There's a reason that they use sleep deprivation as a torture method. It is brutal, unforgiving and affects so many other aspects of our lives.
As a new Mum of twins, who are very different in weight and temperament, I was up 5 - 7 times a night with my 5.5 month olds. And driving myself crazy during the day hoping that each 30min catnap, wouldn't take 1hour to achieve.
I've learnt that choosing to finally sleep train isn't going to magically fix your babies. But with Katies guidance and help she has given me the tools and the confidence to tackle each sleeping difficulty I had.
Katie is warm, knowledgeable and non-judgemental, all things you need when you're a tired zombie Mum who is desperate for some rest.
Do yourself a favour, and stop wondering if you're doing something wrong, comparing your baby against others, and forever trawling Google with "when will my Baby sleep through/self soothe etc" and contact Katie
You won't be sorry ❤
Katie has changed our lives for the the better. When we first contacted Katie we had hit rock bottom. Our 7 month old was waking every hour of every night and had been for months. We were all broken. After a consultation via zoom Katie put together a plan of action that we felt comfortable executing. Within two days our son was sleeping through the night and we haven’t looked back! Katie was always available to answer questions and encourage us when we weren’t sure of what we were doing. We’re no longer tired and grumpy and our son is rested and happy again. I highly recommend Katie to anyone with children having sleep issues. 🙏🏻
We would like to thank Katie from the bottom of out hearts.
TLDR: she helped with our 2 1/2yo girl getting her from multiple night wakes and horrible bed times to tear free, calm bed time and sleeping through the night.
We started working with Katie a few months ago, signing up for 6 months of support as we knew it would be a somewhat long road.
Our small person has never been a great sleeper and it was at the point where neither of us were coping. It is a bit of an investment, but if you're wondering if you've missed the boat with your toddler, we are testament to the fact that change is possible.
Katie looked at our whole journey and was very caring, looking at all facets of our life to work out our goals. She worked on a plan for us and helped us tweak bed time, she did this a few times until we settled on the way that worked for us. She called us every day while we were in the trenches, and gave us so much support. She changed what didn't work for our family and adapted to our parenting style.
The bonus that also came from this is that she has helped us improve toileting for her. We went from multiple accidents to pretty much no accidents with just a few tweaks.
Katie is a true treasure and has many tricks to call upon for even the most stubborn of tiny people.
If you're reading this at 2am like I was a few months ago, feel like you've tried everything and failed, give Katie a go. She really cares and if you're ready for the changes, then improvement could well be on the cards for you. There is hope out there fellow parents, just send the inquiry and get the ball rolling.
Thank you for giving us our sanity back Katie. We will be forever grateful!
Where do I begin??
In January 2020, we welcomed Arlo into our family- final piece of the puzzle.
Having been our 4th baby, my partner and I thought this would be a breeze- we knew all the tricks right?
Arlo entered this world with a hatred of sleep. Waking every two hours, only settling with feeds, being held and rocked to sleep for EVERY nap. It was taking it’s toll on me, my partner, our relationship and our family- “Mum, why is Arlo always crying? Why wont he just sleep? It’s annoying me!”
We finally decided to get some help. Firstly I headed to a settling class, learnt some great tricks but to no avail.
We then enlisted the help of a “popular” sleep consultant- not only did it set us back $$$$ but it left us feeling more confused and incompetent then before hand.
We had reach the point of defeat, we just had a difficult baby.
Then I saw a post recommending Katie. This post changed our lives.
I did my research as I was very sceptical due to our prior experience. I had nothing to lose at this point though so I reached out to Katie in the hopes she had the magical answer.
When I first spoke with Katie, I found her so relatable which helped me let my guard down. Her voice was calming and reassuring. Although I didn’t have Arlo’s sleep figured out Katie still made me feel like a great mum. Katie reinstalled my confidence I had lost.
