaced. Lauren helped us make positive changes to our sleep routine and the impact was nearly instant. We have a happy little bubba who is more content throughout the day and is sleeping through the whole night - everyone is happy! Thank you, Lauren. I wish we reached out to you sooner.
- Rebecca, Gladesville
My LO was half way through the 8 month regression (4 month turned 6 month then 8 month regression). We were rocking to sleep, feeding to sleep, holding her for sleeps, co-sleeping... basically doing anything we could for her to sleep. LO was waking up anywhere between 5-10 times a night. We took turns eating and showering so one of us could hold her or comfort her if she woke. We were exhausted.
One day I decided enough was enough. After doing some research, I decided to call Lauren. First night was tough but Lauren was there to guide us through it. Having someone else there made a huge difference. LO woke up twice grizzling but back to sleep after a minute or two. By the 3rd night she was sleeping 11 hours!
Three weeks on and our lives have changed so much. We are no longer spending hours on naps and bedtimes.
Due to the improvement in sleep, with Lauren's help we were able to implement a flexible schedule. Lauren also provided nutrition and feeding advice, and my LO now eats so much better.
I feel that I understand my LO's sleeping and eating so much more now and it's all thanks to Lauren!!
- Ann, Tempe
Lauren is an absolute miracle worker! She saved me when my bub, Louis, was 9 months old and then again at 18 months. When Louis was 9 months, he was waking every 45 mins- an hour throughout the night. I was working full time and absolutely exhausted. After 2 nights with Lauren, he was sleeping for 11 hours straight! I felt like a new woman. Recently, Lauren saved me again with her kind, supportive guidance. I would highly recommend Lauren to anyone struggling with their bubs sleep.
- Charlotte, Freshwater
When my little girl first arrived, she slept from 7pm until 3am, quick feed, then back down again until 7am. Easy! I thought I had been gifted a miracle child. Then, the sleep regressions started coming thick and fast and with each one, my hope that she might eventually sleep through faded further. Somewhere along the line, I ended up with a 16-month-old that required feeding, holding, patting, rocking...sometimes for 3 hours per waking, which could be multiple times a night!
I was exhausted, she was exhausted and no one in our house was particularly happy. At some ungodly hour of one blurry morning, I laid in bed while my daughter screamed and I just sobbed. “I need help”. The next day I sought some recommendations from an online group and was given Lauren’s name. LIFE SAVER!
My initial consult with Lauren was relaxed, yet professional as she ran me through our new schedule and the potential settling options. I loved that there wasn’t just one technique available as I honestly was sure if I was going to be strong enough to make the first one work.
Within 3 days we had gone from holding/rocking/feeding to sleep for naps and bedtime (and however many times overnight) to completely unassisted self-settling. Honestly, it was as much about training me as it was training bubs.
Lauren was there for us every step of the way, assisting and suggesting amendments as bub adjusted to her new consolidated sleep schedule.
I couldn’t recommend Lauren and her program highly enough. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!
- Sarah, Hamilton VIC
Lauren has saved my sleep & sanity. My son was 8 months old when I first contacted her. He didn’t know how to self-settle, wake up almost every hour looking for comfort and we had previously used a different sleep consultant & Tresillian but unfortunately, they both didn’t work. I had almost lost hope until I met Lauren. Her method was very effective; my son was able to sleep through the night on the 3rd night... I can finally go to bed at night without feeling anxious & my little one seems to be a lot happier during the day too! Thank you, Sleep & Nurture/Lauren! You have done an amazing job xxx
- Jess, Frenchs Forrest
Having a baby in 2020 during an unprecedented health pandemic without your “village” is stressful enough, never mind having a baby that hugely struggled to master the skill of independent sleeping. I could physically feel the anxiety rise within me approaching bubs nap time and bedtime as I knew what lay ahead. This anxiety was ultimately stealing the joy from my day-to-day experience of being a new mum to my beautiful baby girl. I was so nervous about making any plans as everything hinged on how the naps/nights would go, which made me even more isolated as I couldn’t confidently commit to anything until last minute. Even when we did go anywhere, I could never fully relax or enjoy myself as I was constantly thinking about the next nap. Bubs sleep was my priority and I had established some incredibly unsustainable sleep associations that just couldn’t continue. From hours spent bouncing on the exercise ball day/night resettling bubs back to sleep, to only sleeping in the carrier on my chest during the day, to multiple feeds and dummy fetches overnight, I was completely exhausted and completely running on adrenaline. I truly believed that things would naturally get better in time but bubs was now 7 months, fully established on solids and still nothing improved on the sleep front. Even though I had researched copious sleep consultants I firmly believe it was fate that I was given Lauren's contact details from a family friend, along with a glowing personal testimonial and for that I am forever grateful because Lauren literally changed the game for us. From night one Lauren gently, yet confidently taught bubs to self-settle through the night… no feeds, no bouncing on the exercise ball, no dummy, no singing and no co-sleeping. Nothing short of a miracle. Along with the nights Lauren also set us up on a fantastic new daily routine that has given me structure and confidence. As bubs fine-tuned her new sleeping skills, she now efficiently gets herself over to sleep in the pram if we are out and about or in the portacot when we are visiting family. On a personal level Lauren’s manner is a huge contributor to her amazing service - calm, kind, empathetic and confident. Along with the sleep component Lauren also educated us on the bigger picture including bubs nutritional needs, diet variation, daily activity and leaps which collectively have contributed to bubs now sleeping 11 hours overnight. What I believe sets Lauren's service miles apart from others is the daily check-ins for 3x weeks post visit. This helped troubleshoot things as they happened and give me the confidence to know how to tweak our day accordingly until we landed in a routine that worked for our family. I could talk about our experience all day but I will end on this…. please don’t put yourself through the angst that I did, it doesn’t need to be that hard and why waste all that precious time with your baby stressed and exhausted, when it doesn’t need to be that way. Lauren is an absolute legend, what she has done for our family is phenomenal and exceeded all my expectations when I finally reached out for help.
- Christine, Marrickville
After 11 months of being total sleep deprived zombies, we finally decided to get some help. Our daughter would wake up every hour, some nights even every 40 mins and we thought it was just a phase and it would pass, but it didn't so we got in touch with Lauren. One of the questions Lauren asked was what the personality of our daughter was like and to be honest we didn't really know as she was always so overtired and cranky. Thanks to Lauren's techniques our baby was sleeping better by night 3 and now can self-settle and sleep the whole night. The best money we've ever spent! - Kiara, Summer Hill
Once again Lauren brought sleep to our family! This is the second time I trusted in Lauren to help bring back sleep to our family. The first time with my second daughter and now with my third. Over a phone consult and 21 days of support, I had a completely different child. Jasmine is sleeping through the night; is overall a happier child and I’m no longer sleep deprived. Lauren taught me that what worked for my second doesn’t necessarily work for my third. Their needs and temperament are very different. Lauren’s expertise is like magic! We are so happy we engaged in Lauren to help our family once more. - Rebecca, Bexley North
Our perfect sleeper had a nightmare and it was all over. After a few sleepless nights and a lot of wake ups we decided to act quickly and get Lauren’s help based on her great reviews. Our daughter is almost 3 and we weren’t sure how to approach the issue as she is more aware. Lauren’s method was perfect with minimal fuss and our daughter is now sleeping more consistently through the night. The 3 weeks email support was great, as it helped us keep consistent with the method. In addition, Lauren helped us get rid of the dummy and evening milk in one day. Our daughter must have been more than ready as there was minimal protest and her eating has greatly improved. Lauren was lovely to deal with and we would highly recommend her.
- Emilie, Manly Vale
Hiring Lauren is honestly the best thing we’ve done in a long time. Not only was she able to fix our son’s sleeping issues in 1 night (you read that right) but she was also warm, kind and fun to hang out with! Our son Josh was 10 months old and waking every 2 hours. This had been going on for a good 4 months. His naps were also a disaster waking after 20 – 30 mins. He started off a good sleep until sickness and teething got us into some bad habits. I night weaned him hoping that would fix the problem, but it didn’t. We just got into the new habit of rocking and patting him to sleep. I had tried to get him to self-settle on numerous occasions but just ended up with a screaming overtired bub. I was at the end of my rope, it was affecting my ability to earn a living (as I work for myself), let alone function as a wife and Mum to Josh and our 3-year-old. Enter Lauren. We had Lauren come to the house for 3 nights as I was sure this was going to be a battle to get Josh to sleep. 1 night later we had a baby that self – settled and slept through the night. We also went through everything from food to nap schedules. The email support in the 3 weeks following was invaluable also, as we progress through the new nap schedule and there were some adjustments for Josh. 1 month later and we still have peace and sleep in our house. We can’t thank Lauren enough or recommend her more highly. Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing sanity to our household and being so amazing to deal with. - Phoebe, Ermington
I just wanted to thank you for your help in getting our nights back. We only wish we got you in sooner. It's because of you Sebastian is able to self-settle without the dummy, sleep through the night and as a result of that he is much more content during the day. In addition, your advice on what to do with Sienna's day sleep was a life saver. She is back to sleeping almost 2 hours a day. Even at daycare (which she never did before). So thank you! I would highly recommend you to anyone.
