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.


This successful business owner was trying to do it all on her own. She was committed to on-demand breastfeeding, running her own successful service company from home while simultaneously care-taking her 15 month old daughter and cherished elder pup. Then, she realized she was just too tired to do it all. Here is here success story. 

"Joanna was so knowledgeable, open and honest about the process and expectations that I felt very encouraged to proceed. As I had already tried sleep coaching on my own, before I looked for a sleep coach, I knew that I had reached the point where I did not know how to continue on my own. I knew then that I had made the right choice and that it is not wrong to need help and to find and accept that help. It is healthy and can be the best thing you do for yourself and your family to receive help from someone so educated, experienced and practiced in their area of expertise. You have a pediatrician right? a pediatric dentist? then why not an amazing Sleep Coach? I am absolutely amazed at my daughter's progress in communication skills and willingness to go down for naps and bedtime peacefully and quickly. I could not more highly recommend Joanna. It will be the best money you ever spent SERIOUSLY and TRULY!”  

-Brynn W. Hawaii, Child was 15 months at time of Guilt-free, Gentle Sleep Coaching. 


This mom loved co-sleeping and nursing, but she was pregnant with baby #2

and she was ready to make the transition from the co-sleeping environment to the crib. But she was nervous about the change. She knew she needed support to feel secure and confident to make this as easy as possible on her 20 month old son, but also on her. We reached all our sleep goals of having her child sleep happily and soundly through the night so they could go on a “baby-moon” just a short while before baby #2 (show in the video) was born. The grandparents babysat and were so pleased with the ease of bedtime and naps that they too were SOLD ON THE SUCCESS of gentle sleep coaching.  

-Kate T. Nashville TN, Her son was 20 months and time of sleep coaching.


This incredible Cultural Strategist and Advocacy Leader has important work to do in the world.

After trying EVERYTHING on her own, her darling 15 month old daughter was STILL not sleeping through the night which was really taking a toll on her professional performance & business travel expectations and the situation was challenging to the whole family unit. After Janelle & her extended family collaborated with Blissful Baby Sleep Coaching and moved through a gentle and fully customized sleep plan and support, we reached all the family sleep goals and everyone is living happily-ever-after! 

-Janelle T,  Castle Rock, CO. Daughter was 15 months old and time of sleep coaching


I would 1000% recommend working with Joanna of Blissful Baby Sleep Coaching.

Working with someone who is so experienced and so well educated, who offers a gentle, compassionate, child empowering approach to sleep training is one of the most amazing experiences there is. In my ongoing experience working with Joanna, implementing the hundreds of tips she has given us for baby #1 and Baby #2, I have seen first hand the improvements sleep can make in a child’s life. Joanna gave us so much guidance that I would have never thought of on my own, and I am so thankful for her.

-Kate T. Nashville TN, Child was 20 months old at time of guilt-free, gentle sleep coaching.


This family had hit their breaking point and finally reached out for help

“My wife was basically in tears for a whole week....... not only was the baby not on a good sleep schedule but she was also sick of breastfeeding after 15 months and had just had it. On top of that the baby was co-sleeping and I had resorted to sleeping in another room. So my wife and I were not being intimate, weren't getting any sleep, she was at the point of tears, and things were at their breaking point. I also felt we were failing as parents since we couldn't get her to sleep properly. That is when one night late I started googling sleep training/coaching and found Joanna and emailed her immediately. The way she coached us was amazing, she told us exactly what to do, what to expect the baby to do, and how to handle how the baby when she responded both positively or negatively. When we came across an issue we could email, text or even call and Joanna made herself available. Her coaching style was something I will try and emulate in my career, she is a natural and a godsend. The wife and I both get 8 hours of solid sleep. We are able to do chores when he baby naps or is asleep. We feel like we have our lives back when she go's down in the evening. We can go back to actually having a nice romantic dinner together. We can have a glass of wine and catch up on our favorite Netflix show. All because of Joanna's sleep coaching. Everything, quite honestly ever interaction with Joanna was educational, we felt she truly cared about our situation, and was spot on with all her recommendations. She truly saved our sanity and quite possibly our marriage. She is an excellent listener and also gives wonderful advise in a way that shows genuine thought, care, and compassion. I would tell parents to reach out as soon as possible, we waited 15 months and in hindsight I wish I had reached out sooner and we could avoided those 15 months of sleeplessness. Joanna is the real deal, her methods are tried and true, she is a wonderful person that truly cares and has the parents and child's needs at heart. We will forever be grateful for the impact she has had in our lives.” 

