Our Approach to Parenting & Sleep

Our approach to sleep is attachment-focused meaning that I will never suggest ANY sleep training techniques.  My experience and education provide me with tools to holistically support families from a responsive and respectful parenting perspective to find sleep solutions that strengthen relationships, validate instincts and preserve the family well-being. I am a mother to two littles who specializes in Infants and Toddlers and as part of my RIE®'s professional development, I have learned to validate my instincts through observation, trusting and seeing children as fully capable to develop as they discover the world in their own unique pace. Magda Gerber said it beautifully “When you hold an infant, hold him not just with your body, but with your mind and heart”.


I support families using the Baby-Led Sleep Approach™ which places an emphasis on a mother’s instinct and a baby's cues. As Baby-led Sleep and Well-being specialists, our mission is to help parents find sleep solutions through responsive and respectful parenting practices while building connected relationships. We are passionate about helping families improve sleep without resorting to sleep training with an approach that:

  • respects and nurtures the attachment system;

  • supports the natural progression of development;

  • gives parents an understanding of what “normal” baby sleep looks like;

  • appreciates your baby’s still-developing brain and dominant survival instinct;

  • encourages parents to believe and to follow their own instincts; and

  • empowers a mother to make changes to improve the quality of her baby’s sleep.

The Baby-Led Sleep™ approach will teach you how to connect with your baby on a deeper level and how to reinforce important feelings of safety and security so that when developmentally ready, your baby will be prepared and will know how to fall asleep.


  • understand realistic, age-appropriate expectations about sleep;

  • learn about yourself as a parent and your impact on your baby’s sleep;

  • be a responsive parent by listening to your child’s cues and dealing with your child respectfully while supporting any distress, in an effort to build and nurture trust;

  • create a safe sleep space;

  • appreciate the emotional work required to support sleep, understand what causes sleep interruptions, and how sleep actually works; and

  • use the tools that encourage better sleep for your baby, as well as help you gain control over the conditions that affect good sleep, such as your own behavior, nutrition, environmental factors, routines, time, and “village” of support.

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