What an incredible experience we had. I cannot oversell it when I say it really has changed our lives! I was getting about 4 hours of sleep a night over three shifts and within a week our son was sleeping through! Cate was wonderfully supportive, encouraging, informative, and experienced. I felt totally at ease with her in our home and trusted that she was very caring towards my son to help him feel supported through the process of sleep training. I would highly recommend Cate to anyone needing help to get their little ones into better habits! It was a huge learning experience for me too and have benefited from Cate's wonderful guidance. I cannot recommend enough!
Jodie and her 10 month old son
I was put in contact with Cate and felt at ease straight away. Cate called me to discuss my situation and immediately gave me hope that my son could potentially sleep through as he was waking 10-15 times per night. The initial 3 nights went very well and my son slept through on the 4th night. Although Cate offered continual support and guidance, due to illness and a holiday we slipped back into bad habits. I felt nervous asking Cate for further help but as soon as I did I knew it was the right thing. Cate came back a second time for an additional 2 nights and with close monitoring and amazing support, my son now mostly (only when he's struggling with his teeth) sleeps through the night. I cannot thank Cate enough for giving me the gift of sleep.
Lola and her 6 month old son
We had a great consultation with Cate and decided to put her gentle sleep training methods to the test right away. Cate was super- really understood our motives and concerns in getting our daughters to sleep cracked. We're lucky to have a darling 11-month-old but sleep has never been her strong suit! We'd done our best to battle on and hoped that she'd grow out of it but ultimately decided that her twice daily 30-minute naps and broken nights weren't helping anyone. We followed Cate's recommendations and it took just over an hour for our daughter to settle with gentle sleep training methods. It was hard work but we just did our best to stay strong and remember that all that progress would be lost if we stopped (and it would be confusing for our baby, which ultimately wouldn't be fair). On the second night, she took just 10 minutes to settle. On the third go, she went down with no fuss and slept 12 hours. It was amazing! We felt buoyed by the knowledge that we had follow-up support from Cate throughout, which we've used regularly. Two months on from sleep training at 9 months old our daughter sleeps through the night and regularly takes a longer lunchtime nap. Cate has been great with all our questions -from early morning wake-ups to wake windows- and we felt so grateful for her calm, consistent and helpful approach.
A baby whisperer!
Steve and his 9 month old daughter
Cate was literally a lifesaver for us (we were about to lose our minds). Our 13-month-old slept for a total of 45 minutes at a time, only two hours in his cot, before moving into our bed and breastfeeding for the rest of the night. We had tried so many different methods to help him sleep alone and had given up, getting used to sleepless nights and overshadowed days. We had put off bringing in outside help as we didn't want to resort to crying it out and were worried that we'd be told it was the only solution.
When Cate arrived our fears were immediately put to rest. Her experienced explanation of the process she would take (which supported our son so he never felt abandoned) and her calm and professional demeanor meant we knew we were in safe hands.
Cate immediately went to work and improvements were made on the very first night and continued the four nights she was with us. One of the amazing points was her consideration for us as parents, she checked with us after every intervention to make sure we understood the process and were comfortable. Within four days our son was sleeping from 7.30 pm -5.30 am which was incredible!
Despite hiccups with teething, illness, and leaps since Cate's visit we feel confident in what we should do to ensure we don't undo the hard work she did for us.
Best money I've spent since the birth of my son.
Avalyn and her 13 month old son
Cate recently came to our house and sleep trained our 7 1/2-month-old baby, I can honestly say it's the best thing we have ever done!
From 4 days old our son has been a bad sleeper, the first 3 months he had colic and would only sleep on his dad or me. After 3 months we then managed to get him in his crib, he would sleep 3 or 4 hours and then wake for an hour or two before going back for some sleep, it didn't last long though, he soon started waking up every hour and would only go to sleep in our bed, napping through the days had also become hard work and he would only have a 30-minute nap either cuddling into me or next to me. I didn't realise how bad his sleeping was until Cate asked me to take notes for a few days before she arrived and I was so shocked, our son was probably only getting on average about 9 hours a day, and my husband and I were much less, it was so bad that my mother in law and my mother would have our son once a week just so we could catch up on sleep. I felt helpless and feared this was only going to get worse.
Then we met Cate who changed all that! From our first conversation, I felt completely at ease, on first meeting her I was completely relaxed and positive in knowing she knew what she was doing. Our son took to her very quickly which only made things so much easier for us, the five nights went so quickly and we just can't get over the difference. Our son now sleeps from 8 pm until 6.30/7 am in his own bed, he does wake once or so during the night but settles himself in a matter of minutes, he also goes for naps in the day so much better and for an hour and a half each nap... it's only been a week! My only regret is not getting in contact sooner!
Cate is a wonderful and passionate person and has completely turned things around, I can't recommend Cate enough.
Lorna and her 7 1/2 month old son
Cate is an absolute miracle worker. My 18-month-old was waking between 2 and 4 times each night for milk and I was at a loss as to how to get her to sleep through the night. We also had got into a bad habit of letting her nap in her bouncy chair and also used this for getting her to sleep at bedtime, which was starting to cause us problems if we were on holiday without the chair.
Cate was with us for four nights but by the third, my daughter was already sleeping through the night and going straight to sleep at nap time as soon as she was placed in her cot.
