“I contacted Beth at Mothercraft For Babies when my son Dash was around 8 weeks.
For the first 6 weeks of his life, he had been an incredible sleeper, and we had established a flexible ‘eat-activity-sleep’ routine without too much stress. I honestly thought I had it cracked. Then, at 7 weeks, he started catnapping during the day, and my happy, contented little boy turned into a grouchy, unhappy baby. Where he had previously slept for 2 hours at a time during the day, and woken up with a smile on his face, he started sleeping for 30-45 minutes and then waking up miserable, obviously still tired but resistant to going back to sleep. My ‘E-A-S’ routine went out of the window as his sleeps were so short and feed times were horribly out of whack. He was still a fantastic night sleeper, but the days became really hard work, and it was upsetting to see our little boy grizzly and unhappy for most of the time (other than the first hour of the day!).
I found Beth via her website and gave her a call. She obviously had heard this story before, because she knew exactly what I was saying. We made an appointment for her to spend the day with us the following week.
From the moment Beth walked through the door, she put me at ease. She has a lovely warm manner and obviously knows and loves babies. Of course, Dash had gone to sleep beautifully just before she arrived, but true to form, woke up at 45 minutes crying. Beth took the lead and showed me some techniques to gently reassure and soothe him back to sleep. Dash protested for an hour and a half the first time, but by the third sleep of the day was settling to sleep within minutes of being put to bed. By Day 2, he was sleeping for an hour and a half at a time (with about 15 minutes of resettling effort half way through). By Day 3, the change was miraculous.
Within 4 weeks, Dash was consistently sleeping for 2 long sleeps a day, plus a catnap in the late afternoon, and was back to my beautiful, happy go lucky boy. Not only did Beth’s techniques help him to get to sleep, but they also provided a gentle way to teach him how to settle himself. These days, I put him in his sleeping bag, give him a cuddle and a kiss, put him in his bed, say ‘night night’, and leave the room – and he goes to sleep by himself. No ‘control crying’, no ‘tough love’, just hands on, loving techniques that teach a baby how to sleep. What could be better?
Thank you so much Beth, you’ve made such a difference in all of our lives.”