Here are a few success stories from mums who have used our services.
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Araceli Arismendi, mom to 6 month old Matteo, Kuala Lumpur
When my baby was born, as expected, I was waking up every 2-3 hours to feed for the first few months. In addition to nursing, my husband and I would use the “old” rocking chair and constantly rock and shhhh our baby to sleep.
At the time, we had no idea we were forming bad sleep habits for our little one until after the 4 month regression occurred. My husband and I were waking up every hour to settle our son and the up and down motion of picking up our baby from his cot was wearing us out both physically and mentally.
We were both going to work with little to no sleep and our baby was suffering as well. He was agitated, overtired and restless. It was then that I realised that my baby had become dependent on either my husband or I to put him to sleep.
When Matteo turned 6 months, we decided to call Sarah Ong, the first certified sleep coach in Malaysia. Sarah’s holistic and gentle approach to sleep training definitely lured us in as this type of plan was more our style. Since implementing the program, Matteo went from waking up every hour to sleeping from 7 am to 3 am and then back to sleep until 6:30 am. The first night was the most challenging as expected since my baby had no idea how to fall asleep independently.
With consistency and using the language of the program, my baby is now able to fall asleep with little to no fuss. Hiring Sarah was a game changer for our family. My husband and I are more rested, Matteo is more happy and the flow and energy of our home became more positive and energetic.
After a recent trip to the USA, we started from square one of sleep training and just like that, he was able to get back on schedule and sleeping through the night. Feeling anxious due to starting from scratch again, I remember Sarah telling me, “that it would take a few days and that Matteo did not “forget.” And sure enough, she was right. The skills and strategies implemented were unforgettable.
Janice Ng, mom to 15 months old Chloe, Shah Alam
It was really hard too in the first few nights because I kept seeing like things were regressing. But I pressed on and she kept on getting better. She was also going through nap transition from 2 naps down to 1. Some days were better than others so I guess it will just take a bit more time for her to fully take 1 nap a day.
Fast forward to 20 days later, Chloe’s sleep patterns are becoming more predictable and I think she has formed a routine led by her own natural sleep needs. Her night time sleep is anywhere from 9-10.5 hours and nap time is anywhere from 1-2 hours plus.
Thank you for helping me throughout this journey. I no longer fear bed time or wait in anticipation fearing her night wakings because there are none. It is and has been an extraordinary journey and was only possible coz of your encouragement and your faith that we would be able to do it. Chloe is a much happier baby now and is not only more attentive but also eating much better as a result of the uninterrupted night sleep that she gets! I know this is what you do but THANK YOU because it has really made such a huge difference in our lives.
Sara Sukor & Dylan Ong, parents to 6 months old Kahlil, Taman Tun Dr Ismail
We couldn’t believe how easily he goes to sleep now, day naps and night time sleep. Most of the time, he goes to sleep as soon as we leave his room. And not just that, he self-soothes whenever he wakes up at night and goes straight back to sleep. Overall experience I would rate it as Excellent. Thanks so much for your help. It has really helped all three of us get better sleep!
Rebecca Yap, mom to 10 months old Nathaniel, Kuala Lumpur
We struggled almost every night trying to either rock or nurse him to sleep. He will not be able to fall asleep on his own without needing our help, which sometimes take as long as 1 1/2 hours.
I was emotionally burdened at the time because I’ll be stuck in one position lying down feeding my son which ended up giving me a very bad backache, resulting in severe lack of sleep. If we rock him to sleep instead, our arms and back became sore as he is a heavy baby.
After contacting Sarah for help, she gave me the confidence to sleep train him by teaching me to approach my baby’s sleep in a gentler manner by listening to him and being by his side. During the first two days of training he cried because he was not used to the idea of sleeping on his own without needing help. I thought it would take me more than a week to train him. But by the third day, to my surprise, he would just lie down while I rubbed his chest to sleep, no tears involved! I was such a happy momma!
After the third week of accompanying him to sleep by just lying down next to him, it was time for my husband to try it too. At first I was afraid that he might cry badly again as it wasn’t me who was accompanying him, but he did such a great job because he would accept his daddy sleeping with him. I felt so much more relieved now that I have my me-time during the night while daddy sleeps with him. After this program, I felt much more confident knowing what my son needs.
Sharon Chua, mom to 6 months old En Xi, Mutiara Damansara
After engaging with Sarah’s service, I understand that my baby was actually overtired and her dependence on nursing was getting in the way of her getting good sleep. I couldn’t accept my baby to cry at all before this. I’d feel that I’m a bad mama if I let my baby cry. After Sarah explained to me the reasons why babies need to cry with parents’ loving support, I decided to give it a try.
