We love hearing from our clients about how well they are doing after attending our classes or with our private packages. We pride ourselves in the information and support we give to each and every family. Read on to hear from the families themselves.
Jenn from Ottawa, Ontario
Christine from Barrie, Ontario
Leanne Theaker, Client
Brittany Bryan, Client
Toni, Graeme, and Baby Elliot from Ottawa, Ontario
My husband and I came to dread the evenings. As soon as the sun went down, our anxiety went up. We hadn’t slept, and our health, mine specifically, was declining and we were at our wit’s end. Then, I saw an ad for a sleeping seminar hosted by Elisa at Restful Parenting. I will admit, I was skeptical at first. “Don’t babies just figure out how to sleep on their own?”
I went to the seminar and learned that no, not all babies learn to sleep on their own, some need help and that is ok. I also learned about “wake windows”. I had never heard of such a term before and I learned that my cranky baby was just really, really tired.
That’s when we decided we needed help and Elisa was just the person to help us. After an exchange of many emails and a couple of phone calls, Elisa made us a plan. She actually made us three plans and asked that we review them and pick the one that best suited our style. Once we decided on a plan, it was time to implement. I was nervous. There was going to be some crying. Some from the baby, and some from me. But it was supported crying. My husband and I were there for our baby, and Elisa was there for us. Elisa reached out to us every day. She checked in, supported us and she guided us. She answered our questions, even the ones we sent at 4am.
We saw results almost immediately. We struggled through the first nap, but by the second nap he started to get it. And our baby, who hadn’t really slept for more than an hour at a time, slept for 2.5 hours. This is when I realized, the baby was just as exhausted as we were.
We now have a plan, a bedtime that is peaceful and enjoyable and a well-rested baby who laughs and smiles all the time.Elisa changed our lives. It is as simple as that.
Jody Griffin from North Bay, Ontario
Margaret Eljallad, Client
Michelle from North Bay, Ontario
Amanda from Ottawa, Ontario
When my daughter turned 6 months, I knew I wanted to change the way that our family sleep arrangement had been for the past several months. I had a pretty good nap time routine during the day but when night struck, my daughter would cry and cry and I would end up going to bed at the same time as her. Night time was becoming a chaotic nightmare for me. My husband somehow wound up sleeping in what was supposed to be the nursery on a single bed and my daughter slept in my room, usually in her crib but would sometimes end up in my bed. She was becoming more mobile and I wanted to transition her into her own room and crib ASAP but again, I felt lost. I reached out to Elisa from Restful Parenting and after discussing my situation, she promptly drew up a sleep plan for me that appealed to my parenting style. I’m not going to lie, the first couple of nights that I started the plan were very difficult and at the times that I wanted to give up the most, it is then that Elisa would motivate me and reminded me to celebrate all of the milestones that were achieved. This really encouraged me to tread forward to the finish line.
After a couple of days on the plan, I started to notice the amazing changes that were happening – My daughter was sleeping on her own in her own crib on a schedule! The night time routine was getting easier and easier, it was such a reward to know that the hard work was paying off. For the following time, the plan ran smoothly except for a few hiccups along the way that Elisa helped me with. I really appreciated that she had gentle solutions to suit my comfort level. I also really liked how she was in contact with me, it was like having a personal trainer for sleep! I began looking forward to our progress check in’s and the positive reassurance that she gave me throughout the weeks helped tremendously.
My daughter is 8 months old now and I am proud to say that she is on a schedule that works! I feel like I have my night time freedom again and it’s great to have my room and bed back. The toughest part for me in this whole program was right at the get-go when I made the leap of transitioning my daughter from my room to her nursery, mostly because it made me realise how quickly she is growing up and that it was time for me to let go a little bit. Now that the plan has been completed and our family has adjusted, I truly believe that she is happier in her own space as am I.
I am very grateful for all of your help, I can’t thank you enough!
Client from Ottawa, Ontario
I wanted to thank you and say I really like your approach.
I’m happy to say in just a few days we are seeing improvements using the suggestions talked about in the workshop. She has been napping in her crib in the morning for just under an hour... we are still working on afternoons! I darkened the room and am using the sleep cycle idea. I think she is sleeping better during the day now.
Thank you so much again.
Rachel Kenny, Client
M.W. from Ottawa, Ontario
Monica Tanaka, Client
Maxine MB from Ottawa, Ontario
In addition, I was very anxious about starting sleep training (even though I wanted to) and Elisa very considerately allayed my fears. Not once have I felt judgement or criticism either. I thought sleep training would be stressful but it really hasn’t been! For those of you out there struggling with how to “get there” and are not sure how much crying you are comfortable with, I just wanted to send these words of encouragement. Elisa and Pam’s methods are extremely useful. Our lives are just completely different now that our son has regular naps and a regular nighttime routine. I have been so happy with our experience, that I asked Elisa to share this testimonial!
Melissa from Ottawa, Ontario
Working with Restful Parenting was by far the best investment we’ve made for our child and our family. Not only we were able to resolve our child’s sleep issues, we regained our confidence as parents.
Thanks for everything!