- Despina, Monterey
If you are thinking about getting some help with your little one’s sleep, then I would highly recommend Lauren. Our 14 month old was waking several times throughout the night and would stir on and off during the early hours of the morning. His day naps consisted of two 30 min cat naps and he would often wake tired and grizzly. Since getting help from Lauren he is now sleeping through the night and putting himself back to sleep if he wakes. His day sleeps have consolidated and he now gives a longer nap and wakes well rested and happy. We had Lauren come to our house and discuss the settling techniques that we were most comfortable with. Having her there to help identify my son’s different cries was so helpful and gave me the skills and confidence I needed to continue on my own. The 21 days of email support was also so helpful and helped us to stay consistent. My son was sleeping through the night after one night and his days sleeps consolidated after a few weeks. We are so grateful for Lauren’s help and for a better sleeping bubba. Thank you Lauren. - Jess, Ingleside
Lauren was fantastic. We had a 20 month old that screamed up to 5 hours throughout the night, every night. Lauren came and guided us through the night and he now sleeps through the night. It was incredible.
- Cassie, Queenscliff
I cannot begin to tell you how Lauren has changed our lives, after she helped us with our 9-month-old. She was waking up to 10 times per night. We were hoping she would grow out of it but every month it just seemed to get worse and worse. We tried everything we could and nothing really worked… until our GP recommended Lauren. She had successfully worked with his baby before. Lauren's method of helping the baby to sleep by being present during the training worked beautifully and we got a success on first night, she slept for 4h straight. That hadn't happened since she was 1month old, and it just got better and better. By the third night, our daughter can sleep through the night without our intervention. Now she is capable of sleeping from 7pm to 6:30am, without making a sound. Sometimes we still can’t believe the HUGE change, and the large chunk of time suddenly freed up. If you are also sleep deprived and are not sure what to do anymore, give Lauren a call so she can explain how she works.
- Johnny, St Leonards
A month out from my return to work, our 5 month old daughter was waking multiple times a night. She is our third child. Our first had been a dream sleeper and second far worse by comparison. We'd never sought help for sleep before and hadn't really considered it. A friend recommended Lauren as they had great success with her help. We had a phone consult and followed her advice. We were empowered. Within a week we were down to 1 night wake up and within 3 weeks she was sleeping 6.15pm until 7am. Amazing. Throughout this period Lauren was always readily accessible, supportive, non-judgmental and just so helpful!!! Very highly recommended.
- Katrina, Sydney
We had tried so many different things to get our little boy sleeping better. He was waking every few hours ALL night long and I hadn’t slept more than 3 hours solid in 8 months when I finally decided to get in touch with Lauren.
A friend of mine had recommended Sleep and Nurture so I took the plunge, it is honestly the best money I have ever spent. Lauren's technique is simple but so effective, Louie was sleeping better after just 3 nights.
We are now a few months on and he is sleeping roughly 11 hours straight every night. Our days have a great rhythm and are much more predictable now. Louie is thriving and doesn’t have meltdowns from being overtired anymore and I feel like myself again now that I am finally sleeping. I couldn’t recommend Sleep and Nurture enough, thanks Lauren!
- Charlotte, Five Dock
We recently had Lauren help with our 17mth old daughter who had always been a great sleeper until 15mths. She started having restless nights that soon turned into needing to be held for up to 2 hrs in the middle of the night to help her go back to sleep. I could see these sleep habits were becoming worse but had no idea how to change them with a method that would actually work. I toyed with reaching out for help for a few months, but so glad I did! Lauren's approach was so reassuring as she got to know her entire routine and discussed it at length before highlighting tweaks to our approach. Those small adjustments saw huge improvements within a few days and gave us the confidence to know how to respond to any situation. She now happily waves goodnight and I only have to pop her into her cot then she lays down and simply falls sleep!
- Alyce, Newtown
I would highly recommend Lauren to any parent struggling with sleep difficulties. We sought support from Lauren for our almost two year old who couldn't (or wouldn't) fall asleep without being held. We'd never known a night of Liam being in bed before 930pm. Soon after meeting Lauren, our little one was putting himself to sleep before 8pm. Would highly recommend Lauren for her gentle and practical approach.
- Marie, Sans Souci
Lauren was our family’s saving grace. One night at 2am, as our 13 month old had woken for the umpteenth time since 730 pm for no good reason I had searched the internet for some help. After many failed attempts of ‘sleep training’ my husband and I thought we were doomed to have interrupted sleep night after night until our baby boy was old enough to understand to sleep through the night without us. We were so grateful if we had only woken 2-3 times/night, even though he was always sleeping between us by about midnight.
I called Lauren the next day after reading some testimonials and I was hopeful from our informative phone discussion right away. Due to Covid-19 we were unable to have Lauren stay with us for a couple of nights however she scheduled a two hour Skype session with both my husband and I. Her methods were clear, gentle, guided, and successful! By the second night our munchkin slept from 7-7! We couldn’t believe our eyes and stared at the monitor all night.
Lauren was fantastic with communication and very supportive throughout the 3 week period. I’ve even had to check back in a couple weeks later for some guidance and she was so helpful!
We are forever grateful to Lauren for the rest and happiness she has reinstalled as well as bid so much might time anxiety goodbye! My baby boy is so happy he isn’t tired throughout the day also.
- Alia, Beverly Hills
Lauren has saved us hours of sleep! Our 14 month old went from 2 hour battles to get to sleep to taking less than 10mins to self-settle in the cot by the third night! What’s probably more satisfying is that our baby started to eat better and therefore, grow better! It is truly amazing to be refreshed again with undisturbed nights after having had to battle our restless baby to sleep. We are very thankful to have our sleep back! - Emily, Burwood
I had always been against any form of “sleep training”, choosing to believe instead that like the many forums said, my baby would choose to sleep independently (and wean from breastfeeding) when she was capable and ready to do so. So, I continued with waking up every 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to breastfeed my baby, and from 8 months onwards, co-sleeping with her because it was easier. What that resulted in was her being latched on almost all night, and me not having a full night’s sleep, and having to see the physio on a fortnightly basis from the back pain from sleeping awkwardly all night. Before I knew it, she was 2 years old and I still had not had a full night’s sleep since she was born, and neither had she.
It was at that time that we wanted to start trying for a second, and when I decided to take on more in my professional life, and knew that we couldn’t continue like that. I was also desperately ready to have her stop breastfeeding. So, we engaged Lauren, and it was the best thing we had ever done. I had tried on numerous occasions to “sleep train” on my own, but I never had the strength to follow through. I had also tried to wean her, and to get her to sleep in her own cot, again, never having the strength to follow through because she would cry and cry. My husband couldn’t help because she only wanted mummy and I couldn’t bear to hear her cry out for me. My husband and I would get frustrated at each other because we had no idea what we were doing.
Magical Lauren arrived on the first night, and my daughter slept through that night. And again, the second night, and the third (perhaps one or two wakeups at most, a huge improvement from 5-8 times a night). And, she slept through in her own cot (which she hadn’t slept in in the last 8 months), and without breastfeeding overnight. Miracle worker! My advice, if you’re reaching your end point, look after yourself and your marriage and call Lauren. She is so gentle, and looks at all aspects of your baby’s day, from activity levels, to food intake, to nap times. The holistic approach didn’t just help our daughter, it helped us to become better parents and to develop some confidence in our parenting abilities. All I needed was for someone to tell me I could do it, and to tell me how, and to tell me it was ok and to continue what I was doing, when I began to find myself losing the strength to follow through. If you want better sleep, call Lauren, don’t be a martyr. The only thing you’ll regret is not asking for her help sooner.
- Lisa, Auburn
Before embarking on our sleep journey with Lauren, me and my wife were not coping at all. My wife no longer slept in our bedroom, instead electing to sleep on a make-shift floor mattress in our 10 month old son's room. She would wake 3 times a night to re-settle him with breast feeds and rocking. She began to suffer from severe back aches from always rocking our baby until he fell asleep. In the mornings my wife would come to me with bleary eyes and wearily hand me our son before tumbling into bed. I attempted to take over the nights to provide some relief with little success. In my arms our son would cry and scream for almost an hour before we would yield, and let his mother come back in to rock him off to sleep.
I first heard of Lauren from a friend who said that her baby now slept through the night. I could not believe that this was possible. Weren't sleepless nights supposed to be a difficult rite of passage every parent must go through? How could it be so easy? On my friend's advice we emailed Lauren to do a Skype consultation with 3 weeks of email support.
Our son now sleeps through the night, and my wife is now sleeping back in the bedroom. We put our son in bed at 7pm, and within 3 minutes he is asleep without needing us to go in. He often goes to sleep without a single cry. My wife is rested and cheerful in the morning. We are both better parents who have more energy to be present with our baby each day. We also have consistent quiet time together in the evenings where we can catch up and relax together. The surprising thing was that once we sorted out our baby's sleep schedule, other things fell into place too. Our son now eats his solids better and no longer spits out his food. Tedious meals that ended with food strewn over our floor are now pleasant and satisfying.
