Contacting Allison was one of my best parenting moves I've made to date.
My husband and I started the process thinking that our situation wasn't that bad, that we could just deal with waking up a few times per night and navigating an unpredictable schedule during the day. What we didn't know is how much Allison's consultation would improve not only my daughter and our sleep, but the quality of our life. Allison really listened to our goals and made them hers. We told her we wanted to all sleep through the night and be able to go places and travel, especially on the weekends. Within two weeks, we were in fact all sleeping through the night and were given tools to help make smart sleep decisions for our daughter while traveling so that our trips were a success. The outcome has been freeing.``
- Carolyn, mom of 7-month-old Cathryn, New York, NY
We decided to hire Allison for our 3 year old son.
It was a constant battle to get him to bed and he was getting up numerous times in the middle of the night for well over a year. We were all exhausted and my son was constantly grumpy and had multiple meltdowns everyday. Allison was an absolute life saver! She put together a plan that my son definitely tested, but after a few weeks it 100% worked! Not only is putting him to bed actually FUN, but the best part is that he stays in his bed all night and doesn't come out until he knows it's time! My husband and I never thought this day would come; we couldn't be happier! Allison is not only knowledgeable, but she's very responsive and extremely encouraging!``
- Kristen, mom of 3 year old Gavin, Lake Bluff, IL
When you are a sleep-deprived and stressed new parent, navigating sleep training can be overwhelming,
and since progress is not always perfectly linear, it's easy to think you are doing it wrong. The sleep plan that Allison created for our son was specific and easy to follow, and we saw results almost immediately. As much as it helped our son, it helped my husband and me move past the middle of the night ``negotiations`` on what to do when our son woke up crying... we just pulled out the sleep plan and did as we were told! Allison is not only super knowledgeable about what babies need to sleep well, she's also very approachable and fun to work with, which made the whole process more enjoyable. Now we are all sleeping through the night and waking up happy!``
- Karli, mom of 5 month old John, Charlottesville, VA
Allison helped tremendously with our son's sleep!
We were at our whits end with no one getting any sleep for any length of time. Her program was easy to follow, and everything she predicted or gave us a heads up on came to pass! Four months later our son sleeps 12 hours a night, every night! We could not be happier with the quality and outcome of the services Allison provided. Our whole family is now healthier and better off due to her help!``
- Scott, dad of 12 month old Peyton, Powhatan, VA
Allison helped us get our infant daughter sleeping when nothing was working.
I had read multiple baby sleep books and nothing worked until we decided to hire Allison and follow the sleep plan she customized for our family. We thought that our daughter was just ``not a good sleeper.`` So many people had shared stories with me of their children not sleeping for years and we thought we were just going to have to go through years of little to no sleep. Within days we were seeing fantastic results and every time we came across a hurdle, Allison not only provided a solution but guidance and positive and encouraging support. Do not wait another sleepless night! You and your family need Allison now!``
- Heather, mom of 8.5 month old Tayler, Stuarts Draft, VA
Allison has changed our lives in a very short amount of time!
Our 6 month old has gone from multiple wakings and a disorganized nap schedule to sleeping 12 hours a night and a consistent daily routine. He's happier and we're happier because we're all getting some much needed sleep. ``
- Michaela, mom of 6 month old Jack, Chicago, IL
Allison was amazing in helping us guide our daughter to sleep.
With her help, we never had to formally sleep train nor did my daughter ever go through a ``regression``. She is so helpful, realistic, and relatable. I researched and spoke to dozens of sleep coaches, but Allison was by far the most helpful. It was clear she truly wanted to help and wasn't just trying to ``make a sale``. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to help guide their babies to better sleep!``
- Anna, mom of newborn Eliana
Allison was great to work with and our six-month old is sleeping much better because of her help!
Importantly, Allison was able to balance our need for better sleep with our desire to continue night feedings and minimize crying. The plan she developed for us was easy to implement and adaptable, and her instructions were clear and practical. Overall, we are very satisfied with our Sleep and Wellness Coach experience!
- Vanessa, mom of 6-month old Sam
Thanks to Allison's knowledge and support, my baby is finally napping by himself - on a schedule and in his crib.
