When Alanah was born she was a small baby weighing only 2.5 kgs. I felt so blessed to have her. From the beginning she often would not settle in her cot. I would hold her in my arms to sleep or at night have her sleep upright on my chest. This worked for me in the first few months as it meant I could rest too while she slept. She was my first baby and I felt that it was not too much bother as long as she slept. As she got older though, the settling times became longer and I began to grow tired of the frequent night waking and constant resettling every time she woke. I began to fear sleep time and Alanah and I were grumpy due to the lack of sleep.
This pattern continued for some time until at 11 months Alanah (who was co-sleeping in my bed by this stage) accidently scratched my cornea in the middle of the night! I ended up in the emergency ward of our local hospital and I knew things had to change.
Carmel came into our home and showed us how we could ‘retrain’ Alanah into an independent sleeper who would sleep through the night. Carmel involved both my husband and I, and together we learnt many strategies to resettle Alanah, whilst still assuring her we were there for her.
Within 48 hours, Alanah was “cured”! She was having two day sleeps and would sleep happily in her cot from 7:30pm until 6:30am the next morning. It was life changing to say the least. I was getting a great nights sleep, my husband was happy because I was happy and best of all, Alanah was cheerful and playful during her awake times.
We felt so confident with ourselves as parents and went on to have two more gorgeous babies who turned out to be good sleepers because of the things that Carmel had taught us.
We would highly recommend that if you are having problems such as ours that you call Carmel. She has a lovely friendly persona and we never felt like she was lecturing us. It was the best investment we ever made.
Thank you so much Carmel.
With much appreciation,