Testimonials for Emily Nurse
4 week old baby, sleeping alot during the day in her pram but not at night or in her cot.
Emily was recommended to us by some friends of ours who had great success with their 18 month old. Whilst my partner and I were quite skeptical given Roe’s age, from the very start it was clear that Emily was confident in helping us with Roe’s sleeping routine. Emily was always on hand throughout for any questions we had and was super empathetic to our situation. It’s clear that Emily creates a plan around the couple and their baby, rather than providing a one-size-fits-all approach. The biggest takeaway from the whole thing was definitely the structure Emily provided, and I’m confident that Roe currently wouldn’t be sleeping anywhere near as well without this structure. Bee and I would 100% recommend Emily to friends in future.
Bradley, Cardiff, 4 week old daughter.
As some friends of ours had real problems getting their babies to sleep we decided to seek Emily’s help before our baby was born. As first time parents we had no idea about the importance of good sleep routines and learnt a lot in our first consultation. We were eager and were able to absorb all the information as we were not sleep deprived. We now have a baby who will happily go into her cot awake and settle herself to sleep for day time naps and have an evening routine where we all get a good nights sleep. We have managed to tweak parts of our routine and troubleshoot any problems thanks to the follow up calls. I cannot recommenced dream nights and Emily highly enough.
4 month old couldn’t settle to sleep without being held…
I cannot stress enough that Emily has changed our lives by supporting us with the sleep of our 4 month old daughter. From birth Elodie would wake 7-8 times a night and would only sleep if being held. I never would have believed that by night 2 she would be sleeping in her own cot for both night time and day time sleeps, self settling and only waking 1-2 times (feeds needed). Emily is so kind, thorough and supportive, I couldn’t recommend her enough!
Emma, Hiltingbury, 4 month old daughter. (Elodie then dropped all night feeds without any encouragment at 5 months.)
4 month old – irratic sleep, lots of night wakes.
We approached Emily for help with our baby boy’s sleep. He was waking constantly for feeds and seemed unable to settle without support. Emily came up with a clear, workable plan to improve things, and from the first night his sleep dramatically improved. We sleep-trained our first baby ourselves, but this experience was much better.
By having Emily help us we learned tricks and tips that aren’t in any of the books, and that really work. Also, we didn’t argue about the process as it was set by an external person – that’s really important because there’s nothing that derails sleep-training quite like disagreeing on the detail at 2am in the morning . . And having somebody like Emily to hold you to account means you see the process through to the end. I’m so glad we did – our little boy now sleeps totally independently and self-settles for naps and at nights, really happily.
Teacher, Winchester, 4 month old son.
4 month old, woke frequently each night and couldn’t nap in her cot.
Before we spoke to Emily we were very apprehensive about any form of sleep training. As two doctors we had some strong feelings about certain aspects of sleep training and were not sure if it would be for us. Thankfully we knew several families that had worked with Emily and had great success and we were so exhausted that we decided it must be worth a try.
Even from the initial consultation Emily gave us excellent sleep advice and ensured that we started the plan at an appropriate time and got ourselves in a good position before we began. Our baby had been very unsettled since birth with reflux and unexplained crying, and as a consequence we had accumulated a number of sleep props to try and survive this. She was waking frequently in the night and would only nap for 30 minutes.
Emily worked closely with us and was endlessly supportive and compassionate. We were really happy that Emily was able to flex the plan for us to ensure that we always felt comfortable with the process.
With her advice and support were very quickly able to eliminate the sleepyhead, patting, rocking and singing and had a baby that could self settle both at night, and for day naps. We also gradually removed the swaddle and the dummy.
It is amazing to have her sleeping in her cot in the day, rather than on me or in the car or buggy. It has been wonderful to have some time back to get on with other jobs, or eat a meal with both hands! We now also have our evenings back, so we can spend some time as a couple. Mostly, the time that we do have in the day is now happier and more fun with a baby who is better rested.
We still have some work to be going onwards with, but it is great to feel like we know what we are doing, what we are aiming for, and that we have the skills to do it.
Doctor, Romsey, 4 month old.
4 month old -frequent night feeds and very irratic naps.
Our 4 month old napped mainly in the baby carrier and was largely fed to sleep…until we spoke with Emily who recognised the sleep associations and broke them quickly. Went from 2 night feeds to none within two nights and I felt happy in her methods. Ever so friendly and excellent communication.
Teacher, Romsey, 4 month old son.
By the time we picked up the phone to call Emily we were running on 4 months of sleep that was broken every two hours for feeding. M, our little bundle of chubbiness had us pacing up and down cradling him or rocking dementedly with him in our arms willing him to fall asleep so that we could finally fall gratefully into our own bed.
M not only had reflux/colic he had a tongue tie when he was born and had to undergo a procedure to have this corrected at 4 week and again at 3 months. Once the tongue tie was finally behind us and the reflux/colic improved his weight steadily increased and we were left with our gorgeous second child who couldn’t fall asleep on his own. He needed a pacifier AND to be rocked, paced up and down or pushed in the buggy to fall asleep.
I was due to go back to work full time once he turned 6 months so I was becoming more and more anxious at the thought of functioning in a professional environment on such little sleep. At the time it was all I could do to change out of my pyjamas each day.
The first 20 minute consultation with Emily gave us hope. She assured us that if we stuck to the plan M would be able to fall asleep on his own, in his own cot and once his weight increased enough he would sleep through the night.The face to face consultation that followed only served to convince us that we made the right decision and that all we needed were the right tools. Tools that Emily had in abundance.
Emily explained the science behind M’s sleep and demonstrated how the ‘props’ that we were giving him was in fact hampering his ability to learn to sleep on his own.This meeting, followed by the detailed Sleep Plan she developed for M, set us on our journey to better sleep, happier M and reduced anxiety.I’d be lying if I said it was all fluffy clouds, giggles and smiles. The first few days were difficult but as promised by Emily each day we saw improvements in M’s sleep, how he went to sleep, for how long and the mood he was in when waking.
Emily was very understanding and took into account the way we preferred to tackle the issues and she could also sense the times when we perhaps were finding things particularly hard and would remind us why we were doing this and what it would mean for M and our family in the long term.
2 months on and M sleeps from 7pm – 6.30/7am waking for one feed. I’ve returned to work and no longer worry that one day I’m going to be found under my desk snoring as if my life depended on it.
Simone, Southampton, 4 month old son
Emily has been absolutely fab and I would highly recommend her to anyone struggling with getting their babies to sleep through the night as well as the daytime naps.
We gained so much support and invaluable advice on how to train our 5month old baby on how to self soothe and to break the feed to sleep cycle. Emily was very clear on the right approaches that would work for our baby and very understanding as to what steps we were comfortable to take. The techniques used were a complete game changer where we are all now managing to get some sleep and have a much happier baby. We were absolutely delighted when our baby started sleeping through the night on day 3! The daytime naps took longer then anticipated for our baby to get the hang of but Emily persisted and with her determination we managed to achieve this and our baby is now an incredible sleeper all round!
Emily is very approachable and has spent so much time aiding us with the right tools and lots of encouragement along the way. She has definitely gone above and beyond for us and I can’t thank her enough! Emily is an absolute go to for any parents struggling to get their babies to sleep regardless of how many children they already have as she will consider the whole family set up.
Sim, Twickenham, 5 month old.
We are really happy with the progress he’s made so far under your advice, compassionate support, humour and understanding! We’ll keep up the work and hopefully we’ll see more improvement overnight. The sleep he gets now – both in the day and night – is amazing given where we were last week. (he is proving himself an increasingly excellent self settler when wind is not troubling him and you were quite correct to identify his inner genius (roooooooooaaaar! tiger mum!)).
Thanks for all your help we’re SO GRATEFUL!
Radiographer, Southampton, 5 month old son
We had been having real difficulty from an early stage helping our baby boy Teddy sleep. He suffered quite badly with reflux which meant that he was unable to lie comfortably on his back as it exacerbated his symptoms. Many a night was spent taking it in shifts to have the baby sleep on our chests, this of course meant we didn’t sleep a wink. For the rest of the time he bed-shared with me, where he mostly slept on his side as this seemed to help keep his reflux in check. Teddy also suffered with a lot of wind and we spent a lot of time trying to help him get rid of it in the wee small hours. The bed-sharing was wonderful, but it meant that every time he woke so would I. Then, when he cried the only thing to help him (and me) get back to sleep was to breastfeed him. I was exhausted, and our baby was pretty cranky a lot of the time.
To get him to sleep at bedtime he would either have to be fed to sleep or rocked, sometimes for half an hour. Naps were non existent unless we jiggled him around in a baby carrier or pushed him screaming for hours in his buggy. ‘Sleep when the baby sleeps’ was the worse phrase anyone could ever say. It was totally impossible. I found myself unhelpfully comparing my baby to other babies; why didn’t he sleep? What were we doing wrong?
At four and a half months we were at a point where I couldn’t imagine getting more than three hours sleep. Becs slept in a different room so she wouldn’t be disturbed as she had to work. She got four to five hours sleep as she took the baby from 4am so I could get a bit of sleep to face the day. During the day, Becs often had to deal with me exhausted and tearful on the phone. It was a very low time. I couldn’t imagine how I was going to continue with things the way they were, I was almost at breaking point and I was sad that I couldn’t enjoy my beautiful baby.
We were lucky enough to find Emily through a friend. Becs and I had a discussion about ‘sleep training’. I wanted to do it as my mental health was really poor, Becs wasn’t so sure and was troubled about leaving Teddy to cry and expecting him to soothe himself at such a young age. Becs did eventually agree but only out of concern for me. Our main concern was leaving the baby to cry. Emily assured us that the plan wasn’t like controlled crying and that we wouldn’t be leaving him to scream and scream alone for hours on end.
We have to say that it was honestly the best thing we could’ve done. Emily gave us a pre-plan to try and change a few things so that the transition for Teddy would be easier. We managed to get some of the tips in place before we started. We then had a Skype consultation where Emily explained the theory behind her technique. She sent us the plan she had written for Teddy. On first read we found it daunting, even though we had a basic understanding for the reasons for its design, we were unsure if we would be able to follow it. There seemed to be lots of rules! We weren’t sure we would have the nerve to sit through any bed/night time crying without picking Teddy up, so we asked Emily to come and stay with us the first night. Becs had a terrible day at work, dreading the evening and what we were about to ‘put Teddy through’. When Emily turned up at the front door we liked her immediately (and she looks nothing like the child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). She arrived just before bath time and stayed until 7.30am the following morning. It was super helpful to have her there, and she’s also a fun person to hang out with! She talked us through everything and then held our hands when we implemented it. The best bit was that we did not need to leave Teddy alone to cry, one of us was by his side through the whole process (and, with a timer on, the crying did not last as long as we thought it might). On night two we were confident enough to follow all the instructions and know we were doing it all correctly. By the fourth night our baby slept through. It was amazing. Teddy went from countless short feeds in 24 hours to four substantial feeds after the fourth night, dropping the night feed altogether. Naps were harder to get right, but three weeks in our baby pretty much has two long naps (1.5-2 hrs) one in the morning, one in the afternoon, a short cat-nap around 5pm and then sleeps from 7pm to nearly 7am. Now when we put him down in his cot we often get a broad grin before we leave and he is happy to go to sleep!
