Jo & Pedro
Parents to Sid, 1 Year
Wow, I’m not sure where to start on the positive impact Sam has made to our family.
We contacted Sam at a time when we were a bit broken from lack of sleep, with absolutely no time to ourselves and no time for each other. Our son Sid was 13 months when we contacted Sam, and we’d co-slept with him since he was born as that was the only way we could get him to sleep. At the start it was fine, but the older he became, the more tricky we found it to get him back to sleep, especially when I stopped breastfeeding him when he was around 9 months old.
He was waking consistently throughout the evening before we took him into our bed, and then often throughout the night as well. I was so exhausted, trying to return to work and also look after our four year-old on no energy. We were really frustrated and burnt out and just finding the whole thing was really affecting our moods and patience with the whole family.
I’d resisted any sort of sleep training up to that point, as I thought it was all about letting your baby cry it out, an idea that I found really uncomfortable. But my husband met another mum in the playground one day, who recommended Sam as a total wonder to help you with gentle methods, tailored to suit your family. I’m so glad we contacted Sam because this is exactly what she provided for us.
The plan you receive is really personalised, and having time to chat through it all along with any concerns helped so much. Sam always uses really helpful examples when discussing plans, so that you can see how she’s helped other families in similar situations. We were really clear on how to try things, and what to avoid, possible hiccups that might occur etc, before we started, so I felt equipped from the start.
Sam is also always on-hand to answer any questions and help get you back on track if you have a day that doesn’t go to plan. This helped me so much, after a time of feeling really lonely and isolated through lack of sleep. I really felt like I was failing, so if a day didn’t go too well Sam’s support helped me get back on track.
I feel the level of support you receive for what you pay is way more than we had anticipated. She really does become another part of your family while she helps you.
Sid is now sleeping through the night in his own cot and having nice long sleeps in the middle of the day. I never would have thought this was possible before, and it’s had such a hugely positive impact on the whole family. I feel so much more energetic and focused. Sid is also happier and more settled, and the time he naps is lovely golden time I can have with my eldest. I have never had to do any methods I feel uncomfortable with, and I have never felt like Sam pushed me to try something that wasn’t right for either us or Sid. Helping Sid know how to settle himself is something that he’ll always need, and we really did need her help to get there.
I’m so relieved we found Sam. Thank you so much from us all, we will always be grateful!
Mum to Jasmine, 10 Months
We decided to look for a sleep consultant when we couldn't wait anymore for our 10-month-old daughter sleep problems to resolve itself. We all were suffering, and we just wanted our daughter to sleep well and enjoy sleeping. We came across Sam's website, and we decided to reach out.
Before we started working with Sam, we were experiencing frequent night waking, rocking/holding/feeding to sleep, co- sleeping, and, of course, naps problem. We were so glad Sam managed to start working with us soon after our first conversation. We were happy we had an option of two different methods to choose from, but we all agreed that one was more suitable for Jasmine than the other.
Sam provided us with amazing guidance throughout the process; she was in touch at all times to ask how was Jasmine sleep or how is she doing. She was asking us our opinion, which is great as this gave us flexibility with times, but we always followed Sam's advice as she knows best. We needed to spend more time on naps, but eventually Sam found perfect timings, and Jasmine was even able to nap in the buggy for the first time since she was 8 weeks old.
During time with Sam I managed to cut night feeding from 6-8 times a night to 1 as I wanted to keep this only if Jasmine wakes but this 1 feed wasn't also needed as after 1.5 week sleep training, our baby slept through the night. We appreciate Sam's professional help as this has changed our family.
Jasmine is finally enjoying sleeping; my husband and I are in better moods, and this makes us a better parent. It's amazing to be able to put our daughter to bed awake and leave the room. We got the time we needed, and our daughter got amazing restful sleep.
Mum to Twins, 10 Months
Sam was an absolute life changer for our twins! At 10 months old it took over an hour to get each baby down in the evening, they woke so much that we were consistently getting 2-3 hours sleep a night, were up for the day every day at 4am, neither baby would go down for more than a 15 minute nap in the day, and we had to co-sleep for at least part of the night. We were completely exhausted but thought this was normal and just part of the journey.
We saw Sam on a Facebook group so we booked a consultation thinking maybe she could help. Within a couple of days both babies were sleeping through the night, all by themselves! No more co-sleeping! We now put them down at 7pm in their nursery and don’t hear a peep from them until 7am! Sam has completely changed parenthood for us and our babies are so happy and well rested.
We couldn’t have been happier with the service Sam provided. She was on hand to answer any queries or concerns we had, was patient and kind, and completely non-judgemental! Sleep training was the best thing we could have done for our family and we couldn’t have done it without Sam. Couldn’t recommend her enough!
Mum to Hattie, 7.5 Months
Do it! Pick up the phone to Sammy sleep nanny NOW. I only wish I had come across Sammy months ago. I was so worried “sleep consultants” were all about cry it out methods. But Sammy was amazing, Why? She gave me time, she supported me constantly. She gave me
Knowledge, confidence and support that I couldn’t find despite the amount of books I read or newsfeeds from other sleep consultants I read.
My Hattie woke constantly and also woke from 2am -4am every night. I was pulling my hair out. After two recommendations as a starter from Sammy, she didn’t wake for the two hour stint. She slept in her cot for the naps for the first time with the help from Sammy and know I put her down awake and walk away and Hattie is asleep in minutes.
She sleeps at least 7 hour stretches every night and am so confident if naps do not go to plan or anything Hattie decides to throw a spanner in the works I know what to do thanks to Sammy.
She is friendly, caring, empathetic and has a font of knowledge to help guide abs support you. All you have to do is listen to her…. I would 100% recommend you to reach out and take the step to bliss and confidence and happiness. Thank you Sammy!!!!
Mum to Hattie, 2 Years 2 Months
We had an excellent experience working with Sam.
This is our 3rd child, and we were at breaking point through lack of sleep! Sam helped us establish a routine with our 2-year-old and was on the end of the phone when needed. Our little girl is a tough cookie, but with Sam’s encouragement and understanding – we finally have her sleeping through the night and a 2 hr nap during the day. A bonus is our 6-year-old was encouraged and he now sleeps through too.
Cannot recommend highly enough – wish we’d found Sam earlier!
Mum to Dylan, 7 Months
I was petrified of sleep training and honestly for me it was the last resort but I had to do it because I knew it was for the better.
Sam was great to say the least. She was pretty much always available which was my favourite part of the program.
We took on the three week program which meant that we could contact her at any time. The thing that attracted me about Sam was the gentle sleep training part. With Sam, I was always there with my son and could comfort him at any point, especially the first few nights when it was the hardest on him (and me).
I would definitely recommend Sam as she is so friendly and easy to get along with. In addition, she really does understand what you want and walks with you every step of the way. I never felt that I could not approach her. Even on her days off, I could get in touch with her.
If you are thinking about it, I would not hesitate as it will be one of the best investments you could make for your child. Sleep is essential!
Mum to Elia, 5 Years
My 5 year old would only sleep through the night if she slept in my bed. If she started off in her bedroom, she would inevitably usually at 4am, walk to my bedroom, with her pillow to share the bed me. As I’m expecting no 2 in under 2 months, I knew this couldn’t continue and I was also severely sleep deprived! Friends in similar situations accepted that one parent would sleep with each child, but I wanted to break the cycle.
