The Sleep Sense™ Method, created by Dana Obleman in 2003, has already helped thousands of parents just like you teach their children healthy sleep habits. It was my strong belief in Dana’s system (and my personal experience using it) that inspired me to become a professional sleep consultant, and I look forward to helping you and your family achieve the same results that my recent clients have been enjoying.
Here are some letters written in by some of the parents who I have worked with.
Hannah, Dan & Jula (16 months)
I really cannot thank Jo enough for the help she has given me and my family. Our first child was an excellent sleeper but then we had baby number two and she was the total opposite.
Jo made me feel totally comfortable from the start, and I didn’t at feel like we were “sleep training.” She really listened to my wishes and was very flexible with our family’s needs. Our little girl had been waking 3,4 or even 5 times a night every night since being a month old. I really believed that was just her “thing”, and that we were past change. But within 2 weeks after taking on Jo’s guidance and daily support, Jula was only waking once occasionally, then within another week, she was sleeping around the clock and waking a happier and much more rested baby. She is also happily going off to sleep by herself at 6:45pm without me feeding, patting, creeping out etc. Now even Daddy can take her to bed. I felt like my nightly breastfeeding would never come to an end. I am so grateful for a full night sleep and feel so much happier knowing the whole family is sleeping much more soundly.
Thank you for all your time Jo, for really getting to know us and giving us all what we really needed. We really are so grateful!
Natasha, Jack & Mila (12 weeks)
Jo was recommended by a friend to help with my 3 month old’s routine and sleep habits. We had no routine in place and assumed that babies just didn’t sleep through the night or take their naps given that’s what we had been repeatedly told by friends! I spoke to Jo who give us a clear plan to follow and new strategies to use to help get Mila to sleep. We’ve been following the routine for about a month now and in that time Mila’s overnight sleep has improved so she is now doing much longer stretches of night-time sleep. She also takes 3 to 4 naps in her crib during the day without being fed to sleep. This is a great improvement considering she would often go all day without a nap! She now has a set bedtime routine which has meant my husband and I can have some quality time together in the evening. Jo was constantly a phone call or a WhatsApp message away and really encouraged me to stick to the plan even on the harder days. I probably wouldn’t have stuck to the routine if it wasn’t for Jo checking in and guiding me through the bumps in the road, something I wouldn’t have had if I had followed a plan that I’d found online or in a book. I would definitely recommend Jo if your little one is struggling with sleep!
Lauren, Paul & Charlotte (12 months)
We wish we would have started this sooner. Charlotte was a baby who rarely napped and woke frequently throughout the night. After 12 months of interrupted sleep enough was enough and we needed help. Joanne was wonderful and gave us personalised advice and created a sleep plan to help get Charlotte into a good sleeping routine. Whenever we had any concerns Joanne was always a phone call away providing us with the best advice and reassurance. Charlotte now has regular naps and sleeps consistently at night and is such a happier baby. Not only did Joanne help with Charlotte’s sleeping schedule she also helped us as a family to spend more 1:1 time with our other children. We cannot thank Jo enough and wished we would have done this sooner!
Annabelle, Scot & Atlas (15 months)
I don’t know why we didn’t think of this sooner. We exhausted ourselves before considering that we could get professional help for our terrible sleeper. Our son is 15 months, and pretty much from birth has been sleep averse, much to our distress.
Had an initial call with Joanne, and she offered some tips straight away while we decided if sleep training was really right for us. Joanne was immediately friendly and relatable, and I enjoyed speaking with her.
Our plan lasted 2 weeks, and we trialed and error-ed 3 different strategies, and when it seemed like nothing would work she offered to extend until we found something that would stick. She worked with us to make changes we never would have imagined and helped us to see things from a new perspective. Our opinions counted and we never did anything we were not happy or comfortable with.
Our son is now in a routine; we still have ups and downs, and it can still be a challenge, but we have confidence in our decisions. In fact, when discussing any changes we will make we always open with “what would Joanne advise” and go from there.