We were sceptical and desperate when we first approached Emily. We were wary about being cruel and selfish to Teddy as we thought we were the only ones missing out on sleep. As Teddy began to sleep well, for the first time in his short life, he transformed into a relaxed and cheerful chap and we’re so grateful for the transformation Emily has brought about. Although Emily was there for us, we were there for Teddy, sitting by him and supporting him as he discovered a new skill – sleeping – that will see him through his whole life. THANK YOU EMILY!!!
Research Manager, Southampton, mother to 5 month old son
5 month old – feeding to sleep, frequent night wakes and only napping in arms.
We turned to Emily after our 5 month son was waking every couple of hours through the night and struggling to nap unless we cradled him in our arms. From the initial call Emily gave us the confidence that with her guidance we would be able to help Jonah self settle. He had a lot of sleep associations which were removed almost instantly and as a result the first few days were tough. But Emily was there to support us throughout and we are able to communicate with her daily.
We are in a far better position with regards to our boys sleep overall. He is able to self settle, no longer wakes for a feed and his dummy is gone, hooray! We still have our ups and downs with day time nap lengths and he has decided that he would prefer to wake at 5am no matter what we do. But he is sleeping a solid 10 hours which in turn allows us to get some good quality sleep-the benefits of which cannot be overstated.
(I have given this family free extra advice on early wakes since this review was written.)
Teacher, Winchester, 5 month old son.
Difficult naps and waking through the night for feeds.
I cannot recommend Emily’s services enough. I would like to consider myself well informed when it comes to baby sleep. I had read many books (celebrity endorsed and others), listened to podcasts, spoken to lots of other mummy’s and friends about sleep training. Whilst we had made lots of progress with our 6 month old, I wasn’t sure how and when I could drop the night feeds (2-3 times a night) and how to get her to nap longer in her cot during the day.
I spent hours walking around town with the buggy or sling in order to get her to sleep for more than 45 minutes! We now have a very happy baby who not only naps twice a day for predictable durations but also sleeps for 11-12 hours overnight. Emily’s bespoke plan and changes to our routine have made bedtime a much happier experience for all. If you are having sleep issues of any sort, do not hesitate to get in touch. You cannot put a price on a full nights sleep! I can’t thank you enough for support, understanding and humour!
Doctor, Hampshire, 6 month old daughter.
We knew sleep was important but we honestly didn’t realise how important sleep was, to our family of 5, until we went through this process with Emily.
We were helped to discover our baby’s individual sleep requirements which we made a priority for 2 weeks. All our non-essential trips were cancelled. The phone and email support we received from Emily gave us the strength to continue and then, the evidence spoke for itself! Our baby now sleeps for almost 12 hours every night and has 2 established naps during the day. We have resumed our family activities around these daytime naps with ease.
It has been such a life changing process. Thanks Emily for all your hard work and support as we really appreciate it. You were exactly what our family needed!
Teacher, Romsey, 6 month old daughter
Reflux led to sleep problems for 6 month old, he slept though the night within a week…
We have used Emily and her life saving sleep services twice now. Firstly for our daughter Daisy at 20 months old when I was 5 months pregnant and then again when faced with severe sleep deprivation from our 6 month old Barnaby.
Barnaby would happily fall asleep on his own when first born so we thought we were onto a winner. Unfortunately he then developed silent reflux so we go him to sleep in whichever way we could.
Once his reflux was medicated this left us with terrible habits involving him only falling asleep with boob and then mostly only continuing to sleep when physically attached to me/boob! Within just a few nights of starting Emily’s plan we had a baby that could and would fall asleep independently, and within a week he was sleeping through the night!
He is 8 months old now and continues to sleep like a trooper. Barnaby naps twice a day and both he and Daisy sleep 12 hours a night.
I sing Emily’s praises to all who will listen, and would (and have) wholeheartedly recommended her to anyone in need.
Thank you Emily! AKA The Sleep Whisperer Xxx
Nurse, Winchester, 6 month old.
6 month old could only sleep on his mother, and was breastfed back to sleep every hour through the night. On the first night he slept for a solid 5 hours!
We are so grateful to Emily. Our little boy (6m at the time) went from sleeping on me, nursing on/off through the night and being very grumpy due to constant tiredness, to a happy child sleeping in his own room and feeding just once or twice every night. I never thought it would work, but it did! It hasn’t been always easy, but the difference this has made to our lives has been amazing. Thank you so much for your help and support Emily!
Veronika, Southampton, 6 month old son.
6 month old waking every 40 minutes through the night, needing to be rocked/fed to sleep again and again…..
I can’t recommend Emily enough. I was incredibly anxious about Billy’s sleep and thought there was no way he’d ever sleep, he was born nearly six weeks prematurely and we also have a two yera old to contend with. I was worried about them waking eachother up, as well as a million other new mum concerns but every step of the way I have felt Emily has armed us with the right information and tools to get Billy to sleep well. Before Emily helped us Billy would wake every 40 minutes through out the night and would only be rocked/fed back to sleep and within a week Emily transformed our household and everyone’s finally getting some sleep. And on a personal level Emily has been so kind and full of warmth. She has gone above and beyond and is absolutely wonderful.
Journalist, Southampton, 6 month old son.
We approached Emily when our little one was 5 months old. Being our third we thought we would have sleeping sussed but this proved not to be the case! Every little one is different and we had got into bad habits as we didn’t want to disturb the eldest two at night. Our little one was feeding at least four times a night, didn’t have regular naps and had never napped in her cot.
When we contacted Emily we had a good chat on the phone and then Emily visited us and went through our plan. Due to circumstances it was about six weeks before we started the plan (by which time we were more than ready to start) but Emily patiently kept in contact the whole time.
I must admit I was dreading starting as we had tried sleep training with number 2, which we never cracked, but we were pleasantly surprised. Emily’s plan took quite a different approach to ones we had tried before, and within a week little one had stopped night feeds! Naps became our focus and Emily carefully reviewed our sleep logs to work out what changes needed to be made to optimize naps. The changes in a fortnight were unbelievable. Little one was sleeping in blocks of about 10.5-11 hours at night and taking two to three naps a day, with many in her cot. Emily kept in contact each day during the plan and we had proper follow ups regularly throughout.
We really appreciated having our ‘hands held’. Knowing the theory is one thing but having someone to turn to support you and guide you is very reassuring. We can’t thank Emily enough. She worked around our family situation (taking two others on the school run made nap timings more awkward) and constantly worked on finding the best routine for our family.
We would highly recommend Emily to any families struggling with sleep!
Charlotte, Winchester, 6 month old daughter.
We were having a lot of trouble with our 6 month old daughter – she wasn’t napping well, she wasn’t settling easily at night and she was waking every couple of hours at night. Within a couple of days (of following the plan), she was napping and sleeping through. Emily gave us the confidence to allow our daughter to settle herself which worked really well. My husband was sceptical initially but after meeting Emily, we both got on board and are now getting so much more sleep than we have done in the last 6 months.
GP Trainee, Hampshire, 6 month old daughter
Emily has advised us in relation to our (then) 18 month old and more recently our 6 month old. Both were terrible sleepers who were getting worse and worse. Tired dad; worn out mum; and kids who sometimes only slept an hour at a time and cried, a lot.In both cases and with only 10 days of gentle sleep training – no letting them cry it out – we ended up with children who go straight to sleep and then sleep through the night for 12 hours. And they’re still doing it – our 18 month old is now approaching 32 months. Astonishing; but true.Can’t thank Emily enough. She is on hand throughout by email and phone and because she knows her stuff so well, Emily gives you the confidence to do something which, yes, really does work.
Matthew, Winchester, 6 month old.
Wow. This is the best and possibly most important investment we have made for ourselves as well as our son, Emily is kind, gentle and understanding. Her plan was tailored to our family and circumstances and what we wanted to achieve. We saw a huge improvement within a couple of days and Emily was always there for reassurance and further advice. I would highly recommend.
Vet, Hampshire, 7 month old son.
7 month old son, only settling to sleep on a breast feed, needing multiple feeds through the night and sleeping ON mum for all naps. Slept through on Night 2!
Thanks Emily, you’re a star! I was recommended Emily through my mother-in-law, she is an angel sent from heaven!
I am so thankful for Emily’s help as she has really changed our life for the better. Emily listened to everything I said about my son and our family and tailored a plan to suit us.
After the first initial phone call Emily knew straight away that I had to break the breastfeeding to sleep sleep cycle. And by night two my son was sleeping through the night, yes you read that right, night two….with no breastfeeds. Also his naps have improved and he is self settling in his cot. I never used to put him down for naps as he would fall asleep on me and wake as soon as I put him in his cot. I now know this was the wrong approach.
Emily is amazingly supportive and encouraging, allowing us to become more confident in our sleep routine. She dedicated alot of time to support us and I honestly couldn’t recommend her enough.
We are so grateful to Emily and strongly encourage other sleep deprived parents to get in touch, you will wonder why you didn’t sooner! Thank you Thank you.
Alice, Havant, 7 month old.
Our seven month old son had never been a “good” sleeper. At just shy of six months old, we decided to try and transition him into his own cot – to no avail. When he cried, our immediate response was to comfort him, either by breastfeeding or cuddling/rocking him to sleep – we didn’t even realise that we were creating ‘sleep props’ for Sebastian which he had become reliant on to fall to sleep. Even when he did eventually drift off, the second we tried to place him in his cot – all hell would break loose and we would be back to square one. We resorted to bringing him into our bed with us, and he would feed almost hourly. It began to take a real toll on every aspect of our lives – our relationship was suffering, our moods would be low through sheer exhaustion and I decided enough was enough.
So In a moment of desperation, I googled ‘sleep therapy for babies’ and came across Emily and ‘Dream Nights’. I must admit I was sceptical at first but after reading through the wonderful testimonials, we decided to reach out to Emily for help – and we can hand on heart say it was the best decision we have ever made for our family.
From our initial consultation, Emily’s passion for helping families shone through. With her unwavering support and warm, friendly personality we felt confident enough to tackle Seb’s sleep problems once and for all. It was challenging and we had to adapt our methods to suit his needs but she was there with us every step of the way to make recommendations and to our amazement – he self settled on the SECOND evening and he now sleeps for twelve hours every night! We still cannot believe this is the same baby. It has had a truly transformative impact on every aspect of our lives. He is a happier baby in the day time and we feel as though we have our evenings back – and more importantly, our bed! If you are contemplating seeking help for your little one, we can not recommend Emily highly enough. I think you would be hard pushed to find anyone more dedicated and supportive. Thank you Emily! 🖤
Katherine, Hedge End, 7 month old son.
