“In our sleep haze we muddled through the first few weeks although as the weeks progressed Ava’s day time sleeping was getting less and less and we were finding it harder to settle her with all of us becoming more upset and frustrated as each day went by.From our very first conversation, I found Jennifer to be very calming, supportive, encouraging and down to earth. On meeting Ava, Jennifer assessed our situation and understood exactly where we were at. She explained how, with a few days of work, we could help Ava self settle and actually enjoy sleeping both day and night. She was right! Not only did Jennifer help us have a much happier, relaxed, contented baby who loves her cot but we have also become blissfully happy parents who feel they have the confidence and skills to relax, take one day at a time and enjoy our little girl.Jennifer is an absolute star and we would recommend her to anyone. The level of support she has provided us, both following our initial meeting and in the months that have followed, has been fantastic and realistic. We are excited to be part of the Jennifer’s classes as we continue our journey with Ava.”
“Jennifer was really marvellous. She came over and helped both Adam and I understand what Isabella needed. Not only did she give us skills and techniques, she explained to my family as well! We got results right away because Isabella was 2 weeks old when we started with Jennifer’s techniques. It gave me the confidence to eliminate all of the possible reason she cried and to know what it was that she wanted next. While life sees things change, Isabella has a great start and happier parents now that she sleeps and so can we! Thanks so much Jennifer, you certainly made a massive difference for us!”
“At six months of age, my perfect newborn baby, Jack, became a bit more difficult – he was becoming increasingly animated and needy, noisier, and he would only go to sleep when rocked in my arms. I was also ready to go back to part time work, and wanted to be able to guide a baby sitter with a routine that worked for Jack and me. So I called Jennifer for a consultation. After very strictly implementing all of Jennifer’s techniques for one week, Jack became much more calm and contented, and I regained the upper hand in our relationship. Jennifer gave me the confidence to put myself back in charge of my baby – I now dictate eating, sleeping and play time, and I know that Jack is getting all the food, sleep and play that he needs.”
“My girlfriend recommended I read Maternal Matters for my second baby. I read through it and loved how easy the step-by-step advice was to understand and put into practice, especially when you are sleep deprived and have a toddler.
I followed the demand feeding advice for the first six weeks and found that my baby started to get into a four hourly feeding routine by week six. I also followed the 10pm feed advice, by 11 weeks she started to drop the 3am feed and slept until 5am, I was amazed how it worked, as my first baby took until eight months to drop the 3am feed.
The windows of time for how long they should be up for was very helpful as well, as I have never found it easy to read the “tired signs” I pretty much just stuck to the time frames and it seemed to work out right. I really liked having Jennifer’s manual to help me when my baby was unsettled, rather than having to think through what to do. I followed her steps and found they worked, which gave me the reassurance that I was doing the right thing
My baby is now 4 months old. She is a great feeder and sleeper and a happy baby. My second time at motherhood has been such a great (even though still tiring) experience. I owe it to Jennifer’s book that got me through the early weeks and gave me the confidence to be a good mum. I highly recommend this book to all mums and dads.”
“A friend of mine recommended Jennifer to me after trying to settle my beautiful baby girl in her day sleeps. Sienna was an erratic day sleeper with typical catnapping traits and by the end of the day she was so exhausted, resulting in hours of heart wrenching screaming. Jennifer visited Sienna and I at home to observe a complete feed-sleep cycle and ever since then Sienna and I have never looked back! Jennifer showed me how to wrap Sienna and place her in her cot before she was asleep to allow Sienna to self settle. I couldn’t believe something would work so quickly as so many other techniques I tried had failed. She is now able to settle much quicker and with less tears. Sienna also now sleeps through to 6-7 am. I can’t thank Jennifer enough for their effective and common sense techniques which I can now utilise with ease. Jennifer has given me the confidence I need to care for my baby by providing a day and night routine that is realistic and achievable. Jennifer has really has changed my life with baby Sienna!”
