TESTIMONIALS

"You're probably feeling a little (well very!) skeptical that this could work for you.


You're concerned that you have the only child where sleep training just won't work, or your dubious because you know that you have literally tried EVERYTHING to help your little one sleep and this will be more money down the drain like all the sleep aids and props that you ordered from Amazon in desperate hope! 


I get it and every family feels the same but taking that leap of faith with a big dollop of consistency on top produces amazing results...just read the testimonials below for proof!"

We cannot thank Sofie enough for the help she gave us with our 12 month old son’s sleep and urge any parents considering her services to go ahead without delay!

The change she has made to our family is amazing.  We can put our son to bed at night knowing that he will get 12 hours of restful and nourishing sleep, and my husband and I can relax and enjoy our own evening and sleep!

The process was challenging at first, as our son was used to being rocked to sleep. However, with a little perseverance and Sofie’s warm and kind encouragement to us via many WhatsApp messages, our son soon learned to self settle for his naps and at night.

We immediately saw a change in him during the day too; he now eats with relish at mealtimes and his development has raced ahead.

We are so glad we made the decision to use Shuteye!


Caroline - 12 month old Ethan

So I was one of those mums who co slept and feed my baby to sleep for all her sleeps, she hated the cot and would wake every two hours in the night for boob, and i was starting to loose it for lack of sleep!

 

Sofie was very supportive and informative right from the start. We felt very safe in her hands, and the WhatsApp support was invaluable. 


Now babe is waking just once in the night for a feed and goes down fine in the cot, I still can't believe we're here! and I am actually getting some sleep, which is amazing. I feel able to be a partner again and a better mum, and feel much better about the prospect of going back to work. Thank you Sofie for everything.

Tammy 6 month old Anwyn

Our 8 month old daughter had been a good sleeper when she was little but was beginning to wake more frequently throughout the night and the more tired we were getting, the more we took the easy route of feeding her back to sleep! Enough was enough so we called upon Sofie’s help after seeing people recommend her online!


Our goal was to cut out all night feeds, get her sleeping 12 hours and lengthen her naps. My husband was sceptical that our daughter would ever self settle but was happy if at least there were no night wakings. Well, she did it! And it was not as hard as I imagined!


Sofie took the time to find out everything about Isabelle and what we were doing currently with regards to sleep and naps and with a few tweaks here and there, our daughter was transformed!


It is one of the best things we have ever done and well worth the money. Literally life changing. In our house we have a routine of whoever does bath, then does bedtime. Bedtime was always the short straw and now, the bath and getting her dressed for bed is the hard part which speaks VOLUMES for just how stress-free bedtime is in our house now!


Thank you so much Sofie for all the time you gave us and support. Xx



Sarah & Steve - 8 month old Isabella

Oscar, 16 months

Desperate for a decent night’s sleep, we contacted Sofie to help us get our 16 month old boy Oscar sleeping through the night.

We were co-sleeping and feeding to sleep which meant that I went to bed when he did! On a good night he would wake a couple of times in the early hours, on a bad night every hour.

I was completely exhausted and Oscar sleeping through the night seemed like an impossible dream.

With Sofie’s help, Oscar now sleeps in his cot from 6pm/7pm to usually 5am, occasionally 7am or later! He also goes down for decent naps in his cot which means I get some time to myself during the day.

We are very grateful to Sofie for her help – teaching Oscar to settle himself to sleep has literally changed our lives as we now have our evenings back to watch a film over a glass of wine and I have so much more energy and can be a better mum to Oscar now that I am getting a decent block of sleep.

Margot, 12 months 

I’m sat here writing this testimonial at 10.30pm with my husband and our daughter has been asleep in her cot since 7pm. I have no doubt that we will go to bed in a minute, stretch out in our bed and sleep all the way through until she wakes up at 6.30am. An evening totally to ourselves followed by 8 hours sleep is something we thought was impossible before we hired Sofie and now it’s our new reality.

Before we started sleep training, our daughter co-slept. We managed to put her down in the bed by 7.30 pm each night but I had to lie down next to her and feed her to sleep, only for her then to wake up constantly (me rushing in every time and feeding back to sleep again) until we would eventually give up and go to bed early with her and continue to feed all through the night just to help her get back to sleep again. Nap times meant either timed excursions with the pram or rocking her in the sling at home and then very gently trying to lie her down on the bed and unclip the sling without waking her – a pretty unsuccessful technique!

The night we called Sofie our daughter had woken 7 times in 3 hours and we were beyond breaking point. The longest she had ever slept for was 3 hours in 13 months. We never had time to ourselves and never managed to finish dinner together without having to rush in to put her back to sleep again.

Our family had been too nervous to babysit because everyone knew she relied so much on boobs that a date night was out of the question. We really didn’t know what to do and how to change the sleep association we had built up after being encouraged to feed her to sleep lying down after she suffered badly with colic and reflux and refused to lie on her back. Exhaustion was effecting us all and for so long we hoped she would just magically ‘grow out of it’ so we wouldn’t have to sleep train which we assumed involved a lot of crying.

We can honestly say now that hiring Sofie was the best decision we could have made for all of us. Sofie really listened to what we felt comfortable with and took on board our daughters history and really got to know her character and what she would respond well to.

It turned out that sleep training didn’t need to involve as much crying as we had anticipated and Sofie helped us to use a combination of techniques to ease our daughter off the suckling to sleep association to eventually being able to self soothe and sleep soundly through the night! I actually can’t believe I am writing that but it’s true!

It took us two and a half weeks of some dedicated hard work but one night things just clicked into place and ever since then we can now pop her in her cot awake after her bedtime routine, say goodnight and leave the room and she will fall asleep on her own without tears every time.

Anyone that is considering sleep training but is hesitant like we were, all I can say is- it’s only once you all start to sleep (baby included) do you realise just how much was missing before. They need to sleep just as much as you do (if not more) and teaching them the skills to do so is so important- it will change your lives!

I thought giving my daughter everything she seemed to want (boobies and cuddling) was the kindest, most natural thing to do and to a degree it has been but it got to a point where it just wasn’t working anymore and she wasn’t able to get herself into deep enough sleep because after each short sleep cycle she would wake up in a panic due to the lack of nipple in her mouth. She was tired. I was tired and we really, really needed some help and support.