I worked with Katie for a couple of weeks trying new routines until we found what worked for Arlo. We finally found a routine where Arlo now snuggles into his cot without any fuss (9/10), he self soothes for all naps, he wakes once over night for a feed and then goes straight back to sleep. Not only did Katie help Arlo’s sleep but she changed our lives. Arlo is more content during his awake periods which makes him a lot more pleasant to be around, I have more energy and I’m not grumpy and tired all the time, I get time with my older children, our day is a lot more predictable and my relationship has found its spark again- probably because I’m not snapping his head of every time he opens his mouth.
I have really enjoyed this process, although hard at times I never felt alone- poor Katie even got a message at 11pm one night when I didn’t know what to do and she guided me through how to manage the situation.
It was a calm and gentle approach which I really liked.
We will be forever in debt to Katie. My only regret is I didn’t contact her sooner.
10/10 from us!!!
I contacted Katie on recommendation from a friend, regarding my 3.5 month old daughter, Millicent. My husband and I were exhausted from the nightly “witching hour” which would usually last from around 5.30/6pm to 8.30/9pm. Millicent was in a cycle of falling asleep while feeding, I would then pop her into her bassinet only for her to wake 10mins later screaming. After not being able to settle her, I would offer her a feed, only for her to fall asleep on the breast and we would repeat the cycle all over again! Daytime sleep was also a little problematic, as she would only being doing 45min sleeps maximum (and not many of them!) resulting in her being way over tired at the end of the day.
In our initial phone conversation with Katie, she took the time to listen to us and what we were currently doing and experiencing. After unloading all of our sleep concerns, Katie was able to identify some strategies and tweaks to our daily routine, that would enable Millicent to accumulate more sleep over the course of the day, begin to link sleep cycles for day naps (yay for 1.5-2 hour sleeps!!) and also start to self settle.
After just one week we saw a huge improvement in Millicent and her sleep. She was linking sleep cycles, starting to self settle and our nightly witching hour was now so much more relaxed, as she wasn’t over tired. After two weeks she was constantly doing longer day sleeps and we were also able to enjoy stories before bed (which we hadn’t previously been able to do, as we were solely focused on settling a screaming baby).
Katie is a passionate and incredibly knowledgeable person, who I would highly recommend to anyone. She is detailed, thorough and caring and we can’t thank her enough for her wonderful support. We now look forward to bedtime, as we can sit with Millicent and enjoy a few bedtime stories before bed.
Thank you Katie for helping us change our daily rhythm, we no longer go to bed absolutely exhausted!
My 7 months old baby boy, Ethan, is a pretty good sleeper, but he went through a phase where he waked up 5.00 am every morning for weeks and was desperate for help.
I've contacted Katie first via email and she responded back the same day. Due to covid restrictions, Katie suggested her phone package. I was very sceptical and wasn't sure if I have the confidence to fix Ethan's early wakings on my own. We arranged a date and had a zoom chat. Katie worked what suited my family and my baby. We had weekly phone catch ups to discuss any improvements or issues. Within 2 weeks Ethan slept from 7.30pm to 7.00am with no early wakings.
His daysleep also improved alot since we've made some changes to his current routine.
I'm so glad I've contacted Katie, she gave me confidence to handle any sleep issues with her help over the phone.
Thank you Katie!
Katie is a household sleep savour!! I contacted Katie when my son was approaching 12 months of age, he was waking up every 2 hours over night, relied on being patted to sleep (and for the resettle) and we ended up co-sleeping at night (and he was still waking every 2 hours), as it was to exhausting to go to his bedroom and resettle him. Katie was referred to me by a friend who had incredible outcomes for her son of a similar age. Katie's approach is all about your goals and values as a family, which was so important to me, and her advise and techniques were tailored to our situation. I originally booked Katie in for an overnight stay, as our confidence was low and thought there was no way we could turn the situation around without an expert there in person. Due to COVD19 lockdown restrictions we had to change the overnight to a 90 minute consultation. My wife and I could not believe the results on the 1st night, by the 3rd night our son was sleeping through the night from 7pm to 6:30am, he fell asleep on his own, resettled himself on his own and has slept in his cot all night ever since (without using the cry out method, which is such a common approach used by sleep consultants). Katie taught us how to be in control and be confident when putting our son to sleep and all 3 of us couldn't be happier. I wish I had come across Katie when my son was 4 months old and sleeping terribly. I couldn't recommend Katie more highly, she literally changed our lives and now we can all 'sleep like a baby'.
