We know from first hand experience the overwhelming exhaustion of chronic sleep deprivation. It not only effects your baby or child adversely, but has profound effects across the whole family’s wellbeing.
Meet Emma O’Callaghan
Emma founded Baby Sleep Expert to provide an empathetic and understanding service that was easily accessible to all. With over 20 years working within both a hospital and community setting, Emma has extensive experience in working with infants and children in their formative years. Her background as a Midwife and IVF Reproductive Nurse Specialist compliments her Certification as an Infant and Child Sleep Consultant. As a busy mother of three, she can bring both practical and professional knowledge to find you a unique solution.
Emma’s understanding of the health, science and biology of sleep for babies and infants has led her to believe in encouraging healthy sleep habits from birth and beyond.
Let us help you with the puzzle of sleep.
Sleep training doesn’t need to be a lonely and stressful experience for you and your family. We are here to help.
everyone is different
We believe that every baby, child and family are unique and we have developed a holistic approach to sleep coaching. There are no sleep problems that we are unable to address as we work in partnership with you and your family. We get to know your family, your child and your sleep problems and this is achieved by listening, caring and understanding. Our aim is to provide comforting and realistic solutions for you.
Often, parents are surprised by how easy the process is overall. The most common phrase Emma hears is ‘I wish I’d done it sooner’!
We support all styles of parenting when working with your family to develop a plan. We take into account your parenting style and philosophy, your baby’s temperament and development and your family’s schedule, all the while keeping a close eye on the emotional wellbeing of your baby and you.
Emma is a Certified Baby Sleep Conultant, as certified by Baby Sleep Consultant Training Ltd Australia.
All Baby Sleep Consultants are taught to be experts on all behavioural methods of sleep training, we also have our own unique methods which we know from experience are very successful.
Baby Sleep Consultants do not believe in the one size fits all approach to sleep consulting or sleep training. We consider behaviour modification and sleep training to be one solution, but our unique holistic approach means that in some cases it is not even necessary once we have made changes to sleep hygiene, environment and timing.
Emma was the hope I clung onto that we would one day sleep again and she delivered!
My 6 month old had been waking every 40 minutes all night long and needing to be fed back to sleep for a month and only napping in my arms, the carrier or the car her whole little life- and those naps were now down to 2-3 x 20 minute naps a day. I was staunchly against sleep training because I had been completely guilted into thinking I would damage my beautiful little baby and she wouldn’t think I loved her anymore- but there’s only so much sleep deprivation one can take!
Emma discussed with me what my priorities were and what I wanted for my babies sleep and what my babies temperament is. She came to my house showed me what I should be doing, gave me a plan and continued to check in with us for 10 days- the phone conversations were invaluable support and direction.
I’m not going to lie- it has been really, really tough but now my bub is going to sleep in her own cot, going to bed at a reasonable time and only feeding a couple of times a night.
I recommend Emma completely, she was amazing.
Our little boy Alexander slept well, until at 6 months things took a turn. Several wake ups a night eventually turned to two hour wakings all night. Occasionally he’d have a good night, which made me think there might be something ‘wrong’ with him: teething, too hot, too cold, too tired?
Advice came from all directions, all well meaning, but entirely confusing. When people suggested Alexander needed to go to ‘Sleep School’ I felt offended. There was nothing wrong with him; he’d sort himself out soon, I thought.
The thought of going to his 12 month check up with the MCH nurse, and having to lie about his sleeping so she wouldn’t recommend sleep school, AGAIN, made me decide to do something about it.
A friend told me how Emma had helped her son so I called Emma that afternoon. Several days later, after Emma took extensive interviews with us to find out about Alexander and our family, and parenting styles, we had our first meeting.
I came away from that meeting with a plan, contingency plans, and a set of actions that I felt I could achieve. The very first night of actioning the plan, Alexander slept longer than he had in months. By the third night he was sleeping through the night.
Thank you Emma. You did what I didn’t believe was possible: you helped Alexander get a decent night’s sleep. He’s so much happier now and so are his parents!
We had fallen into some bad sleep habits when Seb was 8.5 months old and going through a regression. It got to the point where he was waking half an hour after going to bed and would be awake for 2 hours, then up 2-3 times in the night. We were exhausted. Emma tweaked his day time sleeps and gave us the tools to re settle and we had results almost INSTANTLY!! We also cut out a dream feed and overnight feed and are having consecutive sleep throughs! I’m shocked. Could not recommend Emma more highly.
