KAREN BUCHANAN
BABY AND TODDLER SLEEP CONSULTANT

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The Gentle Sleep Coach Programme is the first and most extensive professional sleep coaching certification programme available. The programme involves over 80 hours of training, an exam and participation in case supervision with Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a. “the Sleep Lady”) who has been helping tired parents for over 17 years. Clinical supervision and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach. Some of my training topics included:


  • Basic counselling and child development
  • Sleep science and behavioural modification techniques
  • Secure attachment theory
  • Support for the breastfeeding mother


The training also consisted of lectures from top specialists, including:

  • Postpartum Depression from Dr Shoshana Bennett, author and leading specialist on Postpartum Depression
  • Medical Conditions and Sleep Apnea in Children led by Dr Lewis Kass, Director of Children’s Sleep Center
  • Sensory Processing Disorders and Sleep by Jodi Jennings, OTLR


The GSC Programme also includes an exclusive advanced training series directly centered around how to gently work with babies 4 and 5 months of age. This programme which I have also completed consists of over 40 hours of instruction and mentorship.


Some of the curriculum training topics include:


  • In depth knowledge of the delicate nature of infants under 6 months of age and how to consider all elements of their well-being.
  • Current evidence based guidelines and instruction on how to evaluate the 4-6 month old child and family and determine if the child is ready for sleep coaching.
  • Gentle sleep solutions and strategies that are effective and developmentally appropriate for the younger baby.


This specialty training is designed to give coaches the knowledge, education and all the tools and resources they need to successfully work with families of babies 4-6 months of age in a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate manner.


Teach your baby to sleep longer stretches at night

Discover your child’s ability to self comfort

Plan night-time sleep and feeds

Tackle early rising and elusive daytime naps

Build your child’s trust and confidence

Shape bedtime into a calm, bonding experience

Manage siblings and multiples (twins, triplets) at the same time

Reduce the hours spent walking, rocking or nursing your baby to sleep

Transform co-sleeping concerns

SLEEP!



As a certified Gentle Sleep® consultant I will help you understand the factors which influence your child’s sleep and plan the best way forward.


Together we will help your child to learn essential skills necessary for good quality sleep, ensuring their healthy growth and development.


Careful consideration will be given to the individual needs of your child when we create their unique, step-by-step Sleep Plan and I will support and guide you through the process from beginning to end – for both night sleeps and daytime naps.


If you have had any challenges with your child’s sleep and you are ready to help them to make a change, please Contact  me.


Whatever your concern, I look forward to hearing from you!


Exhausted, tense, frustrated and out of ideas?


I help to solve the sleep concerns of families with babies and young children aged 4 months to 6 years


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