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When I called Kitty I was scared, extremely exhausted and unsure if this method was going to work… and in ONE NIGHT Eliana went from waking up every 1-2 hours to sleeping 11-13 hours straight (every night for the last 4 months!). We feel rested, sane, healthy and I have the mental and physical energy to be with my daughter now. I have time to tidy up, cook supper, have a phone call with a friend, take a longer shower, exercise, do day-to-day tasks, its wonderful!!!
Her naps are improving every week. She no longer takes 30 minute naps anymore. The shortest nap is 45 minutes but I keep her there for the full 2 hours. Mostly on and off wailing/talking, sometimes not for long, and she is back to sleep! We go on outings and she either falls asleep while we’re out or takes her nap when she gets back. We went to Palm Springs for a week. We tried sticking to a schedule, once again she surprised us all. She took two naps a day and slept through the night.
Best of all – her mood has done a 180. Our live have also done a 180! She is SO happy, smiling all the time and very rarely is cranky or cries. She smiles at strangers and lets them hold her! She eats better – finishes full bottles now! She doesn’t wake up in pain from gas, it’s like I have a new daughter.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Thank you so much for all your help. The changes that have happened in our home in just 7 days have been amazing. When I contacted you I was so tired to the point where I felt unwell and today I’m feeling much more rested with a happier baby. As you said, sleep is so important for our metal health and my husband and I are feeling much healthier today, both physically and mentally 🙂
Thank you again
Thanks to you and your guidance I feel like I’m finally doing this right! But still second guess myself. Thanks for being there for me through this journey. I’m so thankful to know you and for all the emails over the months. I’ll never forget it.
Overall I would say last night went very well. We gave our son his bottle at 7:15 and put him down as you suggested. He fell asleep on his own but woke up the first time about an hour later. After about 5 minutes of fussing he put himself back to sleep at stayed asleep until 2! Between 2 and 3:15 he did a lot of angry babbling which escalated to what we would describe as yelling or shouting but very little actual crying. After that we didn’t hear from him until we went in at 7 to find him awake playing with his feet. He fed well, played for a while and then went back down again for an almost 2 hour nap.
I think we’re off to a great start and we’re looking forward to seeing how tonight goes!
My son’s sleep training has gone really well. He’ll go down without a fuss for most naps and usually sleeps all 2 hours for them with no fussing now. It’s great. And bedtime is good. Took no time
June 15, 2016
I realize that this is only day one and things can change, however, I already feel the need to express my gratitude. I put my daughter down last night just after 8 pm. She protested for 6 minutes. She woke at 11 pm and protested for just over half an hour. She woke up for good at 630 am. I fed her and we played for the rest of the awake hour and I put her down for her first nap at 7 am. She protested for 5 minutes.
This was literally my first uninterrupted night of sleep in five months.
So, thank you!
Thank you a million times Over!
I just wanted to touch base with you and send my sincerest thank you’s.
After speaking to you about our potty training issue back in January, my husband and I followed your advice/instructions to a tee. We got both sets of our parents in on it also so that our son would be getting the exact same kind of support from every family member. You were right, it didn’t happen overnight and it was definitely a work in progress. But low and behold, about 8 weeks from the time I first spoke with you he announced to me in the TV room that he no longer wanted to wear a pull up to bed. Now I was super nervous because he still wasn’t a regular on the potty (with poop) at this point but I didn’t want to discourage him……
We left the following day on a 1 week trip and I am so thrilled to say that we had no accidents and we are over 6 weeks in just underwear with a very proud and confident little man!!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me my sanity back and giving us the tools to help him to become confident with himself. I appreciate everything you did and the time you took with me during our call.
Now onto my next challenge…….a 4 month old who doesn’t want to sleep. You may be hearing from me soon in regards to this one also. lol
November 9, 2015
I just wanted to thank you for being such a good resource for me and my husband. My first born was such a good sleeper and didn’t have to do any sleep training with him. He just loved sleeping! When I had my daughter last September it was the complete opposite! I got your name from my doctor and I’m so glad I was able to find you. I started sleep training my daughter when she was 4 mos old last winter. She is now a good sleeper and our whole family is more rested because of it. Thank you so much!
June 14, 2015
I hope this message finds you well.
I just wanted to thank you for all of your help! We touched base a few months back after a few sleepless months with Zane, and his throwing up etc… After your support and some restraint on my part to help him… He has been so wonderful!!! We have been having wonderful nights for the past few months now!!
He is doing so good, it makes me so happy!!
Thank you again!!
May 2, 2015
Yes it is a good thing they’re so darn cute, although that’s partly why the crying breaks my heart!
Kitty I can’t tell you how much your support has helped me – with the nighttime sleep and today. I couldn’t, wouldn’t have done it without you… very much appreciated!
I’ll find a pic for you, I haven’t been able to get one of her beautiful full gummy smile yet but will work on that…
Have a great night, chat tomorrow! -Christy
January 31, 2015
Kitty!!! You are amazing.
My only regret is that I didn’t contact you sooner…
Last night Faolan went to bed at 7:44 slept until 6:05
December 31 2014
I have a 17 month old and a 4 week old baby. I took your sleep from the start class and purchased the 0-3 month manual prior to my oldest daughter’s birth. My husband and I implemented 98% of your suggestions with her and we are happy to report that she started to sleep 8 hours through the night at 7 weeks old, and increased her night’s sleep to 12 hours soon after. As a result, she is a great napper and nighttime sleeper. We have not had to get up with her during the night since she was 7 weeks old. We did experience the typical hiccup whey she was around 4 months old, but she would awake once or twice and cry for 5 minutes max. Each time she would soothe herself back to sleep.
Our 4.5 week old baby is sleeping straight from 930pm-6am, and she is a wonderful napper as I can put her down awake in her crib (which is in her own bedroom) and she will not fuss (or will fuss minimally) before falling asleep for 2 hours (or more if I let her). We still have a difficult time during the “witching hour” from 7-9pm, but It’s a work in progress!
I feel like I am a better, well rested mother as a result of your sleep training.
Hi Kitty, December 30, 2014
So far, things are still going really well. He’s slept the past three nights around 11 hours straight. As well, our naps are stretching out to be mostly 1 and a half to two hours. Last one of the day is usually the toughest though.
I am so happy I reached out to you because I feel like this has been a significant mark on my parenting. I always knew the kind of child I wanted to raise, a strong, independent and happy one. I’ve realized during this process that this is the point where I am starting to shape the kind of parent I will be. Going to him at every call and visiting him countless times in the night was starting to be the easier thing to do, not necessarily the right thing to do. Not unlike giving your kid dessert every five minutes. It is easy and they’re happy but it isn’t going to help them in the long run. I feel like now I am starting to actually “parent” and teach my son some important life skills.
So thank you for that!