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:
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!!!
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!
Thank you Sophie, for your guidance & support and for instilling the confidence in us to help Alexandra transition to self settling. A month ago, we were feeding/rocking/patting our 14 month old daughter to sleep for short day sleeps/naps. She regularly woke (every half hour) at the end of each sleep cycle, for the first three hours after she went down at night. We weren't sure we would ever be able to help our little girl learn to sleep properly. We have now completely eliminated 'comfort' feeds, with Alexandra able to settle herself in her cot for all day sleeps and her night sleep. She happily goes into her cot and no longer associates Mummy with sleeping. We cannot believe the turn around! As a result, she is happier, more alert and developmentally thriving! Thank you for the calm you have reintroduced to our family! xxx
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!
Me and my husband were pulling our hair out every night trying to put our 13 month old daughter to bed. Controlled crying, tantrums, crying until she threw up, cuddling until she was asleep, part time co sleeping; you name it, we have experienced it!! Until the day we have got a recommendation to Sophie from Sleep Play Love; our life changed completely within TWO DAYS!! She slept through the night for the very first time in her life (and so did we)!! Sophie provided the support and guidance we needed as first time parents when it came to sleep problems. Her methods are so kind and gentle to the little ones which we really loved and agreed with (we are all big softies with our precious little darlings after all, aren't we?). She is always only a text or phone call away which makes life easy. We cannot be more thankful and will highly recommend her service without any doubt in the future!! Thanks again Sophie and keep in touch
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
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.
Dear Sophie, Thank you for everything you have done for us over the last two weeks!!! You have changed our way of life!!! We are so happy with the outcome of your advice. We have a happy baby that sleeps through most of the time, although we have other things to tackle I feel so much more confident that we will be able to over come them - thanks to you. We highly recommend you to any parents needing advice and support xxx
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
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.