Sleeping Bunnies Baby Coach
I got in touch with Francesca on a friend’s recommendation as I had reached a point where my son was waking multiple times before midnight, then wanting to feed constantly from 2 or 3am. I couldn’t seem to settle him at all without the boob. I was desperately trying to work out if I was somehow being cruel by trying to read and respond to his needs, which now seemed to cause him such problems with his sleep. In other words, I was a bit of a physical and emotional wreck by this point! From our first contact, Francesca was calm and confident about what was going on and was categorical in explaining how my son’s sleep would improve and over what timeframe. I was both hugely optimistic because Francesca was so clear about it, and sceptical because I couldn’t see how we could shift from utter disaster to great sleep over a matter of days! Although I was worried about the nights because this was when my son’s sleep patterns were so broken, Francesca was great at advising why it was the daytimes we really needed to fix first. As well as providing practical support on the environment in my son’s room, meals, feeds and sleep cues, she was great at watching my son’s patterns as he tried to get himself off to sleep and explaining what was happening, which gave me the confidence to take things forward. Francesca really went above and beyond with her follow-up support, as going away over Christmas and some disastrous nappy-leakage issues put us back a few steps after initial success. What really struck me was that, while she was clear on what the body learns to do and therefore what all babies can pick up, she also recognises that every baby is individual, and that there might need to be tweaks and a bit of trial and error. She gave me the confidence to learn when I could be flexible and responsive to my baby’s needs, without undoing any of the good work we’d done. We’ve now gone from up to 12 wakes a night, short daytime naps and constant feeding to sleep, to a half hour nap in the morning, two solid hours at lunchtime and 11-12 hours every night, occasionally with just one wake in the night. Putting my son down is now a five-minute routine, and never involves the boob. Life has completely changed as a result, and I can’t help thinking Francesca is a magician. If you’re looking for someone to help you turn around your sleep problems once and for all, but with a gentle approach that helps you carry on being responsive and intuitive with your baby, then I can’t recommend Francesca highly enough. A huge thank you!
Francesca has helped me twice now & has been amazing both times. First with my older daughter when she was around 8/9months and I was desperate for help as she continuously rejected bottles despite us starting at 2 weeks & trying everything for months! She then wouldn't eat purées & after a few months of weaning she still barely ate anything so the exclusive breast feeding was becoming even more exhausting. The final straw was when she started to refuse day-naps & just screamed. Francesca was fantastic at helping with all these issues. She was calm, patient & full of helpful advice. She was also respectful of our parenting approach. After Francesca spent 3 days with us, our daughter was then drinking milk from a beaker, eating purees & having 2-2.5hr lunch time naps having previously only slept for 20-40min in the day. I couldn't believe it! With our second daughter at 10 weeks, Francesca recently advised me on breast feeding issues & helping to teach her to sleep for day naps. I was amazed at such a young age we could start to teach her how to have long lunch time naps. I've also had bottle issues with my second daughter & Francesca has been very helpful in providing advice. In particular, Francesca's ongoing support is incredibly useful & she is very responsive. I have recommended Francesca to several friends with a range of issues & they have all been really pleased. Many thanks Francesca for all your help, it's meant so much to us & we are incredibly grateful. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Francesca to other families who need help with their babies.
An NCT friend recommended Francesca to help with my daughter's daytime napping, which had always been difficult. I had read so much online advice and so many books, but that had just resulted in information overload and I wasn't trying anything consistently. Francesca visited us at home, listened to my concerns and watched me putting my daughter down for a nap. She helped me understand that what I thought had been working well for us (rocking to sleep and a special bed) was actually holding her back. She also helped me learn the difference between cries that means she needs me, and cries that simply mean she's trying to go to sleep. Francesca sent us a routine to follow and advice on approach and timings. The best part was the she was on hand for support and advice whilst I implemented the routine. A few short days later my daughter was falling asleep by herself and napping in her cot regularly and for longer - amazing!! I would recommend Francesca to anyone who wants to improve their baby's sleeping habits - it's certainly made the world of difference to us.
