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:
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
Sophie was fantastic to deal with in every aspect. She helped my 6 month old go from 20 min catnaps to hour long plus sleeps which happened within a couple of days. She gave me so much advice and reassurance over the two weeks I worked with her and was such a pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend Sophie to any parent struggling with settling techniques or needing assistance with adjusting sleep patterns/cycles
My daughter was 9 months old and still slept like a newborn. My husband and I were desperate for help to teach her how to become a good sleeper, for the wellbeing of our whole family. Sophie gave us a plan to implement that was kind and gentle, and would teach our daughter to link her sleep cycles at night and promote longer naps during the day. We started the plan on a weekend for a nap. It was flawless! She napped for 2 straight hours in her crib with no fight - the first time ever in her life that had happened. I feel like I can function again for the first time since she was born, and I have seen such an improvement in her temperament during the day. She is no longer an overly exhausted baby who fights sleep. The plan was customised for my daughter and family and has been the best thing to happen to us!
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!
Sophie has changed our lives for the better. Our beautiful, vibrant 2.5yr old daughter went from taking 2 hours to get to sleep and waking several times a night to now going to sleep on her own within minutes and sleeping through the night. Sophie helped us to implement subtle changes to our daughters environment and routine along with a sleep technique that was easy and loving. We could not have done this without Sophie's guidance and support. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! You are amazing
I can't begin to thank you enough for the help and advice I received over the few days it took to get my little girl back into a reasonable routine again. The fact that I had the benefit of doing it all at home with online and phone support I think made a world of difference! Having access to someone who was able to help me apply techniques to settle my little girl and also identify different signs and cues at any time of the day or night was very helpful and reassuring and made the whole experience much more comfortable. Within days I had Imogen back into routine and sleeping soundly through the night. Can't thank or recommend you enough!
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
We contacted Sophie after battling through 15 months of sleep deprivation with our high needs, breastfed (darling) daughter. We were run down, miserable and absolutely dreading/hating developmental leaps. It took a lot for me to have trust in a sleep consultant as almost all the professionals I had heard of or spoken to implemented some form of controlled crying. Through her very comprehensive questionnaire and phone consultation, Sophie was able to suggest very small and gentle changes to our routine that have resulted in a child that has slept through the night, on more than one occasion, for the first time in 15 months. What impressed us the most was the level of support offered to us. I was expecting to have to contact Sophie when we had questions or issues, so I was pleasantly surprised to receive call after call supporting and reassuring us. There were tears and tantrums (just from me alone) and Sophie managed each and every day with a good dose of humour... and sometimes a positive reality check. We can't thank you enough for saving our sanity!
Thank you Shae for the work you did in helping me get Koah back into a routine and back to sleeping in his own bed... and not waking up at 5 am every morning! It only took a few days of implementing the simple tricks and tips we discussed to get him back into his routine again after a set back from commencing child care once per week. It was so good also just to chat to someone who understands exactly what I was going through and was able to give me a variety of tools and simple changes to make that have made a world of difference to his routine! I'm so happy with the results and will continue with the changes so that we can all get some sleep at night, and as a bonus, I now also have the tools to use with my nine-month old too should I need them! Thank you again, your help has been amazing!!
We wanted to thank you for all your advice. Sonny is in a better routine and settles much quicker for sleeps during the day. We have a much happier little man (and mumma). The plans were great and any time we had a question it was answered in the information you sent through. Thanks again, we really appreciate the realistic advice and support.