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  1. Thank you Nicola for everything! I can’t fault your service, your approach or your results! 3 months on and they are both sleeping through every night and we are all so much happier. Thank you!

  2. Nadine Taylor says:

    After a year of no sleep, we thought that was it and there was no going back. And then we met Nicola, who turned our lives around. Your ongoing advice, support and guidance has been invaluable. I cannot recommend you enough. Thank you again for bringing sanity back into our lives.

  3. If you are searching for the answers to your little ones sleep issues then contact Nicola! You will not regret it! Our lives have been transformed by her. Our son sleeps through every night and I am getting there too. Thank you so much x

  4. Nicola is a superhero. At 6months old, our son, Noah was waking hourly throughout the night. I was about go back to work so decided to contact Child Sleep Solutions through a recommendation. Within 3 days of implementing Nicola’s sleep plan we saw a massive improvement. Three weeks later, he was sleeping through the night.
    Noah is a much happier baby now he has a structured routine and is getting 12 to13 hours sleep each night.
    Nicola saved us and I would recommend her to anybody.

    • I like the superhero comment Lucy!! If only I could fly too! Thanks so much, I’m so glad little Noah is doing so well.

  5. When I first contacted Nicola, I had a baby that could only be breastfed to sleep and was waking every 2/3 hours throughout the night. I now have a happy baby who goes to sleep smiling every night and sleeps right through! I kept going off track but Nicola gently put be back on course and as soon as I stuck to her advice rigidly (I was a very poor pupil!) the results were almost immediate. I cannot recommend her highly enough. THANK YOU NIC!!!

    • Thanks Louise, it was a pleasure! You can move to top of the class! I’m so glad all is going so well,

  6. Barbara says:

    Thank you Nicola. I don’t know what posessed me to wait 15 months before contacting CSS. My baby girl never slept at night waking every 20 minutes to a max of 4 hours since the day she was born. It made life very challenging as lack of sleep took its toll on my sanity and on the care of and patience with my older son. Needless to say even my partner had had enough. After a few days following Nicola’s suggestions, my daughter sleeps 12 hours a night and everything looks brigher again. Thank you
    Thank you again

  7. Rachael Arnold says:

    My nine month daughter was a terrible sleeper at night time. She was great during the day but at night time she would wake up to 8 times in the night and would only go back to sleep if my husband or I walked her around the room which was completely exhausting! I heard about Nicola through some friends and she was absolutely brilliant. She spoke with me on the phone explaining everything with such clarity and did not hesitate to answer any questions I had, not only that evening but in the days after if I was unsure about something. A week on and Chloe is managing to self settle much better and we have not had to walk her around the room once! She has also slept through the night every night which has never happened before! I can not recommend Nicola highly enough- thank you so much for all your help Nicola.

    • Thanks Rachael! It was a pleasure, Chloe is a little star!

      • Rachael Arnold says:

        Two months on and Chloe is now sleeping through the night and going down for naps on her own in her cot. She can self settle and manages to get herself to sleep within minutes. I can’t recommend Nicola highly enoigh- she has worked miracles!

  8. After many many tears and hundreds of failed attempts at trying to persuade our 10 month old daughter to nap we contacted Nic. A month on Hattie is still ‘work in progress’ but we’ve seen so much improvement under Nic’s care and guidance. What we’ve valued most is Nic’s constant encouragement – she’s literally been living it with us on a daily (sometimes hourly – sorry Nic!) basis. Nic is incredibly knowledgable with loads of experience, works at your pace and doesn’t ever push you to adopt methods that make you feel uncomfortable which, in our experience, is unique. We parted ways today and miss her already!

    • Thanks Vic! Little Hattie certainly was a tough customer!! I’m glad she has come on so much and I’m confident that she’ll continue to do so.

  9. Our 2 year old went from sleeping 12 hrs/night and 2hrs/day to refusing to go to bed, then screaming for hours and not resettling at all, even with us sleeping on her floor with her. The change was so astonishing and such a shock. After 3 weeks, which seemed like 3 years, we contacted Nicola for help. In our call, she gave us the confidence to believe we could get our little sleeper back and wrote a detailed plan. In just 4 days, our daughter was back to sleeping 12 hrs/night and enjoying her daytime nap too. We also got our happy, chatty little girl back. We recommend Nicola 100%. She’s a true expert; kind and empathetic too!

  10. Big thanks to Nic for her help with daytime naps in the cot. It was when I was walking my 1 yr old daughter in the buggy for naps two times a day including all through the freezing snowy weather that I felt enough was enough. I knew I needed a plan for napping in the cot but even having read several books, I just didn’t know which approach was best for us and hence never had the confidence to stick it out consistently. So after a personal recommendation, we called on Nic’s help. A few weeks on and our daughter is now sleeping contently in her cot at lunchtime and we’ve even managed to extend her usual 35min naps to over 1.5hrs on most days. Nic really listened to me and understood my daughter’s personality/needs and tailored a solution just for us. Honestly, I think it’s a miracle! We are thrilled with the progress and I’m even typing this while my daughter is napping:-) Thanks a million Nic!

  11. Heather says:

    Thank you Nic for your initial consultation & problem diagnosis and the ongoing support and advice you have provided to my family. When you were recommended to us we were in a bad place of extreme sleep deprivation, no more than an hours sleep consecutively at night for 2 months and 5 hours of walking in the day. I think the official terminology is “hell”! With your help and fantastic support I now have a 6 month old who sleeps through the night, naps in his cot and my partner and I are able to enjoy parenthood. You always provided excellent solutions, but sometimes all we needed was sympathy & encouragement and we got that in bucketloads. I cannot recommend you highly enough! You said it would be hard work, and it was, but it was certainly worth it! Thank you! Heather & Callum

    • Heather, that is so lovely! Parenthood is there to be enjoyed (most of the time!) but it is so hard to when you are simply exhausted! Callum is a little hero doing so well, all help was a pleasure!