I’d been passed several other sleep trainer recommendations by friends but decided to go with Sam as I could see she had helped older kids as well as little ones and when I had my initial chat with her, she was easy to talk to. I could tell there was no judgement, and she wanted to understand the situation.
I booked the 2 week support plan, and I must admit initially I wasn’t sure if the plan would work with my 5 year old. Despite this, I kept an open mind, went with it and am shocked to say after 2.5 weeks, I can read a book with my daughter, she turns the light off and I simply walk out the room! She stays in her bed all night too.
Sam responds promptly to messages to ensure she’s there to support you and it’s been very reassuring to have that! It’s also meant that me and my husband have stayed focus on the plan (with much less bickering). I just wish I had sorted out my daughter’s sleep sooner! I’m still in shock that so much has changed in just under 3 weeks and can see my daughter has so much more energy now, especially in the mornings.
With baby no 2 on the way, I will definitely be keeping Sam in mind! Have already recommended her to friends!
Mum to Poppy, 4 Months
We started our journey with Sam as our daughter Poppy turned 4 months. At this stage we were struggling with any daytime naps unless they were in the pram when we were out and about and night time I was feeding her to sleep and then trying to put her down with out waking her up!
This has now all changed! We now have more of a predicable routine, Poppy is able to self settle, so naps for longer, I can put her down to sleep and leave her to go to sleep independently. With Sam's coaching I now feel I have the knowledge and expertise to do what is right for my daughter to ensure she has a good nights sleep. Everyone is happier and everyone is sleeping better!
Thank you Sam for always being on the end of the phone with your helpful advice, we couldn't have done it without you.
Mum to Hugo, 9.5 Months
Sam granted us the wish that every parent dreams for - a good night’s sleep!
My husband and I contacted Sam after another mum recommended her. We were struggling with our 9.5 month old’s sleep - he was catnapping in the day and waking 2-3x overnight for a breastfeed. With my impeding return to work looming, we felt it necessary to do something about this.
Sam is knowledgeable, caring and non-judgemental. She gave us a personalised plan and was there to support us through every step. After just 2 weeks, our son was sleeping through the night! Nap times are so easy now and I feel so much more comfortable about going back to work in the next few weeks. Hugo is a much happier baby- and I feel like myself again after a good night’s sleep!
We wish we had contacted Sam sooner 🙌🏼
Mum to Cora, 10.5 Months
I feel very grateful for Sam helping us get to where we are now with our daughter’s sleep.
Our 11 month was waking up to 6 times a night and was reliant on being fed to sleep. After no time at all she is now sleeping through the night. Having advice from an expert who knows your child’s particular sleep issues gave me the confidence I needed to address them.
Charles & Annabelle
Parents to Remy, 16 Weeks
We first approached Sam when Rémy was 10 weeks old. We were struggling with Rémy's sleep and we didn't know what we were doing right and what we were doing wrong as first time parents. At this stage we knew that our baby was too young for proper sleep training but we still wanted some help. After a desperate online search we stumbled across Sam's page and felt reassured by the description of her approach and she put us at ease as soon as we first spoke to her. Sam really took the time to understand Rémy and what we were finding difficult and through her gentle guidance we managed to start getting him to sleep without reliance on breastfeeding.
As Rémy approached his 16 weeks, Sam devised a great sleep training plan for Rémy and supported us to manage it. When we felt uncertain, Sam was reassuring, and when we felt something wasn't working for our baby Sam supported us to make changes to the approach.
We couldn't believe how quickly we saw changes in the sleep routine. From being a child who needed constant movement in the pram to fall asleep, Rémy was now having day time naps in the cot and falling asleep in the evening with minimal intervention from us.
We are so grateful to Sam for being a warm and available presence during such an important developmental stage for our baby, and she was so reassuring during what could have been a really tough time. Thank you!!
Mum to Arley, 4 Months
We have just come through the 4 month sleep regression and Arley was waking at least every hour through the night, and each nap was a battle and only ever lasted 30/40 mins. I realised every time he fell asleep was only after I fed him to sleep or nearly asleep.
My friend at baby sensory class recommended we got in touch with Sam to help us guide Arley to sleep by himself in a gentle way as we were against using the cry it out method.
Sam was friendly, professional and at the end of the phone whenever we needed advice. We filled out a thorough questionnaire and Sam took the information and created a detailed plan of how to get Arley sleeping more easily and for longer. She listened to exactly our needs and tailor made a solution for us.
Each morning we let Sam know how the night had gone and she gave us tips on how to improve it or encouragement if it went well. Working out the logistics of when to put Arley down to sleep before he was overtired was a bit of a puzzle, but Sam was there to guide us through it depending on his wake window/nap duration etc.
By the end of the two weeks with Sam we had a great toolkit at our disposal and such a better understanding of how to handle Arley's sleep and nap routines, through things like bedtime routine consistency and reading his cues.
She helped to break the feed to sleep association and guide Arley to self settle after each sleep cycle so he was napping for an hour and a half. He still woke occasionally during the night but much less than before, and we were able to help him quickly settle himself back without needing to feed each time.
When we put him down to nap we can now leave the room and he will settle himself, with very little help from us, whereas before we were needing to rock/stroke/feed him to sleep each time.
I would highly recommend Sam to anyone struggling with baby sleep - her help was completely invaluable to us!
Dad to Mila, 16 Months
I contacted Sam following the birth of our second child. Our first child, 16 month old, was waking a number of times during the night and would eventually end up co-sleeping with one parent. With the addition of a new born this was no longer practical and so I sought Sam’s help.
After the first consultation, Sam was able to create an action plan for us based on what we were comfortable doing whilst also giving us options at each stage. Sam maintained an open channel of communication with us through out the process, even making her self available whilst she was on holiday.
After a couple of days the improvements in sleep were evident, at the end of the 2 weeks she was sleeping a good solid 11 hours a night without crying and self-settling when she did wake. On top of this we also managed to ditch her dummy habit during this period which in turn also contributed to better sleep.
I highly recommend Sam to anyone struggling with a child’s sleep and I wouldn’t hesitate to consult her again.
Mum to Elodie, 3 Years
Sam quickly understood what we were trying to achieve and designed a solution which worked for our family, taking into account our daughter’s personality but also our material constraints (nursery/work hours). While we achieved results fairly quickly, Sam showed us support throughout the agreed period and made sure we understood how to maintain good habits in the long run.
I was skeptical of using a consultant at first as lots of information is available on the net but having a plan fully tailored to your family as well as the absolute focus from everyone are keys to success.
Thank you so much Sam for helping us restore our family life and balance. Our 3Y old daughter is now staying in her bed every night and we can appreciate quality time as a family again.
Mum to Olivia, 4 Months
We contacted Sam when our daughter was 4 months old. It felt like we were in a worsening spiral of sleep with several wake ups at night and having to co-sleep which isn’t something we felt comfortable with. Ultimately none of us were sleeping well. In addition every daytime nap was in the carrier which was exhausting.
We were initially a bit sceptical as we had read and tried loads of sleep techniques and really didn’t want to do the ‘cry it out’ method. After an initial consultation with Sam she developed our own personalised sleep program which she talked us through.
