My Sleepy Koala
There is so much conflicting information out there, that's only reasonable for parents to get easily overwhelmed. It is also clear that most of the information available to parents promotes independence and unrealistic expectations of parents and their little ones, not only when it comes to sleep but also in general.
As a mother of a wakeful toddler, I can relate to those parents who are struggling with their child's sleep. I know from experience how difficult it can be to be exhausted and try to be there for your child whenever you're needed. I know what is like to want to sleep better and be sure that sleep training is not the right fit for your baby and your family. That's why I want you to know that I'm not here to "fix your child". Instead, I'm here to look at sleep from a holistic perspective.
I became a mother in 2019. It's been a beautiful, yet crazy and overwhelming, journey. Being a first time mom, who lives abroad, with no family around as support network has added a lot of extra pressure to the already challenging transition to motherhood.
I knew motherhood was hard but there were many aspects of it I did not know about. All the self-doubt, how isolated and lonely you can feel, how common it is to suffer from Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMDs), the guilt, or even the impact sleep deprivation may have on you and your family.
No one ever told me that I could be sleep deprived way beyond the fourth trimester. Hence, as a first time mom, I suffered from anxiety due to my daughter's sleep. From day one, she has always been a very alert baby, so aware of her surroundings and so interested in taking in as much of the world as possible. Personality traits that I love about her and I'm sure will help her achieve all her goals and dreams. However, this also means that she's been a wakeful baby and still continues to be one even now as a toddler.
My main concern was whether or not there was something wrong with her. You see, she didn't sleep like all those books about infant sleep say babies are supposed to sleep. I became so obsessed with her sleep that I stopped enjoying our days together. Then, things started to get worse and worse... I didn't know how much my own stress and anxiety could impact her sleep patterns.
That's when I realised I had stopped believing in myself. That's when I decided to block out all the outside noise and start looking for something that would help me be the mother I wanted to be for my little one. Although my head was full of self-doubt, there was one thing I knew for certain - I wanted to be there for my daughter. Whenever she would try to communicate a need to me, I knew with all my heart, I needed to respond to her. That's how I realised I wanted to have a respectful and nurturing parenting style.
It took me a while to learn that all I have to do is to follow my instincts as a mother, and that being my authentic self was what my daughter needed from me, but I got there. So, my main goal is to help parents trust themselves by sharing my own experience and the knowledge I have acquired on normal infant sleep. I'm here to support you on this journey and empower you to be able to trust yourself and be the parent you want to be.
Truly understanding that I am ALL my daughter needs has been life changing.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English Teaching and Master's Degree in Multilingual Communication. I am certified as a Baby-Led Sleep & Well-Being Specialist. Most recently, I completed a certification in Breastfeeding Education.
When supporting families, I focus on their unique circumstances to help them find the right strategies to support their child's sleep.
Normal infant sleep, the developmental approach and attachment science are the heart of my approach.
My aim is to empower parents so that they can find their inner voice and trust themselves, all by following an attachment-based approach.
I'm here to help you implement the changes that will help you improve the quality of your baby's sleep in a nurturing way.