  12. After being at my wits end, walking for hours a day or sitting parked outside my house whilst the boy slept in the back- and this was after a daily 5am start and several night wakings, I contacted Nicola. I have to admit that I did not believe that her plan would work and was hesitant to remove my bad habits. The first time I implemented a daytime nap IN HIS COT, he slept! Following a strict routine every day has resulted in him sleeping 11-12 hours at night and napping from 9-10am and 1-3pm, often without a murmur when put in his cot. He is so used to the routine that he yawns when I read him his pre-nap story. I may not be able to go out to lunch with friends any more but it has been worth it. I now have a properly rested and contented little boy. Thank you for your guidance Nicola.

  13. Adi Zuk says:

    Thanks Nicola for giving us our free time back. We used to spend stressful hours fighting with Alexa trying to get her to sleep. Now we have family time before bed that we all really enjoy. And the best part is Alexa fall asleep without any fuss or complaints. Lexy is also sleeping (mainly) through the night after only a few days on the program, and her eating and her moods during the day have improved so much.

  14. I was impressed with Nic from the first email correspondence we had. She was both caring and professional. In person, she was warm and took a lot of trouble to understand the difficulties around my daughters sleeping. It was helpful to have discussed all the different approaches I could try and then have a detailed written plan. Bedtimes improved within a few days and Nic was alway there for ongoing support and help with any issues that arose. In less than two weeks there was a dramatic improvement. My daughter was getting the sleep she needed and I had my evenings back. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Nic. Thank-you again for all your help.

  15. I have to say Nicola is absolutely fantastic. I rang her in quite a sorry heap, I was exhausted as my baby was waking up 4x a night. We decided to seek help and after taking Nicola’s advice saw a dramatic improvement straight away. We took the sleep training at my pace, using methods only I was comfortable with and she was always there to support. Now we have a baby who sleeps well the majority of the time, he is only human! Lol. However what I didn’t realise we would get from the sleep training is a very structured day, everything else just fell in to place once the sleep was sorted out! I really couldn’t recommend her enough!

  16. I highly recommend Nicola’s services – and her results! We consulted her after our toddler’s sleeping deteriorated leaving us both exhausted (and me with a small baby to look after as well). Nicola was fantastic at responding swiftly and went the extra mile to understand the sleeping problems, she then helped us identify what techniques would work for us, with amazing results – in just a few days he was (usually) going to sleep on his own, happily, and sleeping through the night again. It has made such a difference to our family and I can’t rate Nicola’s knowledge and approach highly enough. Thankyou Nic!

  17. Lee & Caroline says:

    We first contacted Nicola when the twins were 12 weeks old. They were extremely restless and we were having to get out of bed on average over 30 times a night to settle them or feed. Nicola was fantastic. During our initial conversations she provided a good understanding of the possible causes and was extremely optimistic. After 12 weeks of no sleep it was refreshing to hear there was hope. Within 3 nights following Nicola’s plan the twins were only waking once or twice a night for a feed. They’re now just over 4 months and have slept 7.00pm-6.30am 4 out of the past 7 nights. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Nicola’s services. We have happy and content twins and a 3 year old with parents with energy to play once again. Thanks so much Nicola!

  18. We contacted Nicola when our 9 month old daughter was refusing to self-soothe and wasn’t sleeping through the night. We were exhausted and Nicola was highly recommended. Her questionnaire allowed us to really think through what was happening and made our call extremely useful. Nicola is a miracle-worker – within 24 hours of Nicola listening to our entire schedule with our daughter and changing it for the better, our daughter was sleeping through the night as if she’d never known anything different! If you are having any trouble, please call Nicola and don’t think twice about it, because there isn’t much that’s more important than the whole family regularly getting a decent night’s sleep – priceless! Thanks again Nic! X

  19. Sarah Johnson says:

    We were lost in a fog of over-tiredness and over-reading. We knew we had to teach Maceo to sleep but we couldn’t agree how and I was worried I was going to traumatise my baby. Nicola was fantastic! She provides a service that is extremely thorough, professional and very compassionate. It was so good to have someone we could speak to on the phone in the morning to discuss the previous night’s adventures – without her support there is no way we have been able to see it through. Now we have a baby who is well rested, has great sleep skills and we can’t believe the days of walking with the buggy at 2am are over!! Thank you Nic!

  20. Jo Taylor says:

    We contacted Nicola on a recommendation and we weren’t disappointed! At 4 months our daughter had started waking every two hours in the night and I knew I was getting in to bad habits but didn’t know what to do to fix it! After speaking to Nicola, and following her advice and guidance to the letter we saw immediate results and in 3 nights she was sleeping through the night and has done ever since – I couldn’t believe it!! I felt really nervous before speaking to Nicola but she was great, very supportive, didn’t judge and gave me the confidence to help our little girl learn how to get to sleep on her own. I would highly recommend Nicola! Thanks again x

  21. Elinor Vasiliou says:

    I hadn’t slept longer than 2 hours in 6 months. Our stair carpet was wearing thin from the double-figure trips I was making to resettle our daughter throughout the evening – sometimes only 5 minutes after going down! Breastfeeding on demand as a newborn had morphed into having to feed her to sleep. Every. Single. Time.

    Then we met Nicola and everything changed.

    She taught us how to correctly do the sleep training we’d tried and failed at, and suggested some simple practical changes to our bedtime routine. Within 2 days our daughter was sleeping better and now, a month on, I say goodnight at 6.30pm and hello again at 6am.

    She has totally changed our lives. If you’re uhmming and aahing about whether to call Nicola, stop it and call her now. It will be the best money you’ve ever spent.

    Thank you Nic!

  22. We’ve worked with Nic twice now – once when our daughter was 6 months old (through a seminar format) and more recently now she is two and a half (with a private consultation at our house). Initially she was struggling to go to sleep in the cot both for naps and in the evening. More recently she has been waking up repeatedly during the night for months on end. With a newborn to look after too we were all exhausted.

    Both times Nic’s advice and non-judgemental support have reaped rewards very quickly – within 3 days in the first instance and 1 night on the second. Whilst we think our daughter’s sleep will always be erratic we now feel that we have the tools we need to help her. We only wish we had been in touch again sooner!