Sofie has been amazing and we couldn’t recommend her more highly. Thank you sofie, you have been our saviour! Our daughter is a happy, rested and confident little girl and her new found sleep pattern has come at the right time for starting nursery.

Wilf, 5.5 months

When we got in touch with Sofie we were at our wit’s end. Wilf’s naps were short and patchy, and to get any naps longer then 35 minutes we had to be out for hours with the pram. Wilf’s sleep had been bad from the start, and once the 4 month regression hit at 3.5 months he was waking up sometimes every hour. We classed 2 hours in a row as a long stretch. We had been rocking Wilf to sleep as well, and couldn’t carry on as he’s a big boy!

We opted to have Sofie stay the first night with us to get us off on the right foot. We were both a little unsure how we would cope with the transition from our room to his cot, and getting rid of the Sleepyhead, as well as everything else, so we felt this was the right way to go.

We couldn’t have been happier. Sofie was calm, reassuring and the perfect person to have there, giving us advice about everything that happened during the first night.

Within a week of implementing the sleep plan, Wilf was self settling in his cot for naps, and he now mostly self settles at night, or he needs only a very little help.

We usually have to wake him up from his naps and he generally only wakes up for one feed in the middle of the night. He has even slept through a few times. The difference is just unbelievable.

We would recommend Sofie to anyone.’

 

Jude, 6 months

We are definitely those parents who wish we had reached out sooner!

Our 6 month old had been a good sleeper but a combination of illness and the 4month sleep regression hit his sleep hard but with Sofie’s help we went from him waking every 2 hours to only twice in the night within 2 weeks and shortly after he dropped these feeds also.

We also ended the nap battles and now have a little one who can self settle at all naps, bedtime and in the night. He also has a flexible routine that allows us to still attend groups.

Sofie’s tailored approach made such a difference after months of trying endless other routines and sleep training and we even started on a 2 week holiday! It is amazing what can be achieved with her help and an ensuite bathroom!

Her support really helped us remain consistent where we had previously floundered and I found her approach gentle and flexible (unlike many of the books!).

We also feel we now have the tools to address further sleep challenges that might come up in the future and Sofie offers a great programme for ongoing support. Thank you so much for helping restore our family’s sleep!

 

Sophie, 8 months

When we called Sofie we had been surviving for months on a few hours sleep a night.

Our eight month old daughter Sophie refused to go down in her cot and so she was napping on me and we were even having dinner in near silence in our bedroom whilst we made sure she didn’t roll off our bed!

This set up, as strange as it may sound, worked for a while, but we knew it was not sustainable.

Starting Sofie’s sleep plan required a big leap of faith but by the third night Sophie was sleeping through the night and going down in her cot for naps.

Sofie was a fantastic support – calm, reassuring and empowering! The effect on our quality of life has been immeasurable.   Thank you Sofie!

 

Adam, 22 months

Sofie is a miracle worker. I honestly thought there was something medically wrong with Adam (22months)
He was worse then a new born. After spending at least 45 mins patting him to sleep with him trying to escape he would always wake after an hour crying and would take forever to settle. Then he would wake up consistly throughout the night, 30mins minimum max after 2 hours. It got so bad with having a 6 months baby to deal with too that he would end up in our bed.

while Adams asleep it had to be deadly silent otherwise he’d wake up, with a 6 month old baby every night was a nightmare

Sofie listened to every tiny detail and took all my worries into account. I didn’t actually think it would be possible to sleep train Adam with another baby but she guided me to make it out and it did

I prepared myself for the worst, I planned to stay awake throughout the nights to make it easier then waking up every hour. But to my surprise the first night wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be and I managed to sleep for 7 hours straight towards the end of the night and that hasn’t happened since the day he was born.

It was a very hard week but ever bit of effort and patience I put into sleep training him was absolutely worth it and Sofie was there to remind me of that

Her techniques got Adam to sleep through the night in his room in 7 days! I never thought he could do it, he became a different person at night. And it made me realise just how tired he was all this time.

Sofie also introduced another amazing thing into Adam life which is reading. Hes always such a busy body that he’d never sit for a second and getting him to listen to a short story was mission impossible. Now he loves books,he comes to me with books and he even sits down to look at the pictures on his own.

Sofie has completely changed all of our lives. Adams well rested, my husband and I enjoy our evenings together. Ive become a better mum now that I’m actually getting some sleep. We’re all very happy thanks to Sofie.

Sofie’s a very good listener and very supportive, she didn’t judge me for anything I did or didn’t do. her passion for this is what made me know I was trusting the right person to help Adam sleep. I feel like I owe her sooooo much and cant believe i didn’t reach out for help sooner. Every tired parent needs to know about Sofie and her magic because it really does work!

 

Felix, 22 months

At 5 months old, Felix would literally wake up in one hour intervals through the night. He would only fall asleep by rocking and that didn’t work that smoothly. Bedtime was stressful and it was taking hours to get him to go to sleep. Nights would end with Felix sleeping in my bed, with my husband on the sofa bed. I was feeding thought the night and my husband and I where beyond exhausted. We could not go on as we where.

Of course we worried getting started, in the main about tears but Felix responded really quickly to the new bedtime routine. He learnt to put himself back to sleep and after a week he was sleeping thought the night – bar one night feed which he later dropped. The first night was anti-climax as my husband put him down and he went to sleep. It was almost like he was relieved we stopped rocking him. The results have been amazing. On reflection my husband and I learnt so much from working with Sofie. Habits can be changed. We thought we had a baby which would never sleep. It turns out we needed to get the bedroom environment right and the bedtime routine consistent.

Sofie was great to work with. She is passionate about children’s sleep. She listens to the problems and helps you work to your goals step by step which you need when you are sleep deprived.

 

Minnie, 13 months

Aaron and I are really pleased with Minnie’s progress so far. When we started she was waking up an hour after we put her down and only going back to sleep if me or my husband (granddad!) got into bed with her. Now she’s routinely sleeping until at least 5am – sometimes through the night, and I’m sure that will get continue to get better with time.