If you are considering hiring Allison for sleep consulting, you will NOT regret it! My 7 month old son was sleeping great at night, but since he was a newborn, he would not nap by himself during the day. Out of desperation, I had created a terrible sleep crutch of nursing him the entire time he napped. For several months, I convinced myself that it was not that bad, and that I could push through it until he outgrew it. I found myself getting more and more frustrated with the situation, and wishing for some personal time during the day. Nothing was getting done around the house. I knew that there was a healthier sleep option for my baby. I had considered reaching out to Alison for a while, but I considered my son to be a ``bad napper`` and was told by several others, (Including the pediatrician) that babies just could not be trained for naps. Finally, I became desperate enough to have a consultation call with Allison, and I knew from how confidant she sounded that her Nap Package was the right decision.
Our nap plan came with extremely detailed and helpful information. Allison had encouraged me to be patient, as naps can take longer to train for than nighttime sleep. It was an unbelievable surprise to find that after carefully following her plan, my baby was falling asleep alone and happily in his crib after just 4 days! Allison was so supportive through her e-mails and I knew if I was feeling any doubt, I could count on her guidance to stick with the plan. Because of her confidence and knowledge, I never had any doubt in my mind that we would be successful. My baby is now getting safe, restful, & independent sleep- while I have time to recharge and get some things done!``
- Rebecca, mom of 7 month old Wesley, White Hall, VA
Our little girl started out sleeping just fine and when she was about 4 months old she started to get strong enough to turn over in her bassinet so we made the move to the crib –
this was when we started to turn into zombies. A few months down the road, the only place she would sleep was in our bed and she was only sleeping an hour at a time; waking up screaming and crying each time. Eventually, we were blessed with an introduction to Allison and she quickly cured our family’s insomnia. Our daughter was sleeping through night without any resistance by the second night of sleep training as well as hitting all of her naps on schedule. Here we are several months later and she is still sleeping great and we occasionally go back and review our notes.
Allison is amazing. She was very professional with a balanced and sincere personal touch; she got to know our family and our daughter really well to tailor her expertise to get the best results for us. Allison took the time to thoroughly educate us on the nuances of sleep and made sure we knew the underlying reasons of the plan. Her sleep training plan was easy to follow, clearly written, and customized to our home. We felt like every possible detail was covered; however, when we did have an occasional question, she was extremely responsive and informative. The results were amazing and we are so grateful for the peaceful sleep the whole family now enjoys.
Bottom line: we highly recommend working with Allison to help you and your family get quality sleep.``
- JD, dad of 9 month old Hillary, Charlottesville, VA
Our daughter was never a great sleeper, but she was amazingly getting worse the older she got.
I think we had aged five years in her ten months! Allison came highly recommended, and from the first call, we knew she could help us sort through the mass of information and techniques to find something that worked for our family. Like a personal trainer, working with her provided accountability and expertise. Most importantly, she offers a great sense of humor and empathy—what every sleep deprived parent needs! Our little one is now happily going to sleep easily and staying asleep through the night.
- Lesley, mom of 10 month old Cora, Falls Church, VA
As a second-time mom, I wrongly assumed I could coast through the newborn phase.
I'd already read volumes of books, searched Google after each whimper and cough, and successfully parented one child through infancy and early toddlerhood. Not only was I wrong, but this time was much more challenging. After the diagnosis and treatment of reflux, 7 months of sleeping no more than 1.5 hours in a row, and two failed sleep training attempts, I contacted Allison. Allison is remarkable. She came prepared for our face-to-face consult with an organized list of questions and approached our sleep dilemmas with an open mind and kind heart. She was professional, but familiar, which helped ease my frustrations and feelings of failure. As we talked, I quickly realized that she was knowledgeable about the most recent research on pediatric sleep, and she'd put in the time to read many of the popular sleep books and study many of the sleep training methods. Most importantly, she had first-hand experience with a terrible sleeper, making her devoted and empathetic.
