Hey there, friends! Is your child having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Maybe you’re having difficulty setting up a sleep schedule. Or following that sleep schedule. Then, do I have an episode for you. My special guest today is Kelley from Serenity Sleepers. She is a certified sleep consultant who has been helping families for more than 5 years put some peace back into sleep. So with that let’s dive right in.
All About the Sleep Coach
- Tell us a little bit about yourself, what you do, your life as a mom…
Hello, I’m Kelley. A mother of 3 children (a 9 year old, 5 year old, and 3 year old), married to my husband going on 12 years this year. I am a certified pediatric sleep consultant and I have been helping families for 5 1/2 years now.
My mission is to help parents set in place healthy proper sleep and help parents understand their little ones and how they can get sleep going in a better direction. Parent’s sleep is just as important as their little ones. I really can connect with my families on a personal level because I have either gone through it or am going through with my 3 children. One of my children who is 5 has had a lot of health issues since she was born and those really impacted her sleep. We have had an up and down journey with her sleep just from those additional issues that she has. Our experiences with her and her sleep schedule has let us see it all when it comes to sleep. I really feel that helps me not only being a sleep consultant but also going through it as a mother.
2. How did you get started in this business? Where did the idea come from?
The interesting part is that it actually started way back when I was teaching 5th grade in the classroom. Some were falling asleep in class and I started wondering, what was going on with them, how was this affecting their everyday life, how is it affecting their schoolwork and I really started investigating to understand how important sleep is. Then, I started having a lot of conversations with parents about their child’s sleep habits. I noticed that they were getting way too little sleep.
Then, when I got pregnant with my son I knew I wanted to set in place healthy sleep from the get go. I really wanted to understand his sleep, get it going in the right direction, and that’s where it kind of took off. 9 years ago there really wasn’t a lot of resources out there. So, friends and family started coming to me and asking me questions. One of my best friends actually was the one that pushed me to get certified. I say if it wasn’t for her, I probably wouldn’t be doing this right now. Now, I have this business that is growing immensely year after year.
Sleep Schedules for All Ages
3. You have 3 different levels of children that you work with, could you give us like a quick tip to help each one with sleeping?
Newborns – Simple, easy sleep habits
Start those simple, easy sleep habits or routines in place so the little ones can start getting adjusted to life. It’s as simple as before a nap or night time having a simple routine such as reading a story, turning on some music, turning the lights down. Something that signals to your newborn that it is time to go to sleep.
Older babies – Naps and day sleep
When we work with older babies we focus on their wake times and how many naps they need a day. One of the biggest things you need to focus on is what time they woke up, what time was first nap, how long was first nap, how long were they awake from nap one to nap two. So, you start to have a journal of everyday of their sleep.
Toddler/Preschool Age- Not a lost cause
There is so much we can do at this age. One thing we have to remember is that most of them have moved to a toddler bed or a big girl/big boy bed. So, you have to think about the sleep environment and safety.
Her Sleep Schedule Trick
4. So, a lot of times the recommendation is to let them cry it out. However, you don’t believe in that in your process. So what do you incorporate instead?
That is one thing that I have taken great pride in over the last 5 years. I love helping parents with their child’s sleep and sleep schedule without using the cry it out approach. It is important for parents to help guide and support their children through this sleep learning process. If we are there helping them and guiding them, they are actually going to learn skills.
5. Tell people where they can find you.
If anyone wants to reach out, they can go to serenitysleepers.com. You can also sign up for a free call from me. I also have a Facebook group: Serenity Sleepers Sleep Squad. I would love to chat with you further!