7 month old, multiple night wakes and short naps….
Before we began working with Emily, our baby was relying on various sleep aids to get him to sleep – swaddle, dummy, feeding and rocking. Without these he struggled to stay asleep resulting in bad naps and a number of night wakes. I’m not a good sleeper and the bad sleep was really affecting me and I wanted it sorted before going back to work. Emily gave us the tools and the confidence to tackle all Rafferty’s sleep issues.
She was extremely committed and supportive throughout the whole process despite the fact that ours proved a more challenging case for her. Unlike other babies, Rafferty took longer than 2 weeks to train and after 3 or 4 weeks we began to think we’d never get past the early wakes but with more time and subtle tweaks to his plan we finally got there. We totally trusted Emily, following the plan as closely as possible. You can try sleep training on your own but you constantly doubt yourself, especially when you feel it’s not working. Emily gave us the tools, reassurance and the confidence to keep going. She also provided extra support when Rafferty’s good sleep began to ‘go wrong’ and suggested changing his routine again. We are extremely thankful for her commitment and patience and consider her work an extremely worthy investment in our whole family’s sleep.
Hannah, Romsey, 7 month old
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you’ve done to help us with Rosie’s sleep. I feel so much better, have more energy, no headaches or fuzziness. I still can’t really believe Rosie falls asleep without being fed or rocked or being on my shoulder while I lay still in our bed awake all night! No more waking every 20, 30, 40 minutes all night long! We’ve dropped the night feed and early morning feed and I have so much more confidence about knowing what Rosie needs.
We love our bedtime routine and Rosie seems so much calmer and happier and smiley, its lovely. Neil and I even sat and watched a film last night, we were both so relaxed!
It felt like an impossible dream especially after Rosie was so difficult to get to sleep since birth, it’s just amazing and its still sinking in. Thank you so much. I know Rosie’s daytime sleep needs will continue to change as she gets older but to have the bedtime routine sorted and Rosie sleeping so well we can’t thank you enough.
Some people think that getting babies to sleep is easy and say what’s the problem, try this, try that…. but only those people that have struggled with their babies sleep will understand the joy we feel right now after feeling that we were doing something wrong for so long.
We’re starting to feel a bit more normal, probably the first time since Rosie was born! Thank you.
Becky, Fair Oak, Hampshire, 7 month old daughter.
Emily is amazing!!! She was helpful, considerate, knowledgable and very accessible. We very much appreciated her holistic approach & would not hesitate to recommend her services to anyone considering help with their child’s sleep. Her input was truly transformative. She listened & understood our sleep issues & devised a plan that we felt comfortable with. She was very responsive when we had questions & her availability to answer questions & deal with issues on a daily basis was outstanding & helped to give us confidence in following the sleep plan agreed. Our thanks to Emily for all her support!
Lyn, Winchester, 7 month old daughter.
Many night feeds and impossible naps.
We were at breaking point with our baby’s sleep when we first contacted Emily. Our 5 month old baby, James, had never settled himself to sleep, and his night wakings were increasing. He was being fed back to sleep up to five times a night and would only sleep in the pram for naps – and even that wasn’t always working. Pushing a pram around for four hours a day on an hour or two of sleep was simply not sustainable and we needed help! The advice from books and websites was often contradictory and didn’t give us the tools we needed to do the job. From the start, it was clear that Emily had the knowledge and understanding we needed. She is compassionate and generous, and thanks to her tips that were on none of the websites, we saw improvements before we had officially started our plan. Emily showed us that James was more than ready to settle himself to sleep, which he now does every night. Her support over the two weeks was amazing as she analysed our sleep logs and gave us specific advice each day. James now only wakes for one night feed and naps in his cot are improving. He is a happier baby and we are all getting a lot more sleep!
Sheena, Southampton, 7 month old.
Baby had just started sleeping through the night but still couldn’t nap…
Can thoroughly recommend Emily to anyone struggling with dayand/or night sleep. We’d never have cracked it without her; our 7 month old is so much happier in the afternoon now she’s well rested.
Doctor, Nottinghamshire, 7 month old.
When we started our plan George was just over 7 months old, waking 6-8 times a night and feeding every 2-3 hours. naps were erratic and anywhere except his cot! He was grumpy and grizzly when he was awake, restless when he slept and heatbreakingly upset when he woke up.
I hadn’t really appreciated how sleep deprived we all were, George had never been a ‘good’ sleeper, but things escalated after he had been poorly for a few weeks. Our lives suddenly revolved around trying to catch up on sleep, we started missing our baby groups, our social life disappeared, we seemed to be in permanent bad moods and housework was non-existent!
What a difference two weeks has made! When we first spoke to Emily she asked if we would ideally like George to sleep from 6pm-6am or 7pm-7am and I’m ashamed to say that I laughed! I am very happy to say that my scepticism has been proven very wrong!
After our intial chat (consultation) with Emily we came away feeling excited/nervous and armed with a clear plan! Emily was brillaint at talking through everything with us, very clear, through and patient with my many random questions. It was the first time we felt empowered and in control for a long time. We decided very quickly that if we were going to do this we were going to fully put our trust in Emily and she made this choice very easy for us, and my goodness it has paid off!
On Night 3 George slept though the night! I didn’t know what to do with myself, I had so much energy, the house has not been so clean for months!
With Emily’s continued supportand expertise, night times have continued to be a massive success and nap times followed quickly into place too. She has kept us on the straight and narrow, advising and encouraging us all the way. Now instread of broken nights sleep and only being able to get George back to sleep by feeding him we just pop him in his cot and after 2 minutes of chatting away to himself he just closes hi eyes and that is that!
George has clearly developed confidence in what he is expected to do at nap/betime, he is so much happier through out the daytime and instead of waking with bloodcurdling screams, just plays in his cot or chats away to himself until it’s time to get up.
We are set up for the next few times George’s sleep needs change, and Emily has made it clear she is only a call away if we need any further support in the coming months, she really goes above and beyond! I think one of the reasons it worked so well for us is we were able to stop second guessing everything we were doing.
We finally have the happy family life we wanted and it feels amazing! Now my only problem is finding a new excuse not to do the housework!
Cat, Bishops Waltham, 7 month old son.
When I had my 5th baby 13 months ago, I thought that I had enough experience to deal with any sleep issues that may arise.
I was proved wrong! My daughter, still breastfed at 7 months, would not sleep more than 90 minutes at a time and would wake 5-7 times every night. I tried everything that worked with my other children, but I could not break the cycle. My husband is a lorry driver working 14 hour days, so I always did the nights on my own. I was absolutely exhausted and didn’t know where to turn. My friend told me about Emily and the very next day I contacted her.
We had a long chat over the phone, and after her telling me that if I followed the behaviour plan to the latter, she had a good chance of sleeping tbrough within a week, I decided to go ahead. After an in depth question and answer session over a few days, Emily devised a plan tailored to my daughter. It was half term and my husband had a few days off, so it was a perfect time. The first day of starting the plan I was very apprehensive, but followed the plan 100% with NO deviations. Within 4 days there was a massive improvement. It was if she was as desperate as me for sleep and structure. 5 days after starting the plan she slept through the night.
She’s had colds and coughs and a 2 week holiday abroad and I can honestly say that she has not needed to be taken out of her cot once during the night. She has learnt to self soothe so sucessfully that even on waking, she’s back to sleep within a minute. After 6 months, we have tweaked the plan some days and because it is so engrained in her, she just fits in.
I can’t recommend Emily highly enough. Her knowledge, support and pure confidence in me as a parent was, and still is, invaluable. Enabling your child to have a healthy and happy sleep attitude will last a lifetime and is worth every penny and all the effort and I can’t thank Emily enough. This process is truly life changing.
Jodi, mum of 5, Andover
8 month old had to be fed to sleep and could only sleep for an hour at a time.
I contacted Emily out of desperation as our 8 month old son wouldn’t sleep longer than a hour at a time through the night. He had got into a habit of falling asleep on me whilst being fed. Emily was full of empathy and knew from experience exactly how desperate I had got for a breakthrough. After the free consultation my husband and me were full of confidence that Emily was the right person to help our baby enjoy his sleep and bring some order and peace into bed time & our home. And she did!
The little boy who was consistently waking up throughout the night is now able to settle himself through the sleep cycles. Even through the teething period our baby has been much easier to handle. Emily is an expert in her field and a mother who’s own experience has stired her to equip parents and families with a sleep framework that will empower your little ones to learn solid sleeping skills for life. You can enjoy the fruits to by being consistent with the bespoke sleep plan she puts in place for your child which is worth every penny. It’s been a joy to work with Emily and put our trust in her….no more dreading sleep times now so Thank you so much Emily for helping us get our lives back!!
Sumun, Peak District, 8 month old son.
Emily was a fantastic sleep consultant. At the start of the process, our baby slept in our bed and woke up three to five times a night. Within a couple of days, he was sleeping in his own room and through the night. The important thing for us was the ‘how’. We didn’t want to just let him ‘cry it out’. Emily’s system provided a gentle, kind learning programme to help our son put himself to sleep on his own. Throughout the process, Emily was patient, professional, warm and generous with her time. We couldn’t be more pleased with the service Emily provided us and I would strongly recommend it to every parent who has sleep issues with their baby.
Akshay and Georgie, Dorset, 8 month old son.
I cannot recommend Emily highly enough – she has, quite literally, changed our lives !! Our son, Arthur, had been happily sleeping in our bed pretty much since birth – neither myself or my wife were able to put him in his cot and allow him to cry for more than a couple of minutes. Being totally honest, I was very sceptical about the possible success of the sleep program that we were signing up for – but oh how wrong was I, after the 2nd night we were already enjoying time in the evening to eat dinner TOGETHER, chat, watch tv and so on.
At no point were we made to feel that we had messed up in any way or bad parents, quite the contrary. We had daily telephone calls with Emily who reassured us when needed and provide help and advice when we needed it. Actually having to wake our son (in his COT!) in the morning was just amazing (and quite terrifying – I sat watching his video monitor for several hours one night until I saw him move!!). So as for recommending this wonderful lady ? – my suggestion is, do not hesitate for a second, you will not regret it!!
Phil, Basingstoke, 8 month old.
Couldn’t recommend Emily highly enough. Our baby suffers with silent reflux and extreme eczema so he had never slept! He rarely napped and co-slept with me, feeding all night long on and off as it was the only thing that settled him. Due to his ailments we formed really bad sleep habits and never thought we would get to a point where he would sleep in his own room let alone all night long and then nap during the day! It has completely changed the way our little one is developing because he is now sleeping and just generally a much happier little boy.
Emily was so nice, supportive and knowledgeable and gave us huge confidence in her process…and for good reason! We can’t thank you enough!
Charlotte, Alton, 8 month old.