Cate was brilliant at giving a summary of how each night went in the morning that followed, and she shared lots of techniques so I would feel confident taking over once she had left. Cate was extremely patient and caring at all times and used only very gentle sleep training methods. I only wish I had found Cate sooner, but I'm glad I can finally get more than 3 hours sleep in a row!
Gemma and her 18 month old daughter
I am writing this review as my one-year-old naps in his cot. Something he never did before we worked with Cate!! Our son had never been a great sleeper but we had muddled through hoping it would get better. We first worked with Cate when he was around 7 months. We'd been away to the states and the time difference had played havoc with his sleep. She came as a night nanny and helped give us a night off while also helping our little one to self-settle. We weren't ready for sleep training at that stage and I was still happy to feed at night. Cate was amazing. We felt comfortable having her in our home and she is so kind and gentle with babies. Just before his first birthday, sleep had become worse than ever after a bout of illness having recently started nursery. We had all been ill and had done whatever we could to get through the nights - resulting in a baby that was up for 3 hours in the middle of the night, wouldn't go back in his cot, and was very restless sleeping in our bed. In short, nothing was working anymore and he clearly wasn't getting the sleep he needed (and nor were we!) It was time for sleep training and Cate was definitely the person for the job. She was patient, kind, and supportive. Our son did not make her job easy but we have continued what she put in place to get him sleeping through the night. The change has been huge for us with him settling to sleep nicely, staying in his cot all night, and no longer needing a bottle. He is also napping like a champ in his cot during the day. To say it has been life-changing is not an understatement. We truly believe it has been the best thing for our son to learn how to go to sleep. We also feel that Cate has given us the confidence that we know what to do when he goes through periods of being unsettled again. Thank you Cate you are a superstar!
Emily and her one year old son
By the time my daughter turned 2, she had been taking a minimum of one hour of us in her bedroom with her to get to sleep and waking up multiple times, resulting in us bringing her into our bed at some ungodly hour just so we could get some shut-eye. after 8 months of this enough was enough and I found Cate through a recommendation.
Cate stayed with us for 1 night implementing a much kinder technique and approach to sleep training than a previous sleep consultant we had when our daughter was a baby. within a couple of nights our daughter was getting herself off to sleep and by a week she was sleeping through.
From our initial conversation until weeks after Cate stayed with us, she has been extremely supportive and very quick to respond to all communications. I highly recommend Cate, don't hesitate, sleep is worth its weight in gold for your child just as much as you!
Sophie and her two year old daughter
When our son Max was almost 2 years old he had trouble going to bed and was waking up 5 times a night on average. My husband and I had been trying to sleep train Max for months to no avail. As soon as Cate came over to sleep train Max she stopped him from using his dummy fuss-free and helped to significantly improve his sleep.
We liked Cate so much and were so impressed that we asked her to come back to be a night nanny for our newborn baby Jess. Having Cate around made life with a toddler and newborn baby much easier as it meant we had enough sleep to help us function better in the daytime. In addition, Cate gave us loads of advice and worked her magic- at 2 months of age, Jess is now sleeping beautifully in up to 9-hour stretches between feeds at night time!
We would highly recommend Cate. Not only is she professional, knowledgeable, and trustworthy but also a really lovely person to have around.
Jo and her 2 year old son and newborn baby
We were always lucky with our little boy. Despite our worst fears of sleep-deprived nights, and our extensive reading about sleep, our son was a dream sleeper.
So at 18 months when he suddenly started to fight bedtime we were completely unprepared for it. There were nights where we would sit with him in his room for hours only for him to stay awake and wake early, we tried a short controlled crying method which could see us traipsing back and forth to his room for 3-4 hours some nights. We called a sleep consultant, got a plan of action in place and there seemed to be some progress for a while. But the bedtime battles often left us in tears and most nights our son went to bed upset, even if the tears only lasted a few minutes, which broke our hearts.
Just before he turned two, out of nowhere the bedtime battles came back with a vengeance and he started to wake in the night, every night, and sometimes 3 or 4 times or he could be up for hours. We implemented the same plan as we'd been using but it started to feel like we were on a course of madness rather than consistency, as if anything, things kept getting worse. Eventually one night we saw our son rocking in the corner of his cot holding his teddies sobbing. That was it. Whilst the advice might have been sound advice from someone we know is excellent at her job, clearly, it wasn't working for us.
Cate came to our house a week later and was something akin to Mary Poppins walking in. She was calm, collected and so warm and understanding. The thing I loved about Cate was her honesty, her non-judgemental approach and the fact that she tailored her methods for our family. She worked with us to suggest a way forward that was gentle and would work for us and worked with our son, rather than against him.
Bedtimes became less intense and his night wakings shortened in length. We also got the benefit of her wisdom and advice and she empowered us and helped us feel more confident tackling the challenges we were having.
The following night after Cate left we had the most difficult night as our son woke up at 2 am and stayed up for hours! We stuck with the plan and stayed consistent and the following night and all that followed we saw improvements every single night. We couldn't believe it when a couple of days later bedtime took just 6 minutes from the time we left his room to the time he was asleep! A week after Cate left, our little boy finally started to sleep through the night again and our home is quieter, happier, and rested at last!
Given our experience, I was so nervous to spend the money without any guarantee of success but it was, without doubt, the best investment we've made for our family. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Cate to any family who's struggling with poor sleep. She's transformed our lives and I don't say that lightly.