Baby Sleep the Night TM
By Karen Bramall
Creator of The Five Stroke Rule TM
Gemma Wade
Gemma Wade

Being a mother of two, I fully understand how difficult and tiring being a parent can be. I understand how precious our children are to us and my aim is to help parents give their children (and themselves) one of the best gifts they can - the ability to sleep.

My interest in children's sleep originated from having my first baby, who was a truly terrible sleeper. At the time I hadn’t realised there was any help available and so I just accepted that having a baby meant having no sleep! I suffered with post-natal depression. 

I then went on to have a second baby - another terrible sleeper and when she turned 6 months old I sought help as I could no longer function on such little sleep.  It was affecting my relationship with my son and my husband and teaching her to sleep well truly changed my life. I soon realised this depression was purely due to lack of sleep.  At this point I had become obsessed with sleep (or lack thereof) and this obsession led me towards a new career. 

Teaching your child great sleep skills does not have to be traumatic, babies and children need to feel secure, safe and happy in order to sleep well and the methods I teach are gentle and caring, whilst still giving your child room to learn.

As a mother of two, I know how awful it feels when your child is awake all night but also how wonderful it feels when they are finally sleeping through the night. As your Sleep Consultant I will assess your child’s current routine and really get to know their needs and your concerns. I will then be able to help you implement a comprehensive Personalised Sleep Plan, specifically tailored to your baby. You will learn how to help your child to become confident, independent sleepers and in turn you will feel confident, empowered, supported and well rested.

I am based in the West Midlands but work with families from the UK and all over the world. If I am not able to visit you in your home we can just as successfully work together via Skype. I also know how difficult it is to find time in the day due to lack of childcare or work commitments and therefore offer evening and weekend consultations.

I have been personally trained by Karen Bramall, the founder of Baby Sleep the Night who has a decade of experience and whose methods have been used worldwide by thousands of families to quickly and easily solve their children’s sleep problems.

I’d be delighted to offer you a FREE 15 minute consultation to discuss your child’s needs and how I can help.

Phone: 01384396379
Email: gemma.wade@babysleepthenight.com
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Packages

One-to-One Sleep Solutions Package

This is the most popular package, and consists of:-

  • A preliminary evaluation. This is a comprehensive questionnaire about your child’s sleep habits and routines that you’ll fill out prior to our meeting. (Having this information in advance helps us make the most of our time together).
  • A private, 90 minute consultation in the comfort of your own home, or via Skype/FaceTime or telephone, where we’ll discuss strategies, troubleshoot possible problems and learn how to address bedtime, naptime, nightwakings or any other specific issues you might be dealing with.
  • A detailed, fully customized sleep plan, that I will prepare for you after the conclusion of our meeting.
  • Four follow-up telephone calls during the first week following the consultation. These follow-up calls last about 15 minutes, and we’ll use this time to deal with any setbacks you might be having or answer any general questions.
  • One week of e-mail support. After your four follow-up telephone calls have been used, you still have an additional week of e-mail support where you can email me once daily, excluding Sundays I will always aim to reply to your queries within one working day.

The total cost for the One-to-One Sleep Solutions package for a baby or toddler in a cot is £245 by Skype/Facetime/Phone. If your child is in a bed this package is £265 due to the complexity of the plan.

Face to face consultations are available within a 30 minute driving radius of Stourbridge (further distances can be accommodated with additional travel expenses– please call for details)

New-born – Get it right from the Start Package

This is a comprehensive training plan helping parents of new-borns train their little ones to have fabulous sleep skills from a very young age and can be implemented from day one! Getting an early start in establishing healthy sleep habits is a huge advantage for both babies and their parents. With this package, you will learn everything you need to teach your baby to be an independent sleeper right from the beginning. It is a fantastic gift package for new parents too and consultations can take place before or after the baby has arrived. (gift certificates available and can be posted direct to the lucky couple if required) It consists of:-

