Meet Our Happy Families

Nurture Parenting has many happy families who have babies who now sleep like a dream. These parents have sent in these lovely success stories to help you believe there is hope and that your sleep problem can be helped too.

They too were just like you once…sleepless nights…parenting confidence battered…feeling broken…and look at them now…peaceful families with sleeping babies and children.

All you need to do is contact Karen and your life can be amazing too.

Arti & Siya 3 months

Karen is an absolute gem. When you get Karen you get MUCH MUCH MORE than just a sleep training expert. Karen’s advice is comprehensive and covers important areas such as baby massage, feeding and transitioning to solids, flexible routines transitioning to set routines, best sleeping conditions, recognising and understanding baby’s tired signs, and baby’s development milestones. Oh and there’s the sleep training! Karen helped us remove our 3.5month old baby’s sleeping crutches (rocking to sleep, pacifier and swaddle) which was causing us so much grief (and no sleep!).
Her approach is gentle and we had a baby sleeping through the night – with no rocking, pacifier etc – on the 3rd night of ST! I would recommend Karen to all new mothers (and especially first time Mums) in a heartbeat. You don’t need Karen because of baby sleep challenges…you need Karen because YOU HAVE A BABY. Being a first time mum is tough as there is so much bad/inconsistent advice out there. Someone like Karen absolutely cuts through all that and provides solid evidence-based solutions and advice. Love your work Karen and thanks for helping us!

Trish & Zac 10 months

I was convinced Karen would tell me there was nothing she could do to help us with Zac’s sleeping. I felt like we’d tried everything. I was driving him to sleep in the car for his daytime naps and waking 6 times a night to resettle (with a feed if all else failed.) I was exhausted and so sleep deprived with zero time to do anything around the house or for myself.

So I was amazed, one session with Karen down, Zac was sleeping in his cot for the first time during the day. It was tough going but having Karen there talking us through it was exactly what was needed. I was nervous about the night session alone but we had Karens advice in our heads and at the end of the phone if needed.

He slept through the second half of the night for the first time ever. It was amazing! We continued with the instructions consistently and Zac knew exactly what was expected of him and was finally enjoying lots of lovely sleep, and therefore happier wakeful times too. I really didn’t like the idea of controlled crying and with thanks to Karen we accomplished sleep training in a much gentler way.

Thank you Karen!

Laura & Matilda 20 months

Matilda had been bed-sharing/co-sleeping with her mummy, Laura for the whole 20 months. She had never been in a cot ever and was still breast feeding 5 times a night. Laura was returning back to work in a month so was desperate to help Matilda learn to sleep independently and self-settle to help with daycare. Mum knew that teaching her to self settle was essential for long term emotional health and resilience but she was worried about what sleep training was going to do with her relationship with her child. A week before Christmas I went to help Laura and her husband on a 2 night Toddler Sleep Magic Overnight Consult.

Within one night Matilda learnt to not only self settle in her cot but resettle within 15 minutes and woke happy for the day. Within an hour of leaving the house she told her mummy that she loved Karen. And by night 2 settling was peaceful and so much easier. This is her mum’s testimonial 3 weeks after my visit.

Dearest Karen,

Everyday Adam and I remain so grateful for you!

You have completely changed our lives! We still can’t believe how easily this all happened and we now have a child who sleeps through the night and eats so much. We are still on a high about it and want to shout it out from the rooftops. We are forever in your debt. We hope you have a wonderful 2017! Happy New Year 🎉

Emma, Carl & Duke 2 years old

Duke had been waking up many times at night and one night he woke 17 times 😳it really was an OMG moment. I just had to go and help this lovely family. He’d also recently moved house and had been on his holidays to several locations in Australia. His parents in desperation had tried a toddler bed. But unfortunately nothing was working. On the night I went to help them he ran round his bedroom and shouted quite a lot. I made a decision to put him back into his cot to help him calm down and it worked a treat. So I had mum and dad frantically reconstructing his cot and by morning we had a much calmer and rested little man. I use a very kind and gentle sleep training method for these little ones and he responded beautifully. And within a week and a lot of hard work and commitment from his parents, Duke had rewarded them with a sleep through 😴💤💤💤 YAY 🙌 and may there be many more where that came from 💙😴💙