-Jim A. South Carolina, Child was 15 months 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


Suffering From Your Child's 2 Year Old Sleep Regression? This Mom Got Help FAST!

Here is a story of a mom that needed help fast. She and her husband run a successful business. They were stressed out and not getting any sleep due to a massive sleep regression by their 2 year old. She got all the tools, tips and tricks she needed to reverse the sleep regression gently and efficiently. She is now enjoying her energy, and focus and drama free evenings. She just had her 2nd baby is going to do some gentle sleep coaching soon so that her life does not get turned upside down again. Her story is compelling.

Meredith R. Houston, TX, Child was 2 years old at time of guilt-free gentle sleep coaching


Co-Sleeping, Nursing Mom is thrilled with her Guilt-Free, Gentle Sleep Coaching Process.  

This mom loved her co-sleeping and nursing-on-demand experience until her daughter was 18 months. Then things got harder. She wanted to honor her attachment parenting philosophy while also helping her child learn the all important life skills of self-soothing to sleep. She found all her answers in a guilt-free, gentle sleep coaching process tailored to her child and her family's parenting values.

K. Cody, TX, Child was 18 months at time of Guilt-free Gentle Sleep Coaching.


Exhausted and Frazzled because you and your child are not getting any sleep?

This empowering success story is from a pregnant mom who is now enjoying calm bedtimes and solid sleep before expecting her 2nd baby. This video testimonial is a detailed account on the guilt-free, gentle sleep coaching journey from a working mother who was expecting her 2nd child. She was worried that her first child's sleep was not on track. The bedtime struggles and lack of sleep was starting to affect the whole family and especially her own energy levels. This mom needed her sleep to have a healthy pregnancy and keep up with the demands of her profession. Now here whole family is sleeping beautifully. Everyone feels grounded and well-rested and ready to welcome their 2nd child!

A. Albert, Texas, Son was 18 months at the time of guilt-free, gentle sleep coaching!

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.


This couple had nightly battles with their 2 year old son, even in the co-sleeping environment.

They were were so exhausted and frustrated. They knew they could not solve this on their own. Dad was skeptical about coaching, but he knew things has to change. Mom really needed a break and she wanted her master bed back. Dad was really craving drama-free bedtimes and one-one-one time as a couple. Now, their son is now sleeping 11-12 hrs a night in his own room and the bedtime is easy and the nights and naps are peaceful. The good news is that now they are expecting their 2nd child and this happy news is proof of the ultimate success story of Gentle Sleep Coaching.

- Tami and Daniel D. Lakeside, CA. Child was 2 years old at time of Guilt-Free, Gentle Sleep Coaching.


After 2 years of struggling with their son's sleep and trying and failing at "do-it-yourself" sleep training then the upcoming arrival of a 2nd child created the urgency to reach out for EXPERT support and help!

"Joanna was wonderful in sleep training our two year old son. Since he was born, he’s had a tough time sleeping through the night and napping. To get him to sleep, we had to rock him until he was completely asleep; however, he would still wake up several times at night. After the second, sometimes third, arousal of the night, we would give up and bring him into bed with us. It got to the point to where no one was sleeping as our sleep crutches were losing their effectiveness and our backs were hurting due to rocking/carrying a 28 pound two year old. After two years of struggling with sleep and a new baby on the way, we knew we needed help. A friend with a similar story recommended Joanna, and we decided to hire her. Going into sleep training our expectations were very low, given we tried several techniques to get our son to sleep and they all failed. We thought it might take several months to get him sleep trained, but it only took one week to get him to consistently sleep through the night and two weeks to be fully sleep trained. Thanks to Joanna, we are finally all fully rested."

