In 2005 when my first child was born I had no idea there was such a thing as sleep coaching. I was extremely sleep-deprived and hoped every night that the next one would be better. But it didn’t and my baby boy still had sleep challenges even at the age of 6. I somehow accepted my faith that being a mom means to sacrifice your sleep, your time, your career, your health, your sanity and even your marriage.
13 years later I did not want to go through the same experience with my second child and despite many fears, I tried several ways to help her sleep better with not much success at first. Until…I met another mom on the playground who sparked my interest for a book called “The Natural Baby Sleep Solution”, by Polly Moore. I quickly read it and started applying a few techniques, but I soon realised I needed more support than a book, so I started watching online summits and listening to podcasts about baby sleep in my little spare time or while breastfeeding my baby girl. Kim West or the famous “Sleep Lady” was the second revelation of mine who talked about baby sleep coaching and the Shuttle settling method. Curios as I know myself, after I bought her book and read it quickly on Kindle I started applying it with my baby girl.
I must admit it, it was not easy at first hearing our baby cry even if I sat next to her crib, but I remembered all the mantras written on my mind’s wall and felt confident I was doing the right thing for our daughter, even if it took a while to persuade my partner to be on the same page with me about using this settling technique on her.
But something was still missing so I realised I needed somebody by my side, to guide me, to tell me every day I am doing the right thing encouraging me it will get better. So I bought an online baby sleep coaching package. As a result, in less than 2 weeks our daughter fell asleep easy at bedtime and hardly woke up once at night, which was much better than 1 month ago. However, the situation regressed after a 2 week vacation because I was not aware how important a routine was for our baby.
When I realised I had to do it all over again, from the very beginning, I decided to do some more research and learn how to do it right. Instead of paying for a baby sleep coach, I invested in a certified course which gave me all the tools to overcome any challenges in the field of baby sleep coaching.
One important sign for me I was on the right path was that despite being extremely busy & tired, studying during my baby’s naps or at night, taking care of my family and going back to work with a part-time job in marketing at the same time, my enthusiasm was constantly increasing. It was like being a zealous student again with no fear of exams or notes, just aware of my purpose in life – helping babies and their parents sleep better!
For almost a year I was reading tons of books about sleep and I was watching tens of video lectures, I was taking notes and doing my homework conscientiously while working with real people simultaneously – my volunteers, mostly new moms with similar sleep challenges.
I learned that working with seriously sleep deprived parents is not an easy job and I need to work pretty hard to gain their trust and make them follow my guidance, especially when it comes to their precious offspring.
But I took it as a challenge, consciously knowing that what I do it based on science with a touch of love, care and empathy.
And it was worth it! The gratitude most parents show after they realise their babies can actually learn how to sleep from an early age, that their babies are happier and healthier, with a good mood and big appetite most of the time, developing a stronger immune system, it’s a real blessing for me.
The appreciation many parents show me after they regain, as a couple, their restorative sleep at night and their quality time together in the evening, is truly rewarding. It’s a clear sign baby sleep coaching is my mission in life, it’s the way for me to make a difference, to have an important contribution to a greater community and help raise happier and healthier kids for a better future.
So, by 2020 when Corona pandemic hit the world, I took the opportunity to build my entrepreneurial business with trust & confidence, with an open-mind and curiosity, with honesty and care, but also with hope for a better world which can overcome a sleep-deprivation pandemic too.