I am Nicola Squire, mother of 3, wife of 1, and Certified Baby and Child Sleep Consultant. Originally from England, my family moved to New Zealand in 1994. I returned to England in 2006 to travel and work and came back to Auckland, New Zealand a few years later to start our family. My first baby was a 'good sleeper' after the expected turmoil of the first couple of months, but my second was a bit of a shock to the system! He didn't sleep well for the first year of his life, and it was the hardest time of my life to date. I found the prolonged sleep deprivation torturous, it impacted on every aspect of my life. I was irritable, emotional, I couldn't cope with life in general. I barely left the house as I found that if my baby fell asleep in the car or buggy at the wrong time, even for a few minutes, that would upset what little routine he had and that night, the next day, even days at a time would be horrendous trying to get us back on track. I struggled on for months with very little sleep, ending up at the doctor's at all hours because there must have been something wrong with my baby for him to not sleep and cry so much, surely?! My husband and I differed on how to improve our baby's sleep issues which only made it harder to deal with.
Eventually I held my hands up, I couldn't do it any more. After 12 months of very little sleep and being told "he'll grow out of it"(maybe, but when?!) or "he'll sleep when he's tired"(except he didn't though...) I needed help. I contacted a baby sleep consultant and she gave me the guidance I needed to get my baby sleeping. The plan included all aspects of his day and sleep environment, it wasn't about just leaving him alone to scream. We were sleeping finally and I felt like a new woman! I had energy and was enjoying life again. And best of all, my baby, who was previously so grumpy, irritable and sad all the time, was happy! I knew then that was what I wanted to do. I love helping families get back the sleep they need to be happy and healthy and function at their best.