I really appreciated the Whatsapp contact – there are always a million and one questions buzzing around my head with regards to her sleep so it was fantastic to have you there to pester! I also liked the sleep log and have continued to use a scaled down version of it to help me visualise how much sleep she has had and what time she should go to bed for naps/bedtime.

The other great thing is reading – prior to the sleep training she wasn’t into books at all, but now reading is her favourite thing. She goes to the bookshelf and has her own area – she loves picking a book and running over with it to sit in our laps and have a cuddle and read.
Thanks again!

 

Isaac, 10 months 

10 months old Isaac had never slept through the night. He was waking hourly, refused to sleep in his cot and would only nap in a moving pushchair. My husband & I were completely frazzled!

When I heard about Sofie I wasn’t sure but my husband convinced me to give it a go…… it’s the best thing I ever did!

The first night was tough but he slept through on the second night and has done so now for the last 3 months. He also naps perfectly twice a day.

Most importantly though Isaac is so much more happier. My house is a different place now we are all sleeping. I still can’t believe it worked.

Sofie I can’t thank you enough. For anyone considering using sofie please do, it will honestly change your life!

Ronnie, 9 months

When we started working with Sofie I was very apprehensive…I was worried it would involve a lot of tears from both Ronnie and me. He was a co-sleeping boob monster so I really thought it would be hard work. He would sleep 4 hours in his cot in our room, then would wake and get in with us and he only ever napped in the sling or on Daddy. It was getting worse and worse and I was so exhausted from feeding him all night long. It wasn’t working for any of us anymore and something needed to happen.

It’s been just over 3 weeks since we started…night 1 was hard…night 2 he slept through…night 3 he woke once and ever since he’s slept through!!! 6 til 6 (sometimes we have to wake him at 7!). It honestly feels like a miracle. Naps took a little longer to nail but we can safely say he takes 2 decent naps a day…in his cot! As of night 3 he no longer fed at night and now goes 12 hours without boob!

It’s honestly amazing. It was hard but not anywhere near as hard or stressful as we imagined. He took to it very well and it was clearly me wanting to keep up the co-sleeping and feeding as Ronnie was obviously ready for this.

It is harder for us than them! Trust me!

Sofie has been amazing and given us the push we needed. She’s been so gentle and supportive the whole way and never made us do anything we were not happy with. She took in to account all our aims and I can happily say we have ticked off every one. She made sure of that! It was very tailored to our parenting style and Ronnie and he’s taken to it very well and with ease. That can only be due to Sofie and the way she picks her methods so carefully to suit.

We really cannot thank or recommend Sofie enough!

If you’re wondering whether it’s for you…do it! It sounds cheesy but it’s honestly life changing and still quite bizarre to us that it’s possible and is happening! I even managed my first night away in week 2, and have had a date night with both of us since, someone else even got him to bed!

You and your babes need the sleep, don’t go on being so exhausted you can’t function. Get some help and if you’re feeding your bubba all night give those boobs a rest!

Thank you Sofie!

Shelby, 16 months 

I thought I was just unlucky to have a second child who slept badly. I was resigned to not being able to do anything about it other than wait and hope that she would soon turn a corner. Then, at 19 months old, Shelby ended up in hospital and once she had recovered I was on my knees due to lack of sleep.

My friend recommended Shut Eye and I thought, it will never work.
I spoke to Sofie and decided to give it a go.
After discussing the sleep plan I thought that I knew my daughter best, that this wasn’t going to work and that what had been recommended felt like it would work for another child, but not my daughter.
We started the sleep plan with an open mind and felt really empowered by Sofie to follow the plan through.
Night one felt daunting – I threw the dummies and bottles away which she had never slept without ( my choice ) and we began.
Night one was hard, night two was easier. Night three, four and every night since – she has slept for a minimum of 12 hours and has had a 2 hour lunchtime nap every day.
To say this is miraculous and that it has changed our family life doesn’t even come close.
I wish we had done this years ago with our son but I’m so glad we did it with Shelby.
Sofie was supportive and friendly and really listened to the problem and what we wanted to achieve and most of all, it worked!S

Phoebe, 12 months

Like many first time parents, we got in to bad habits trying to get our daughter Phoebe to sleep. 12 months on, we found ourselves with a 1 year old that had to be rocked to sleep and woke constantly. With me returning to work imminently and Phoebe heading off to childcare we knew things had to change.

Having attempted ‘controlled crying’ extremely consistently for 3 weeks, things had gone from bad to worse and it appeared that Phoebe was the only child this approach didn’t work for.

In despair we searched for a sleep consultant and haven’t looked back ever since finding Shuteye. Since working with Sofie, the change has been unbelievable. From day 3, Phoebe has slept through and self settles – something we thought was an urban myth!!

Sofie took time to understand Phoebe and tailor a plan that considered her needs, personality and our family life. Sofie was always at the end of a phone with encouraging words and helpful advice.

We cannot recommend Sofie enough. Family life is so much easier, happier and more fulfilling now that we are all getting a good nights sleep.

