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:
I contacted Sophie when my baby George was only 14 weeks as a nervous first time mum obsessing over his sleep. George was a chronic day time catnapper and hard work to get down so I resorted to rocking my bright eyed boy to sleep... and could see a bad habit forming. From the word go, I loved Sophie's gentle approach to helping babies (and parents!) get more sleep. I honestly felt like I'd known Sophie for years after our first phone consultation, where she made small adjustments to George's sleep environment and gave me realistic expectations on self settling. Within a month George's sleeps started getting longer and he was self settling like a little champion. Like all babies, he still has his off days and when we hit hurdles like teeth or developmental leaps I ride it out and know his sleep will go back to normal in no time... And it does! A big thanks to the gorgeous Sophie for all her help. Couldn't recommend her highly enough X
"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 decided to call Sophie upon a friend’s recommendation as we were getting hardly any sleep. To put it simply, we had developed a habit of bringing our daughter into bed with us and I would end up giving her a feed every time she stirred. I thought to myself, ‘If I just give her a quick feed, she’ll fall asleep again.’ Well that didn’t work! The one thing that did work was Sophie! I found it very confusing to read about different sleep training approaches on the Internet. Sophie on the other hand provided us with the strategies and support needed to get through the toughest days of our sleep training. Within a week, our baby was sleeping earlier and having better naps throughout the day. Then we hit a speed bump and our baby started cutting new teeth. That was the wonderful thing about Sophie’s service. We had Sophie’s support for a whole month, which allowed us to get back on track after our baby’s teething stopped. I never thought Annika would sleep 12 hours at night and have two 1.5 hour naps each day. Sophie once told me that I’d be laughing at Christmas time. She was right! One day I had told her she was magical, and in my eyes, I think I was right! My baby sleeps now!!! Thanks Sophie
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!
When we decided to enlist the help of a sleep consultant for our 5 month old son we were a little overwhelmed at the change in him. Our precious little boy had transitioned from bassinet to his cot, and gone from being a great sleeper to waking up throughout the night, not taking good naps during the day, and being much fussier than usual. We would resort to putting him in bed with us early some mornings just to get a couple of extra hours of sleep, and as he only catnapped during the day, It felt like all we were doing was putting him to bed! Within a week of working with Sophie our son was taking three long naps a day and sleeping from 7:00 pm until 7:00 am (in his own bed). Not only did she give us the guidance we needed to achieve sleep, she provided constant, caring and invaluable daily support along the way. The level of communication and planning Sophie provided exceeded any expectation we had of the service we thought we would receive. We would highly recommend Sophie as a sleep consultant to anyone; she is AMAZING and exactly what every tired and confused parent needs in their life!!!
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.
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 called Sleep Play Love practically in tears after an attempt at a sleeping school - which in our case made everything worse! Noah was impossible: cat napping his way through each day (only 10-15 minutes at a time) and getting worse! Sleep school made him resent sleep time even more; I would walk into his room and he would start crying hysterically, which bought me to tears also. I was at the end of what I could take, and was prepared to do anything, except letting my darling cry it out... Which is what drew me to Sophie even more, being on the same page of beliefs made me feel really secure about the outcomes and how I would achieve this with Noah... So, we started Noah's sleep program, and LO AND BEHOLD on day 2 yes yes on DAY 2 he slept a 2 hr nap and I had to go WAKE HIM!!! I was stunned, such simple tricks but oh so valuable! But most of all Sophie gave me back my confidence into mothering my little man. Then there was teething... and then we had to take an unexpected trip overseas for family reasons, just as Noah was settling into his new sleep routine...but nevertheless Sophie provided us support through opposite hemispheres, time zones and countries. This was the height of any service I have ever received, to be flexible in such a way to help one mother across the world to have a happy sleeping baby - that is absolute dedication to the success of her clients! Noah is now 10 months (!!!) and is still a great sleeper (when he isn't teething of course...) Thank you for giving me my sanity back and returning my little Noah to his happy self!
“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!”
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