When I first reached out to Shana to help with my son's sleeping problems I was beyond desperate. I had reached my breaking point and felt like I had already tried everything. Reading all the books and "Googling", "how to make baby sleep" a few times every day was not working.
After my first conversation with Shana I actually believed that I could have some control over my life again. Sleep training is a scary word and as a new parent I was so fearful of doing something wrong. But, Shana immediately calmed my fears and stuck by me through the entire process. She celebrated every awesome nights sleep with me and brainstormed every bad one. Working with Shana made me even more commited to my sons sleep because she was just as committed to helping me have a happier well rested baby.
Both my husband and I would gladly recommend her to anyone in the same predicament. And, if we decide to have another baby and sleeping is an issue, we will be contacting Shana for guidance!
Anjali was waking up about seven to eight times per night. The lack of sleep for me was especially hard since I also have a two year old at home. I first thought I'm going to handle my daughters sleep issues on my own, thinking 'I can do this!'
After trying two methods that I didn't fully research, I ended up traumatizing my baby! She didn't nap for two weeks and only slept in the bed with me! Shana helped me undo everything with care and patience. She responded to my questions so quickly and helped me in a way I felt comfortable. She really cares about her families and their sleep!
Now Anjali is able to nap twice by herself and sleep through the night!! Thank you Shana!!! I now have time every night to do what I need to do!!
I am closer to my 31 month old son now more than ever. His sleep has improved so much! Since he is getting sufficient sleep, his tantrums have reduced dramatically. We have more fun play times now, and our daily life in general has improved. Shana was very professional. She was also very down to earth and helped me through each situation no matter how small. We are able to bring our son to restaurants and out in public with out fearing and anticipating a meltdown. She has provided me with so many tools to handle different situations in our routine. I would strongly recommend Shana’s sleep coaching services to any family that is having sleep issues with their children. It has seriously improved my family’s life! In all areas, not just sleep!
The difference in our family is like night and day. As you know, Mason was using me for an all-night nursing buffet which left us all very tired. I was doubtful that anything but straight cry it out techniques would work on this little guy, but I was desperate enough to try anything. You helped us establish a better bedtime routine, at a reasonable hour, that we all actually look forward to! Mason goes to bed so easily now, and STAYS asleep until his morning nursing! This gives my husband and I more one-on-one time and gives everyone the rest that we need. I am so grateful for all of your help Shana. Thank you so much!
Hi Shana: Thanks a million for all of the great advice you've given this new, clueless mom. I honestly feel like I've learned a lot and gained a trusted source of guidance and a friend from this consultation. I'm SO very happy that I committed to this program, I feel like a stronger mom because of you.
Ormond Beach, FL
Shana, the day we signed on for your services was by far the best day of our lives as new parents. You helped us all get caught up on sleep, helped ease us into the transition of one nap and helped make things work for us. You were available for my every concern, comment or question. You never made me feel silly for my lack of "baby sleep knowledge"! You were patient with us well beyond what we ever expected. Our journey was a lengthy one, but you sure helped us make up some sleep debt. We will be forever grateful for you.
Shana, I tried to find the letter I sent you when I was inquiring about your sleep coaching. I wanted to re-read the pain and sheer desperation our family was in just a month ago. We were held hostage by sleep and it’s lack thereof. In fact, my husband and I had decided we were not going to have any more children based solely on the fact of the incredible toll that sleep was taking on our family.
Our lives before you and sleep coaching: Naps were brief, inconsistent, required holding, rocking, or strapped in the car seat and some days completely nonexistent. At night we had to lay next to her for an hour plus while she wrestled, rolled, and thrashed before falling asleep. She still awoke two to three times a night at age 21 months. She came to our bed every night for her last waking. She only slept a total of 8 hours collectively with the numerous awakenings in between. She did not self soothe and required us to stay and help her get back to sleep at every waking. We had not had a full night’s sleep since pregnancy!
Our child before: was happy, busy and learning, but hyperactive, a non-eater, a non-sleeper, just a full throttle toddler. I always thought maybe she is just really busy and doesn’t need as much sleep as the other toddlers. Everyone commented on how different she was because of her busy, fast moving behavior. She learned very fast, ate fast, drank fast, slept fast, everything was always so fast!
