Is sleep deprivation or problematic bedtimes negatively shaping your parenting journey? Perhaps you have feelings of dread, uncertainty and frustration around your little one’s sleep. It doesn't have to be this way. You and your toddler have the right to peaceful bedtimes and good sleep. It truly has the ability to impact physical, emotional, behavioral and relational wellbeing.
Paediatric Nurse, Mother and infant and toddler Sleep Consultant. 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, lifestyle, behaviour and milestones.
Too many parents experience great anxiety around bedtimes. Whether this is caused by lengthy bedtime settles, uncertainty around how the night will go or just a general hopelessness around little ones sleep. Everything we put into play will resolve your bedtime struggles.
I will teach you and give you tools to have better connection, experiences and boundaries around sleep and bedtimes. It is crucial your toddler feels that "you've got them". The right lead up to bedtimes and confident, kind boundaries are the key to great changes.
Good sleep is a foundation of happy healthy families. My clients report positive changes in behaviour, concentration, family dynamics and overall well being. You won't look back.
So many families I work with experience anxiety around the lack of certainty. My program aims to address 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.
Join us on The Toddler Sleep Online Training Program below.
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 includes:
~ Three months access to the online training
~ one months access to a private Facebook group where Tara will go live twice a week to answer all of your questions as you implement change.
~ The option to join our upcoming membership group with ongoing advice from Tara (for Toddler Sleep Program students only!)
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 one's 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.
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, not at all.
After three months of severe sleep deprivation I began to explore options to get sleep sorted. The difference that sleep made to my family was incredible. My gorgeous Scarlett now woke happy, fed better, her weight increased, her tummy settled, and 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.
The TGSS Baby Sleep Program has proven to be effective with thousands of clients. Everything we do is more than just 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, days, nights, plus what to do during their awake periods.
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”. This program however focuses on all of the more holistic aspects of sleep that are mentioned above. Without this, changes will only lead to short-lived success.
We will be setting your little one up for success by establishing neural pathways that are different to what they had previously known.
If your child currently has a problematic association such as feeding equals sleep, or dummy equals sleep, we identify this beforehand and factor it in to our approach.
Making a difference to your baby's sleep routine 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, 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 the change.
This is the way that babies communicate that they are missing what they are used to getting. It's important to remember that this is what the crying is about, and see it for what it is.
Every single part of what I do during this program aims to minimise crying and make the 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, the more parents try to overplay a role and 'fix' their baby's crying and steer away from the guidelines, the worse the crying will be and the messier the settle is. When sticking to the guidelines however, parents are typically noticing significant reduction in crying by day three.
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 end up 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 support 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.
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 and we look at everything as a whole, including feeding, sleeping, days, nights, plus what to do during awake periods. Everything combined is what makes this program such a success.
You will have follow-ups throughout the course to get guidance along the way.
This program has proven effective for people who have tried a number of other sleep consultants, programs and tools within Australia and around the world.
When everything is followed properly, will generally see significant, dramatic changes within three days.
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 set up for success when you are trying to achieve healthy sleep patterns.
You will have access to the course materials for two months, which includes all the online instructional and educational videos.
The private Facebook Group for your intake group will be active for three months. The Gentle Sleep Specialist will be jumping on every week for a live Q&A for the first four weeks.
After finishing the course and implementing change, you will then have the option of joining our membership community, which provides 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 which prevents your baby from self-settling. What we know is that little one’s must not have external props, otherwise they will wait for them before falling to sleep. Even if they can use it themselves (e.g. put their own dummy in), and even if you only use it at the beginning of their sleep, it will still be an issue.
We recommend that dummies go cold turkey when you start the program. The upside is that you won't be the only one making this change! The community is here to support you, which is one additional benefit compared to 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. Inconsistency is confusing for your baby, and it will equate to a harder struggle as you try to get them to learn their new sleep skill.
This program is suitable for babies from 3-4 months and above. If your little one has already transitioned from a cot to a bed, or if your baby is under three months, this program isn't suitable.
Absolutely. Reflux symptoms have even settled in babies we have worked with once they are getting good sleep.
Great sleep habits allow the body to 'rest and digest', and also create a great feeding structure centered around their sleep. This means that your little one has the best chance to have a more settled tummy, take proper feeds and have less irritability.
All babies on the program will be supported through verbal and physical reassurance as required. As mentioned earlier, it is a normal part of the change process for babies to cry. It is important to be ready for that and to be prepared for a hard few days at first.
There are different options that you can choose from in this program, and there are also many ways we try to minimise the crying and get on top of making change happen as quickly as possible. There is no extinction method recommended throughout my program.
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 all families due to a number of reasons.
This course and the supporting program have been developed to provide outcomes that mimic a one-on-one consult as closely as possible.
Access to the prep sessions are unique to the program, along with the option to join the ongoing Membership Community which provides continuous 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 worked as a nanny for six years whilst at university. Upon graduating I was a nurse for six years before having my first child, my daughter Scarlett.
It was during this time that I underwent further training to become 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 up-to-date on current research as a part of my regular ongoing practice.