Did you have depression and/or anxiety before getting pregnant, and now you’re feeling unbelievably overwhelmed by the thought of how little sleep you’re going to get once the baby comes and if that might make things even worse for you mentally?
Are you someone who has never handled sleep deprivation well and you’re starting to worry how you’re possibly going to keep up at work when you only get a couple months' maternity leave and all your friends have warned you your baby probably won’t sleep through the night until they are at least 6 months old???
Have you just brought your baby home and you’re spiraling because they Will. Not. Sleep. in their bassinet and you’re so exhausted you’re starting to lose your mind?!?
Are you pregnant with your rainbow baby and continuing to spend more and more $$$ on baby products designed to help keep your baby safe because you’re terrified of SIDS?
Was sleep a total disaster with your first baby - to the point that you were dealing with PPD/PPA - and now that you’re expecting baby #2 you’re worried it will happen again if you can’t figure out how to get more rest?
Have been feeling so anxious or depressed during your pregnancy that you started medication, but you're terrified it will affect the baby in some way or are wondering if you’ll be able to breastfeed…
Know next to nothing about how to take care of a newborn and are panicking because you don’t feel ready to actually have this baby - to the point that a part of you thinks you made a huge mistake and another part of you feels SO guilty for thinking that because you tried for so long to get pregnant…
Are so desperate to get more than a 20-minute stretch of sleep overnight that you’ve started bedsharing with your newborn and want to stop but don’t know what else to do because you NEED sleep…
I know you’re doing your very best, and I am so proud of you for seeking help to get the support you need early on to prioritize your sleep and protect your mental health so you can be fully present with your new baby.
We loved working with Tara! I wish we had known her from night one! (We started with her a few weeks in). I would describe Tara's approach as no nonsense, but also warm and loving. She is incredibly knowledgeable, but also collaborative and a great listener. She also backs everything she suggests with research-based evidence, which I love. She was always so responsive to my texts and questions, which was hugely helpful. In general her support and knowledge was incredibly reassuring, and creating a schedule that worked for us - and helping us tweak it as our baby has gotten older has been super helpful!
- Kate S. (4-13 weeks)
How would I describe Tara? Savior, angel, magician. Straightforward, unflappable, good listener, knowledgable, science-based. There are innumerable “tactics” I learned that I would site as most helpful (amount of oz/sleep total that’s needed; emphasis on routines for sleep and naptime.) She also said something along the lines of “Don’t prepare the road for your child; prepare your child for the road.” And that general approach has stuck with me. Also, I loved her reframing of “Try it Out” from “Cry it Out.”**
**Not referring to the CIO method (extinction), just crying in general
- Meredith L., 2-11 weeks
Sleep training means teaching your baby to fall asleep, and back to sleep, independently in their own separate sleep space (which could be in their own room or in your room). Falling asleep independently means they aren’t fed or rocked to sleep or need to be held in order to stay asleep.
Sleep shaping is a term used to describe a form of newborn sleep training, because it is a more gradual process that occurs over the entire first 3 months of life, establishing patterns and habits from birth that set the foundation for healthy sleep.
Sleep training ≠ night weaning - unless there are medical issues, babies are generally capable of sleeping an uninterrupted 11-12 hour stretch overnight without eating by the time they are about 12 weeks old, but you can enjoy the benefits of independent sleep *even if* you are still feeding overnight!
Sleep training ≠ Cry It Out (CIO). CIO, also known as extinction, is just one method of sleep training. Teaching independent sleep can be accomplished through a range of newborn specific methods and families can choose whichever one feels right for them and for their baby.
This program is for motivated mommas who want to set themselves and their baby up for success from the very start. Through 1:1 coaching and support with an expert in both infant sleep and maternal mental health, you can feel confident in caring for your newborn and be successful in teaching your baby to sleep independently and to be able to sleep 11-12 hours uninterrupted by approximately 12 weeks of age - allowing you to get the rest you need to preserve your sanity and be the best momma you can be for your little one!
We can get started in just 24-48 hours!
Let’s get started! You’ll complete a questionnaire so I can understand your concerns and goals for your first few months with your baby. I’ll review your answers and then create a completely customized coaching strategy and sleep shaping plan for your family so that over the course of the program, we will cover everything YOU need to feel confident in all aspects of caring for your newborn, to be successful in starting to teach independent sleep from birth, and ultimately guide your baby to be able to sleep 11-12 hours uninterrupted by approximately 12 weeks of age - allowing you to get the rest you need to preserve your sanity and be the best momma you can be for your little one!
