CERTIFIED SLEEP CONSULTANT IN PLEASANT GROVE, UTAH
I am a wife, mom to a toddler and a golden doodle, special education teacher, and now a certified pediatric sleep consultant. I graduated from Utah State University (go Aggies!) with a degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education, and have since worked as a teacher for kids with severe disabilities. I have taught preschool, elementary and high school- but have a special place in my heart for preschool and early childhood. After my daughter was born I continued teaching (mostly online during the pandemic) and decided to transition to staying at home with her.
Our journey with sleep began shortly after our daughter was born. After an early delivery and scary health complications for mama, Our little girl spent a week in the NICU while I spent a week in the hospital as well, recovering and making sure my blood pressure returned to normal. She slept so well in the NICU that I thought we had an "easy" baby. An interesting phenomenon developed when we arrived home, however. As soon as we tried to put her down to sleep, she woke up instantly and started to cry!
We were lost. The only way we could get her to sleep was by holding her, or letting her sleep curled up next to me in bed. As a new mama with postpartum anxiety, I worried constantly about co-sleeping and if I was going to hurt my baby during the night. Naturally- this did not mean very good sleep for me!
Finally, around 5 months old we were able to implement a sleep plan that seemed to work like magic. She started sleeping in her crib for 12 hours a night, and taking good, restful naps during the day. My husband and I had time in the evenings to spend together, and most importantly, Olivia began to thrive! For the first months of her life I thought she was a hard to please, fussy baby- turns out she was just sleep deprived!
Since then, I have been so interested in learning about all things baby and child sleep, the research behind it, and passionate about helping other families have peaceful, restful nights as well.
I believe all babies are different. I believe some babies need more help than others to learn independent sleep skills. I believe in the importance of healthy sleep routines. I believe in the importance of the parent/child attachment and in never asking you to do something that would harm that bond. I don't believe in letting a baby cry it out. I do believe in using gentle methods to gradually teach your baby to sleep on their own. I believe sleep is just as important as eating for a baby's overall health and I believe in helping families find the right sleep solutions for them.
Ready to work with me? Click the "book now" button at the top of this page to book your free sleep evaluation and be on your way to better sleep today!