Sam explained that our daughter was still very young so it was no surprise things hadn’t worked before but it was still a good time to start getting some good sleep habits in place to set her on the right track as she developed. It was a pleasant surprise to find that gentle methods could still work.
Within a couple of days, we were already noticing a difference with our daughter sleeping in her own space through the night with only 2 wake ups for feeds and at least one nap in her cot through the day. Over the course of the 3 weeks her naps started to get longer and it was clear she was becoming happier and developing quicker.
Sam was on hand every day to check on how we were doing and keep us motivated and on track. It was incredible how she was able to pick up in the smallest detail which ultimately translated to a bit difference in the sleep routine. It was also wonderful to have someone else ‘do the thinking’ and analysing, giving our tired brains a break!
Sam explained that it still might take a couple of months to get further improvements with our daughter being on the younger end for sleep training, but she gave us a plan of what to work on going forwards as well as offering to answer further questions.
Sam has been a great help to us, giving us so much more confidence in what we are doing with the sleep. We would definitely recommend, thank you!
Mum to Indy, 7 Months
I reached out to Sam after realising that my 8 month old baby who had been sleeping in a next to me crib- needed to be transitioned into his own cot and also needed more structure around his daytime naps (up until now I had been very baby led and had a bedtime routine but not defined bedtimes).
My baby had always had a pretty long afternoon nap but his morning naps were all over the place and Sam helped us to put strategies in place to understand ‘wake windows and sleep cues’ appropriately so that he goes to sleep for approx 90 mins at a go - and I am no longer frustrated to hear the words ‘drowsy but awake’ .
Additionally, Sam worked with us to help with a smooth transition from bedside co-sleeper to his own cot - our baby is now 9 months old and goes to bedtime without any fuss. Sam understood that I wanted to work with my baby’s biology (he is on the slender side) and not take a cookie cutter approach- I wanted my baby to naturally drop his feed(s) when he is ready.
I really appreciated Sam’s support on this and am certain that when the time is right to drop his night feeds - his ( and my sleep) will continue to get better.
Mum to Annie, 18 Months
We used sam to help us with our sleep issues with our 18 month old and 5 year old. We had gotten into a terrible cycle of getting up throughout the night with our younger and were at wits end.we were desperate to get started as being so sleep deprived and she was able to get going straight away. We sat down and discussed what had been happening. Sam then gave us bespoke guidance as to what to do. It revolved around structure and she helped us to keep to that structure. Sometimes when you are so sleep deprived as a couple to can be really hard to know what is best but Sam gave us that knowledge of knowing what to do and when.
Our baby now sleep through the night and I can generally put her down and walk out of the room. There have been times when we slipped back into old habits but Sam's mantra in my head and even going back over our txts reminds me how best to correct these habits. Sleep is so important for you and your children. I now notice that my child plays more cos she isn't clinging to me cos of fatigue. I can read better when she needs a sleep and I am not scared to let her sleep for longer if she needs it. I don't rush into her when I hear her wake at night because she has learnt how to self soothe. Thank you Sam for your help it has been invaluable. X
Mum to Diego, 4 Months
Sammy is an absolute star! We contacted her after we where on the verge of a mental breakdown, we where physically exhausted and mentally drained as our little one was going deeper into the 4month sleep regression.
We had an interview and she gave us a personalized assessment with different intervention options and supported us to choose the best option for our scenario. She walked along with us through the first nights giving us reassurance and reassessing difficult situations. Our experience with her is outstanding, there is still a lot of work to do with our little trouble boy during naptime but Sammy has made a huge difference in night sleep.
Our baby was relying on us to fall asleep, we were waking up hundreds of times to put the dummy back, nurse him to sleep, rocking or even driving during night time. Two weeks working with her and he is able to fall asleep by himself at night time and some naps, we ditched the dummy completely, he only wakes 1-2 times to feed and he sleep in the buggy as well.
Mum to Nikolas, 2.5 Years
Nikolas's sleep has massively improved. He is two and a half years old. We went from late bedtimes of 8:30/9pm or later, waking up in the night and also any wake up time in the morning.
Our older children would be kept up as our son would often cry or call out at bedtime and/or in the night. Sam gave us lots of clear, workable and effective strategies to get Nikolas to sleep at a proper bedtime and also to keep him going through the night.
She was there for us when we needed any tips, and we know we can call on her if we need any help. (We haven't needed any yet!) I thoroughly recommend Sam to anyone with children who are struggling to sleep properly. My only regret is that I didn't reach out to Sam when Nikolas was younger as I would've saved myself lots of sleepless nights. For anyone considering a Sleepy Nanny, I would say definitely get in contact with Sam.
Mum to Lilian, 8 Months
It was such a great experience with Sammy! We couldn’t believe in the beginning that you can train 8month toddlers to sleep through the night, but it actually works! We thankful to Sam for that!
Mum to Olivia, 6 Months
We reached out to Sam when our baby girl was 6 months old as we were still co sleeping and had no routine at all.
We went for the 3 weeks package and can honestly say it’s been the best thing we’ve done! We wouldn’t be where we are today without Sam’s plan and support.
We achieved so much during our time with Sam, our baby now sleeps in her own cot, we ditched the dummy, she naps during the day, we have a routine and I as a mother have learnt so much.
Sam is so friendly, puts you at ease and is there whenever you need the support. If you are considering Sam for some help then we would highly recommended.
Mum to Milo, 7 Months
We reached out to Sam in July 21 as our son wasn't sleeping at night, and after 7 difficult months, we were completely hopeless and clueless.
Milo was napping okay during the day but was waking up almost every hour at night and wasn't able to self settle back to sleep. Which means that we were not sleeping, spending our time rocking him and putting his dummy back.
We did a two weeks training which literally changed our life. Sam created a personalised plan and supported us everyday, texting us every morning to check on the progress and advise when the night was tough.
Thanks to her we've not only created a healthy sleeping routine for our son (who now sleeps 4h during the day and 10.5h in a row at night) but we've also gained confidence in our actions and reactions as first-time parents.
We're extremely grateful and would recommend her 200%.
Mum to Maisie, 12 Months
We must admit we were a bit sceptical about sleep training having read various techniques online and dabbled with them. How wrong could we be! Sleep coaching with Sam has been a game changer. Our daughter Maisie is now sleeping close to 12 hours a night, is happier and developing quicker than ever before. We are also much more rested and able to enjoy our evenings again!
Our 13 month old daughters sleep had been getting progressively worse and worse. When she was younger she slept pretty well but gradually she had become more and more reliant on us to go to sleep, it was getting harder and harder to get her down and she was waking more and more. It got to the point that we she was spending most of the night in our bed and we were having to go to bed early so she could settle and get enough sleep. We decided we needed help!
We found Sam on a local Facebook group and after an initial chat we knew that Sam would be good to work with and decided to proceed. Within a matter of days we had a detailed sleep plan with a couple of options. After talking it through with Sam we chose our course of action. The first days were really tough and this is where the support and knowledge from Sam shone through. Sam has a very calm demeanour and is completely non judgemental. She was on hand in the evening and we had a debrief in the morning where Sam gave us further tips and adjustments based on how our daughter was reacting.
