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.

Betsy and Luna, 9 weeks

I had a very anxious newborn that needed constant attention and would not sleep in her bassinet, EVER! I tried various strategies but nothing seemed to work. I had given up and thought I’d have to have my baby sleep on me forever (or at least for a long time). Emma was very kind and relatable from the moment I spoke to her on the phone. She came to my home and gave me the confidence to keep trying to put my baby in her bassinet and it worked! I thought it was never going to work and it did. I can’t explain how much this changed my life. Emma was kind and professional throughout the whole process and taught me a lot about baby sleep. I will always be thankful!

Gabriella and Eliya, 8 months

Emma you have changed our lives !
My husband and I are so grateful for the work Emma has done with our munchkin and Eliya is now sleeping through the night and napping beautifully.
Emma is just outstanding and has a gentle and caring approach with sleep.
I would highly recommend Emma!!

Kate and Benji, 9.5 months

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!

Janai and Mila, 8 months

You have absolutely changed my life completely. Thank you so much for going above and beyond to help me through these last few weeks. Mila is now sleeping all night and her day naps are so much better I now get a couple of hours a day to sit down. You are truly fantastic!

Jen and Charlotte, 4 months

Emma changed our lives! Charlotte-our four month old daughter- would need 40 minutes of bouncing on a Swiss ball to go to sleep at night and inevitably she would wake as soon as we sat down to dinner. Her daytime naps were 30-40minutes max, each time requiring 10-15minutes to settle (again on the Swiss ball) and was waking 3 times per night. It is hard to know what is ‘normal’ for a baby this age but my husband and I were exhausted and needed a rest. After chatting to Emma we started a regime and though the first 3 nights were hard we soon saw some improvements and Charlotte now sleeps for two hours at midday with two other daytime naps and wakes only once per night for a feed (she occasionally wakes additionally for a grizzle but quickly self-settles). I can also plan my day as I know exactly when she’ll be feeding and sleeping.

Sleep is so important for both baby AND parents. Please don’t persist thinking your baby’s lack of sleep is ‘normal’ when you are struggling to meet each day.

Gabi and Amelia, 5 months

When my daughter was 5 months old I reached out for Emma’s help. Amelia’s day naps were unpredictable and I could not plan my day. I would spend more time trying to get her to sleep than actually her sleeping.
Emma’s technique suited our parenting style which was so important to me. She has a real gentle approach.
In a few days we were able to establish a sleep routine for my daughter. Amelia was happier and I was able to spend more quality time with my family. Most importantly she learned how to fall asleep on her own which was a game changer. Would recommend Emma to anyone and everyone!

Christie Lee and Isla, 8 months

Emma has definitely saved me!
My little girl Isla was waking every 1-2 hours overnight and wanting to be fed each time.
She was also barley napping through the day and we always fed to sleep which I think was a big contributor for us with all the night time wakings.
Isla took to the new way Emma showed us for getting to sleep, settling and resettling so well.
I was so amazed and wished we had done it sooner.
We no longer feed to sleep and are having appropriate naps during the day.
Puts herself to sleep at night and today for the first time put herself to sleep for her nap.
We had a bit of a set back with the busy Christmas period and being unwell for a few weeks but are slowly getting back on track.
Hopefully we will be back on track very soon!
I could not recommend Emma enough!

Jaclyn and Margo, 12 months

We contacted Emma recently to help us with getting our 12 month old, Margo, to sleep through and stop feeding in the night. I have to say, right from the start we felt so comfortable with Emma’s approach and had a confident plan to help our little one to learn to sleep a bit better. Within a few nights Margo was putting herself back to sleep after waking without our help, and after 3 nights, she was no longer feeding in the night! We honestly thought this would never happen but now we have a happy little girl who is sleeping longer and better, doesn’t need a bottle and eats a lot more real food (and enjoys it very much!). We would highly recommend Emma to anyone having trouble, even if you think the bad sleep habit is mild – I promise you will feel so much better for yourself and your little one by just getting on top of it now. Thank you Emma ☺️

Lisa, Reilly and Jake I yr and 3 yrs

I have 3 boys, a 5 yr old, a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old. We were having problems with both the 3yr old and 1 yr old. The 3yr old took at least 3hours to get to sleep, and the one yr old was waking between 3-5 times in the night. To say I was wrecked was an understatement. I was cranky, tired and struggling. Feeling like no amount of coffee could cure this problem I reached out to Emma.
What an incredible woman. She made me feel so empowered to take charge of my out of control situation. Now my 3yr old goes to bed no fuss. And my baby is sleeping through the night. I feel like a new woman. I am now a lot more present with my kids and husband. Oh, and I’ve stopped being a cranky bear with my husband 😝.
Thank you Emma, you are one special lady!

Tanya and Isabel, 7 months

Amazing!
After trying other ‘sleep schools’ and having no success we were about to give up with getting our 6 month daughter to sleep longer than 2-3 hours at night. Then we met Emma! Our daughter soon learnt to fully self settle, she went from napping 20mins during the day to sleeping for over an hour! Her night sleeps are down to one wake up over night, I no longer have to feed her back to sleep and I’m still in shock that she also has no dummy!!! Emma’s knowledge and experience enabled me to put all my trust in her and she did not disappoint the results are just amazing. She is so lovely to talk to and I can not recommend her enough to my friends who also have troubles with their baby’s sleeping. She is amazing, Thank you again!

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