My first try was during one of the night wakings and she woke up crying wanting to latch. I was pretty sure that she was not hungry as I just fed her an hour ago. I carried her in my arms, allowed her to cry and told her that I was there to listen and be with her.
To my surprise, she only cried about 5 minutes then looked at me calmly. I was able to put her down to cot and she fell asleep by herself. It was such an amazing experience to me. I couldn’t believe it happened as all the while I would need to nurse her to fall asleep! I am thrilled and overjoyed with the outcome as I never thought that my baby could sleep without nursing and bouncing. Both my baby and I are able to get more quality sleep now. I believe she is now a contented and happier baby.
I really can’t thank Sarah enough for this to happen. A thousand thanks for your guidance and support.
Sharon Cheng, mom to Matthias 8 weeks old, Taman Bukit Idaman
After engaging with your program, I started to understand that how much sleep for a young baby like him needs. Now, he sleeps much much much earlier than before and I have more time to catch up on work. He would fall asleep himself when I put him down in bed halfway singing! Thank you Sarah! I am glad that I found you!
Jia Mayne, mom to 4 months old KJ, Singapore
At the end, it wasn’t just about troubleshooting KJ’s nap habits, but also about me learning to listen to him and being more relaxed as a parent.
Nadia Shamsuri, mom to 13 months old Safira, Mont Kiara
I like her approach as it is gentle towards both parents and children alike. She starts off by asking how we envision our sleeping situation with the baby to be – cosleeping? separate room for child? etc. And then she would develop a sleeping plan based on this and other factors like our parenting style and child’s temperament. I like that she always tells us to keep realistic goals as babies develop at different rates, all while coaching us through our frustrations and triumphs as we execute the sleeping plan. No judgements from her either. With Sarah, you always know that you are in a safe place to get real about your emotions as a parent – the good, the bad and the ugly.
When we worked with Sarah, our daughter went from a kid that would wake up every hour to someone who could put herself to sleep. Amazing feat.
I highly recommend her work if you are looking for a good night’s rest!
Anna Karina, mom to Maira 17 months old
But when my husband and I had reached our breaking point with our then-17 month old daughter, I thought I had nothing to lose so I gave Sarah a go. And boy am I glad I did!
Sarah is a very meticulous and dedicated therapist and she has her own way of conducting sessions.
For me it began with a personal half-hour phone consultation (no obligation) and then she sent over some in-depth questionnaires about my daughter’s sleep schedule and her general temperament.
From there she devised a personalised plan based on my goals for my daughter as well as what I was and was not willing to do (i.e. I was NOT willing to let my daughter just ‘cry it out’). She also managed my expectations by informing me it may take up to 2 weeks to see any improvements in my child’s sleep.
Well after three very difficult nights, my daughter who used to wake up practically every hour was suddenly sleeping for 6-8 hour stretches. It was a miracle! Since then my husband and I have had almost no problems with our daughter’s sleep habits and we owe all this to Sarah. We have recommended her to countless friends as well.
Amira Yusof, mom to Malik, Bandar Baru Bangi
Now, my son sleeps longer stretches and wakes up only a couple of times at night and I do not have to nurse him to sleep anymore. Hooray! It was such a gentle process and Sarah has been there supporting and guiding me throughout. Thank you Sarah you are a life or I’d say sleep saviour! It was lovely working with you.
Merle Wangerin, mom to 14 months old Liam, Bangsar
My baby cried for A LOT the first night but once he knew that he was able to fall asleep by himself (without feeding to sleep), he only cried a little each night. It seemed like he understood very fast that he was allowed to cry and release his stress and that fact alone had an impact. The program gave me and my baby a lot of confidence and I feel that we can use the same approach for all future changes and sleep challenges.
Sarah’s consultation was clear, convincing and customized to the individual needs of my family. Her great knowledge on aware parenting, her warm and giving personality and her excellent coaching skills made me feel understood, supported and determined to make a change.
Thanks a lot for all your advice Sarah! I will certainly recommend you to other sleepless parents.
Kathie Wiehanne, mom to Owen 14 months, Petaling Jaya
Ong Xi Yan, mom to 7 months old Bang Qi, SINGAPORE
Also, as a first time mother, often I could not figure out if he was hungry as I breastfed him and did not know the intake of milk. Hence, I would just nurse him. I knew I definitely need professional help, to advise and to get assurance.