I cannot thank Lauren enough for what she has done for our family. The process of correcting our son's sleep was difficult at times, but Lauren gently guided us through the process. Lauren was very responsive to our needs as anxious parents. She was patient and kind while also being confident and sure of her methods. The ongoing email support always provided us with much needed guidance and reassurance.
If you are reading my testimonial, and think you may be in a similar situation please consider doing this. Babies do not come with instructions and we often fall into whatever routine is most comfortable. That, however, may not be what is best for baby or for your household. If you are feeling tired, exhausted and confused, just do this. You won't regret it.
- Hsien, St Leonards
After 18 months of broken sleep we finally contacted Lauren for help. We had tried everything, Tresillian stay, purchased online sleep guides, read countless blogs, but we still couldn't get our son to sleep. We were starting to think that he was just a bad sleeper and there wasn't anything we could do. To get him to sleep each night we would have to lie on the bed next to him for 30 mins before transferring him to his cot. And then he would wake at least 3 times during the night, and would eventually end up in our bed. 3 weeks after our initial meeting with Lauren we now have a child that is sleeping from 7pm-6am! We started seeing improvements after just a few nights. Lauren has been fantastic, she looked at our sons routine in detail and made changes that have had such a positive impact on our entire family. We are all so much happier now that we are getting sleep. If you are considering getting help from Lauren don't hesitate! It is worth every cent! Thanks so much for all your help!!!
- Zoe, Balmain
I will never forget sitting and reading everyone’s testimonials on Laurens website and thinking how many families had similar issues with their babies and how they had all seen such amazing results… I kept thinking our baby is so much MORE difficult than everyone else's, we will never see a change. I WAS WRONG!
We were at our ends with our 8 month old son, we had done day stays at clinics then 4 night stays and we had just given up. We had accepted that our baby would never sleep and that co sleeping, waking every 30 minutes and rocking to sleep for hours each night was going to be our new normal. From the moment we met Lauren, everything changed. Her warm and professional approach made us feel at ease and her knowledge and experience superseded anyone else we had ever dealt with.
Everything Lauren said happened, from the timing of how long it would take our baby to self-settle, to the amount of days before he would sleep through the night. I could not recommend Sleep and Nurtures service any more highly.
Best decision we ever made; I wish I didn’t put it off for so long.
- Simone, Ryde
Our 7 month old has always been good at self-settling but after an exhausting six week sleep regression we needed help to refine his day routine (including solids) and bedtime routine, using a settling technique that we were comfortable with. Lauren did an amazing job to help with all of this! Our son is now going to bed without any resistance and is sleeping 11 to 12 hours each night without any wake-ups. All our anxiety about sleep is gone and my husband and I now have time together in the evening to relax. I no longer need to obsess about sleep and feel confident to work through any issues and allow for flexibility in his routine. Thank you Lauren!!
- Sally, Ryde
My son at 9 months old was still waking 2-3 times a night & the only thing that would get him back to sleep was a bottle. I was exhausted. I was starting work again soon & knew I needed help to get him to sleep longer periods overnight. I knew about Lauren from Sleep & Nurture because my cousin had used her to help with their 10month old who was waking up to 12 times a night and they had great success with her. So, we arranged to have Lauren come around for a consultation & to stay for 2 nights. The consult was great & gave us so much information that really helped get him into a routine. She explained everything from his diet, why he is waking, other factors to help him get a good nights sleep & his environment just to name a few.
The first night Lauren stayed over she taught me how to resettle him & after one resettle at 10.30pm, he slept through till 6.30am. I couldn't believe it. He had only done this once in his life, so I didn't think the first night would have an amazing result like that! The second night was even better! he slept from 7-6.45am (he had a few little wakes overnight, but resettled himself after only a few minutes) and he continues to sleep well weeks on. She also provided us with 3 weeks email support, which was amazing. Any questions I had she answered quickly & when she hadn't heard from us in a few days she was chasing me up to check how we were going. I highly recommend Lauren & I am so grateful to have had her help. - Larissa, Marayong
Our 7 month old baby girl had started out as a good sleeper, but somehow ended up waking up to 6 times a night. We were having good and bad nights, so I kept hoping that her sleep was going to improve, but over time, realised we weren’t really getting anywhere. My husband and I were exhausted, and luckily someone recommended Lauren to us. After one very tiring night, I gave her a call to organise 3 nights of in-home sleep guidance, and I am honestly just so glad that we did. With just one night of help from Lauren, our baby had turned a huge corner, and slept through the night (we even had to wake her up at 7am). With Lauren’s help we were able to get rid of the dummy, help our daughter to start sleeping well overnight, and to get the naps she needs in the day also. The technique Lauren uses is gentle, which was really important for us. We all feel like new people now that we get some sleep at night! Couldn’t recommend Lauren more highly!
- Belle, Freshwater
We contacted Lauren after we had been through the 4 month regression and we were holding our little boy all night to sleep and in the day I was walking him in the pram or carrier for all sleeps! We were so sleep deprived and unsure of what to do. I contacted Lauren (on a really bad day) and she instantly made me feel better. After our Skype consult my husband and I started implementing her strategies with our little boy. There were so many things that I liked about Lauren, but most of all was that she was a mum who completely understood that on some days I just needed a break and that it was ok to cuddle our little one while he slept or walk him in the pram. She never made me feel bad for any of the things we were doing. She worked with us to come up with a plan and every day she gently suggested for us to do certain strategies with our son. 3 weeks later my son can put himself to sleep for all sleeps in the day and he is even starting to sleep 1.5 hours (before only ever sleeping 20-30 mins in his cot). At bedtime he puts himself to sleep and we have had a few nights now where he sleeps all the way through! I would highly recommend Lauren to anyone who needs help. Was such a good experience and so helpful.
- Jasmin, Randwick
Lauren has helped us through sleep and settling challenges with both of our children and her input was life changing! With our 2.5-year-old we went from 2-hour bed time battles to saying goodnight and leaving him to happily self-settle. With our 6-month old we went from feeding all night long to one feed only, and were given tips on what to expect and do over the coming months.
Lauren presented us with a range of approaches and helped us to choose a settling method that we were comfortable with. We felt supported and encouraged the through the whole three-week period. I think the daily email contact was key - supporting us to do the sleep training ourselves in our own home and providing feedback and direction at each step.
If you are struggling with sleep battles, I’d highly recommend contacting Lauren. - Jess, Marrickville
This is the second time I am writing a testimonial for Lauren and the second time Lauren brought sleep back to our household after helping us with our first and most recently, our second daughter.
From 3 months to 8 months, our little one would need to be fed to sleep and wake constantly - sometimes every 40 minutes overnight. Resettling wasn't successful and seemed to heighten her distress and as the months rolled on, we were co-sleeping and feeding continuously throughout the night to get whatever sleep we could - which was minimal! Unlike the nights, our little one was a star sleeper during the day, very happy in her cot, happy to sleep after the usual awake windows - but night time was a different story and we were overwhelmed and overtired - we needed Lauren! Lauren came to stay for two nights and at the first resettle immediately identified what we couldn't - our little one was different to our first and didn't need our support to fall asleep. Our resettling attempts were actually a hinderance to her doing what we never thought she could do, putting herself back to sleep. Lauren helped us tweak our day time schedule and put structure around our feeding so we were confident at night that our little one was well set up to sleep for long stretches - and on the second night we put it to the test... and it worked!
Our little one is now happy day and night to be put in her cot and falls to sleep herself. If she stirs in the night it is momentarily and she doesn't need our help to fall back to sleep. Not only do we have a happy and rested baby in the morning, but we as parents are rested and energised once more.
Lauren has an amazing ability to see what the issues are preventing sleep and is supportive and holistic in her approach to set you up for success. Having Lauren help us for a second time also highlights how knowledgeable she is, as she was able to support us to help both our little ones learn to sleep independently with very different needs to get there. Just like last time, I wish I'd called Lauren sooner and can't recommend her highly enough for being our sleep saviour! Thank you Lauren! - Stephanie, Seaforth
So grateful for the help of Lauren with her sleep training and support she provided. My twins at 18 months went through the worst sleep regression. Waking literally every 45 minutes ALL NIGHT LONG!! Lauren came to my place, stepped us through and reviewed the entire schedule from diet, sleep associations, awake times and how to settle them when they protested to sleep. Within nights there were sleeping for a solid 6-7 hours... with continued email support I was then able to learn all the different tips and tricks required that you can’t possibly think of logically on very little sleep. Now 1 month later, our twins sleep from 7pm with no issues through to 6:30am! We are so much more rested, their behaviour in the day is better AND I have finally gone back to the gym because I have the time and energy to train again! I highly recommend Lauren! Thanks Lauren again xx
- Manelle, Villawood
Thanks so much for everything, lovely Lauren! Thanks to you we have an 11 month old who is now sleeping all night in his own cot in his own room, which I never thought was possible. My husband and I can’t believe we actually have time to spend together at night, we’re still in shock! Such a fantastic outcome, we’re so grateful. Thanks for your calm reassurance and your gentle and effective techniques. Highly recommend Lauren to anyone who wants help with baby sleep. - Tara, Strathfield
Lauren is an absolute miracle worker! Our 14 month old only ever slept in 2-2.5 hour stretches and would require anything from a breastfeed (at best) to hours of rocking/patting/singing/shushing in order to resettle him. Prior to Lauren, we had tried a residential sleep school stay and multiple online programs - we truly thought we had an "unfixable" baby! As soon as Lauren arrived, we dropped to 2 breastfeeds per 24 hours and by night 3, he slept 12 hours straight!! A few weeks on and we are *those* parents with a unicorn baby who falls asleep after minutes of being put down "awake but drowsy" and sleeps minimum 10 hours a night! We hardly know ourselves! We've even managed a few date nights as our parents aren't totally terrified of putting their Grandson to sleep (and keeping him asleep) anymore!! Lauren's kind yet firm approach was exactly what we needed, and her three weeks of continuous support after her stay was invaluable. I only wish we contacted her sooner and cannot recommend her highly enough!
