"Lauren single handedly changed our lives! We reached out to WRB a few weeks ago to help us with our almost 3 year old and our 5 month old. We scheduled an overnight stay, sleep plans and two weeks of support. Lauren immediately jumped on board and rearranged her schedule to accommodate our timing. She put together individual sleep plans for our kids and provided a vast amount of information about sleep and its effects on kids (and families), physically, mentally and emotionally. Lauren was instrumental in guiding us through that first overnight stay - she told us to avoid emotional decisions and provided frequent updates. That first night (and the following half week or so) were rough because the kids were taking turns waking each other up and keeping each other awake. However, we immediately saw an improvement in the 5 month old - she started taking naps consistently, at the right times and an appropriate length. Our toddler took longer (as Lauren cautioned they do). Before Lauren, one of us had to lie down with him for him to fall asleep (sometimes taking up to 2 hours) and he would then wake up in the night and one of us would need to go lie in a bunk next to him. It took about 3 weeks, but now we leave him in the bed and he falls asleep on his own! This is a miracle for us but it is all due to implementing Lauren's plan.
The bedtimes for both children are quite early at this time and will continue until they are rid of their "sleep debt". However, both kids are happier and we are incredibly happy with this progress. This really is an investment and well worth the time and sacrifice. We have a second life now, after the kids are in bed. We realize that there will inevitably be setbacks as the kids grow and they reach new milestones. However - we are incredibly happy with this investment. Though the schedule is strict and sometimes overwhelming, Lauren explained that this is just the beginning while the kids are catching up on sleep and reducing cortisol levels. Afterwards, the 80/20 rule is in effect and should be easier to implement as life happens.
As I mentioned above, Lauren was absolutely critical to this improvement. She is incredibly friendly, supportive and above all, knowledgeable about sleep and children. She has continued to check in with us even after the end of the 2 week period - we are very grateful and can't thank her enough!
-- Piro, 3 year old John and 5 month old Kate's Dad
"When I reached out to Well Rested Baby I was totally desperate for sleep and for some normalcy in my life. My 8 month old son, Aaron, was waking up every 2-3 hours all night long to comfort nurse, he would only fall asleep if he was nursed to sleep, and would not nap unless I was laying with him (who has time for that?!). I had a ten year old at home too who was in need of my attention, but so much of my time was devoted to Aaron and getting him to sleep - I felt horrible!
Lauren wrote up a sleep plan specifically geared towards us and our needs. Everything was very clear, and thoroughly explained. She was patient, and gave the exact support I needed to follow through. It didn’t take long to see results, and by the end of the week our lives had greatly improved! Lauren taught me the skills I needed to continue with the sleep plan when our week together was over.
I feel the happiest I have been in a long time. I can breathe again! We were able to move Aaron out of our room into his own room. He no longer needs to be nursed to sleep, he’s able to fall asleep on his own! He takes naps without me, and at scheduled times. He goes to bed early and sleeps very well, he has even slept through the night!
Well Rested Baby has given me TIME back! Time for my other child, time for my husband and time for myself. I would do it all over again, and highly recommend them!"
"I had a great experience with Colleen while sleep training my son, Max. He is 5 months old and definitely took the full two weeks but it was well worth it!!! He sleeps wonderfully - he's so easy now. But even more importantly, he's sooo happy! This was a great move for Max and the rest of our family. Thank you Colleen!!"
-- Alison, 5 month old Max's Mom
"I need to say THANK YOU. Cora is a champion sleeper now because of you!! She's five and a half months old and takes three naps a day at 9am, 12/12:30 and 3/3:30. Most of the time she sleeps a solid hour and sometimes I even have to wake her so her nap doesn't run too long and push the other naps too late in the day. And she's asleep for the night between 6 and 7 depending on how her naps were and she sleeps a solid 12 hours every night. Amazing!! She's so easy to put down to sleep now too. When we start our routine, she knows what's coming and goes right to sleep when I put her in her crib. It definitely took about 2-3 weeks like you said for all of it to click with her, but it was so worth it!! Thank you!"
-- Samantha, 12 week old Cora's Mom (One on One Newborn Seminar Client)
"Working with Vanessa was an absolute game changer. My 15 month old was habitually waking at 4:30AM for about 6-8 months in a row. My husband and I were completely sleep deprived...turns out, so was our baby! Vanessa devised a sleep plan that was easy to understand, implement and follow. She checked in with us every day and without her constant support, we would not have been so successful. Ever since Vanessa helped our son get the proper amount of sleep, he not only sleeps MUCH past 4:30AM, but his entire personality has changed. I realize now how detrimental sleep deprivation was on his cognitive, physical and emotional development. It's like I have a completely new baby! Thanks to Well Rested Baby...our entire family is better off (our 5 year old sleeps later too now!). Worth every single penny and I would pay it again and again! Thank you Vanessa!!!!"