Our personal lives before: Always exhausted, frustrated, impatient, easily angered, had no personal time, and little to no time with my Husband. “Who was he again? And wait who am I ?” I felt lucky to shower and eat before I could crawl into bed only to wake again about three hours later. I often felt I was doing something wrong. Why wouldn’t my child eat, sleep, and physically behave normal? I cried a lot and often felt too tired to try any more books, methods, techniques, suggestions. I gave in and went with whatever got her to sleep even if for a short time. This was not healthy for ALL of us. SLEEP was our enemy, our NEMISIS; it was time for us to WIN!
Then came Shana: (crying as I type this) Everything is so different! EVERYTHING has changed! ( I can’t even see to type right now due to tears.)
I have a new toddler. My little girl has grown up so much. She has really matured. She is even happier, follows directions, and most of all is so proud of her accomplishments and who she is! We know this because she talks about sleep all the time now! “I seep in my bid dulr bed all by my sef.” She is not even two yet! She eats great, tries new foods and will take her time eating. She really focuses on things now and problem solves amazingly. She now expresses what her needs are and has fewer tantrums! Her vocabulary and ability to comprehend and process information has exploded! She sits still for stories, for teachers, and for favorite shows or games. Even her swimming skills have skyrocketed. Of course, all of this is because SHE SLEEEEEEEPS! I had no idea what sleep was doing to her body and her brain. I only knew what it was doing to mine. In fact, she is sleeping while I type this. So here it goes!
She sleeps at least 10 hours solid a night. If/when she wakes she stays in her bed, self soothes and WILL STAY in her bed until it is time to wake up! She naps for at least 1.5 hours EVERY DAY! In fact, she tells me when she is ready for nap most days now. At night she falls asleep on her own, in her bed and will even sing songs to herself before dozing off. I never thought any of this would be possible until she was much older. We are all truly amazed at how far she has come. And she continues to go farther every single day!!!
My husband and I get two to three hours of personal time every night now. We can actually rent movies, watch shows and just be US again. I get at least 7-8 solid hours of sleep a night now. That’s right 8 HOURS! I am able to enjoy being a mother and wife so much more now. It’s only been a few weeks and I am seeing my old self some back to life and a new self as well! You not only gave me a new toddler, you gave me a new me! We just wish we had found you sooner. I would have started right away and made this first year of parenthood a healthier and easier one on all of us! I am a new mommy too. I am so much more patient, and well rested to keep up with my little spark plug of a girl! I know you can’t put a price on changing someone’s life for the better, but had I known the difference this would make in our lives I would have paid anything for this transformation.
I know there is a lot of stigma involved with the words training and coaching. Let me just say this, they mean the same thing, education. Any form of education does not come easy. It takes hard work and diligence to succeed. I always trusted the sleep education I was teaching my daughter. At times, I didn’t trust that my daughter would learn. But with the diligence, hard work and patience she learned and we learned that anything is possible. We as parent’s “TRAIN or COACH”, EDUCATE our children every day to grow to be healthy happy people in this world. This includes the basics of survival moving, eating, sleeping, potty training. I can rest easy knowing now as she grows she can and will sleep healthy on her own and it will help her to be just that, a HEALTHER and HAPPIER person for life!
Shana, it’s been a very moving experience working with you. You are an amazing, positive, and selfless person. We miss you already! Every night when we kiss our “bug” to sleep with a smile on our faces we get a giggle from her and we are reminded it is all because of you! Thank you for changing EVERYTHING! (still crying) ;o)
Layla, Steve & Natalee
Winter Springs, FL.
Since Jack is down for his third nap, I have a bit of time to write and tell you how much you have made a difference in our lives. I am sure you could tell from my first phone call that we were at our wit's end. I felt so overwhelmed by conflicting advice and so frustrated with myself for not being able to figure out what to do. Although we were a little nervous for the first night of the plan, you reassured us and kept our focus on helping Jack become a better sleeper. Within two days there was a noticeable difference and now, just a few weeks later, I cannot even imagine going back to our old sleep routine - if we can even call that a routine! Everyone in our family has benefitted from Jack being more well-rested. Jack sleeps well, eats better, stays happy when he is awake, and soothes himself back to sleep. My husband and I can generally anticipate what our day will be like, and we know what to do even when things don't go according to plan. The plan you created for us really fit our needs and your encouragement, support, and expertise during the follow-up calls kept us on track and fixed small problems before they became big ones. I cannot thank you enough for the change in our days (and nights!) and I will continue to recommend you to everyone in need of sleep!