- Yvonne, Croydon
We couldn’t recommend Lauren highly enough- the whole family is sleeping so much better now! Our 9 month old had been waking 5-6x a night for ~3 months, which was clearly longer than any ‘phase’ should last. We therefore decided to contact Lauren (on the recommendation of our sons paediatrician). I was a little hesitant as I was sure we’d tried everything and that our son was going to be the one baby who wouldn’t respond to her strategies. Our son has significant reflux (medicated) and food allergies and so I carried/held him a lot in an effort to keep him upright and minimise the symptoms. I therefore also rocked him to sleep in my arms every night since he was born. This then extended to me rocking him back to sleep whenever he woke overnight. I couldn’t see how we could break this cycle. Our son also never slept for longer then 20minutes at a time during the day, unless I held him. I therefore couldn’t believe it when on the second night of Lauren’s stay with us, he slept through with minimal waking. This wasn’t a fluke either, he has slept a solid 12 hours every single night since (about 1 month now) with minimal settling required of us. I have honestly entered his room less than 5x overnight in the ‘whole’ month since Lauren came to help us. In addition to our son sleeping like a little champion, Lauren also helped us make some other positive changes. During the time Lauren spent with us, our son went from being in the bassinet next to our bed to being in his own cot, in his own room. He also went from being swaddled to sleeping in a sleeping bag. He also only has the dummy whilst in the cot now, not in the pram, car etc. All of this was so easy... I still cannot believe that I can put him to bed awake, and don’t have to spend 20minutes rocking him to sleep. He puts himself to sleep now in 5-10minutes and usually without tears. His day sleeps have improved dramatically too and are constantly averaging about 1 hour each, and still improving. We are so thankful for Lauren’s help- her knowledge, support and compassion equipped us with the tools needed to make some real life changing modifications. Our son is even eating better now that he’s sleeping better. This was also made easy with Lauren’s nutrition tips such as foods to avoid pre-bed and foods to embrace pre-bed. Thank you so much Lauren for coming to stay with us and for making a potentially hard task, a lot easier. Your ongoing support has been invaluable and we still cannot believe what a difference you have made to the whole family. I am so glad we got in touch with you.
- Natalie, Bella Vista
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Lauren. My second son is gorgeous but at 15 months was still waking 3-4 times a night and not having great day naps. After reading many books and trying a few online programs a friend recommended Lauren and I wish we had just cut to the chase and got her help in the first place. It wasn't just Lauren's expert advice that was so great but her ongoing support, she was present and engaged in our process every day. Even interstate she provided us with the answers we so badly needed. The little fella is sleeping through the night and finally getting some decent nap time. Thank you, thank you a million times over.
- Eve, Melbourne VIC
Reaching out to Lauren has been the game changer we needed! Following her guidance, we shifted from co-sleeping and feeding all night long, to him sleeping through in his cot in just 2-3 weeks and no tears were involved. It was so important to us to focus on a gentle shift - we wanted better more restorative sleep for him, for his health and wellbeing. Lauren guided us on eating, routine and gentle settling, with daily support and feedback. It’s been such a positive experience and I’m so glad we reached out!
- Lisa, Caringbah South
Lauren's help, advice and knowledge was amazing! I looked into other sleep consultants but never got that good vibe to go and contact one, So I carried on with sleepless nights. I received an email off a teething company which also included Lauren's work. I was instantly hooked just reading about Lauren and her testimonials were too wonderful to ignore. My 14 month old had never slept through the night, depended on a bottle to get back to sleep and day naps were a struggle, I was very tired and so was my little one. It was time to contact Lauren! After 1 skype consultation we went through everything from routines, food intake, physical activity and sleep environments just to name a few! I implemented what she asked and followed her routine and settling techniques. She guides you for 3 weeks which is fantastic to have that support. Every night got that bit better. Seeing instant results with no longer depending on a bottle through the night which has now opened a bigger appetite enjoying foods! Sleeps through the night with minimal wake ups and can self soothe back to sleep and no more struggles with day naps.
I have a much happier child and I am a much happier mummy. I wish I got in contact with Lauren earlier, I highly recommend her to any Mummy out there who is feeling tired and defeated! Thank you SO much Lauren!
- Carly, Richmond NSW
We finally made the move to engage with Lauren when our son was 2. He was drinking up to 4 bottles of milk a day, a couple of those overnight, in order to go to sleep he would comfort himself with a bottle of milk, dummy and his bunny. This meant that (a) he was waking up at night and couldn’t settle without his trifecta, (b) we were waking up with him and increasingly getting tired/angry/not functioning and (c) he wasn’t very much into food as he was drinking so much food. We tried a couple of times to wean him off the bottles but always gave in as he was crying so much. Lauren arrived, within 10 mins the bottles and dummy got binned. She got Loukas sleeping through the night from day 2. She taught us how to be better parents by being firm with him when it comes to sleeping and also alternative ways of settling. We are all so glad to have met Lauren, life is much more fun when u get your sleep!!! Thank you so much.
- Christiana, Penshurst
Lauren’s expertise has helped us transform our two year old into a completely different little human. From the first 48 hours of sharing her advice and wisdom, our child’s eating habits changed drastically and he was already sleeping better. We dropped the dummy and bottle almost instantly and effortlessly and things only got better and better. I only wish I’d found Lauren much sooner!!! I will happily sing her praises to all my friends with babies and encourage them to get in contact with her straight away. Thank you so much Lauren! - Evie, Mascot
“We were about to book into sleep school when we were recommended Lauren’s services. We were living through extensive renovations, resorting to getting our little one to nap in the pram or carrier away from the constant noise and disruptions at home. Our then 6 and a half month old was no longer able to self settle, and getting her to fall asleep in her bassinet had become a massive struggle. Our evenings consisted of me feeding her every hour or two, and my husband rocking her in between, in an attempt to either feed or hold her to sleep, before transferring her into her bassinet. This process easily went on for 4-5 hours a night, and if she woke during the night, the only way we knew to resettle her was with another feed. Needless to say, we were beyond exhausted, and whilst I was sceptical as to whether a sleep consultant would be able to help, knew we needed to give it a go.
Luckily Lauren was able to fit us in within a matter of days, staying with us for three nights. Using the settling technique that Lauren taught us, our little one managed to sleep through each night that Lauren was with us, and in her cot in her own room too! Lauren helped us make changes to our little one’s sleep environment, solids intake, daily activities, bedtime routine, etc., which worked together to improve the quality of her sleep. Daily communication with Lauren following her stay was also invaluable. I’m going to miss having her there to give us pointers and to cheer us on, but feel that she has equipped with the tools we need to continue on this journey as a family on our own.”
- Vickie, Newtown
Lauren’s help with our 1 year old was amazing!! She was understanding and gentle in her approach and really listened to our concerns. Her help transformed our baby’s sleep! Our little guy now sleeps through the night and we can all finally get the rest we need!! Can’t recommend Lauren highly enough!! - Jess, Abbotsford
He slept yesterday from 7pm to 6:00 am. Woke up once at 1am and resettled on his own in 30 minutes. I couldn't believe it! Finally, can have my morning shower & yoga before he wakes up. No crying, no fuss, no dramas! Autistic kids are the hardest to sleep. I really can't believe it. Just five years of sleepless nights and grumpy mornings vanished in thin air. You are my hero. No words can thank you enough. I mention you to every single sleep deprived parent. THANK YOU!
- Mia, Abbotsford
Lauren came recommended to us through a friend. She has completely changed our lives for the better and we couldn't be more grateful. After 18 months of disrupted sleep and many wake ups, our little boy is finally sleeping though the night. I was feeding him to sleep and breastfeeding a few times throughout the night to get him back to sleep. We were at a point of absolute exhaustion and hadn't known a full night's sleep for a very long time. Enter Lauren our saviour! Lauren worked with us to teach our son how to self-settle and how to stop the feeding to sleep and night feeding associations. It worked almost instantly and we haven't looked back. Lauren is just fantastic. She is kind, caring, highly professional and we would recommend her without any hesitation. We wished we had gotten her in sooner. Thank you, Lauren, we are so lucky to have found you.
