Sleep Solutions Consulting is dedicated to provide sleep coaching for maternity, infant and child through a simple and easy to follow sleep plan.
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SLEEP TRAINING TESTIMONIAL I wanted to share my story with other parents to shed some light and hope for others who aren't getting any sleep. Before meeting with Mandy, my son, Giovanni was waking around every 2.5 hrs each night and Was napping 20 mins sporadically throughout the day. Both baby and I were cranky all the time and usually in zombie states. After a quick painless phone call with Mandy we were ready to start our new adventure. Mandy not only sent detailed instructions but also sent hope for some much needed sleep. Mandy and I spent time going through the plan which made my life much easier then having to try to find time to sit down and read pages of how to notes. We started the plan pretty quick and after much support from Mandy and my husband we seen results in just a few days. After several nights of consistent sleep routine we are all getting much more sleep and enjoy life through rested eyes. As a parent you feel the need to provide your child with as much love and affection as possible but it becomes so very hard when you are unable to sleep. Mandy helped me realize that there is a solution that allows baby to get the sleep they need and allow the parents some r&r which gives some energy to provide some love and affection that baby deserves. Amie, Giovanni and baby Gio
SLEEP TRAINING TESTIMONIAL Mandy is such a wonderful person. So knowledgeable, helpful and genuinely cares for you and your families well being. Her advice and time given is greatly appreciated. My daughter went through a sleep regression and dropped a nap...and I was so frustrated. Mandy got me through it and now we are back on track:) Lindsay Kuppenbender
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SLEEP TRAINING TESTIMONIAL I met Mandy at our local Chapters a few short months ago. I was actually attending a sleep clinic which I was unable to stay for due to my older daughter not wanting to stand and listen to the questions and info that was being presented. I ended up chatting with Mandy and she informed me she was a sleep consultant. It was like I was meant to be there. My youngest daughter who was 6 months at the time was napping well but night times were horrible!!! She was getting up every 2 hours almost every night and I was wearing thin. Mandy called me and asked me a few short questions about my routine the following day. She then came up with a few suggestions and a sleep plan that worked for me and my husband. One of the most effective tool she had to offer me was having a sound machine which runs all night.My bedtime routine is exactly the same every night and my daughter adjusted so well. She still gets up once a night for a feeding which is ok by me. It was the every 2 hours I couldn't handle!!! I am so thankful for her constant guidance and suggestions and her quick responses to my texts it has made our evenings a breeze I feel confident in what advice Mandy has to offer because she has 2 very young children close in age. Being a parent and having gone through sleep training with hers I know she knows the frustration other parents have. Thank you for all you had to offer our family it has made a huge difference. Sharlene
FOLLOW THE SLEEP CUES: When all else fails, follow your babies sleep cues. Babies are experts at letting parents know when they are getting tired and need sleep. Babies have early stage sleep cues and late stage sleep cues. Common early stage infant sleep cues include yawning, the area around your babies eyebrows turning red, your baby rubbing his ears, head, or eyes with his hand, or baby gazing off, also called “gaze avert.” Common late stage infant sleep cues include baby arching and becoming rigid, baby balling hands up into fists, and finally, baby screaming or crying hysterically. You can help you and your baby to avoid these late stage sleep cues by learning to pay attention to the early stage sleep cues and helping baby to get down to sleep early on their sleep window.
SLEEP TRAINING TESTIMONIAL Our little one was struggling to sleep through the night and nap during the day without constantly waking up. We needed help as I was going back to work in a month. Mandy helped us get our little one on track. Mandy went through some questions to find out what we were like and what little one was like and developed a plan based on that. She then came over and went through it with us. Once we started with the plan, we stuck to it and it wasn't long before our little one was sleeping through the night and would only wake once maybe during the night but go back to bed without us having to go in there. Mandy was awesome to work with and I would strongly suggest if you are having troubles getting your babies to sleep to get some help. Thanks again Mandy Krista, Kurt & Olivia
SLEEP AND THE IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITION To initiate a restful sleep we need to encourage foods that support sleep-inducing neurotransmitters such as serotonin and melatonin. Traditionally these are foods rich in tryptophan and B complex vitamins. Growth hormones are also released when we sleep and these are essential for not only growth but also healing and repair. MOMS TO BE: Dietary Suggestions: 1. Hypoglycemia – low blood sugar will cause a release of adrenaline during the night, which will cause sleep disturbances. Ensure low glycemic index carbohydrates at all times 2. Nutrient deficiencies especially zinc and iron will cause impairment of both sleep quality and quantity 3. Tryptophan foods – turkey, chicken, nuts (nut butter, ABC), bananas, oats, kidney beans, eggs, dairy 4. Protein every 3 hours to stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce night waking’s 5. Key Nutrients – Make sure your diet is supplying the key nutrients for the production of sleep and relaxation neurotransmitters, such as melatonin, serotonin and GABA. These include B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, and