Kind Words

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
Albert Schweitzer

“I have the deepest gratitude for the incredible Steph and would love nothing more than to share our sleep experience with you all.

I have a 3-month old son who had become very reliant on a dummy very quickly (a path I didn’t want to go down but succumbed to pressure from family to use one), so getting rid of it was a priority of mine since the day I gave it to him!

My son would not settle to sleep without the dummy and I was constantly going in to put it back in when he spat it out. He was catnapping during the day and night times were just as unsettled. I was trying to have him in bed by 6pm but most nights he wouldn’t sleep until around 8pm. We had no structure. He was waking constantly and was so overtired. I had lost confidence, had anxiety, was questioning what I was doing and basically felt out of control.

Steph has changed our life forever. She gave me the tools, guidance, support and confidence to implement what I needed to do to rid my son of his dummy and start getting the sleep he so desperately needed! In not even 2 days my son was starting to self-settle to sleep on his own with NO DUMMY IN SIGHT!!

I cannot believe the change in my little man in these 2 weeks. We have routine and I finally feel in control of our life again, and most importantly my son is getting the sleep he needs! If you are ready to make positive sleep changes for your baby (and you) get in contact with Steph, it will be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.

Steph I will never be able to thank you enough for everything you have done for our family. You are quite simply the baby sleep angel.” 

Ebon, Keilor

“I will never be able to thank you enough for everything you have done for our family. You are quite simply the baby sleep angel.”

“If you are thinking about getting help with sleep, do it!!  It changed our world.”

“Steph has worked with my husband, daughter, and myself, twice now. 

Our first consultation was when our daughter was a new born.  Steph educated us on baby sleep and gave us a solid base line to work from.  It was empowering to have this knowledge about babies, and how they slept!  It gave us the confidence to create good sleeping habits for our daughter, and set the standard, for sleep being a priority from day dot!  This was invaluable, and we had a great sleeper up until our daughter was about 5 and a half months old. 

Our daughters sleeping took a turn, when she started at day-care.  Our daughter was hit with sickness, after sickness, and the more times she got sick, the guiltier my husband and I felt.  Unintentionally, as the weeks went on, my husband and I, created all sorts of bad habits!  Fast forward 3 months, we were all sleeping in separate rooms, having broken sleep, and our daughter was no closer to feeling better.  It was then we decided, we had a sleeping problem, so we called Steph back.  I admit, I was nervous.  I had a preconceived idea, about all the things Steph was going to make us do… which in hindsight was ridiculous!  

 Steph made a sleeping plan that was perfect for our family.  The tools that Steph gave us, allowed us to gently guide our daughter, into getting the sleep she desperately needed.  More importantly for me, was that Steph gave me permission, to stop feeling guilty about sending our daughter to child care, and separated her getting sick, with her fundamental need for sleep.  Our daughters sleep improved dramatically after the first night, and straight away, I could see the impact a good night sleep made to our daughter.  As new parents, we have so much to learn, and doing it without sleep, makes it so much harder.  If you are thinking about getting help with sleep, do it!!  It changed our world.”

Ruth, Brighton

“After a very tough and long period of sleepless nights due to our 9-month old son not sleeping at night, my husband and I were beyond wrecked and decided it was time to sort it out.

 
Our lives drastically changed when we consulted with sleep consultant Steph Gouin, who was very proactive in finding out about our son’s routine (or lack of) and making the necessary changes to improve our situation. The best part for us was that we didn’t have to do controlled crying with our son. After meeting with us for 2 hours, Steph wrote a comprehensive plan and the ongoing communication meant that we had the confidence to follow Steph’s recommendations.

We now have our lives back and now our son not only self-settles to sleep, he also sleeps uninterrupted for 12 hours each night! We honestly can’t recommend Steph enough and wish we had consulted with her earlier than we did.”

Carly, Gardenvale

“We honestly can’t recommend Steph enough and wish we had consulted with her earlier than we did.”

“Her knowledge of child sleep behaviour was impressive and all the information she provided made a lot of sense.”

“Our daughter Sadie was a great sleeper from 8 weeks to 6 months, sleeping most nights all the way through. She then started day care in the middle of winter and soon after, fell ill with a cold that just never went away. From 6-months onwards, she (and therefore my wife and I) was getting very little sleep.