We saw rapid results and day by day Maisie’s sleep got better and better. A month later putting maisie to bed is now a complete pleasure. We do bed time routine, she gives us a cuddle and then goes down to sleep calmly with no crying and stays asleep for the whole night. Thank you so much Sam!
Mum to Avyaan, 1 Year 8 Months
Sam was brilliant. She took time to understand the sleep problems we were having, and took a lot of detailed information from me. She explained all her packages and didn’t just try and sell me the priciest one.
She was conscious of this being cost effective for me versus how much help she thought I would need.
She quickly put together a programme for me to follow and within 2-3 nights we were seeing results!
She contacted me every single day to check on our progress during the two week period I had booked with her, gave me extra helps and tips along the way, and she was just a delight to work with. My child is now sleeping a lot better thanks to Sam’s sleep programme.
Mum to Maya, 13 Months
Sam was brilliant. She took time to understand the sleep problems we were having, and took a lot of detailed information from me. She explained all her packages and didn’t just try and sell me the priciest one.
She was conscious of this being cost effective for me versus how much help she thought I would need.
She quickly put together a programme for me to follow and within 2-3 nights we were seeing results!
She contacted me every single day to check on our progress during the two week period I had booked with her, gave me extra helps and tips along the way, and she was just a delight to work with. My child is now sleeping a lot better thanks to Sam’s sleep programme.
Mum to Nora, 5 Years
Highly professional and highly effective! I had great progress with my child. Sam has true expertise and a great, customisable service. I would work with her again in a heartbeat. Thank you
Mum to Harrison, 9 Months
I contacted Sam after she was recommended to me by someone my mum knew and it was the best thing I ever did :)
My 9 month old baby boy had never been a great sleeper. I used to have to rock him to sleep each night for around an hour for him to then wake up around 6 times in the night to the point where I ended up co-sleeping with him just so I could get some sleep too. His day naps were around 30 mins each and so he was overtired all of the time. My mum guilt started to kick in because I felt like I spent so much time with him trying to get him to sleep that I didn’t get to spend any time with my 4 year old daughter and I knew I had to change this.
Sam was so friendly and professional and made me feel so comfortable talking to her. She helped me with a plan that not only helped my little boy but also worked around my day to day activities such as the school runs :) My little one now self settles himself for all naps and bedtimes, I can say goodnight and leave the room without any fuss, it’s amazing! He now sleeps through till the morning with the odd wake up for a feed or if he’s lost his comforter :) This gives me so much more time to spend with my daughter now which is great.
I can’t thank Sam enough for her help! Even though my 2 weeks has now finished Sam has offered to still help out with any advice I need, Sam you really are amazing and have literally changed our lives for the better so thank you :)
Mum to Etta, 14 Months
We recently booked 2 weeks working with Sam to help us all get some sleep! Sam was patient in her approach and really listened to us in terms of what we were trying to achieve with our epileptic 15 month old. Sam was fantastic and we are now enjoying really good naps and a full nights sleep (at least 11 hours!). She went above and beyond to help us and really cared about helping to improve our situation. I would 100% recommend her to anyone!
Demetris & Stephanie
Parents to Raphael & Michael, 5 Years & 3 Years
We have had such a brilliant experience with Sam. From the moment we spoke Sam has been supportive, non-judgemental and such a pleasure to go through this with.
Nothing is too much trouble and Sam really makes you feel supported especially on the tough days. We wanted to do sleep training in the most gentle way possible and Sam was totally on board with that supporting us all the way through, listening and adapting things to suit our family life.
Our boys are now both sleeping well, we have noticed a change in their behaviours especially after school when they are usually most exhausted. Sam has given us tools for life and we feel confident in being able to handle any sleep issues we may come up against in future.
I cannot recommend Sam highly enough, we are so grateful for everything and delighted that things have been so successful. Thanks again Sam xxx
Mum to Shay, 2 Years 2 Months
I contacted Sam after I saw an advert on Northwood parents’ group and it was the best decision we made. At first, we always thought its not going to work for our son due to lots of sleep issues he has had previously but the knowledge from Sam and perseverance from us has paid off.
I have a 2-year-old boy who was co-sleeping with us so we could get some sleep and he would wake up multiple times in the night. We were putting him to bed at 9pm but this was too late as he was overtired but we didn’t realise as he was running on adrenaline. This was a huge lesson we learnt, and Sam explained this very well to us.
Sam was friendly, knowledgeable, professional, flexible in her approach to improving my son’s quality of sleep. My son now falls asleep independently by 7pm and wakes up between 6-6.30. If he wakes up in the night, he self-settles himself and we don’t need to go into his room. It feels like a miracle but it’s been lovely to get our evening to ourselves and feeling rejuvenated in the morning. It has helped my son’s mood as previously he was having lots of tantrums but now he is a lot happier can manage his emotions if you say no.
Thank you sooo much Sam for changing our lives and not only helping my sons sleep, his mood and development in other many ways but giving us our evening back. I would strongly recommend Sam to anyone else having sleep issues with their child.
Mum to Edwin, 2 Years 4 Months
We contacted Sam because our 28 month old son refused to sleep past 4 am and we were exhausted.
After 2 weeks he is now consistently sleeping until 5.30-6 am which is ideal. Sam also helped us wean our son off using a dummy which we suspect may have been contributing to his early wakings.
Sam was friendly and reassuring the whole way through and has equipped us with the knowledge and confidence for the future.
Mum to Finneas, 4 Months
We worked with Sammy to get our 4 month old little boy, Finneas, to learn to self-settle in the hope that he would sleep longer during the night and no longer need to be rocked or fed to sleep.
I must admit the results were better than we ever imagined! He now sleeps for a full 12 hours during the night, plus regular naps during the day and the regulation of this means I have also managed to get my life back and feel like less of a zombie! Sammy advised us to give up the dummy at the same time, which we were particularly worried about but by day 3 of the plan we were dummy-free and straight to sleep in 15-20 minutes, with minimal crying!
I would definitely recommend Sammy to help with sleep training and provide the support needed to coach you through the sometimes difficult initial stages.
Mum to Maya, 15 Months
After a good run of sleeping, with us rocking her to sleep and popping her in her cot, Maya decided she didn’t want to sleep anywhere other than our bed. After weeks of it getting harder and harder to settle her without one of us with her, and with multiple wake ups during the night, we reached out to Sam. Thank god we did!!
Sam gave us loads of time to talk through Maya’s sleep history and how we’d got to this point. She didn’t make us feel silly, or that we couldn’t work this out, or that Maya was anything other than a really normal, alert baby with parents who just wanted all of us to have a good night’s sleep!! She really listened and asked questions to understand our family.
Sam (very quickly) gave us a plan- she gave us two options, based on what we’d told her. This gave us the opportunity to think about what would work for us and then we committed!! Sam was really honest with us and prepared us for a few tricky nights whilst Maya got used to her new routine. Night one was definitely tricky, but easier than we thought- we were both worried about a ‘cry it out’ method, this is absolutely not what Sam advised and we felt we were all able to commit to the plan without Maya being upset or affected negatively.
Night two was easier and by night four, Maya was going to sleep, in her own cot, with barely a whisper. She was also sleeping from 6:30pm to 5:30am, without waking up!!
We started the same process for her afternoon nap and this took a little longer. But we are persevering and it is working!
We are now three weeks on from the start of the plan and Maya sleeps from 6:30/7pm through to 6/7am EVERY night!
