“I can’t recommend Tracy enough. I came across the Evolutionary Parenting site on Facebook and contacted Tracy for some help with our 11 month old son. Prior to dealing with Tracy we had dealt with a sleep consultant who came to our house, didn’t ask to meet our son or request details of his sleeping pattern or personality, and safe to say her advice didn’t work and we were left very upset that we even considered attempting to follow her advice of using the controlled crying method. It seemed to be a one fit size fit all approach whereas in comparison Tracy was a breath of fresh air. She encouraged a gentle approach which was very much focused on what worked best for our entire family. Prior to our call she asked for detailed information on our son going all the way back to his birth re his sleeping habits and environment, his daily routine, even his diet. During the call (which was easy to do via Google Hangout) it was obvious that Tracy had spent time preparing in advance using the information we had sent through. She tailored the call specifically to the problems we were having and basically tore up the rule book and gave us the confidence to do things in line with what our instincts were telling us rather than what society was pressuring us to do.
Tracy made it clear there wouldn’t necessarily be a quick fix but gradually over time we have seen our son go from waking up more than 5 times in the night (and often being awake for up to 2 hours at a time) and waking up crying and unhappy to him sleeping for much longer periods and sometimes even right the way through until 5am! Most importantly he now wakes up rested and happy and the bedtime routine is calm and no longer a battle. The bond we have with our son is stronger than ever as we’re listening to what he is telling us and better able to interpret his behaviour.
What impressed me most was that Tracy was able to foresee things we hadn’t even thought about based on the behaviours our son was displaying which meant we were able to plan ahead to my transition back to work and take immediate action when we saw that nursery wasn’t a good fit for our son. I’m not sure I would have had confidence to stand up and change the plan had Tracy not prepared me. It’s so easy to be swept along with ‘oh it’s fine, he’ll settle eventually, all babies go through this….’. But Tracy taught me the importance of listening to your maternal instincts which can be hard to do for a new mum lacking in confidence that she’s doing everything right when there is so much conflicting information all too readily available.
The follow up with Tracy via email has been wonderful. The immediate write-up is very detailed and then there is ongoing correspondence for two weeks which means you can go back with questions and tweak the approach as required. I seriously can’t recommend Tracy enough. She was exactly what we needed at a very difficult time for our family after months of sleep deprivation and an over tired little boy!!”
L.F. from the UK