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

The ‘Baby Sleep the Night™’ Philosophy

Before being a child and baby sleep specialist, I am first and foremost a mother. For me, the most important thing, as a parent or as a child sleep consultant, is a child’s well being.

My Baby Sleep the Night™ gentle sleep-training programme is based on the belief that proper sleep not only helps the child but also the entire family!

Plus, you can rest assured that my philosophy and methods are aligned with best practices recommended by The UK’s National Health Service, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Canadian Pediatric Society.

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Background and Experience

Teaching my children to be fantastic independent sleepers benefited them immensely, and in turn, my family. That’s why I dedicated my professional career to helping other parents who were as desperate as me to get their babies and toddlers to sleep.

For over a decade I’ve helped thousands of families get more out of life with my tried and tested methods that are more than just tips to get your baby to sleep. I ensure that every step is done precisely right, leaving absolutely no stone unturned. Close attention to detail is vital, and is why I hold a 100% success rate with families that stick to my gentle caring plans.

Whether it’s a baby going through a sleep regression or a six year old with bad sleeping habits, I’ve worked with them all!

During my training, I learnt all about the importance of sleep within the development of children. I also realised how a baby’s sleep pattern affected the health of the parents too. In short, when I helped stressed and tired mums and dads get their child to sleep, I inadvertently helped the family as a whole.

The more I helped, the more passionate I became about toddler and baby sleep training. The more passionate I became, the more I wanted to spread the knowledge I had acquired in the process.

Certifying Consultants

This is why I started training sleep consultants and certifying them to practise my philosophy.

I am determined to train people who care just as much as I do, so that they can help parents and babies get the sleep they need.

I understand that when parents reach out to a Baby Sleep the Night™-certified child sleep consultant to ask for help with their child’s sleeping habits, it’s almost always a last resort. Most parents never consult a baby sleep specialist because they feel it might make them seem like ‘failing at parenting’. Our Baby Sleep the Night™- certified consultants and I want you to know that asking for help does not make you a failure. Isn’t it said that it takes a village to raise a child?

However, we will make sure you understand the reason behind each and every step of the plan, why it’s so important, how it contributes to your child getting enough sleep.

What’s more, if you follow the detailed steps in your bespoke sleep plan you will notice a positive change in your little one, in terms of their energy levels, general happiness, and well being. That’s the power of good sleep!

Your Child’s Bespoke Sleep Plan

There are various methods to get your child to sleep that I use and teach. These strategies are based on individual family needs and preferences.

The most common specialist sleep solution I practise, and train the Baby Sleep the Night™-certified consultants, is the Gradual Retreat Sleep Training Plan.

This allows you to be right there with your child, touching them, talking to them and comforting them throughout the process of learning to sleep.

This isn’t for all families, of course. There are other ways to solve sleep issues and this is something that will be discussed in depth. This is so that parents get to choose what is right for them and their circumstances.

Regardless of method used, the success is in the detail – getting it just right. A consultant certified by the Baby Sleep The Night ™ will have been taught to:

  1. Learn About Your Child
    As a parent, no one knows your child better than you. That’s why the Baby Sleep the Night™-certified sleep specialist will discuss your child’s sleep habits before designing a customised gentle sleep plan to get your child to sleep.
  2. A Step-by-Step Plan
    After they’ve got to know all about you and your child, they’ll lay out a plan. This will detail the steps that you’ll need to help get your child to sleep in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format. But don’t worry – it’s not a hard and fast rulebook. It’s designed to give you enough discretionary power to make choices that will work best for you and your child!
  3. Explain How to Measure Success
    They will also explain what results can be achieved at what stage. The end goal is to get to the point where your child will sleep 12-hours a night. However, this will not usually happen on the first night (although it might!)
  4. Manage Your Expectations
    As part of the gentle sleep training programme, they’ll tell you exactly what to expect. Baby Sleep the Night-certified consultants take the uncertainty and guesswork out with their detailed ways to get your child to sleep. Effectively, they will hold your hand and support you throughout.

