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Has anyone hred someone to sleep train their baby?

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mamachat Tue 12-Aug-08 21:00:35

DD is 13months old, she wakes every 1-2 hours throughout the night to bf back to sleep.

I am under alot of stress at the moment and do not think I have the energy to let her cry it out. I am newely single and feel that will be too much to deal with at the moment...

Has anyone hired someone to sleep train their baby? I am in London and if someone could recommend someone that would be great... Also if you have any idea of fees charged I would be intrested to know..

PortAndLemon Tue 12-Aug-08 21:04:55

Aloha used the consultant in this article successfully.

mamachat Tue 12-Aug-08 21:13:28

so how much did you pay in total? And what was your dc like before and after?

PortAndLemon Tue 12-Aug-08 23:26:54

It wasn't me, it was aloha (who I think is off MN at the moment), but I remembered the article. I'm not sure how much it was altogether -- around £500? -- but she seemed very happy. You can see some comments from her on this thread.

Dynamicnanny Tue 12-Aug-08 23:35:13

Most night nannies would probably be able to help sleep train and would cost little less - you can advertise on Nannyjob, Gumtree and Netmums.

mamachat Tue 12-Aug-08 23:44:50

Oh I might try a night nanny then, I really cannot afford it but will go insane if something is not done...

UmSami Wed 13-Aug-08 01:03:33

I know that this is not what you asked for but just an idea if you decide not to go with night nanny or sleep trainer, and just need more sleep...
do you bed share with dd...don't slap me...I know this may not be your way of parenting...and I'm not saying it's the way to go...I just found that I got so much more sleep with my bf toddler that way, he woke up less, and when he did wake up I could snooze through the he got used to sleeping through i'd nurse him to sleep, put him in his cot and he'd just wake up once a night or sleep through...don't get me wrong...they don't always want to leave your bed and you may just be creating more or different problems later...
not sure if you are also looking to wean your baby or are just in desperate need of sleep...sorry to interfere but you just seem in such need of sleep! Good luck

emmabillie Wed 13-Aug-08 09:02:25

Hello mamachat

I am going to go for Jo Tantum ( Unfortunately, she is busy until the end of September and the fees are not cheap!. She has got a book out with her methods (all in the web site).
I am bringing Emma into bed at the moment so that we can get some sleep. And a dream feed seems to be helping a little bit...
I will keep you posted and good luck!.

zuzkah Wed 13-Aug-08 15:55:42

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zuzkah Wed 13-Aug-08 15:56:21

poshtottie Wed 13-Aug-08 16:39:46

I think i answered your other thread. My sister borrowed a book from the library very helpful and I heared that this clinic gives out very good advice.

mamachat Wed 13-Aug-08 20:32:46

Umsami - dd starts the night in her cot then when she wakes I take her into bed with me. And I bf back to sleep anytime she wakes throughout the niht...

mamachat Wed 13-Aug-08 20:42:54

emmabillie - how old is your dc? and what is your situation at the moment?

I also really want to stop bf, can she help with that?

And what are her fees?

mamachat Wed 13-Aug-08 20:51:27

emmabillie - just found the fees omg... but she is there for 2days and nights... doyou know anyone else that has used her?

hester Wed 13-Aug-08 21:02:55

I used Andrea Grace. She doesn't come and sleep train your baby for you, but she devises a sleep training plan and then you talk to her every day to discuss how it's going/what to do next evening. She charged me 110 two years ago. I thought she was brilliant - really listened to our situation, and specialises in 'gentle' methods - and my dd was sleeping through in four nights.

She has a website you can contact her through.

desperatehousewifetoo Wed 13-Aug-08 21:12:06

A friend of mine used a french lady who came to stay for 3 nights. Got their baby onto a bottle and sleeping through the night (kept dream feed going for a while tho) by the time she left.

I can find out more if you want but she might be one of the people already mentioned. Are any of them french?!

mamachat Wed 13-Aug-08 21:16:04

I have spoke to a french lady who is from night nannies, but yes if you could find out more info I would be very grateful..

Could you possible find out fees and a brief description of her methods?

Also how old was the baby?

mamachat Wed 13-Aug-08 21:18:28

hester - can she help with getting baby off the breast too? I'm not sure if I am too weak willed to do it myself...

desperatehousewifetoo Wed 13-Aug-08 21:42:10

She was under a year old, possibly 6 months?

I will find out what nanny's name was.

Basically did what article said in port and lemon's post.

Said when baby was supposed to be asleep she stayed in her bed with back rubbing, gentle calming.

At times when she should be awake, play with them, keep them awake so they don't fall asleep to make up for lost sleep at night- unless a nap time.

So their dd was given routine of having two day time naps- am and pm, bed about 7pm (dream feed at some point), keep in bed at night no matter how unsettled and wake at 7am to start first feed.

They wanted to stop breast feeding as the mum was going back to work. She expressed and used ebm in bottles. Went cold turkey with no more breast feeds, only bottles with breast milk.

Was very hard for first 24 hours but both parents determined to make it work as, like you, were being woken every hour at night and having to rock their dd to sleep day and night.

I saw their dd the following week (after nanny visited) and had my first hold of her in months as she was never happy to sit with anyone other than her mum or dad. She was smiling, gurgling, a different child because she was getting proper sleep. Whereas before she had only had 20 min naps here and there throughout day after being rocked to sleep.

desperatehousewifetoo Wed 13-Aug-08 21:44:05

My friend has replied.

She says google 'sleeping babies' and you sould find the agency.

Lots of different types of nannies available at different costs.

HTH. Good luck

mamachat Wed 13-Aug-08 21:54:43

Thanks so much desperatehousewifetoo - I will google it now, it is great to know it can work tho... My dd is very clingly also, so hopefully something like this will help...

I just feel like a failur employing someone to sort out my baby. Also I am a single parent so I do not have much money for this kind of thing - or anything come to think of it.. lol

taliac Thu 14-Aug-08 11:31:48

Hey mamachat - more here:

mamachat Thu 14-Aug-08 21:04:11

taliac - I cannot get onto that page for some reason...

hester Thu 14-Aug-08 21:53:04

mamachat - my problem was dd wanting to bf to sleep, so yes we focused on getting her off the breast. Go on, check out her website; she really knows her stuff. Or I can give you her phone number, if you prefer.

taliac Fri 15-Aug-08 11:06:29

How weird mamachat, it works for me.

Try the MN search facilty and look for "sleep counsellors" - its a list of recommendations and some reviews.

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