Tuesday, August 30, 2016

our experience with a sleep therapist

Lilli has kind of always been a… “bad” sleeper, for lack of better word. It started when she was around 2 months old when her acid reflux kicked in really hard. She couldn’t sleep on her back or stomach, which lead to her sleeping in a carrier or on my chest…until she was around 4-5 months old. We struggled to get even one nap in and at night she was up so often that I was convinced “tired” was just part of my personality.

It got better once she started solids and wasn’t considered “colicky” anymore (around 7-8 months. Yes, I'm serious.)  Her acid reflux was better due to the solids, so she was only waking up once or twice a night. But naps were still a huge issue. We just could not get on a schedule, and naps usually consisted of both of us crying. We were lucky to get in one 30 minute nap a day, and we were both exhausted. I felt like I had tried everything, and even considered that I may be a bad mom because my child wouldn’t nap. I was at the end of the line.

Then I heard about Pam from Wee Bee Dreaming. I had a couple friends that recommended her to us, but I wasn’t sure anyone could help us at this point. But after talking it through with some friends that told me their child was “brand new” after Pam, Kyle and I decided to give it a try.

And I’m so glad we did.

Pam is absolutely amazing. She is there by your side, whether that be by email or Skype (she has many different sleep plan options), the whole time, and basically, gives you a play by play each day. She writes up a sleep plan specifically catered to you and your child, and then gives you SO many tips on how to improve sleep and make it more productive. She even got rid of the pacifier during sleep times, which is saying a lot for our paci-loving babe. 

She doesn't make you do anything you don't feel comfortable with, such a cry it out. She makes the plan for you and your baby.

It was really hard at first, I will admit. Lilli wasn’t a fan of this whole new “sleep” thing, and it was still difficult to get her on a schedule. You have to be very, very dedicated. But after a few days, Lilli started to learn that more sleep = happier baby AND mama. She was sleeping 11-12 hours a night and taking two 1.5 hour naps a day. We are on a pretty consistent schedule, and I have learned so so many things to help Lilli sleep, and what to do if she wakes up early, refuses a nap, etc. instead of just freaking out that the whole day is ruined, haha! And it only took a week.

I highly, highly, highly recommend Pam. She has quite literally changed our lives and has been a bigger help than she probably knows. Trust me when I say that it 110% worth the price.

You can check out her website here, and view her sleep plans here.

Curious how sleep is going during the toddler years? Read HERE.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh gosh, Olivia STILL takes a paci at bedtime and nap time and I have no clue how to break the habit. When we broke Jacob of his paci habit we paid for it for months. It was horrible. That is so great that you guys had a great experience!