Thus, I found Sarah and her approach is gentle, yet effective. It took me less than 4 nights to get my boy to sleep without nursing. Now, he wakes up two to three times per night (which is much more manageable).
Not only did Sarah provide professional advice, she truly understands how I feel. I feel better and confident after every follow up session with her. I strongly recommend Sarah if you looking for a sleep expert
Jane, mom to Sophia 9 months old, Singapore
Emilyn, mom to Oliver 6 months, Damansara Heights
Last night Oli slept from 715pm till 610am. It was mind blowing. We never thought we would see this day.
Still making small progresses here and there as the days go by! We are working on improving naps. That is still a challenge. He just wants to skip naps and keep playing. But it’s okay. Work in progress! Also, he is so much more a happier baby since he is more rested. And we find that learning to listen to his feelings and connecting with him, learning to differentiate between his emotional and physiological needs has made a huge difference in his daily temperament. He seems more playful and happy!
Thumb sucking during daytime has decreased dramatically. I wouldn’t say it’s gone for good. Sometimes it still happens but definitely reduced! You’ve brought me back the joy of motherhood. There was a point when sleep deprivation really made me question if I could do this whole motherhood thing! Still tired these days but more good tired than frustrated tired.
Thank you so much for all the support and guidance you have given us since January.
You have not only restored our sleep but also opened up a new world about connecting with our baby and also taught us a whole new belief about crying. I have even personally benefited from my own emotional releases! I never would have thought that sleep and emotional wellbeing are deeply connected if I hadn’t gotten a consultation from you or watched the easypeasy sleepytime modules.
Thank you for giving us back some of our sleep and but mostly for teaching us to be connected with our child and being comfortable listening to his feelings!
Liz, mom to 13mth old Evan Chong, JOHOR
As a first time parent, we can’t figure out whether he wakes up due to hunger or he is in need of comfort, hence we just nursed him back to sleep.
We found Sarah and her approach is gentle and gradual and yet effective. It took us about 4 days, Evan managed to sleep through a stretch of 4-5 hours and now Evan has been able to sleep through the night.
Sarah is very supportive, helpful and she understands how we feel as she guides us along. She is very responsive and we feel more confident and comfortable after every consultation session.
Siow Yin, mom to Li Jer 24 months, Kuala Lumpur
My son used to nurse to sleep and frequently woke up every 2-3 hours to direct latch.
Then, I changed a new job which required me to stay back to clear back logs.
With my new job, my husband had to rock him to sleep.
My son had no choice but to change his sleeping habit (eg not nurse to sleep) and had reduced big quantity of quality time with me before sleeping and during weekend.
His sleep quality was affected drastically. He woke up many times as frequent as every 30/45/60/90 mins throughout the night to get assurance I am around to direct latch him.
I was very tensed and so was he. I also felt very guilty and sorry for him, as if I could not give him more care and love. So I continue let him latch with hope that he can sleep better despite me feeling extremely tired mentally and physically.
I used to read online articles/parenting books/breastfeeding info that parent should not let child cry and need to pay attention to him so to give confident and love which he needs as a toddler.
I was put to understand that it is normal for kid for wanting DL/night feed which is good for them and we shall let him wean when he is ready.
Actually, it is okay to let him cry but accompany him to assure he is attended but in a different way, a.k.a less DL.
Acknowledged he is a capable human and definitely understand and able to do it. Talk to him and empower him that he can sleep by himself.
When he cries, tell him it is ok for him to cry because he needs to release his emotion and tension due to change of habit.
At the same time, show concern & companionship to let him feel he is attended to, he is secured and being loved.
Despite him pushing me away and being yelled at because he did not want me stay near him. But I know he wants me to be with him because if I leave, he will run and stay near me.
At that moment I knew he was just a lost toddler who didn’t know how to handle those emotions.
Thanks Sarah, with your advice I know that is how he is healing himself thorough disposing/expressing negative emotions.
As a parent, I should let him release his emotion instead of scolding him so he can stop crying/throwing tantrum.
Just to share with your proudly and happily, that shortly after he can sleep by himself (with some sleep routine like singing 5 same lullabies and lightly pat + a bottle of milk), he also able to sleep well in nanny’s house, he even become the first who sleep among the kids in the sarung even others are still playing. Now, he can join them to sleep on tatami on the floor and no longer wake up easily by sound/noise. He has also passed the potty training faster than we expected.
All I can say is a big thank you to you, Sarah.
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