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:
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
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!
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
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.
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!!
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 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!
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
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.