Infants: 6-12 Months

This age is the “sweet spot” for successful sleep coaching. Babies 6-12 months are ready to learn the life skills of self-soothing to sleep. Use this age and stage to your advantage to enjoy a “rock star” sleeper in 2-3 weeks.

From Feeling Failure While Doing it Alone to Feeling Confident and Comfortable With the Whole Gentle Sleep Coaching Process.

"Before Joanna, our baby as awake every 2-3 hrs with on-demand nursing and co-sleeping and we were exhausted and could not focus on everything we needed to do in life. We tried and failed at sleep coaching on our own. With support, Joanna helped us "merge and meld" our differing mom vs. dad parental views to create a plan that we both understood and we no longer felt that we were on our own."

This mom was completing her PHD and the dad was working long hours at a start-up tech company. They had tried and failed at sleep training on their own. They reached out for support because they now knew they could not do this on their own. The parents wanted guidance on how to be on the "same page" and they wanted clear, customized directions on the sleep coaching process. They wanted to feel confident and comfortable with the process of teaching the skills of sleep to their son. The result was another "happily ever after". Their child weaned the night-nursing and started eating more solids during the day. They now had earlier, drama-free bedtimes and peaceful nights so they would get back to a more fulfilling life and completing their professional goals.

-J.Joseph, Child was 10 months at time of Guilt-Free Gentle Sleep Coaching

"To say we were exhausted is an understatement. Working with Joanna was a Game Changer". This mom tells her story of going from sleep-deprived to feeling confident and in-control so that she could successfully manage an unexpected relocation for her husbands work. 

This elementary math teacher teacher was utterly exhausted from 6 months of no sleep. Her husband traveled all the time and her darling girl needed to be held continuously for every sleep cycle. Simply put, this mom could not keep up with the demands of care-giving and working and caring for herself while her husband traveled. Because she was a math teacher, this mom loved my guilt free, gentle methodology while also combining it my "data-driven" signature process that offers lasting results for healthy sleep habits.

- Wendy Lu, Northern California and Seattle, WA: Her child was 6 months old at time of guilt free, gentle sleep coaching.

This mom says..."We Got Our Life Back"!! Its a Double Celebration!  Successful sleep coaching for their child at 8 months and later after a un-expected 2 year old sleep regression.

"This wonderful family came to me when their son was 8 months old and literally would NOT SLEEP unless someone was holding him. They were exhausted and frustrated and knew they needed expert help. In a short period of time, we reached all their sleep goals and they felt supported and comfortable through-out the whole process. When their son had a 2 year old sleep regression, they did not hesitate to get help again and within 3 days we were back on track. Now with their 2nd child on the way, they know Blissful Baby Sleep Coaching is a place to reach out to for help, hope and quick results for a successful family sleep transformation. As this mom says.... "SLEEP IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT AND YOU DON'T REALIZE HOW MUCH YOU MISS SLEEP, UNTIL YOU FINALLY GET IT BACK AGAIN! CALL JOANNA!!!"

- S. Hanari, Houston, TX Her child was 8 months and 2 years old at time of guilt-free gentle sleep coaching

Read everything and still confused? This mom got the answers.  

Have you read every book and every article and "tried everything" and your child still does not sleep through the night? This mom had the same experience, but instead of continuing the struggle, she asked for help and now her child is a magnificent sleeper. Here is her honest and detailed success story here.

- Erin B. Houston, TX. Her child was 6 months old at time of Guilt-Free, Gentle Sleep Coaching sleep coaching.

A savvy nutritionist suffered in silence until she realized she did not need to "do this alone" and she asked for help.

Due to her son's challenging sleep behaviors, her work, her happiness and her marriage were being gravely impacted. She knew she had hit her limit. When her son was 10 months, she finally got the help she needed. Ana says, the process was LIFE CHANGING! Ana's advice..."Do not WAIT... without sleep you cannot live and thrive"  Here her sleep transformation story here:

- Ana R. Nashville, TN. Her son was 10 months old at the time of Guilt-Free Gentle Sleep Coaching

This top High-Tech Executive Father reached out for help. Together, we successfully sleep coached his 7 month old daughter.

This high achieving, dual-income working family were utterly exhausted when their 2nd child was waking every 2 hrs at night. Their focus and productivity at work was was suffering and they had lost the "work-life balance" they so desperately wanted and needed for their home life. This dad reached out for help and he worked one-on-one with me to successfully sleep coach their daughter so now everyone in the household is sleeping well and everyone is finally well-rested.

