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Here's what my clients have to say...
Mills was born a sleeper. He would do 5 hour stretches from the day he came home from the hospital. He was sleeping through the night at 4 months and rarely woke in the night from that day forward…until he turned 3. We had hired a sleep consultant for our second child who never slept and wondered if it would work for a 3-year-old. We were skeptical as Mills is a very stubborn and head strong and almost never gives in. We always said, “Well, at least he sleeps.” But when he started waking at 3 in the night and demanding things, like another blanket, or a stuffy, all the way up to him convincing my husband and I to rearrange furniture in his room (we were tired, so we agreed to his demands haha) we decided something needed to change. It got to the point where we would fight with him or bribe him to go to sleep in his own bed and when he would wake in the night I would just go in and sleep with him just so everyone remained calm and got some rest…except me. I phoned Dana and was willing to pay anything for her to help us haha. We clicked instantly. She also has two boys and understood where my frustrations were coming from. She was detailed in her plan and walked me through (and supported me through) every step. I was anxious every night when bed time routine would begin. Dana reminded me that I HAD to stick to my guns and ALWAYS follow through. We spoke every day and she helped me tweak the plan if necessary. It was a hard 3 weeks, but Mills was sleeping through the night again! I think he was so annoyed with my consistency that he gave up haha. It got to the point where he was telling us what we needed to do for bedtime routine and we all stopped being so anxious at bedtime. He wanted to teach his baby brother how to be a good sleeper, so he felt pride in his new skills. It has been 2 months since Mills graduated and we have not been up with him a single night. He is a happy, more energetic kid and we are so grateful for Dana. Her professionalism combined with her kindness and bright personality make her perfect for this job! We are so grateful to her for helping us all feel normal again!
We contacted Dana based on a local consultant’s recommendation. She was awesome and patient. Wish I’d have contacted her sooner. We all sleep much better now!!
Thanks to the sleep plan and support we received from Dana our whole family is finally getting some much needed sleep!!
I contacted Dana when Eric was 5 months old. He didn't sleep at all in the day and still up two or three times a night. As a second time mom but a first time breastfeeding mom I was so close to calling it quits. It was draining for me and not fair to my 4 year old because I spent so much time away from her trying to get him to sleep. After 2 weeks Dana has changed our life. Eric now takes two naps a day and is sleeping though the night. It wasn't easy and he gave me a run for my money but in the end mommy and baby are much happier. I don't know where I would be if I didn't run to Dana for help. She went above and beyond and was there for me every step of the way. I cannot say thank you enough...
We used Dreamtime Sleep Solutions for our 5 month old. Our LO was waking 8-10 times per night and only napping for about 30 minutes in the morning and the same in the afternoon. We contacted Dana and it was the best decision we’ve made. Dana helped develop a plan to suit our lifestyle while attending to the needs of our LO. Since our consultation and working together our LO now sleeps 11.5 hours at night. He will also nap for 2 hours in the morning and 1.5-2 hours in the afternoon. Our LO is now a lot more pleasant as he isn’t completely exhausted/over tired. Dana was very responsive to our questions and even kept in contact with us during her family vacation. We couldn’t be more happy with our results.
I have to suggest a recommendation.. not because I’ve been asked to, or not for any personal gain but to possibly help even just one mom struggling with a baby who just doesn’t sleep. I had my second baby in July and from the minute i brought her home i legit lost all sleep. I slipped into the worse postpartum depression triggered by sleep deprivation. My MIL was/is still nervous to take her... my parents have watched her for 2 nights since she’s been born but stress it’s too hard because of the lack of sleep she causes... my support was very limited, especially with a 3 year old and a husband who works full time night shifts. Before Christmas i was dropping my son off to Seedlings and saw a poster for Dreamtime sleep solutions and decided that’s what i wanted for Christmas... sleep! From the moment i contacted Dana i felt immediate support and validation. She worked very closely with my husband and i on a very regular basis.. sometimes in constant contact when i doubted myself or the change in routine, and even though my husband was a complete skeptic it worked! My baby, who averaged 6 wake ups a night and 2 20 minute naps during the day, now sleeps 11-12 hours with 1 short night time wake up, and 3 day time naps averaging 1.5/2 hours. To be able to prove my family doctor and public health nurse wrong- that my baby was just a child who didn’t need a lot of sleep.. it was worth the time, effort and money. Although it was during Christmas holidays, we decided on phone calls and Facebook messenger for easy contact, and again, it worked! We followed a very strict 2 week planned schedule (based on my child’s age, eating preferences, location of sleep.. and sickness etc) to a T and my baby thrived on consistency. So now I’ve been binge watching greys anatomy during nap time, and catching up on coronation street in the night time. If you’re struggling, or even if you live away and still want her help... message her! She saved my sanity.
