Andrea Elovson: Philly’s Sleep Training Coach
This is going to be a sleep training PSA. Henry screamed with horrible acid reflux for 6 straight months. For 6 straight months I held screaming Henry vertical 24 hours a day. I saw no one. Family barely came to the house and you can forget about going anywhere in a car. A trip around the block probably only happened three times. For 6 months I alone the majority of the time in a 900 sq foot – third floor Rittenhouse walk-up.
The biggest game changer in that would have been hiring a sleep coach. I trained Henry myself and we got through it but I paid the price with anxiety and feelings of being completely overwhelmed. I totally thing it is super hard to pull the trigger and hire a sleep coach and it is my biggest regret.
If you have a baby that is not sleeping have a family meeting and talk about getting a sleep coach like Andrea Elovson. Andrea lives here but has worked with over 300 families around the world. More importantly local Moms that I trust are singing her praises. After Mom friend Kate H. went from exhausted rants on facebook about her new baby’s lack of sleep to saying things like…..
“She goes into her crib awake and plays quietly for a bit and then within a 1/2 hour is asleep. It’s like having a whole new baby!”
…I knew it was time to share with all of you.
I have talked to Andrea in detail about what she does and I am constantly checking in with families she is helping. She is a gentle, knowledgeable Mom of three kids that will work with you to create a plan that is right for your whole family. Like me Andrea’s toughest customer was her first son and she remembers how terrifying it was which is what makes her good.
“My toughest customer was my first son. As a new mom, I thought he was tough because he just wasn’t sleeping like the sleep books said he should. And when I started implementing some changes to bedtime and nap time, he was not happy! Hearing him cry was heart breaking. I felt so guilty leaving him alone for even short intervals while he was trying to put himself to sleep. The guilt and fear that I had as a new mom—that the crying meant he was feeling abandoned, that I was breaking our bond, that he would grow up to not trust—was terrifying.” – Andrea
I have to go back to Kate H. because she is a perfect example of someone who was in crisis over her little ones lack of sleep and after working with Andrea things her house have changed dramatically over a very short amount of time. But don’t take my work for it …..take Kate’s:
“I will say she is now sleeping through the night which is a strange turn of events in this house but a welcomed one. Andrea was patient and listened to us. She took into account all we wrote in the information sheet prior to our phone conversation. She took time to speak with me before hiring her as well which made the decision to do so an easy one. She was accommodating to our wishes and honest about our worries. She has a lot of really practical facts that helped us understand how sleep works for babies and eased our concerns about the option to sleep train. She gave us options as well which helped as well. She really involves herself and cares, I’m so grateful for all her help and it’s been a huge success!” – Kate H.
Andrea Elovson will be running three classes this month at Center City Pediatrics. If you are not sleeping because your precious bundle of joy is not letting you make a point to check out one of these: