Getting in contact with Lauryn and getting her to help me with my 9 month old was one of the best decisions I have ever made as a parent. My baby is now 15 months and I know he is still getting the sleep that he needs (something that he definitely was not getting between 3 and 9 months!)
I went through 9 months of exhaustion, disconnection from my baby and to be honest, just sheer hell before something had to give. I could not function anymore – I was not myself. I did not want to do anything, I didn’t want to go out, I found playing and spending time with my baby something I had to really force myself to do and worst of all I resented him.
Sleep training really intimidated me. I had no idea where to start (despite reading hundreds of articles on the internet). I was also very aware of some mummy bloggers who had told me I would damage my baby by sleep training. I needed guidance, support and a plan – and that is exactly what Lauryn gave me. I connected with Lauryn straight away – she is a mum of two boys and she has been through exactly what I was going through at the time so it felt really good knowing that she understood all the emotions that came with going through change (for the better).
Lauryn recommended some changes that we could make to my son’s nursery and to his routine. She can us an incredibly detailed (21 page long) sleep plan that contained everything we needed to do and some sleep training techniques that would suit us a family. We got to choose which technique we were comfortable with, which was amazing! Taking ownership of what we were doing was such an important part of the process for me. Lauryn also gave me some great resources, such as a nutrition guide and access to an online sleep log so that she could see what was happening and suggest changes or give us feedback and tips.
BEFORE I MY BABY I HAD NO IDEA ABOUT SLEEP DEPRIVATION
I’m not really a person who swears a lot but lack of sleep f&*king sucks! And I don’t just mean one night with no sleep…I went through 9 months of it!!
Sleep training let me give my son the gift of good, healthy sleep habits that would last through childhood and hopefully a lifetime.
When my hubby and I decide to have another child, I know that I will be asking Lauryn for help again and this time it will be a lot sooner than 9 months. One thing I learnt when working with Lauryn was that I did not have to go it alone – her support and her genuine care was fundamental for me
MY TOP TIP FOR NEW PARENTS
You are not alone – there is help out there if you need it. Sleep training does not make you a bad parent and it will not damage your baby. Everything Lauryn does is backed by scientific research (she even sent me some articles on sleep training when I told her what I had read on mummy blogs).
I am so grateful to Lauryn for her help and support. Waking up refreshed every morning to my son’s beautiful face is such a gift in itself. We are all rested, happy and ready to face our day of activities and playdates! Oh…and I get a two hour siesta in the middle of the day when he sleeps! It is AMAZING!!
Why not invite me along to one of your mum's group gatherings so I can answer all of your burning questions? I will come along and speak to your group for 1.5 hours at a location of your choice - the beauty of this being that you get to ask questions that are unique to your child and your situation. I can even do this after hours if you want to get your questions answered without the kids in tow! Whether it be at your home, at the park or an after hours potluck dinner - you will leave feeling empowered, knowledgeable and confident. You will know exactly what to do moving forward to ensure you and your family get the sleep you all need.
Cost - $20 per person with a minimum group of 6 required
(If you don’t have a mum's group I encourage you to join one or form your own! Reach out to the Mums you know or to other mums through social media, and make a regular happening date where you all get to have a bit of well-earned down time!)
Remember the excitement of the night before Easter, going to bed knowing that while you sleep, some mysterious furry friend is decorating your home with delicious chocolate? Well now that you are the parent...it's time to make your child's Easter just as magnificent!
1. Bitten Carrots
Get your children to help layout some carrots for the Easter Bunny the night before. While they are asleep break them in half and give the ends a bit of a nibble. Imagine your kids waking up to see that their food has been eaten!
2. Bunny Footprints
Using plain flour, baking powder or baby powder create bunny shaped paw prints that you can place in various places around your house.
3. Fluffy stuff
Get some cotton wool and break it into small pieces. Leave it around where the eggs are hidden - it will look like the Easter Bunny left a little bit too much behind.
Once the kids are in bed, bake something original that you can tell them the Easter Bunny made especially for them! See the recipe below for a magical easter egg slice (courtesy of Kate, founder of South West Mums).
Imagine that the Easter Bunny magically turned normal milk into chocolate milk? Well he just did! Replace the milk in your milk jug or fridge with chocolate milk when the kids are asleep - make sure that they see it is plain milk before they go to bed. You could even leave some paw prints and some bunny fluff on the fridge!
6. And of course...an easter egg hunt!
There is nothing more exciting that running around the house trying to find eggs that the Easter Bunny has hidden. For older eggs you could even turn it into a scavenger hunt with clues for them to decipher!
Ways you can make your easter egg hunt even more memorable:
MAGICAL EASTER EGG SLICE
Courtesy of Kate, founder of South West Mums
This slice is so versatile. It's simple to make (even with the kids in the kitchen) and not only makes a super simple Easter dessert, but can also be gift wrapped to make delicious gifts for family and friends.
290g Milk Chocolate Melts
290g White Chocolate Melts
2 heaped tbsp. crunchy peanut butter (or smooth if you prefer)
150g bag mini marshmallows (pink & white if you can find them)
2 bags of Cadbury Mini Eggs or M&M Crispy Shell Easter Eggs
Lauryn Stanlake - Infant and Child Sleep Consultant