The Sleep Trainer from 9,000 kilometres away
Our daughter (2 years old) slept really well for naps and bedtime in her crib until she was 18 months old. At that point we moved from New York to San Francisco. In our new home it became a habit that she’d only fall asleep with us sitting on a chair in her room. When we tried to leave the room while she was awake, she would start crying heavily and make herself throw up so that we’d have to come back into the room. There was not a single night in which she’d fall asleep without one of her parents sitting in the room and it could take up to an hour for her to fall asleep. Every time we tried to leave the room before she was fully asleep, she would make herself throw up. We almost contemplated buying a second washing machine. Sitting in her room took up a huge amount of time, so that the whole bedtime routine often took well over 2 hours.
Vera came highly recommended and while we had our doubts of working remotely with a sleep trainer that lived in Europe and was 9 time zones ahead, we could not be happier with the experience and the result. Over the course of two weeks, our daughter now falls asleep happily without us in her room. The program felt very gentle for our child, and she didn’t throw up once during the entire transition period.
Vera was highly accommodating in terms of finding time to speak to us in her evenings and the advice by email was detailed and easy to follow. Vera was also flexible with her program to take into account some personal preferences we had when discussing the plan.
We used to dread bedtime because it was a huge ordeal and took up so much time. We also never knew how long it will take her to fall asleep. Now bedtime takes 30 minutes, and it’s really fun and bonding. Plus our daughter on average gets an extra hour of sleep at night which makes her happier during the day.
Thank you again for everything!