Emma was brilliant in helping my husband and I retrain our 3yo’s bedtime and sleep routine. Before her visit we were fighting sleep for up to 4 hours every night and usually ended up sharing our bed with him. Emma was warm and friendly with our little man, and then held our hands as she guided us through the hard yards. She was knowledgeable – explaining all of the emotional reactions before they’d occurred. She gave us the confidence to follow through on the nights after her visit and 4 weeks later we have a calm and efficient bedtime each and every night. Our only regret was not getting her in sooner!
I approached Emma after having a toddler permanently moved into our bed. Living in a rural area her telephone support was amazing and the tools she taught us worked very quickly and is something we will continue to use on our newborn.
I highly recommend Emma, her approach to sleep issues was very gentle and gradual and our toddler adapted very well.
We reached out to Emma when our son was 8 months old. I was due to return to work in 2 months and he was only feeding to sleep, waking every 20mins-2hrs and would break into hysteria if put into his cot to sleep. He used a dummy, but sometimes not even that would help sooth him.
Initally, I was hesitant when we engaged Emma because I was worried about what we would need to do to help our baby. Emma immediately understood where I was coming from and made me feel like I was heard. We trusted her straight away because of her kindness and professionalism. She was gentle with both us, and our baby and respectful of how we choose to parent. We learnt so much from working with Emma and I know that all the of us are better and happier for having worked with her.
Emma was always happy to answer our questions, provide lots of information and was always available.
The change in our son is amazing. He has started to develop at a much more rapid rate and is growing into his toddler years as a happy and healthy little boy.
Thank you, Emma. We can’t recommend you highly enough!! xx
As soon as I spoke to Emma I immediately felt completely comfortable and at ease. We welcomed her into our home shortly afterwards and it was a pleasure to meet her. Benji would only feed to sleep, would wake often very unsettled and his day sleeps were all over the shop. From the day we started working with her, Benji’s day sleeps became easier, no more feeding to sleep and he sleeps through and is generally at night is far more settled when he does wake (and now self settles back to sleep). When Benji went down for his first nap, I had the pleasure of talking to Emma for a couple of hours. From birthing stories to our puppies, it was lovely to a chat and feel totally at ease with Emma and her guidance.
Emma helped me with a plan of attack, checked in with me regularly and supported me greatly. I am feeling so much more relaxed and happy, as is Benji. If I regret anything at all, it is not calling her sooner. I would wholeheartedly recommend Emma to any family that needs help. I wouldn’t hesitate in making contact again, if we also needed help in the future. Thanks so much Emma!
I can’t thank Emma enough for the things she had taught me. Id read all the books and did so much research, I’d tried everything I thought possible to get Sophia to sleep better- Emma was my last resort, and to be honest, I didn’t have high expectations. From the day Sophia was born she was a terrible sleeper and I thought this was just going to be her.. But within 10 days, Sophia’s sleep habits drastically improved. She now sleeps 2 hours during the day and 12 hours at night, We’ve also stopped feeding during the night. It’s like I have a brand new baby!
Emma you have transformed our lives!! We can not thank you enough for helping us teach Hamish how to be the most perfect little person. After 3.5 years of sleep deprivation from our daughter we were determined not to make that mistake again…and we are so pleased we reached out.
Your experience, your genuine intent to help and your considerate words complement your professional abilities as a sleep consultant. We trusted you immediately when we understood your strong science and medical background. Everything you taught us was backed by research and tried and tested.
You have changed not only Hamish’s sleep habits (and ours!), you brought back our happy, playful, content little man we lost when he lost his interest in sleep. Thank you….you really are an angel.
I approached Emma when our son was eight months old and had been waking up every 1.5-2 hours for over four months. I had done all the ‘right’ things and read all the books, had a schedule, age appropriate awake and nap/ bed times etc… but the overnights were consistently a blur of sleep deprived madness with frequent wake ups. I am not a person who asks for help easily… but I am glad I followed my instinct on this one, and contacted Emma for help. Emma was so personable, gentle and kind and came into our home and took the time to get to know us and our situation. I felt that addressing the sleep issues in our own home environment was really important. The best part of working with Emma was that she followed up with and supported us for two straight weeks. We are now all having more peaceful nights and so, so many less wake ups. Our son is also napping like a dream baby and we can really make the most of his awake time now as he is so full of energy… and maybe even a bit more cheeky, if that’s possible! Thanks Emma 🙂
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