After having mastitis four times, and subsequent low supply, as a new mum I had a lot of anxiety around feeding and sleeping. So, my 5 mo was up every 1.5-2 hour over night and only sleeping 20-30 mins at a time during the day since 2.5 months and feeding and sleep times were extremely distressing for us both.
Flynn was 5 months when I contacted Katie, through a friends recent success story, and she is amazing! She works with what suits you and your lifestyle, - she quietly and supportively took my anxiety, comfort levels, ideas - for everything I threw at her, she had a solution for me to try.
It took 2 months for me to get my confidence and implement what Katie had always said from day one, but Flynn is now 7 months old, often sleeping through the night, and 2 x a day for 1.5 - 2 hours as he should. Plus, on the brink of giving up breastfeeding because it caused me so much pain and distress, my supply is regular, and Flynn and I enjoy feed times and are both happy and rested.
Although it was just via phone consultation, it was like we had always known Katie, and we are very grateful for her patience, knowledge and support through a very challenging part of being a new mum. The value of Katie's support is truly priceless.
Katie is nothing short of amazing! Our 18 month old was co-sleeping and falling asleep with us night after night. The only way we could get him to sleep in his cot, was when he was sound asleep and we built up the courage to do the dreaded transfer from our couch to his bed.
Within 24 hours of meeting Katie, our 18 month old had his first full nights sleep in his own cot. What was even more amazing was the fact that he went to sleep in his own bed, something he has never done before! I put the first night down to "beginners luck"....its now been 3 weeks and our little boy has continued to self settle for all his naps in his cot and sleep through the entire night. I cannot recommend Katie enough. She instantly made us feel comfortable and her approach was so subtle, I couldn't believe how easy it was! Katie was so understanding and reassuring and her level of contact and support was fantastic. My only regret is I didn't contact Katie sooner. She has genuinely changed our lives. We have more time to ourselves and our once stressful, emotional and exhausting bedtime routines are long gone. We have a great little sleeper thanks to Katie and I cannot recommend her enough.
Thanks to Katie, my baby Kai is now sleeping 14 hours a night. I can put him to bed and walk out without him being asleep and he self settles. He goes down around 6pm and wakes around 7am :) when Katie first told me she could guide me through getting to this point I remember thinking 🤔 hmmmm not my Kai... he sleeps with us, goes to sleep around 9:30pm and cries whenever someone isn't holding him to sleep! My husband and I hadn’t had a good night sleep in 10 months and were exhausted. But Katie was right and I cannot believe my now 14 months old Kai is not only sleeping 14 hours a night but is self settling when he goes in his cot. I feel like a new person and it only took 3 weeks :) thanks so so much for your patience Katie, with me throughout this journey. Your service is definitely worth every cent :) will be recommending you to everyone :)
No one can ever try and understand the damage sleep deprivation does to you until you live it yourself.
With a 3 year old at home already I was used to the crappy sleep that comes with a baby. With one you learn to just deal. When another one comes along that’s when it all changed for us.
With Little Miss L (16 months) we had already done a day at sleep school – which was great while she was still swaddled and it worked for a while. Then we used a sleep consultant who was used by a friend of a friend. That worked for a while too…however it was absolute hell. Leaving her to scream herself to sleep while I cried, watching the monitor, was not ok. Speaking to that sleep consultant every day for three weeks and being told it was my fault…..not ok!
When you are a mother who has already experienced dangerous pregnancies, struggled with recovery, riddled with PTSD from those pregnancies and drowning in post-partum depression it can all very easily get out of control.
THEN I turned to Katie! Ironically I had looked at her website mid-2019 and was choosing out of her and the other sleep person. I only went with the other person because someone else had used her. I always felt that Katie would be good, I only wish I listened to my instincts back then.