Hey Karen! I hope ur enjoying this beautiful day ☀️. I just wanted to give you an update on Duke. On Friday night he went down within 5 mins and since then for his night and day naps he has gone down without any tears 🎉🎉🎉sleep throughs too 🙂 Ecstatically Happy Parents, Emma & Carl XX

Katrina, Tom & Nicolas 9 months

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Karen changed our lives. My 9 month old baby boy was waking an average of 5 times a night and I was feeding him back to sleep each time. The months and months of broken sleep had taken a massive physical and emotional toll. In one night Karen had Nicolas sleeping in his cot (previously it was used for storage) and right through until morning. It’s an understatement to say Karen is a miracle worker.

I was worried that my happy boy would be ruined by “sleep training” but that was not the case. Karen is kind, compassionate and has a wealth of wisdom. Nicolas wakes up so happy in the morning and so do I; I can’t wait to cuddle him – a dramatic difference from last month when I was exhausted, depressed and not enjoying my beautiful boy.

I wish there were more miracle workers like Karen to help the many other sleep deprived families out there. Sleep deprivation doesn’t have to be a right of passage of parenthood.

Katrina xo

Jessica & Mikayla 11 months

As I sit down to write this I am honestly amazed at how different my life is to what I was experiencing a few months ago. Karen will always be our real life Mary Poppins and I can never thank her enough.

From the day Miki turned 4 months old I felt I was living a nightmare. My whole world revolved around Mikayla’s sleep and the lack of sleep I was getting. I was so angry at everything and often broke down and cried at the drop of a hat. Mikayla was my absolute world but she was also breaking me apart emotionally and physically. We had tried a Tresillian residential stay and I had read every book and article I could find on sleep. Nothing worked and I had given up any hope. I honestly had come to believe that this was going to be my life until she eventually learnt to sleep. I had resorted to bouncing her up and down in a darkened room for hours during the day and doing whatever I could to get her and keep her asleep during the nights. Many nights I laid with her in the bed quietly crying and hoping it would all end soon. I felt I had nothing to look forward to and dreaded the next wake up/day ahead.

I called Karen after having 2 hours sleep in 48 hours and although my husband and I were both skeptical Karen was just the breath of fresh air that we needed. Her techniques allowed Mikayla to learn to go to bed on her own without the rocking, patting, and bouncing of the previous 11 months. She brought with her my confidence as a mother and since our first meeting I am honestly a changed woman.

Mikayla slept through the night for the first time ever the night after Karen left. She continued to be an amazing night sleeper since and only wakes if sick or in pain but quickly resettles herself. She even allows me to pop her in the cot and walk out and she goes to sleep on her own. Day sleeps were a little more difficult but a few months on and she is now starting to get the idea of sleeping and sleeping in her cot during the day. It is still hit and miss but it is a huge improvement from where we were.

Karen did not just give me the tools to give to Mikayla to learn to self settle, she made my already very happy girl happier. In the last few months, Mikayla is confidently walking, eating me out of house and home and has a new found love of reading books and talking.

Karen saved my sanity but I am pretty sure I owe her my life. There were some very dark times in those last few weeks and I am eternally grateful to Karen for giving me a new lease on life and allowing me to enjoy parenthood. If you are reading this and feel you need Karen, you probably do. Take the leap of faith it is well worth it!

Samantha & Bella 8 months

Hi Karen.

You have NO IDEA what you’ve done for us!!! Our little bubba has slept through 12 nights straight since you came.

We feel like new parents and she seems to have developmentally accelerated since (coincidence or not)! She eats soo much better too it’s amazing I can’t believe the difference. All I can say is Thankyou. It was hard and there were tears but we are all so much happier for it. Money well spent. Hope you are well . Xxx

Allana & Sandrine 6 months

I cannot recommend Karen highly enough. She is one of those special gems that we were lucky enough to find (actually referred to me via my GP). After helping with our now 2 year old back in 2014 in Sydney we relocated to NZ for a few years.

