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:
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!
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!
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
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!
My baby got to six months and all of a sudden started waking up in the night like a newborn baby. He refused to nap during the day and I was exhausted! Sophie spoke with me over the phone and guided me through a sleep program. I really felt supported and Sophie had lots of great advice. Within 3 nights I had got my life back and a happy baby! I can't thank you enough Sophie for your help and support and encouragement!
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!
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.
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
Thank you Sophie for helping us get both of our boys sleeping! Eddie (3.5 yrs) was waking 3-4 times every night, and would think it was playtime at 5-5:30am every morning! He was very over tired, and we saw a lot of 'naughty' behavior coming from him as a result. After three weeks, he was sleeping through the night and now wakes between 6-6:30am sometimes even 7am! You have given us back our happy boy! Louie (6 months) previously only slept in the car for his morning and afternoon naps; but after following Sophie's techniques, we have our little man sleeping in his cot for morning and afternoon sleep - as well as in the car!! And it only took 1week!!! We are all so thankful for your help
“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!”