- Gemma, Picnic Point
My son, 3 ½ must have slept through the night only a handful of times, ever. He had a sleep association with his Dad being his start of the night and middle of the night teddy bear. Both boy and Dad are cuddly. I think my husband hoped my son would magically stop calling out for him and sleep through the night, one day…
My 5 ½ daughter sleeps through the night like a superstar. But my, what an elaborate routine it was leading to the final slumber…extended conversations, massages and the lot. Really, I wanted a simpler, positive bed time routine.
We were one of those parents who used to wonder who those parents were that managed to get their kids to bed at 7pm and how did they do it? We wanted that.
One of the reasons for the sleep issues was that my husband and I had philosophical differences about bedtime. In fact, he was dead against having a “consultant”. Can I say with a smile that he is now a believer.
We’ve been so pleased to learn the secrets and you know what, it is possible. A lot of it is to do with tweaking, solidifying and having conviction in all those bits of pieces of advice you have heard surrounding how to put your child to sleep.
I call it the life changing magic of Lauren. We love Lauren. We are so grateful for the experience we’ve had with her. We have learnt so much.
What we love about Lauren was her conviction, her wonderful common sense and her gentle encouragement. Her tips to keep things calm, positive and light is wisdom that every parent can draw upon across all areas of life.
The results are that my kids are getting more sleep. We have more evening time. We have skills…for life.
- Wendy, Ashfield
It took us a little while to finally enlist in Lauren’s services and gosh I wish we did earlier! From our first discussion, we felt immediately comfortable and confident with our plan of action. Our little one (10 month old) was waking multiple times throughout the night and he now sleeps through. If we have a hiccup here or there, we have the knowledge and confidence to now know what to do. We would definitely recommend Lauren! - Vassi, Blakehurst
Lauren was amazing. We had a 2 year old who went through a regression when transferring from the cot to a big bed and her advice was consistent, considered and super supportive along the way. At that age it takes longer but she kept reassuring us and eventually he slept soundly on his new bed without wake ups or getting up in the night to play with his toys. Thank you Lauren again for all your help. I couldn’t recommend you more highly!
- Jacqui, Leichhardt
We heard about Lauren through a daycare friend of ours who couldn't recommend her more highly. The feeling is now mutual! Lauren helped us with our 5 month old son who was waking at least 6 times a night and needing so much hands on settling during the day. Within 2 days he was self settling for his day naps on his own and waking once a night (still an early riser but we're working on that!). We were expecting a lot of guidance around sleep and settling but I was so happy with Lauren's knowledge of food and nutrition as well. Lauren's help has changed our family dynamic, allowing us to spend more time with our toddler whilst the baby sleeps and more quality time with our baby when he's awake. We cant thank her enough or recommend her more highly! - Bek, Erskineville
If you are reading this, you will understand what they mean when they say that sleep deprivation is a form of torture. Like we were, you are probably at the end of your tether and desperately need help. All I can say is you have come to the right place!! We reached out to Lauren after a friend’s recommendation. Lauren was an absolute lifesaver and we could not recommend her highly enough. Our 10 month old son had been waking between 4 – 12 times a night. Lauren came and stayed and talked us through a sleeping method that was right for us. We saw immediate improvement after the first night and it only got better from there. Lauren also took us through diet and daytime naps which all attributed to a good night’s sleep. I learnt so much, all things I would never have thought would affect my sons sleeping habits. Lauren’s ongoing support throughout the 3 week period was amazing and she continued to check in afterwards. I always felt supported throughout the process and still do today. We have gotten back all those months of sleep deprivation. We now have a baby that sleeps through every night! The black circles have dissipated and we are all so much happier. Thank you Lauren!!! - Kristy, Warrawee
I know for sure I wouldn't be coping if we didn't get Lauren to help us with our 12 month old daughter before I started full time work again. Anyone who is looking at your website and pondering through sleep deprived eyes, should just act. Restful nights ahead are just on the other side. - Stella, Campsie
My son is such a joy to parent, but he was a consistently terrible sleeper. I felt like a total zombie for the first 18 months of his life and I tried everything to get my little boy sleeping better, but nothing helped.
I was beyond exhausted when I contacted Lauren. After an initial Skype session, we got some results but we were still getting multiple wake-ups a night so Lauren came and did 3 night visits. Amazingly, our little boy started to self-settle on night 1 – totally incredible! By the end of the month he was consistently sleeping through the night. He is now 2 and has just been through his first sleep regression (this is very exciting for me as he was such a terrible sleeper that I could never detect what was a regression and what wasn’t).
I can’t express how thankful I am to Lauren. She is extremely patient, understanding and genuinely cares about her clients. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
- Natalie, Balmain East
We contacted Lauren in a moment of complete desperation. Our 18-month-old boy had enlarged adenoids which were causing sleep apnea and frequent and distressed waking. However, once his adenoids had been removed, we were still contending with terrible sleep and constant waking due to a series of bad sleep habits that had taken hold both before and after his surgery. As a result, he was always overtired and required elaborate settling routines for day and night sleeps. We never knew how each day was going to go, or when and where he would end up sleeping. In just one visit, Lauren completely turned our lives around. She helped us establish a new routine, introduced some important new eating and sleeping habits and most importantly, gave us a plan to teach him to self-settle as gently as possible. It took about three days for him to learn to self-settle and now nearly two months on, his daytime sleeps are gloriously consistent. He goes out like a light at 7pm and rarely wakes up again. He’s a happier, calmer child all round. Bringing Lauren in was without a doubt the best thing we have done for our child, and for our family. Can’t thank you enough for all your help and your patience with me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
- Elizabeth, Cammeray
Lauren and the Sleep and Nurture program was the best thing we did for our family.
We did the 3-night stay, as our 11-month-old son was waking generally 4-5 times a night. He was breast feeding and sleeping in our bed with us for most of the night, as I was too tired to keep getting up and down. Lauren’s techniques were very gentle and easy to follow and by the 2nd night he was in his own bed and settling himself and by the third night was sleeping through. With my husband and I working long hours and our other two children at school, we needed our sleep back to get through our demanding schedules. Lauren’s program and support has allowed us to function again, we are truly thankful, it was the best thing we ever did.
- Mandi, Collaroy
I had Laurens details saved in my phone for when I reached breaking point. After months of taking at least 50mins to get my 11mth old down for naps/bedtime and 3.5hr night parties it was time!
From the moment I contacted Lauren she has been amazing! We had her stay with us for 2 nights and immediately felt comfortable with her. She looked into all aspects of our little one’s sleep including his sleep environment, food intake and sleep associations. We now have a one year old that can fall asleep on his own and has slept all night for 3 weeks. We also feel equipped to deal with future challenges such as sickness and dropping of naps.
I highly recommend Lauren and wish I had got in contact with her sooner!
- Jenna, Marsden Park
Our little boy Sunni was 15 months old when we finally contacted Lauren. He’d never slept longer than 2-3 hours at a time in his cot, so we were co-sleeping. Sleeping all together as a family worked really well for us for a few good months, until Sunni became unable to go down for the night without my husband and I lying on either side of him, patting him to sleep. Often we would have to all go to bed as a family as early as 7:30pm – just to get him down – which meant no TV/wine/relax/wind down time for us, and also a really restless night for him. Daytime sleeps were similar – lying next to him in his bed for a good 30 mins before creeping out, only for him to wake shortly after. Working from home at night had became almost impossible for me. Oh, and we were about two months out from having another baby...
One particularly hard week while we were trying to work out how the heck we were going to manage the mission of popping Sunni down to bed and his frequent wakes with a newborn, my husband’s work colleague recommended Lauren. “I don’t know how she does it, but she’s amazing!” he said at the work Christmas party. We contacted her the next morning.
Lauren stayed for two nights, and was so great with both helping Sunni learn to self settle as well as assisting us in establishing better sleeping habits for him. Honestly there really weren’t as many tears as we were afraid of! Using Lauren’s settling techniques from night one resulted in him crying on and off for about 45 mins, a tiny grizzle a a few hours later and the happiest baby ever the next morning! In fact we had all slept in and woke to Sunni chatting away in his cot about trucks. This was SO different from the 5-6 wakes we would have usually gotten when in his own bed. My husband and I honestly woke up laughing! Over the next few weeks we concentrated on consistency, and with Lauren’s support managed to make going to bed completely non-stressful and tear free. Instead of spending hours patting, ssshing and laying with him, we now say “goodnight Sunni” and simply leave the room. Lauren has honestly changed our lives, and we have SUCH a happy baby. Perfect time to bring home another newborn!
- Cassie, Croydon
Chris, Brooklyn and I would like to say a big thank you. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences and very much needed before baby no#2 arrives.
