|Posted on 14 July, 2015 at 6:40|
We were at the end of our tether. Although we have a gorgeous 1 year old boy, M, his sleep issues were really impacting the whole family. We also have another son who is 5 and at school.
M wouldn't go down in his cot during the day - meaning walking for hours with him in the pushchair in all weathers. He wouldn't settle in the cot at night, was co sleeping with us for most of the night and was on the breast for the majority of that time.
We knew we had to do something about it, and needed help.
At the time we were apprehensive and nervous about the process, thinking that it wouldn't fit in with our daily lives and would be hard for our son to cope with. We were anxious about changing but knew we had to.
It was also really important to me to continue to breastfeed. We'd been told by various people this wouldn't be possible if we wanted improved sleep patterns.
Then we found Ann.
6 weeks later, our son was sleeping in his cot for nap time, was settling himself at night, was staying in his cot in his own room, was no longer having night feeds and was sleeping through the night.
Ann begun with a thorough assessment of M and our overall situation in order to formulate a plan of action. For the first time I felt positive and actually thought we could achieve our goals.
We followed a step by step plan, dealing with the underlying issues along the way. Importantly, we found that you control when to move on to future steps, based upon what you feel comfortable with. The plan is also tailored around your daily family life.
Ann's support was absolutely amazing throughout. She was always available and went above and beyond what we had expected.
Going through this process with Ann has improved our lives no end.
If we have another child, we are confident that we could encourage good sleep from the outset based on the background, skills and techniques Ann has passed on to us - if we did have issues we wouldn't hesitate to get Ann's help!