I'm an elementary-teacher-turned-sleep-consultant in Northern Virginia, wife to my wonderful hubby, and mama to two sweet girls who share a room and sleep in their own beds all night long.
But we were not always this confident when it came to our girls' sleep. It started off pretty rough, actually...
Olivia was a great sleeper as a newborn, but when she was four months old any "success" we had with sleep ended. I went back to work, she started daycare, and the dreaded four-month regression hit. I had no idea how to manage it all and just wanted sweet time with my baby, so we entered survival mode. And it was all downhill from there with inconsistent and short naps, endless rocking and nursing through multiple night wakings, bouncing on the yoga ball, repeat.
One night I actually FELL with our four month old in my arms as I was walking to her crib after what felt like the hundredth wake up, yet I thought that’s just the way it had to be and she’d eventually figure it out. So we kept stumbling forward with her sleep for another six months.
When she was 10 months old, this tired mama and teacher was on summer break and on a mission to sleep! And after just a few days of sleep training, she was falling asleep in less than ten minutes, sleeping through the night, and taking great naps. She was happier, I was happier, and we were all finally well-rested.
I’m here to tell you that sleep deprivation is REAL!
I know what it’s like to spend hours feeding, rocking, and re-rocking a child to sleep. I’ve experienced the endless night wakings. I’ve struggled with inconsistent and short naps. But what if I told you bedtime could be fun? What if you could shut the door, walk away, and have confidence your child will fall asleep within minutes?
How would you spend your evenings if your child slept a consistent 10-12 hours each night? Not to mention napped regularly! I became a sleep consultant because you need someone who has been in your shoes.
You need someone who can personalize an effective sleep training plan to teach your child independent sleep skills, will encourage you when it's tough, and can help your family sleep with confidence.
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• Bachelor in Kindergarten and Elementary Education (Penn State University)
• Graduated Sleep Sense Consultant Training and Mentorship (2019)
• Worked with families locally and internationally
I knew Lauren as a teacher before I knew her as a sleep consultant. The care she always gave to her students gave me confidence that working with her, she would give the same care to our family!
We are so grateful for her knowledge, patience, and detailed plan that took into account our family lifestyle and our son's needs.
We no longer dread bedtime and can end our days with a smiley little boy who knows how to put himself to sleep. We cannot recommend Lauren enough!
- Sarah S. from pennsylvania
The Sleep Sense™ Method was created out of a strong belief that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn. When you place your trust in me to get your child’s sleep on track, I want you to know that I take this responsibility very seriously, and I also approach it with (or “via”) grace!
• Personalize a holistic and developmentally appropriate plan that gives you the tools necessary to solve your unique child’s sleep challenges, step by step.
• Emphasize the importance of your child’s sleep and the benefits of teaching him or her independent sleep skills.
• Get to know your child and family as I follow-up regularly to encourage you, track your child’s sleep successes, and answer any questions and concerns you may have.
When we work together, I will NOT give you a sleep plan that includes the Cry-It-Out method. As crying is a baby’s main way of communicating and protesting changes, there will very likely being some crying involved. However, note that I will not ask you to leave your child crying by themselves for extended periods of time, and I will give you a set plan around how to both give your child time and space, as well as comfort and support as they're learning this new skill of sleep. In all of this, the result of working through a sleep plan together is confidence in sleep and rest for everyone!
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