We can’t quite believe the transformation we’ve seen in our little one’s sleep. We’ve gone from her waking at least every two hours, ending up in our bed from 4am, and needing to nap on us, to self settling for naps and bedtime, and sleeping 12 hours reliably every night. I genuinely didn’t think this was possible. After nine months of sleeplessness and trying to juggle her naptimes with a demanding toddler, life is so much easier to manage now.
Emily was helpful every step of the way. And she was happy to work with us in navigating our concerns, particularly around making this straight forward for our toddler, and worries I had about maintaining on demand breastfeeding while having a tighter sleep schedule. We were very grateful to have someone there to help us figure out the ups and downs along the way. We just wish we’d done this sooner!
Sarah, Romsey, 8 month old.
Emily did a fantastic job of creating and coaching us through a structured program. Within one week of first meeting with Emily, our baby was consistently sleeping through the night. We transitioned from nights of broken sleep and an overtired family, to a new, tailor made routine. One that continues to deliver magic! While you can get plans from books and advice from friends and family, Emily combines the best of both: A service that listens, reassures and adjusts to feedback and results, transitioning at a pace that’s kinder on everyone.
Tim, Southampton, 9 month old.
9 month old waking many times each night for feeds, only napping in buggy,
We have a sleeping baby, which is exactly what we wanted! You have to stick to the plan but Emily was very understanding of our family’s requirements and our parenting style. Emily was easy to work with and her availability was flexible to our needs.
Samuel, London, 9 month old.
We cannot recommend Emily enough! I was apprehensive about paying for a sleep consultant for our 9 month old however Emily’s sleep plan and support was worth every penny. Within a week we went from a stressful bedtime, repeated night wakes for feeds and hit and miss naps to our daughter sleeping through the night and successful naps. Emily is a fantastic ambassador for dreamnights, she is warm, approachable, patient and you get the feeling that she genuinely cares and wants to help with whatever sleep problem your child is facing. If you are in two minds about whether to contact Emily I would say do it, you will not regret it!
Rachael, Southampton, 9 month old.
“We contacted Emily when our daughter was around 9 months old and still waking 1-2 times a night. I was still feeding her to sleep with no idea how to break the habit without our daughter having a full blown meltdown! We were looking for a kinder way to help her to sleep through on her own, as well as reassurance that we were doing the right thing. Emily worked with us for about a month & by the end, had helped us change her routine so I was no longer feeding to sleep. As such, she quickly learned to send herself back to sleep.
It took a few weeks of waking through the night still as she adjusted but she got there a lot faster then if I think we’d done it alone with no idea how to do it! A big part of achieving it was looking at her nap times and being quite strict on keeping to a schedule. It was hard, especially with the clocks changing, a holiday and a number of colds thrown in! But it paid off.
Now our daughter is approaching a year and sleeping through no problems. Hallelujah! Emily was available to talk to us every day by email and we talked on the phone every few days. She was a great support, patient and helped us achieve our goal. We’d certainly recommend! “
Emily, Surrey, 9 month old daughter.
Emily has changed our lives! We were slowly going mad with a very stubborn 10 month old, who used to wake up every hour throughout the night, eventually leading to my wife going to sleep with him. We heard about Emily who instantly brought a calm to our sleep deprived lives from our first chat in her positivity (someone else we’d rung was far less encouraging). We stuck exactly to what Emily said to do and it worked exactly as she said it would.
Night 1 was, as expected, the worst, but every day nap and night sleep got progressively better and with a technique that is not traumatic for the baby. By night 10, we put him down very quickly at 7pm and there wasn’t a peep out if him until 6:30am. This new skill Emily has taught us all has completely transformed our lives, we can all sleep, can now ask others to babysit if we need to go out and actually look forward to bedtime. Highly, highly recommended.
Thom, London, 10 month old son.
Emily has changed our lives! She is an absolute pleasure to work with, conscientious, charming and caring. Her planning is meticulous and her support is valued and timely. We now have evenings to ourselves and are getting full nights sleep every night! I would recommend her whole heartedly to all of our friends. We now have time as a couple and well-rested happy children! Thank you Emily
Teacher, Christchurch, 10 month old son.
10 month old with stressful sleep times, difficult naps and frequent night wakes.
Working with Emily to help my daughters sleep was a game changer – not only to get to the ultimate goal we’d strived for 10 months of sleeping 12 hours a night but for taking the stress out of putting her down at naps and bedtime. Having recently been away for a while we are now working on getting our daughter back into routine and a normal sleeping pattern again and having a plan and schedule to work to has helped this process and the jet lag immensely! Highly recommend Emily to all those sleep deprived parents out there! She will change your life…
Kate, London, 10 month old daughter.
10 month old son
For anyone not sure of starting the process it’s 100% worth it. Our baby used to get up every hour or two and now sleeps through the night for a full 11-12 hours. It has totally changed our lives and we wish we had done it sooner. We honestly cannot rate Emily highly enough! Worth every penny or more!
Chrissy, London, 10 month old son.
11 month old needing to feed through the night to resettle to sleep. Only napping on mum.
“If anyone is thinking of getting help with trying to get their baby to sleep then we would highly recommend Emily. Our little boy hadn’t slept through the night since he was born and I was shortly going back to work so needed him to start doing this. He would also only ever nap with me after I had rocked and fed him to sleep and clearly this couldn’t go on when he was about to be going to nursery/ our parents.
I kept thinking that if we reached the next milestone he would miraculously start sleeping through the night and I’d be able to put him down for naps but after 11 and a half months of trying to ride it out, it just never looked like it was going to happen and I knew I couldn’t go on. I’d been researching sleep training and consultants for months and had been recommended Emily by several people. I had read the reviews and was amazed that so many people had had such great success but thought my son would be the exception and this wouldn’t work. However, I wished I’d have contacted Emily sooner, by the fourth night our son slept through and he has slept though for the last three weeks. I still can’t quite believe that he goes down at 7 and I don’t have to go in until 7 the next morning. Not only that but all I have to do is put him down in his cot for his nap and he goes to sleep on his own. This has truly changed our lives! Emily helped us through every step of the way and the guidance and support she offered was amazing, that is partly why I chose Emily because of the support that was offered. We really couldn’t recommend Emily enough.”
Accountant, Chandlers Ford. 12 month old son.
We contacted Emily after our 11 month old struggled to sleep through the night waking up multiple times and having 30 minute naps during the day resulting in a very overtired baby. He was also unable to self settle and would require rocking to sleep. After our consultation with Emily, a plan was drawn up which detailed every step of the process. Sebastian slept through the night on the first day of the plan which was incredible for a baby that woke up 12 times a night.
Naps were a bit of a problem for him to adjust to but within one week he was sleeping through the night and having two long naps during the day. He now completely self settles, no longer needs his dummy and our evenings have become ours again!! Emily helped us through every step and we could contact her at any time if we had any concerns. We aren’t saying it was easy, it was really tough at times but this has totally changed our lives. Sebastian now goes to sleep without getting upset and he has a routine that works for all of us. Thank you Emily x
Jo, West Wellow, 11 month old.
Our 12 month old was getting worse and worse at sleeping, both at night time and nap time. He couldn’t go to sleep or stay asleep without us helping him. He wouldn’t sleep more than 30 minutes on his own and was ending up in our bed more often than not. We were stumped as our other 2 children had had their sleeping issues, but nothing as seemingly insurmountable as this. We were exhausted and having tried some strategies without success, didn’t know where to turn.
Having Emily help us was the best thing we ever did. After the first night following her instructions, we have not had to go in to him once and he now sleeps regularly for 12 hours at night. Nap times were a bit more tricky, but with perseverance and continually following and repeating the steps, we have got a baby that can settle himself to sleep and resettle if he wakes up. Our lives have been drastically changed, and our other two children are having better sleep too as a result of not being disturbed by anything now.
If you are considering seeking Emily’s support, I would completely recommend that you do. Emily will talk you through everything, answer all your questions, put your mind at rest, support you through the tricky times and equip you to continue with your new great sleeping child!
James, Legal Manager, Hampshire, Dad to 12 month old son
Emily has changed our lives!! Our son didn’t sleep at all and with Emily’s gentle approach he now sleeps 11-12 hours a night which is just amazing!!!! Couldn’t recommend her more!! Thank you Emily.
Suzanne, Eastleigh, 12 month old son.
12 month old had never slept through – but did on night 3 of her plan.
Having Emily on board to help with our baby’s sleep has been simply BRILLIANT. Life changing in fact! Thanks to Emily, our one year old baby has gone from having three feeds in the night to happily and reliably sleeping for 12 hours. She also naps for two hours in the day now, in comparison to previously waking through the night and needed feeding back to sleep. Slept through on night 3! Napped just 30/45mins before this help.
Wow wow wow! Just incredible. As a result our baby (and the whole family) are so much better rested. Initially I was worried the process might be upsetting for my baby and therefore upsetting for us too- but I am delighted to say that thanks to Emily’s clever and gentle approach (which was tailored to our family) my daughter learnt to self settle quickly and with minimal upset. I am still speechless when I think about the rapid positive changes – and the benefits they bring. Amazing! We had never managed to put our baby down awake before. I warmed to Emily as soon as I spoke to her. She took the time to understand our exact situation and checked we felt happy and confident about the personalised sleep plan before proceeding. I simply could not recommend Emily highly enough. She is so dedicated and has helped us achieve amazing sleep all round!! THANK YOU.
Claire, Hiltingbury, Hampshire. 1 year old daughter
Since my baby boy was born (and since the last few months of pregnancy) I hadn’t had a single night of unbroken sleep. I knew that he should be sleeping through the night, especially after he turned one!! Being a military family, my husband had been posted away for 4 Months and our older daughter (10) was at boarding school so the baby and I had got in to the habit of sharing my bed and he would wake up several times a night and I would instantly give him a bottle of milk. This meant that he couldn’t sleep unless I was laying with him and feeding him milk so I had no evening and no real rest, I was just going to bed with him and waking up with him. He was clingy and grizzly and I was tired and low. He also didn’t nap unless he was in the car! Looking back now he and I were both completely sleep deprived!
Emily has been my good friend for many years and had told me of the training she was undertaking in order to help families who had got in to difficulty with sleep (or lack of it!). Emily explained to me that she herself had followed the program in order to help her second child to sleep through the night and nap properly during the day and (most importantly) it had worked!!
I have to admit I was sceptical, I couldn’t see a way out of the cycle I was in and just assumed I would have to carry on with the co-sleeping and continuous feeding indefinitely! But because I absolutely trust Emily and admire her as a mother, I decided I was going to give it my all and try.
My husband was due home in about 6 weeks at the time and I was panicking thinking I need to get the baby out of our bed before he gets back and has to sleep on the sofa! So I began taking Emily’s guidance right away! What I really liked was the amount of information Emily asked about me and the baby and our situation and totally tailored the plan to us. She was extremely supportive and reassuring and I really felt as though me and my baby were her sole focus.