We had tried it all, the maternity nurse, the books, the sleep programs but it just wasn’t working. We knew we were onto something good when Francesca’s response was to find something that worked for our LO rather than forcing him to conform to a text book. With Francesca’s guidance we were able to embed a sensible routine and break all sleep aids. Francesca support has been invaluable. She has helped us through days where teething and sickness caused havoc and taught us how to manage those situations with confidence. Her advice and guidance on weaning has been brilliant and we now have a happier baby who is well rested. Francesca has a loving and kind nature and we cannot recommend her enough. If you are thinking about getting help, do it. And call Francesca.
Where do I even begin?! Francesca is one of the most incredible people I’ve ever met and has had such an impact on our families life! I was recommended Francesca by a friend of mine. My 4-month old baby had always been a fairly good sleeper however upon returning from Florida, everything changed! He was waking up every hour and we were slowly losing our minds! After an initial phone conversation with Francesca, I had no doubt that she was going to be phenomenal and she absolutely exceeded all expectations. The next weekend she came and spent 3 hours with us talking through not only Herbies sleep routine but also giving us valuable advice on weaning. Meeting Francesca and having her help us with Herbies sleep is honestly the best thing we could have done and she really has changed our lives. Herbie started sleeping 7-7 within 5 days. 5 DAYS! We could not believe it!
Francesca was always on hand for me to speak to in the follow up couple of weeks just to reassure me and carry on giving advice. I cannot recommend Francesca enough. She is so calming and personable yet incredibly professional and knowlegable at the same time. She is a miracle worker and I’m so glad to have met her - you will never truly understand what a huge impact you’ve had on our lives Francesca so THANK YOU!
We were really struggling with our 8-month old boy’s sleep routine when we finally decided that we needed help. We reached out to several sleep consultants, but Francesca immediately stood out. Her patient, approachable and knowledgable manner put us at ease; we’re so glad we decided to go with her. From the start, she coached us to ensure our boy was able to sleep through the night. She was responsive and encouraging. The results were almost immediate. Our son adapted to the daytime naps and sleeping through the night. Her help has been absolutely invaluable. We now have a happy little boy and we feel like new people after consistent peaceful nights! Thanks to Francesca’s hard work and teaching we now understand how to keep to a good routine for our son and have the right tools to help him. We can’t recommend Francesca highly enough. She has changed our family’s lives for the better. We will definitely be hiring her again in the future as we face other milestones like potty training. Thank you so much Francesca.
We thought Francesca had met her match with our 7-month-old baby boy. He would only fall asleep with ‘assistance’ - breast feeding, rocking, being driven, pushed in the buggy, using a ‘Sleepyhead’ bed, bed sharing… We muddled on like this for 7 months until he stopped wanting to be fed or rocked to sleep. Getting him down at night became a regular battle until he came into our bed, and he would only nap for around 30 min at a time in his buggy, which required us taking him for 3 walks a day - in all weather! Francesca was recommended to us by a friend who had seen great results with her son. We were reluctant at first - the idea of having our son in a routine felt like it would be restrictive, and we worried he would be distressed at sleeping without our help. Francesca explained everything to us - the biology of a baby’s sleep pattern, ideal awake/nap times for our baby’s age, what different cries meant, and how the sleeping aids we used were actually hindering his sleep. She designed a routine for us and was very understanding of my partner's desire to still breast feed regularly and do baby-led weaning. The results were immediate and within three days our son was falling asleep within minutes for all naps and nighttime sleep - in his cot. A feat we never imagined possible
Francesca came to our rescue! Our little girl had just turned one and her sleep was worse than ever. She had gone through a stage of awful separation anxiety and was waking up to 6 times a night. I was about to go back to work and the various techniques we had read weren't working. We needed help! Francesca was absolutely wonderful. She had a call with me straight away to find out if she could help us. We then filled in a sleep and eating diary, before Francesca spent half a day with us. She gave us a personalised plan to help get us into more of a routine around sleeping and eating. And helped us to implement the routine, both on the day she visited us and through WhatsApp support for two weeks afterwards. This ongoing support was invaluable when things didn't quite go to plan, eg falling asleep in the buggy before nap time. After a couple of days our baby started sleeping for 2 hours at lunchtime and through the night. It's the best money we have ever spent and wish we had done it sooner. Francesca is calm and caring and totally empathetic. We would 100% recommend her to any parents struggling with baby or toddler sleep
In the words of my husband, Francesca was the best money we have spent on our baby!