  • A private 60 minute telephone or in-home consultation. We will discuss how to establish a healthy sleep plan for your new-born, discussing sleep needs, schedules for feeding, naps and bedtime, how to help teach your baby the difference between day and night, creating the right sleeping environment, strategies to encourage sleep, when to expect your baby to be sleeping longer stretches, and common sleep issues that can be easily avoided.
  • A detailed sleep plan. If you are expecting, the gentle, caring techniques in your sleep plan will teach you how to create an independent sleeper from day one, and will give you a flexible guide to quickly bring some routine, when baby arrives, to a time of your lives which can otherwise become quite overwhelming. If you baby has already arrived, your sleep plan will be fully customized for your family.
  • One follow-up phone call. If you are following a sleep plan from the beginning then you will find your baby is naturally developing wonderful independent sleep skills, you may find you have some questions so we will schedule a telephone call within 2 weeks of the baby’s birth just in case (if you are expecting) or within 2 weeks of consultation (if you already have your baby at home). These calls typically last about 15 minutes.
  • Two follow-up e-mails I will give you my personal email address so you can email me on two occasions with any questions or concerns any time within the first 3 months of your baby’s birth or our consultation. After 3 months you can purchase another week of email support at any time should you need it .

The total cost for the New-born – Get it right from the Start Package is £125 By Skype/Facetime/Phone

Face to face consultations are available within a 30 minute driving radius of Stourbridge, (further distances can be accommodated – please call for details)

The Refresher

It is not uncommon for babies and toddlers who have been taught to be great sleepers to ‘test the boundaries’ from time to time. This option is for parents who have met with me in the past, but are looking for a ‘refresher’. This is a popular option for past clients who have recently had a new baby – or who are expecting in the near future. It consists of:-

  • A private, 60 minute consultation, usually by phone or by Skype, during which we’ll use to discuss any particular challenges you are having with your child. Since we’ve already worked together, a full hour is usually more than enough time to cover all your questions and concerns.
  • Optional 2x follow-up emails that you can use to send me any additional questions that might come up as you get things back on track. I’ll aim to respond to your email within one day.

The total cost for the Refresher Package 60 minute consultation is £95, with 2x optional emails £125

The Overnight

This personal support package is for those who want me at your home (in the Stourbridge area) for assistance on the night you choose to implement the program. Further distances can be accommodated – please call for details This consists of:

  • A preliminary evaluation This is a comprehensive questionnaire about your child’s sleep habits and routines that you’ll complete prior to our meeting. (Having this information in advance helps us make the most of our time together.)
  • 15 minute phone consultation to discuss details of the overnight support- time,requirements etc.
  • Private In-Home/Overnight Support I will join you prior to your child’s recommended bedtime and stay overnight until 7:00 am the next morning. The consultation will take place in the comfort of your home and we will begin your journey to great sleep together.
  • A detailed, fully customized sleep plan This will be prepared for you after our consultation and after the nights stay so you have your own personalized plan to help guide you through the upcoming nights.
  • Four follow-up telephone calls Four phone calls, typically lasting 15 minutes, can be scheduled for the first week following the consultation. We’ll use this time to deal with any setbacks you might be having or answer any general questions.
  • One week of e-mail support After your four follow-up telephone calls have been used, you still have an additional week of e-mail support if any questions arise. You will have my private e-mail address and I’ll respond to your emails within 1 business day

The total cost of the Overnight Package is £895

Testimonials

It’s like we have a different child!

Our 5 month old had very erratic sleeping patterns, going to bed for the night anytime from 6.30-9.30pm, we then had no idea what the night would hold. He was sometimes awake within an hour or two and would be wide awake for the next 3 hours & then up repeatedly through the night only being pacified with feeds, alternatively he would sleep 11 hours straight. Day time naps were also a mess, rarely sleeping more than 45 minutes and going for up to 9hr stretches with no sleep. He also only ever wanted mum, with his dad having never put him to bed or settled him.

Gemma took an in-depth description of his sleeping and daily habits & started formulating a plan. Just the initial conversation was helpful in giving us the confidence (he had been very ill when younger and this had knocked me back on everything) to initiate some of the approaches we had previously successfully used with his big sister, who has been a great sleeper from early on. What the plan did was highlight that we hadn’t been giving our baby clear signals that it was bedtime and that his bedroom wasn’t as conducive to sleeping as it could be. Talking with Gemma we agreed on an easy bedtime routine which he got on board with very quickly with bedtime and daytime naps- even his dad can put him to bed now. We approached his awakenings at night similarly which almost immediately stopped. He has been going to bed at 7pm and sleeping 11hours straight ever since, we even got through 2 teeth coming through. Day time naps are stress free, easy to do and a good length.

I have worked out that he must be getting now at a minimum at least 4hrs more sleep in a 24hr period than he was before. I now know what the night will be like and can plan around his daytime naps. Most importantly the miserable, chronically over tired, clingy baby is gone and I know have a very cheerful, giggly baby instead!

