Toddlers: 1-2 Years

Toddlers’ evolving personalities make them adorable, but those who have not learned how to sleep by this point usually make bedtime arduous. And, multiple night wakings test even the most patient parents. I have been very successful in helping parents and toddlers reclaim peaceful nights.

"When our daughter was 18 months old, she took an hour on average to fall asleep for naps and bedtime, and then woke every 2-4 hours.  She was sleeping on our guest mattress on the floor because she couldn’t fall asleep without me (her mother) right beside her, and often wouldn’t sleep unless I stayed the rest of the night.  She was completely dependent upon me to sleep, so much so that she’d scream until I arrived if my husband tried to help alone.  I was beyond exhausted and really had no idea what to do.  I was afraid of sleep training, fearing it would ruin her trust and secure attachment with me.  Friends and family had told me “She’ll eventually sleep through the night on her own”, so I kept waiting.

I finally called Joanna out of desperation after a particularly horrible night of no sleep.  It had to change or I felt like moving out!  I immediately felt comfortable with Joanna, as she reassured me she could help and that she understood where we were coming from.  She thoroughly explained her approach and the sleep science behind why it works.  As a team of 3, she helped us create a sleep plan that was exactly what my daughter needed.  Because of my daughter’s age and numerous sleep crutches, we all thought it would take many weeks to train her.  We were thrilled when she was sleep trained after only 11 days, and was nap trained after 12.  She now sleeps a full 12 hours at night in her crib, and requires no participation from us to fall asleep.  It is the true definition of bliss.

I want to shout it from the rooftops that sleep training is beneficial and necessary!  I wish I had known that falling asleep on your own is a learned skill, not one you just wait for your child to figure out.  I strongly urge any parent struggling with exhaustion to please call Joanna and trust her.  Her approach is truly gentle, and has saved our sanity and happiness as parents.  We could not have done this without her, and are so happy with what we’ve achieved with her guidance."
- Kathleen P., Georgia, child was 2 years old at time of sleep coaching

"I called Joanna when I was at the end of my rope with my youngest child, then 21 months. I had already read all the books and had a million reasons for why nothing had worked so far. He required someone to rock him to sleep and, eventually, it got to the point that he would not let us put him down at all. I thought that we were beyond help. She not only helped us figure out why he wasn’t sleeping, but also tailored a custom plan and schedule to teach him to self-soothe. She gave us vital skills and checked in with us consistently to make sure that we were on track. She gave my family the gift of sleep, and for that, I could not be more grateful."
– Dr. Diana R., Houston, TX, 21-month-old toddler

"I couldn’t recommend Joanna enough to any sleep-deprived mom who asks herself whether she is doing the right thing about her baby’s sleep schedule and habits.  As a working professional, it became exhausting when my 18-month old toddler continued to wake up in the middle of the night and very early in the morning.  We had tried a variety sleeping arrangements and “training,” none of which resolved the issues we were having.  One night I thought to myself, “how did we get here?”  That’s when I called Joanna, and thankfully, her gentle guidance and coaching resulted in a happy toddler and happy parents, all of whom are well-rested."
– Shirin F., Orange County, CA, 18-month-old toddler

"We just finished sleep-training our one-year-old son with Joanna and we are happy to report the training was a resounding success and we now have a baby who is both sleep trained and nap trained! As first-time parents, we were having a lot of difficulty getting our son on a regular sleep schedule and, as a result, our baby had difficulty putting himself to sleep, or staying asleep, without heavily depending on sleep crutches. This was a disaster for our own sleep schedules, as one or the other of us would frequently get up multiple times a night to help put the baby back to sleep by rocking him or shushing him. Joanna stepped in and provided fantastic counseling that helped us understand both the science behind the sleep cycles, as well as what was specific to our baby. She was attentive, focused on data, and tailored a sleep-training plan that was right for our family."
– Jeff and Rebecca T., Houston, TX, 12-month-old toddler

"We are so glad we worked with Joanna for our son's sleep training and she brought back the peaceful bedtime for the whole family.

My husband started co-sleep with our 2-year-old son when he got sick from daycare. At first it seemed to work very well: Philip would fall asleep in about 30 mins and didn't have any night wakings. But soon the situation deteriorated: we'd moved him out of his crib too early, he became very demanding, and he refused to stay in his bed. Meanwhile his night waking became a drama. In the beginning he woke up and wanted to change rooms, but soon he was demanding to turn on the lights to read books and refused to turn the lights off. If we didn't give him what he asked he would throw a big tantrum in the middle of the night. The entire family was exhausted and my husband almost fell asleep on his way to work.

We called Joanna when we felt at our wits' end. To be honest I was very skeptical when she suggested to start training by putting him back to the crib. But we followed her advice, and to my surprise my son is now back to his crib happily, and since we used sleep shuffle he didn't cry that much. Lately he can fall asleep on his own and we feel so relieved. Sleep shuffle is much more gentle than cry-it-out.

Joanna worked very hard with us and kept on checking with us while we were preparing for the training. Her consistency and working attitude really made a big difference in our life."
– Lucy D. Houston TX, 2-year-old toddler

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