I contacted Dana when my son was 10 and a half months old. He was up every hour to two hours every night and a good night for him was up at least 3-4 times. He has slept all night since our second night working with Dana. He was the happiest baby and I didn't think he could be happier but now he is happy all the time and learning way faster. Dana is wonderful. I learnt so much from her in our two weeks period. She went above and beyond what I expected. If anyone needs help getting their babies on the right track to sleep, I would recommend Dana one hundred times over!!
We went from cat napping all day, and putting our daughters pacifier back in her mouth 8-12 times a night to sleeping 2 long naps a day and sleeping a solid 11 hrs a night!! Thank you!!
Dana is wonderful! She went above and beyond during our time with her. She was always there to support us, answering any questions or concerns we had. Her sleep plan took on a gentle approach that was easy for us to use with our 4 month old. Our daughter went from having to be rocked or fed to sleep to falling asleep on her own within days. She no longer wakes multiple times a night and she no longer cat naps during the day. Nap times are now easy and she sleeps 1-3 hours at each nap (just 4 weeks later)! I highly recommend using Dana if your child is having any issues with sleeping!!!
I recently attended one of Dana’s seminars and had no idea my child could sleep better than she already was at 3 months old. We thought that sleeping for 8 hours at night was cause for her to not sleep well in the day- boy were we wrong! With just two tips from Dana about using a white noise machine and room-darkening blinds, our baby went from a few 30 minute naps during the day to a consistent 3 nap schedule, with each nap lasting at least an hour, plus sleeping for 12 hours each night! Our good sleeper became a great sleeper, and Mom and Dad couldn’t be happier! Don’t hesitate in seeking Dana’s assistance, as your baby, and you, too, could be missing out on amazing sleep!
Just a little update for you! C has been doing amazing! She goes down for all naps and bedtime by herself! She is doing great! She turned 8 months old today and we have come so far from when we first contacted you. I just want to say thank you so much for everything. For all of your advice and for doing specific plans for her needs. We truly are grateful to have worked with you. It’s been amazing to think back on where we were when she was only a couple of months old until now! It’s phenomenal really! I know she had her issues in the beginning and we appreciate you sticking by us while we took a break in between to get her surgery and back on track before continuing again to get her into a better sleep pattern. Everyone in our house now sleeps! All night! It makes a world of difference. Also having her naps be roughly 2 hours long during the day is a far cry from her 20-30 minute naps before. Thank you again for everything! We appreciate everything you have done for us so much!
From about 3 weeks old our LO was not a good sleeper. It didn’t take long for us to bring him into bed with us, there was no other way to get any sleep. From this I made the mistake of nursing to sleep. This didn’t seem like a problem at the time, but as time went on, my son wanted to nurse more and more often. We tried to improve our situation, but we could not get him to sleep anywhere besides in the bed, using as a pacifier.
Desperate, and sleep deprived with a 5.5 month old, I contacted Dreamtime Sleep Solutions. I made it clear that we were hesitant about sleep training and not comfortable with too much crying. Dana respected our opinions and concerns and developed a gentile method that we were comfortable with.
Our son has slept in his crib since our 1st night of sleep training. No doubt it was a hard road, but not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. We were full of questions and our son threw us for a loop several times, but Dana was always there. She even continued with us longer than our 2 weeks to help us iron out a few wrinkles.
We are all much better off since sleep training. Everyone is happier, and enjoying life so much more! Sleep training has been one of the best things we have done for our family, especially our son.
Coley's Point, NL
Dana was a life saver for us! When my 9 month old daughter got sick and we got into a really bad habit of bringing her in the bed with us because it was the easiest/fastest way for everyone to get back to sleep. My daughter was also a short napper which meant momma didn't get a break! We knew we were doing all the wrong things but just needed the proper direction to get us back on track.
Dana helped build a routine for us and coached us along the way to ensure we were taking all the right steps to ensure success with her self-soothing. My daughter got sick again while we were going through the sleep training and Dana graciously extended her services due to that minor hiccup in our training which was really kind of her to do.
My daughter sleeps through the night now which is ammmmmaazing! She also knows it is nap time/bedtime and she settles herself down and goes right to sleep with ZERO crying. Before she would be standing up in the crib screaming for us. It was literally a battle every night and now we put her down and she goes to sleep.My only regret was not using Dana sooner! She is so quick to respond when you reach out to her and she is so patient and kind.