-K. Rao, Mountain View, CA. His daughter was 7 months old at the time of guilt-free, gentle sleep coaching

"We met Joanna serendipitously on a beach in Santa Cruz when our baby was only 5 weeks old. It was sunset and our friends were doing a surf paddle out, Joanna and I just got to chatting while I held my baby and she said she was a sleep coach. I had never heard of such a thing.

Months later when we began to feel ready to sleep train, it felt overwhelming to go through all the books and select something that would work for us, even those recommended by friends and family. Then I remembered Joanna, who had invited me to call her when this moment came.

Baby was co-sleeping her first months and I loved it—the closeness was so sweet and we were able to sleepily nurse with little trouble. It felt like heaven to be near her and feed her through the night. We had planned for this to be a short term arrangement though, we knew we would want our marital bed back and for her to be more independent.

When we started working together our baby was going to bed with me at 10pm with wake ups every 2-3 hours. Within a month she was sleeping 11 hours through the night in her own room. Making that happen process-wise was tailored just to us— Joanna created a plan with and guided us through it nightly. As new parents this was awesome, but also as husband and wife it was incredible because we were entirely on the same page and didn’t have any middle of the night squabbles, hurt feelings or miscommunication. We were a united team thanks to Joanna.

I like to think of Joanna as another member of of birth team. It made a huge difference to get support from our pediatrician, midwives, and lactation consultant after our baby was born, and likewise it made a significant impact to have a knowledgeable resource and support person to assist us with sleep health. Our baby has learned key skills and we are all getting the sleep we need, so our whole family is functioning at a higher level, in better health and better moods. We will definitely be coming back to work with her when our family expands again!"

-K. White. Her daughter was 6 months old at time of guilt-free, gentle sleep coaching.

"Before we started working with Joanna, we had worked with another sleep coach and I had read several books on sleep training. I felt like we were “almost there” with getting our 10 month old son to sleep through the night, but he refused to stop waking between 3-4am wanting to breast feed. We had tried having my husband offer him water instead, or letting him cry it out, but we would always give in because we couldn’t handle a baby screaming for hours on end. Additionally, I was unable to fall back asleep after getting out of bed to feed him and starting my day at 4am was killing me. I was feeling very stressed and exhausted. I was struggling often with the thought of why we had decided to become parents, I was resenting my perfect son because I was just so exhausted after 10 months of not sleeping! It was also affecting my husband’s mood and his productivity at work. I knew we needed help and we needed sleep!

Joanna was recommended by a friend, who had had great success with her services. Immediately, I knew she was different from the previous sleep coach we had worked with in that she wanted to know every detail about our son and our lives. She took the time to understand the impact the sleep issues were having on our family and was very empathetic to what we were experiencing. She learned about our son and was able to identify exactly what steps we needed to take to help him transition to sleeping through the night. And now after just a few weeks he does!

Everything is better now that he sleeps 11-12 hours a night and takes two good naps a day without fighting. My husband and I are both well rested and get to spend quality time together in the evening after he goes to bed. We are confident that we will have a good night’s sleep every night. I am no longer nervous at nap time, praying that he will go down easily. I have received compliment from babysitters, daycare, and my mother in law on what a good sleeper he is. I am confident that we are doing the right thing for his development by getting him the rest he really needs every night. I would recommend her to anyone who is planning on having a baby, even just for an educational session on sleep science. I am incredibly grateful for Joanna and so happy we had the opportunity to do this sleep training process with her".-Ana R. Lake Forest, California, child was 10 months old at time of sleep coaching

Kimberly H. San Diego, CA child was 9 months at time of sleep coaching

Chaotic Life Before Joanna Helped Us. "Our son would take about 1 to 1 and half hours to put down to bed each night, and after he was finally down, we were luckily if he stayed asleep for 2 hours—just enough to get everything we needed taken care of before we went to bed when he would inevitably wake up so we would bring him to bed with us in an attempt to get some sleep.  He would generally wake up at least 3 times after coming to bed with us and have to be nursed back to sleep but sometimes nothing would work and he would stay awake for 2 hours screaming at 2 in the morning; that was our tipping point" 

Sleep Deprivation was taking a toll: "My husband and I were both exhausted all the time.  We would have arguments at 2 am because we were awake, grumpy, and didn’t know what to do to help our son sleep.  I was getting ready to start a large project at work and knew I would not be able to succeed with our life the way it currently was, especially because my husband travels a lot for his work, so when he is gone all the issues were just compounded".

