“My husband and I are co-parenting our nine month old daughter. At about 6 months her night time sleep changed from a couple of wake ups to 4-5 a night and then more recently every 45-90 minutes. Although she was having 3-4 naps a day she would scream herself to sleep while we held and bounced her for all of her naps and the same when going to bed at night. I nursed her through the night for a few minutes each time she woke up to transition her into her next sleep cycle. Needless to say, all three of us were exhausted and needed to make a change!
We are attachment parenting so I really didn't want to let her cry it out. After doing some research I discovered Allison. The more gentle approach she coaches was exactly what we were looking for. I knew there would be some crying involved but figured it couldn't get any worse since she was already crying herself to sleep every time anyway. After meeting with Allison we started night time sleep coaching right away.
Although there were some tears, she slept through the night on the first try! It was as if she was waiting for us to just let her figure it out for herself instead of helping her every time. After ten days we nap coached too, so that we wouldn't have to bounce, nurse or nap with her. Now she's going down for her naps without a fuss too!
I now have 5 hours of my day back because I used to spend that time bouncing or nursing her to sleep and laying down with her. I don't regret any of our cuddle time, but now I'm happy to get my snuggles and hugs in when she's awake. All three of us are very happy and have more energy to enjoy the day!”