Baby girl, 6 months

When we approached Sofie for help, it was with much hesitation.
For 2 months, our little girl had been waking every sleep cycle through the night (every 45 minutes most nights) and needed me to get her back to sleep. She is exclusively breastfed, and needed me to breastfeed her to fall back to sleep. Except she wasn’t really feeding, she had just developed an association between suckling and sleep.
Night after night after night I would be up and down the stairs every time she woke. Each time, once asleep, I would carefully put her back in her cot until I went to bed myself, at which point she would come in with me as it was the only way I could get any rest during the night. I don’t know how I was able to function during this time. I did not have a solid chunk of sleep in 2 months and I was completely exhausted.
Our daughter is what you might call ‘high needs’ – full of energy and personality, and incredibly determined! She would fight sleep all the time, not just at night, and she was easily woken so any little noise and ping, awake! Naps were all over the place – I would feed her lying down on our bed, and hope she would fall asleep, then I’d have to stay there until she woke up. If we were out, it would take a good 30 minutes walking in the pram, or a 20 minute drive, to get her to sleep (with lots of crying) – but she would normally only sleep 20-30 mins. I knew she was becoming more and more overtired as she was not getting enough sleep – chronically overtired as Sofie told us.
We knew it was going to be tough to change things, but we also knew we needed to do something to make life happier for us all.
Sofie really knows her stuff and is on hand to offer lots of reassurance and guidance. Sleep coaching is not easy. But it is possible. I was so worried about our daughter crying endlessly, but this didn’t happen. She actually used to cry more when going off to sleep by the old methods than she did during the sleep training. Within a very short period of time it was as if she realised that we were showing her how to fall asleep, and she really embraced it! She now sleeps about 11 hours straight at night, and naps for usually about an hour. Amazing!
There have been a few bumps in the road, and we still get days where she fights sleep, but I no longer have to let her suckle to fall asleep and now she can resettle herself if she wakes. We can put her in her cot and she will go to sleep without any intervention. I never could have imagined that was possible a few months ago!
Now my husband and I have our evenings back, I get to have a proper sleep almost every night, and we have a well-rested baby.
I would not hesitate to recommend Sofie.

 

Lawson, 8 months

Sofie, a heart-felt thank you for all your sleep help! I really don’t feel like we’d be where we are now without you.

Going from a place of utter sleep horror to now having a proper understanding of sleep and how to approach it, means we now have a baby that, so far, consistently sleeps through the night, naps in his cot (twice a day and sometimes for 2 hours!) AND who takes a bottle – all things which seemed no more than a wish list when we first met you but all of which are now a reality.
To anyone reading this who is considering working with Sofie, and to anyone who has found themselves in a situation where feeding to sleep has stopped working and where daytime sleep only ever happens on car journeys or out in the pram, I encourage you to be coached by Sofie. Don’t waste time; get sleep sorted, get your life back and enjoy your well rested baby.

Ethan, 6 months

My son Ethan was quite a good sleeper between about 2-4 months, when he would sleep through the night from 8pm to 6/7am about half of the time, and the other half he would wake just once for a feed. Then the dreaded 4-month sleep regression came around 4 1/2 month, when he started waking several times a night, sometimes every half an hour!

It became progressively worse after a trip to Hong Kong to visit my family. Beforehand it was enough to put him back to sleep by giving him a dummy, holding his hands and shushing – he only needed picking up occasionally. However, after Hong Kong, he started consistently waking multiple times throughout the night every hour or two. Almost every other night he would stay awake for an hour or two, and would only settle when I pick him up and let him fall asleep in my arms until he’s fast asleep – even then, there is no guarantee that I can put him back in his cot. The early morning waking is the worst as almost every time he is unable to settle down and I basically have to give up after two hours of trying.

Ethan was not very good at napping either. Everyday I tried to ensure that he takes regular naps, but he would almost always wake from his nap after half an hour. In fact I have been so concerned by his naps to the extent that everything revolves around his naps!

A friend of mine mentioned Sofie to me but I was sceptical at first, as I have tried various sleep training methods I read up on the internet, and he could already fall asleep in his bed both with only a little help from me – giving him a dummy, and sometimes stroking his chest. He also had a pretty good bedtime routine and he has no problem falling asleep normally, so I could not see what Sofie could do differently.

However, the frequent (and often long) night wakings were taking their tolls on me both physically and emotionally, and I lost my temper with Ethan almost every night which made me feel so guilty. I have resorted to letting him sleep in our bed a few mornings after battling for several hours after an early morning waking – it was the only way everyone can get some sleep! So I eventually decided to contact Sofie.

Sofie was very sympathetic and assured me that we can get Ethan to sleep through the night and has two restorative naps during the day in two weeks. I did not really believe it can happen in two weeks but it was getting so bad that I thought any improvement would be worthwhile.

Sofie provided a sleep plan just a couple of days after our phone call, and the plan involved only small changes to our old routine so it was not too hard to implement. As soon as we started Ethan’s sleep plan, we saw improvements very quickly. He went from waking once on the first night for 2 hours to basically sleeping through in the matter of a few days. Also, straight away from the first day he slept for just over an hour for each of his two naps.

Sofie has been so supportive throughout the two weeks it really made all the difference – there has been a couple of tough nights and I probably would have given up were it not for Sofie’s support!

Thank you very much, Sofie, Ethan now wakes up well rested and happy, and we can all enjoy our time together!

Emily, 26 months

After nearly 2 and a half years of sleep deprivation, a friend suggested I contact Sofie. Within a matter of days, I could not believe the difference. No more feeding to sleep, creeping around in the dark, sleeping on the floor by my daughter’s bed, or having to share our bed. No more screaming at bedtime or 5.30am starts, and refusing to nap during the day!

We have been through it all. There were so many issues to fix and I thought a good outcome would be just solving one or two of the problems. Sofie worked closely with our family to understand my daughter’s personality and our parenting style before putting together the sleep plan. Three weeks on and I still cannot believe the change. Bedtime is actually a nice, rather than dreaded experience. My daughter is in bed from 7/7.30pm – 7am every night. She sleeps though the night, and if she does wakes up for a minute or two doesn’t feel the need to scream about it! She has even started napping again! This experience has been a life changer for our family. For anyone currently in a sleep deprived haze, I would highly recommend Sofie. Thanks Sofie for all your help! x

Elliott, 21 months

“Can I just say, a massive thank you. You have saved my sanity and quite probably my marriage! I guess you really just don’t understand how much long term lack of sleep really affects everything you do, feel and say.

I’m afraid I can’t really offer much constructive feedback as I can’t see how the experience could have been much better.  I wasn’t judged or made to feel uncomfortable, you took my fears on board, put me at ease and worked with me the whole way through. I felt well prepared going into it, well supported and encouraged throughout, and got the results I was after, after only one night no less! I only wish we had done this sooner ! Elliott is still sleeping through the night and has no issues putting himself to sleep. You’ve been an absolute star, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to every tired mummy and daddy I come across.”