You have been very straight, yet very warm towards us. (We still wish we did this earlier) haha. Even though we knew exactly what to do, it was great to have you here as we had your reassurance and guidance. It made us confident with what was required and so damn easy once we established that correct routine! Your support has been an amazing, not only when you were here for the 2 nights, but also your email support! There was always a response waiting, even if we didn't really need one. We will use this knowledge for baby no#2 (if required) and hopefully we don't have any more questions to bug you with in the future. I have already mentioned you to several friends so if they decide to go ahead, expect a phone call! Yippee...
- Jenny, Homebush
We first got in touch with Lauren when our son was 18 months old and waking hourly. However, it wasn’t the right time to engage her services as he had to undergo some surgery. When the time was right again, I didn’t hesitate in going back to Lauren as she had been so supportive, understanding and kind the first time I got in touch with her when she didn’t know if I would become a client or not. It felt like going back to a friend and I just knew she was going to guide our family gently towards our goal. At this point, either my husband or I were sleeping on a mattress beside his cot all night, every night. We had to be with him until he fell asleep every naptime and bedtime.
We purchased the Skype session with Lauren which came with a further three weeks of email support - this was invaluable! The daily emails really helped me maintain consistency and tweak his routine whilst feeling really supported. I’m sure there were times I stretched what was considered an acceptable amount of daily emails, but she was always there to help me! During the Skype session Lauren discussed every aspect of her program with us and there were many times where our opinion was sought and really valued. It definitely felt like a team approach and that our needs and values were considered. Our son was sleeping through the night from night three on Lauren’s program and still continues to do so three months later! He was able to learn to settle himself to sleep for all naps and bedtimes within the first three days. Sleep is now something he enjoys and looks forward to and we saw so many positive consequences once he started getting consistent solid sleep. We couldn’t be happier with Lauren and how much she has helped our family. I certainly recommend her very highly!
- Ali, Leichardt
Cannot recommend Lauren highly enough.
Her knowledge on solids and various sleeping methods helped our household greatly.
Prior to hearing about Lauren, we had two sleep consultants come into our home and I also did a residential Tresillian stay which didn’t help. After meeting Lauren, I felt confident that she would help us, help our son (6 months) sleep better. He used to wake 5-6 times a night and it lessened as time went on. He’s now sleeping through (still waking at 5.30am each morning but he’s not waking through the night, so I’ll take that!) Thank you Lauren for giving me the guidance and knowledge I now have about the foods my son should be eating, I really do feel that has contributed to him having much better sleeps!
- Laura, Drummoyne
Highly recommend Lauren’s services! I was sceptical at first as to the amount of improvement I will see especially since we had to defer the third night for over a month. However, after her small tweaks in the routine ... BAM 9 month old sleeping through! Thanks.
- Adriana, Roselands
Lauren's sleep training and guidance was life changing!
She spent 3 nights at our place helping us and our 13 month old. After the third night our son was sleeping through the night and had weaned from overnight breastfeeding. I couldn't believe it. Lauren's down to earth and relaxed approach was really reassuring and I really trusted her guidance. I highly recommend her services. - Claudine, Abbotsford
The only thing I would do differently is, I wish we had contacted Lauren SOONER!! We went with the skype package to help with our two year old who was waking several times a night for milk. By following Lauren's guidance, we had him sleeping through in just a few nights. Not only that, he is now eating better, and just a happier version of himself now that he is well rested and well fed! Lauren listened to our concerns and gave us the CONFIDENCE to make the changes we needed to...and it worked a dream. THANK YOU Lauren! I cannot recommend you highly enough!
- Yomna, Leichardt
Ah the magical gift of a full night’s sleep! I wasn't sure if I would get this back anytime in the near future after my almost 3 year old was continuing to have irregular day naps and tantrums. This then turned into waking in the night, every night, between 2-5 times, which then turned into a very cranky and overtired toddler and mum for a few months straight. I had tried everything I knew of in my mother's toolbox (this is my second child, so I'm supposed to know what to do, right?), including my last resort of sleeping on a mattress in her room to alleviate her fears and so that her screaming wouldn't wake the rest of the household up. When even this didn't get her to stop, I reached out to Lauren immediately. She had helped me when my daughter was very little, and I knew she could help me again. I chose the Skype consultation option and hearing her voice on the other end put me at ease straight away. I remembered what a genuinely caring and friendly person she was and by the end of the call I felt like I had just been given the support I needed by a friend. I explained to her how sweet and loving my daughter is, but also how stubborn she is, how loud she screams, and how relentless she is in her defiance, to which Lauren replied to me that with my persistence I can absolutely get her to sleep better as she guides me through the next 21 days. I had total faith in her, but I thought it would be a long, long road ahead. After some adjustments to her day nap length, dinner time, bed time, and settling technique, I was stunned that on night #3 my daughter had not woken up once in the night and had almost 11 hours sleep straight. This was unheard of for her. There were a couple more unsettled nights as my daughter resisted, but as I stayed consistent and did what Lauren suggested, this quickly eased, and for the last 11 nights she has slept through having 10-11 hours of sleep each night. I can't thank Lauren enough for her support and for giving me the tools and confidence I needed to rectify her sleeping situation.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Xxx
- Chevy, Gymea Bay
I’m so glad we reached out for help to get our 3.5 year old into a better sleep routine. After chatting with Lauren via Skype and email, we implemented her recommendations. As is to be expected, there were a few rough nights as we all adjusted to the changes but we could see instant improvements. With Lauren’s ongoing support and guidance, after 4 weeks we’re all now sleeping through the night for the first time in 3.5 years. Thank you Lauren!
- Nicole, Terrigal
Contacted Lauren when I had enough of my 9mo daughter waking up every hour and us having to rock, shush, you name it to get her to sleep. We had a Skype chat and Lauren gave us the confidence to go ahead with what we knew had to happen but were too scared of doing - take the dummy away and sleep training. I think the 3 week email support was invaluable as we didn't feel alone in the journey. Our daughter started sleeping through pretty much from night one and still does at 12 months.
Sounds like a cliché but I wish I had contacted her earlier and it was money very well spent! Thanks Lauren!
- Sofia, Drummoyne
Thank you for everything Lauren - you’re great!
My husband and I reached out to Lauren for a Skype Sleep Consultation to help with our sons (6 months) ‘feed to sleep’ association and to help him settle more easily on his own. The change was not overnight but with Lauren’s guidance we did get there!
Lauren is very helpful and went out of her way to check in on how we were doing, even after the support period and when I was struggling a little, she offered her support again.
I know who I will be recommending to friends if they are ever in need of some sleep help for their little ones or even for us in the future.
- Nithya, Ingleburn
Lauren was amazing! She spent three nights at our home with our 4.5 month old who was up every hour and a half during the night. With her guidance we moved him from our bed room, to his own room and bed and within the first three nights he was able to self-settle without any sleep props or crutches (i.e. rocking - which we were doing for 20 mins each time to get him to sleep). He is now able to put himself to sleep at nap time and at night, only waking up once during the night to feed but going straight back down after. I cannot recommend Sleep and Nurture enough! It was the best thing we could have possibly done for us and our baby. We are all sleeping so much better now and are in much better moods. Thanks, so much Lauren!
- Julia, Coogee
I contacted Lauren when my son was around 6 months and we finally accepted that the sleep regression we were going through was here to stay. We went from having a great little sleeper, to waking 2,3,4,5+ times a night for feeds and our day napping was all over the place.
We booked Lauren for the 2 night stay and instantly felt at ease. Lauren’s approach helped us not only with the sleep environment but food and setting up a routine. The first night was tough as we went cold turkey with the dummy, but we instantly saw the value in giving him the opportunity to self-settle. The second night was an even bigger improvement and by the third night and since then our son has gone back to sleeping 11+ hrs through the night. Our day napping took another week or so to sort out and we have never looked back.
We can’t thank Lauren enough for the help, support and confidence she has given us a family and would recommend her to any family that is having trouble with sleep.
- Carly, Coogee
Lauren is a complete life saver! My little girl was waking every couple of hours and we ended up co sleeping to get through the nights. I called Lauren completely desperate for help! Within a short time, my girl was sleeping through the night, 11-12 hours straight consistently. Now she is sleeping, I am too! Making both of us MUCH happier!
- Kate, Botany
We would recommend Lauren to any parents who are not getting enough sleep at night. Our baby used to wake up multiple times and sometimes take hours to resettle. Now, 99% of the time she sleeps through the night without even making a sound. Even through illness, teething and developmental leaps we always get a good night sleep. It is such a nice feeling to get into bed at night and know that I won’t have to get back out again until the next morning! Thank you so much Lauren!
- Sofia, Annandale
I was given Lauren's number from a friend of mine who knew how sleep deprived I was becoming. I was having up to 3-4 night wakings for feeds and early rising at 4am for the day. My daughter (5 months old) was not able to self settle and was catnapping 10 mins at a time. She would not go into the cot unless asleep with a feed and also has silent reflux which was upsetting her an awful lot when feeding.
Lauren came to my home for a consultation and straight away I knew things were going to improve with her guidance. The two night stay was so reassuring that things were getting better. My daughter only had one bottle overnight the first night and slept the whole night the second night.