By the end of our time together, it was worth the investment. Having a happy baby, functioning on 14 hours of sleep was very important to us and together with Joanne, I believe we have come very very close to this. At all times Joanne was friendly, open and honest. She called us out on things, but always offering a solution or advice. I would also like Joanne to be my best friend 🙂 she really was invaluable.
Jen, Chris & Archer (6 months)
After finding Joanne online and utilising her free phone call I knew that she would be the best fit for our family. I had reached my breaking point with my then 5 month old who had never slept longer than 4 hours at a time and who, by the end of the 4 month regression, refused to sleep in his own space and was waking hourly and only doing contact naps in the day. I was touched out, burnt out and emotionally drained. Joanne was empathetic, reassuring and supportive and in no way pushy, even up to the week before we started Joanne making sure I was ready to start the process.
Throughout the two weeks support I was understandably anxious but Joanne was there for us every step of the way with words of encouragement and also motivation and a bit of tough love when we needed to toughen up. Joanne as a person goes out of her way to find some common ground with you and quite often it felt like talking to a friend and as a new mum in lockdown that was certainly welcomed.
Her method was gentle but firm allowing for rapid change and results which was amazing for us as it brought much needed rest for our entire family!
We’ve finished our two weeks and we are seeing our little boy sleeping independently and for the majority of the night only being woken for a feed and we feel equipped with the knowledge we need to go forward to continue to support him to sleep well and soundly.
Jane, Pete & Luca (9 months)
Joanne is fantastic. My 9 month old was waking up 6 times a night, never napping properly and always needing my help to get back to sleep. We were both not getting enough sleep.
Joanne talked me through the reasons why he wasn’t sleeping well and outlined the ways we could help him to have better sleeping habits. She then gave me a few different options so that I could choose what I was most comfortable with.
For the first two weeks she was in daily contact to check how everything was going and being very supportive and encouraging when we had a tough night. Now, my son sleeps through the night and has great naps during the day. We are all so much happier for it and I wish we had started earlier.
I highly recommend Joanne. She is friendly, helpful and really knows her stuff!
Alex, Scott & Bobby (8 months)
I want to take this opportunity to thank you a million times over for all the support and guidance you have given us and how you were always there even on the toughest days!!
You didn’t lie when you said it was a journey, but thanks to you we have final got a happy and content family. Bobby sleeps better than I ever thought possible. I am better rested and as a result a much better mummy!!!
Jo, you are the most patient and understanding person and I don’t think we would have got to this point without that. The fact that you can relate and are able to establish some common ground with us has definitely given me that extra confidence I needed. I cannot recommend you enough and I hope you get the opportunity to help many more parents and their babies as you really are a baby sleep whisperer!!
Jorinde & Merle (Newborn)
This year I became a mother for the second time. As a second time mum I knew how important it was for me to look after myself. So out of self care I started taking regular advice from Joanne. I had no idea you could already develop positive sleeping routines and patterns for a newborn.
Joanne was excited and happy to answer all the questions I had. She taught me the basics of sleep and the sleeping needs a baby / child has in various stages of their life. Also (which was a big bonus) she had tips for my own sleeping routine.
Within 4 months my baby girl started to sleep through the night, which made it so much easier for me to recover, get back to work and have more fun being a mother.
I couldn’t believe she would sleep through so fast, but Joanne never doubted our ability to make it happen. She kept on giving practical advice for me and my family to make it work.
Even to this day, I can still reach out to Joanne to get advice. I think what makes her so good at her work is that she empathises with my particular situation and gives advice based on that.
She is not fixed to her theories, but understands that every child and family is different and has a need for different advice.
I know some families wait to hire a sleep consultant up until the point where they are exhausted, perhaps in despair, and don’t know what else to do.
I am so happy I asked Joanne when I clearly needed some help, so I was able to take care of my family and myself.
Working with Joanne is such a benefit to your family because everything works better when you get your rest and your little one is happily sleeping.
I couldn’t recommend her enough to new families.