    Thanks Nic. You provide an invaluable service and I will continue to recommend you to friends.

    Vikki

  23. Hannah Pittam says:

    Thank you so much for the brilliant advice and support you have given us. Our lives have been totally changed. Before we contacted you our 21 month son had never slept more than 3 or 4 hours in a row. 6 weeks on he is relaxed when he goes to sleep and sleeps through the night. Amazing! Nicola kept me on track whilst being sensitive to my anxieties. Thank you!!

  24. We had all the sleep problems you could think off, night waking , early riser, a child who needed me to be there until he fell asleep both at nap time and bed time . I was really desperate to have my sleep back i was feeling like a zombie and I had a grumpy tired child, that was until I spoke to Nicola.

    Think you so much for your advice and guidance , I never thought it was achievable but we now have a child that settles himself to sleep at nap time and bedtime , no more night wakings and a child who no longer wakes up at 430-5am . I now have a child who sleeps through 7pm – 7am I didn’t think it was possible but you have transformed our lives.

    Thankyou for being a miracle worker x

  25. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me and my family. Life is infinitely happier since we are all getting some sleep and my daughter is a different child – far fewer tantrums, happier to do as I ask, going into nursery happily…the differences are endless both to her, me, my husband and even my son. She has gone from waking for literally hours at a time at night to sleeping AT LEAST 12 hours a night without a peep! You are truly a miracle worker and I feel like I can start living life again rather than just existing so thank you from the bottom of my heart x

  26. Nicola you have been amazing!! I cannot thank you enough for turning my life around and helping my children get a good nights sleep. I feel like I’m starting this whole parenting business afresh and as a new, happier mum so from the bottom of my heart thank you x

  27. I just wanted to write and say the hugest thank you for your help a month ago. Two days after our call, things started to improve and, after a week, Ben was sleeping through the night (rather than being awake for 4 hours most nights) and day time naps have been a breeze ever since. Amazing what a difference a phone call and a few simple changes has made to the happiness of this household!. I was dreading a three day trip away from home and was sure Ben would be waking every guest in the hotel but he was so settled in his new routine, even a change of location didn’t affect him. All in all, the best £75 I have spent since he was born and I have recommended you to loads of friends already. Can’t thank you enough!

  28. Nikki & Paul Mulvey says:

    We thought we were the luckiest parents as our two year old had always been a perfect sleeper. Unfortunately something changed and we had weeks of broken sleep, we tried a number of things and were forever looking for solutions on the Internet (whilst awake at 3am)! Nicola was recommended to us and we were so glad that she was, thanks to her understanding, knowledge and approach we soon had our daughter back to sleeping through the night.

  29. Stay @ home dad says:

    Nicola, thank you for saving my marriage and my sanity! We are all getting so much sleep and I hardly know what to do with myself in the evenings now. WE cannot thank you enough. And even more importantly our children are transformed!! They are actually not the moany, high maintenance kids I thought they are, they have just been tired like me for a long time. We owe you everything, thank you!

  30. Neil & Michelle says:

    Hi Nicola,
    I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for the advice and guidance you gave me. Eva is now a very good little sleeper – it did take time for us to get there with naps, but we all have in the end.
    With everyone now sleeping through the night, it has really changed our lives. The benefits of good sleep have been endless for Eva – she now has a healthy appetite, wakes up happy and smiling and is full speed ahead in her development!

  31. Our call to Nicola felt like a SOS call as we were in tatters after trying out what felt like a very traumatic training method with another sleep trainer.
    Our son was one year old at the time and waking up to 5 times a night.
    Within a few minutes of speaking on the phone with Nicola i felt totally reassured and that we were in the safest of hands.
    Nicola is amazing because she has a deep empathy for the children and parents she works with. She really took the time listen us and work with us in a way that felt right for us.
    She is so knowledgable about sleep and children and applies this knowledge in a very practical yet sensitive way.
    She was a great source of support during a difficult time and we are very grateful to her.
    Our baby settled down very quickly with Nicola’s advice and soon got the gist of how to sleep through.
    I would recommend Nicola to all parents who are looking for a very knowledgeable and reliable and caring sleep trainer.

  32. Hannah Pittam says:

    Hi Nicola,

    I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help with teaching Ben how to sleep. We were both desperately short of sleep and didn’t know what to do. He now sleeps through the night and goes to sleep on his own – hurray!. You gave us brilliant advice and even though he often tries different delaying tactics we now know what we should do in response. Just in time for the arrival of number two!

  33. Kellie Gread says:

    Thank you so much for your advice and support in shifting my early-waker 20 month old into a much more reasonable-waking toddler! I honestly just thought he didn’t need as much sleep and we were doomed to 5:30 starts, but you gave me confidence that his bodyclock could be changed. We followed your simple instructions and low and behold after 10 days our son now routinely wakes at 6:45, and is much happier, as are we! I really can’t thank you enough.

  34. My husband I were desperate to get our (then) 5.5 month old daughter to sleep properly, instead of the 3-4 feeds a night she was having, and then becoming wide awake at 4.30am!

    Nicola is a lovely lady and has been unbelievably helpful and supportive. She is clearly a real expert when it comes to baby sleep. She gave us a very detailed , bespoke plan for our daughter and within a week she was sleeping 11-12 hours overnight with no feeds. She was always happy to help with advice and suggestions via calls and emails. I can’t stress enough how much Nicola helped our family.

    My only regret is that I didn’t get in touch with her earlier! 🙂 x

  35. Candy Warren says:

    Nicola I just want to say thank you so much for all your help and advice over the past two years. You’ve helped both my daughters sleep so well I honestly can’t thank you enough. I highly recommend you to all mums and dads who are having trouble with their little one’s sleep habits as you’ve been so understanding and patient with me. My two year old is now in her big bed and sleeps amazingly. My 4 month old has settled into a great routine thanks to your help from week 3 when I was a hormonal wreck!! You helped me remain calm and sane… Thank you SO much!!!!
    xx

  36. Our little boy, who is 22 months had always been a brilliant sleeper! But after a series of bad ear infections, he began to wake up two or three times a night and often wouldn’t go back to sleep for an hour or more.