I’d bedded in for several nights of hell and no sleep and had all the supplies I might need and Emily and I started night one of the new plan. After some expected hurdles, the baby slept through the night, in his room, in his cot, without me and without milk! To say I was flabbergasted would be an understatement, I just couldn’t (and still can’t) believe it!
To have success that quickly is obviously very lucky and won’t be like that for every family but even so, sleep is usually massively improved by night 4! And if you follow the plan, your child WILL sleep through the night. And it is soooo worth it! The baby and I have such a happier life now we are rested. He has slept through every night now for 5 weeks and one of those weeks we were on holiday and I kept to the program and he slept through there too in a completely new environment from day one! He also had a good nap during the day which gives me some time to sort the house or prepare food etc.
I pinch myself every night when I get in to bed, by myself after having had a whole evening to myself, knowing I don’t have to wake up again until the morning. After over a year of broken sleep it still feels like such a luxury! It is one week now until my husband returns and instead of dreading the battle of the bed I’m so excited to welcome him back in to our calm, rested life!
Emily really could not have done more for me and the baby on this journey, she was full of in-depth info about sleep and was there to support us every step of the way. Emily was not at all judgemental about all the little habits I’d accidentally got in to in order to get some sleep and that made it really easy to be totally honest so that Emily could help us in the best way.
Having a tailored, clear plan and a deeper understanding of the issues and how they could be resolved has honestly changed our lives and the positivity of solid sleep has had a knock on effect in to every other aspect of our lives!
If you are reading this, tired, drained and desperate, please, please contact Emily, you will be so so pleased you did and soon it could be you writing a testimonial just like this, with your child asleep in bed and a full night of sleep ahead of you!
Social Worker and Military Wife, Wales, 12 month old son
12 month old needed back rubs to go to sleep and many night feeds to return to sleep at night.
After a year of our daughter not sleeping in the day and waking 5-6 times a night it got to the point where I was mentally and physically exhausted. I contacted Emily at dream nights and the advice, the support and sleep plan which was tailored to our daughters needs was life changing within the first night of starting it. After 2 weeks of help and following the sleep plan we now have a happier little girl who sleeps in the day and all night, as a result we have a happy home! We can’t thank Emily enough.
Ruth, Wiltshire, 12 month old.
13 month old still waking for night feeds.
Would like to thank Emily for her support and guidance in helping our girls be better sleepers. We called Emily regarding our 13 month old who never slept though the night was always up and down and still feeding. Always made excuses up for her as she has allergies that it could be as she’s unwell again.
At the same time we spoke to Emily regarding our 2 year old who decided that waking at 5.30 in the morning to start her day was a good idea. Our girls are very close in age 11 months apart and share a room. As you can Imagine every time someone woke we where quick to get them out and remove them from the room before we ended up with 2 children awake in the middle of the night.
With hubby working full time and me returning to work in feb and both having to dealing with lack of sleep enough was enough. We needed our rest and so did they. We are pleased to say that now our little one sleeps like a dream 12 hours a night and with a 2 hour sleep. No more waking, no more night feeding.
Our older one sleeps nearly 12 hours a night and still takes an hours nap in the day. Emily recommended a sleep clock to help her understand its sleep time till the sheep is awake. We where very unsure if it was going to work or not due to her ages. But low and behold she understood it which is amazing. We are now at 6.45 so nearly sleeping till 7 woopee.
We are also delighted to say both kids are dummy free which is amazing, something I would have ever done so early on without the support from Emily. Honestly it had been money well spent, super impressed with all the support, guidance and tips Emily has given us as a family to ensure the kids are well rested and so are we.
If there was ever another baby to come we would definitely get help sooner rather than hoping it was a phase or making excuse out of excuse for things that it could be. Honestly I can’t thank Emily enough for what she has done for us. Would encourage anyone to get help sooner rather than leaving it xx
Nurse, Eastleigh, 13 month old and 2 year old.
We contacted Emily for our 13 month old son who had not slept for longer than 2 hours since birth. Bedtime was a constant battle and both myself and my husband were exhausted, and the lack of sleep was starting to affect our relationship, our health and our life in general! We had tried everything else, and this was our last option. We were super hesitant about paying for a sleep consultant, especially after lack of pay from maternity leave! But after talking to a friend who had used Emily with her daughter, we decided to go for it. Honestly it was worth every penny! Emily was great and understood our issues. I was dubious how it would work, but by night 3 our son was sleeping through the night, which he had never ever done! We can’t thank Emily enough for everything she did for us, and would totally recommend her to anyone struggling with sleep!
Mary, Southampton, 13 month old.
(The baby also now naps happily in his cot for 1 1/2 – 2 hours every day)
If you are reading this at your wit’s end, getting no sleep, and skeptical that anyone could help, Emily can. She has changed our family’s life.
Our baby has gone from between 5-8 wakes-ups a night, not being able to get himself to sleep, and getting progressively worse, to going into his cot, going to sleep, and staying there for 12 hours.
Our 13 month old son had always been a bad sleeper, but when I returned to full time work and our elder son started school, the fact he couldn’t go to sleep without me, woke around 8 times a night, and that all of our nights were being disturbed hit home hard. The baby was constantly tired, my elder son was having regular meltdowns due to tiredness, I couldn’t function at work and my husband and I were at our wits end with everything, and each other, we weren’t even sharing a room as I spent most nights in the bed in the baby’s room. We had tried several methods, things that had worked with number 1 (a great sleeper), advice from the health visitor, and things I’d read in books. Nothing worked.
I had been set up with a night nanny, who would come in and do it for us for a few nights then give us advice. But I was hesitant about this actually working long term, so I started searching and found Emily.
I am so, so pleased I called her, I cannot imagine anything else that would have worked better.
I did not want to leave my baby to cry, I cannot do it, he gets so distraught. I was also trying to protect my other son and husband’s sleep so the thought of a lot of noise was a big deterrent. Emily’s plan did not make us do this, it was totally tailored to our needs and what we were comfortable with.
I still really doubted that we’d be able to do it by ourselves, even with a plan to follow. But we did! The support from Emily was incredible, we barraged her with questions, she gave us answers, tweaks to the plan, suggestions, and sympathy!
In the last four weeks we haven’t had to go into him overnight or during nap time once. He got it from day one. If he doesn’t sleep all the way through, he resettles himself. It is like magic.
We’ve followed the plan religiously, but we have also been on holiday, the boys have shared a room whilst away, the baby has had colds, a fever, a stomach bug, bonfire night, and has been teething. Simply teething beforehand would have meant me having to sit up with him on me all night to get him to sleep at all.
Now, I sleep in my own bed, with my husband, my eldest sleeps an hour longer and is coping better with school, my husband and I find work easier, and most importantly, the baby is much happier.
Liz, Winchester, 13 month old son.
14 month old ‘fighting bedtime and naps’
I’ve had a consultation with another sleep consultant before Emily and I must say I’m impressed by Emily’s dedication to our baby girl. Before we used Emily our daughter (14 months) was waking at 4-5am and wouldn’t go back to sleep. We’d also had to rock, sing, cuddle in order to get her to sleep. I was worried about sleep training with our daughter but she took to it like a champ. She is now able to self soothe herself to sleep and she has a proper routine for sleep. Her sleep has drastically improved!! Emily has gone above and beyond with our daughter. We always say that our daughter is not a typical ‘normal’ baby and even to get her to self soothe and sleep through the night has worked wonders for baby and mom and dad! Thank you so much Emily for your dedication to helping us. We are so grateful to have worked with you and would highly recommend you to anyone having sleep issues with this child.
Faith, Chandlers Ford, 14 month old.
14 month old was breastfeeding through the night and bed-sharing.
After 14 months of co-sleeping, breastfeeding our son overnight and/or shush-patting him back to sleep several times a night we didn’t think he would ever ‘sleep through’ – let alone in a cot, but on the second night of following Emily’s sleep plan he did exactly that and has continued to do so every night for the last two weeks! We are utterly astounded and are finding it very strange adjusting to a new life where he gets himself to sleep within minutes at 7pm and then doesn’t need any parental input until around 6am. We are both doctors and were initially quite sceptical that this plan would work, especially as we had tried so many things with such limited success, but the results have really been amazing.
We were getting increasingly frustrated by interrupted sleep, which impacted on every area of our life and was gradually wearing us all down. We never dreamt these issues could be solved so swiftly and are so glad we contacted Emily as she has completely transformed our lives.
Emily has been a complete Godsend and we are so grateful to her for working such ‘sleep magic’ with our family. She was incredibly easy to chat to and very understanding and empathetic of our situation and we opened up to her immediately during our phone calls and Skype consults. I was initially very concerned about our son potentially crying lots as usually comforted him immediately, but Emily listened to our concerns and created a tailored sleep plan with which we all felt comfortable. She supported us throughout the plan and was in regular contact, giving reassurance, encouragement and clear advice. We were so surprised when her methods worked so brilliantly and we are all so much happier and healthier as a result. Her help has been invaluable and there is no way we could have done this without her specialist expertise. Thank you so much!
Nadia and Meher, Newcastle, 14 month old son.
14 month old woke every hour at night.
Emily is fantastic – totally changed our lives around by following her sleep routine for our 14 month old. Our little one used to wake every hour in the night and we were starting to lose the plot. You would think we had it down to a fine art as we have an older child…. but no! Sleeping problems can arise no matter how many children you have. Emily created a step by step sleeping plan for us to follow which included my eldest as I still had to put him to sleep as well as my baby. The plan was easy to follow and within two weeks we had our evenings back and uninterupted sleep. My husband and I like eachother again now ha ha! Emily is a great support during the training and will text/call when convenient, offering tweaks where needed and other useful tips. I would highly recommend Emily – she’s a sleep magician! Thank you again for all your help.
Police Officer, Hampshire, 14 month old.
Thank you so much for all your support, I genuinely never thought anything could help my 14 month old sleep. It had gotten so bad with him needing to be breastfed and held all night that waking up 8 – 10 times had become the norm, my husband was no longer sleeping in our bed as it caused me and him even less sleep, we had to work shifts to get any sleep for more than 1 – 2 hours! But you have been amazing and I’m so happy to say that we are night 3 and he slept for 12 hours! 12 HOURS!! I can not believe it or thank you enough, contacting you has been the best thing we have ever done and my husband and I can actually sleep in our bed again!
Nurse, Fair Oak, 14 month old son.
14 month old son was bed-sharing and waking every 2 hours for a night feed,
With Emily’s help our 14 months old son is now sleeping through every night in his own cot – amazing! And he likes it! He’s not afraid of being in his cot at all, I think he feels pretty grown up : ) I still can’t quite believe it.
