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.❤

Michaela and Sophie 9.5 months

One evening we were sitting down eating tea as a family my Husband, myself and our 9.5 month old daughter….
This evening was different.
We had the tv on which is very rare for us.
I wanted the news on just to see what was going on in the world besides my own little world.
A segment came on I heard them mention words like baby’s, sleep, sleep deprivation, sleeping through, parents, experts.
I said to my husband quick turn it up and we watched the segment. I didn’t catch the name of the business so I asked my husband – thankfully he heard it…..
Baby Sleep Expert.
So that night we were googling, I was desperate this night for sleep.
Who am I kidding I was desperate for sleep everyday and every night since our daughter was born.
We felt we had tried everything and no success ! What did I have to loose at contacting Baby Sleep expert I was already sleep deprived.
– My biggest worry’s were we live 6 hours away from Emma how can she help me from that far away!?
– Spending money on something I didn’t know if it would work or not!?
There are so many conflicting things on google, like how your baby “should” be sleeping through from 6 months.
There are so many sleeping aids and sleep experts out there claiming to have the key to sleep. You hear so many stories from people and it all gets so conflicting and confusing, you go round and round in circles.
I contacted Emma – the best thing we have ever done for our family’s lifestyle and sleep. We had all the pieces to the puzzle just needed Emma to help us put it all together. And she did !!
I now have time in the evening with my husband to catch up on our days.
I thank Emma so much for the happy lifestyle we have now as a family and most importantly sleep!!
– Michaela

Sarah and Evie, 16 weeks

I never thought I would see the day our 3.5 month old (at the time we began) would be able to settle herself to sleep, let alone nap longer than 20-30 minutes during the day. But after just 1-2 days of working with Emma, our little girl had already taken a huge leap in understanding how to settle herself to sleep at night. She was so reliant on being fed to sleep, or vigorously bounced on an exercise ball with the dummy in for her day naps, that it caused me so much anxiety at bedtime, and made me so short tempered and frustrated during the day. Now after 2 weeks with Emma’s almost-daily guidance and support, our baby girl settles herself to sleep without a dummy for EVERY sleep/nap, sometimes naps for a whole 2.5hrs at midday, and can resettle herself when she needs to, especially during the night. She even slept through the night (a whole 12 hours) once already at the 4 month old mark. I am so grateful to Emma, I feel like I have my sanity back and no longer dread bedtime (in fact I’m so excited at bedtime now!). The best thing about Emma is that she is always there for you through the process – it’s not an initial consult with 1 or 2 follow ups. I think this was by far the best thing about her services, is that she is there to kindly and gently support you through it all, even if it takes a little longer. Thanks Emma!!

Shannon and Freddy, 6 months

Emma was fantastic! So reassuring and comforting. We have always been told that when a baby comes along, sleep is a thing of the past. But with Emma’s help we have seen MASSIVE improvements and both my little man and I are so so much happier! Sleep is such an important piece to the health puzzle and I am so glad we got help when we did – even if it did take a month of procrastination from me. Thank you Emma!

Lauren and Amelia, 6 months

I cannot thank Emma enough for her support and guidance in getting my 6 month to self-settle. Previously I was having to spend 20minutes rocking my baby to sleep for every nap and sleep. This was proving to be physically and emotionally draining. Plus, my baby would only sleep a max of 40 minutes and could not connect her sleep cycles, waking up screaming and thus me having to repeat the whole cycle again.

After chatting to Emma, she designed a custom sleep program in such ways we were comfortable with. She offered ongoing support and was always available for me to call or message to gain tips.  My baby can now self-settle and has 3 solid naps during the day and sleeps 6.30pm-630am. She is a much happier baby and I finally feel myself again.

Emma thank you so much for all your help and support you have given me.