“Celia used to take short cat-naps throughout the day and would wake at 4am for a breast feed. By 8 months, she was so tired that she didn’t want to eat. I was feeling pretty exhausted too! Jennifer helped me establish a routine of 2 regular day sleeps and a long night time sleep. I really appreciated her patience with all my questions and her encouragement and support when Celia did not seem to like the new routine! Celia now sleeps for 2-3 hours in the day and for 11-12 hours at night and enjoys mealtimes. She is much happier and even chats to herself in her cot when she wakes up. Jennifer has helped me feel much more confident about helping Celia to sleep. It’s made such a difference to our family. I’d strongly recommend Jennifer to anyone looking to establish a sleeping routine”
“I approached Jen when I was at my wits end. Cameron (Cam) had been very unsettled since his birth. All of my experienced friends had told me that this is how newborns were and that things would start to settle down once he reached 3 months. I clung to this and when the 3 month milestone came and went and Cam was still very unsettled, I was disheartened, exhausted, frustrated, and at a loss. At 3.5 months, I was still feeding Cam every two or so hours. He would barely sleep during the day, with one feed – play – sleep cycle merging into the next , with much hysterical crying. Whilst the days were bad, the nights were even worse – I dreaded them. The settling process was always lengthy, difficult and anxiety ridden. It took hours and hours to rock Cam to sleep. If I did manage to get him down to sleep, I would then be up every 2-3 hours feeding. I felt Cam wasn’t the happy and contented baby that he should have been.
Jen arrived on my doorstep when Cam was 3.5 months old. Her first observation, even before she walked through the door, was that Cam was completely “overstimulated and overtired”. Jen stayed and observed a complete sleep – play – feed cycle. She taught us what was “normal” behaviour for a baby of his age and what we should (and could) expect with her techniques. She changed his sleeping environment and routine, introduced us to the “windows of time” concept and we focused on the settling and resettling techniques. She highlighted the importance of sleep, routines and consistency.
From day one Cam has been a different baby. From that very afternoon, Cam consistently has three really good (1.5-2.5 hour) sleeps during the day, every day. With the nights, it took us about a week of persistence with Jen’s techniques to get Cam to sleep through (I strongly suspect that it took us this long, rather than immediately, because we weren’t as consistent as we should have been). However, now he is put to bed by 7pm and after a 10pm dream feed, sleeps until about 6.30am. Cam is also playing and feeding much better. In every way, he is so much happier. No longer do I have to rock him to sleep. As soon as I start the wrapping process, he gives me a big smile. I give him a kiss and place him in his cot, fully awake. Cam then settles himself and takes himself off to sleep (either immediately, or after a couple minutes of talking to himself). He now, always wakes up happy!
Jen is approachable, friendly and caring. Her techniques are sensible, realistic and no-nonsense (and they work!). Her support, guidance and reassurance during the face-to-face consultation and follow up emails and telephone calls was fantastic.
I cannot thank Jen enough for her assistance and would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone who has an unsettled baby”.
“After 10 months of not sleeping at night, feeding 3-4 times a night and hearing Zac scream each time he went to bed for at least 2 hours, I decided to call for help. At first I was a bit hesitant as I was certain no one could help Zac sleep. A friend recommended I call Jennifer and I decided to make that call. Well, that call saved me. I was at breaking point, totally sleep deprived and also started to develop some form of depression.
I begged Jennifer to stay the night when I called her to book her in. She told me she would not need to if I followed her routine and guidance, which she would provide at the 3-hour home visit. I must admit I did not think I would get any results in 3 hours.
Jennifer arrived at my home, met Zac and instantly I knew I made the right choice to call her.
I spent 3 hours of very inspiring, comforting and valuable time with Jennifer and by that night, Zac was already sleeping through. I totally had a new child. Two months on and Zac is sleeping through the night,having good day sleeps, and has really grown and developed (it is amazing how much lack of sleep can impact the growth and development of our children).
I want to thank Jennifer with all of my heart for the help she gave me and I have to say, this was the best money I have ever spent!”
“The parenting book market has so many baby books out there. But what I find good and what sets your ideas apart from the others is that your manual has concrete ideas, but flexible at the same time. My experience is that most books are at opposing ends of a continuum – either too vague or they tell you that you have to do something at a specific time and no wavering from those times which is stressful!
I also love how your manual isn’t a big bible – When I have a moment of doubt/ uncertainty, I know exactly what section I need to go to, and after a few minutes of perusal I’m back on track with confidence. Having a baby has left me time poor, so having something concise is SUPER helpful! If babies were born with user manuals, yours would be close to it! I also found the manual worked well in conjunction with the hands-on help/input I rec’d from a sleep and settle cottage in Hornsby – the message re: settling/resettling was pretty much consistent. I’ve been lucky with the information I’ve had access to! I’m glad I came across your ideas through the Huggies website!
Thanks again, and I hope one day you’re successful in getting your ideas published so that it’s readily available for other mum’s out there.”
“Your manual, ‘Maternal Matters’ is exactly what my husband and I have been looking for. We have read so many parenting books, many of which refuse to suggest a routine or give practical advice. We’ve always wanted a consistent routine for Chloe but was never quite sure how to achieve it, however now we have your manual and some direction we feel much more confident and happier and as a result Chloe is happier too.”