After completing the assessment forms, Steph provided as us with some great fundamentals to implement with Sadie. Her knowledge of child sleep behaviour was impressive and all the information she provided made a lot of sense.

Sadie’s sleep improved very quickly. Steph checked in with us very frequently over the first few days which was so important. We felt supported and motivated. After a few weeks, Sadie was not only sleeping better but he cold disappeared too. This made it clear to us that the lack of sleep was the big issue, not the cold and that by not sleeping, Sadie could not get the rest she needed to get better.

Thank you, Steph, for your knowledge and support. You have helped our little girl sleep again.  I would highly recommend Steph to any parent struggling to get a full night sleep with a young child.”

James, Gardenvale

“I just wanted to write and thank you for the Mothers Group session you did for us. Your talk on environment has made the big difference for me and my baby boy. Since I have gotten the temperature and comfort level sorted in his room, he is now sleeping 6pm to 7am with a 10pm dream feed. This has made the world of difference to me, as I am a single mum with a 6-year old, so I am on the go all the time! Sam has just clocked 5 months and seems to have settled into his routine. Thank you!!!”

Frances, Cheltenham

“My partner and I came to Steph, through a very grateful referral from a friend. My son had just turned 12 weeks old and I was at that point of complete exhaustion and frustration of not knowing how to help my son sleep.

Being a mother to a young baby and being a business owner, routine and being organized is imperative for me. I needed to work out how to put my son in a great routine, so that my partner and I could cope with work commitments and we could all be well rested and happy.

It was Steph’s kind and warm nature from first meeting that made me feel safe and knew she was the right sleep consultant for my family. Steph clearly explained her services and answered all my questions and concerns. I was rather apprehensive about the whole self-settling scenario, Steph was able to explain the benefits and process and put these, in hindsight, very unwarranted concerns to rest.

What was unique about Steph’s service was that she listened to each individual challenge we were having and built a customized plan for our son. She educated us on everything necessary to put sleep foundations in place. Much like all human behavior being learned, so where great sleep habits for our son in which he is now thriving, healthy and so well slept. Steph’s service includes 10 days unlimited support, which was absolutely crucial to the success of the plan. Steph was at the other end of the phone and walked us through every step as well as answered all questions we had along the way. Steph gave me the encouragement, facts and confidence to follow the routine, which I couldn’t have done without her.

Before working with Steph, our son was sleeping in our room in a bassinet, often co-sleeping, he would wake up 4-5 times per night and was averaging only 1-2 hours of naps per day, being held only. By day 3 of the plan my son was self-settling, having 3 great quality naps per day (a total of 5.5 hours), in his cot, in his own room and only waking 1-2 times per night for a feed. I can’t believe the extraordinary changes in my baby in such a short time and every time he wakes from his naps he’s so happy! It is empowering to know I now have the skills to facilitate sleep for my son to help his develop and wellbeing.

Having a routine has allowed us to create a great lifestyle, knowing when he sleeps and that he can settle to sleep wherever we are has given our family freedom. On top of this, our son having a set bed time every night has given my partner and I quality time together, to enjoy a meal and relax. Working with Steph was the best thing we have done for our son and ourselves. The whole experience was a delight! Steph changed our lives and I can’t recommend her highly enough.” 

Meggan & George, Brunswick

“…our son having a set bed time every night has given my partner and I quality time together, to enjoy a meal and relax.”

“I organised Steph to come and do an information session for my Mothers Group, as every single one of us was struggling with sleep. I had just used Steph personally and she had completely turned my life around. My baby was finally sleeping, and I wanted my Mothers Group girls to know that it could happen! 

I had the girls and babes over to my house, everyone brought a plate and it was a fabulous day. Steph was very professional but relaxed at the same time! She covered all the topics that were a concern of the group. Everybody found it extremely beneficial, highly recommend!” 

Sam, Bentleigh East

“Steph came and spent a morning with our Mothers Group when our babes were 5 months old. Steph took the time to find out about all our babies before the session and made sure it was tailored to specific concerns. Everyone left feeling empowered and with some great tips to put in place.” 