Lucas, 8 months

“We can’t thank you enough – you have been incredible. We have gone from no more than two hours sleep a night, to actually being able to have a bit of grown-up time and more importantly, sleep, and I mean proper eight-hours worth of sleep! I was really worried initially about what sort of recommendations you were going to make, particularly as I thought that you were just going to tell me to let him cry which is the last thing I wanted to do but you didn’t and the plan you put into place for us has worked wonders. We have now reclaimed our evenings and even our eldest son has a bit more structure to his bedtime. 

You have played a fantastic part in bringing us back to a ‘normal’ family life and I’m actually missing our evening chats. Thanks so much for your advice and support.”

Hugo, 28 months

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you from us – we’re getting there in our house now thanks to the support and encouragement you’ve given us to tackle Hugo’s sleep. You made us feel brave enough to tackle everything in one go which worked like a dream. We have a happier Hugo and his older brother is so much brighter too”

Lucian, 10 months

“Sofie is something of a miracle worker. In just a few days, through careful questioning about our habits and a few adjustments to Lucian’s sleep routine, he went from from waking 4 or 5 times a night to sleeping 12 hours straight though. It’s hard to overstate the positive impact this has had on our lives and Lucian’s. Sofie guided us through the process gently and with the minimum of distress to Lucian. We would happily recommend Sofie to any parents who are struggling with sleep or just think their child would benefit from better quality sleep habits.”

Annie, 12 months

“I found Sofie very attentive and understanding of the problems I had with Annie’s sleep and she was happy to work slowly and not leave her to cry which is something I definitely didnt want to do. We had very little crying although it took longer it felt easier to do as I didn’t feel upset.”

Oscar, 16 months

Desperate for a decent night's sleep, we contacted Sofie to help us get our 16 month old boy Oscar sleeping through the night.

We were co-sleeping and feeding to sleep which meant that I went to bed when he did! On a good night he would wake a couple of times in the early hours, on a bad night every hour.

I was completely exhausted and Oscar sleeping through the night seemed like an impossible dream.

With Sofie's help, Oscar now sleeps in his cot from 6pm/7pm to usually 5am, occasionally 7am or later! He also goes down for decent naps in his cot which means I get some time to myself during the day.

We are very grateful to Sofie for her help - teaching Oscar to settle himself to sleep has literally changed our lives as we now have our evenings back to watch a film over a glass of wine and I have so much more energy and can be a better mum to Oscar now that I am getting a decent block of sleep.

Margot, 12 months 

I’m sat here writing this testimonial at 10.30pm with my husband and our daughter has been asleep in her cot since 7pm. I have no doubt that we will go to bed in a minute, stretch out in our bed and sleep all the way through until she wakes up at 6.30am. An evening totally to ourselves followed by 8 hours sleep is something we thought was impossible before we hired Sofie and now it’s our new reality.

Before we started sleep training, our daughter co-slept. We managed to put her down in the bed by 7.30 pm each night but I had to lie down next to her and feed her to sleep, only for her then to wake up constantly (me rushing in every time and feeding back to sleep again) until we would eventually give up and go to bed early with her and continue to feed all through the night just to help her get back to sleep again. Nap times meant either timed excursions with the pram or rocking her in the sling at home and then very gently trying to lie her down on the bed and unclip the sling without waking her - a pretty unsuccessful technique!

The night we called Sofie our daughter had woken 7 times in 3 hours and we were beyond breaking point. The longest she had ever slept for was 3 hours in 13 months. We never had time to ourselves and never managed to finish dinner together without having to rush in to put her back to sleep again.

Our family had been too nervous to babysit because everyone knew she relied so much on boobs that a date night was out of the question. We really didn’t know what to do and how to change the sleep association we had built up after being encouraged to feed her to sleep lying down after she suffered badly with colic and reflux and refused to lie on her back. Exhaustion was effecting us all and for so long we hoped she would just magically ‘grow out of it’ so we wouldn’t have to sleep train which we assumed involved a lot of crying.

We can honestly say now that hiring Sofie was the best decision we could have made for all of us. Sofie really listened to what we felt comfortable with and took on board our daughters history and really got to know her character and what she would respond well to.

It turned out that sleep training didn’t need to involve as much crying as we had anticipated and Sofie helped us to use a combination of techniques to ease our daughter off the suckling to sleep association to eventually being able to self soothe and sleep soundly through the night! I actually can’t believe I am writing that but it’s true!

It took us two and a half weeks of some dedicated hard work but one night things just clicked into place and ever since then we can now pop her in her cot awake after her bedtime routine, say goodnight and leave the room and she will fall asleep on her own without tears every time.

Anyone that is considering sleep training but is hesitant like we were, all I can say is- it’s only once you all start to sleep (baby included) do you realise just how much was missing before. They need to sleep just as much as you do (if not more) and teaching them the skills to do so is so important- it will change your lives!

I thought giving my daughter everything she seemed to want (boobies and cuddling) was the kindest, most natural thing to do and to a degree it has been but it got to a point where it just wasn’t working anymore and she wasn’t able to get herself into deep enough sleep because after each short sleep cycle she would wake up in a panic due to the lack of nipple in her mouth. She was tired. I was tired and we really, really needed some help and support.

Sofie has been amazing and we couldn’t recommend her more highly. Thank you sofie, you have been our saviour! Our daughter is a happy, rested and confident little girl and her new found sleep pattern has come at the right time for starting nursery.

Wilf, 5.5 months

When we got in touch with Sofie we were at our wit’s end. Wilf’s naps were short and patchy, and to get any naps longer then 35 minutes we had to be out for hours with the pram. Wilf’s sleep had been bad from the start, and once the 4 month regression hit at 3.5 months he was waking up sometimes every hour. We classed 2 hours in a row as a long stretch. We had been rocking Wilf to sleep as well, and couldn’t carry on as he’s a big boy!

We opted to have Sofie stay the first night with us to get us off on the right foot. We were both a little unsure how we would cope with the transition from our room to his cot, and getting rid of the Sleepyhead, as well as everything else, so we felt this was the right way to go.

We couldn’t have been happier. Sofie was calm, reassuring and the perfect person to have there, giving us advice about everything that happened during the first night.

Within a week of implementing the sleep plan, Wilf was self settling in his cot for naps, and he now mostly self settles at night, or he needs only a very little help.