Having had number 2 in late 2015 I struggling with a reflux baby and no family support and no sleep. Nights consisted of multiple milk feeds 5-6 plus bed sharing due to exhaustion. I knew we would be in Sydney over Easter so I called Karen (I tried numerous resources and people here in NZ and nothing helped) and was lucky enough to get in with Karen over the long weekend. We stayed in an Airbnb apartment with a portacot and obviously not babies normal room, so I was a little skeptical if Karen could still weave her magic. Karen has such a holistic approach and not only looks at sleeping behaviour or lack thereof but diet, health etc and is very update to date on the current research.

Karen had my daughter sleeping through on night 1 and self-settling without controlled crying. I am pleased to announce now back in NZ her amazing sleep has continued she has not had one night feed and if she wakes in the night has been putting herself back to sleep within a couple of minutes. Thank you again Karen you are one in a million and once again have saved us all from world of sleep deprivation.

Racheal & Alfie 9 months

Alfie has reflux and other medical problems, he had never slept through the night and had been to sleep school twice and was still waking many times a night. Mum was more than exhausted and had just about given up hope. Following a phone consult a week before Christmas this is what happened.

Karen, you have changed my life, and that of my family!

I wish I had been in touch earlier instead of spending 9.5 loooong months thinking things would get better. I was too nervous to tell anyone, or contact you, in case it was a one night miracle….but it’s not! We have had 5 nights of sleeping through. I cannot even begin to explain how grateful I am – thank you thank you thank you. Will be in touch properly soon but I wanted to share some of my joy with you. Happy new year! Racheal (and an incredibly well rested and now very happy child, Alfie). X

Michelle & Sophie 4 months

Karen, you’re an absolute superstar and we cannot thank you enough. When others were worried about the 4 month sleep regression, all I could think was we don’t sleep that well now for it to get worse!

After all she slept on us for the first month of her life. We got Karen in to help and managed to get some 6 hour sleep stints, fabulous! Then after a bout of Bronchiolitis mixed things up, we had another chat and wahoo we’ve had her sleeping through the night since 5 months old.

7.5 months now and I have to say leaps are a non event now we have good sleep and her development is amazing. Thank you Karen, very grateful we found you

A picture of our little groover Sophie at Bluesfest at Easter and who loves car rides now (thank god!)

Beatriz & Julia 3 months

Julia was the quintessential catnapper. She was a colicky baby and would only do 45min at the time, only rarely she would surprise us with a longer nap. The nights were not that bad and that’s what kept us going hoping for a change in her behaviour or what I often hear “she will grow out of it”. She was not self settling and we had to rock her to sleep. During the day I used the baby bjorn as a way to settle her.

I soon found myself wondering around the streets of our neighbourhood to make her sleep, unable to seat, unable to rest, always on the move. My back started to sore badly, I couldn’t have a minute for myself, I was exhausted.

I was referred to Tresillian and we went there for a couple of sessions but the situation didn’t improve. Julia was still not self settling and her sleep cycle got shorter meaning that she was only sleeping 35min instead of 45min.

I was really stressed because I knew that Julia could sleep more and wanted to sleep more but I didn’t know how to teach her to self settle and to move from one sleep cycle to the next one.

Karen was highly recommended by a friend and I decided to give her a go. She connected with Julia right away but mainly she understood me. She knew what I was struggling with and she gave me all the tools I needed to act and avoid the 4th month sleep regression.

She gave me back my confidence by teaching me how to read Julia’s signs and tired cues. With her technique I saw dramatic results in the first week. Julia started to self-settle and to move from one sleep cycle to the next one and Karen was there for us checking on the situation and answering my questions. Julia is now a happier baby that loves her cot and her room and naps like a pro.

I would recommend Karen to all the parents that struggle with a baby because babies they do not grow out of catnapping but they can with Karen’s help.

