Hi, I'm Jacqueline Kirk and I am delighted to introduce myself as a certified Sleep Consultant having trained with The Sleep Nanny, Lucy Shrimpton.
Before having children I had a career in IT but it was my own challenges with my children's sleep, and my own history of insomnia, that led to this new career path. I find it an endlessly fascinating subject, and it is incredibly satisfying to be able to help and improve parent's days if they have been struggling under the relentless pressure of little ones who won't sleep
Having young children should be the happiest time for a family but it is not at all unusual for parents to find it stressful and overwhelming because of tiredness.
I’ve been there…..regularly stuck in one spot in the middle of a room not daring to move in case the creaky floorboards woke up the baby that was just drifting back to sleep…. trapped on the cold, dark landing night after night singing songs to a wakeful toddler through the bedroom door ( 'Horsey Horsey' ....on loop... nothing else would do.)
Being up several times a night is incredibly draining, and in my case, it just gave me time to despair at how little sleep I was actually going to get before the alarm went off and it would be time to get up and try and face the day ahead, whether it was full of work or children.
Hoping that they would ‘grow out of it’ we never managed to resolve our problems in the early years, so we graduated to school nights where my daughter just could not get to sleep for hours after bedtime, even though she was desperately tired. She really just wanted to sleep, instead she got frustrated because she couldn’t.
To try and resolve our challenges I read endless book, blogs and web sites. We tried lots of different approaches and solutions all of which made complete sense on paper, but yet they didn’t seem to work for us. Now I understand that this is because the information was probably mostly correct, but too generic. These books were not about my children and their problems.
Having been through this, I know as a sleep consultant how important it is to understand the personalities involved, both child and parent.
Babies and children act the way they do because of their personalities and temperaments.
Parents respond the way they do because of theirs, so we need a different approach for every parent.
Understanding this is critical to making the right plans with parents, plans that they can be enthusiastic about and can successfully carry out, knowing that their baby will still have their comfort throughout.
Incredible results can be achieved in a kind, gentle, painless way with the right approach.