At its worst, my children were taking it in turns to wake us every 1-2 hours each night. Chronically sleep deprived and miserable, my husband and I were recommended to contact Julie Mallon. Being a sceptic, and distracted with the all consuming task of raising two young children, I wasn’t keen on the idea of using any kind of super nanny or sleep consultant. I didn’t want to be told to give up breastfeeding and switch to formula by one more person. I couldn’t stand the idea of leaving a baby to ‘cry it out’ and I thought I knew all there was to know about getting children into a good sleep routine (my eldest had been giving me 13 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night for 2.5 years).
Julie was an absolute saviour. I continue to breastfeed still, and never once had to leave either of my children to cry themselves to sleep. Julie’s approach felt very tailor-made; she was a fantastic listener and astute with her observations of our daily routine and energy. Yes, getting your children to sleep adequately and contently is very much common sense parenting but after months of sleepless nights, that logical part of our brains wasn’t functioning too efficiently. Julie enlightened us with all her knowledge and years of experience and by making a few small and easy adjustments to the children’s day routine, diet and bedtime routine, she set us back on the steady path to sleep filled nights that continue to this day. Now I no longer have the ‘fear’ of going to bed only to be woken minutes later by a crying child and I know that when they inevitabley do wake again in the night that I have the ability to deal with the situation swiftly without reverting back to past habits. Julie is no.1 on my list of recommendations for any sleep-deprived child or parent.