Stella & Valentino 6 weeks

Karen’s approach is confident and extremely knowledgable.
Her ability to recognise a baby’s protest from a serious need is what I believe is her magic touch.
Karen’s approachable and non judgemental interactions have always left me the mother with so much more confidence and enjoyment from my child.
She is one of a kind and an extremely gifted lady.
I feel so relieved that our paths have crossed and I can’t recommend her enough.
Keep up the amazing work xxxxx

Jo & Zara 8 months

Karen you may be known as the baby whisperer but I like to think of you as The Sleep Angel <3

Thank you so much for all of your help getting our Zara (6.5month old) who was waking 2-3 times a night and feeding now sleeping through the night…within a week.

Your tips and tricks are invaluable to any family with a baby…. You were so nurturing not only with her but also with me too, your knowledge is amazing and considering she is my 3rd baby I’ve learnt so much from you… And you’ve been a constant source of support since!!! Thank you again Zara thanks you too XX

Charmaine & Angus 8 months

When I was expecting Baby #3, I promised myself I would NOT fall into the rocking habit (as with baby #2) and end up, for a second time at Tresillian. (Who, for the record are wonderful and do wonderful work!)

But it didn’t take long for rocking Angus to sleep to become a quick and easy habit. To begin with it worked a treat and gave me time with the other two kids. But it didn’t take long before the nights to become very unsettled and soon Angus was waking every hour to be rocked back to sleep. Sometimes it took and hour to get him back to sleep.

I was utterly exhausted. I would cry all through the nights. The days, I just plodded through, dreading the night to come. While I was struggling alone, I thought I was hiding it pretty well. It wasn’t until during a bit of an argument with my partner he said that we were all suffering, kids included. I knew I had to do something and ask someone for help but I just couldn’t bring myself to do so. I’m not sure why.

I tried (and failed!) many different ‘tips’ and one was using white noise in the bedroom. I tuned into 2UE, little did I know what a saving grace that station choice would be! One fateful evening, in an attempt to rock Angus off sleep I heard Karen on the radio talking about her gentle approach to settle babies. It sounded great! So I sent my email off to Karen that week and it wasn’t long before we scheduled our phone call.

I was feeling like a total failure as a mum and I was actually really embarrassed that I had got myself into such sleep time mess with my third baby. But not once did Karen make me feel that way! She was kind, sympathetic and very understanding. Karen’s approach to getting Angus back on track felt so caring, I loved the fact I wasn’t required to leave him alone and was even encouraged to cuddle my little man! After our chat I finally felt I had a game plan! (After reading numerous methods online that I couldn’t bring myself to put into action.) I picked my starting date, and feeling that I had the support I needed, I said good bye to rocking Angus to sleep.

We had the odd set back with colds and coughs thrown in the mix but with the support I had from Karen it didn’t take long to get things back on track.

It was so amazing to watch Angus suddenly become this happy little baby boy, who loved his meals and slept! To have time once again in the evenings to spend with my other children and my partner is wonderful. My mummy guilt has definitely lifted! I can never thank Karen (and 2UE!) enough for her guidance and support.

Eylem & Ava, 6 months

We have a gorgeous daughter Ava. Up until 5-6 months she was an ok sleeper, with a dummy or breastfeed generally able to soothe her back to sleep after waking up during the night…but all of a sudden something changed!

Ava was refusing the dummy and my fail safe solution (breastfeeding during the night) stopped working. Ava was waking nearly every 2 hours during the night and we just couldn’t get her back to sleep. At one point my husband and I were having to camp out in her bedroom taking turns lying next to her cot so she would go back to sleep.

The lack of sleep meant the whole family was cranky and exhausted. We knew that something had to change and we needed some help. My sister recommended Karen. We spent half a day with her and she talked us though Ava’s routine and teaching her how to get herself to sleep. I liked that she provided a holistic solution – looking at Maya’s diet, play and sleep routine. I must say it wasn’t easy and Ava was not happy with the initial change in approach!

There were many frantic phone calls to Karen seeking encouragement and feedback and she was always there to help and provide guidance and support. The hard work paid off – Ava now loves her sleep, is a much happier baby and mum and dad are getting some well earned rest – we can’t thank Karen enough and I would definitely recommend her.