After 13 weeks…..yes that’s right 13 weeks of hell…I emailed Katie. (This is of course after I had gotten in touch with the first sleep person who very kindly reminded me that it was my fault)
Straight away Katie's reply was exactly what I needed. Not knowing who I was, she very kindly went into great detail about what she thought and even wrote that I should stop doing what I had been doing because it was clearly doing more harm than good. As soon as I read that email I felt some kind of ease. When I booked a phone consult…talking to Katie was like talking to a friend. Even when she disagreed with some of the things I was mistakenly doing, not once did I feel judged. All I felt was hope. She let me tell my story and after that phone call I felt that there was possibility.
You have to understand that 13 weeks of that kind of sleep deprivation…holding your baby for hours overnight crying and sobbing yourself while you do that because you don't know what else to do....going to bed at 6.30am for 45minutes every day….it definitely changes you and I found myself just broken.
I spoke with Katie every day and even when things didn’t always go to plan…that sense of dread, anxiety and stress didn’t appear at all. This woman completely changed our lives and I don’t know if I will ever be able to explain just how grateful I will always be. Katie made the process so easy and I actually looked forward to her calls.
About a month later when Little Miss L started trying to stop day sleeps, once again Katie had a few ideas and after a week we had her back on track. I can now put her to sleep and there’s no screaming involved. I don’t have to sit and watch the monitor crying and praying that she will sleep just so I can have a moment to breathe. If we do have any night wake ups, I don’t feel that stress anymore because I know what I can do.
I wish that I could go back in time and give the gift of Katie to all my friends when they had kids. This woman changed our lives, if you anyone reads this and wonders if Katie is for you I’m writing to tell you she is. Never have I spoken to a more genuine person who truly does want to help. Thank you Katie, from the bottom of my heart!!! I’m so very glad that someone like you exists in the world and will always be grateful for what you have given me. Life is hard, but to any struggling parents out there…..this part of it doesn’t have to be.
Love a very grateful mother.
After months of frequent evening wakes and sleepless nights with my 10 month old, we stumbled upon Katie. With one phone consultation she was able to provide us with a schedule that was more suited to our little girl’s sleep needs and gave us a consistent approach for our night time waking. If only I had of contacted her sooner!!! Two weeks on and we’ve finally started getting our evenings back and have had several nights where she’s slept through. Thanks Katie! 🙏
Call Katie! 😀 Do not hesitate.
The incredible time and effort she has put into helping our family has been amazing. Her expert knowledge, individualised approach and supportive, nurturing manner have helped my husband and I feel confident in helping our little boy find sleep. Before embarking on this journey with Katie I felt so conflicted and confused about this sleep business and now I have confidence, clarity and conviction 😉 in how I approach it!
I'm not sure anything has challenged me more as a parent so far and Katie's support has absolutely been the best investment I have ever made. Do it for your family, yourself and most of all your little one.. call Katie! 💛
When I first contacted Katie I had an 18 month old who was co-sleeping with us & waking every 2-3 hours overnight. I had recently returned to work which also meant returning to night shifts so I contacted her desperately seeking a solution to help my little man get through the night without needing me!
Katie was so lovely and supportive of our needs and within a few nights my little man was self settling and sleeping through the night in his own cot! This also allowed us to gently night wean and I honestly can’t believe how easy & gentle the process was for all of us. The constant phone support from Katie was a godsend and it was so reassuring just knowing that I could contact her at any stage during the process with my questions.
I would highly recommend Katie to any parents needing a better nights sleep, and for anyone who may be feeling a little reluctant about the process or ‘sleep training’ like I was initially, don’t be!! It really was the most gentle process and we are all so much happier after a good nights sleep. Thank you Katie we are so grateful!! xx
What I’ve appreciated most about Katie is her flexible, common sense, practical and caring approach. I had got myself so worked up about sticking to a routine that it was having a huge impact on myself and my little girl Grace. Katie helped us to put in place a flexible schedule that focused more so on awake times and quality sleep than set ‘go to bed times’.