    Following an operation to have grommits put in, George’s ear infections stopped, but the night waking had become habitual and continued. George was also very unsettled since the operation and became upset if I left his room once he was in his cot. I was sometimes sat in his room for two hours before he’d go to sleep.

    I tried looking at advice online, but it all seemed very conflicting and confusing. A friend recommended Nicola and I am so pleased she did! After a skype session, Nicola sent me a plan tailored to George and I started to see changes in his sleeping pattern straight away. I also didn’t have to leave George to cry at all.

    Having Nicola’s advice along the way was great and after two weeks, George was happy to go into his cot and for me to leave the room, and he is sleeping through regularly again!

    I would definitely go to Nicola again if our family ever has any sleep problems in the future and I feel much better knowing help is out there! I have my evenings back again and we are all getting a good night’s sleep. Thanks so much, Nicola!

  37. Nicola helped with our 7 week old – he would only sleep in my arms and our family was suffering as a result. My husband was on the sofa and I was a basket case.

    People had told me he was too young to be taught to sleep on his own but Nicola’s techniques really helped him settle in to that. The biggest challenge was his naps – he would only nap for 30-40 minutes and was exhausted in the day time (meaning inconsolable at times).

    With Nicola’s help in extending his naps he was having 4 long naps a day within a couple of weeks. He’s 16 weeks and now has 3 very long naps in the day time and sleeps through the night. With the techniques provided by Nicola I learned when he was tired rather than hungry and I now know how to settle him to sleep with minimal fuss if he does wake early from a nap or in the middle of the night – but 9 times out of 10 he settles himself, which is directly as a result of what I have learnt from Nicola (something that would never have happened before we contacted her).

    The biggest thing I’d like to point out is that Nicola was there every day (often multiple times a day, right Nicola!), even at weekends, to help me through it. I was a nervous new Mum with a tonne of questions – every day or so needing help and reassurance which Nicola provided in bucket loads. I couldn’t recommend her enough, it’s been worth it’s weight in gold for our family. The baby’s sleep has never been better, and we are all much happier. Thanks Nic!

  38. Our 11 month old daughter Rosie has slept through the last two nights from 7pm until 6am. She puts herself to sleep in her cot after her books (actually she points at her cot to go in!), and I haven’t heard her at all the last couple of nights. She is much happier and so are we. I think Nic might have literally saved my life, certainly my sanity!! Such a huge change….just over a month ago I was nursing Rosie to sleep on our bed, and feeding her anywhere from 5 to 10 times a night to get her to sleep, and regularly up for a couple of hours in the night. It was horrendous. I thought I was going to collapse with exhaustion most of the time, trying to get my son to school and go to work as well. That we have got to this point in so little time, and without ever having to leave her to cry is just amazing.

    Nicola gave us the plans and most importantly the confidence to achieve this with Rosie. I can’t recommend her highly enough, its the best thing we ever did to get in touch with her and I wish we had done it sooner. If you are reading this and are unsure of whether to consult Nic, do it now. She is lovely to talk to, supportive, never judgemental (I felt I had done all the wrong things to end up in a sleep disaster) and really listened to our problems to develop a plan that suited our parenting style. And she was always on hand to answer questions or just encourage us to keep going. Thank you so much Nic!!

  39. Helen Gard says:

    Nicola’s advice, guidance and support have given back our sanity and energy. Thanks to Nicola our son now sleeps from 6.30pm to 6.30am and sleeps well during the day. He is happier and so are we. I’d say to anyone who is finding it tough to get their little one to sleep to contact Nicola, she really will be able to to help. Nicola was kind, positive, understanding and massively supportive. My only regret was not getting in touch with her sooner. Thank you Nicola.

  40. Kim Stone says:

    Nicola, you have literally changed my life!!

    My 7 month old was never the best night sleeper, and I had always thought that she’d “grow out of it”. But as the months went on and things never seemed to improve, the sleeplessness started to wear me down. My little girl was waking 4-5 times a night and feeding every time.
    The cycle seemed unbreakable and I was feeling lost and hopeless.

    Nicola was recommended to me, and I wish more than anything that I had contacted her earlier!
    After just one week of following Nicola’s advice, my little one can now sleep through, from 7pm-6.30am. Her naps are now spot on and fussless – even my parent/in-laws can put her down to sleep easily. Even her feeding and eating has massively improved in the daytime.

    Highly recommend – don’t hesitate – it will be the best decision you will have made!!

  41. Every day is different with my six month old and her sleep feels like a constant challenge! But after five weeks of Nicola’s expert help and advice, I have learnt so much and feel well equipped to tackle things moving forward. She held my hand so patiently during a very tough time, and now my baby has forgotten all about her dummy and is finally in a good routine at night and during the day. She is doing so much better and I can’t thank lovely Nicola enough! I would highly recommend her!

  42. Rachel Sansom says:

    Our 7 month old often woke multiple times for up to an hour each time and woke at 5. After 2 nights of following Nicola’s advice our daughter started to sleep through from 7pm until at least 6am. This has changed our lives and has made our daughter a happier and more settled baby. Nicola was absolutely lovely and made sure I was totally happy and that the detailed plan was tailored to us. Thank you so much, I only wished we had known about you earlier!!!

  43. Our son had been rising between 4.30 and 5.30 for most of his little life. At 18 months we finally contacted Nicola, so wish we’d done it sooner. She was amazing – tweaking our routine in a way that worked for us, and within a week he was sleeping beyond 6 and now 3 weeks later to 6.30. Thank you : )

  44. Victoria Evans says:

    I have come to consider Nic and old friend now…we first contacted Nic on recommendation a few years ago about nap training for our first child which she helped us through. Since then we’ve had various ‘bumps’ along the way with both our children. Generally on an email basis Nic has always provided prompt empathetic and solid advice according to the individual needs of our little people which we have applied without hesitation. We are currently enjoying uninterrupted 12hr nights from both our children. Long may it last! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Nic to anyone no matter how big or small the sleep problem.