Working with Joanna Was A Lifesaver. "I must admit I was weary at first of spending so much money on something that I feel is natural and I felt like we should be able to figure out on our own—I wondered how someone who never got to meet my family in person could tailor a plan to our needs—but we got so desperate I was willing to give it a shot, and it was worth every penny!  It was apparent from the very beginning when Joanna called me right away for my free consult that she is knowledgeable, passionate, and cares deeply about each and every client and their specific situations. I am able to feel relaxed in the evenings and not rushed to get all my chores done, we have a better (yet still flexible) schedule that fits our needs, and I feel better rested and able to take care of my job, myself, and my family, which means our family’s overall health has improved—we are eating healthier and working out more because we have the time, energy, and structure to do so.    I had read some about sleep training techniques previously and tried them out, but was not successful—when Elijah would cry, I didn’t know if I was doing the right thing, or what I should do.  Joanna helped us understand what is normal and what is not and gave us confidence in knowing that we were doing the right thing, even on the hardest nights.  We got this confidence because through the expertise she really helps you know and understand your child and their sleep cycles and signs and knowledge/limitations better than we could.  Since she focuses not just on a sleep plan, but also on understanding sleep and the science behind us, she armed us with knowledge to get through both issues we were facing at the time and issues we may face in the future.  She helped us pick up on our son’s subtle cues, helped us anticipate certain things that might occurs and plan for them, and enabled us to come up with creative problem solving coaching techniques to help our son get through some of the trickier parts of sleep coaching". K. Herm, San Diego, CA child was 9 months at time of sleep coaching

"We called Joanna for our second child. Our first kid is a great sleeper, we never expected to have such a hard time with our second. We were exhausted confused and we did not know what to try next!!! A friend of mine told me about Blissful Baby Sleep Coaching and I immediately called. Joanna was great and I could tell from our initial conversation that she will be able to help us. We followed Joanna’s Plan and after 3 days our 7 months old baby was sleeping trough the night and napping. Joanna and her method was a god send, she help us every step of the way, week days and weekends you name it, she was there. Thank you Joanna for giving our son the gift of sleep. Merci Merci!!!!!"
- M. Miller, child was 7 months old at time of sleep coaching

"Joanna got our family the proper rest we so desperately needed! For 10 months, I nursed Josephine to sleep and co-slept every night. While this was a lovely time, it wasn’t sustainable. Joanna gave us the tools we needed to be successful and because she was there to coach us each step of the way, getting Josephine to sleep through the night was so much easier than we had anticipated. With Joanna’s expertise and guidance, sleep training will work for your family."
– Carin T., Houston, TX, 9-month-old baby

"Joanna gave us our lives back. My son Simon was, perhaps, one of her most difficult cases. If she could help us, she can help anyone. At nine months, Simon was still waking up every 1-3 hours throughout the night like a newborn and requiring a bottle and lots of rocking/bouncing/walking at each waking to fall back asleep. He ended up in our bed every night, but none of us were sleeping. And his naps were a mess. He had undiagnosed silent reflux. We were all miserable. Joanna was wonderful: flexible, compassionate, and supportive. Now, when I lay Simon in his crib, I do a little happy dance. He goes right to sleep, and he takes two great naps. If I ever have a third baby, I’m lining up Joanna’s services from the delivery room."
– L. Raber, Houston, TX, 9-month-old baby

"Sleep training was the best thing I’ve done for myself and for my child. I felt like I already knew a lot about babies and sleeping, but with my second child, I needed some help with nighttime feedings and transitioning out of the swaddle. I also wanted to improve daytime napping. With Joanna’s knowledge and encouragement, we were able to successfully wean the middle of the night feedings as well as to get the baby to sleep without a swaddle and create a consistent and easy nap routine all within about two weeks. The best part is that we did this in a way that was calm and peaceful for my son. To this day, he is still an excellent sleeper."
– Oliver’s mom, Sonoma, CA, 7-month-old baby

"We were sleepless and desperate. It was a horrible combination. We had tried everything to get our boy-girl twins to start sleeping better once they turned 6 months. Yet, nothing was working, and I was running on fumes. Nap times were also totally unpredictable. How could two babies you love so much have you on the brink of despair? After our first session with Joanna, I felt at ease. We provided an overview of their individual sleeping habits and developed an action plan.  In those first days of using the gentle sleep method, Joanna was very responsive and available, especially regarding our boy twin’s progress. She read every word of our logs and helped us find humor during this transition period.  She understood the nursing bond that I had with my twins and was able to put into words what I sometimes had difficulty expressing.  After an intense two months, we made significant progress.  We went from a bedtime routine that could last up to two hours to a more concise process that helped our twins learn to put themselves to sleep. She helped us stay together as a team, too. Today, we marvel at the difference that Joanna made. While books may give you ideas, it took a wonderful consultant like Joanna to turn the ideas into practice steps, hold us accountable and encourage our learning through the exhaustion and tears (parents especially).  I wholeheartedly recommend Joanna to families looking to bring peace back to their sleep routines so that your child/children can have more consistent sleep.  Better nights lead to better days and better days lead to better nights."
– Erica and Roy C., Houston, TX, 7-month-old twins