Sam was on the end of the phone through every bedtime and really seemed to care that Maya was making good progress. We tweaked things as we went, and Sam was as happy with it all as we were!! Her support has been phenomenal, always there for a call/message and the ‘Maya’s Sleep Training Team’ WhatsApp group was very well used!!
Maya is now actually saying ‘bedtime’ to us and getting a really good night’s sleep, and is such a happy little thing in the mornings, we couldn’t be happier with where we have got to- and so quickly!!
We can’t recommend Sam enough. Our only regret is not reaching out to her earlier!
Mum to Yuvaan,14 Months
I sought help from Samantha after going through weeks of sleepless nights from my 14 months son.
My son would sleep through the nights for some weeks and then completely stopped and would wake up 4-5 times during the night. It was exhausting for both my husband and I. We would need to pat him continuously until he would sleep and sometimes rock him.
Samantha gave us a two weeks plan and has always been communicative and responsive. I would ask her questions or ask for calls and she would always reply and willing to help/advise. I started doubting this whole process at some point but she kept pushing and motivating me to continue with the plan.
The results speak for itself, he now sleeps by himself for 12 hours through the night without any need to be pat or held. He also has two hours nap when before he would nap only for 30-40 mins. I’m so happy that I found Sam and she has been so helpful and I can’t recommend her enough. She is amazing! Thanks a million Sam!
Mum to Miles, 6 Months
Sam has really helped us so much with our 3rd baby. He was 6 months old when we reached out to Sam as were in a really difficult phase with deterioration in his sleep at daytime naps and overnight. Daytime naps had never been great, often he slept for very short times only.
Sam is so kind, attentive and confident in her method and it really works! Sleep overnight and naps dramatically improved in a short space of time. I had felt that by my 3rd baby I really should know how to get him sleeping well! But I would advise any family struggling not to hesitate with seeking help from Sam, it proved especially valuable for us with a busy family life with 3 young children.
It has been a game changer to get his sleep sorted. Thank you so much Sam!
Mum to Willow, 3 and a half years
Before I reached out to Sam we were at breaking point with our 3.5yr old daughters sleep. A very inconsistent sleeper since birth, I trusted periods of sleep and night wakings would eventually pass but no longer able to sustain broken sleep night after night and dragged out and difficult bed times I searched the internet for help.
Sam came up in a local search and I sent an enquiry within minutes and the availability was there to chat same day. The first phonecall I had with Sam I instantly felt reassured, comforted and supported and knew I was going to be able to work with her and grateful I’d taken this first step.
Sam had experience with night terrors (a problem our daughter also shared) and gave sound and informative insight into what some issues could be. She outlined next steps and we promised to touch base once I had spoken to my other half. From the moment we signed up Sam was professional, attentive, supportive and on hand round the clock answering queries no matter how small. She is incredibly knowledgeable and taught us all so much. Her empathetic yet consistent approach was not overwhelming and it was quite astounding how simple yet effective tweaks to our existing routine made such a difference.
In just under two weeks, our 3.5yr old was not only consistently sleeping through the night, she was falling asleep alone and going to bed was no longer a long affair. Sam has been our saviour and any sleep deprived parent knows how life changing it is when your child sleeps well.
We can’t thank Sam enough and simply wouldn’t be where we are now without her. We’ve gained tools for life and our daughters improved sleep has had huge effects on her day to day mood and general happiness. We cannot recommend Sam enough. x
Mum to Luna & Lysander, 4 and 8 Years
We feel very lucky to have come across Sammy Sleep Nanny, after many years of disrupted sleep from our 4 and 8 yo, we finally are enjoying a whole night sleep. With her plan and her tips it worked like magic from day 1. She is very approachable which makes it so much easier to talk to and have a good understanding about what the program would be. Still can't believe my kids are sleeping on their own no fuss at all and sleeping the whole night !
Mum to Roman, 15 Months
Before I contacted Sam our 15month old was refusing to fall asleep at bedtime. Once he finally went to sleep, he would wake several times through the evening and night. We eventually started puting him in our bed so we could all sleep but after a while we thought we would never have our bed back again!
His crying continuously woke up his older brother during the night and we were all miserable during the day. It wasn't just effecting us now but his brother too. We knew we had to do something!
I came across Sam's profile on Facebook and sent an enquiry. Within a couple of days we had setup our initial consultation. I appreciated sams approach to sleep training and felt reassured there was light at the end of the sleepless tunnel!
Sam gave us a couple of options at to which types of techniques we would be most comfortable doing. After choosing, Sam was continously on hand to help and lend support when needed.
After 2 weeks he was self soothing to sleep and sleeping through the night in his own bed. Putting him to bed in the evening became a joy instead of a dread.
We can't thank Sam enough for giving us our bed and sleep back! Our little boy is so much happier and content now he is having a good night sleep.
Mum to Lila, 2y9 Months and Jasper, 7 Months
Sam helped us with our 2y9m daughter and 7month old son. They each had different sleep problems and we needed quick and effective action as we were surviving on minimal broken sleep (plus there was a looming return to work date for me)!
Sam took a very holistic approach to the situation, recognising the challenges with 2 poor sleepers and their different needs, and we developed a plan for both of them. In a nutshell: my 7 month old learnt to sleep through the night and my 2yo learnt to stay in her own bed, which is exactly what we needed.
We are very happy with the results!
Mum to Grayson, 19 Months
We decided to get in touch with Sam as we have had 18months of broken sleep due to our son.
We spoke to Sam over zoom which was amazing . After a long in-depth conversation Sam gave us our unique plan.
We put the plan into place on the Monday and by the Thursday our son was sleeping for a solid 12 hours at night with a two hour nap in the day .
Sam continued to make contact with us every day for two weeks to monitor progress. We really appreciated her time and reassurance. Our only regret with Sam was that we had not made contact with her earlier. She is such a kind patient person and we really can’t thank her enough!
Mum to Amaya, 2 Years
What can I say, this lady helped us achieve what we thought was impossible! We have a 2 year old that needed us to be around whilst she fell asleep, and part way through the night she would wake up and only go back to sleep in our bed.
Sam listened to us and wrote us a plan which we followed. It took nearly 2 weeks but our toddler now gets into her own bed and is asleep by 7 and does not get into our bed. She self settles herself if and when she does wake in the night!
Sam was there throughout all the hard times and supported us! She is lovely, and her packages are reasonably priced. I cannot recommend her enough.
Mum to Aran, 2 Years 9 Months
Samantha really helped us put the right structures in place in order to get our 2.5 year old back sleeping in his bunk bed with his older brother.
The arrival of a new baby had really ruined any hope of sleep and with 3 children under 5 it was hard to see the wood from the trees! We would highly recommend her services to any friend.
Mum to Austin & Euan, 7 Years/2 Years 2 Months
I’d like to say a massive thank you to Sam. She’s literally changed our lives around and we couldn’t have done it without her support and advice. I think I was at the stage where I needed someone to tell me what I needed to do and then hold my hand throughout it and that’s exactly what Sam did.
