One of the most common questions I get asked as a new mom is “How is she sleeping?” Once Aspen reached 4 1/2 months she had started waking up multiple times throughout the night and could only be soothed by nursing. I was filming RHOC at the time and was exhausted so I checked with my pede who said she was taking in enough nutrition throughout the day to sleep through the night so I knew it was time: sleep training time!
I found Erika Lamour from The Sleep Dept by way of Instagram and we teamed up right away. I used a method where I’d set my timer on my phone for 10 minutes once Aspen began crying, now let me be clear here: fussing is not crying! She had to be in a full-blown cry for the timer to begin. It. Was. Hell. But I persisted. After only three nights of this setting the timer business she was sleeping 11-12 hours at night! (If she cried past the timer I’d go into her room and pick her up and soothe her then put her back in her crib before she was asleep.)
I hope that any sleep-deprived parents have my same results, the short torture of her tears were worth the sleep we both got. Plus Aspen learned a new skill: self-soothing (maybe this is a real thing and maybe it’s something we tell ourselves to make ourselves feel better, I don’t know. But I do know Aspen won’t remember this and I certainly will remember the horrible days of sleep deprivation!)
Erika and I have teamed up to offer three customized sleep programs for you and your little one. This includes 24 hour support for as long as you need it and can be used from wherever you are in the world! Just like their insta page @TheSleepDept and tag a friend who needs them in the comments below. And make sure to let me know how it worked for you!