Tamasine H and Baby Emilia
Buckets of Helpful Advice
“I found the first few days and weeks of being a new mum a real shock to system and sadly I had not heard about the help that Hattie offers until my little one was 6 weeks old. After 6 weeks of little sleep and having been told we had a ‘colicky’ baby Hattie was recommended to us by a family friend. Hattie arrived with buckets of helpful advice and support that immediately turned our little one into a very contented baby and gave me much more confidence. I wish we had known about Hattie before I gave birth as there is no point struggling in those first few weeks when expert help is at hand.”
A first time mum who had lost her way a little with all the conflicting advice being given. I spent one initial session with her, changing some of the patterns that weren’t working, including getting her little one down to bed considerably earlier in the evening and giving her a game plan to establish a more predictable day.
I was a sleep deprived mum never getting more than a half hour during the day or two hours at a time in the evenings with my baby boy when I first met Hattie. Within 15 minutes of meeting her, he had a 2 hour nap that day and 6 hours that night! Hatties unique way of swaddling, fool proof burping method and helping you recognise and understand your babies needs in her professional yet personal way is what makes her so phenomenal. Her warmth, confidence, positivity and reassuring hugs were just what I needed together with her unfailing insight. Thank you Hattie! xoxo Mummy Lezil and baby Ethan
Lezil was a first time mum and called me when baby was 3 months old. I arranged one Sleep & Routine visit (3 hours) and one further follow up a few weeks later. Baby had been held/rocked to sleep since birth; had tried various book based methods, all failed. Baby was snacking all day, never sleeping long and parents were exhausted.
Gemma Dart, Totnes, Devon
I started having remote consultations with Hattie via email and phone when I was 7 months pregnant. I really had no clue as to what it would be like to have a newborn as I’d focussed solely on giving birth and the pain I was about to experience. As it happened his birth was wonderful and a story in itself but I digress…….
Hattie helped me enormously with advice on everything including breast feeding, expressing, storing milk, baby blues, oral thrush, vaccines, sore nipples, suspected colic, winding techniques, jaundice, swaddling…….the list is endless really.
Hattie set me up with a routine and Albie has been following it since he was a few weeks old. He is a purely breast fed baby (which I never would have believed in the days where my boyfriend was syringing colostrum off me to feed our son with).
Hattie gave me confidence and the ability to persevere in many aspects of Albie’s young life (including how to deal with people who turned their noses up as soon as I mentioned the word ‘routine’) Albie is now 14 weeks old. He weighs a healthy 12lb 13oz and is going through the night without a feed. He is a happy, healthy little chap who seems to thrive on the structure we have set up for him. He knows his routine and looks forward to feeds and bath time (ESP bath time)!
With Hattie’s help I am no longer completely lost and am able to pass on my knowledge (confidently) to my ‘new mum’ friends.
First time mum living in a rural town in Devon, famous for it’s New Age approach to life: she felt she wanted guidance but was surrounded by people who had hugely opposing views to hers so she asked for my long-distance help; I arranged a single full day home visit prior to the birth to do a Baby Prep session and explain how the distance coaching works; after birth of the baby I was able to either call or email Gemma every few days at the start, to coach her over the early days breast feeding, new mum worries and sleeplessness. Over the next 4 months she emailed me questions and I kept in touch to guide her through various developmental changes, building on good sleep habits to help her establish a workable and healthy routine for them as a family.
Ian Hayes, Haywards Heath
6 week postnatal support package”
“I just wanted to write to thank you so much for everything. We have a very happy, contented little girl who is just amazing. When we first met you, everything was more than a little fraught. Now, many compare their own babies to ours and comment on what a calm, happy and relaxed baby we have. We basically tell them it’s all down to you. My view is a good night’s sleep is priceless to function properly and that is what you have ultimately given to us, as the parents. As a result you cannot put a £ sign on sleep and that is what people miss when they look at the cost of the 6 week package. What you put in place and helped us with has been invaluable and you should be as proud as we are of the little one you have produced!”
Ian called me at 6 weeks as he felt both he and his partner were struggling with the disintegrating structure in their days and lack of sleep at night. I arranged a 6 week package of some full and half days to make the relevant changes and help implement them. The results were so good that they added further dates and I continued to coach them right through to Starting Solids.
“We still refer to our baby’s life as BH & AH (before and after Hattie). We finally got our evenings back and at 9 weeks old, our son was sleeping through the night. Get Hattie on board! The earlier the better”
Mum had stumbled into poor sleep habits with her 9 week old and their evenings were terrible; arranged a Sleep & Routine session and left her with a healthier routine and some better sleep associations to work with. The results were very quick and continued to work well.
Diana Tiefa, Greenwich
“Out of all the babies I know, our little one is now by far the best sleeper and I put all this down to Hattie. Definitely one of the best investments we made for our little one. Wished we’d called her sooner!”
Mum and Dad were struggling to get any day/night structure so we did a one-off session to discuss where things could be improved and Charlotte adapted to the new routine with gusto.
