Is sleep deprivation negatively shaping your parenting journey? Perhaps you have feelings of uncertainty around your little one’s sleep, bringing anxiety to a normal routine. Or, your parenting journey may be overshadowed by the fear and sheer exhaustion of your little one not sleeping. It doesn't have to be this way.
I have worked with thousands of families many who believed their little one was just destined to be a poor sleeper. They endured months/years of the impact of poor sleep. Too many months spent attributing sleep issues to teething, regressions, reflux and milestones.
Too many parents experience great anxiety around bedtimes. Whether this is caused by difficult settles, inconsistency, short naps or frequent night waking it needn't be the case.
By understanding awake times, sleep expectations and structure, you will be able to confidently plan your day whilst knowing your little one is getting the sleep they need.
Good sleep is a pillar of health for your little one. The positive impact sleep plays on the emotional and physical well being of your little one and the entire family unit should never be underestimated.
So many families I work with experience anxiety around the lack of certainty. My program aims to address and appease these issues for concerned parents.
You will experience a unique live interaction with me in our Private Facebook Community to prepare you for success! Before getting access to the online training portion, we address the contents of the course so that you are truly prepared and educated around what to expect in the coming days.
Click the button below and join us on The Saving Sleep Online Training Program now. You will be on your way to start creating healthy sleep routines that will benefit you and your little one for a lifetime.
Your investment - $139 AUD
Once you join the course you will get access to our very own private Facebook community where you will receive an exclusive welcome and prelude to prepare you for my course, like nothing else that is available. With live interaction I can personally talk you through what to expect, how to navigate tricky moments and help you prepare for success with the online training portion. You won’t be alone on this journey to better sleep.
On completion of our live training sessions you will head over to the Online Course component. Here you will learn how to prepare your little one for great quality sleep, the best structure for easy settles, how to encourage your little ones ability to self settle, proven methods to manage settles, the importance of creating a good sleep environment, troubleshooting issues that may arise and much more. You will be able to guide your little one confidently through this transition to better sleep.
Whether you are experiencing frequent night waking, catnapping, difficult settles, behavioural issues at bedtime or just want the guidance to employ healthy sleep habits from the beginning, this program will equip you with the knowledge to confidently get your little one sleeping "like a baby".
You'll get access to the same methods and teachings that I have used to successfully educate 1000's of families face to face. Having walked the path you are walking right now, I understand your concerns. I want to reach as many families and little ones as I can so you too can experience the many benefits of getting sleep sorted.
Meet me in a private Facebook group to begin training before heading in to the course. Here we will do some prep work so you are geared up for success. What to expect as you embark on your new routine will be covered. After this, you will get access to my online training library where you will learn:
This course is not simply a set and forget program. Class numbers are limited so that I can remain responsive to questions during group interactions.
You will have access to three months in the Private Facebook Community where you will be supported and can share your success with other alumni of the Baby Sleep Program by The Gentle Sleep Specialist.
The TGSS Baby Sleep Program has been proven to be effective with thousands of clients. Every part of what we do is not just about your baby rote learning a method or learning not to cry. It is about changing their patterns and learned beliefs around what they need to fall asleep. We look at everything as a whole including feeding, sleeping, day, night plus what they do in the awake periods.
Success through focusing on how to put your baby down without considering the holistic reasons as we just looked at, leads to short lived success.
It is common for people to attempt a method with no success. “I tried a method for two weeks, then it stopped working” or, “...until they got sick and then it stopped working.”
We will be setting your little one up for success by establishing neural pathways different to what they had previously known.
If your child currently has the association that feeding equals sleep, or dummy equals sleep and that's problematic, we establish this beforehand and factoring it in as a whole.
What we are not doing is simply teaching your baby how to respond just one part of a healthy sleep routine. This involves significant changes to set them up for sleep success before, during and after bedtime. This approach makes our program so successful.
Whilst we would love to say that your baby won't cry when we are making changes, however, your baby has become reliant on particular ways of getting off to sleep. When we first make changes, crying is typically a side effect of that new change.
This is the way that babies communicate that they are missing what they normally would get. It's important to remember that this is what the crying is for and see it for what it is.
Every single part of what I do during this program is to minimise crying and to make this process as effective and as smooth as possible.
I urge participants in the program to pay particular attention to the steps I give them as this increases the effectiveness of the program which has been designed purposefully.
In my experience if have seen that the messier the settles get, the more parents try to overplay their roles, fix their baby's crying and steer away from the guidelines, the worse the crying will be. Typically by day three, parents are noticing significant reduction in crying.
Once babies have finished the program they are happier and more content. Better sleep equals less cortisol and less problematic hormones running through their systems.
Will crying harm my baby?
Little ones that are overtired have higher levels of cortisol, adrenaline and stress hormones in their systems on a constant basis. Whilst your baby might be crying during the program, what you must consider is the fact that your baby will be coping much better with their day-to-day activities and having less crying periods during their day time.
Good sleep does improve mental health. You will know yourself, the feelings you experience when you are extremely tired. It is no different for babies. There are a number of studies that have shown that crying while learning a boundary in a loving setting with supports isn't going to cause any adverse effect to your little one.
This is very different to extinction type methods or babies who are exposed to ongoing abuse or neglect in toxic circumstances.
How long will it take before I start to notice changes?
When everything is followed properly, will generally see significant, dramatic changes within three days.
We recommend being home as much as possible in the beginning while your little one is learning a new skill.