Our 5.5-month daughter had been on 1 feed per night for several weeks and we didn't know if she still needed it. I also was starting to struggle with guessing what times best suited her age for naps and finding it trial and error on a daily basis. When we found out about and spoke to Francesca she filled us with the confidence we lacked as first-time parents. With a routine to follow and guidance on night settling, we felt confident to make changes and her level of support was absolutely incredible. Her thoughtful responses and quick replies made me feel supported throughout the process. On our second night, our baby slept through the night. Then to our horror she became ill. It actually took Francesca's wide experience and knowledge to highlight that she might be unwell as it wasn't an infection I had even heard of before. What was extra special about Francesca was that she stayed with us as our daughter got better and then we resumed our night training. Again, by the second or third night our daughter slept through the night again. We needed to nail it in time for me going back to work and I didn't think it was possible but Francecsa showed us it was, even when I was doubting if our daughter could get the hang of it. She also gave us invaluable insight into weaning to help us start on the best possible footing. If you're thinking about sleep training, we recommend Francesca to you in the highest terms! Thank you Francesca, for all you have done for our family!
No words can describe our experience with Francesca. From the first phone call I knew that this would be the end of our sleepless nights. I felt like I was at the end, complete breaking point and I needed a miracle! Francesca came over nice and early and sat with me and my son and we talked about everything- not just sleep. She explained sleeping patterns and the importance of routines and discussed the things that were impending his sleep. She came in with her tools and made Albie’s room perfect for sleep. She supported me through the first nap, and I thought there would be no way he would sleep or settle. He settled within 5 minutes and by his night sleep that day, there were no tears! And this is a boy who relied on his dummy like no other. From that day forward we haven’t had a dummy and he sleeps from 7-6:30/7 every day. Thanks Francesca, you truly are a miracle worker!
I was reluctant to hire a sleep consultant as I was worried about being restricted by a routine in the day and thought that is sounded expensive. At 10-months my daughter was still not sleeping well and it was actually getting worse! She was waking ever 1 to 3 hours, feeding through the night and she had a dummy. My friend recommended that I contact Francesca as she had helped her with her daughter. On the first night she only woke up once and went back to sleep within 10 minutes and with no milk. Within 48 hours my daughter was a different baby, no night feeds and no dummy! The follow up support that Francesca offered was amazing. She was always on hand for all my questions and worries, offering reassurance and advice. I was also happy to discover that I didn’t have to have a strict day routine. Francesca was able to show me how to manage the day naps to ensure that my daughter still slept through the night. Francesca is professional, kind and incredibly knowledgeable on all things baby, not just sleep. I honestly cannot recommend Francesca enough; she is worth every penny and more! My only regret is not having contacted her sooner!
At about 4 months, my baby’s great sleep routine came to a halt, I tried everything to get it back on track, read every book, asked every other mum, but nothing worked. By 6.5 months, I was convinced I was doing something wrong and failing at motherhood.
Trying to get my baby to sleep took over everything, we didn’t leave the house much as he became dependant on being nursed to sleep, around the clock it was gruelling to say the least. Then a friend of mine recommended Francesca! I knew from the first chat on the phone, that she was extremely knowledgable and would be someone that I got on well with. I was so very desperate for help and ready to give up. Francesca was a great support to me in the run up to her consultation, during and after. She made me feel so much better about how I was doing as a first-time mum and was just such a positive influence all round.
In 6 hours Francesca, covered sleep in great detail, a routine that’s easy to follow and all other questions I had about weaning. I gained my confidence back, it was worth every penny! My son went from waking up 6+ times pre-consultation, to sleeping through the night on night 2. We now have the absolute best of all worlds, a baby that sleeps well at night, naps pretty much like clockwork during the day and a fab social life, filled with lots of baby activities, we don’t really miss out on anything! We even hosted a dinner party for New Years Eve, safe in the knowledge that our baby would sleep through, and he did!
I can’t thank you enough Francesca!