sleep nanny has over 25
years of hands on experience working with babies and toddlers.
Something that no amount of qualifications and only this many
years of experience could possibly achieve. Knowledge that she has not been
able to be taught in a classroom, but through many years of working
with 1000's of different children with difficulties ranging from
common sleep issues to asperger and selective eating disorders.
Not theoretical but actual practical scenarios, for clients that
include amongst others a many number of GP's & Consultant
was born in Surrey in the mid 60ís, her mother was a nurse and had been working in
paediatrics at Queen Maryís hospital, Carshalton at the time of
her arrival, but soon
they moved to the Bath area to be near her grandparents who were
Mel started her childcare career
very early! At around
ten years old she was often left to look after a young cousin,
he was two years old and very spirited. He was always running off
and had a will of iron. It wasnít long before she had him sussed
and could manage his behaviour, keep him interested and make him
behave well, without him even realising it.
Mel was fourteen she began to baby sit for some children in her
village. A family of four with a baby on the way. She taught the
older two how to horse ride. At the time she had horses, goats and a very sweet but naughty shetland pony, so little
children were always asking if they could play with the goats
and brush the pony.
At seventeen Mel was baby
sitting lots of other children, most of them had behaviour
issues and couldnít keep babysitters for long. These children
never phased her. At eighteen Mel took a job as a nanny, the children by then had already
seen of many nannies that same year. Mel managed to stay in that job
for two years, longer than anyone else. Mel then began to look for
challenging jobs, and found many many more. Either with children
who had behaviour issues or parents who could not keep a nanny
for more than a few months.
found these challenges rewarding, interesting, fascinating and
learned a huge amount about children and families. Mel says "As a nanny
you are in a very privileged position, not just as the sole
carer for someoneís most precious possession but also as a
confidant, friend and extra member of a family" During her years
she has worked for many families, everything from working in
a stately home, with foreign royalty, umpteen doctors,
farmers, lawyers, consultants and even eccentric aristocrats.
Seventeen years ago Mel started her
own nanny and domestic staff employment agency. It was tough at
the beginning, as she wanted to help everyone. Sleep Nannies
came about because many people needed help in sorting out their
child's sleeping pattern or eating habits.
To reinforce all her work experiences, Mel then went on to
extensively study diet & nutrition and
child psychology, of which she is still constantly researching
today, to continue to develop her knowledge and understanding of
children and how to help, not only them, but their patents too.
Furthermore Mel has a paediatric first aid certificate and a CRB
After she had her own
children she felt much more connected with the mums and their children. One of her
own daughters was a bad sleeper, so
she knows the pain of exhaustion and
also knew how hard it was to hear your own child cry, how you
can get into a rut with sleeping issues and how everyone has
their own piece of advice to give you
She knows the stresses that
new mums and dads have to through and how you constantly feel
judged when things are not running smoothly. Mel has been
helping the parents of non- sleepers and fussy eaters for over
12 years now.
While many of the same problems and
issues arise, every child and family is different, and this
approach and philosophy is why Mel has become so successful
in helping and understanding other families needs. By helping
them find the right solution for their own specific situation.
In her view "one cap does not fit all"
The sleep nanny is kind,
gentle & will work effectively with you & your baby, ensuring a good
night's sleep for the whole family. A natural caring approach,
that enables mums & dads to continue the process, long after she
has completed her consultation.
Through a series of telephone consultations or a home visit, she can help you create a new pattern of
behaviour leading to more desirable habits. Whether associated with
sleeping, feeding or behavioural issues you can take positive steps
forward, regain confidence in your parenting and restore some harmony
to your life.
We all lead our own busy lives today. We donít always have family and
friends living in close proximity, and are not able to call on them for
advice. We may not feel able to discuss our anxieties and problems
associated with parenting with health professionals for fear of them
judging us. It can be a very lonely time. We can therefore provide you
with a caring and fully confidential service, with professional and
practical advice to help you through. The Sleep Nanny is available
for telephone consultations and
occasionally personal home visits.
Having the right balance in life is something we all strive for.
Having any kind of balance or order in our lives after the arrival of
a baby can be an unachievable target for most people. Trying to
function when you have been up all night with a crying baby can seem
like a form of torture. It can be particularly frustrating when
everyone you talk to has a baby that is placid and calm and sleeps 12
the night without a peep.
If your little one is a night owl, demanding feeds
every 2 hours during the night or you have a toddler refusing to go to
bed do not despair. With a sensible and realistic plan to follow you
can create a more desirable set of sleeping habits for any baby or
child. This can all be accomplished without relentless clockwatching
or sticking to a strict and rigid itinerary. We all need some kind of
order in our lives and babies are no exception. A baby will need a
basic but flexible routine that allows his parents some quality of
life as well.
This is a realistic and sustainable plan of action. A
philosophy that has been passed down from generation to generation
using tried and tested methods. Now adapted to suit our modern busy
life style and help you understand that getting your baby to sleep
need not be an impossible target. In addition, help baby to go to
sleep without relying on endless props and cues. In turn, allowing
parents to have the flexibility to create the right baby/life balance.