Lauren has a very empathetic approach to babies and parents who desperately need sleep. She also provides detailed information for us to be able settle our babies and get a routine going. She has been a god sent. I can't thank her enough.
- Doreen, Croydon Park
I reached out to Lauren one evening after being up all night with my 18month old. I wrote to her desperately seeking help.
Miss 18months was once an amazing sleeper and after becoming unwell a few months ago with a flu, her eating and sleeping took a turn. I felt as though she would get back on track but it only got worse as time went on. Soon she was sleeping in my bed for me to even get a little sleep and even then she would toss and turn. Her bedtime was 9.30-10pm and she needed to be rocked to sleep and bottle fed. I was so sleep deprived and cranky.
After my Skype with Lauren she put my mind as ease with all the wonderful changes I could make to help the situation. So the next day we began our journey. On night one she slept through the night and to be totally honest we have never had a sleep issue with her since! That’s how amazing Lauren is!
I would HIGHLY recommend reaching out to her with any sleep issues!!! She has truly saved our sleep and we are so grateful for her amazing skills and knowledge From the bottom of our hearts, thankyou so much Lauren.
- Petta, Flinders
Thank you so much for your help and support, it was extremely beneficial and am so glad you were able to assist us with gaining our sleep back! I can’t express how much that has helped my mental and physical state.
- Margaret, Blacktown
We can not recommend Lauren enough. She has literally changed our lives. Our children are both not only better sleepers, but our eldest is no longer a picky eater and the change in his behaviour as a result is astounding. “Thank you” is simply not enough. We are forever grateful for Lauren and for the support she gave us and our children
- Natalie, Kellyville
Lauren was great support in helping us get our 7-month old sleeping through the night. Her technique of being able to pick our little lady up really helped my heart strings commit to the change and by night 4 she was sleeping through and has ever since.
- Stace, Balmain
Lauren has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to helping your children get the sleep they need. There are so many areas she addresses and focuses on than just sleep! She’s helped my baby sleep (9 month old) through the night within three days and my toddler’s (2.5 year old) night terrors have significantly reduced!
- Emma, Flinders
I made the call to Lauren when our then 6.5 month old was clearly not recovering from a regression at five months. We used to proudly tell people we had a great little sleeper, but after the regression, not only were day naps all over the place, but I was waking every hour through the night!
I was pretty nervous about what would happen with a sleep consultant. I was sure we would be told to ditch the dummy and I was preparing myself for a tumultuous time ahead as we made changes. However, I never needed to worry. Lauren visited us for about three hours and learned everything about our little man. We spoke about sleep, environment, food, dummies, our lifestyle, our goals, everything! By the end of the night we had a plan and for now it is to keep the dummy (suits us for the time being). We saw immediate results overnight! Day naps became regular after a couple of weeks and our little man couldn’t be happier. We have little hiccups here and there with teething and developmental changes, but Lauren has been there to help with any question that has popped up. I rave about Lauren to anyone who will listen. Worth every cent!
- Louisa, Marsfield
I met Lauren years ago when we were both nannies. Since then our careers have taken different directions, but nevertheless we both continued to work with children. Many people said to me that I’d be an amazing mummy because I have a background working with children. But guess what - I was no better than the next sleep deprived mummy! Sure, I knew a few ‘extras’ that put me in good stead to get through those first few months but when my son (6 months) had a sleep regression that he didn’t overcome, I knew exactly who to turn to.
Lauren is so wholistic; looking at the bigger picture of diet, temperament, development and environment. She listens carefully, and provided us with a gentle yet effective point in the right direction. I wanted to say to any families out there, don’t be hard on yourself, and don’t let sleepless nights become a habit. Your child needs to rest, and goodness knows you need it too. Get in touch with Lauren you will not regret it.
- Mel, Marsfield
I cannot thank Lauren enough! My son (even though he wasn't a great sleeper to begin with) regressed even further when the 18 month sleep regression hit us like a tonne of bricks.
It would take up to 9pm to get him to fall asleep in his cot (after 2 hours of patting, singing, rocking) only for him to wake most nights again at 12am, and again around 3am at which point he would end up in our bed every night. I was exhausted. My son was exhausted. My husband was exhausted. And my poor older daughter was copping a lot of mummy's cranky moods! We knew we needed help as every day was such a struggle for all of us. When my son was 21 months a friend recommended Lauren to us after she had great success. We were of course sceptical and nervous about the concept however when Lauren came to our house we were instantly reassured we were doing the right thing for all of us! Our son adjusted to the new routine so quickly and honestly by the second night was sleeping through and self settling.
We were in disbelief! I never would have imagined this outcome for us after months and months of minimal sleep. Life since has been incredible. I actually have time and energy to do things I love again.. things I hadn't done for 8+ months due to utter exhaustion. We will be forever grateful for Lauren's incredible help and support when we were at our lowest of lows ! I would recommend anyone who is having sleep and settling issues to contact Lauren, I assure you will not regret it!
- Nicole, Hammondville
I had come across Lauren's services on Inner West Mum's and read such positive feedback from many other mum's. Our 6 month old at the time was weaning off seizure medication and did not have the skills of self settling, was using a dummy and would wake up playing with it multiple times a night. She was being patted to sleep each wake and required multiple feeds overnight. We knew that the side effects of the medication had impacted on her ability to sleep independently. I was struggling with PND and the sleepless nights were impacting on our relationship and my husband's performance at work. We knew that something needed to be done. We wanted someone to come to us, in our home, to evaluate all aspects of our daughters sleeping environment.
We initially sought Lauren's assistance with a 3 hour consultation. As soon as Lauren walked through the door, I knew she would be someone we could work with. She was extremely personable, supportive and so lovely! It coincided with our daughter's bed time and straight away, the dummy was taken away. We were taught Lauren's gentle settling method and Lauren explained all the tips and tricks to improve sleep. Sleeping environment, diet and how us as parents can also impact on sleep.
2 months after we had concluded our sleep journal with Lauren, we realised that although improvements were made, us as parents had created bad habits during trips away, daylight savings ending, plus a bout of sickness. We sought Lauren's help via email on a few occasions, she was always willing to help us as she said she would do once we had completed our journal. We still found that something wasn't quite right and we realised that we were the ones preventing our daughter from improving! Looking back now, Lauren ends up teaching the parents more than the child and it makes perfect sense.
Lauren mentioned she had a last minute cancellation for a 2 night sleep consultation. We took the opportunity and Lauren guided us through her alternate settling method, the timed method. As a mother, I was extremely anxious to try this out but to this day, my husband and I are certain it is the best parenting decision we have made so far.
Our 8 month old, 3 weeks on from that visit sleeps through the night, she doesn't need any feeds, she self settles at all naps and at bed time! We are currently away on holiday, and we were anxious of sharing a room with her again. To our delight, she continues to sleep through, is not disturbed by our presence and her naps have not been interrupted! It is amazing. Our daughter currently has FOUR teeth coming through at once and she has not woken in the night with pain. She is a much happier child, is eating so well and smiles when being placed into the cot.
- Sofia, Drummoyne
Having had sleep issues with my daughter and seeking help from Tresillian and private sleep consultants, I thought I would be more prepared for my second baby. However he was still waking twice a night and also an early riser at 8 months. The Skype consult with Lauren was amazing at highlighting areas we could tweak with his diet, day time activities and sleep environment. Her email follow up was excellent in providing the day to day support I needed. Her methods are gentle but effective and our little man is now sleeping through the night and is well rested during the day. I recommend Lauren to anyone with a hint of a sleep issue! - Jasmine, North Turramurra
Our son was 21 months old when we decided to call Lauren at Sleep and Nurture. We had reached a point where we were permanently sleep deprived due to ongoing multiple night wakings (anywhere between 2-6 times a night) for either dummy replacements or bottles of water. Lauren was confident that she could assist us so we booked a 3 night Sleep Guidance stay.
From the moment Lauren entered our home we were immediately at ease with our decision to get a Sleep Consultant. Lauren was relaxed, easy going and really easy to work with. The focus on all areas of our daily routine was welcomed as Lauren takes a holistic approach to sleep.
Lauren settled our son on the first night as she assessed which of her techniques suited him best. From there we made a few gentle tweaks to his daily routine and we immediately reaped rewards. Our son has been sleeping through the night ever since, no longer has a dummy or bottles and is much happier throughout the day. We only wish we had made the decision to call Lauren sooner as it has been life changing.
- Fiona, Regents Park
After 5 months of co-sleeping with my 5 month old daughter and feeding her to sleep I knew something had to change. She’d wake constantly through the night, being fed each time and with an unsuccessful Karitane stay already under our belt things were just getting worse. She was a horrible day sleeper as well and would only cat nap in our arms.
Considering she was our second bub it took me a while to bite the bullet and contact Lauren... actually my husband first contacted Lauren because I really was in denial. My daughter made me feel like I was starting all over again as a first time mum and I knew I needed help - for my own sanity! Lack of sleep truly is a form of torture!!