We are very thankful for her services and we're so happy with the results. Thank you so much Dana!
St. John's, NL
What a life changing decision! We have a 5-year-old and a 5-month-old. Our oldest son depended on us to sleep and would end up in our bed every night. With Dana's help, he now sleeps all night in his room! Dana guided us through every step and she made sure our kids needs were the priority. We celebrated every step of his sleep training progress and we felt well extremely supported by Dana. Our son is a confident and independent sleeper now! Our 5-month-old, learned how to self soothe! He can put himself to sleep in his crib for every nap and for bedtime. He's a happy & rested baby!
Thanks for saving us, Dana!
At 9 months old our son was up at least four times per night and not napping well. We were all exhausted and I was concerned about how things would go when I went back to work. Dana met with us and developed a plan tailored to our needs. Within days of starting with Dana our son was sleeping through the night and enjoying longer naps. Dana was very knowledgeable and supportive throughout the process. We are all so happy to be getting more sleep. Dana you're a lifesaver!!
Mount Pearl, NL
Working with Dana, Dreamtime Sleep Solutions, has been wonderful. She is a shining light in, what was for us, a very dark and hopeless situation. Our kids didn’t sleep – not for naps or for bedtime. At the time we started, we had an almost 3 year old and a 4 month old. I was with a child or two 24/7. Our first, Sam, was a poor sleeper from day one and just got worse as he got older. We were determined that our second, Lucas would be a good sleeper. So we did everything we were supposed to do, but it didn’t work. I was up most of the night with one or both kids, everything had to be done with children because they never went to bed! So, we called Dana. Life changing. We now have a baby who is a great napper. We now have evenings to ourselves. We no longer dread the four-hour ordeal of bedtime that resulted in one hour of sleep (at most). I have time. And I’m no longer a zombie. Dana was there for every minute of it. She guided me every day. And when I felt like quitting, she said exactly what I needed to hear. Her voice was in my head when I wanted to cheat or quit. She cared as much as I did. I felt, and still feel completely supported. And my kids are getting the rest they need. Everyone in the house is happier. My only regret is not finding Dana sooner. I would have easily paid double the price. She is worth every penny and is 100% devoted to your child’s sleep. She knows what she is doing and I trust her completely. I’ll be forever grateful to Dreamtime Sleep Solutions.
There are a lot of things I’ve wasted money on for my baby but hiring Dana wasn’t one of them. I can honestly say it was the best money we ever spent. Before contacting Dana, we were co-sleeping and baby T would only nap either on me or in his swing. It was getting exhausting so at 4 months we decided to sleep train. I knew it was going to be difficult and I wanted the support of a professional and I'm so happy I chose Dana. She was warm and friendly and always there to answer questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is having trouble with their little one's sleep.
We were at a loss with our 9 month old daughter. She was still getting up twice a night and often only napping 1/2 hr at a time so we were struggling to transition to just 2 naps a day. We knew at this point she should be able to sleep through the night and nap longer but just couldn’t seem to get her there. We had read several books but found it difficult to apply the ideas to our baby. We saw Dreamtime Sleep Solutions on Facebook and decided to give Dana a call. It was the best decision we could have made. She provided us with a customized plan that was simple to follow and took all the guess work out of figuring out what to do! Our daughter did way better than we anticipated right on the first night, and couldn’t believe the quick progress we saw. We felt like new people after just a full night’s sleep, and were so relieved when it continued with only a few minor “rough” nights. Dana’s knowledge and support gave us confidence right from the first phone call that she could help us achieve our “dream” of having our baby girl sleep through the night. Her professionalism and advice was excellent and we haven’t hesitated to recommend her to any friends also in need of some help!
St. John's, NL
My soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter started having sleep issues when we got rid of her pacifier. She suddenly stopped napping and started waking at night. She then started fighting bedtime and night waking turned into an hour and a half of crying and trying to get her back to sleep. She even started having tantrums throughout the day, which was unusual for her. After about a month of trying to deal with this, I knew that what I was doing wasn't working but didn't know how to fix it. I sought out Dana for some much-needed help. After having a consultation with Dana, she had given me a plan and some much-needed advice on what to do and NOT to do when dealing with night waking and bedtime battles. We are six nights into the plan and I am amazed at the results! My daughter is no longer fighting bedtime and the 2 nights she has woken have been much easier. She seems much more rested and the daytime tantrums have significantly decreased! I'm thrilled to have my happy little girl back. I’m so thankful to Dana for not only giving me a plan but for also being so sympathetic and supportive!
St. John's, NL