"I cannot thank Amy enough for all of the guidance and support she provided me with while I was trying desperately to get my 4 month old son Luke into a healthy nap and nighttime sleep routine. I was sleep deprived, and about to return to work full time, and Amy's advice truly saved me! I officially said goodbye to the 5pm 'bewitching hour' every night. Luke was taking long, restorative naps during the day and sleeping up to 12 hours every night, allowing me to get the rest I needed. He is now almost one and still sleeps like a champ, and more importantly, is a very happy baby all day long!"
-- Jennifer, 4 month old Luke's Mom
"I can't say enough about the help that I was given by Lauren at Well Rested Baby. It was life-changing! My whole family is FINALLY sleeping and I am starting to feel human again. My only regret is not reaching out sooner. She was so supportive and knowledgeable. I was nervous about what to expect, but Lauren walked me through the whole process and was always there to make sure I was comfortable."
-- Laurence, 9 month old Elizabeth's Mom
“I wanted to send you an official thank you from this Real Housewife of Sleepy Town. I have said it before, and you modestly deflected the credit, but you have seriously saved us.
We have gone from spending at least 6-8 hours of every day working on sleep to now relishing those wakeful moments before a 10-15 minute independent settling period. It is not just about the restful sleep, it is about that enjoyable, amazing, never going to get back, energized time in between. Boston is now sleeping from 6-7pm to 6-7am, waking once to eat (per my preference and his age), and taking 2-3 restorative naps consistently. At times of slight overtiredness, he will fuss until the moment he hits his mattress- and then he is calmed. We are even surviving a teething-caused ear infection with no disruption to naps and just a bit of brief, back rubbing at night to get him over the hump, before we return to our usual routine. B has finally learned to roll over consistently, and is working on sitting up. We are also able to nurse without a shield for the first time since he was born; as he was more rested and able to manage the initial frustration. My milk supply has increased and B is now getting fuller feeds, since I am not nursing (for 30-60 minutes) to sleep.
Now that I am no longer waking 4-6 times a night with him, I am a better mother, wife, and friend. I can return to my list-making and housewifing duties. I am so grateful that you put up (with grace) with all of my challenging, wordy, and probably annoying questions and emails even before and after the official consultation period to best prepare me to move forward confidently and consistently. Your support was equal parts challenger and cheerleader, which was exactly what I needed.
Please feel free to share this note of gratitude with any and all- as mothers we are sometimes too proud to ask for a little bit of help and I can only hope more mamas are able to benefit from your fabulous service, for their tired bebes' sakes.”
-- Katharine, 6 month old Boston's Mom
I" worked with Vanessa to help get my 8month old son to sleep through the night. Prior to working with WRB my son was waking 5-7 times a night. This being my second child I thought I knew how to get a baby to sleep through the night but for whatever reason (probably sleep deprivation) what I was doing wasnt working. A friend recommended WRB and it was 100% worth it! Vanessa helped me 'connect the dots' and created a plan to get Henry back on track and sleeping restfully. Her daily checkins were so crucial that first week and helped me adjust the plan according to his needs. After the first week was over my sons sleeping improved dramatically for the better. I would recommend this service to any parent struggling to get their child to sleep well."
-- Julie, Henry's mom
"I tried so many things with my 9 month old, nothing worked and we were both up every 3 hours. With Amy's help, he began sleeping 12 straight hours by the 5th night! I actually look forward to nighttime again!!"
-- Jessica, 9 Month old Henry's Mom
"After a month of our 2 year old reverting back to some old, bad habits and picking up some new ones, my husband and I were at our wits end. Noah was waking in the middle of the night (often several times) crying and needing comfort. Then, he would wake up with an alarming cry and would not go back to sleep (as early as 4:45am each morning). He was protesting his nap time and his naps had been drastically curtailed with the same waking up screaming. I just didn't know what to do, we were all exhausted and felt like we had a newborn again. We had tried to let him cry, tried to soothe him, tried leaving the door open a crack, you name it. That's when Heather stepped in. She patiently listened to our story and helped us come up with a plan. We started on a Friday night and by the end of the weekend, Noah was sleeping thru the night. I had a renewed confidence with Heather in my corner. She was constantly checking in, supporting us, and allowing us to restore sanity into our lives. Her gentle approach was consistent with our goals and parenting style. Her techniques gave us the floor plan to move forward and ultimately, in a much shorter time and with much less crying than I had anticipated, achieve our goals. Noah is back to his happy self - taking great naps and sleeping thru the night. We are so grateful to Heather. We now have the tools and support we need in case there's a set-back here or there and a huge sense of appreciation and relief!"
-- Jane, 2 year old Noah's Mom
"Thank you, Amy, for all of your help these past two weeks! We started with a 7 month old who was waking constantly, ate twice during the night, napped three times and needed to be rocked to sleep for each put down. We now have a sleeper who can self soothe himself to sleep, is taking two consistent naps at the appropriate times and only wakes once to eat during the night! Not only was the sleep plan priceless, but the constant support meant just as much."
