Whilst a sense of humor is essential, we take our job very seriously. We know first hand how experiencing a sleep difficulty can leave you feeling exhausted, frustrated, overwhelmed, vulnerable and helpless. This is the reason we pride ourselves on our compassionate, holistic and down-to-earth approach to sleep.
At Sleep Play Love, we adopt an organic approach without the cry it out. It is our mission to provide the utmost level of care, support, and empathy to you and your family in understanding your unique circumstance and helping you achieve your specific sleep (and parenting) goals. At the core is our Seven Sleep Foundations (Emotional and Physical Wellbeing, Routine, Environment, Nutrition, Positive Sleep Associations, Developmental Milestones and Life Transitions, and Temperament and Genetics) with a primary focus on emotional wellbeing and nurturing the parent-child connection – without any behavioral approaches or sleep training.
We know that the toddler years can bring much angst, frustration, and overwhelm to everyone involved. When experiencing a particular life transition or behavioral difficulty – it’s the little things that often become all-consuming and make life unbearably challenging. We understand, and we want to help you gain back some confidence and joy to your parenting experience. Some of the issues we help with include:
Our son used to be a great little sleeper. After a month-long trip to the UK when he was 4 months old, everything changed. He wasn't sleeping longer than an hour or two at a time (including overnight), he wasn't napping during the day and woke frequently during the night. After 5 long months of this we were at our wits end....enter Sophie our saviour! With her routines and recommendations for us, we had results on the second day. He started napping much better during the day, he was eating better, and now a month later we are often getting a full nights sleep! I cannot thank Sophie enough, I have my sanity back I actually have energy during the day, and more importantly - I have a happy baby! Her constant encouragement and support was a godsend for us, and I would highly recommend her services to anyone struggling with sleep issues
Even as a third time mum with experience behind me, It was great to have a sounding board in Sophie, and not to be judged for my expectations around sleep for my 8 week old. By implementing a routine early on, and specific settling techniques, my little girl now sleeps 12 hours overnight and 2 solid naps during the day. Happy baby, happy mummy!
When we contacted you with our 4.5 month old, she was waking every two hours at the best of times, and sometimes gave me nights where it was 45 minutes only. I was a walking zombie and Scarlett didn't seem to be her happy self. Our process of trial and error and your constant support helped us when we had to wean the dummy, as it was one of her key sleep associations that was no longer working. She would chew it, spit it out and then search for it ... crying. With your help, we transitioned her out of the swaddle with dummy, to unswaddled, no dummy, and a trusty comforter. As a result we have gradually moved to a 6.30pm bedtime, with only 2 feeds overnight! Thanks for your support!
From sleepless nights (waking up 4-5 times a night) and putting my son down upset for his sleep throughout the day; the experience of being a mum wasn't what I'd imagined. I was exhausted, and felt like the time I had with him wasn't as fun or enjoyable as it should be because I was tired, he was tired, and I knew it was going to be a struggle to put him to bed each time. I also began to doubt my abilities as a parent and wondered if I really knew what I was doing.. why was he waking so many times? A friend then suggested I contact Sophie, and within 1 - 2 weeks we had a happy household and a new lease of life! A happy baby sleeping from 7pm - 7am, with three big sleeps in the day! Talking to Sophie was like talking to my closest friend, she was always there, always positive, realistic and continually supportive. I now have so many fun times with my son, and have even gone back to studying as I know I have time to complete requirements with his fantastic sleep routine! A fantastic outcome, and a happy baby makes for a happy family!
We contacted Sophie when Eloise was 3.5 months. Eloise had suddenly regressed from being a good little sleeper, to waking every hour. She was a cranky baby. All her day naps were spent on the breast. We couldn't put her down and I was getting very tired. Sophie quickly saw that Eloise needed a routine, so our first step was to implement one. The second step was to get her to take naps in her own cot. It didn't take long for her to get used to falling asleep in the cot. With Sophie's gentle techniques, we went from a baby who would scream as soon as her head hit the mattress to a baby who is confident enough to fall asleep by herself with minimum help. Sophie was there throughout the program, available to share advice and encouragement at a moment's notice. She knew how to keep us on track to get the result we wanted. We are so happy with what we have been able to achieve and feel much more rested! Thank you Sophie!
I was a tired, vague, emotional wreck. And Gus was a tired, wired, grizzly handful. Enter Sophie, and a few days later our life changed. Gus went from being a 30 minute cat napper to sleeping for 2 x 1.5-2hr blocks during the day and 12 hours straight through the night! Unlike the first sleep consultant I talked to, Sophie didn’t push the cry it out technique. We opted for a much gentler approach, and 4 months later he’s still sleeping like a champion. I have recommended Sophie to my mothers group and friends, and asked my maternal health nurse and family doctor to pass her number on to other struggling mums. I couldn't recommend her highly enough, she's a game changer!
I would just like to say Shae from Sleep Play Love is amazing. She is my life saver. Prior to engaging with Sleep Play Love, my 10-month-old baby would sleep for no more than three hours each stretch, and often wake five times a night (sometimes more)! As a busy mum of two boys, I was starting to go crazy from severe lack of sleep. In comes Shae, and she literally turned my life around. A mum of three herself, her approach is gentle and calm. She taught me how to listen out for cries, soft settling approaches as well as overall scheduling and food intake advice. From the moment she worked with us, my baby responded extremely well to his new routine. He started having good naps and long stretches of sleep overnight. After his teeth cut through, he immediately settled and slept through the night. I thought we just got lucky, but the next day, it was the same and this is now the norm. My baby sleeps through the night. I have my life and my sanity back. Thanks so much Shae. I highly recommend the team at Sleep Play Love.
“Even as a third time mum with experience behind me, It was great to have a sounding board in Sophie, and not to be judged for my expectations around sleep for my 8 week old. By implementing a routine early on, and specific settling techniques, my little girl now sleeps 12 hours overnight and 2 solid naps during the day. Happy baby, happy mummy!”
"Sophie saved us!" My daughter was a relatively good sleeper at the beginning but then we hit the 4 month sleep regression! Because I hadn't needed to equip myself with many settling techniques in the first 4 months I was at a complete loss. Sophie was supportive, attentive, listened to all my concerns, and provided me with fantastic guidance to settle my little girl. She was even a shoulder to cry on at times. Within a week my daughter was back to sleeping through the night, has solid sleeps during the day and is generally a happier child as a result. As Sophie says - sleep promotes sleep. This statement is so true! Sophie, I can't thank you enough for your advice and positive attitude. From a very happy well rested mummy
We were desperate for help. I was spending hours (literally) bouncing my 4 month old baby girl on the fitball to get her to sleep, and even after all that she was having 80% of her day time sleeps in my arms. We could get her to sleep in her bed at night through sheer force of will, but it took an hour or two of crying, bouncing and us almost losing our minds. We knew we needed a routine, consistency, and to put her to bed awake but sleepy, but our timing was so far out that she was too overtired for those things to happen. After just 3 or 4 days working with Sophie, we began to see some dramatic improvements in our ability to help our baby sleep. Naps were no longer in my arms, and they were longer than 30 minutes. Bed time gradually became less of a struggle. Over the course of the month we had some set backs, but because we had unlimited access to Sophie during these period we were able to work through them. We are now in a situation that I could not fathom previously; we have a baby who settles herself to sleep!! Usually nap time and bedtime go like this; we put her in her sleep suit, sing a couple of songs, put her in bed and walk out. There are still times when we have to comfort her in her cot but this is now the exception, not the rule. We now have a happy baby who is not constantly tired, and a happy mummy who can enjoy motherhood. Thank you Sophie xo