-Carolyn A. Houston, TX, Child was 2 year old at time of guilt-free, gentle sleep coaching


"My husband and I were trapped by our daughter’s suck-to-sleep association. I had to spend so much time getting her to bed and we had no set bedtime. Sometimes it’d go on for hours until 9:30pm! Our daughter was fussy in the day and wouldn’t sleep for more than an hour or two by herself. Once she turned 1 1/2 I started to get anxious about her sleep and how it was affecting her development. We needed a break! Joanna held our hands for months. I needed a ton of coaxing so I could handle my daughter’s completely normal and healthy protests. She really helped us understand my child better. Now my daughter is learning and growing better than ever. My husband and I are back to being a married couple. I can cook and clean and sleep! There are no words to describe how monumental the change is. We traveled for the first time last week and she didn’t wake up at all. She hasn’t needed us at night since the initial training in December! Not once!! Thanks Joanna"

-K. Cody Austin, TX Child was 18 months at time of coaching 


"When I reached out to Joanna I was at my very worst, one of my all time lows. I was completely exhausted which not getting a full  nights sleep in over a year was resulting in. I
I’m a wife, a mother and a business owner. I wasn’t doing anything in my life well since getting no sleep, just average or barely doing it. Getting no sleep finally caught up to me. I was barely functioning so I knew I had to reach out for help, which is very difficult for me to do. My husband was in full support of Joanna coming on board to help with the sleep issues and coaching us through. I was dreading the process although I knew a change had to be made. I really had to look past the skepticism I had since I knew I couldn’t go on. Joanna was so gracious and supportive talking us through what made us feel comfortable. We implemented her advice and were so pleased, over joyed with the results. I  now have energy to run my business and be the mom and wife I was meant to be. I feel like I have my personality back and feel like myself. My relationship with my husband is thriving now and I am so grateful! I have time in the evening to do what “I want to do”. It feels to freeing and amazing! I have confidence knowing my son is getting a full night sleep. I loved that I could call on Joanna at anytime and she was quick to reply and give me good advice. I can’t believe I waited 14 months to call her! If your considering her service, without a doubt, it’s worth every penny and more! Don’t wait, call now!! She’s the absolute best!"

-M. Hennings  San Diego CA  Baby Boy was 16 months at time of sleep coaching


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


Before Gentle Sleep Coaching, our 15-month-old daughter was co-sleeping in our bed (I use the term sleeping, extremely loosely) and napping on the couch. She wanted nothing to do with her crib and would scream any time we even walked near her room. At night, she was constantly moving, having to touch both my husband and I at the same time, and waking up every 1-3 hours to eat (out of habit) or just cry because she could never get settled. Not being one to fall back asleep easily, I found myself getting 3-4 hours of sleep a night, if I was lucky. Having a very busy 3-year-old also at home who was eager to play the next day regardless of how little sleep I had actually gotten the night before, I was starting to run on fumes. My husband could barely function at work, I was extremely irritable with not only him, but our older child as well, and I had zero energy for doing anything other than pretty much keeping the girls safe and alive. All aspects of our life (extended family, social, financial, etc.) were now starting to become affected by the fact no one (other than our 3-year-old) was getting any sleep at night. I continued to tell myself that as a second-time, well-educated mom with a post-graduate degree I should be able to figure this out... that she would eventually “grow out” of this phase, or I would be able to “fix” her sleep patterns. After all, I had a perfectly healthy baby girl a few short years before who naturally slept 12-14 hours straight from the day she turned 16 weeks old. I constantly thought to myself, “Why can’t I “fix” this? What am I doing wrong? I am failing my child, my marriage, and myself because I can’t get this under control.” One morning after getting an entire 45 minutes of sleep the previous night, I reached my breaking point. Completely in tears, I opened my laptop and searched for “baby sleep trainers.” To be honest, I wasn’t even sure if something like that even existed, but I was desperate. I felt completely useless when it came to managing any other aspect of our family life, all because I wasn’t getting any sleep. I loved our daughter more than anything in the world, but her lack of sleep was making it very difficult to like her. Aside from the struggles my husband and I faced, our biggest concern was our daughter. We knew she wasn’t getting the sleep she so desperately needed, and I was unsuccessful at teaching her how to do so. As I scrolled through pages and pages online search results, I stumbled upon Blissful Baby Sleep Coaching and decided to reach out to Joanna to see if our situation was even salvageable. I was nearly certain that our daughter’s sleep struggles were set in stone and I had let her go too long without truly learning how to sleep. From our very first introductory phone call, I immediately felt at home with Joanna. Even though she was thousands of miles away, I felt like she was a member of our family. For the first time in months, I felt a small glimmer of hope. In the back of my mind, however, I was still holding on to the idea that our daughter was “too far gone.” She was over a year old and had developed some HARD habits to break. That evening after speaking with Joanna, my husband and I decided to proceed, cautiously optimistic. During our second phone call to discuss the specific details of our daughter’s plan, I knew we had made the right decision. Joanna did a superb job of listening to our concerns, addressing every single aspect of our situation, and making a truly individualized plan to help our daughter learn to sleep. Before we began day one of sleep training, I distinctly remember asking her, “Joanna, do you really think this is possible? Am I being realistic with a goal of getting her to sleep through the night, in her own crib?” She confidently replied “Yes!” She explained every portion of the plan in a way that made sense to us, being very sensitive to both our wishes as parents and our daughter’s needs and personality. She was excellent at helping us understand the “why” behind the “what.” To say that that investing in sleep coaching with Joanna was worth it would be a drastic understatement. The life-long results she provided for our daughter are truly remarkable. With happy tears and a thankful heart, I can now say that our daughter not only sleeps a consistent 12 hours of sleep per night, in addition to two solid naps during the day (both in her crib!), but she learned this in only two short weeks. She loves her crib, her new routine, and best of all, she loves SLEEP! My husband and I are two happy, fully-functioning adults again who have a new appreciation for the gift of sleep. We can finally have a few hours to ourselves each night to spend on our marriage, talk about our day, and read in bed, all without having to worry about waking the baby or whether or not we were actually going to get sleep that night. Working with Joanna helped me realize that asking for help is not only OK, but a necessity. It may sound cliché, but my only regret is not calling her sooner. To think of all of the sleepless nights my husband and I could have back, the full nights of rest we could have given our daughter, if we had only stopped to look for help earlier. Joanna, we will be forever grateful for all of your guidance and wisdom in getting our little one to sleep. Simply put, we do not know what we would have done without you!