We usually have to wake him up from his naps and he generally only wakes up for one feed in the middle of the night. He has even slept through a few times. The difference is just unbelievable.

We would recommend Sofie to anyone.’

 

Jude, 6 months

We are definitely those parents who wish we had reached out sooner!

Our 6 month old had been a good sleeper but a combination of illness and the 4month sleep regression hit his sleep hard but with Sofie’s help we went from him waking every 2 hours to only twice in the night within 2 weeks and shortly after he dropped these feeds also.

We also ended the nap battles and now have a little one who can self settle at all naps, bedtime and in the night. He also has a flexible routine that allows us to still attend groups.

Sofie’s tailored approach made such a difference after months of trying endless other routines and sleep training and we even started on a 2 week holiday! It is amazing what can be achieved with her help and an ensuite bathroom!

Her support really helped us remain consistent where we had previously floundered and I found her approach gentle and flexible (unlike many of the books!).

We also feel we now have the tools to address further sleep challenges that might come up in the future and Sofie offers a great programme for ongoing support. Thank you so much for helping restore our family’s sleep!

 

Sophie, 8 months

When we called Sofie we had been surviving for months on a few hours sleep a night.

Our eight month old daughter Sophie refused to go down in her cot and so she was napping on me and we were even having dinner in near silence in our bedroom whilst we made sure she didn't roll off our bed!

This set up, as strange as it may sound, worked for a while, but we knew it was not sustainable.

Starting Sofie's sleep plan required a big leap of faith but by the third night Sophie was sleeping through the night and going down in her cot for naps.

Sofie was a fantastic support - calm, reassuring and empowering! The effect on our quality of life has been immeasurable.   Thank you Sofie!

 

Adam, 22 months

Sofie is a miracle worker. I honestly thought there was something medically wrong with Adam (22months)
He was worse then a new born. After spending at least 45 mins patting him to sleep with him trying to escape he would always wake after an hour crying and would take forever to settle. Then he would wake up consistly throughout the night, 30mins minimum max after 2 hours. It got so bad with having a 6 months baby to deal with too that he would end up in our bed.

while Adams asleep it had to be deadly silent otherwise he'd wake up, with a 6 month old baby every night was a nightmare

Sofie listened to every tiny detail and took all my worries into account. I didn't actually think it would be possible to sleep train Adam with another baby but she guided me to make it out and it did

I prepared myself for the worst, I planned to stay awake throughout the nights to make it easier then waking up every hour. But to my surprise the first night wasn't as bad as I expected it to be and I managed to sleep for 7 hours straight towards the end of the night and that hasn't happened since the day he was born.

It was a very hard week but ever bit of effort and patience I put into sleep training him was absolutely worth it and Sofie was there to remind me of that

Her techniques got Adam to sleep through the night in his room in 7 days! I never thought he could do it, he became a different person at night. And it made me realise just how tired he was all this time.

Sofie also introduced another amazing thing into Adam life which is reading. Hes always such a busy body that he'd never sit for a second and getting him to listen to a short story was mission impossible. Now he loves books,he comes to me with books and he even sits down to look at the pictures on his own.

Sofie has completely changed all of our lives. Adams well rested, my husband and I enjoy our evenings together. Ive become a better mum now that I'm actually getting some sleep. We're all very happy thanks to Sofie.

Sofie's a very good listener and very supportive, she didn't judge me for anything I did or didn't do. her passion for this is what made me know I was trusting the right person to help Adam sleep. I feel like I owe her sooooo much and cant believe i didn't reach out for help sooner. Every tired parent needs to know about Sofie and her magic because it really does work!

 

Felix, 22 months

At 5 months old, Felix would literally wake up in one hour intervals through the night. He would only fall asleep by rocking and that didn't work that smoothly. Bedtime was stressful and it was taking hours to get him to go to sleep. Nights would end with Felix sleeping in my bed, with my husband on the sofa bed. I was feeding thought the night and my husband and I where beyond exhausted. We could not go on as we where.

Of course we worried getting started, in the main about tears but Felix responded really quickly to the new bedtime routine. He learnt to put himself back to sleep and after a week he was sleeping thought the night - bar one night feed which he later dropped. The first night was anti-climax as my husband put him down and he went to sleep. It was almost like he was relieved we stopped rocking him. The results have been amazing. On reflection my husband and I learnt so much from working with Sofie. Habits can be changed. We thought we had a baby which would never sleep. It turns out we needed to get the bedroom environment right and the bedtime routine consistent.

Sofie was great to work with. She is passionate about children's sleep. She listens to the problems and helps you work to your goals step by step which you need when you are sleep deprived.

 

Minnie, 13 months

Aaron and I are really pleased with Minnie's progress so far. When we started she was waking up an hour after we put her down and only going back to sleep if me or my husband (granddad!) got into bed with her. Now she's routinely sleeping until at least 5am - sometimes through the night, and I'm sure that will get continue to get better with time.

I really appreciated the Whatsapp contact - there are always a million and one questions buzzing around my head with regards to her sleep so it was fantastic to have you there to pester! I also liked the sleep log and have continued to use a scaled down version of it to help me visualise how much sleep she has had and what time she should go to bed for naps/bedtime.

The other great thing is reading - prior to the sleep training she wasn't into books at all, but now reading is her favourite thing. She goes to the bookshelf and has her own area - she loves picking a book and running over with it to sit in our laps and have a cuddle and read.
Thanks again!

 

Isaac, 10 months 

10 months old Isaac had never slept through the night. He was waking hourly, refused to sleep in his cot and would only nap in a moving pushchair. My husband & I were completely frazzled!

When I heard about Sofie I wasn't sure but my husband convinced me to give it a go...... it's the best thing I ever did!

The first night was tough but he slept through on the second night and has done so now for the last 3 months. He also naps perfectly twice a day.

Most importantly though Isaac is so much more happier. My house is a different place now we are all sleeping. I still can't believe it worked.

Sofie I can't thank you enough. For anyone considering using sofie please do, it will honestly change your life!