We had both of our boys which we needed help with. My 7 year old still wasn’t putting himself to sleep as we’d never trained him to and our 2 year old had never slept through the night, especially as I had fed him until 21 months. We hadn’t had a full night’s sleep for years as my eldest was a bad sleeper before the youngest was born so went to Sam at the end of our tether! We had got into some really bad habits; staying with the boys until they had fallen asleep, taking the youngest to bed with one of us as a ‘quick fix’ as this was the only way we all got a night’s sleep and both boys waking up before 6 so we couldn’t keep going on like this. Changes in circumstances meant I was putting both boys to bed by myself and not getting downstairs until 9 ish. That coupled with bad sleep, I’d had enough. Sam also told me that both boys weren’t getting enough sleep which made me even more determined to sort things out for their benefit as well as ours.
Sam looked at both boys individually and gave us an approach we were totally comfortable with. We in fact changed our approach with the 2 year old a few days in as Sam recognised it was better to do another approach and she was totally right. I was expecting the first night to be a nightmare but it really wasn’t, in fact by night 3 our 2 year old was putting himself to sleep, staying asleep for 11-12 hours and staying in bed until his clock turned orange! The eldest has also learnt to put himself to sleep and so I am downstairs at 7.45 now which for me has made an incredible difference. He also knows that if he wakes before 7 he has to read or do play in his bedroom until we are ready to get up.
I was reluctant to start if I am honest, I called Sam before we were about to embark on the training and said something important had come up at work and I couldn’t bear the thought of having sleepless nights for weeks in the lead up to an important event while we were training and she simply said ‘best start now then’! I thought ‘wow, really, can we sort it that quickly’ and we did. By night 3 we had it nailed and I thought it was a fluke but we haven’t looked back. It has made a complete difference to our lives and my patience! I remember Sam saying to me that teaching my boys how to sleep was a gift and that stuck with me. When we started I was totally determined to stick to what Sam had advised us and I did it all by myself (she says proudly) as my husband was working long shifts.
I fell upon Sam by complete chance as a friend had put her ad up on her facebook page and it came at a time where we really needed to sort it all out.
Thank you Sam, I will be eternally grateful!
Mum to Oscar, 6 Months
We got in touch with Sam when our son had just turned 6 months and we were trying to establish good sleep habits, move him into his own room and try and improve daytime naps. We had a great initial call with her which was informative and didn’t feel at all rushed. She then went away and put together a very clear plan of action for each of our areas of improvement, giving us options for how to approach each stage of implementing the plan. Unlike some of the sleep guides I’ve read, it felt very practical and ‘doable’.
Sam was up front that there was no magic solution but that consistency and perseverance with the plan would get us to where we wanted to be - and she was right!
Sam was very attentive during the implementation phase and great at following up afterwards. She suggested tweaks to our approach throughout and gave us the confidence to keep going when it got a bit tough.
We’re so glad we found Sam as we now have an 8 month old who sleeps through the night, in his own bed and even sleeps during the day! We’d highly recommend her!
Mum to Lucas, 12.5 Months
Our little boy had always slept well until he began to wake early in the mornings at around 10 months. By the time he turned one he was fighting nap times as well, leading to a lot of tears from everyone involved. At the end of our tether, we decided to ask Sam for help!
We decided at the same time that we would ditch the dummy. After an initial in-depth consultation, Sam provided a very clear plan to help get things back on track. The first night wasn’t easy but it was made bearable by the fact that what Sam was recommending was well within our comfort zone. Yes, there was some crying, but Sam made clear that we would not need to leave our child alone and distressed, making things much more gentle than the traditional idea of “sleep training”.
We began to see improvements almost immediately, and within three weeks we were well on the way to transitioning to one nap, and enjoying much later starts in the mornings (6am as opposed to 4:30am). I have to add that one of the most valuable things Sam has given us is a sense of confidence and trust in our own instincts around our son’s sleep needs.
Without exception Sam listened carefully and without judgment to our worries and ideas, and was an invaluable support during a really tricky period. I would highly recommend her to anyone struggling with their child’s sleep.
Mum to Grace, 6 Months
My daughter Grace had slept very well from 7 weeks old, even sleeping straight through the night on a few occasions. From around 16 weeks, everything changed and she was being rocked to sleep at night and finding staying asleep at night more and more challenging - waking up several times and finding it impossible to get back to sleep without my help.
I reached out to Sam for help and honestly, I was sceptical (and desperate!) because at that point my little girl was waking 8-9 times a night and her daytime sleep also totalled less than 2 hours - it just seemed like there wasn’t a solution and I would never get any rest ever again!
Sam quickly helped me realise that, for Grace, her dummy was a big issue and we agreed that she would have to give it up - I was so worried and resistive about this because I felt it was the only way I could get her to sleep but I trusted Sam and in under 48 hours it was like she never had a dummy, it was the best decision, and with the personalised sleep plan and Sam’s suggested approach and support, Grace learnt to self settle and then slept through the night after only 3 nights! She has slept through consistently since then for 11-12 hours every night and her daytime naps have started to improve. Sam has been so supportive and kind, she has gone above and beyond to help my little girl and to reassure me, there’s no words to express how grateful I am to her.
Mum to Elijah, 2.5 Years
I first heard about Sam from a friend. I had Sam’s details for a few weeks before I contacted her. I should not have waited. The first interaction was a professional one and a honest one, She explained to me that she has not got a magic stick but if you follow the detailed plan then we should be able to turn things around.
Well I can honestly say she was not wrong. From night two my son who has never slept through the whole night now sleeps for 12/13 hours without waking, he even puts him self to sleep.
I can’t thank Sam enough for all her support, it’s been a game changer.
Juan & Reka.
Parents to Nora, 9 Months
Sam has been an incredible support on our journey to improve our 9 months old daughter’s sleep.
She is very experienced, understanding, kind and does have a lot of empathy for the issues young parents face with their children’s sleep. Talking to her felt like being with a friend, and she has really listened and tailored her sleep plan to our needs and personality.
We have experienced huge improvements with our daughter’s broken sleep, and would not hesitate to get in touch with her again if we ever needed to.
Mum to Amaya, 6 Months
We tried ditching the dummy ourselves and failed miserably! After a few weeks of bad sleep (our 6 month old would wake up almost every hour for it), we decided we needed expert help. We were still unsure until our initial chat with Sam - she seemed like the right fit for us. I am so glad we went ahead.
After an In-depth consultation, Sam sent us a bespoke plan very quickly as we wanted to start acting on it in a couple of days (desperate times, desperate measures!).
Dummy was gone after the first night (it was tough but couldn’t have done it without Sam’s bespoke plan). Few nights in our 6 month old could self settle at night and also had moved into it her own room. We were also spending less time putting her down to bed at night and also at nap time. Her nap lengths have also increased but still a work in progress.
I feel like I have got some time back in the day and I feel less tired. This has been a game changer!
Mum to Jazz, 7 Months
I called Sam just before my husband left for 2 weeks, leaving me with my 3 years old and my 7 months baby who use to wake up 8 times/night.
Sam said we should start a sleep program for my baby asap, as she thought a few days could already do wonders... I was not convinced but really wanted to trust her and she proved me wrong! My baby started sleeping through the night after 2 nights.
Don't expect anything revolutionary in what she advises but her support has been invaluable to 1/comfort us that we were doing things right 2/ align my husband and I on a single way to deal with this. If I had known this issue could have been fixed this quickly, I would definitely have seeked for help earlier! Sam has been available every day during my 2 weeks programme, she's very caring and committed to help. I highly recommend her.
