Hello and welcome to Cherish Your Sleep. I am Lisa, a certified Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant. My job is to help you restore peace and tranquility into the lives of you and your family.
As a Mum of 3, I know and understand the strains a new baby or restless toddler can put on the family unit, especially when sleep patterns are disturbed. Everyone is tired and stress levels are raised. My unique approach will take into consideration your specific family circumstances and work to understand your child. No two families are the same and my philosophy is to treat each consult as unique as the next.
Using a holistic approach to sleep, I focus on emotional well being of families and ensuring the parent / child connection in not only maintained, but enhanced.
Hi Lisa, I attended your Bendigo workshop. On Sunday night after her not feeding herself to sleep I decided to start putting her to sleep without boob, 45 minutes later and a bit of crying she went to sleep. I just laid with her and shushed and patted. I was so surprised at how well she took to it, I also decided to wean straight away as well and she hasn’t ask for the breast at all. The second day for her nap she went down like a charm, the second night she went down within 10minutes and slept for the whole night! The third night she woke up in the middle of the night (her arm was out of her top) but was able to put herself back to sleep very quickly, tonight was an easy put down again and she is still asleep normally she has woken a couple of times since being put down. My husband was able to get her to sleep for her naps the last two days and he was so happy. Tonight she didn’t even want me to touch her just to lay next to her. Thank you so much for all your advice I feel like a different person with the world as my oyster and not being “tied” down so to speak and I am able to go out for dinner with friends without having to worry about getting home to put Chloe to sleep. I have noticed the difference in Chloe as well she is taking in so much more and isn’t as cranky and is just a happier child! I feel like I’m getting too much sleep now haha! Thanks so much! Tristen
Hey Lisa, I feel like we have finally turned the big corner!! Max is consistently only having one feed through the night and is only unsettled once, if that, apart from that feed time. I’m not even tempted to offer milk at those early unsettles now as I’m confident he’s ok. I would have loved to have ditched the dummy, but again, I wasn’t quite up to it at the time so I will need to save that for another day. And I know it would have been easier a few months ago, as he is now starting to get attached to it! I’m being careful to enforce that it is only for bed and one day we will get rid of it! We have also made a few gains with Charlie. Whilst I don’t think his day sleep is going to hang around for too much longer, we have been waking him by 2.30 regardless of when he falls asleep and this has helped the nights. He now heads into bed at about 6.45 to listen to a Dinosnore cd and is generally asleep by 7.15-7.30 and waking at 6-6.30. We have given him a groclock and he’s responded really well and is now waiting for Mr Sun to come up before he gets out of bed. The other day he went into his room after lunch at about 12.15 and pulled his blinds, got his giraffe and hopped into bed. This is actually a first…he has NEVER put himself to bed. Good stuff hey? So Thankyou…I know I was pretty fragile when we first spoke…after months of chronic sleep deprivation I was not at all confident in my mum abilities. You were able to give me a gentle set of strategies to work with and kept stress to a minimum for everyone. I’m still not quite feeling myself yet but can certainly see the light at the end of the tunnel and feel confident that I have the skills to tackle any sleep issues as they pop up…which I’m sure they will! Even though sometimes it seems like it would be easier to go hard and get it done quickly, you need to have a bit in the tank to do it, which I didn’t. The ‘small steps’ approach was exactly what I needed. My next challenge is to get a few other people to pop him to bed now and then! I missed a family wedding last night as I just didn’t have anyone to step in…so this will become a priority one day soon:)
We were having problems with our 8 week old baby who would only sleep between 9-10 hours max per day. When she wasn’t sleeping she would cry no matter what we did. A friend referred me to Lisa from Cherish Your sleep and we arranged a house consultation. Lisa came to our house and we talked, reviewed the baby’s sleeping environment and Lisa made recommendations on how to make improvements. Lisa gave us tips which seemed so simple, yet made all the difference. Lisa kept in touch daily after our meeting and provided constant support. Within 1 week our baby improved tremendously and is now sleeping 14-16 hours a day and in her cot which she previously struggled to do during the day. We will always be forever grateful to Lisa for her help. Lisa helped us achieve more than what we achieved in the 4 nights we had previously spent in sleep school at a private hospital.