Ronnie, 9 months

When we started working with Sofie I was very apprehensive...I was worried it would involve a lot of tears from both Ronnie and me. He was a co-sleeping boob monster so I really thought it would be hard work. He would sleep 4 hours in his cot in our room, then would wake and get in with us and he only ever napped in the sling or on Daddy. It was getting worse and worse and I was so exhausted from feeding him all night long. It wasn't working for any of us anymore and something needed to happen.

It's been just over 3 weeks since we started...night 1 was hard...night 2 he slept through...night 3 he woke once and ever since he's slept through!!! 6 til 6 (sometimes we have to wake him at 7!). It honestly feels like a miracle. Naps took a little longer to nail but we can safely say he takes 2 decent naps a day...in his cot! As of night 3 he no longer fed at night and now goes 12 hours without boob!

It's honestly amazing. It was hard but not anywhere near as hard or stressful as we imagined. He took to it very well and it was clearly me wanting to keep up the co-sleeping and feeding as Ronnie was obviously ready for this.

It is harder for us than them! Trust me!

Sofie has been amazing and given us the push we needed. She's been so gentle and supportive the whole way and never made us do anything we were not happy with. She took in to account all our aims and I can happily say we have ticked off every one. She made sure of that! It was very tailored to our parenting style and Ronnie and he's taken to it very well and with ease. That can only be due to Sofie and the way she picks her methods so carefully to suit.

We really cannot thank or recommend Sofie enough!

If you're wondering whether it's for you...do it! It sounds cheesy but it's honestly life changing and still quite bizarre to us that it's possible and is happening! I even managed my first night away in week 2, and have had a date night with both of us since, someone else even got him to bed!

You and your babes need the sleep, don't go on being so exhausted you can't function. Get some help and if you're feeding your bubba all night give those boobs a rest!

Thank you Sofie!

Shelby, 16 months 

I thought I was just unlucky to have a second child who slept badly. I was resigned to not being able to do anything about it other than wait and hope that she would soon turn a corner. Then, at 19 months old, Shelby ended up in hospital and once she had recovered I was on my knees due to lack of sleep.

My friend recommended Shut Eye and I thought, it will never work.
I spoke to Sofie and decided to give it a go.
After discussing the sleep plan I thought that I knew my daughter best, that this wasn't going to work and that what had been recommended felt like it would work for another child, but not my daughter.
We started the sleep plan with an open mind and felt really empowered by Sofie to follow the plan through.
Night one felt daunting - I threw the dummies and bottles away which she had never slept without ( my choice ) and we began.
Night one was hard, night two was easier. Night three, four and every night since - she has slept for a minimum of 12 hours and has had a 2 hour lunchtime nap every day.
To say this is miraculous and that it has changed our family life doesn't even come close.
I wish we had done this years ago with our son but I'm so glad we did it with Shelby.
Sofie was supportive and friendly and really listened to the problem and what we wanted to achieve and most of all, it worked!S

Phoebe, 12 months

Like many first time parents, we got in to bad habits trying to get our daughter Phoebe to sleep. 12 months on, we found ourselves with a 1 year old that had to be rocked to sleep and woke constantly. With me returning to work imminently and Phoebe heading off to childcare we knew things had to change.

Having attempted 'controlled crying' extremely consistently for 3 weeks, things had gone from bad to worse and it appeared that Phoebe was the only child this approach didn't work for.

In despair we searched for a sleep consultant and haven't looked back ever since finding Shuteye. Since working with Sofie, the change has been unbelievable. From day 3, Phoebe has slept through and self settles - something we thought was an urban myth!!

Sofie took time to understand Phoebe and tailor a plan that considered her needs, personality and our family life. Sofie was always at the end of a phone with encouraging words and helpful advice.

We cannot recommend Sofie enough. Family life is so much easier, happier and more fulfilling now that we are all getting a good nights sleep.

Baby girl, 6 months

When we approached Sofie for help, it was with much hesitation.
For 2 months, our little girl had been waking every sleep cycle through the night (every 45 minutes most nights) and needed me to get her back to sleep. She is exclusively breastfed, and needed me to breastfeed her to fall back to sleep. Except she wasn't really feeding, she had just developed an association between suckling and sleep.
Night after night after night I would be up and down the stairs every time she woke. Each time, once asleep, I would carefully put her back in her cot until I went to bed myself, at which point she would come in with me as it was the only way I could get any rest during the night. I don't know how I was able to function during this time. I did not have a solid chunk of sleep in 2 months and I was completely exhausted.
Our daughter is what you might call 'high needs' - full of energy and personality, and incredibly determined! She would fight sleep all the time, not just at night, and she was easily woken so any little noise and ping, awake! Naps were all over the place - I would feed her lying down on our bed, and hope she would fall asleep, then I'd have to stay there until she woke up. If we were out, it would take a good 30 minutes walking in the pram, or a 20 minute drive, to get her to sleep (with lots of crying) - but she would normally only sleep 20-30 mins. I knew she was becoming more and more overtired as she was not getting enough sleep - chronically overtired as Sofie told us.
We knew it was going to be tough to change things, but we also knew we needed to do something to make life happier for us all.
Sofie really knows her stuff and is on hand to offer lots of reassurance and guidance. Sleep coaching is not easy. But it is possible. I was so worried about our daughter crying endlessly, but this didn't happen. She actually used to cry more when going off to sleep by the old methods than she did during the sleep training. Within a very short period of time it was as if she realised that we were showing her how to fall asleep, and she really embraced it! She now sleeps about 11 hours straight at night, and naps for usually about an hour. Amazing!
There have been a few bumps in the road, and we still get days where she fights sleep, but I no longer have to let her suckle to fall asleep and now she can resettle herself if she wakes. We can put her in her cot and she will go to sleep without any intervention. I never could have imagined that was possible a few months ago!
Now my husband and I have our evenings back, I get to have a proper sleep almost every night, and we have a well-rested baby.
I would not hesitate to recommend Sofie.

 

Lawson, 8 months

Sofie, a heart-felt thank you for all your sleep help! I really don't feel like we'd be where we are now without you.

