understanding

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

unique

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.

easy

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’

all styles

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.

Melina and Lily, 5 months.

Best investment l ever did.
My little girl Lily was 5 months and was waking every 1hour at night and having 15-20min cat naps during the day. The only way l could get her to sleep was by feeding or rocking. We had no sleep routine and her feeding times would be all over the place. Lily was very unsettled when it came to the evenings as she was overtired. It was starting to take a real toll on both myself and my husband as we have a toddler as well.
As soon as l spoke to Emma she assured me we could have Lily’s sleep pattern changed within a week and we certanly did. With Emma’s support and guidance Lily had a sleep routin within 5 days. She has 3 full naps during the day and now wakes every 4 hours during the night. She has set feeding times and Miss Lily is a very happy baby. What an incredible transformation and all thanks to Emma.
I highly recommend this service as Emma is with you every step of the way. I would speak to her every day and she would give me tips and ideas on what to do if things where not working.
Miss Lily is a great sleeper now. l just put her in her cot and walk out😊
Thank you so much Emma you have changed our lives.❤

Jo and Willow, 16 months

My strong-willed daughter had a strong feed to sleep association and at 16 months old was still waking up 6-8 times a night and only settling back to sleep with a feed. This was exhausting. After giving our routine to Emma she put together a plan which I was at first a bit sceptical of but followed it to the letter and was out right amazed at the results. Within a week we had eliminated all night time feeds and she had learnt to self-settle. Good night’s sleep all round! Thank you, Emma, for your guidance and support in making what I thought would be a massive challenge something so easy and stress free to implement.

Jessica and Oscar, 3 years

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!

Danni and Conor, 10 months

Two words to describe our amazing experience with Emma – Life Changing!
We enlisted Emma’s help with Conor’s sleep when he was 10 months old. As a bub Conor had many months of terrible silent reflux later found to be due to a dairy allergy. As a result he spent the first months of his life pretty unhappy, in a lot of pain and definitely not sleeping! Once we had sorted out the medical side of things we still had a bub who was difficult to settle and not keen on naps and only catnapping if at all. We found ourselves spending long periods of time rocking him to sleep at night only for him to wake hourly and while co-sleeping seemed to work for a little while, this too was short lived. Our growing concern that Conor wasn’t getting the sleep he required to develop and thrive lead us to Emma, who had been recommended to us by a friend. Emma was wonderful with not only Conor but myself and my husband as well, listening to any concerns we might have, working with what we felt comfortable with and answering our endless questions. Her patience and compassion was appreciated beyond words especially at a time when we were chronically sleep deprived, not thinking clearly and grieving the recent loss of my Dad as well. Within days of working with Emma, Conor’s night sleeps improved dramatically and over the course of 2 weeks we all started to settle into a new routine and daytime naps had started to become an actual reality! Fast forward a few more weeks and we were able to go on our first trip together to Sydney. What would have previously been a very stressful holiday became so much easier and more enjoyable now that we and Conor had the tools and routine to help him with his sleep. Conor has continued to thrive and is a noticeably much happier little boy, progressing in leaps and bounds and just loves life! We are all extremely grateful and can’t thank Emma enough for her help!

Michelle and Sebastian, 4.5 mths

** Not all heroes wear capes!!! **
Emma, you are my hero!! You saved me when I were in a state of utter exhaustion and despair. Your encouragement, reassurance and expert advice transformed my life from anxiety-filled days and tearful, sleepless nights to calm, predictable days and drowsy (but happy), relaxed nights. Thank you so, so much for you support through what was the toughest part of my life 💚 Sebastian and I are so much happier now. Also, you’re just a legend of a person 😁👍🏼 xoxo

Tegan and Ryley, 4.5 months

We contacted Emma for our little 4 and a half month old girl who was cat napping anywhere from 20mins-40mins, right up until her bedtime at 10pm. I was unable to put her down any earlier, she was unsettled and very overtired by the end of the day. I was feeding to sleep and took several attempts at putting her down only to wake and cry 5 mins later. Our little girl is now able to settle herself to sleep, connect her sleep cycles, napping for longer and a new bed time of 630pm! Couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative of Emma’s help! I feel so much more confident in myself and my job as a mother!

Jacqui and Reuben, 11.5 months

Emma was delightful to work with. She was friendly, approachable and very confident with her advice. I found her to be super easy to talk to, and her strategies worked!! My (almost 12 month old) son now sleeps on a regular day schedule and is sleeping through the night. It was great to have an expert to bounce questions off and get reassurance from on a regular basis. I highly recommend Emma.

Shelley, Owen and Eli 2.5 yrs

Emma is amazing! Thanks to her we now have twin 2.5yr old boys that go to bed themselves without a drama & sleep all night long! This is a big change – we used to battle with bed times & night waking, which was leaving everyone tired & miserable. Now everyone wakes up recharged after a great nights sleep! Straight away I felt very comfortable working remotely with Emma on the phone & she quickly got to understand our boys & what techniques were going to work. Her advice gave us the confidence to implement some key changes & after just the first two nights we were already seeing massive improvements. My only regret is not getting Emma sooner!

Maria and Stella, 15 weeks

Here I was with baby number 2, and history began repeating itself. Stella would catnap and snack all day long. There was no predictability to my day and I was stressed and exhausted.

Emma was amazing! She spent 5 days at our home and in that time, she settled Stella into a very workable routine. It was a miracle for me!

Baby is much happier, and mummy is so much more relaxed and enjoying life. Emma was gentle and kind and very quickly observed what would work for my daughter. She continues to be a great support to us.

Diana and Ethan, 5 mths

Working with Emma has been the best thing I’ve done for our baby. Ethan was never a great sleeper & had a lot of sleep associations that needed to be removed as well as only napping 30 mins 2-3 times during the day & waking 2-3 hrs during the night. So many times I heard it was normal for babies to cat nap, however deep down I knew my baby needed far more sleep.
At 5 months of age with Emma’s gentle guidance & achievable little goals Ethan has now settled into a routine, self settles & sleeps 2 hrs in the afternoon as well as sleeping through the night. It didn’t take long at all.
I can’t recommend Emma & her approach enough. I wish I’d contacted her earlier. To see Ethan even happier than he was before & thriving due to more sleep is reward enough.

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