Mum to Gus, 4 Months
I contacted Sam after my 4 month old, Gus, was waking up to 20 times per night, he wasn’t hungry, wet, hot or cold and didn’t even seem to want me. I thought I knew it all as my oldest is, and has always been, a fab sleeper.
I needed help, this wasn’t sustainable and I was running on fumes. Sam was brilliant; understanding, patient, kind, sympathetic and relatable. First we tweaked our routine in a subtle way, unfortunately this didn’t work so Sam suggested new, kind ways, that were just slightly out of my comfort zone, but I was desperate and would try anything.
Incredibly Gus responded so quickly!! It turned out all he needed was a bit of space and time, whilst knowing I was there, and everything changed! For the last two months he has woken only for feeds and changes, he naps amazingly during the day and is a different baby. He is happy and content. As am I. Thank you Sam
Mum to Moses, 12 Months
I approached Sam when our son Moses turned one year old. My husband and I came to the conclusion that instead of waiting for him to just miraculously sleep through one day, we have to seek help with our little restless sleeper. Moses has never slept through all night to this day. On a good night he used to wake up, get a bottle and fall asleep again. On a bad night he used to be up for three hours at night screaming and not being able to fall asleep again. Needless to say, that neither him nor we were rested the next day. He has also never fallen asleep without being on my arms, another habit, I wanted to tackle.
Sam took a lot of time to understand Moses and what his needs are. She also showed a lot of empathy for me and what changes to Moses sleep I would be able to handle. I felt totally understood and never pressurised into doing something I am not happy about. We had a long chat about the options I have and how a healthy bedtime routine could look like which works for everyone. Sam was thorough in analysing the situation but also super quick by sending me the plan on the same day. The plan summarised what we agreed on, so I was perfectly happy with the approach. No, it wasn’t all easy to put the plan into action, but that was not expected. However, Sam was in touch daily and always on the ball how it was going. Sometimes I needed reassurance, sometimes we made amendments to the plan and sometimes we just celebrated the achievements. After a week we saw huge improvements. Three weeks later now he sleeps 12-13hours through. No mummy needed to fall asleep and no more bottle feeding at night either.
Sam has been incredibly knowledgeable, understanding and approachable during this challenging time. I could not have been happier with her support. I can highly recommend Sam as a sleep consultant. She turned our boy into a perfectly happy sleeper and we get to sleep now, too. The only problem we as parents are left with is that we don’t get to cuddle Moses for 12 hours and we miss him in our bed at times…but that’s moaning on a high level and exceptions are allowed I was told.
Mum to Selina, 6 Months
Sam helped us with our 6 month old who wouldn’t sleep in her cot for naps or sleep longer than 30 minutes unless on me.
She also woke 3-4 times a night. Sam gave us the confidence and knowledge we needed to help our LO to sleep better! By the 3rd night she was sleeping 7-7 with one dream feed and by the end of the week she was taking all her naps in the cot.
We are so happy with her help and support.
Mum to Rocco, 11 Months
Sam has literally been a life saver for me and my partner.
Our son Rocco, who was one years old last week, had no consistent routine. We both believed that keeping him with us until he wanted to fall asleep and having him sleep in our bed was the most caring thing for him. It reached a point where the three of us were so exhausted that my partner and I were bickering and arguing with each other and Rocco would fall asleep exhausted and overtired. Due to his over tiredness he was waking endlessly in the night for cuddles, bottles and the dummy! We found ourselves living around Rocco’s chaotic timetable.
We were at our wits-end when a friend recommended Sam who she had previously helped. I found Sam so friendly, calm and reassuring from the off and immediately knew she was the one to help us after our first phone conversation.
When being guided by Sam she always explained her methods and why she was advising them. This really helped me with my confidence especially being a new mum. Sam would always give me different methods to resolve the situations that occurred, this was so helpful if I ever wasn’t comfortable in anything or though Rocco could get distressed.
Sam clarified a step-by-step plan of action and with her support, within a week Rocco was going to bed at 7.30pm and sleeping until 7.30/8am. His bottles within the night have been stopped as they weren’t needed anymore plus his dummy had vanished. I had my doubts at times that Rocco would change so quickly as he is very strong willed but by following Sam’s every step it was surprisingly easy.
After two weeks Rocco was not only sleeping well but he was also looking healthier and happier. I was honestly shocked how much sleep within the day/night, if too little or too much, can affect a child. I always thought I would have been structured from day one of having a baby, after reading endless books, but sometimes other things I.e a holiday, work etc get in the way of life and you find yourself out of sync with nothing working to get back on track.
Friends will always have their opinions to help and sometimes they are not always right! I now know that having daily expert guidance, helping pick up on the smallest of things you might have forgotten or need to change meant I had the confidence to achieve my goals with Rocco and maintain them. Every child is different! A textbook does not relate to everyone! Sam will understand the child’s needs and wants.
We would never have reached this point without Sam. If you ever think is it worth getting a sleep consultant, the answer is 100% Yes. I honestly believe Sam could find a solution to any sleep issues your child has whatever the age. New or experienced mummy’s need help at times so never be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help!
Our family is extremely grateful for her help and advice. Rocco gets the best from us in the day as we are no longer tired, plus he is so much more content and happy within himself.
I’m also pleased to say my partner and I are not bickering like before and now joke it’s like the old days when we had our evenings back to enjoy together or our own time to relax.
From an extremely happy and very grateful parent!
Mum to Hugo, 4 Months
We started working with Sam when Hugo was 4 months. He had been sleeping really well at night until he was about 3 months, just waking for a few feeds each night, but then he started to wake regularly, sometimes straight away at bedtime after his feed or every 30-45mins from bedtime. Hugo would wake up distressed and upset unable to go back to sleep and no one was sleeping well.
We found it really hard to get him to sleep and stay asleep and we needed to do something. So we asked Sam to help. After a really in depth consultation, Sam provided a detailed plan to help us to get Hugo to settle himself to sleep.
The approach was really gentle and took account of his age, and in actual fact meant far less crying than before we started the plan. As Hugo learnt to self settle at night this also meant he started to be able to do it in the daytime too, and I went from spending hours each day in a dark room with Hugo napping on me, to being able to put Hugo in the cot for a nap, leave the room and he would settle himself, something I thought would never happen.
Sam has supported us the whole way through, I would really recommend her, it has honestly changed our lives and really helped us all get some much needed sleep.
Mum to Edan, 2 Years
I got in touch with Sam as our two year old son, Edan, was not sleeping well at all.
It was really affecting our lives and we’d have enough. He had been sleeping in the bed with me and my husband was on the sofa, it had been like this since he was born and he was very clingy. I’d had enough of him waking me up all night and we decided to put him in a bunk bed and sharing the room with his older brother. He was waking up several times a night and getting out of bed repeatedly. The broken sleep was really taking its toll on our health and well-being and we knew something had to change.
I spoke at length with Samantha and she came up with some suggestions for us to try. We already had a bedtime routine in place but that wasn’t really doing much so we put in to practice the tasks that Sam set. Well, all I can say is, game changer. 99% of the time he self settles at night, has a nap later in the day as suggested and we don’t talk to him if he does wake up. He knows not to get up before the Gro Clock turns yellow in the morning and the whole house is a much happier place all round. We’ve not managed to get rid of the dummy yet but our main focus was getting child free time in the evening and an unbroken night's sleep.
