My children were never great sleepers as babies. As a new mum with absolutely no clue what I was meant to be doing, I found myself focussing on short term gains for what ended up being long term nightmares.
Night after night I would rise and tend to my baby, hour after hour, resulting in broken and poor quality sleep. And there is good reason why they use sleep deprivation of a form of torture. It messes with your brain and your capacity to think, it affects your weight and your ability to control your own body. It is linked to depression, increased blood pressure and diabetes. And it makes you very, very grumpy.
Caroline’s Angels, otherwise known as Caroline McMahon and Caroline Radford, have been helping the sleep deprived parents of Perth for many years. Both mothers, the Caroline’s have a background in nursing and midwifery.
They offer an extensive range of services including:
- home visits with personalised care-plans
- one-off phone calls
- webinars, seminars and workshops
- eBooks and downloads
- they also offer group workshops, providing your mothers’ group or playgroup a one to two hour session on a range of topics with the chance to ask questions.
Everything Caroline’s Angels offer has one goal in mind: to get your baby – and you – sleeping like… well, like a baby.
Glengarry Early Parenting Centre provides help for parents or caregivers and their babies from aged 6 weeks, up to 12 months.
I engaged Caroline’s services for two of my children, one requiring personalised home support, one which could be sorted with telephone and email support.
The advice offered is realistic, positive and most importantly - non-judgemental.
Home visits, starting at $490 for three hours of personalised home support with a sleep specialist plus a month of telephone and email support are obviously at the top end of their services. It is a significant investment, and you cannot expect an overnight solution, but what value do you put on a decent night's sleep? (Or two or three years of decent sleep).
Another option is the Halo package ($335), which provides an individualised plan with email support, for issues including sleeping, toileting, eating and behaviour. The package includes phone/skype consultations, a month of email support plus access to e-books and documents relevant to your child’s needs.
For simpler issues, you can request a one-on-one telephone call, where you can ask questions and discuss your specific needs for 20 minutes ($75).
The Angels website is full of options, accommodating different needs and budgets. There are articles (from $3) which are available for immediate download and cover such issues as how to give up the dummy, sleep solutions for babies of different ages, transitioning to a 'big' bed, nightmares and the importance of self-settling.
They even offer packages which would make a great gift for a new mother, such as the Newborn package ($350) which offers an in-home visit before baby arrives to discuss mum’s expectations and set-up, and then another visit after the baby arrives home, perfect for first-timers.
Check out the Caroline’s Angels website for details of their upcoming workshops and explore the range of solutions they can offer.
Getting baby sleep issues sorted is possible. I did – eventually, with some hard work and support. I wish I hadn’t waited as long as I did before asking for help though.