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 was recommended to contact Sophie by a friend who had had lots of help with her daughter from her. I was desperate. My beautiful boy, Joseph who was so happy during the day was waking, a lot. He had never been a good sleeper and had always taken a long time to settle. At 5 months he caught a cold and he went completely downhill with his sleep, waking after every sleep cycle. I was exhausted and quite anxious and depressed. My son was doing ok with his sleep, but I certainly wasn't. Sophie got me to fill out her detailed questionnaire which gave her an understanding of where we were at. We then Skyped and she gave me some suggestions and explanations. My goal was for me to get more than 2 hours of sleep in a row. Within 3 weeks we had certainly achieved that with my little boy sleeping through the night! Sophie gave me the tools I needed to help my son. She gave me the knowledge that I could problem solve when things changed (as they always tend to do with babies, just as you start to relax a little). What she taught me continues to help me now that my son is almost 11 months old. He is still not the easiest to get to sleep when he is overstimulated or going through a developmental stage but I know the reasons why and that things will settle back down once things return to normal. Thank you so much Sophie, Joseph and I can't thank you enough. xxx
I started working with Shae when my son Bodhi was 6 months old. My husband and I were at our wits end. We were exhausted, completely sleep deprived and with no change in sight. We had several difficulties with him as a Bub including reflux, cow's milk protein intolerance, and a lip and tongue tie. As a result of him being so unsettled, we would do anything to try to relieve his distress. At the time that I contacted Shae Bodhi would start the night sleeping in his cot, but by anywhere from 10-1am he would end up in bed with us because we couldn't resettle him in his cot. From the day Shae came to see us, Bodhi started sleeping all night in his bed. Initially, he required some settling, but this was brief, and he and I were so much more relaxed during the whole process. Within less than 2 weeks he started sleeping through the night! Now he only wakes if he's teething or has a cold, but is still able to be settled back into his cot. Shae was so wonderful to work with - I really can't speak highly enough of her. She is really caring and listened to what I felt comfortable with, and was so encouraging, often checking in later down the track to make sure things were still going well. I have such a happier little man too now, as he's no longer tired all the time. We are grateful to have found Shae and would definitely seek her support for baby number two if we had challenges again.
When we came to Sophie, my husband and I were beyond exhausted with frequent night wakings, 2 hourly feeds (or less) day and night, chronic cat napping, co sleeping, day time naps occurred in our arms after long periods of rock/pat/nursing to sleep and our anxiety surrounding this 'song and dance' was through the roof. With Sophie's gentle methods and kind support we now have a reflux/colicky baby who sleeps well, in the cot and in the nursery, feeds 3.5-4 hourly day and night, hubby is confident to put to sleep, I feel 'free' because that does not rest solely with me and you have eased the strain on our marriage and have given us the gift of sleep. We now have the confidence going forward to adjust her routine as she grows and her needs change and its all thanks to you. I cannot express my gratitude and I am so thankful that we had the good sense to reach out for help. I can only hope that others have the courage to do the same. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I could not recommend Sophie highly enough. Not only has she personally been there (with sleepless children); but she is caring, supportive, practical and was totally on our level. Sophie changed various environmental factors that we hadn't even thought about, which made a huge difference to our catnapping little boy - and I now know that I am giving him the best chance at sleep! Her continual support and encouragement means so much- she knows her stuff that woman! x
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 wanted to say thank you again for all your help. When I decided to get some help, I was worried that my concerns were silly, or that I would be told to let Josh cry it out - which I knew I could never do! We are doing really well now. Josh goes down for all his naps awake, and is generally asleep within five minutes after having a bit of a practice crawl around the cot. The best part about all my hard work putting Josh down awake, is that now Dad can put him down while I am out! Woo Hoo!
Firstly i want to say a huge thank you to the magic Sophie. Our daughter Evie was 13 months and waking 3-4 times a night (sometimes for an hour or so) just for a cuddle back to sleep. Our little girl was a day cat napper and took 30+ mins to get to sleep in our arms, walking around listening to music! because of her lack of sleep and her being over tired, little miss was a grumpsta…until we called Sophie. Our sleep plan was easy, and from day 1, Evie became a happier little girl who was learning gently to self settle and sleep longer. Sophie was there every single day for any questions or just to check in and helps when Evie has an occasional bad night mostly due to her teeth or a milestone. Our baby is getting so much more sleep and is so much happier. Evie now goes to sleep with little to no walking around in max of 10 mins, goes down to bed at 7pm-6am and has 2 day sleeps of 1.5hrs. We came into this journey understanding that not every night is going to be perfect and we were okay with that. We now have tools and knowledge to be able to settle our baby when she does need it during those tough times. Thanks so much again Sophie, I have my sanity back (almost) thanks to you!
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!
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
A big thank you to Sophie from Sleep Play Love for your excellent advice and daily support. Sunny went from daily cat naps and waking 2-4 times a night to two solid day sleeps and sleeping through the night... in only two weeks and with very little crying! You had so many tips and strategies I wouldn't have thought of myself - but best of all was having the daily support to problem solve together and give me confidence that we were doing the right thing. And love that you can consult via Skype and email... so much easier than going to appointments. Thank you!