-- Hannah, 7 month old Josh's Mom
" I just wanted to thank you for the past week! When we first talked both my husband and I were officially at our breaking point with Bryce and the whole concept of sleep- from getting him to fall asleep to staying asleep in his crib. He has had an amazing day so far slept until 6:15 and has taken BOTH naps in his crib at the correct times and for at least an hour! We could not be happier with Bryces new sleep patterns. We do know that this is a constant working process especially his naps (and most definitely the constant daycare struggle) but we are so much more optimistic than we were before. We can honestly say Bryce is well on his way to be a 'well rested baby' and we honestly can not thank you enough for that!"
-- Becca, 11 month old Bryce's Mom
"Being third-time parents, people are often surprised to hear that we enlisted the help of a sleep consultant. But with the sleep needs and the activities of two older children to consider, the baby's sleep had suffered. In an effort to keep her quiet at night, we had rushed to fix her crying, and we had also resorted to all sort of tricks and gadgets to get her to sleep during the day. In the end, we had created a situation where our little baby was headed into toddlerhood with very little ability to be an independent sleeper. We knew she deserved to sleep better; we just didn't know how to get ourselves out the hole we had dug for her. We were all tired, and tackling it seemed like more than we could handle alone.
In came Heather! Positive, engaged, encouraging, understanding. She made us feel like amazing parents for deciding to take the steps to change our daughter's relationship to sleep at a time when we were feeling like we had failed her. We came up with a plan together, and Heather was in communication with us every day offering suggestions and support.
I'm proud to say that after a week, my daughter had aced her nighttime sleep plan and was doing exactly what we hoped she would. She even was asking to be put in her crib at bedtime! And after a couple more weeks, she now takes her two naps on schedule like a pro. It's hard to imagine how far we came in just a few weeks. Heather truly gave our daughter and our family a wonderful gift. She is happier and well-rested because of it, and we are too."
-- Margot, 11 month old Eliza's Mom
"My little Lincoln turned 1 this week!! It's been an amazing year, and of course, a big part of that is he's an amazingly happy and easy-going baby, which is in no small part because he's well rested 😉 We get so many compliments on how happy he is, and we always say, "It's the sleep!" A HUGE thank you to Amy for all of her support, advice, and knowledge through this last year. My Lincoln is a busy, go-go-go baby, and so three of my favorite times of the day is when it's time to go to sleep...it's practically the only cuddles I get! I bring him to his bedroom, give him his issie and it's like a trigger. His head head goes to my shoulder, he relaxes in my arms, and for the next six minutes while I sing to him it's just such sweet bliss. Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me to experience completely tear-free nap and bedtimes so that I can have this special time with my busy guy."
-- Sarah, Expecting Parent Seminar Attendee
"Amy and Heather are amazing! They created a detailed plan for our son that we were comfortable implementing. They were truly concerned with the results and were constantly available for questions and concerns. I am extremely happy to report that our son is now consistently sleeping through the night! We could not have done it without the help of Amy and Heather. I would highly recommend Well Rested Baby to anyone needing a little extra help with a sleep plan for their child."
-- Caroline, 8 month old Nico's Mom
"I went to Amy's class at The Children's Piazza and loved it. She gave a great explanation of the 5 characteristic's of healthy sleep that I have been able to take home and implement with my two kids. After a short time of following her advice my 7 month old was falling asleep by himself and sleeping longer at night. Amy is great to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone struggling to get their kids to go to sleep and stay asleep."
-- Kristin, Healthy Foundations of Sleep Seminar Attendee
"Well Rested Baby is wonderful! I have had every single one of my (sometimes silly) questions answered super-quick. My son has never slept well, he is 11 months old and last night, for the first time, he slept 12 hours straight. Thanks to the sleep plan they prepared and the coaching and words of encouragement, I am confident my son will continue on this path going forward. Thank you, WRB!"
-- Lydia, 11 month old Myles' Mom
"When my son Mark was an infant, I took sleepless nights in stride. I assumed that the multiple wake up calls per night were all part of the parenting game. However, when my 10 month old was still waking up multiple times per night and fighting daytime naps, my husband and I knew we needed guidance. The help that Heather and Amy provided me with improved our family life instantaneously. My son slept through the night within two days, and has been sleeping a full 12 or more hours per night ever since. We have established a predictable nap schedule for him, which has completely eliminated the daily 5:00 pm 'un-happy hour!'
More than providing guidance, Heather and Amy gave me the valuable tools and knowledge needed to understand my son's sleep cues and educated me on how much sleep he needs as a growing child. As a result, he is a happier, calmer, and more relaxed child, and is enjoying exploring the world around him! I cannot thank Heather and Amy enough for the help, respect and compassion they provided me with as I learned to establish a successful sleep schedule for Mark. I am so grateful to have had this experience with these fantastic women."
-- Susanne, 14 month old Mark's Mom