I was very worried about sleeping training before we contacted Emily. I thought it was going to be really difficult and I wasn’t sure if I wanted
to do it. I didn’t want him to cry and I was scared he would feel like if we left him alone, but then again I was so exhausted from waking every 1-2
hours every night for the past year with no end in sight. And our son was exhausted, too – over all, he didn’t get enough sleep. So Emily showed us how to gently and gradually teach him how to self settle, and explained what we had been doing wrong, and with her support it worked really well and far more easily than I’d expected! Her methods work even if you choose a very gentle approach where you don’t leave the baby alone until they have fallen asleep and reassure them a lot while they’re learning to self settle. At least not until the end of the process when they’ve already learnt how to self soothe and where this is far less dramatic.
It was very reassuring to be in touch with her every day during the two-week process, to discuss what had happened, to make adjustments to the plan, and so on. I felt very supported by her and completely trusted her advice – and this means a lot, given how emotional all of this is for us parents. So I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone who experiences sleep problems with their babies – she’s wonderful!
Nora, Winchester, 14 month old son.
14 month old had to be rocked to sleep in a car seat frequently through the night and for naps.
Emily provided us with such a significant amount of support and encouragement we never thought anyone could help us with and although we made things difficult for ourselves by using a car seat as a sleep prop, both of our children are now in perfect sleeping routines. We found the scientific explanation of children’s sleep really beneficial too to support our understanding of what was required from us to achieve specific results. We also found the daily contact and discussions very supportive and definately helped us feel more secure with how we were approaching the situation. Could not recommend Emily highly enough and we had a fantasic experience with the service.
Student Nurse, Romsey, 14 month old daughter.
14 month old ‘fighting bedtime and naps’
I’ve had a consultation with another sleep consultant before Emily and I must say I’m impressed by Emily’s dedication to our baby girl. Before we used Emily our daughter (14 months) was waking at 4-5am and wouldn’t go back to sleep. We’d also had to rock, sing, cuddle in order to get her to sleep. I was worried about sleep training with our daughter but she took to it like a champ. She is now able to self soothe herself to sleep and she has a proper routine for sleep. Her sleep has drastically improved!!
Emily has gone above and beyond with our daughter. We always say that our daughter is not a typical ‘normal’ baby and even to get her to self soothe and sleep through the night has worked wonders for baby and mom and dad! Thank you so much Emily for your dedication to helping us. We are so grateful to have worked with you and would highly recommend you to anyone having sleep issues with this child.
Faith, Chandlers Ford, 14 month old.
Emily I want to thank you for your help and support, I never thought I would see the day when James was sleeping through! Since following the plan he now sleeps 2 hours for a nap (or 1 – 1 1/2 in the buggy.) He settles to sleep within 10 minutes of putting him to bed and sleeps through until 6.30 am. Thank you again you are an angel.
Vetinary Nurse, Ringwood, 15 month old son.
Toddler slept through the night but always woke very early.
Emily was fantastic. Her plan (and her support in executing it!) changed our baby’s sleep pattern and stopped his early morning wakes. We are so grateful.
Doctor, Winchester, 15 month old son.
15 month old, bedtime difficulties, night wakes, nap problems
“At fifteen months, our little one was waking, 2 or 3 times a night, then spending the latter half of his sleep in our bed, kicking mummy or daddy into the spare room, and finally waking up between 5 am and 6 am (on a good day!) For our sanity this was unsustainable. Working with Emily, he soon slept through the night without need for intervention, and with more perseverance now sleeps a solid 11 – 12 hours per night in his own cot and has a good 2 hr nap in the middle of the day. Bedtime is a cinch and there’s no messing about, he goes out like a light and that’s that until the morning. Emily was on hand throughout his ‘sleep training’ and kept in touch with us until we and she were happy with the results. There were a few tears in the process, but the outcome is we have our evenings back and most importantly our bed!”
Simon, Software Engineer, 15 month old son
Difficult/erratic naps and bedtime took forever!
Emily has provided us with excellent support, successfully establishing a workable bedtime routine for our son. We had a several aims when we approached Emily, including improving the bedtime routine and reducing dependence on feeding to sleep, as well as introducing more consistent daytime naps. With Emily’s help, we have achieved these goals. The improvement was almost immediate, within a couple of days he was reliably self settling for naps and at bedtime with a minimum of fuss. We would highly recommend Emily’s services.
Rhian, Cardiff, 15 month old son.
16 month old, the whole family was sleep deprived, slept through on night 3 of his Sleep Plan.
Thank you so much Emily for all your time and support, I honestly thought that our 16 month old son waking up to 6+ times a night would be something that could never be broken. We had tried everything, I even resorted to sleeping in my sons room for 2 weeks just so my partner could get some sleep. After feeling sleep deprived of having around 4 and half hours sleep, I made contact with Emily. Emily was amazing and set a sleep plan specifically for Ethan, which was so trailer forward to follow. By putting 100% effort into the plan we saw a difference on night one as our son only woke up twice, which was a massive improvement, considering he was teething badly. By night 3 he slept for 12 hours! We couldn’t believe it! I cannot thank you enough, our son continues to sleep a full 12 hours every night and we now have time together as a couple and have a well rested, happy child. Thank you so much Emily your a star!
Nurse, Eastleigh, 16 month old son.
Had tried ‘everything’ and nothing worked…
I would highly recommend Emily as someone to talk to at any age and stage about sleep, but particularly if you think that nothing will work for your child! My 16 month girl had never been a good sleeper but we felt like we’d read all the books, tried everything and nothing consistently worked; even if there was some improvement within a couple of weeks she was back to being up for hours in the night again and we had no idea why. Emily was amazing to work with.
She is so kind and reassuring and very patient. It took our little one about 3 weeks to get the message (she was ill after the first week which slowed things down) and of course it was hard, but we couldn’t have done it without Emilys daily reassurance and encouragement. Our little one is now fairly consistently sleeping through and napping for 2 hours a day. If she is teething or ill and does wake up in the night or half way through a nap she settles herself back to sleep without any or very little intervention from us. We never believed this could have been possible, and is life changing. Emily does not give up and her knowledge of babies and toddlers behaviours and patterns mean she is able to set the right plan for you and equip you with everything you need to move forward on your own. Emily is worth every penny and we can’t thank her enough.
Christine, Southampton, 16 month old daughter.
Emily has quite literally transformed our lives – our only regret is not finding her sooner! Our little 17 month old sleep thief had lots of “props” that meant he was having extremely broken nights and inconsistent naps – being rocked/cuddled to sleep & relying on a dummy being the main culprits. He would wake pretty much every hour all night and want to be held back to sleep again. In the day time he was fractious & upset with sheer over-tiredness, and we just couldn’t sustain both working full time alongside round the clock parenting with such little sleep ourselves.
From the word go Emily was warm and understanding, whilst being so positive and reassuring that in a matter of weeks our son would be sleeping through the night without us. During our consultation Emily ensured we understood not just the “whats” in the personalised sleep plan she’d created for us, but also the “whys”, which was absolutely invaluable in understanding infant sleep cycles, age appropriate routines & positive sleep associations. The sleep plan felt like a collaborative process, Emily ensured our preferences were respected and that it was individualised completely to our son and his needs.
Our first week of the plan was turbulent to say the least (let’s just say our little darling is extremely head strong…we did warn you Emily! 😅) but we felt completely supported the whole time, with Emily adapting the sleep plan quickly by providing effective solutions to all the challenges we faced. We put all our trust in Emily throughout and within 2 weeks our son was sleeping 11+ hours at night without a peep – the longest stretch he’d had in his whole life!
Emily is worth every single penny of her fee (and much much more!). Our little boy now wakes in a happy mood and spends the day content and smiling – even his nursery carers have commented on the change in him. As parents we now have the energy to play and be present, before enjoying our evenings to ourselves. Thank you so much Emily. We couldn’t recommend you any more and we count our lucky sleep stars that we’ve found you ✨
Anna, Winchester, 17 month old.
5th baby, 18 months old – waking multiples times a night and bed -sharing by desperation.
This Plan Works !!!!!! My 5th Baby and she hasn’t slept through the night since birth…..18 months of sleep deprivation , working , looking after other children and general life I was at breaking point. I was recommended Emily through a FB group and have never come across a sleep consultant before so was slightly unsure. Together with the cost I took a leap of faith AND THANK GOD I DID !!!!!
My daughter has 2 hours sleep in the day and a full 12 hours at night. She is an absolute darling at bedtime not a peep after she is popped in her cot and I now have my evenings back to myself and most importantly a full night’s sleep every night. Should have done it sooner. Worth every single penny. I have a better understanding of how sleep works and this is invaluable information and makes complete sense why this plan works 100%.
Nurse, Southampton, 18 month old daughter.
18 month old had to be cuddled/rocked to sleep at bedtime and at her 3-8 wakes each night.
The best money we’ve spent! When we were recommended Dream Nights we were a little sceptical. Our daughter was 18 months old and had never slept well. We knew we had some bad habits in place but it all seemed too confusing to unravel and go it alone. On a good night, our a little one would wake around 3 times, on a bad one it could be up to 8 times. She had never slept independently in the day unless she was in the car. Within 3 days of starting Emily’s programme, she was having 12hrs of uninterrupted sleep a night! It’s quite unbelievable. She’s also sleeping in her cot for her daytime naps for the first time.
We really couldn’t be more pleased. If you are reading this wondering whether to proceed we can honestly tell you that it’s the best money we’ve ever spent. It’s changed our lives!
Craig, Cardiff, 18 month old.
19 month old waking and then co-sleeping by desperation.
Emily is simply fabulous. we haven’t slept in nearly 2 years and when she started working with our toddler, we finally got to sleep through the night after just THREE days!! We are now two very contented parents. Thank you so much xxx
Aditi, Christchurch, 19 month old daughter.
Difficulty napping and night wakes
I am a new woman! I didn’t consider Poppy (19 months) to be a particularly bad sleeper, until the start date for a new full time job loomed nearer and I was spending at least 4 nights a week awake for 3-4 hours a night. Emily came to my rescue with her gentle approach and has turned things around within 2 weeks. Poppy now naps regularly and sleeps for 12 (or more if I sleep through my alarm) hours each night. I couldn’t recommend Emily more.
Emma, Romsey, 19 month old daughter.
Our son was 19 months old when we contacted Emily for her help. It was a difficult time when it came to sleeping. He would cry as if he was in pain or frightened every time we attempted to put him in the cot for bed or nap times! He refused to go in his cot. So in the end we put him in our bed and he would go to sleep and wake up the same times as us. Our son was not getting enough sleep for his age and as a result he was grumpy and moody. This was taking a toll on our lives as it would be constant for the whole day! We wanted him to sleep in his cot and have regular naps.
Emily was amazing! Even before we had the consultation Emily taught us how to show our son that the cot was happy place to be and so he was no longer scared of it. We were sceptical about the sleep plan because we didn’t think our son would accept the changes no matter what but we did everything Emily said and it all worked. We can’t believe it!!
We now have our evenings back as well as our bed! Our son seems happier and is a pleasure to be around.
Mr & Mrs Jagdev, Chandlers Ford, 19 month old son.