"Prior to Joanna's help, Daisy's sleep was a mess: she had an occasional 20-minute nap here and there, and at night she was waking up to breastfeed up to 6 times between 7pm and 7am. Daisy could not self regulate/soothe herself, and relied solely on sleep crutches from Mum to go to sleep. She was exhausted and so were we.  We didn't want to just let her scream for hours until she passed out through exhaustion. Joanna literally changed our lives! We worked together, and as cliche as it sounds, it worked! Daisy is now a perfect sleeper. She naps twice a day and sleeps through the night 7pm-7am. She also self-regulates and soothes herself and my husband can now help out for bedtimes. We are so glad we made that phone call to Joanna. We are all much happier because of it."
– Hayley T. Houston, TX, 9-month-old baby

I was a second time Mom when I decided to seek the help of a sleep coach. I had read all the books and countless articles. I had even sleep trained my first born using the Sleep Lady method. But still, with the added pressure and complexity of having two kids I felt like I needed specialized help and support! My daughter hadn’t slept since the day she was born until close to age 1 when I contacted Joanna. On top of that, my 4 year son had started coming into our room in the middle of the night since she was born. I hadn’t slept in well over a year! My daughter’s sleep was so bad that even previous crutches like nursing and rocking to sleep just weren’t working anymore. I would spend hours and hours every day trying to get her to sleep, and would finally get her down and she would be up every 20 minutes. It was a mess!

Even though I already knew the method having used it with my son, Joanna helped me to fine tune the results based on how my daughter was responding, and give me confidence to push things along quicker. She was also invaluable at troubleshooting details that a book can’t do. My daughter stopped night nursing naturally by the 2nd night and slept through the night starting the 3rd night. After 3 weeks of consistent improvement, she was able to go to sleep independently with no help from me. With my son, Joanna helped me to create a plan appropriate for his age. He also now falls asleep independently and stays in his bed through the night.

Joanna is smart, supportive, caring, and efficient (I’m a mom of 2 and business owner so I don’t have time for people that don’t get to the point!). She takes time to check in to see how you are feeling in the process in addition to assessing the details of the situation. I now have two sleeping kids and more tools than ever before in dealing with hiccups. I finally have my life back!

- A. Hill, Los Angeles, CA:  Child was 10 months at time of sleep coaching

Before Gentle Sleep Coaching, list 2-3 most difficult issues that resulted in your child not sleeping.

Our child was born three months prematurely and as a result his sleeping and eating cycle stayed on a three hour rotation for almost 6 months. Because he was born so early he was not able to breast feed, so I exclusively pumped for about nine months and my husband and I would be up all night long to either pump (me) or feed (him) our son. This routine created many unique sleep challenges and crutches for our family that took a severe toll on our sleep and overall wellness after all of those months. Our breaking point occurred when we found ourselves in a desperate 1 to 2 hour cycle at night of crying jags and arousals. We offered bottles, rocking, holding, midnight car rides, our bed...anything to get our baby to sleep. It seemed that a new tactic would work for a short period of time, but eventually would fail. Fletcher was obviously over tired, but lacked the ability to rest and we did not know how to soothe him beyond the crutches that we had already tried. We were insistent that we did not want him to 'cry it out' in any way and that we would 'love him to sleep', but after months of regression and worsening sleep issues it became apparent that our methods were not what our son needed. Day time sleep was also a problem. Our baby would only sleep if he was held, being driven around, or at times if I was running with him in a jog stroller (but I could not stop or he would wake up) and at best a nap would last about 30-45 minutes. The whole routine was exhausting!

  • How were the above problems impacting your life…list as many as you can.

My husband and I were extremely sleep deprived as a result and lived in a constant fog. We were short with one another and found ourselves functioning in a day to day survival mode just to get through. I also developed an anxiety around sleep and I especially began to fear night time because I knew too well the desperate feeling of getting through another long night with such broken sleep. I felt helpless to soothe my baby and I just never knew what would work or for how long it would last. When we would start the day I felt defeated because I was just so tired already. We wouldn't leave him with a babysitter because we didn't want to put anyone through his crying jags and because he couldn't be put down --it would just be too difficult. We were isolated and it was very lonely.