  45. I really can’t believe how much of a difference you have made to us! Holly is sleeping so well at night and in the day. I no longer dread putting her to bed and the association between sleeping and breast feeding is completely broken. You gave me the tools and more importantly the confidence to do this! Holly is happier, we have got our evenings back and I feel more confident about holly being able to sleep at nursery.
    I cannot thank you enough!

  46. Katherine Arnett says:

    I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for your help!! Ellie is like a different baby and we now wake her up from most naps!

    It’s made a huge difference to Rosie too as we have much more time for her and she’s not being told to be quiet all the time whilst we try and get Ellie to sleep.

    For me, I no longer have ‘the fear’ at bedtime which is amazing!

    Thank you so much, from a very happy household

  47. Carolyn Argles says:

    Thank you Nic once again! We first used Nic a couple of years ago for sleep problems with our first child. He responded so quickly to the plan we couldn’t believe it and all in all has been a great sleeper ever since. We recently contacted Nic again for different sleep issues with our second. I was more apprehensive this time round about ‘sleep training’ as I am still breastfeeding and was wary of breaking that special ‘bond’ between us as I was feeding her back to sleep every night waking. I needn’t have worried the approach we took worked well and Nic gave us various options depending on how comfortable we felt. Evelyn is now sleeping through and is much happier for it, as are we! And our bond is as strong as ever! Thank you again.

  48. Thank you so much for your help with Rayaab. I was dreading the sleep training because of the bad sleep associations we had created but even I didn’t predict the speed at which things have improved. I implemented your suggestions from the bedtime after our consultation and he was sleeping independently for naps and through the night the next day. I cannot believe how dramatically things have changed. Although I had a fair idea of what I had to do, you gave me the reassurance and confidence to see it through. Thank you, so, so much!

  49. After a hellish 9 months of consistently terrible sleeping since our daughter was born, we felt hopeless. Over the time we had spoken to several sleep consultants but for one reason or another their advice just didn’t seem to work. A friend recommended Nicola so we got in touch and immediately loved her approach, she took time to understand the kind of parents we were, the approaches we’d be comfortable with and what would work for us and and our baby. She also provided clarity at a time when we were all over the place and couldn’t make decisions and stick to them.

    I thought the day would never come when our baby slept through the night but she actually does now! She even naps for longer than 30minutes which was completely unheard of before. It didn’t happen overnight but with Nicola’s guidance, advice and support we got there!

    We are so appreciative. Thank you Nicola.

    I’m a new, well slept and saner mummy!
    X

  50. Kristen Gastaldo says:

    After 10 months of our son waking every 3-4 hours, and only going back to sleep while nursing, my husband and I were exhausted. We’d half-heartedly tried several types of sleep training, but lacked the knowledge to be confident in our attempts and were therefore unsuccessful. After speaking with Nicola, we had a plan and felt certain we were doing the right thing.

    The results were amazing. We had one night with regular wakings, but no extended crying – and only one waking the next two nights. By the 3rd night, we had tear-free bedtimes and our son slept through the night with no wakings.

    I would advise (and have!) anyone with sleep issues to call Nicola. The consultation was thorough and the advice was very clear. We never have moments of wondering what we should do and we’re all sleeping better for it!

  51. It’s amazing how much our daughter has changed in the last month. Before she was sleeping in our bed, nursing all night it seemed, and now she’s sleeping through the night in her crib! She also fell asleep on her own without a peep the last couple of nights (just kissing her goodnight then leaving the room), something I never thought would happen. You’ve not only been so helpful, but so gracious with your quick and thoughtful answers to my questions. You’ve really changed our lives! I can’t thank you enough.

  52. Esha kapoor says:

    My son has never been a good sleeper and at 10 months I was worried he would always wake up and never nap properly. Nicole has been amazing and helped me to encourage longer naps by adjusting my routine and to also encourage Ayan to sleep through the night. She has supported me the whole time and always got back to my emails so promptly. Will miss having Nicole to reassure me but all the advise she has given will help me not only for the present but future also. Thank you so much

  53. Amanda Webb says:

    I called Nicola on the back of a recommendation of a friend. I was looking more for advice rather than a solution given my baby was only 4 months old and a sufferer of reflux. I needed words of encouragement, a bit of support and maybe some tips that could help my little one get a more settled night. What I got was a 4 month old that started to sleep 7 to 7 with a dream feed!!! One month on the dream feed has gone and I have a 5 month old that sleeps 12 hours a night!! Nicola is not only a genuinely nice person, she is a miracle worker!! I cannot recommend her enough.

  54. Lucy French says:

    After nearly 9 months of no more than 3 hours sleep at a time I decided to contact Child Sleep Solutions on the recommendation of another mum. Sophie had been waking up every night at least 3 times a night to breastfeed for a hour each time and I had fallen into the habit of feeding her to sleep every time. After 3 nights of implementing Nic’s plan Sophie was sleeping through the night – and she has continued to do so every night since! I only realise now just how tired and desperate I was! I cannot thank Nic enough for all her advice and support – she truly has changed our lives!!

  55. Without doubt the best money spent for our daughter’s health and happiness. After 5 months of her waking up to 15 times in the night and napping for 20 minute bursts during the day, we were all exhausted and struggling to cope. Within 2 days she was napping to her routine during the day and sleeping through for a minimum of 8 hours in the night, and reaching the golden, previously unobtainable “sleeping through” point after a couple of weeks.

    Nic’s knowledge, kindness and approachability make her an ideal person to guide any family through the minefield of sleep deprivation and I would return to her in a flash if we encountered any problems with subsequent babies. I’ve also recommended Nic to another friend with a toddler who has seen similar fantastic results in a short space of time!