Our son was never a good sleeper. I always thought he would outgrow this phase and eventually, one night, he would sleep. I tried everything, white noise, night lights, taking him back to his bed etc. Nothing seemed to work. I was desperate to find a solution; however, I was against letting him "cry it out". When I first heard of you and the services you offered, I must admit I was skeptical, but I knew it was worth a try. It was by far the best decision that I have ever made. From the first moment that I spoke with you, I knew you had the patience and understanding to get me through this, and you did. Our son is sleeping through the night and so am I. It is great to see the positive change in our son. Wow, what a difference sleep makes. To us, you were God sent. I can't thank you enough for all of your wisdom and compassion. You and the services you offer are truly priceless.
I called about my non napping, non sleeping 20 month old daughter and after a 15 minute FREE consultation via the phone I was so motivated by Shana's expertise that I have started trying two ideas she mentioned. After four days of trying, my daughter is going to sleep in her bed for naps now and is going to sleep earlier at night. We have some major sleep issues to work on yet, therefore we will be booking Good Night's Sleep for a full comprehensive consultation! We can not wait to see the results!
Winter Springs, FL
We heard about Shana and her coaching services through a mommy group that I am in. She was highly recommended and it did not take long for me to see why. Shana was knowledgeable, patient, always available and so caring. Our biggest issue is consistency. She helped us stay focused on our plan, the importance of staying consistent and encouraged us along the way. It's easy to get discouraged when you are training your child with a new skill. It was so nice to have an expert to consult with when you really just want to give up. We had our share of struggles during the training with our child getting sick, teething and eating issues. Because of these issues our training was taking longer than expected. Shana never made us feel like our time with her had expired. She stuck with us through it all until we could say that Sam was successfully sleeping on his own. We owe so much to Shana and recommend her to everyone we know!
I have read and reread several different sleeping method books as sleep has always been a very important subject for me. I taught my daughter how to self soothe and turned to my library many times throughout her 2.5 years on how to handle various situations. I thought I had total control over her sleep…BUT when she jumped her crib and had major anxiety and completely lost her independence I was not prepared for what was to come! We had zero luck even to get her to lay down in a toddler bed or even leave her for a second alone. I have another baby that I nurse, there is no way I could lay with her every night only to have her wake up screaming for me let alone how this was going to effect my relationship with my husband!
I quickly realized how important a sleep coach is! I could have never done this alone. The crib to bed transition is a very tricky transition and I think most do it incorrectly because a majority either lay down with their children at night and/or they wake up during the night needing the parent to help them fall asleep again. All the books I have invested in could not help me with the severity of this transition! Especially to stay consistent and waiting for the process to work. I would have given up early on without the constant reinforcement and educating from you. I felt very alone as nobody seemed to go through this at the extent I was and I saw no end of how we can get our lives back. Sleep is so crucial for children as well as having the independence to self soothe. I worked so hard on helping my daughter as an infant to learn how to sleep well and to see her suddenly have trouble going to bed at night and losing her independence was upsetting. I saw her personality change before me with the lack of sleep and security. You helped bring our happy, lively daughter back to life! I am so grateful for your patience, understanding, and most importantly sleep skills! People think a sleep coach is only for the babies, but they are probably even more important for toddlers . We are so pleased with our results!!!
Deerfield Beach, FL
By the time my baby was 9 months he still wasn't sleeping through the night. We had tried a lot of different things to get him to sleep but nothing worked. I called Shana and she was so great! We got my son on a schedule and in a couple weeks he started sleeping through the night!
St. Petersburg, FL
Our lives have done a 360 since last year. My husband and I have our bed for ourselves again. My son is a happier, well rested, self-soothing kid. He has been put on a schedule that he has never had, but most importantly he is sleeping in his room through the night, something we never thought would happen again. You have given us our life back and for that we are truly thankful. Like I told you before, you were heaven sent.
Shana was incredibly helpful with helping us coach our 7 year-old daughter on how to fall asleep independently and sleep soundly through the night. She quickly returned emails and phone calls and went about the process in a caring and understanding manner. I would definitely recommend her to anyone having sleep issues with their child.
