Back in October we were having a terrible time getting the kids to sleep past 5 am, somedays it was more like 4:30 after several wake ups per night by each child! Bedtime was 7 pm and they were sleeping by 7:30 and most days naps were only 45 minutes long so they were basically getting 10 hours sleep per day...far less than a 2 year old requires! I turned to a friend for some advice and she helped our family so much.
They still are asleep at 7:30 pm but for the most part they sleep through the night other than waking up to go potty. Naps are an hour and a half at least and sometimes stretch to 3 hours for some on really lucky days. The best part is they are staying in bed until 6am or later each morning.
For anyone needing assistance in sleep training I highly recommend you visit her site and think about ordering a consultation...you won't regret it!
Eat-Sleep-Love (http://www.eat-sleep-love.com/) is a company founded by Jessica Brodey to meet the needs of parents as they tackle many challenging parenting issues...sleep, breastfeeding, and educational and special needs advocacy. Jessica Brodey is a Gentle Sleep CoachSM, trained and certified by Kim West, LCSW-C, better known as The Sleep Lady®. Jessica's training with Kim consisted of 55+ hours of basic training classes taught by some of the top specialists in the country, including: Dr. Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D., author of Pregnant on Prozac and Postpartum Depression For Dummies; Dr. Lewis Kass, MD, FAAP, certified pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist; and breastfeeding expert Marilyn Vecchio, R.N., Certified Lactation Counselor. Jessica is also enrolled in an ongoing program of support, supervision and continued advanced education courses from Kim and other child-related specialists, and she is in the midst of obtaining certifications as a Happiest Baby Educator from Dr. Harvey Karp and a Certified Lactation Counselor from the Healthy Children Project. Jessica grew up in Rockville, Maryland and graduated from Emory University and the New York University School of Law. She worked as a litigator for 4 years and as an education, technology and disability law policy consultant for 10 years. She currently resides in Bethesda, and has two young children, ages 3 years and 18 months. Through her company Eat-Sleep-Love, Jessica provides:
Private consultations with parents to help them develop healthy sleep habits for their children by creating and implementing sleep plans that are tailored to each child's needs and respect parental philosophies;
Seminars and workshops on sleep strategies for parents of infants and young children (from birth through age 5);
Happiest Baby courses;
Breastfeeding education and support;
Guidance, advocacy and support for parents seeking early interventions and assessments for their children; and
Support and advocacy for school-age children needing an Individualized Education Program or a Section 508 Plan.
Jessica can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 276-7308 or online at this website and on facebook.