  56. Leon has always been a rather ‘spirited’ baby so it was with trepidation that we contacted Nicola after a recommendation from a family member. After seven months of broken sleep including many where we’d be up with him for hours in the night, it was a relief to speak to someone who could reassure us that sleep training was the best thing for both us and our baby. Within a week of implementing Nicola’s plan there was a vast improvement and he was sleeping through soon after that. For that month Nicola responded to every email within hours and was always professional and reassuring. Two months on Leon sleeps through 11-12 hours most nights even with teething or illness. He actually seems happy going to bed at night time! It really has changed our lives for the better and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Nicola to anyone.

  57. Our 6 month old didn’t have too much trouble sleeping, he just had trouble re-settling when he woke in the night, and relied on milk to send him off again. He would also refuse to nap in his cot during the day, which resulted in me going on long walks to get him to drift. Following an extremely helpful and positive phone consultation with Nic, a few recommended changes, and a little bit of heartache as we endured the episodes of controlled crying, he is learning to self-settle and has now slept through the night for a few nights in a row (fingers-crossed it continues)! We have even had to wake him on a couple of occasions…

    We are so pleased that we contacted Nic, and her advice has been invaluable. We would recommend Nic to anyone – however trivial the sleeping/napping issue might be, the difference it makes is significant!

    We just need to find an adult sleep consultant now who can train us to sleep through, and not wake at 4am assuming something is up next door…

    Thank you!

  58. Gemma Pressman says:

    I was so dubious reading all these comments before I contacted Nic, but I’m very happy to say I can now understand why everyone is raving about her!
    I really thought I’d tried everything with Josh and that there was no way we could break the vicious cycle of him needing milk at night because his reflux was bad and he was refusing solids in the day, resulting in a hungry and poorly baby. I was worried about all the articles I’d read about sleep training and worried how implementing a plan would affect my 2 year old. However, after a year of VERY broken sleep (often being up with him for hours at a time) with the situation deteriorating and that coinciding with my return to work, I was starting to lose the plot and really needed help.
    Within days the situation had improved. By day ten Josh was reliably sleeping through from 7-6. By day 14 he was also napping for about 3 hours a day. I feel a million times better and he’s now eating like a horse, his reflux has improved tenfold and I’m kicking myself I didn’t seek help sooner.
    Thank you! x

  59. Parisa Danvers says:

    Nicola got our 8 month old with silent reflux from 1-2 hr nightly wake ups to 10+hrs sleep a night in a handful of nights! I have told every mum I know about her both in person and on Facebook as i hope lots of other exhausted parents & their babies are able to enjoy sleep and become sane and happy again as a result of her brilliance!! Everyone deserves the bliss of sleep and Nicola deserves every glowing recomendation she gets. She’s kind, patient, down to earth and fantastic at what she does!

  60. Pre-Nicola, our wonderful but very determined toddler had rarely slept through the night. From very early on, he hated going down – screaming and fighting. We tried everything. We were often co-sleeping just to catch a few hours here and there. Something neither me nor my husband had every contemplated doing!

    Whilst all the babies and toddlers around us seemed to sleep better, we were struggling. I started dreading the nights; putting our baby down became a Herculean effort. During the day, I often felt comatose due to the constant waking up. I felt so dispirited.

    And then Nicola came into our lives.

    Within a week to ten days, we had a baby who slept through the night! Nicola advised us to change our entire bed time routine. Throughout the process, she was compassionate, gracious, encouraging, and intuitive. Not once were we made to feel daft or short-sighted. No question was silly or strange. I felt empowered with Nicola’s plan and strategy.

    Both of us had dreaded implementing the crying out method. The thought of not responding to our beloved baby’s cries filled us with sorrow. Fear not, there are ways around it. Nicola will suggest various techniques and methods, which you are comfortable with. It does take perseverance and discipline, but we did it!

    There is light at the end of the tunnel. If you are that parent who is really down about your baby’s inability to sleep, scratching your head at what you are doing wrong, Nicola will help you. She has made our lives infinitely better.

  61. With had our consultation with Nicola this week and would highly recommend her to any parent who needs a bit of kind and knowledgable guidance about children’s sleep. We found Nic to be supportive, caring, and considerate of our needs as parents. We never felt as though she was imposing her views upon us, instead she was interested to help us find solutions that fitted with our parenting style and that we would be comfortable and confident implementing. And we’ve had immediate success – by just changing a few areas of our approach we’ve had two mornings where our boy slept later (two from two). This has been very much appreciated and we’re optimistic that his early rising will soon be a thing of the past. Thank you Nic – you were great.

  62. Neil Postlethwaite says:

    Maggie was born with colic which developed into reflux, which meant she couldn’t sleep lying flat. Which meant her mother and I would hold her each night, taking shifts, only getting 2-3 hours sleep each ourselves. We lived like this for five months, fearing we’d be doing this until Maggie was in school (five months of little sleep does strange things to you). We spoke to a number of sleep consultants, and Nicola was the only one to suggest we speak to a doctor about the possibility of reflux before we commit to a sleep consultant. When we finally met with her to discuss potential solutions, her common sense, practiced methods gave us the confidence to teach our daughter the vital skill of self soothing. After only a few days, Maggie was sleeping through the night, always meeting us with a smile in the morning. We keep to the same sleep routine now as we did when we started, and they work every night. We genuinely cannot express how much of a positive change it has made in our lives, and in the life of our wonderful daughter.

  63. Nabihah says:

    As a sufferer of anxiety I was beyond scared and nervous to start sleep training my 6 month old who was up every hour of the night, feeding/rocking to sleep and not napping unless on me. I had no idea what to expect and was praying Nicola would be understanding, confident and encouraging as that’s all I needed. I can safely say she was all that and more. I bombarded her (sorry!) with so many questions, she always answered the same day and put my mind at ease. She gave me the confidence to follow through with the training and made crucial changes in my LO’s 24 hour routine, it would be an understatement to say the results have been amazing, I couldn’t be happier. If you’re not sure who to go with or whether to invest in a sleep consultant push your doubts aside and contact Nicola, you will not regret it. I would have paid quadruple the amount had I known the results I would get! I’m happy, which seemed impossible a few months ago, my husbands happy and most importantly my daughter is. I’m enjoying her so much instead of being miserable and sleep deprived.