  • What finally had your say “enough is enough” that inspired you to reach out for help by working with a sleep coach.

We hit rock bottom - we needed to be able to sleep. Our son was doing well and growing and thriving, but we were still stuck in a terrible sleep cycle. We ran out of ideas and simply were exhausted. We had a rough month of colds and three to four total hours of sleep per night stretches and knew we couldn't hang on. We also had a cross country move quickly approaching and wanted to get through this issue before we had new changes and an extended time of transition.

  • What was one your favorite aspects of Gentle Sleep Coaching and working with me.

Joanna is awesome! She is funny and bright and offers a sparkly light at the end of the tunnel (it was a long tunnel for us :). I immediately had hope after speaking with her for only 15 minutes. She is so knowledgeable and explained the science behind sleep cycles and gave us concrete information regarding how much sleep our baby needed, his sleep windows, and what to expect throughout the sleep training. She is empathetic and supportive and her confidence is contagious. We were so exhausted in the beginning that we needed someone to tell us exactly what to do, how to do it, when to do it and why and Joanna absolutely did all of these things. 

  • Now that your child is sleeping well, what are some of the tangible and specific results you have experienced in your life. (i.e.: I am rested and calmer so I am more patient with both my child and husband. My marriage is happier because we finally get to do date night again and have evenings to ourselves)

Our baby has been sleeping in his crib from 7 pm until 6 am! We decided to continue one feeding at night so he does wake for that around 1 AM, but it is quick and predictable and lasts about 10 minutes total. He has hit new milestones this week (standing and crawling) so he has had a few new arousals but we approach these with our tools from sleep training and have seen progress already. I no longer have anxiety about the night because I know what to do should this situation arise and for the most part our evenings are very predictable these days. We have time to ourselves once he goes to bed at night! I feel So relieved to watch him fall happily asleep in his crib by himself ... it is an amazing feeling.

- S. Long Child was 10 months old at time of Gentle Sleep Coaching

We called Joanna for our second child. Our first kid is a great sleeper, we never expected to have such a hard time with our second.

We were exhausted confused and we did not know what to try next!!!
A friend of mine told me about Blissful Baby Sleep Coaching and I immediately called.
Joanna was great and I could tell from our initial conversation that she will be able to help us.
We followed Joanna’s Plan and after 3 days our 7 months old baby was sleeping trough the night and napping. 

Joanna and her method was a god send, she help us every step of the way, week days and weekends you name it, she was there.
Thank you Joanna for giving our son the gift of sleep.
Merci Merci!!!!!

- M. Miller East Coast, Child was 7 months at time of Gentle Sleep Coaching

Now that your child is sleeping well, what are some of the tangible and specific results you have experienced in your life. (i.e.: I am rested and calmer so I am more patient with both my child and husband. My marriage is happier because we finally get to do date night again and have evenings to ourselves)

Before we started working with Joanna, we had worked with another sleep coach and I had read several books on sleep training. I felt like we were “almost there” with getting our 10 month old son to sleep through the night, but he refused to stop waking between 3-4am wanting to breast feed. We had tried having my husband offer him water instead, or letting him cry it out, but we would always give in because we couldn’t handle a baby screaming for hours on end. Additionally, I was unable to fall back asleep after getting out of bed to feed him and starting my day at 4am was killing me. I was feeling very stressed and exhausted. I was struggling often with the thought of why we had decided to become parents, I was resenting my perfect son because I was just so exhausted after 10 months of not sleeping! It was also affecting my husband’s mood and his productivity at work. I knew we needed help and we needed sleep!

Joanna was recommended by a friend, who had had great success with her services. Immediately, I knew she was different from the previous sleep coach we had worked with in that she wanted to know every detail about our son and our lives. She took the time to understand the impact the sleep issues were having on our family and was very empathetic to what we were experiencing. She learned about our son and was able to identify exactly what steps we needed to take to help him transition to sleeping through the night. And now after just a few weeks he does!

Everything is better now that he sleeps 11-12 hours a night and takes two good naps a day without fighting. My husband and I are both well rested and get to spend quality time together in the evening after he goes to bed. We are confident that we will have a good night’s sleep every night. I am no longer nervous at nap time, praying that he will go down easily. I have received compliment from babysitters, daycare, and my mother in law on what a good sleeper he is. I am confident that we are doing the right thing for his development by getting him the rest he really needs every night. I would recommend her to anyone who is planning on having a baby, even just for an educational session on sleep science. I am incredibly grateful for Joanna and so happy we had the opportunity to do this sleep training process with her.

- Ana R. Southern California, Child was 10 months old at time of Gentle Sleep Coaching


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