Lauren came in with her calm nature and optimism that things would change! She helped us implement some gentle sleep techniques, increase food, improve on our routine and ensure she was warm. The key is to COMMIT and trust in her program. Slowly but surely we saw little improvements everyday. Her catnapping became 3 proper day naps, her sleeping times were increasing and the time taking to settle her was decreasing. She went from feeding 6 times a night to feeding only once and eventually within 5 weeks our little girl was sleeping through the night. 99% of the time she now settles herself to sleep and resettles herself if she wakes through the night. She has become such a happier and calmer baby, the changes in her have been amazing!
Thanks again Lauren, forever grateful for your help xx
- Maria, Condell Park
“Thank you so much Lauren for your help and support in getting my little one into a good sleep routine again. I hesitated for a while as I kept thinking that other parents have it worse than us, that your support wouldn’t apply to us as he had a generally good sleep history and that he would eventually grow out of his sleep difficulties anyway however these difficulties seemed to be getting worse, not better.
The issue for us occurred when he changed from a cot to a bed. I grew more concerned about his lack of independent settling, on this changeover, and thought that he’d adjust any moment. Unfortunately, this ‘any moment’ started to become later and later nights of him not wanting to stay in his bed and me endlessly sitting at the edge of his bed until he finally fell asleep or dealing with him constantly racing out after me when leaving his room. This was driving us (me) crazy!!
It has been over 2 months and I’m so pleased to report that my little boy is happily in his new routine and is in bed asleep independently an hour earlier then he was before we started with you (although it’s been over 2 months now I must add we had a better bedtime within a week after you came over). The lead up to bedtime is calmer and more enjoyable for both of us and he feels better about being able to go to sleep by himself. I would really recommend anyone with child sleeping concerns to get in touch with you as even having a chat on the phone to work out if your support could be of benefit could help. We initially had that call and I’m so glad that I went ahead. I thought that a calm, happy bedtime routine was something we could hopefully have down the track, I didn’t realise that we could have it now. Thank you so much”. – (mother of very cute and active 4 year old boy).
- Natasha, Warriewood
For the first few months of my son’s life, I had a relatively good sleeper on my hands. Fast forward to around 5 months old and we went downhill very quickly! My little guy was waking every 2 hours to the minute and would cry until he was fed. It seemed as though nothing else would satisfy him. As much as I knew that the continual feeding back to sleep was not really helping anyone, it seemed so much easier than doing anything else, especially in the very early hours of the morning.
By the age of 10 months, I was completely shattered. When I finally reached out to Lauren, I believe the subject of my email was ‘exhausted, exhausted, and well, exhausted!’ I was very hesitant to have Lauren come into our home, knowing that she would be settling my son. He was difficult for me to settle, let alone anyone else.
As soon as I met Lauren, I felt completely at ease. She went through all of her strategies and info, which all made perfect sense. Of course on that first night he only woke once, compared to his usual 4+ times. When he did wake and cry, I too cried, anticipating that he would get extremely worked up to the point of vomiting, which was a part of his dramatic repertoire of tricks to suck mum in! Lauren went in and sprinkled her magic dust, getting him back off to sleep within just 3 minutes! The next night he needed quite a few resettles, which Lauren guided me through each time. After just 2 nights, we had already cut all of the night feeds. I was amazed to say the least. Over the course of the next few weeks, I emailed Lauren all the info she required and she would promptly write back her suggestions for the day and night ahead. Not only was it comforting to know that she was right there to help me, but the fact that I had to ‘report’ to her on what had gone on the night before held me accountable for my actions. This made me more motivated to stick to her routine and guides, as I felt she was checking up on me (in a very nice way!)
My little man just turned 1 and his sleep has continued to improve in leaps and bounds. We’ve gone from short 30 minute naps, long settles and continual feeding back to sleep overnight, to much longer day sleeps (I wouldn’t even call them naps!), less than 10 minute settles and no night feeds at all!
As kids do, he throws me a few curve balls here and there, however I can always hear Lauren in my head saying ‘be consistent!’. We still have a few small sleep goals for our little guy, however I now feel so much more equipped with the skills and confidence I need to make positive and permanent change. Lauren has literally changed our lives. To be so sleep deprived and then feel like you’ve regained some sort of control is such a game changer. My son and I are happier and bedtime is no longer something either of us feel anxious about.
In one of my last emails to Lauren, I told her that when reaching out for help, I knew she probably wasn’t a magical fairy that would fix EVERYTHING for me in two nights. I knew we had a mountain to climb and that her job was to get me started and cheer me on. I think it is important to recognise that you, as the parent, have to commit to Lauren’s plan for your child and that you too have to put in the hard yards. At the end of the day, once Lauren flies back to her secret garden tucked away in the magical forest, it’s all on you. xx
- Kristy, Freemans Reach
The baby whisperer.... this is exactly what Lauren is and we should of got her months ago.
I convinced myself I was a failure if I couldn’t sleep train my own child and to make it worse, it was my 2nd. I spent 3 months trying to get my son to settle, promising myself tomorrow would be better. I was totally confident 2nd time round with my son but he had other plans. I was exhausted constantly and couldn’t get him to resettle. Waking most of the night, feeding twice and up at 5am.
Those first 3 nights with Lauren have changed everything, following her advice but mainly following through on the routine she put in place. My son was tough and for sure fought it but he now goes down at 7pm and may or may not stir until 6am.
He is a completely different baby, eating more and seems a lot happier, as am I after a few full nights sleep. I would not hesitate in asking Lauren for guidance in the future.
- Priscilla, The Ponds
I reached out to Lauren as my husband and I were desperate to try and get our 2.5 year old down to sleep faster. Before we saw Lauren it was taking us between 90mins to 2hrs to get him to go to sleep AFTER we put him into bed. This was a process of cuddling him, putting him the cot, him screaming and calling out and then repeating. It was a nightmare and it had gradually gotten worse over a 12 month period. Lauren came to our home for 3 hrs and offered some great adjustments to our routine and his diet. From the very next day he went down for his nap within 15mins! I thought it had to be a fluke but now a month later he now settles himself to sleep EVERY night! He knows the routine so well he actually says to me “time for sleep!” We are so grateful to Lauren for saving our sanity and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing support. Lauren is not judgemental in anyway and provides calm and effective advice based on the situation she observes. We will be definitely having her back if we have any future issues with baby no. 2! - Ashley, Ermington
After about 5 weeks of night waking every 45 mins, I was at my wits end. I remembered I’d ‘liked’ Sleep and Nurture on instagram because someone I followed had raved about her experience with Lauren so I decided to contact her to find out what my options were. I was pleased to see that Lauren offered very flexible packages, including a consultation to get us started on the right path, with an option for an overnight stay if we wanted it. 3 hours with Lauren and we had all our questions answered, and some very helpful tips to get us into better sleep habits with our little boy. Lauren’s advice spanned sleep environment, to food, to settling techniques, and everything in between. What I really loved about Lauren’s service, compared to what I’ve heard of other sleep consultants, is that she will help your baby sleep the way that you want them to sleep. So, if you want them to sleep in their cot in another room, she will get you there. But if you want to co-sleep with your baby, she will also help you achieve that. Also, she doesn’t just have one ‘gold standard’ technique to settle your baby. She has a range of methods, and you can choose the one that is best for you and your family, and switch between them at your discretion at any time. She really does cater for everyone - so you’ll never feel like you’ve wasted your money on a consultant who has pushed a settling method you’re not comfortable with. I was able to switch between a really gentle settling method and a more structured and rigid method, depending on how I felt and how I could see my son was responding.
Now the BEST thing about Lauren’s service is that she is available to you for the 21 days following your consultation. You tell her how the previous day went, with all the details of wake times, foods given etc, and she will help you make adjustments for the next day, and give you encouragement when you really need it! Quite often a sleep book just doesn’t cut it, because it doesn’t give you the personal feedback you need. The same goes for Facebook communities - you don’t need to hear other women’s questions, you need to hear answers and constructive feedback - that’s exactly what Lauren gives you.
Contacting Lauren was the best thing we’ve done since we had our little boy. Lauren, I can’t thank you enough for giving us the gift of sleep!! - Kimberly, Bondi
It's hard to sum up in a few sentences what Lauren has done for our little family. After 12 months of sleep deprivation, my husband and I were at our wits end. How do we get our one year old to ditch his reliance on night milk feeds and sleep through!?
I had tried other sleep consultants, read every article and self help blog on the web...but nothing was working. After watching me persevere with new 'ideas' I think my husband wasn't sure if it was even possible to get our baby to not wake 2-3 times a night (on a good night that is). Then along came Lauren. Three nights was all it took to break the bad habit, give us the tools to follow through with consistency and get the results and more importantly sleep that we had been desperately hoping for. Lauren is kind and supportive and uses gentle techniques that are effective in teaching your baby that they can be a good sleeper too. Thank you so much Lauren for giving us back our sanity and letting us now enjoy this wonderful time in our lives. We are no longer just surviving, we are thriving.
- Antonia, Balgowlah
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!
- Rachel, Ashfield
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!
- Liz, Alexandria
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!
I can't thank Lauren at Sleep and Nurture enough! - Natalie, Neutral Bay