- Margaret J. Child was 14 months at time of sleep coaching


Our daughter was 18 months old and had never slept through the night. Joanna was able to provide scientific evidence about what was occurring with her sleeping patterns and such and developed an approach to help our daughter overcome some of her habits. She now sleeps 12 hours a night, straight, in addition to an hour and a half to two hour nap. Thanks, Joanna!

- B.O. and D.O. Child 18 months at time of sleep coaching


We can’t tell you how many times we were told that our child’s fifteenth (thousandth?) “sleep regression” was just a “phase.” Calling Joanna was best thing we ever did for our 18-month old and his overall health, development and happiness. We’re two working parents who are lucky enough to have a lot of help with our household and caring for our child. We started with a few short wake-ups a night – no big deal. Then that morphed into one longer wake-up in addition to a couple short ones. We could handle that too – just sing a few songs, give him a bottle of water and maybe some hugs and a short walk. It wasn’t until one of us was up for a two to three hours in the middle of the night trying to soothe inconsolable shout-cries that we decided we needed professional help. We’d read so many books and tried several methods, but even if it stuck for a while, everything would inevitably regress again and we weren’t sure any of it was worth it. Our sleep training attempts were so miserable that we eventually gave up, hoping (and reassured by other well-meaning parents) that our child would grow out of it. We should have called Joanna sooner. Joanna is straightforward, non-judgmental, encouraging, and she always made sure we worked within our personal comfort zone. A month later, our child sleeps 12-13 hours a night, in addition to his two-hour daytime nap, he’s excited to go to bed, and falls asleep entirely on his own. He’s happy and sweet, and we swear the extra sleep has accelerated his ability to learn new skills and speech. Looking back, we feel awful about how little we were allowing him to sleep. We had even convinced ourselves that maybe he was a kid that just didn’t need that much sleep! Joanna’s intimate knowledge of sleep science backed by evidence-based methods and a wealth of experience is invaluable. It’s no exaggeration to say that she has changed our family’s life.

- J. Tau Houston TX, Child was 2 years old at time of Gentle Sleep Coaching

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