Netanya, Mornington Peninsula

“Two weeks into our new routine, day and night sleep is 100%. Cannot thank Steph enough!! She is amazing!!!”

“Two weeks ago, I spoke with Steph and I haven’t looked back! I cannot believe the progress we have made in such a short time! My 9-month-old was waking somewhere between 5-8 times a night (you kind of loose track when your so sleep deprived) she had a dummy, we had started co sleeping, holding hands, breastfeeding, so basically anything to try get her back to sleep without waking her brother and sister. We were both spiralling into such sleep deprivation. We were both so overtired, my diet turned to coffee and sugary foods just to see me through the day! 

Steph was easily able to highlight why my baby wasn’t sleeping and how to make the changes to facilitate sleep. On the first night my daughter slept 13 hours straight! On the first night!!! I kid you not!! And has every night since. Steph also predicted day sleep would be affected as night sleep improved and she was exactly right! Two weeks into our new routine, day and night sleep is 100%. Cannot thank Steph enough!! She is amazing!!!”

Jemma, Melbourne

“My 2.5-year-old was waking anywhere between 4 and 5.30 am. It was so exhausting. Steph helped us immensely. She listened carefully to what was going on and offered realistic, easy remedies. Steph is the kind of person who Instantly makes you feel at ease; she is relatable, kind and caring. And that is exactly what you need when you are tired and worried about your child’s sleep! Steph’s passion for sleep is so obvious and you know she is genuinely invested in your situation and can relate because she is firstly a Mum of young children herself! Our son is back to sleeping 12 hours over night thanks to Steph suggestions. Couldn’t recommend Steph enough!”

Lauren, New Zealand

“Steph is the kind of person who instantly makes you feel at ease; she is relatable, kind and caring. ”

“Steph went to great lengths to ensure the I, the mama, was supported too and had the right skills and knowledge to achieve our sleep goals.”

“Steph helped me to teach my 4-month-old to self-settle and worked wonders. People always talk about sleep coaching as supporting your baby through the learning process, but Steph went to great lengths to ensure the I, the mama, was supported too and had the right skills and knowledge to achieve our sleep goals. Steph was always available to give advice both before, during and after the training and she understood the urgency I felt to get sleep right after many sleepless nights. I have used other sleep consultants in the past with my oldest daughter and would definitely recommend Steph over the others I have used.”

Sarah, Kenya

“THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to our wonderful sleep consultant Steph Gouin. We engaged Steph to help with Emmy’s sleep just as she turned 7 months old. I knew as an expectant mum that most parents felt sleep deprived after the arrival of a new baby, but I was totally unprepared for what lay ahead. At 7 months Emmy was still waking up to 5 times a night, catnapping in the day, and couldn’t put herself to sleep…. Our poor girl was so tired, and I felt like I was going crazy from sleep deprivation. We had been to 2 sleep clinics and feared nothing was going to work. 

And then Steph came along. Thank God! Steph, throughout the two weeks we worked with you, you were so committed to our success. You were constantly checking in and guiding us, and I felt really confident that I was in the best hands. Emmy is now a little expert at self-settling. She is in her cot for 12 hours at night with just a dream feed. Her day sleeps are structured and last from 1.5 to 2 hours each. I have so much more time to myself, and most importantly Emmy is now getting the sleep she needs!!”

Lauren, Ormond

“You were constantly checking in and guiding us, and I felt really confident that I was in the best hands.”

“I engaged Steph’s services to help with my 10-week-old baby girls sleep. We were in this vicious cycle of rocking her to sleep, using a dummy only for her to wake 30 mins later. This made for a very overtired baby and sleep deprived mother!

I was extremely apprehensive about using a sleep consultant at such a young age because it goes against everything I was told by society and health care professionals. So many people told me to just get through this time, it doesn’t last forever, and that she is too young to expect her to sleep for long periods of time.

Before Steph, Ava was sleeping short periods overnight and would end up in my bed every single night as I would get tired of getting up to put the dummy back in. When I approached Steph, she was so confident that she could help me, and to be honest I was still so apprehensive. From when I first contacted Steph it took me weeks to finally decide to start the process.