Coaching calls are customized to the topics that are relevant to your situation and to ensure we cover everything YOU need to be successful with helping your newborn learn to sleep an uninterrupted 11-12 stretch by 12 weeks of age. Between your sleep shaping plan and the coaching calls, you'll get the answers you'll need to feel confident in the following topics: full feedings, handling common feeding issues, daytime routines, wake windows, naptime/bedtime routines, creating a safe sleep environment conducive to restful sleep, gently stretching nighttime feedings to eventually start sleeping through the night, dealing with the crying, troubleshooting short naps, and so much more!
In between calls, you will be implementing the Sleep Shaping Plan. I will be here holding your (virtual) hand the whole way!
Email check-ins. Daily text support/log review available for an additional fee. Overnight care shifts, during which I engage in the process of sleep shaping while you rest is also available for families local to Denver, CO. See below for more information on these add-on services.
You did it! I will send you my graduation guide, “We Sleep Trained, Now What?” This guide covers daytime/nighttime sleep needs, recommended wake windows, and sample schedules for every age from birth through age 2 so you can be confident your baby is continuing to get the rest they need as their sleep needs change! This guide also covers all of the most common sleep disruptors through the infant and toddler years and how to deal with them.
You will also be invited to join a private Facebook group for Sleeping Baby, Sane Momma graduates where you can get follow-up support and additional education and resources as your baby grows!
My Sleeping Baby, Sane Momma - Newborn Edition program is designed to begin before the baby arrives, so if your baby is already here, but you're still looking for 1:1 coaching and support and hoping to get your baby sleeping through the night as quickly as possible, we can create a customized coaching package based on your baby's age!
Hiring a sleep consultant is a big investment and I want to make sure that you are ready, that my philosophies are the right fit for your parenting style, and that my services will help you to accomplish your specific goals!
If it turns out I'm not a good fit for you, I’ll help connect you to another sleep consultant or to other resources to better meet your needs!
This service Includes unlimited (within reason) daily text and/or voice support via Voxer for day-to-day questions about feedings, sleep, and any and all new parents worries and wonderings! You can also send photos if handwritten or provide your login info if virtual so I can review your logs to provide more detailed troubleshooting for any issues you may be having with feedings, naps, bedtime, or the general schedule/routine.
For families local to Denver, CO
Scheduled for 10 to 12-hour shifts - $45/hour
Upon arriving, I start with a check-in with one or both parents to answer any questions and agree on the plan for the night. I will take over care of your baby as much as possible for the full duration of the shift, depending on your feeding plan. I will provide basic lactation support if chestfeeding, prepare and feed with bottles of pumped milk and/or formula, change diapers, soothe as needed between feedings according to your preferred methods for sleep shaping, wash all bottles/pump parts, and store/label any expressed milk.
*Due to limited availability, I am currently offering standalone overnight care and support services by referral only.
The video call or home visit is scheduled for some point during your 3rd trimester, but you can schedule as far in advance as you would like - the guides will be sent as soon as you book.
During the consultation, we will do a [virtual] walk-through of different areas of your home (usually the kitchen, family/living room, nursery, and master bedroom if room-sharing). I will evaluate your space and provide education and assistance in setting up one or more safe sleep spaces, your baby monitor, changing stations, feeding stations, and systems for storing milk and preparing and washing bottles and pump parts. I also use a newborn doll to provide instruction and and offer feedback as you practice diaper changes, swaddling, bottle feeding positions, burping positions, and soothing techniques.
We’ll also go over any questions you have about which products to buy and how to use products you’ve purchased. We will review the Postpartum Care Plan to ensure you feel confident about your plans for feeding, supporting healthy sleep habits, and ensuring your optimal mental well-being during the postpartum period. If requested, I can provide referrals to local resources and professionals you may wish to reach out to before or after the baby arrives.
The consultation will be tentatively scheduled for some point during the week of your due date. You can schedule as far in advance as you would like (the guides will be sent as soon as you book), and then we will finalize the time for your video call or home visit once the baby arrives. Depending on my availability, we can schedule for your very first night home from the hospital/birthing center or any time during that first week.
During the consultation we will [virtually] walk through different areas of your home (usually the kitchen, family/living room, nursery, and master bedroom if room-sharing). I will evaluate your set-up and make sure your baby’s sleep space follows all safe sleep guidelines. I will provide education and assistance as needed in setting up your baby monitor, changing stations, feeding stations, and systems for storing milk and preparing and washing bottles and pump parts. I will also provide demonstrations (using my newborn doll if virtual) and observe and offer feedback as you practice swaddling, burping, and soothing, and try out different feeding positions.
I will also answer any questions you have about products you’ve purchased and how best to use them. We will review the Postpartum Care Plan and First Two Weeks guide to ensure you feel confident about basic care tasks such as diapering/dressing/bathing, your plans for feeding, supporting healthy sleep habits, and ensuring your optimal mental well-being during the postpartum period. If requested, I can provide referrals to local resources and professionals to provide additional specialized support.