essential fatty acids. BABIES: When weaning on to solids, many babies sleep patterns become disrupted. This is due to the massive changes occurring in the digestive system – the production of many different enzymes, the introduction of fibre and the alteration of bowel microflora. Always keep a food diary as this enables any reactions to be linked and correlated. I never recommend introducing more than one new food every four days. TODDLERS: There are many calming foods that help a child to be in a better state for sleep. My top 4 for toddlers are: 1. Omega 3 essential fatty acids – found in oily fish such as salmon and tuna, avocado, nuts, seeds and cold pressed vegetable oils 2. Protein at dinner as this stabilizes blood sugar levels and prevents them waking 3-4 hours after going to bed 3. Zinc deficient toddlers are difficult to settle so add lots of sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, tahini (perfect in protein bars) and pumpkin seeds to their diet. Lamb and beef are also good sources of zinc 4. Magnesium is a muscle relaxant. Just imagine how you feel after a big Epsom salt bath – like your body has melted! Magnesium relaxes and de-stresses all muscles and aides induction of sleep. Increase green leafy vegetables or have a bath with Epsom salts and 2 drops of lavender essential oil. Encourage a longer bath if possible by reading their favorite book. ~Sweet Dreams~
Sleep Testimonial: Another great success!:) Mandy!!! Grayson slept for an hour and a half this morning, and has been sleeping for over an hour now for this nap!! I hardly know what to do with myself right now!! Lol
I love being a sleep consultant! It truly is so rewarding to see the positive changes in their babies sleep routine and the happy well rested parents:) This is the message I woke up to this morning! So happy for this family! Mandy, we are SPEECHLESS! I know you kept saying he might surprise us, but we were like, "Noooooo, not our baby!!" Well, he definitely surprised us!!! He slept until 3am!!!! So that means a 5-hr uninterrupted stretch, and EIGHT HOURS without nursing!!! And THEN he slept another 3 hrs!! Did another feeding at 6:30, then went back to sleep until 8. It was truly amazing!
SUMMER HOLIDAYS AND SLEEP ROUTINE We just returned from camping up at Clear Lake, MB and like most holidays you can get a little bit out of routine. I have a 3 year old and my daughter will be 2 this September. They are in a very good sleep routine on a regular basis and when travelling it can sometimes throw them for a bit of a loop. The main thing was to stick to our routine the best that we can. Even for myself I was a bit surprised how well they adjusted to our camping in the trailer but they slipped right into their regular routine and we were able to have a great camping trip, despite all the rain:) Here are some tips on what to do when travelling or planning a small family holiday! One of the biggest mistakes parents make when traveling is trying to pack too much fun into one day. You just can’t travel like you used to in your kid-free days. You have a baby now and they need to sleep. A lot. If you have a newborn (0 – 3 months old), they are taking 4 to 5 naps per day and probably don’t have a regular sleep schedule yet. They can usually nap anywhere so being on the go is a lot easier at this age. As long as your baby can nap in a stroller or carrier, you don’t have to worry much about traveling affecting their naps when they are under 3 months old. Once your baby is between 3 and 6 months old, they should be napping at least 3 times per day and have an established nap schedule. Infants between 6 and 14 months typically require two solid naps per day and toddlers (15 months to 3 years old), require one nap per day. This is when traveling with baby and keeping them on their sleep schedule becomes more difficult. Keeping as close to your baby’s regular sleep schedule as possible is the ideal but this just isn’t always realistic when you travel. TIPS TO KEEPING YOUR BABY'S NAP ROUTINE: 1. Try to have at least one of your child’s naps in the same place they sleep at night (ie Pack and Play). 2. Use the same nap/sleep routine you do at home and be sure to pack their favorite blanket or stuffed toy. 3. Make sure you offer your baby a place to nap like a stroller or carrier while you are out. 4. Plan your excursions around your baby’s nap schedule. For example, let them have their first nap of the day where they sleep at night, their second nap in a stroller or carrier while you are out, and their third back at “home”. It’s very normal for babies and toddlers to test the boundaries around sleep when they are somewhere new so hold tight to your routines and be consistent. Within the first day or two, they should be sleeping well in their new environment.
SLEEP TRAINING TESTIMONIAL "Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been blessed with a baby who slept fairy well right from the get go. That's why the 4 month sleep regression through me for a loop! After several weeks of my baby waking every 1-2 hours needing to nurse back to sleep, and needing to be sound asleep to be put down in her crib... and needing to be held for naps, I contacted Sleep Solutions Consulting for help. Mandy has been wonderful! She spoke with me about our current routine and what I was hoping to get from a sleep plan. From that she made a custom plan for me and my baby based on our needs. Her plan was simple to implement, and she has been there for me every step of the way! My favorite part was that she provided me with options and tips for bedtime routines, and ways to help my daughter learn to self soothe. It was a challenge both for me and my baby but Mandy assured me it would get better everyday, and she was right! It took less than a week before I could proudly say, my baby sleeps great! Mandy has been there for me both by email and phone when I needed additional tips and reassurance. I highly recommend Mandy to everyone with little ones! Thank you, Mandy, for giving me my sweet, great sleeping baby (and my sanity) back! " Sara & Baby Kelsey