From Hannah, mummy to a very happy Edgar 5 months old . Chaddesley Corbett 

I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for sending Gemma my way. From our very first Skype call I felt completely comfortable with her and secure in her knowledge of babies in sleep. Gemma has been there every step of the way in this journey we’re on to get Isabella sleeping through the night and I’ve known I can contact her if I needed to if I was worried or had a questions.

Gemma really has gone above and beyond in my view and I’m thrilled to say last night was the 4th consecutive night Isabella has slept through. I couldn’t have done this without her and I will always be so grateful for her unconditional help and support in something that was so important to us as a family. There were times when I felt like I wasn’t sure what I was doing and she reassured me, one night I panicked as I thought Isabella had Poo’d whilst asleep (it was wind) - I text Gemma immediately as I didn’t know what to do for fear of waking her (I knew changing her was the answer, but how not to wake her!) and I felt a bit stupid but she completely reassured me and guided me through, no judgement for being so silly - just support was give .

Thank you again and it’s my honest view that Gemma is and will continue to be a wonderful asset to Baby Sleep The Night.  What a brilliant person she is!

From Anne-Marie - Mummy to Isabella 13 months Croydon

When we got pregnant we promised ourselves that we would give our son or daughter whatever they needed and we would never leave him or her to cry. We read books on what to do and had a range of techniques we wanted to implement. When our daughter was born we felt love like never before and restated the promise to always give her what she needed and never let her cry. From the very beginning it was always a challenge (to say the least) to get our daughter to sleep. Sometimes she cried for hours as we rocked, sung, and shushed her. When she went to sleep, however, she would sleep pretty well. We got 3 or 4 hour stints and we thought it was only going to get better. But 4 months hit and her sleep deteriorated to the point where she was sleeping for about 30 minutes at the most. At its worst she woke every 10 minutes. We were shattered. Every time she woke, we would pick her up, soothe her, and put her back down, only to have to do it again a few minutes later.

Despite the difficulty, we did not want to consider sleep training for a 4 month old baby. We read books and websites and the two extremes of leaving babies to cry and never letting them cry. Then there was the middle ground of picking up and putting down. We thought we had tried it all except leaving her to cry. We thought that would be cruel. We believed she just needed some reassurance, to be close to us, and that things would get better. But with no signs of improvement, and even having our daughter cry for long periods of time in our arms, we thought we had nothing to lose from trying the sleep training Gemma suggested, after we were put in touch with her through a friend.

In all honesty, we listened to the theory behind the sleep plan and what it would take to do it, and we didn’t agree with it. We concluded it was just another form of ‘cry it out’ in all but name. Gemma was more than compassionate, sharing her personal experience of her own children and we felt she really understood where we were coming from. She took our scepticism with openness and empathy and we discussed the plan in detail, made changes, and we were still unsure. We discussed it every night. We worried about doing it. But while we worried, our daughter’s sleep continued to be very poor and we continued to be shattered. We came to the conclusion that what we were doing was part of the problem and maybe Gemma was right that we were not giving her the ability to go to sleep by herself, as we were interfering too often and too soon. So we decided to give it a go - but the gentlest version of the plan we could think of. The first night was horrendous. She cried for 40 minutes despite our efforts to comfort her. We cried and questioned what we were doing. But the next night saw a significant improvement, and so did the night after that. And over the period of 10 days her sleep improved considerably.

We now put our daughter to bed and she goes to sleep with no (or very little) crying. She stays asleep for most of the night, waking only once to be breastfed. She is still only just under 6 months old, and small for a 6 month old baby so we weren’t expecting her to sleep the night without a feed until she was bigger. We get more sleep now than we have done since she was born, and this is without doubt due to Gemma’s plan, advice, and support. We are indebted to her for this. Our daughter has started to develop at a much quicker rate, improving her coordination, body movement, and social interaction. She seems happier -  smiling and giggling in a way she didn’t before. We are all much more rested. Thank you, Gemma. We would not be where we are now without you, and we wholeheartedly recommend you.

Louise & Matthew, parents to now sleeping baby Eva, 5 months from Sutton Coldfield

 

Book an appointment for a free 15 minutes consultation below, or if you would like to speak to me today please do call or email me now on 01384396379 or email gemma.wade@babysleepthenight.com
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