My baby was not sleeping great at all. Only sleeping in my arms and not settling in her cot. I have 2 older children; it was during lockdown and I was spending most of the day battling naps!
I wanted some help to learn techniques and methods on how to get her to sleep better in the day and settle better at night time.
I loved the science stuff that Jemma taught me. Learning facts about how babies sleep made it easier for me to understand why she couldn’t settle.
Putting into practice what I learned resulted in her napping for 2 hours a day, every day! Bliss!
Jemma’s course educates you on how babies sleep. I found understanding that, helped me to cope with unsettled nights a lot better.
I learned about how we as adults wake in the night too sometimes, but we know how to get ourselves back off to sleep. A baby hasn’t learnt that yet.
Knowing that helps me accept the times she does wake in the night and to help her gently back off to sleep again.
“I just want to write and tell you how amazing you are.
Thanks to your advice and the new routine it has now created for us. Alana no longer wakes 4 times a night, she wakes only once which I am absolutely fine with, when she wakes, with your advice I give her a cuddle and a dummy and she goes straight back down again.
So no more bottles! No more tired mummy!
Hoorah!! Thank you, thank you, thank you”
All around, eclectic, expert, and now a friend. That’s Jem. I met Jem at her baby massage class, at the time my youngest little boy was really suffering badly with colic, and I couldn’t really put him down. I was worried, tired, and had no idea what to do.
I reached out to Jem to help with his sleep, and to my surprise and delight I got a really honest response – ‘he is too little. You need to wait a little bit longer before we really look at his sleep, but I’m here for you and we can talk’…And talk we did.
Jem sorted out a lovely massage routine, all about colic massage, I had handouts, tips, and support. And we talked and talked a bit more.
I got out of the blue messages from Jem checking in on me – gold dust and she always seemed to know when I needed her.
Then my little boy got old enough and off we went on our gentle, gentle journey to help him sleep a bit better .
Slow baby steps literally as I didn’t have much energy, and I didn’t want to upset him.
Jem absorbed so much information from me, I have no idea how she retained it all – but she did.
I received call notes, action plans, texts, calls, and it was all guided by us. By my baby and me.
Fast forward to the first lockdown and Jem was still with us on our journey – this time to help us with our older little boy and his transition from cot to his bed.
Fast forward a bit more and Jem has guided me through sleep regressions, developmental leaps, teething, early wakes, non-napping, you name it she has been there.
My boys will never be the ones who wake up at 7am, and go to bed and that’s it.
I’m realistic and that’s because Jem has never given me false hope and respects each child and parent. We are all different!
I love being able to send Jem a message and know I’m getting a sound balanced message back, one that is honest and true to being a Mummy herself.
It’s hard at times, and she’ll tell you that – and she’ll also remind you that there are things that you can do, it isn’t forever and we parents are enough.
I don’t think there will be a time when I’m not reaching for Jem’s help at any stage of the boys’ sleep changes.
“I attended one of Jem’s Sleep webinars (how to get your baby to sleep better at night)
A great 1-hour session that gave me some practical advice, things to work on, and a confidence boost that I was doing the right thing.
Thanks Jem x”
She helped us to understand how sleep works and allowed us to move at a pace that was comfortable for us.
She talked through a range of approaches and helped us to decide what approach worked best for us.
Jemma provided us with so much support and reassurance and without her I don’t think we would have improved our sons sleep as quickly as we did.
Thank you for today, I now feel normal about some things I do with Elsie, my 4 month old, that feel instinctively right and work to keep us both happy yet people have been telling me are wrong.
Things like letting her go to sleep breastfeeding, feeding ‘too often’ during the night when she wakes, holding her for some naps in the day, not having a set schedule yet for sleep but being led by her, not putting her down to self-settle to sleep at night/for naps.
I also feel so much happier knowing that her current sleep pattern is due to the 4 month regression and nothing I’ve done.
All the info you shared was really useful and I feel much more confident in myself going forwards. I really did not want to go down the ‘cry it out’ method and can’t thank you enough for the advice which has given me the tools and comfort that there is a much better way