Going from a place of utter sleep horror to now having a proper understanding of sleep and how to approach it, means we now have a baby that, so far, consistently sleeps through the night, naps in his cot (twice a day and sometimes for 2 hours!) AND who takes a bottle - all things which seemed no more than a wish list when we first met you but all of which are now a reality.
To anyone reading this who is considering working with Sofie, and to anyone who has found themselves in a situation where feeding to sleep has stopped working and where daytime sleep only ever happens on car journeys or out in the pram, I encourage you to be coached by Sofie. Don't waste time; get sleep sorted, get your life back and enjoy your well rested baby.

Ethan, 6 months

My son Ethan was quite a good sleeper between about 2-4 months, when he would sleep through the night from 8pm to 6/7am about half of the time, and the other half he would wake just once for a feed. Then the dreaded 4-month sleep regression came around 4 1/2 month, when he started waking several times a night, sometimes every half an hour!

It became progressively worse after a trip to Hong Kong to visit my family. Beforehand it was enough to put him back to sleep by giving him a dummy, holding his hands and shushing - he only needed picking up occasionally. However, after Hong Kong, he started consistently waking multiple times throughout the night every hour or two. Almost every other night he would stay awake for an hour or two, and would only settle when I pick him up and let him fall asleep in my arms until he's fast asleep - even then, there is no guarantee that I can put him back in his cot. The early morning waking is the worst as almost every time he is unable to settle down and I basically have to give up after two hours of trying.

Ethan was not very good at napping either. Everyday I tried to ensure that he takes regular naps, but he would almost always wake from his nap after half an hour. In fact I have been so concerned by his naps to the extent that everything revolves around his naps!

A friend of mine mentioned Sofie to me but I was sceptical at first, as I have tried various sleep training methods I read up on the internet, and he could already fall asleep in his bed both with only a little help from me - giving him a dummy, and sometimes stroking his chest. He also had a pretty good bedtime routine and he has no problem falling asleep normally, so I could not see what Sofie could do differently.

However, the frequent (and often long) night wakings were taking their tolls on me both physically and emotionally, and I lost my temper with Ethan almost every night which made me feel so guilty. I have resorted to letting him sleep in our bed a few mornings after battling for several hours after an early morning waking - it was the only way everyone can get some sleep! So I eventually decided to contact Sofie.

Sofie was very sympathetic and assured me that we can get Ethan to sleep through the night and has two restorative naps during the day in two weeks. I did not really believe it can happen in two weeks but it was getting so bad that I thought any improvement would be worthwhile.

Sofie provided a sleep plan just a couple of days after our phone call, and the plan involved only small changes to our old routine so it was not too hard to implement. As soon as we started Ethan's sleep plan, we saw improvements very quickly. He went from waking once on the first night for 2 hours to basically sleeping through in the matter of a few days. Also, straight away from the first day he slept for just over an hour for each of his two naps.

Sofie has been so supportive throughout the two weeks it really made all the difference - there has been a couple of tough nights and I probably would have given up were it not for Sofie's support!

Thank you very much, Sofie, Ethan now wakes up well rested and happy, and we can all enjoy our time together!

Emily, 26 months

After nearly 2 and a half years of sleep deprivation, a friend suggested I contact Sofie. Within a matter of days, I could not believe the difference. No more feeding to sleep, creeping around in the dark, sleeping on the floor by my daughter's bed, or having to share our bed. No more screaming at bedtime or 5.30am starts, and refusing to nap during the day!

We have been through it all. There were so many issues to fix and I thought a good outcome would be just solving one or two of the problems. Sofie worked closely with our family to understand my daughter's personality and our parenting style before putting together the sleep plan. Three weeks on and I still cannot believe the change. Bedtime is actually a nice, rather than dreaded experience. My daughter is in bed from 7/7.30pm - 7am every night. She sleeps though the night, and if she does wakes up for a minute or two doesn't feel the need to scream about it! She has even started napping again! This experience has been a life changer for our family. For anyone currently in a sleep deprived haze, I would highly recommend Sofie. Thanks Sofie for all your help! x

Elliott, 21 months

“Can I just say, a massive thank you. You have saved my sanity and quite probably my marriage! I guess you really just don't understand how much long term lack of sleep really affects everything you do, feel and say.

I'm afraid I can't really offer much constructive feedback as I can't see how the experience could have been much better.  I wasn't judged or made to feel uncomfortable, you took my fears on board, put me at ease and worked with me the whole way through. I felt well prepared going into it, well supported and encouraged throughout, and got the results I was after, after only one night no less! I only wish we had done this sooner ! Elliott is still sleeping through the night and has no issues putting himself to sleep. You've been an absolute star, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to every tired mummy and daddy I come across.”

Lucas, 8 months

"We can't thank you enough - you have been incredible. We have gone from no more than two hours sleep a night, to actually being able to have a bit of grown-up time and more importantly, sleep, and I mean proper eight-hours worth of sleep! I was really worried initially about what sort of recommendations you were going to make, particularly as I thought that you were just going to tell me to let him cry which is the last thing I wanted to do but you didn't and the plan you put into place for us has worked wonders. We have now reclaimed our evenings and even our eldest son has a bit more structure to his bedtime. 

You have played a fantastic part in bringing us back to a 'normal' family life and I'm actually missing our evening chats. Thanks so much for your advice and support."

Hugo, 28 months

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you from us - we're getting there in our house now thanks to the support and encouragement you've given us to tackle Hugo's sleep. You made us feel brave enough to tackle everything in one go which worked like a dream. We have a happier Hugo and his older brother is so much brighter too"

Lucian, 10 months

"Sofie is something of a miracle worker. In just a few days, through careful questioning about our habits and a few adjustments to Lucian’s sleep routine, he went from from waking 4 or 5 times a night to sleeping 12 hours straight though. It’s hard to overstate the positive impact this has had on our lives and Lucian’s. Sofie guided us through the process gently and with the minimum of distress to Lucian. We would happily recommend Sofie to any parents who are struggling with sleep or just think their child would benefit from better quality sleep habits."

Annie, 12 months

"I found Sofie very attentive and understanding of the problems I had with Annie's sleep and she was happy to work slowly and not leave her to cry which is something I definitely didnt want to do. We had very little crying although it took longer it felt easier to do as I didn't feel upset."

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