Allison emailed a workable, goal-oriented plan, which she catered to our parenting style. Throughout the 2 weeks of training, Allison was readily available for daily check-ins, questions, and tweaks to the plan. She reassured me when Elliot sprouted his first 2 teeth a few days into training, and she kept me on track with her confident, yet gentle coaching. Ultimately, Elliot, an incredibly stubborn 8-month old, got into a wonderful rhythm of 2 long naps during the day and 11 or more blissful hours of calm, intervention-free sleep at night! Allison's careful planning, excellent organization, dedication to her clients, and kind, empathetic vibe helped my husband and me successfully train our baby into a sleep routine that has benefited everyone in our family. I recommend her without reservation to anyone struggling with their child's sleep.``
- Erin, mom of 8 month old Elliot, Charlottesville, VA
Allison was able to do what I thought was impossible...get my 6 month old twins to finally sleep through the night!
After months of staying up all night in the nursery with them so that I could attend to their every whine and cry, I was more than ready to give sleep training a try. Being outnumbered, it just made sense to ask for help and Allison was the perfect person to call. She took the time to learn about our family and put together a personalized plan that worked for us. Her confidence helped me to trust the process even when I had my doubts. After less than two weeks we all were finally able to sleep through the night and we haven't looked back since. I highly recommend working with Allison!``
- Shannon, mom of 6 month old twins Bennett and Nash, Charlottesville, VA
Nobody in our house was getting any sleep until Allison came into our lives.
She made a hard process much easier with her kind, patient way and very well informed processes. Our baby boy is now sleeping 11.5-12 hours and napping so well. And, we're all so much happier, especially our little guy!
- Stef, mom of 4 month old Leo, San Francisco, CA
I wrote to Allison for help getting my 6 month old on a sleep schedule as well as reduce his night feedings.
I had read numerous sleep training books, but the conflicting messages and instructions only seemed to leave me more confused. Allison talked with me to determine which sleep training style fit me and my child the best. Afterwards, she sent me a very specific, comprehensive sleep plan for my baby that left no doubt about what to do throughout the day and into the night to get him into a routine.
For me, this was great because up to that point I had a lot of doubt about when my child should nap and for how long - and we could never get on a schedule because each day his sleep patterns varied so much. I also didn't always feel confident about when to put him down for naps because he would fight me every time. I was really worn out by the unpredictability of his naps from day to day.
After following Allison's sleep plan, we were able to get on a schedule within a matter of days. And because the program lasted 2 weeks, Allison was there to help me address questions and concerns that I had. She helped me to be consistent and as a result my child quickly learned from my cues. I now feel more confident about my decisions regarding his nap times. I don't have to do soothing measures that I had done beforehand such as rocking or bouncing. Now I have a simple routine I follow, I lay him in the crib and leave, with minimal fussing. I never thought I'd see the day!
I highly recommend working with her! I'm sure I'll be working with her again for consulting as my child reaches different milestones as he grows.``
- Meghan, mom of 7 month old Vincent, Charlottesville, VA
We are so grateful for Allison's advice and support during the sleep training of our 8 month old daughter!
Not only did we all start sleeping through the night, but I also gained more confidence around nap time, which had become a challenging experience prior to working with her. We love her warmth and focus - she really listens to you and is respectful of the parents' intuition and opinion. I have already recommended her to a few friends in need and hope she will practice for many years to come. Thanks, Allison!``
- Vlada, mom of 8 month old Yana, New York, NY
Allison was available to me for guidance and positive reinforcement during the most trying time in my life -- my first months as a mother.
She helped immensely with coaching me to transition my daughter from sleeping full-time in her swing to sleeping overnight (and eventually full-time) in her crib. I don't think that transition would have been as quick nor as successful without Allison's guidance. I referenced back to emails from her frequently during the first 3-5 months of my daughter's life when I really needed support, guidance, and information. Her advice helped me understand what is important for my daughter's sleep health -- consistency being number one among other things! -- and these are things I would probably not have known or realized on my own. Allison provided a schedule that worked for my daughter and that we are still using today. She was really a wonderful and reliable resource during a time when so much was unknown and, honestly, downright scary.``
- Rachael, mom of 5 month old Penelope, Charlottesville, VA
I am so thrilled to have asked Allison for help before my daughters' little sleep issues became big ones.
While it's clear she has the tools to solve major sleeping problems in children, I want everyone to know that you don't have to wait until you're up all night to be proactive. Allison was able to help our situation in a few short consultations and I won't hesitate to contact her in the future for the inevitable bumps in the road!``
- Laura, mom of 4 year old Maggie and 2 year old CJ, South Bend, IN