    Thank you so much Nicola, you’ve been amazing. X

  64. Dominic Muphy says:

    We came to Nicola after a recommendation after our 4 month old was constantly waking through the night and would rarely settle for more than 2 hours at a time and without being rocked to sleep. We were in a mess, but Nicola’s advice and plan has seen us transformed. The baby is now sleeping through the night and has been for months and also naps regularly in the day. We have a happy, rested baby and we have our evenings back and have full night’s sleep! Would recommend to anyone who is having these issues.

  65. Anne-Marie says:

    Nic helped me through a challenging time. My little Munckin was only 7 months old and the Mister was in and out of hospital (more in than out), for a good 5 months. Nic helped me get my Munckin off the boob and into a cot! It saved my sanity, as i was up every two hours, then out to the hospital. I was on my last legs.

    Although we have now found our own routine (3/4 months down the line), we 75% keep up with Nic’s routine. I cannot recommend her enough.

    Nic was really open and honest, as well as extremely friendly and helpful. Her supportive approach, made me feel like i could ask her anything.

    Don’t hesitate to use Nic if you too need to find your baby’s sleep! And indeed your own.

    Thanks Nic 🙂

  66. Thanks to Nic’s support, our 6 month old son self settles at bedtime and sleeps extremely well. We are still getting there with naps and some night waking but things have immeasurably improved from what they were – I can’t thank her enough!

  67. I honestly can’t recommend – or thank – Nic highly enough. Our daughter is now 6 months old and from birth had woken 4-6 times a night to feed as well as struggling to nap in the day. It’s fair to say I was at my wit’s end! In less than 2 weeks I now have a baby who gets herself to sleep and goes for 12 hour stretches at night – and we didn’t leave her to cry. Not only is she much more content, I’m parenting so differently now I’m getting sleep; I’m enjoying her, playing with her, I have more energy and patience. I’m a far better partner, and I have started to feel like my old pre-pregnancy self again. Nic’s help has totally transformed our lives!

  68. Dear Nicola,

    We reached a bit of a milestone last night when Violet slept through for the 28th time in a row…I never thought I would say that! 4 weeks of uninterrupted sleep!

    Thank you so much for all of your support, without your sensible, detailed and realistic plan I dread to think where we would be. I had reached the point where I didn’t think Violet would ever sleep through and was waking so frequently, it was pure torture. I remember reading a testimonial on your website that said their baby had slept through the night for the first time and I thought “I want to be able to say that too!” and now I can. It is so very comforting to go to bed without having that feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach, intimidated by what the night may hold. Most importantly, I don’t find myself resenting my beautiful baby girl, I feel like we worked through it together as a family and Violet always knew I was there for her. Honestly, anyone who is having similar problems should just pick up the phone and call you, they won’t regret it.

  69. Laura Charalampidou says:

    I can’t recommend Nicola enough! My daughter now 9.5 months old sleeps though the night (11-12hrs) without waking up! We had our consultation and a tailored sleep plan put together by Nicola when Eleni was 8 months old and it worked miracles! It was hard at the beginning but the motivation that Nicola gave me was driving us forward and only couple weeks after we started doing it my daughter just went from waking up 3-6 times a night to 1 time and then to 0!!! No more night feeds. Eleni has a wonderful daily routine which she enjoyes herself so much and ALWAYS self settles which no-one could fault!

    Thank you for your amazing help Nicola – you are a real sleep fairy! I am bragging about you to everyone I meet!:)

  70. Our three year old had always been an excellent sleeper, but it all fell apart a few months ago when he started refusing to go to bed unless one of us was with him, and waking up multiple times in the night, sometimes waking our baby. After 3 months of this I arranged a phone consultation with Nic after seeing a recommendation on a local forum.

    She gave us a very clear, tailored plan, and planned for every eventuality, striking the right balance between sensitivity and toughness. The sleep training had a profound effect on our son from the get-go, and the first few days were tough, but he stopped waking up after 4 days. A month later, he is going to sleep by himself with minimal fuss and sleeping through every night.

    The best £90 I’ve ever spent!

  71. I just want to echo all the glowing recommendations about Nicola, as my own recent experience has been extremely positive and a total success. My 6 year old Aaron who had previously been a good sleeper, started waking on and off throughout the night & calling out that he was scared. We fell into the easy trap of cuddling up with him to make him feel safe, which with hindsight made the problem worse. I was unsure if it was even purely a sleep problem as he was also scared in the daytime, however on talking it through with Nicola I felt optimistic that her strategies might work.
    Fairly quickly we stared seeing positive results and several weeks down the line we had a child that once again slept through the night. It’s not been without the occasional lapse, but each time we’ve managed to get back on track with the techniques we have learnt from her.
    I cannot thank Nicola enough for her support, guidance and empathy, without which we would be knackered & grumpy parents at our wits end!
    Thank you so much xx

  72. Rebecca Gall says:

    Our 2.5yr old daughter Ruby was fine at sleeping through the night but her morning wakes were always 4.15 – 5.30… Gruelling! We had a Skype chat with Nicola in September 2016 and were given a range of techniques to try, mainly to persist with the GroClock and then give a reward when she waited for it. Nicola had suggested it could take four months work to fully fix our mornings and sure enough, it was Christmas when things finally fell into place. We were gradually able to set the clock later and later, finally reaching the ultimate goal of her actually waiting till 7am! Thank you Nicola, for giving us our mornings back!