My "perfect" sleeper had turned into a terrible sleeper and I was truly at a loss. I hadn't slept in 7 weeks and was absolutely exhausted! This was worse than any newborn because I couldn't just feed her so that she would fall back asleep. She would be up for hours in the middle of the night. With your help we established good routines and learned how to compensate for "disaster naps", as well as how to bounce back from other mishaps that disrupt our sleep routines.
Palm Beach, FL
Suhani had poor sleeping habits starting at around 6 months (we coached her at age 2) and she did not know how to (1) fall asleep on her own and (2) stay sleep and/or self soothe if she woke up. She was constantly waking up in the middle of the night and either me or my husband would wake up and co-sleep with her which I didn’t want. Being pregnant with baby #2 (arriving June 2012), I knew I had to teach Suhani how to fall asleep otherwise she would continue to get up in the middle of the night and wake the baby. A friend of mine suggested I speak with Shana and once I did, I knew I was making the right decision by having her be our sleep coach for Suhani. Her gentle approach worked perfectly and now Suhani craves to sleep and sleeps through the night and can self soothe. We are ALL finally getting a good night’s sleep with Shana’s help. Thank you for your time and patience and I would definitely recommend your services to my mom friends who are in the same boat as we once were.
Sydney had a fabulous night again last night. Josh and I were talking this morning about how much our lives have changed in the past three weeks. We went from getting 3-4 hours of sleep at a time, to Sydney now sleeping 11-11.5 hours a night straight!! In Josh's words, you are a miracle worker!! You have truly changed our lives. We had not slept in 9 months; we were all miserable and not enjoying each day. Now I feel confident that I can sleep once again, and more importantly be happy!!! I haven't felt this good in a long time!!!
Today we celebrate graduating from our sleep coaching! Only 12 days in our little non sleeping, spark plug of a girl was sleeping all night, falling asleep on her own, self soothing back to sleep, and napping every day too in her toddler bed! After one month our home, our family and our child is happier, healthier and stronger because of you! This has been the best money spent and education we have given our child so far. Not even 2 yet...she has really become a "bid durl", (big girl) due to this coaching! We are so proud and best of all SHE is so proud! THANK YOU SHANA!!!! We will carry your training everyday and will miss working with you greatly!
Winter Springs, FL
I clearly remember frantically e-mailing for Shana’s help in the middle of the night when my son, Jace, was 14 months old. Never having been around children, ever, I really had no experience in how to handle my son, other than the books that I’d read. Being an educator, I read voraciously for ideas and theories to help my son sleep through the night, but after 14 months of waking up at least twice per night for often hours at the time, I knew that my marriage, my health, and my sanity were suffering. I e-mailed Shana with an extremely emotional and frazzled e-mail explaining how our lack of sleep was hurting everyone at our house and asking for guidance. I’d have paid ANYTHING to get help, if I knew it would work. Within a day, Shana called me and assured me that the program could work for Jace, and I was honestly afraid that I’d spoiled him too much at 14 months old to make any real change for the better. I would get up with him, every time he woke crying, and rock him for hours, deliriously (I might add). I felt like a Zombie with no hope, and I just couldn’t stand to let him “cry it out.” I would sit in the other room, watching the monitor, crying with him- it was awful and didn’t solve a thing. He was smart and knew that I’d come get him after 30 minutes- I just couldn’t take it.
With Shana’s help, only the first night was really hard (and he only cried for an hour), but thereafter, he learned very quickly that there was a “new sheriff” in town, and “night night” meant sleep. I followed the program EXACTLY as instructed and kept vigorous logs. Shana was wonderful about e-mailing me back daily with encouragement and tips. My son has slept through the night for the last seven weeks, since we started, and I feel like a new person filled with HOPE that we, as a family, can now accomplish anything. God sent Shana to me after a LOT of tears and prayers; she is truly my hero and has changed my life forever for the good. I have already retained her services again for maintenance after a trip when my son got ill, and I panicked. She was there to chart our course and get us right back on track. I’m happy to know that she will always be there as my trusted resource in this journey of parenting a toddler.
Dr. Shana Deyo
Ormond Beach, FL