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 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.
Sophie has been a pleasure to work with to help me reach my sleep goals with Cooper. Unlike other sleep consultants, she took into account my gentle parenting style and never pushed me to do anything I wasn't comfortable with. Sophie was able to guide me using simple little things that I would never have thought of or tried. The biggest improvement has been his day sleeps that have gone from 40 min cat naps to 1.5-2 hours! It has been amazing. Sophie is very supportive and is there to talk at anytime during the month if you have any questions. She always follows up with a text or phone call and gives you ideas if things aren't quite going to plan. I couldn't recommend Sleep Play Love enough
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!
Thank you Soph! We came to you delirious, in a fog of exhaustion...And a month later we are a new household! My little Jasper is full of beans - all of the time. Getting him to settle was a marathon of pats, rocking, cuddles and laps of the house. That was just for the day time naps! At night I would see the clock tick past every hour with 10 - 15 min naps here and there until the wee hours when exhaustion finally took over till 7 and then it started all over again. My goals were not to have him sleeping through the night I would have been thrilled just for a few hours solid between feeds. I asked for routine. And routine we got! Thank you for helping me see the wood from the trees. I would love to say it was magical and easy but with a baby as full of beans as this little guy it took patience and consistency. To top it off we've had teething to boot, leaky nappies, mastitis (for the third time), self weaning, establishing bottle feeds aaaand now a head cold. But you know what, he is sleeping through the night ( that's 7pm to 7am!!!) and doing 2 x 1.5-2hr naps during the day with little to no help settling!! He is as happy as Larry and I have my sanity back. Thank you for the support and encouragement. I was worried you might have met your match! xxx
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!
"Thank you so much for ur help for so long! It's been worth every cent and Lenny has grown and developed along with your guidance! I love how gentle and supportive you have been for so long with us! Also I appreciate that you always listened to my instincts! It means a lot to a mumma who's is super exhausted but so badly wants to stay strong to her beliefs!!! You were my second hubby when my hubby was not home to troubleshoot ideas off - which was more comforting than you know! Thank you so much Sophie! I highly reccommend you to anyone who wants a little guidance or someone to troubleshoot sleep ... Xxx"
Thank you so much Soph, it has been wonderful to have someone so understanding to help us and answer any questions. You have helped us get into an easier nap time and sleep time routine where falling asleep without help from me is the norm for Charlie!!! We have been loving the extra hours sleep at night and our whole family has benefited ( mainly from me finally getting some solid sleep ) grumpy/ emotional mum has left the building!! I think that I feel more confident since we started, it's been nice to have some reassurance and encouragement and I no longer dread nap/sleep time because I know it's not going to take a whole hour of my day listening to charlie cry and fuss until he finally falls asleep! Thanks so much Xxxxx
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 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!