Hi there! I'm Becki Galea, a certified paediatric sleep consultant, and a mother of two. I'm a lover of chocolate, game nights, and sleep.
The latter wasn't always the case. I woke up every two hours until the age of two (sorry mum!). My firstborn was an incredibly good sleeper, he self-soothed like a pro, no sleep training required! Which is why I always said that my second will challenge me when it came to sleep (I had a feeling that karma wouldn't let me off the hook so easily). And, my oh my, challenge me she did. The first four months were a blur of sleepless nights and me looking (and feeling) like a zombie 24/7.
I tried countless sleep programs, to later realise that each baby is different, and those "one size fits all" programs weren't going to work for us. I got in touch with a sleep coach during Emma's newborn days, where I learned healthy sleep habits. From there, I started doing research on paediatric sleep science and went on to study it further to get certified. I took all that information on board and sleep trained little Emma, and we are now both different people. She's as happy as can be during her awake windows, and I finally got my energy back.
If you're reading this, you're probably in the same sleep-deprived shoes I was before. You have probably tried sleep programs that haven't worked, or looked for answers online only to come to a dead end. I can understand your frustration, your desire to get a good night's sleep and to have more energy throughout the day. All of this is possible without using harsh sleep training methods. I will help you and your little one get the sleep you need using gentle methods, and more importantly, help you discover the joys of motherhood.
Yes, definitely. I have studied paediatric sleep science and a wide variety of sleep training methods. I was mentored by an experienced sleep consultant and graduated with top marks.
No! I respect each family's preferences, and I will choose the best sleep training method for you. There are many different sleep training methods, and through my intake questionnaire, I will determine your parenting philosophy and style, your little one's characteristics, and much more, which will then help me choose the right sleep training method for your family.
It's never to early to start establishing healthy sleep habits. While your little one is still in the newborn stage, it is highly beneficial to start implementing these habits, which will in turn make sleep training easier in the future.
Traditional sleep training can start from the age of 4 months.
Not if you don't want to! This all depends on your readiness to do so, and more importantly your child's doctor go-ahead. There are plenty of ways to improve your little one's sleep without stopping night-time feedings.
This is definitely true. There are plenty of good books and articles regarding sleep training, although, there are also some not so great ones. I've been there myself, and as I mentioned above, all children are different, so whatever works on one child might not work for another.
All this information can be overwhelming for a sleep-deprived parent. By hiring a certified sleep training consultant, you'll be able to get a customised sleep plan depending on your philosophy, goals, values, and comfort level, while also getting ongoing support and tips, something a book or article does not offer.