Lisa I cannot thank you enough for the difference you have made in our lives. Prior to working with you, Miss A (8 months) was being fed to sleep or rocked to sleep in the pram for every single nap and nighttime sleep. I was close to buying a pram just to live in the house! Our nighttime routine would start around 6, but we couldn’t get her to sleep until 10pm and this generally involved us giving in and rocking her to sleep in the pram (for which she’d only last one cycle and then need to be fed to sleep and transferred oh so carefully into her cot). She would then wake every 2-3 hours and again need to be fed to sleep or rocked in our arms until she was asleep. Along with these bedtime battles, Miss A usually fought both day naps and we were lucky for one to last longer than one cycle, and again relied on the pram or feeding her to sleep. My husband and I were exhausted. I felt like I was failing my little girl who was so overtired and I just couldn’t give her the restful sleep she needed. We felt we had tried comforters, dummies, white noise, changes in light and temperatures….what were we doing wrong?! I followed you on Facebook for so many months and loved all your advice but simply couldn’t get it to work by myself. I was not comfortable with methods involving Miss A being left to scream herself to sleep and didn’t know what else to do! Emailing you and organising our home visit has absolutely changed our lives, and that of our beautiful baby girl for the better. It has been 4 days since we saw you (only 4 days!!!) and already she is settling herself to sleep for two 1.5-2hour naps a day and her night sleep. Last night she went to sleep at 7pm after chatting to herself in the cot for a couple of minutes, and didn’t wake up until 7.45am! My husband and I were able to have dinner together at a reasonable hour for the first time in months!! Having you come into our home and make small but crucial suggestions to our routines and nursery was the perfect way to reset our little girl into a better and more restful life. Thank you so much Lisa, from the bottom of our hearts. I already feel so much more in tuned to Miss A and can finally help her get the rest she needs to grow and develop into a strong little person. Thank you…..xxxxx
Our 2.5 year old boy had barely slept a night in his life. We could count the number of times he managed to sleep all night without waking on two hands. Almost every one of the nights he had woken during the night, he would have 2 or 3, sometimes more, wakings a night. And not brief wakings! At least one of the wakings would be for 2 hours, sometimes 3, and often requiring a cup of milk (or two!). We had tried sleep school, a private sleep consultant, a purchased home program and were finally prescribed both Melatonin to get him to sleep and Vallergan to keep him asleep (which it rarely did) by his peadiatrician, who also told us he is an anxious child. On top of this lack of sleep was the difficulty in getting him to go to sleep. Every night 1 to 1.5 hours to get him off to dream land. This process involved sitting on our lap next to the bed while he pinched our right hand, then our left, then the right again, and then he would finish his cup of milk. Daytime naps were often non-existent, or in the car for a drive with the sole purpose of getting him to take a nap, or when they were in his bed, one of us had to lie with him until he went to sleep. I even resorted to sitting on the couch with him on my lap to watch The Wiggles and repeated a particular song that made him sleepy until he’d fall asleep. To say we were exhausted was a huge understatement! After hearing tips and tricks from Lisa’s Facebook page, we decided to get in touch with Lisa to see if she thought she could help. Lisa came to our house, and the moment Charlie laid eyes on her, he loved her! He showed her everything in his bedroom – right down to his water bottle and gave her a grand tour of our house and wanted her to come in to view potty time! I have never ever seen him warm up to someone so fast, or be that interactive and excited with someone! What a great start! Our initial in house consultation was great. Lisa checked out Charlie’s room, listened to our story so far, outlined a few options and talked to us about what we would be comfortable with. No pushing us to do cry-it-out method’s, timed approaches, etc – unlike our previous experiences with sleep consultants and sleep schools. Lisa was already sharing ideas to help with Charlie’s (and Mum’s) anxiety. Lisa’s plan was very detailed and unique to our circumstances, and the constant support and feedback has helped us through each night and we have adapted the plan as the nights went on based on Charlie’s reactions, also including targeted activities during the days to support what we were trying to achieve at night. We have done a number of activities to help Charlie with his anxiety and are seeing great results! He is much more confident now than he was only a few short weeks ago! So far, in three weeks, we have taken a gentle approach and seen some fantastic results! We are no longer giving Charlie any drugs to get to sleep or to stay asleep. There is no longer a chair next to his bed, no milk in the middle of the night, no more hand pinching! He climbs into bed after his bedtime story, and we have had one sleep through, and when he has woken, it has been only once and we have been able to speak one sentence to him from the door and he will roll over and go back to sleep! We are stoked by his phenomonal progress and are incredibly thankful to Lisa for not only tailoring the program to our families needs, but for the endless support, feedback and ideas she has provided for us. Lisa has gone above and beyond for us to help us get some very much needed shut eye in our house. I cannot recommend her highly enough!! We are very confident that we will have a good sleeper on our hands very soon, and we already have a much happier little boy during the day. Thank you Lisa!!