Hey Emily, just one last update from us to let you know how George is progressing. He now sleeps all night from 7pm-7am & we are even having to wake him!! He has stirred a few times the odd night but independently resettled & is going down to bed now without the need to have to go back in at all…even with me!
Naps are taking a lttle longer but he is getting there & am sure that with a bit of normality now that will all settle down. A big thank you from us for your support over Christmas & direction into moving George to where he is now. As I said when we first met I could never have believed that we would be where we are with his sleeping and James and I are feeling so much better for it! Thank you again for the gift of sleep X
Hannah, New Forest, 19 month old son.
Everything about sleep was difficult and stressful for the whole family
We cannot recommend Emily highly enough. If you know the nightmare of prolonged sleep deprivation having Emily gently teach us and our little girl how to sleep has been life changing.
Having used a controlled crying method with a sleep trainer when our daughter was 7months with some success but just thinking she was a terrible sleeper it all came to a head when at 20 months after our house move and good intentions to go in and comfort her culminated in 6 weeks of sleep hell (up every 2hours, screaming battle going to sleep, big separation anxiety) we reluctantly looked into sleep training again.
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Emily was reccomended to us by a friend and although I thought it was quite expensive I can say hand on heart it was worth every penny for the result, invaluable advice and incredible support she offers in her totally tailored service it was the best value for money for anything I’ve ever spent money on in my life.
Using a gradual retreat method which gave us the gentle approach I was looking for and comfortable with, our little girl sleeps through from 7pm-6.30am at night AND naps in the day in her cot which was very rare before.
Emily is also a lovely person and working with her was a joy. I really can’t thank her enough for her help and nearly 6 weeks on of great sleep I am just cross we didn’t do it sooner.
Personal Trainer, Southampton, 20 month old daughter.
21 month old, had to be cuddled to sleep, bed sharing from 3 am, waking for the day at 5 am. Slept through the night from Night 1 of the plan!
After a lot of deliberating, trying some things we read online, “what our friends have done/do” etc a little birdie told us about Emily in a passing conversation about everyday life and it was one of those chats just just stayed in that back of my mind.
I had the initial consultation which left me at complete ease with our babies ‘normality’ and gave me confidence and reassurance that any concerns would be resolved with our emotions at the heart of any plan should we choose to proceed with absolutely no pressure. Following that we had a few excellent nights, (thinking we’d cracked it!) and then a couple of terrible ones and we finally booked a start date and I couldn’t be happier that we did.
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For the price of a reasonable hotel for just one weekend where two parents could have got some unbroken sleep, our baby has the skills to give us that for the foreseeable future. Every single personality trait of both parents and baby were considered throughout and each sleep event was totally personalised. We had near enough constant support, encouragement and contact for the time we had with Emily and even reaching out ‘into the shadows’ for her post plan she was only too happy to advise.
This journey is just like any other, yes there are a million things you can “Google”, start, give up on, ignore, delay, “live with” etc but there are experts who get you from A to B without the maze filled with minefields, bickers, and frustration in between and in record time too.
Just like any decent lifestyle change, we have not only altered our babies sleeping skills but we’ve learnt the ‘what’ ‘when’ and ‘whys’ and genuinely feel educated in this field of sleep (our babies sleep specifically that is!)
Emily’s “teach a man to fish” approach suited us down to the ground and we feel confident for the future, even the inevitable regressions and blips.
You get Personal Trainers for fitness, nutritionists for diets and, the expert that is Emily is for sleep.
Kim, Cardiff, mum of 21 month old.
21 month old couldn’t nap, overtired and unhappy afternoons…
Emily helped us so much, we could not get our daughter to sleep during the day and this was affecting her mood, by the evening she was so overtired and sometimes inconsolable. It began to affect us as a family and at times was a struggle. Emily helped us tweak some things at bed time and gave us a plan to follow for day sleep. The results were amazing and very quickly day naps were happening, we had a much happier child whom was finally getting enough sleep. Emily was very supportive and answered any questions we had throughout, regularly checking progress. Emily’s plan was easy to follow and was much gentler than other techniques I had researched. We are very happy and very thankful!
Emily, Woking, 21 month old.
22 month old, could only go to sleep while breastfeeding, Mum wanted to stop breastfeeding.
Emily is absolutely incredible, in fact, that’s an understatement but there are no words to fully describe her abilities!! She is very down-to-earth, friendly, honest and makes you feel at ease with the whole process the entire time. The advice that she gives is not rocket science, it’s all very simple but sometimes when you’re so close to the problem/s then you can’t see the possible pitfalls that you may be making, and so it almost feels like she’s a genius! She helped with our almost 2 year old who wasn’t sleeping through the night, he was in bed with me and would constantly wake up wanting me to continue breastfeeding and who was difficult to get to sleep in the first place. His daytime naps were also quite chaotic and despite trying to ‘fix’ all this ourselves and repeatedly ‘failing,’ with Emily’s help our son now sleeps through the night in his own cot, doesn’t have any more breastfeeds and is actually happy to go to bed at night and at his regular nap time during the day.
Emily made the experience comfortable, understandable and made us feel supported the entire time – thank you so much Emily!!!
Jenny, New Milton, 22 month old.
Emily has been brilliant. She came to our house, listened with sympathy and support, took us through her plan – pointing out what would be harder to deal with, what it would achieve and why and where there would be flexibility, and kept in regular touch with us as we put the plan into action.
The plan worked from day 1. Our daughter has slept right through every night now for nearly a month save on a handful of occasions when she she either soothed herself to sleep or was ill or too hot. And in the latter two, she went back to sleep after little intervention from us.
We cannot rate Emily highly enough. The joy of sleep – for all of us, she has brought it back. Thank you!
Nurse, Winchester, mother of 2 year old daughter
2 Year old, needed a parent with him to go to sleep, many night wakes, bed-sharing by desperation.
We contacted Emily after a year of no sleep. Our 2 year old hadn’t slept through since his year 1 jabs. After seaching sleep consultants I decided to give Emily a call, there was something about her and her website which gave me positive vibes and after speaking to her on the phone I was 100% certain she was the one, so kind and caring and really put me at ease.
I am extremely anxious and wasn’t certain this was going to work. But it did! After two nights we saw a huge improvement. HER PLAN WORKS!! We told her just how stubborn our toddler is (we have had hours of screamining in the past in the middle of the night before we gave up) Emily is absolutely amazing, she spent two weeks with us and we spoke every day, she was full of amazing advice and she knows her stuff!
We now have our evenings back and we were getting full nights of sleep just 4 days into the programme. we have just finished two weeks with Emily and I feel confident to carry it on. yes it was hard in the beginning but my god it was worth it.
If you are considering help I would 1000% recommend Emily I just wish we had found her earlier, she is worth her weight in gold and the real life Mary Poppins. we can’t help her enough for all her help and the confidence she has in us. She really is an absolute gem.
Katie, Waterlooville, 2 year 1 month old son.
Night wakes and persistent early wakes.
I cannot recommend Emily highly enough. If you’re thinking about asking for help but worry that it won’t work for your child, so did I! I couldn’t help thinking ‘What if my child is a special case and it just doesn’t work for him?’ Well it did. He now sleeps 12 hours a night and as a family, we’re all benefiting from it. We’re all so much happier as we get a full nights sleep again. Emily is so warm and approachable and will definately help you to ensure your little ones sleep.
Teacher, Dibden Purlieu, 2 year old son.
We are extremely grateful for the help Emily has given us with giving us back our lives again. Two weeks after our daughters third birthday, our daughter went from going to bed quietly and sleeping through till 7am, to screaming when left alone at bedtime, and then waking in the night, coming out of her room into ours, and saying “I don’t want to” when put back to bed. We tried all the tactics we had at our disposal but to no avail. After 4 weeks of ever decreasing sleep for all in the house, Emily came to our rescue.
Emily listened to our dilemma, talked us through a sleep plan and then supported us fully through the process and encouraged us with phone calls initially and then emails after. I am really pleased to say that bed time is once again a pleasure, and that night times are under control, with not a word until “mummy, mummy, clock’s awake” which is at a time of our choosing (usually 7am). Although it took a while to get the light mornings quiet through till 7, Emily stuck with us and helped us troubleshoot until we had got there.
Self employed, mother of 3 year old daughter
Daughter taking until 10/11pm to go to sleep with many ‘stairgate’ battles all evening.
We can’t thank Emily enough for all her work. We contacted her after having a holiday ruined by our 3 year toddler not sleeping. We had become completely reliant on a baby gate to keep out little girl in bed and bedtimes often involved constant protesting and rattling of her baby gate, often til 10 or 11pm. After 2 weeks with Emily our bedtime routine is a joy. My husband & I have our evenings back and our little girl is now getting 12 hours sleep every night, without fail. As a family we are so much happier.
Vet, Shropshire, 3 year old.
9 month old waking every 45 minutes and 3 year old needing to co-sleep.
Emily is truly amazing and has saved us! I cannot recommend her highly enough to anyone with a baby, toddler, child with sleeping problems! Our 9 month old went from waking every 45 minutes through the night to sleeping 7pm to 7 am! YES 12 HRS!!! Our 3.5 yr old would only go to bed with me (cuddled up in bed together all night) to sleeping in his own bed independently. She has been an absolute pleasure to work with and to meet.
Ebbie, Frome, 9 month old and 3 year old sons.
3 year old -Very stressful bedtimes, often taking over an hour.
Before we consulted Emily, our three year old son was turning bedtimes into a very drawn out and extremely stressful event, night after night. He has always been a good sleeper, sleeping through the night from three months old as I have always been very focussed on good sleep hygiene, but we were at our wits end with the constant battles to get him to stay in bed at bedtime which would leave him in tears, us stressed and anxious, and our five year old having nobody to sit and read with him or spend time with him in the evenings.
Emily’s plan made a lot of sense and we were determined to try it and stick to it. We actually did not have much success for a couple of nights, and even Emily was a bit surprised that her fail-safe tactic wasn’t working – our son was certainly turning into an unusual case! However, we pursued it and after about three nights we discovered that a tiny tweak was all it needed – then we were off! After just a few nights there was a dramatic improvement, and after a week he was like a different child. Two weeks into the plan and it felt like we’d always done it this way and bedtimes had turned into a very smooth and peaceful process! We have noticed a change in our son’s general behaviour, he seems generally calmer, happier and more relaxed and is less mischievous. He is at nursery full-time and his carers there have also said they have noticed a significant change in him. Emily was with us every step of the way, monitoring our progress and giving us feedback every day, and offering comprehensive follow up. She gave us the tools and training we needed to completely turn bedtime around in our house – although we were already or had before employed several of the techniques individually, Emily rolled it together into a much more structured, logical and comprehensive strategy and I honestly don’t think we’d have managed without her. She constantly gave feedback, suggestions, advice and plan optimisation to get the best result. We are still following the plan to the letter as we still have yet to get him to 100% perfect as we realised that his bad habits (intermittently) go back a couple of years, but we were at 95% at least after only two weeks which represented a HUGE change. I am confident that with a bit longer he will be perfect and am sure we wouldn’t have done it without Emily’s help. Confidently and whole-heartedly recommend her – it’ll be the best money you ever spent!
