My husband and I decided that we were ready to move out 7 1/2 month old daughter Aria Bennett from the family bed to her room. We knew that the transition might be difficult, since she had never slept separately from us, but after a few days of trying to make the transition ourselves, we thought that the task might be impossible! Natalie gave me a detailed form to fill out so that she could understand our family setup, needs and concerns; then we spoke. I had no idea how passionate, afraid, and worried I was about Aria’s new sleeping arrangement; I felt ashamed that part of Aria’s insecurity, may have stemmed from my energy, but Natalie did not respond in judgment. She was extremely calm, kind, and reassured me that everything would be fine.
I have to admit, the first few nights were hard, but not as hard I as I thought they would be. Natalie worked out a plan that my husband and I could still connect with Aria, but also allowed her to become more of a self soother. Natalie emailed and kept in close contact with our progress and after the first few days we saw huge progress. There was not a question, fear, or worry that we had that Natalie was unable to address, sometimes even more than once :). And now, I am proud to say that after a full session with Natalie, Aria has not only slept all night in her crib in our home, but even slept in a different crib at my parents house! I honestly did not think that it would happen, and definitely not so soon.
A bit of reflection; I am happy that we worked with Natalie, because we could trust that she had the entire family’s best interest in mind. She actually trained me and my husband on how to sleep train Aria, which I am sure was the most difficult task. During our time with Natalie, there were some set backs, and majority of the time they were because of my and my husband’s adjustments to the rules, but again, Natalie did not get tired of explaining to us what we had to do and why, and looking back, I wish we could have listened more in the beginning! I highly, HIGHLY recommend Natalie Carney as a baby sleep consultant. Everyone in our home is sleeping better and therefore we are HAPPY!
Wendell and Casandra B.