  73. Kim Heffernan says:

    Thank you so much for your expertise and advice Nicola. As you know, we faced three big problems with our 16 month old’s sleep: difficulty getting him to sleep, multiple night wakings and early morning waking. After completing the questionnaire and our telephone consultation we agreed that gradual retreat training would be best for our son. You suggested some changes to our bedtime and nap routines, which had the effect of making us more consistent and getting rid of some bad habits (e.g. screen time too close to sleep time).
    The results have been fantastic. After a few days he was settling better for naps and nighttime sleep and sleeping through consistently. As you predictaed the early waking took a bit longer but after 30 days that was much better too. We now look forward to the bedtime routine rather than dreading it.
    This had had such a big impact on our family life and ability to juggle work and childcare as we’re not exhausted from being up and down with our son all night and sleeping on the floor of our his bedroom. We are so grateful for your help. Thank you!

  74. James French says:

    As our son Jacob reached a year old we had a horrible realisation that over the last nine months we could only remember a handful of nights where he had slept through. Sometimes he would wake up five to ten times a night with inconsolable crying. Everyone keeps telling you it is ‘just a phase’ and they will ‘grow out of it’, but both physically and mentally we were beaten and needed to do something about it.

    We reached out to Nicola and arranged a 90 minute Facetime video consultation. We spent the first half of the call going through our current situation; routine, health and any other issues. Nicola then talked us through a detailed plan, tailored to our needs, that would help establish a better routine for Jacob.

    A month on and Jacob now sleeps through almost every night from 7pm-6.30am and self settles if he (rarely) wakes up.

    We followed Nicola’s plan to the letter and it has meant he no longer uses a dummy ever, has half an hour nap in the morning (@9.30am) and two hours in the afternoon (@1pm) and he seems to really look forward to his bedtime routine. Also we have noticed he is in a much better mood now more of the time. My wife and I are both getting great sleep and it has certainly had a positive effect on our relationship.

    We can’t really thank Nicola enough- we were so impressed with the advice she gave and it has completely changed our lives for the better.

  75. Nicola has completely transformed our little girl, Ellie’s, sleep. She had a major sleep regression at about 10 months leading to several months of resisting bedtime, waking several times overnight, often for over 2 hours at a time, and 5am wake ups. We were exhausted and, despite becoming slightly obsessed with reading baby sleep info online, nothing we tried made a difference. We finally called Nicola in desperation when Ellie was 14 months old.

    From the very first phone call, Nicola was brilliant – really warm and reassuring and confident she could make a difference for us. We then had a 90 minute FaceTime consultation and the same day Nicola sent us a detailed 21 day “gradual retreat” plan for us to follow. We were worried about leaving Ellie to cry but Nicola tailored the plan to suit us with that in mind.

    Implementing the plan was a lot easier than we expected and it really helped to have every single detail set out for us. Nicola also responded really quickly to any questions we had while we were going through the plan so we were never stuck wondering what to do.

    Ellie’s sleep dramatically improved from day 1 of the plan and nearly 3 months on, the results have been far better than we ever dared imagine. She now consistently settles herself to sleep calmly at bedtime and sleeps through until at least 6:30am. It genuinely isn’t an exaggeration to say that the plan has changed our lives – both my husband and I have started regularly exercising again for the first time since Ellie was born instead of taking it in turns to catch up on lost sleep! My one regret is that we didn’t contact Nicola sooner!

    Thank you again for all your time and support Nicola. The results have been truly amazing!

    • What a lovely message to read! I am so pleased to hear how much it has changed your lives. She is an absolute star and responded so well! It really was a pleasure.

  76. Nicola has completely changed our lives. In the space of a few weeks my eleven month old went from sleeping for a few hours at a time and needing to be fed or held to sleep to going down awake in her cot, putting herself to sleep and staying there until the morning. My older daughter has benefitted from Nicola’s routine too. The follow up has been great and Nicola has always responded with helpful advice to my further questions. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

  77. I’ve been crafting this message in my mind for ages and have been too superstitious until now to commit it to the World Wide Web! But the time has come…..

    Nicola is quite simply the only person you should contact if you have an issue with your baby/child’s sleep. I had spoken to a few other ‘sleep specialists’ who advised things I wasn’t comfortable with – like just feeding formula – and I’d read every sleep site online and tried to apply as many of the different theories as possible to my now 11 month old daughter. And nothing worked, she woke multiple times through the night – often not for food and sometimes wouldn’t settle for hours, she woke early and her naps were all over the place. I was a sleep deprived, paranoid wreck and couldn’t see the wood for the trees. Then came Nicola and I finally felt like someone was looking after things and holding my hand through the mess that is trying to get your baby to sleep when you have literally run out of energy (and therefore revert to everything you shouldn’t – rocking, patting, feeding, co sleeping etc…) just so you can sleep.

    From the initial chat I knew we were in good hands, people above have explained the process and ours was no different. My daughter responded well to the methods suggested by Nicola and we began to get to much more predictable nights but still after 4 weeks there were unexplained wakings with long settling times. Nicola was a complete angel through this and responded patiently and incredibly supportively to my many many many questions every day as I tried to pinpoint what the issue was. Nicola worked the issue out (it turns out my daughter really is a sleep anomaly!) and literally from the day we implemented a slightly amended plan, my darling girl has slept through the night (that’s 15 nights and counting now and it’s been super hot so even more incredible!). She still hasn’t managed the later wakings or the more consistent naps but we’re working on them and whereas pre Nicola I’d have panicked at every 30 minute nap or 5:30 wake up, I now know that even if the day takes a while to come together, we’ve got the nights which means that I get sleep and am rested and can be the mum I really want to be.

    To reiterate the people above, my only regret is not to have contacted Nicola sooner, she is so kind and thoughtful and encouraging and knowledgeable and unbelievably supportive. Thank you so so much x

  78. Charlotte Mahon says:

    My husband and I had Nicola round for a home visit in Feb 2017 to help with our boy & girl twins’ sleep who were waking throughout the night and only settling back to sleep with being nursed. The same for naps too.

    Nicola was very understanding, non judgemental and sincere. She helped us get into a suitable routine and put in place a plan to help settle the twins back to sleep at night.

    It took perseverance but within 2-3 weeks we had completely cracked it. Our twins were 7.5 months at the time, are now 14 months and still sleeping fantastically. Thank you so much 🙂

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