Have you been up all hours of the night searching for answers on how to make your baby sleep?
Have you been so desperate to find that time for yourself and your partner?
We may not know that it’s often resolved with some help on hand and we don’t even have to drag it for a long period of time.
In today’s post, I’m sharing to you another inspirational story from a Mom, a Nurse, a Wife and a Sleep consultant. Here’s how and when to start sleep training your baby to help everyone get a good night’s sleep.
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1. Tell us about yourself (ex: Family, Children, Profession/ Background, what do you do, etc)
I’m Melody Patton, and I’m located in Calgary, Alberta. My parents were in the military so I moved about when I was a kid but spent most of my childhood and teen years in a small town in Alberta called Wainwright.
I’ve been married to my husband, Aaron, for 10 years this summer, and we have two girls, ages 2 and 5.
My husband and I met at Bible College and he was very rock and roll (and still is!), and at the time I wanted to be a teacher. After a while, I figured that I didn’t want to do that but rather be a nurse!
I started working in labour and delivery at Foothills Medical Centre in 2014, and in Mental Health at Peter Lougheed Centre in 2012 and since 2018 I also work from home as a pediatric sleep consultant!
2. How did you start your journey as a Sleep Consultant and what motivated you to pursue this?
Most sleep consultants became one because they had a child who didn’t sleep, and that was definitely me!
After my first daughter was born, I was hit with intense sleep deprivation with no end in sight.
I remember telling my husband that I thought my head was going to fall off my shoulders because I was so tired (he said he didn’t think that would happen). A friend had shared with me some resources regarding sleep training, and it gave me hope.
That first night, I cried more than my daughter did for sure. But I was so exhausted (and anxious!), and I knew that I just couldn’t do it anymore. I hadn’t slept more than 3-4 hours in a row since she had been born and here we were 4-months later, and things needed to change.
To say that it was life-changing is an understatement.
Then I found that friends were asking me for help but I didn’t know how to help their baby. I had only enough information to get my baby sleeping well and I wanted to help them so badly!
I then found out that the Sleep Sense sleep training program I used also had a certification program. I could be certified to do this as a business and have the information to help other families, count me in!
I flew to Florida and completed my certification program. I have read so, so many books on sleep, and completed hours of education to be able to help families solve their child’s sleep issues.
I love problem-solving and seeing a drastic change for my clients in such a short amount of time. It’s very fulfilling work! I find that it ties in well with my profession as a labor and delivery nurse, and as a mental health nurse.
3. Do you have any Baby Sleep tips for our exhausted parents?
Don’t wait too long!
So many of the families I work with say they wish they had done it sooner.
If your baby is approaching 3 months of age and you’re still dealing with a baby that is waking every 3 or so hours in the night, it’s a good time to start making some changes to your baby’s sleep routine.
To get you started, I would say get your baby on a soothing bedtime routine.
The routine I teach my clients is:
Bath, diaper, feed while in a diaper, PJs, story and then to bed awake.
To go along with that, aim to have your baby around 7 pm (give or take 30 minutes). For babies older than 4 months, I typically say ‘8 (pm) is too late’.
4. What products/services do you offer?
I work with families 1:1 mostly virtually but have done some in-person consultations and home visits.
I provide a personalized sleep plan to meet the needs of the individual baby and family.
The biggest reason why my clients are successful is because they get 1:1 support through a series of phone calls, text support, and some on-call support if needed.
I work with newborns up to preschool aged children and the amount of time that I work with clients varies based on the services they need.
Many of my clients like to be able to reach back out to me with questions or support when dealing with bumps in the road and transitions, so there are options to do that as well.
5. What specific strategies do you use to balance your schedule as a mom, a nurse, and a business owner?
I write everything down and set alarms to help remind me of all the things.
I do a weekly review on Sundays, we talk through the week, see what’s needing to get done, and when we are working. We also plan out our family time, otherwise, it seems to get missed in the mix of it all.
I order my groceries online. I got over someone else picking my produce a long time ago and it saves me a lot of time and money!
Along with that, I meal plan one week at a time, then the hubs knows what to make for dinner, too!
I also dedicate one evening a week for ‘me’ time. I don’t do calls or work, and I turn my ringer off during this time. Once the kids are in bed, I eat all the fun snacks, watch my Netflix, or take a bath. I really look forward to this time each week.
7. Leave us a message to all Moms who are searching for inspiration or simply those who struggle in balancing wellness and motherhood in general.
Have you heard the saying that goes like “Motherhood is the toughest hood you’ll go through”?
This couldn’t be more true.
When I first became a mom, I hesitated to ask for help. I felt as though because others did it all on their own, that I had to as well.
Somewhere along the way, I started asking for help. I asked for help with cooking, with childcare, and scheduled regular therapy sessions.
Motherhood is vastly different than I imagined and I don’t want to do it alone.
Ask for help.
Ask for alone time.
Get some sleep.
Need to connect with Melody and start your Sleep Training Plan? You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact at 403-660-2112. Visit the website for more information at www.mpsleepconsulting.com.
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