I would recommend Emma to anyone needing assistance with their bubs.  She is amazing x

Sally and Sophia, 4 months

I reached out to Emma after reading another mum’s review describing her situation that was almost identical to my own and I’am so glad I did.
My lovely little Sophia was 4 months old, sleeping beautifully at night but catnapping her way throughout the day. It upset me to see her wake up prematurely from a nap crying and struggling to make it through the day. I knew things could be better for her but didn’t have a clue as to how I could help her. So I made contact with Emma and was immediately reassured that this problem could be resolved.
The first week was a little harder than I anticipated but Emma’s gradual approach, kindness and extensive knowledge made it as easy as it possibly could have been. After a little over two weeks Sophia has three naps a day, one of which is 2.5hrs and she sleep from 6:30-7 overnight. I have regained my evenings and have added structure to the day. Emma has given me the knowledge to adapt things when a little extra flexibility is required and the know how to get things back on track should future issues arise. Best of all Sophia is well rested and an absolute delight throughout the day.
I am so pleased I reached out for help when I knew things could be better. Emma is truly passionate about helping mums and babies navigate the world of sleep and thank goodness for people like Emma.
Many thanks
Sally and Sophia

Andie and Archer, 8 months

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 🙂

Misha and Jordan, 11 months.

When my son was 2-8 months old he was not a great sleeper; he was a colicky baby who would cry for hours on end, waking up many times a night. So at 10 months when he was going to bed at 9pm and waking up 3 times a night I really didn’t think it was that bad. I resigned to the fact that it was normal for a mum to be waking up throughout the night and he was very easily fed back to sleep so I didn’t like to complain, even though I was starting to get tired of it.

A couple in my parents group recommended Baby Sleep Expert. They said it was the best decision they had ever made and wish they had done it sooner. We live in a rural town 6 hours from Melbourne so I wondered how it would work. We wondered could it really help our son to sleep through the night? Especially only being able to communicate via email and phone.

Emma was so friendly and supportive as she worked together with us to select the best strategies and approaches that fit in with our lives. We were excited yet nervous to start! The first night was tough but each night our son’s sleeping improved. Within 3 nights he was sleeping 12 hours a night and he has never looked back! Emma was in contact with us every day at the start. She talked through the routines and strategies, allowing us to ask any questions and also to make necessary changes to best suit our son.

We are so thankful for the guidance and support Emma gave us to allow our son to sleep through the night. We now have piece of mind that he is getting the best amount of sleep and daytime naps appropriate for his age and we can now make the most of the evenings to ourselves. We can even enjoy a night out every now and then knowing our son wont wake up for our baby sitter! Thank you Emma for giving us the gift of sleep!

Isabella and Rose, 11 weeks

I was exhausted trying to settle my overtired and catnapping 10 week whilst meeting the needs of my toddler who was missing out on much needed ‘Mum time’. Emma helped guide us into a routine that works for our family and helped me implement a few simple steps to ensure my daughter gets the sleep she needs. Thank you Emma for your expertise, guidance and support, I truly can’t thank you enough for the changes you have made in our family and for helping me find my confidence as a Mum again.

Kath and Sonny, 4 months

After a rocky start to life and a number of stays in the Children’s Hospital, Sonny became used to sleeping in our arms. We were fine with this as he had been unwell and we wanted him close to us, but once his medical issues were sorted, we knew we needed help. Sonny would only sleep one sleep cycle and was unable to self settle. This became very tiring and with two other children we contacted Emma for help. Emma was amazing. We talked through the birth and what had happened to date. Emma listened to our story and together we worked out a plan that suited our parenting style and our family. Wow. I was blown away with how things changed in our house in such a short amount of time. Within 3 days Sonny was stringing together sleep cycles and was able to self settle. Night feeds went from 3 to 1. The entire house felt the benefits of Emma’s input. Sonny was so much happier and obviously getting the proper amount of sleep that he needed to result in a very happy boy. I never thought Sonny was a “bad sleeper”, I knew he just needed help with sleeping and Emma’s knowledge and professionalism was amazing. If you’ve thought about getting some help, I couldn’t recommend Emma from Baby Sleep Expert highly enough.
Kathxxx

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