Angela, Romsey, 3 year old son.
We reached out to Emily during a time of desperation. Nights of 5-hour tantrums, waking at 1am and not going back to sleep, returning our daughter to bed 50 or 60 times at bedtime, waking at 05:00 many mornings… our 3.5-year-old was ruling the roost despite our best efforts. We had tried so many different techniques and approaches that we could no longer see the wood for the trees and had reached breaking point.
From the start, Emily was a calming influence and reassured us that nothing was insurmountable and that she WOULD be able to improve things for us. I felt that Emily was genuinely listening and understood our plight, which in itself was a huge relief. Things got off to a too-good-to-be-true start, however I am not sure that even Emily could have predicted how long it would take to turn our headstrong little one into a settled sleeper. It was extremely hard work, but we persevered and Emily stuck with us well beyond the call of duty. Not only do we now all sleep better, but our relationship with our daughter has improved immeasurably. She is better behaved and we are all less stressed and anxious and able to enjoy family life again. Tackling poor sleep is not for the faint-hearted and we felt like giving up many, many times, however Emily was always there to support us with encouragement and tweaks to the plan, and we are now seeing the huge benefits: textbook bedtimes, 12 hours’ sleep at night (most nights!) and above all, a happy child.
Emily takes a holistic approach, teaching parenting techniques that go beyond just sleep training. Our daughter now plays independently for short periods and responds incredibly well to the positive reinforcement and rewards that we introduced with Emily’s help. I would wholeheartedly recommend Emily based on our experience. She is a life saver!
Helen, Nr Cardiff.
4 and 6 year olds living in 2 homes with separated parents.
Emily came via a referral. My daughters were 4 and 6 and had been getting in to bed with me since they were 18 months and 2. Not only did I end up with both in my bed at some point during the night getting them into bed was a challenge and took a long time each night and required me to sit with them holding their hands until they fell asleep. Then there would always be disruptions throughout the night for us All.We had got ourselves into a pickle. With no hint of judgement Emily set my co-parent and me up with a sleep routine and broke the elements down into steps over a 2 week period.
It all made sense and was not as difficult as we had thought but the key for us was having the accountability to Emily and the on-going daily support and being able to repair any mishaps night on night. Doing this in two separate homes made it more tricky but with Emily’s comprehensive and collaborative approach made working together easy.
It is difficult to overstate the significance going through this process has had on us all. The girls are now in bed on the dot at 7pm. They take themselves to the toilet in the night and wake at 7am. We know they are going to be asleep by 7pm and have an evening and I don’t tread bedtime anymore as everybody knows the routine. There is also a consistency in approach within their two living environments.
It feels healthy for all and the girls moods have improved and they are better equipped to face the day.I would strongly recommend Emily to anybody struggling with sleep. It will change your and your families lives.
Emma, Winchester, 6 and 4 year olds.
5 year old daughter, 3 year old son
We have had a fantastic experience working with Emily. We were recommended her after friends also had her help and highly recommended her to us. We have a 5 year and 3 year old. Our 5 year old really struggled to settle in the evenings, bedtime could take up to 2 or 3 hours – with continual battles of her not wanting to be left along, saying she was frightened, continually getting out of bed, not being able to lie still and huge tantrums. She had huge bags under her eyes and her behavior was getting more challenging during the day also due to her tiredness. We were dreading bedtimes and rarely got any downtime in the evenings. My 3 year old was better at settling in the evenings but still needed someone to sit outside his door until he went to sleep and often woke overnight and several times a week he would end up in our bed. We had tried everything we could think of over years and we were exhausted! Emily was absolutely fantastic – she gave us so much time.
She really listened to our concerns, and gave a lot of insight into what the issues were. We decided to tackle both kids at the same time which probably made the process easier as they both knew what to expect. She gave us a bespoke sleeping plan, which was clear but also one that we were comfortable to undertake and was achievable. Within a couple of nights the kids were asleep by 8pm and often a lot earlier than that (7:15 ish). We liased with Emily everyday on whatsapp and after a couple of more challenging nights we spoke on the phone also. She worked with us to amend the plan as needed. By the end of the process the kids are much happier and calmer, bedtime is now pretty quick and either myself or my husband can now do it on our own (despite the kids being in separate rooms). Our 3 year old is settled and quiet in his own bed by 7pm and our 5 year old by 7:30. We can now go downstairs and begin our evening at 7:30. We have discovered an additional 2 hours of our evening each day! The kids pretty much always sleep through the night now (and after the occasional night wake they settle very quickly in their own beds). They do not get up until their gro- clock tells them to (currently at 6:30) and we are gradually pushing this later also. I was expecting the process to be really hard, and though not an easy ride was actually a lot more straightforward than I had imagined. I would highly recommend Emily, she is calm, professional and supportive and her plan really worked – I wish we had used her sooner!
GP, Southampton, 5 and 3 year olds.
I cannot recommend Emily highly enough. She helped us with our almost 4 year old daughter, who out of the blue 7 months ago started to not want to fall asleep by herself resulting in my husband and I having to sit with her night after night till she fell asleep, she also woke 1 – 4 times in the nightand again had to sit in her room each time til she fell asleep. We were at breaking point. That’s when Emily came and helped us, it’s been 3 weeks now and we can’t believe how far we’ve come with her. She’s like a different child. Emily kept in touch every day and helped us massively. The support was amazing. Thank you Emily xx
Kirsty, Christchurch, almost 4 year old daughter.
5 year old with difficult bedtimes, bedsharing that parents couldn’t change.
Emily has quite simply transformed our lives. Sounds dramatic but soo true. We followed her plan to the letter and withing a couple of days our son was sleeping as we wanted. We have seen a big difference in our son, now he is getting a full nights sleep, he is happier and less grumpy. This has made him more compliant throughout the day and at school. Plus we have now got our evenings back, which is also amazing. We are now six weeks in and our son goes to bed with no issues and sleeps all night. We cannot recommend Emily highly enough.
Julian, Hampshire, 5 year old son.
5 and 3 year olds sharing a bedroom, had never slept through the night without bedsharing with parents, slept through on Night 3.
Simone and I have two wonderful children called Giacomo (5 years) and his sister Roberta (nearly 3 years). Our children have never been very good at sleeping especially Giacomo and after nearly three-years of separate sleeping arrangements – me in one room with the children climbing into bed every night with me and Simone in the spare room – we felt that the time had come for our family to get some assistance so that everyone might get a much better nights sleep!
A friend had recommended Emily to me, and at first we were both doubtful as to whether she could help us. We had tried many times during the years to get the children to sleep through without any success. We had also had a bad experience with another sleep consultant, which had put us off seeking other help until now. I felt at ease immediately with Emily on the first call we had together. She was understanding and non-judgemental. I also explained about the bad experience we’d had previously with another person and she reassured me that her approach was to take into account the parents wishes as well as the children’s wellbeing in any sleep plan that she put together. It took us a few weeks to make the decision to proceed with Emily, but throughout that time she made herself available for further phone calls and emails so that we could ask all the questions we needed and felt reassured in our decision to proceed.
The process of working with Emily to get the children to sleep was clearly planned, explained and we felt incredibly supported throughout. For me in particularly the daily phone call provided the focus that I needed to remain consistent and firm with the children – I felt accountability in a good way – whereas before working on our own the consistency was never maintained, which is probably why our attempts were never successful! Within three-days of starting the new sleep plan the children had started sleeping through the night! We never envisaged the process working so quickly. There were of course difficulties at the start with bedtime and we had to be firm with the children, but never at any point did we feel that we were causing the children any undue distress and in fact they accepted the changes much better than we had anticipated. We have gone from the children waking several times a night and getting in bed with me to both children sleeping through the night from 7pm to 6.30am. The children abide by the rules we have set and consequently our family is functioning so much better than it was. Emily has been calm, supportive and incredibly warm in her approach to working with us and we can’t thank her enough.
Katie, Southampton, 5 and 3 year old children.
Problems solved by following advice given on 20 minute free call.
I contacted Emily for some advice as our 6 year old twin was waking numerous times in the night for comfort or to go to the toilet.During our free consultation, Emily was really supportive and gave me some initial things to try. Since this my son has been so much more settled and is sleeping better through the night. His behaviour is also better as he is well rested.
I’m really grateful to Emily for her support and amazed that this advice was free! Such a godsend to families who need help and support.
Emma, Romsey, 6 year old.
Emily gave fantasic advice and support and my 6 year old son now sleeps around 2 hours more a night! I highly recommend Dream Nights.
Jenny, Romsey, 6 year old son.
“Bedtimes have been turned around thanks to Emily! My seven year old seemed to have a problem switching his brain off at bedtime and was spending an hour and a half on average to go to sleep after lights out, coming downstairs in the evening, feeling grumpy and cross that he couldn’t go to sleep. He was getting more and more tired during the daytime and we all dreaded the evening, it was just so frustrating! We have always had a bedtime routine in place and couldn’t work out what we were doing wrong! I knew he needed more sleep but I couldn’t find any advice that suited our family on any parenting forums online and so I asked Emily for her advice.
We easily implemented Emily’s suggested changes and I’m so happy to say we all enjoy bedtime again now! My son is now falling asleep about 30 minutes after lights out and is getting a good night’s sleep again. It took about 3 nights before we saw radical improvement. Things fell apart a bit when he went for a sleepover at his grandparents house but I was relieved to find that we were quickly able to get bedtimes back on track again. Thank you Emily for putting me back in control!”
Liz, Romsey, mum of 2 boys.
Thank you so much Emily for your help with my two children. My five year old had terrible difficulty sleeping in her own bed and wanted to be cuddled both to sleep and during the night, meaning that she ended up in our bed most nights. My seven year old was not able to settle and go to sleep until at least 9.30pm every night, meaning that she (and I) was exhausted the next day. Emily has changed our lives! Both children are now asleep in their own beds, every night, by 7.30pm and sleep through (in their own beds) until 7 o’clock the next morning. I would highly recommend Emily and her programme – some of the best money we have ever spent!
Helen, North Baddesley, daughters aged 5 and 7.
8 year old daughter so anxious that she had to sleep with mum.
Never did I think that my 8 year old would need any sort of sleep therapy, but the seperation anxiety at night time was getting worse and worse. I hadn’t slept in my own bed for nearly 3 months which was a massive strain on my relationship with my fiance and my 5 year old was suffering because we were giving her no attention. We’ve just completed 2 weeks with Emily’s plan and have two girls asleep within 45 minutes of starting the routine, not one night of tears, they have slept through for a good 10-11 hours each and every night! The moods are so much brighter! I can not thank Emily enough, it has changed our family in so many ways! Highly recommend xx
Carly, Romsey, 8 year old daughter.