Sam’s advice was practical, gentle and very effective and we are eternally grateful, I wish she’d been doing this when he was really small! I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her and if in doubt, I’d say, go for it. It makes such a huge difference to our every day lives and he’s much happier because he’s not tired all day too. Thanks Sam, you’ve been our saviour!
Mum to Daniel, 9 Years
Our nine year old son hardly ever slept through the night. Unlike his older brother, he never seemed tired, resisted going to bed and always needed one of us to stay with him until he eventually fell asleep.
We spoke to numerous health visitors and gps who all felt that he was alert, healthy and attentive and probably just didn't need as much sleep as other children. However, since the first lockdown in March, he began waking up three or four times a night and each time needed us to stay with him until he fell asleep - which was exhausting and it started to take a toll on all of us
I spoke to other mums about it on an online mum's chat group and that's how I heard about Sammy Sleep Nanny and decided to ask Sam for her help. Sam called me the very next day. She wanted to hear all about our son and what his bedtime routine was like. She wasn't the least bit judgemental but instead was approachable, empathetic and caring and I soon felt as comfortable talking to her like an old friend! She assured us that her plan would be effective and that there were just a few tweaks that we needed to make before our son would soon be sleeping through the night.
Unlike other sleep consultants, Sam felt strongly about not leaving our son when he was distressed and did not ask us to try the well known "controlled crying" method with him which was what made us feel confident about her approach. She checked on us every day without fail, genuinely interested in knowing how it was going and suggesting next steps.
Her commitment and dedication to what she was doing was clearly evident. After initial resistance, our son started demonstrating more confidence falling asleep without us in his room and when he woke at night, we didn't have to stay with him for ages like we used to. Soon he was sleeping through the night and again through the next... and before long he had slept through the night for seven nights in a row! It's been over two weeks now and we're thrilled to say that he's been falling asleep on his own and sleeping through the night - every night!
I would definitely recommend Sammy sleep Nanny to any other parents going through this and am confident that she will be able to help you too!
Mum to Oscar, 2 and a half years
Oscar was 2.5 when I decided enough was enough and we needed some help and reassurance when it came to his sleep. We had gone through periods of great sleep, bedtime battles and early rising and I started looking at getting some help from outside.
I posted a question online and Sammy gave me some helpful tips and then we connected and had a really helpful initial telephone consultation. I felt totally understood with what I needed and reassured that we hadn’t done anything wrong and that a few tweaks would help set us on a better path.
2 months in and the house is happier, our day doesn’t start as early and bedtime doesn’t feel like a chore every night. It hasn’t been an instant win for us but every night felt like we were getting there and I think that process has helped us as a family to figure out what works for us.
For anyone sitting on the fence about reaching out please do it. I’m so pleased I finally admitted I needed help and we are all happier for it.
Thank you Sammy!
Mum to Francesca, 5 Years
After nearly 6 years of having a child who woke 10-15 times a night, I generally thought this was our lives for the next 5/6 years. We got in touch with Sam, within three nights we had a child who was able to self soothe and sleep 12 hours plus!
The best help and advice we have ever received. Here’s to catching up on 6 years worth of sleep . Thank-you so much you have completely changed our lives.
Mum to Jack, 3 and a half years
I would like to thank Sam for all her help in changing our little boys routine. He always was a good sleeper until 6 months ago ending up in my bed every night no matter what we tried nothing worked. I couldn’t get him back in his bed or keep him asleep.
After an in-depth consultation with Sam we put a plan together which included a new bedtime routine & plan for getting Jack back into is own bed & to stop the waking up 1-2 times a night. After a few weeks of preserving & Sam’s plan of action I am very pleased to report we have had a complete turn around Jack now settles much quicker, is in bed earlier in his own room & asleep all night.
Sam is very easy to talk too we had such a lovely experience I couldn’t recommend her services enough.
Mum to Callie, 16 Months
When we first sought the help of Sam, our daughter was 16 months old and had only slept through the night a handful of times.
We were sometimes giving her multiple night bottles because we were desperate to get her back to sleep. We were at the end of our tether, very sleep deprived and anxious at the thought that we were going to be up multiple times a night.
Sam understood all of our concerns and made us feel that none of our problems were insurmountable. She put together a plan for us and worked with us every step of the way, following up each morning with texts and phone calls if required. Once we got the hang of the method our daughter was sleeping through within a few days!
She was going down by herself in her cot, and self soothing if she woke up in the night. We had cut out the night bottles completely. We have our evenings back, we are both sleeping soundly and it's amazing!
Mum to Vasia & Georgia, Age 4 Years & 3 Years
I contacted Sam when I realised that for the last 4.5 years of my life I had been waking up at least two times during the night (and that would be considered a good night). I have a 4.5yrs old and a 3yrs old who share a room and have very different sleeping habits.
Sam was very engaging with me and my husband and gave us quite simple practical recommendations. It was very reassuring for us to have her support to put the plan into action.
Even though there might still be nights I wake up it is not every night anymore and not more that once per night!
Mum to Maya, 13 Months
Sam helped us with our 13 month old’s sleep which really deteriorated when she started nursery.
She diagnosed the problem quickly and gave us practical tips to fix it. She was really supportive throughout the process. She also offered 2 sleep training methods and talked through our priorities and the pros and cons of each. She even gave us some tips for our elder child which have helped improve bedtime
Mum to Lottie, 17 Months
Sam recently helped us with our 17month old daughter. She was waking up around 4.30am for months and it was exhausting. After a few weeks working with Sam, and a few adjustments, she's now sleeping past 6am most days. I couldn't be more grateful for the help and support, thank you again Sam for everything :) x
Mum to T, 2 Years
We first contacted Sam when our 2 year old wouldn’t settle at night or in the day for a nap. To be honest we were a little sceptical if sleep therapy would work as T was very erratic in her sleeping pattern, she wouldn’t settle without one of us with her & waking a couple of times in the night, unless she was sleeping in our bed.
However within two weeks we started to see a change and T would settle better at night. By the end of week 3 T was in a regular sleep pattern and going down for a nap in the day and settling in the evening, sleeping through the night. On the odd night she woke up, could soothe herself. It has completely changed our evenings for the better and T is happier in the day.
I would absolutely recommend Sam who has supported through the whole process and been there for us whenever we needed her advice.
Mum to Aryan, 2 Years 2 Months
I wanted to say a huge thank you to Sam!
I was given her details from a friend as I was going through a tough time with my 2 year old. he refused to sleep in his cot, was extremely irritable and waking up throughout the night and couldn't self settle.
He ended up in our bed for quite a few months. I wasn't sleeping and couldn't function day to day. I approached Sam and she wasted no time, she was efficient, proactive and got back to me within a day with a comprehensive analysis, along with various options to start sleep training (she tailored her approach to suit my child). Her on going support, dedication and care meant that I was able to sleep train my son within 3 days.
I'm so much happier, we have a fantastic routine and my son can self settle. In fact he asks to sleep in his room! Thank you so much Sam! I have no hesitation to recommend you to all my friends and anyone else looking to get help in this way. Xxx