I fully committed to Steph’s sleep plan and did everything as she told me to. Whenever there was any doubt as to what I should do, I’d call or text Steph, send videos of what was happening, and she would coach me through each scenario as it occurred. There’s no way I could have done this without this constant support from Steph. It made me feel confident in what I was doing, that my baby was ok, that she would go to sleep, I just needed to allow her to adjust to her surroundings and fall off to sleep herself.

By the 3rd night, Ava slept through the night- 11 hours STRAIGHT! This has continued since, with some nights stretching out to 12. Her day naps are constantly improving, and she is now able to settle herself to sleep day and night with no dummy (we threw the dummies out on day 2). I’m now confident with our new routine and can depend on it to make sure that Ava gets the sleep she needs to develop and grow, and I no longer walk around like a sleep deprived Zombie!

I couldn’t recommend Steph highly enough. She has honestly changed our lives. I call her my superhero and I’m buying her a cape!”

Samantha, Bentleigh East

“Steph made me feel confident in what I was doing, that my baby was ok, that she would go to sleep, I just needed to allow her to adjust to her surroundings and fall off to sleep herself.”

“I thought things would get better by itself but no I was wrong….Steph showed the gaps which I need to fill, she gave me the courage.”

“I contacted Steph when I was running out of my patience and I was so exhausted from more than 3 years of lack of sleep. I couldn’t remember when the last time was I had had 6 hours sleep without interruptions from my son (Fredrik). I used to think his bad sleep was caused by the fact he was premature at birth. He used to wake up every 45 mins until he was almost 2 years old. I thought things would get better by itself but no I was wrong.

His bedtime was so bad, he went to bed around 22.00-23.00 hours and up around 09.30 to 10.30 in the morning. We tried wake him up earlier, so he could go to bed earlier but it was unsuccessful. Also, I was extremely tired, so I put up with his own sleeping way. His moods were so bad, he was so tired all the time, his food intakes were not good, he could not play for long period without starting to hit and run around, his patience was short. I started to blame him for everything and I felt so bad about that.

One day I randomly asked Steph if it was too late to start sleep training at 4 years old and I have never looked back. Steph showed the gaps which I need to fill, she gave me the courage. I find Steph’s philosophy about sleep training is urgent, important but she does not push for everything to happen overnight but gives Moms and babies/toddlers time to adjust.

The good news is that Fredrik is now sleeping on his own bed, from 7.30pm to 6.30am. His moods have improved, and he is happier now and his mental development has been great since sleep patterns changed (even my Pilates instructor notices these changes). Thank You Steph for your help and for teaching me many great things about sleep.” 

Rachel, Melbourne

“THANK YOU! Thank you for turning our lives around. As a third time mum, I was dreading newborn/infancy stage as we had not long had a normal sleep routine with our older 2 boys. We struggled for months with both, going to sleep schools and having sleep consultants in at home. Both times it took weeks (months for first born) for them to “get it”, and even then, most nights were a struggle.

Our new baby boy Darcy was going so well until he was hospitalised with illness. After that, naps were non-existent, maybe 20 minutes max. Then he’d be awake for hours. I was at my wits end as to how to get back on track, and after weeks of this I had lost all confidence in my mothering and meeting his needs. I knew something had to change, I just didn’t know which way to turn. I posted a frustrated update on Facebook and a friend messaged me and suggested I contact you.

After our initial chat it was clear that you would be able to help us. We worked out a plan of attack and you didn’t rush me right in, instead waiting until I had help around me with our other boys and making sure we were set up to succeed. And that we did!! Within 2 days, Darcy was sleeping between 8 and 9 hours straight overnight, and within the week he was having 3 solid day naps……I had to wake him from one after 2.5 hours to go out! I did have a freak out the first time I didn’t follow the plan and Darcy was all over the place, but you again were so helpful and calming, making sure I knew what to do and always a phone call or text away.

I cannot say thank you enough for what you’ve done for us. I was literally crying from desperation/sleep deprivation, and not being the mum I wanted to be to all my children. It’s amazing how the whole house has settled right down since Darcy has a routine (and routinely sleeps!) and since I’ve been sleeping more than 3 hours a night! You’re a superstar, and I’m so glad I was put in touch with you.”

Carla (& the boys), Melbourne

“It’s amazing how the whole house has settled right down since Darcy has a routine.”

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