Well Rested Baby was founded in 2011 by Family Sleep Institute certified Pediatric Sleep Consultants Amy Lage and Heather Hartzell. Both parents of a toddler, Amy and Heather decided to supplement all of the reading, thinking and talking they did about their children’s sleep with a formal sleep education so that they could help other families achieve the same great results they have seen in their own children! As Family Sleep Institute Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultants, it is our goal to help tired families get the sleep they need.
Lauren Stauffer, Owner & Pediatric Sleep Consultant:
Lauren has always had a special love for babies, so when she found out she was having not one – but two babies – she was thrilled! However despite all the advice and suggestions she received about the challenges of parenting multiples, no one offered advice about infant sleep. She naively hoped that maybe her babies would just be “good sleepers.” She quickly realized this was not the case and knew she needed help! Getting two babies to sleep simultaneously was overwhelming and frustrating.
When Lauren reached out to Amy she was not only exhausted but also completely confused. Following several consultations with Amy she gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and her girls began sleeping 12-13 hours a night! Lauren’s interest in pediatric sleep was cultivated in the process and she decided she wanted to become a consultant herself. Lauren knew this was a great opportunity to fuse her love for teaching and her love for babies, as well as her experience with multiples, to help other families.
Lauren believes that pediatric sleep is a topic that deserves more attention and that expectant parents should all have the opportunity to learn the skills they will need prior to the sleepless nights. Lauren knows how desperate one can feel after nights, weeks or even months of interrupted sleep.
Prior to becoming a parent and a pediatric sleep consultant Lauren taught elementary school full time. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Education and Spanish from Worcester State University. In addition she has her Masters degree in English as a Second Language from Cambridge College. She lives just outside of Boston in Melrose, with her husband Perry and their twin daughters Liana and Charlotte (3 years).
Amy Lage, Founder & Advisor:
Amy prepared for the arrival of her daughter by reading everything she could find on what to expect for the first year. While this was excellent information, nothing she read discussed anything about infant sleep. Like most new parents she thought this was something her daughter would just do when she was tired. When this proved to be an incorrect assumption, Amy and her husband read everything they could get their hands on in attempt to get their daughter’s sleep (and their own) on track. After 8 sleepless months they were at a loss for what to do and hired a sleep consultant. Even with their knowledge of what they should be doing, it took their consultants guidance to consistently put it all in to play. Her aid was immeasurable — within a week, their daughter was taking fantastic naps and sleeping 12 hours straight each night. Amy was thrilled to be able to share her knowledge with other parents and transform their lives (as hers was) by helping them get a good night sleep! Over the past six years, Amy helped hundreds families to learn healthy sleep habits and taught them the skills necessary for a life time of great sleeping. While Amy no longer consults with families she continues to support the Well Rested Baby team.
Before becoming a pediatric sleep consultant, Amy spent over 10 years in the retail world as an off price buyer, most recently for Century 21 Department Stores. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Apparel Marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Amy, her husband Jeff, their daughters Stella and Harley, and their two dogs Jackson and Cody live in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts
Vanessa Quick, Pediatric Sleep Consultant:
After the birth of her second child, Vanessa quickly realized that she needed to get some more sleep. Having a 21-month-old daughter at the time of his birth, Vanessa wanted to make sure that her daughter continued napping, and stayed on her current schedule. This became a challenge, and sleep became a major priority for her and her family. Her daughter was a wonderful sleeper from the beginning, so she assumed her second child would be, too. Boy, was she wrong! He would wake up multiple times throughout the night, and his naps were unpredictable. After following Amy’s blog, she quickly realized that she needed to meet with Amy. Amy was holding a Sleep Seminar, and Vanessa signed up immediately. When Vanessa left that seminar, she knew she wanted to become a sleep consultant. Fast forward a year and a half, and here she is!
Before becoming a sleep consultant, Vanessa was a Special Education teacher at an elementary school, as well as middle school. She also teaches Child Development classes for children aged birth-3 years. Vanessa resides in Marblehead, Massachusetts with her husband, Ryan, her daughter Charlotte (6 years), her son Bennett (4 years) and her Labrador retriever, Nelson.
Colleen Kordana, Pediatric Sleep Consultant:
When Colleen and her husband found out they were having twins, they were shocked – and quickly stocked up on books about baby sleep. For the first few months, their babies were good sleepers, but around 4 months of age all of the progress seemed to disappear. Desperate to get things back on track before returning to work, Colleen reached out to Amy for help. The knowledge she gained was invaluable and things quickly improved beyond what Colleen had imagined – sleeping 12-13 hours a night and taking scheduled naps! Additionally, the girls were well-rested and much happier during the day.
From that point on, Colleen was hooked, and often found herself sharing information about sleep training with her friends. She decided to become a pediatric sleep consultant to continue to learn about healthy sleep habits and help dispense this information to tired families who could benefit from the education and support.
As a full-time working mom of twins, life can be very busy, but Colleen credits sleep training with helping her family stay well-balanced and able to function at their highest potential. Colleen has a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and a Masters in Health Administration from Suffolk University. She works in healthcare quality improvement and lives in Wakefield, Massachusetts with her husband, their identical twin daughters Celia and Evie, and their dog Brewster.
Ashley Rizzo, Pediatric Sleep Consultant:
Ashley has always considered sleep a hobby, but after having twins it became a passion. She experienced firsthand how healthy sleep habits made the everyday possible; from running errands, to outings, mealtime and playtime everything was manageable and fun with two well-rested babies. Ashley knew immediately that she wanted to become a sleep consultant to share the power of sleep with other families, but not until after having another set of twins just 15 months later. Ashley enrolled at The Family Sleep Institute and completed her certification in January of 2017.
Ashley lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and four children. When not resting they love getting crafty, going on adventures, and making yummy meals together.