Most parents we have worked with are at the end of their tether when it comes to trying to achieve good sleep habits.
This program is super effective. There are so many different elements factored in. Everything combined is what makes this program such a success.
You will have follow-ups throughout the course to get some guidance along the way.
This program has proven effective for people who have tried a number of other sleep consultants and used sleep tools and programs in Australia and around the world.
There are some key differences when it comes to this Baby Sleep Program.
We look at everything as a whole and you are given guidance as to what changes need to be made even before your little one goes into their bed. This routine makes the most positive impact for the sleep ahead.
It is recommended that your baby is well when beginning sleep training. You want to have confidence in moving forward and knowing that your little one is in a great position when you are trying to achieve healthy sleep patterns.
You will have access to the course for the first two months including all the online videos. The Gentle Sleep Specialist will be jumping on with your intake group every week for a live Q&A for the first four weeks.
You will then have the option of joining our membership community in which will have ongoing education around sleep plus many other beneficial resources exclusive to those who are part of the membership community.
We do not recommend the use of dummies during this program as this tends to keep babies in lighter sleep states.
Dummies are a prop for sleep preventing self-settling. What we know is that little one’s must not have external props, otherwise, they will continue to wait for them. Even if they can use it themselves, even if you only use it at the beginning of their sleep, it is still problematic.
We recommend making sure dummies go cold turkey when you start the program, and, the community is here to support you unlike if you are trying to do this alone.
Consistency is the key for your little ones. The more that you are consistent with this program, the sooner the results will come about and the quicker your little one will learn it. If you are inconsistent, it can be confusing for your baby and equate to a much harder struggle trying to get them to learn their new sleep skill.
This program is suitable for those babies 3-4 months and above, all the way up until your little one is in a cot still. If they are in a bed, or if your baby is under three months, this program isn't suitable.
Absolutely. Babies we have worked with settle much better in terms of their reflux symptoms when they are getting good sleep.
Great sleep habits equate to rest and digest and also creating great feeding structure around their sleep meaning your little one has the best chance to have a more settled tummy, take proper feeds and have less irritability. When babies are overtired, they tend to mimic the same things as babies who are under tired.
All babies on the program will be supported through verbal and physical reassurance. As mentioned earlier, it is part of the change process that usually causes babies to cry. It is important to be ready for that and to be prepared for a harder few days at first.
There are different options that you can choose and there are many ways we can try to minimise the crying and get on top of this as quick as possible. There is no extinction method recommended throughout my programs
There is a difference in working one-on-one with me and doing a course however, working one on one may not be an option for many families due to a number of factors.
This course and the supporting program has been developed to provide outcomes that can mimic a personal interaction as closely as possible. Access to the prep sessions are something unique to my program along with the option to join ongoing the Membership Community which provides ongoing support and benefits with further resources and guest speakers.
With this course you will experience dramatic sleep changes in the comfort of your very own home and at your own pace.
Other than a mother and qualified and successful Baby, Toddler and Child Sleep Consultant I am a trained Paediatric Nurse and have worked extensively as a Nanny.
I have had an affinity for children since my early teens and began work as a nanny for six years throughout University . Upon graduating I went into nursing for six years before I had my first child, my daughter Scarlett.
It was during this time I trained and became a qualified Sleep Consultant and founded The Gentle Sleep Specialist.
I’ve worked with thousands of families across the world for the last four and a half years. I continue to study infant mental health and keep current up to date learnings as a part of my regular ongoing practice.
Having experienced success with thousands of families, I wanted to reach out to help many more around the globe. Creating this program is a dream which allows me to guide you step by step and share methods I have used to create healthy, happy families who benefit from sleep routines, in a way like no other.
I'm Tara Mitchell. I graduated from University as a Registered Nurse and specialised in Paediatric Nursing, which I adored. I got to combine my two loves - children and helping others.
In 2013 after the much anticipated arrival of my beautiful first-born, I envisioned play dates, long sleepy cuddles, pram walks, coffee dates and days and nights spent gazing at my content little one. I genuinely imaged things to be like that. I had worked with little ones for thirteen years, I knew it would have it's ups and downs but how hard could it be, right?
I knew it would have it's ups and down but how hard could it be, right?
Things didn't go to plan. My dear girl was a very unsettled bub who suffered with diarrhea up to 17 times a day, hospital trips due to weight loss, unexplained rashes, irritability and crying spells. There was a whole lot of tears, rocking, holding and settling was almost impossible.
I tried everything. The anxiety I got not knowing how long this would last for and that she wasn't getting the sleep she needed, left me feeling completely helpless. I loved her so completely but, was it what I imagined? No, nothing at all.
After three months of severe sleep deprivation I began to explore options to get sleep sorted. The difference that sleep made in my family was incredible. My gorgeous Scarlett now woke happy, fed better, her weight increased, her tummy settled, her reflux was minimal. Our family was thriving, not simply surviving.
The difference that sleep made was incredible, both in her and our little family.
I have now worked with over 1000 clients and am a trusted referral source for Pediatricians, Midwives, Child Health Nurses, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Teachers and many more. I am an expert contributor for parenting sites, blogs and media outlets.
I want you to experience all of the things you imagined, give your little one the best start to life and have this time only strengthen your family's relationship.
Tara Mitchell xo
Class numbers are limited.
Start getting your little ones sleep sorted now. There will never be a better time for your family to thrive, not just survive.