Within days of speaking with Katie, Grace was practicing her new self settling skills and only needed the occasional reassuring bottom massage before she would settle off to sleep.
Grace’s sleep and eating have improved so much since we started working with Katie. I’m so pleased we got in touch with h and set Grace up for sleeping success so early on in her life.
Thank you Katie, you’ve been an absolute god send!
Being a hairdresser I get a lot of great tips and I think by far one of the best ones was Katie @Katie’s babies. I was pregnant when I saved her number into my phone. But I client swore by her. So once my baby was 5 weeks old even though I didn’t have any issues as Bub was sleeping a normal amount for his age. But I sought the help of this gem to help me to learn what I needed to know to get into the right habits for the future. So glad I did. As I now live by the manual she gave me. Katie’s soft gentle calm energy is just what you need. But the day she left my house, I tweaked his last nap of the day and he slept thru the night at 5 weeks. I then really started to get some more help from Katie once my boy was a bit older between around 8-10month mark. She has a way of explaining, helping and making you feel empowered when it comes to sleeping babies! She’s funny down to earth, and feels like a friend in your life. To know you have someone in your corner like Katie you can sleep easy (literally!!)😛🙏🏾💜
”Sonny was 18 months old when we finally reached out to Katie. We had got to the stage of dreading the day coming to an end because it meant we were gearing up for a night of unpredictability and completely disrupted sleep. My husband and I were even taking turns sleeping on a mattress on the floor in Sonny’s room just to try and get some sleep ourselves. It was becoming a desperate situation. ⠀
Sonny needed to have one of our hands on him to pat him to sleep and he was waking anywhere from 2 to 6 times a night, depending on...who knows what... maybe the angle of the moon that night?!?!⠀
It was taking us between 20 - 60 minutes to get him to sleep each night, including wake ups in the middle of the night. ⠀
There were two really important things for us when seeking help: that the professional was gentle and listened to us and that they were evidence based. Katie is all of these things and more!⠀
The first night Katie guided us with gentleness and set the right pace for us which led Sonny to self settle in 25 minutes and sleep through. Katie’s presence and reassurance was so calming. The next night it was 7 minutes to self settle to sleep and slept through all night. It has been nothing but the same ever since. Even when he is sick or teething, he is sleeping through the night and putting himself to sleep. Katie used her learnings and experience to help us tweak his routine, awake times and supporting Sonny to self settle. Within days we had a totally transformed child who was sleeping through the night but also totally rested and able to engage with his surroundings and play. It made a world of difference to my husband and I as we both work 4 days a week in demanding jobs and the disrupted sleep was taking its toll. ⠀
Also, as someone with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, my own sleep hygiene is really important to function and manage life as a mum. Katie’s follow up has been fabulous, and her information booklet goes through every stage of baby and sleep, so we have the tools & information if we have another baby. The only question we now have is why didn’t we get help sooner? A truly amazing experience and a very happy family! Thank you Katie ☺"
I called Katie to help with my little boy Sam shortly after he turned one. He was a poor sleeper from the day he was born, so by the time a year had passed, I was exhausted, depressed and so rundown that I seemed to catch every cold and gastro bug going around. We had done sleep school twice, but it didn't make any substantial or long lasting improvements. I was full of sadness that motherhood was nothing like I had hoped.
When he turned one, Sam's alertness went to a whole new level; he started standing in his cot shouting, often for over an hour at a time. It felt like every time I closed my eyes he would start wailing. I felt like a failure because I had no idea what I should be doing.
A friend from mothers' group had used Katie and recommended her. We found Katie incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. We did an overnight stay and it was a gamechanger for us. Katie gave us the perfect balance of clear advice and guidelines, balanced with gentle, flexible techniques. Sam is now two and I can truly say he has been a fantastic sleeper ever since we had Katie's help. Thank you Katie for giving us back our rest and enabling me to enjoy motherhood again.