"My daughter was three and a half, almost four months old, when we started having issues, and I started reaching out over social media to Sarah and Elli and consuming their content and understanding more. Then I learned about the course and I signed up for it when my daughter was five months old. There’s this strange idea that if your baby doesn’t sleep 7-7 and fall asleep independently that you failed as a parent but The Baby Sleep Experience provided me with not only a community of people who wanted to parent the same way that I do from that perspective, but also a lot of information around how this is not forever and is normal and also helped with those feelings of hopelessness.
Before this, I thought my only option would be to sleep train when my daughter was not letting us put her down at night in the crib but through The Baby Sleep Experience we were able to begin putting her in the crib without using any sleep training. Some nights she will spend only the beginning of the night there but she also has nights she will stay and slept there soundly for 10-11 hours. A big change for me was feeling more confident. Now what I have is a good plan for those nights when she does sleep in her crib on her own and a good plan for more importantly, those nights whenever she needs a little bit more support. I feel a lot more confident about being able to handle it overall. The course also has a lot of materials for anything else that might come up as she changes and things evolve that I like being able to log back into and have access to.
None of the recommendations Sarah and Elli made were separation based. We had a lot of conversations about emotion and supported tears and how that is different than cry it out. Something else that was really different about The Baby Sleep Experience was that I was given a different perspective on making changes. Instead of just taking away my support, I was able to learn how to support my daughter differently in a way that worked for all of us that made it possible for me to still show up her and continue to be responsive. I feel so much more empowered now but also I feel like I got back my sleep and my sanity. I still get up with her because I want to maintain that nurturing relationship and I don't mind supporting her back to sleep, especially now when it is maybe a couple of times a night and not every hour like it was before. Now, it feels a lot more like I was expecting and hoping for as a parent.
I would recommend The Baby Sleep Experience to anyone who is looking to make changes in how you support your little one to sleep or who might be looking to find alternative ways to get more sleep in general that are a little bit different than mainstream recommendations. Elli and Sarah have experience as moms themselves and provided really authentic support which is part of The Baby Sleep Experience that really stuck out for me. I am so thankful, you really helped our family alot!" - Michelle