“Hattie came to help me (for 2 days) when my son was 4 mths old. She reassured me and gave me the confidence I was lacking and within a few days he was sleeping through the night. If any other mums are feeling sleep deprived, stressed and a bit vulnerable, please don’t be too proud to ask for help. It can be an overwhelming time. Hattie returned to help me 16 months later with my twins. It is money well spent to start 100% enjoying such precious time with your baby.”
Mum first called me for help with her first baby. She felt extremely anxious and worried when her little one cried and she was not sure how to cope. I spent a couple of full days with her to put a nice pattern together, getting her observing her baby on a camera as he learned to self-settle and reassuring her that she could do this on her own. He quickly went on to become a champion sleeper and loved his new routine. On the birth of her twins shortly afterwards, Catherine had me back to make sure she got off to a good start with sleep habits.
“Like many mums it took me reaching breaking point to contact Hattie. I had heard about her magic touch through a friend of mine but had been slightly put off by the cost and the knowledge that she only worked with babies up to the age of 6 months. (My daughter was 5 and a half months at this point so I wondered if we would be too far gone for help).
I couldn’t have been more wrong. From the moment Hattie arrived I felt instantly at ease. We had a long chat about what had been going on, (my daughter had been waking every hour at night for 2 and a half months) and we then discussed how and why this could be happening.
The rest was very straight forward. I don’t know what I had been expecting, but far from a long day of intervention and instruction we simply did a few things differently and then sat on the sofa like old friends putting the world to rights. Within 3 days my daughter was only waking once a night and after 4 she had slept through for the first time.
Not only do I feel like a human being again but it is entirely possible that Hattie also saved my marriage, as the sleep deprivation had really started to take its toll.
Hattie is an absolute pleasure to deal with and the sort of person you want to be around when you are feeling low.
For anyone with reservations about the price, all I can say is that having your sleep and sanity back feels very much like a holiday and I imagine most people would be prepared to spend considerably more on that.
From our perspective it is the best investment we have made since our daughter was born and next time we won’t be waiting 6 months to get Hattie involved.”
Debbie called me having had my name passed on by her friend. She sounded at breaking point on the phone so we arranged a full day together as soon as possible. We had a very successful day and the fact that mum was happy to go along with the changes without too much anxiety really helped. Having never settled the baby without a dummy, she was terrified at the prospect of trying to go “cold turkey” on the same day as making the other changes. To her amazement, her baby only grizzled for 4 minutes before dropping off to sleep without it. The other changes have made a world of difference to her days and she can now really enjoy her baby again.
Richard Grant, Chiswick
Two out of three – a good batting average.
Let me start by saying this – I don’t regularly write posts (this is my first) and I’ve not been asked or paid to write this post. It will seem that way…but it’s not. Hattie isn’t a family member, and nor is she a friend. She is however, someone who I’m now very fond of – you get that way when lovely people make miraculous things happen.
We first met Hattie nearly two years ago. We were recommended her by Kathryn Mewes (of Channel 4’s, “The Three Day Nanny ” series), as we were looking for someone to help get our 10 week old son to sleep. We couldn’t put him down without him crying. We’d not had a problem with our daughter when she was a baby, but it was a different story for our 2nd and we admitted we needed the help. Having him sleep in our arms was nice – but tiring and limiting.
So Hattie arrived. We were dubious about whether she could make a difference in the 5 hours we had booked her for. I mean – how could she? We’d tried everything.
Magic dust. That’s the answer. I’m convinced. I mean, Hattie did talk to us about our son’s daily routine, and she did give my wife some top tips to bear in mind when breastfeeding him. She also helped us to spot signs when he was getting tired so we knew when he should be put in his cot. She gave us a huge jolt of confidence too – that we were doing the right things and that our experience was quite common etc. Then, at some stage, without us seeing, she must have sprinkled a load of magic dust on our son’s head and for the first time he slept on his own, in his cot. That night, after she had left, we gingerly followed the same routine. The result? He slept….so long we had to wake him for his next feed. We had the whole evening to ourselves to cook, chat and eat.
From that day, he has been a brilliant sleeper. No trouble. No fuss. No tears. Just an absolute delight. For the last two years. Genuinely an incredible result.
So it was an obvious decision to ask Hattie to come back when our 3rd child was 10 weeks old. The result? The same. Well – nearly. Baby number 3 is a bit more fussy and less chilled than our second. So he needed a couple more days to get used to the routine but he quickly picked it up and now sleeps well during the day and at night.
Why did I bother writing this post? Well I know how much I debated whether we could afford to pay for Hattie and whether she would really make a difference. So I know what other parents will be thinking.
My experience of using her twice? Do it. Book her up. You will not regret it. She is very experienced and knowledgeable, and she gets results. Not only that she is a genuinely lovely person. (She also does as amazing impression of crying babies!).
The benefit we have from three children sleeping from 7pm far far far outweighs Hattie’s costs. It is the best decision a tired parent can make! I would happily chat to anyone should they wish to get in touch.