‘Crying it Out’

People always ask me whether the Baby Sleep the Night™ ways to get a child to sleep involve letting the baby ‘cry it out’. Here are my thoughts on this.

Let me reassure you that I’m not an advocate of controlled crying, ‘shut the door and leave them’ methods. I’m not saying they don’t work if they’re done correctly. They do.

However, I just think they are too tough on all involved.

What I will say though is we like things to be the same every night. Making big changes to anyone’s sleep environment would almost always be met with some kind of protest. With a child, their protest normally involves at least a few tears. So, I can’t promise you there will be no crying. In fact, with almost all of the families I have helped, there has been at least some.

I also completely understand that no one likes the idea of hearing their child cry. I myself am a mother of three and have been in your shoes. The Baby Sleep the Night™ philosophy does not rely on asking you to leave your child alone to cry for extended periods.

The reason that the Baby Sleep the Night™ methods are so effective is that they let you develop a planned way of getting your baby, toddler, or child to sleep that you feel comfortable with. This is completely based on what you already know about your child.

Sleep Regression

Sleep regressions happen at very important stages in a baby’s life. Despite what the name implies, it is in fact developmental rather than a regression.

So what is it?

For adults, a sleep cycle has four stages. These are:

  1. Drifting off
  2. Light sleep
  3. Deep sleep
  4. REM sleep

For a newborn, however, there are only two stages – deep sleep and REM sleep. Since these are both deep sleep stages, your baby will usually sleep soundly once they do drift off.

However, around the age of four months, the sleep cycle develops into the four-stage sleep, with stages of light sleep. Since this is so new for the baby, they will easily wake up when they reach those stages.

While the four-month sleep regression is the most well known, babies can also go through sleep regression commonly at the ages of 8 months or 18 months, or at just about any age! It usually lasts for two to six weeks, while the baby adjusts and adapts to this lighter sleep duration.

However, if you aren’t expecting it, it can be distressing.

Sleep regression can throw a lot of parents off. They can’t understand why their child, who was sleeping so well, is suddenly waking up unexpectedly.

My gentle sleep-training programme is designed to ensure that this phase is easily and quickly managed instead of becoming the basis of poor sleeping behaviour for your child.

Learn More About Our Gentle Sleep Training Methods and Results

My methods have worked consistently over the last decade. This is why teach them to all the Baby Sleep the Night™-certified consultants.

Please do have a read of some of the Happy Client testimonials where parents talk about their own experiences.

If you have any questions at all about the Baby Sleep the Night™ method or philosophy, please do contact me via email karen@babysleepthenight.com or by telephone on 01794 341172.

Happy Client Testimonials
Testimonials

Amazing is just one word!! My son is 16 months old and has only slept through the night 3 times. 

Strength, determination and conviction that you’re doing the right thing are qualities that dwindle when in the depths of sleep

Beth, Roger & Evie - Portsmouth

Karen, the sleep guru, is who you need if you have had enough of sleepless nights due to a baby/toddler

Jennifer
mum to Lilly Romsey

Massive thanks to Karen at Babysleepthenight, our lives have been changed dramatically since our bundle of daytime joy has become

Liz
mummy to Rose 18 months

My toddler woke up screaming about 11 every night He would then stay up and sleeping was the thing that

Just over 7 weeks ago I was living off about 3hrs sleep (broken) per night and this had been going

Kelli
mum to Ruby 5 months

My 3 and half year old toddler had been waking every night for a year (since the day her sister

Shareen

Thanks to Karen and her plan our 9 month old daughter now consistently sleeps 11 and a half /12 hours

Caroline, Southampton

“We contacted Karen in desperation!  Our 3 year old has never been a great sleeper, but the last 6 months had

Sophie
Mum to Chester age 3 Whiteparish

Working with Karen has been one of the best investments that we’ve ever made! The whole process, from the initial 1.5hour consultation,

Beth and Dean, London

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