My son is 22 months old and had never reliably slept through the night. We have a daughter of 5 and if we weren't in my son's bedroom within 30 seconds of him waking in the night, he would wake her up and we would have tears throughout the house - the worry of that coupled with me hating the sound of him crying and constantly questioning whether it was teething, hunger, too hot, too cold, a full moon (!!)......meant that we were up every. single. night.
I had hit the wall, I was upset, frustrated and it sounds dramatic but was taking over my life, it was all I thought about and all I talked about to anyone who would listen!
I found Dawn via Facebook and we spoke on the phone. Running through everything from our routine to what he eats during the day gave me the confidence I needed to be assured that my little boy just had a bad habit, it was as simple as that and it would be better for BOTH of us if we broke it.
We sent my Daughter to my Mum's for a few nights and followed the plan that Dawn sent and, although night one was tough, night two he only woke for 20 minutes, night three he slept through until 5.30am and from night four he has slept until gone 6, some mornings now it's more like 7. It has been over two weeks now and I already feel like a different person.
For anyone out there who is struggling PLEASE speak to Dawn and do something about it. It's so easy to 'just keep going' because in a lot of ways that's the easier thing to do but taking control of it really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and it was so worth it.
-Louisa & Harrison-
CALLING ALL MUMS THAT HAVE A CHILD THAT DOES NOT SLEEP!
I'm not usually one to write reviews but thanks to a certain lady my life has changed drastically within a week so I wanted to share. My daughter turns 1 in a couple of days and we have struggled with her sleeping since she was born. When I say she was awful at night, I mean awful. The Saturday before last she woke up 28 times throughout the night. My daughter is my 3rd child (my boys are 3 and 4), and I didn't suffer these same challenges with them. The GP has tried reflux meds, hypoallergenic milks, a referral to the paediatricians, none of which helped. We tried various alternative methods to which again we had no luck. In the end we contacted Dawn Daws a Sleep Consultant based in Essex, hoping that she could help. So we started Dawn's program last Monday, and within 1 week my daughter has gone from waking every 20 minutes throughout the night to last night only waking once for 5 minutes!!! If you'd told me a week ago that we would be where we are now I would have said it near was impossible. So if any of you lovely Mummies are sleep deprived like I have been for the past year, I can highly recommend Dawn and her services. She's helped myself and my family more than I thought possible!
-Charlotte & Sofia-
Dawn has been amazing. She has supported us fully in sleep training our 20 month old who wanted multiple bottles at night, didn’t want me to leave the room and would continuously wake up upset. In only a week my son now waves me good night smiling, without a nighttime bottle, mainly sleeps through and wakes up in the morning saying “good morning” and smiling at me. When he does wake at night it takes less then 5 minutes to get him settled again and no tears when I leave. Dawn has answered all my questions quickly and offered emotional support throughout. Thank you so much!
I am so grateful to Dawn for giving me the skills to help my daughter to sleep so much better.
My daughter is two and I was still having to feed her to sleep when she woke in the night and she woke countless times! My previous attempts to stop breastfeeding had been disastrous so I was clueless as to what to do! Dawn devised a gentle 10 night plan and on night four my daughter slept through the night for the first time! One month in and she now regularly sleeps through the night.
Dawn's help has been amazing and has really transformed things for us. We are so very appreciative!
-Megan & Charlotte-
I contacted Dawn back in April this year after our we were struggling with our 17 month old’s sleep. She was waking up multiple times a night and had done since birth. We were exhausted and this was impacting everything! I even had to sign off work. We contacted Dawn and she devised a simple to understand plan which we followed consistently. It worked so well. She has been sleeping through till 5.00-6.00am and goes down at 7.00pm. Very rare she wakes in night now. It was a miracle and has changed our lives! Thank you for all your help Dawn! X
-Gilly & Nina-
For a whole year my little one woke every 2/3 hours, sometimes more and we never had an evening. I was sad and was accepting that this was my life now. I noticed a leaflet about No Tears Sleep and did my research. When I contacted Dawn, she was sympathetic and was quickly able to understand why she wasn’t sleeping well. I followed the plan 100%, and by night 4 she was sleeping 11/12 hours, I can now put her in the cot and walk out and she happily falls asleep on her own. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, Dawn answered any questions I asked and was always there if I needed her. I am truly grateful, it’s the best thing ever being able to sleep!!
-P & E-
WOW!!!! I'm so happy I contacted Dawn! My little one has not slept through since she was born 19 months ago, our nights where consisting of being up and down all night until she ended up in our bed, which ended up with my hubby in the spare bed! I was at my wit's end, tired and at the point of breaking! Then I came across No Tears Sleep and this has changed our life ��! I had a 10 day plan and by day 3 she was settling herself and by night 7 she was sleeping through. Happy parents and happier child. Dawn's plan was amazing and Dawn was very helpful and knowledgeable.
Thank you Dawn.
-Kellie & Erin-
I contacted Dawn after being recommended by two other friends. I kept putting it off thinking ‘tonight might be better’ but then another night came and went and things were no better. I was tired and emotional and something had to change. My daughter used to be an amazing sleeper but following a short stay in hospital, she got used to me being next to her in the room and so our sleep problems started. Dawn guided me through the gradual retreat sleep training and after a lot of hard work and perseverance it worked!!! We were slowly starting to see progress and even after I was ‘stuck’ in the doorway of her room for a couple of weeks, we finally cracked the last piece of the puzzle and one night, she went to sleep without me being in sight. Amazing!!! She has now been sleeping consistently through the night again for the past couple of weeks so I consider her ‘fixed’. But that certainly wasn’t without Dawn’s help. One phone call and LOTS of emails later!! Thank you Dawn!!! Having a good nights sleep again feels so amazing! So to anyone debating whether to speak to Dawn or not, DO IT!!!
-Victoria & Olivia-
Absolutely the best thing I ever did! No regrets! I was getting to the point where I was tired and cranky and having to spend the time I should be sleeping on researching how to get my baby to sleep longer at night or during the day, so not getting any rest, making me even more cranky. The sleep deprivation really started to get to me and with the night time wakings increasing in frequency instead of decreasing as she got older I had to do something, along came Dawn!
Super lovely, laid back chat, listened to what I had to say and then after a questionnaire gave me a plan. Knowing that she would be there if I needed her advice was one of the greatest things that helped me get through the 10 day training. I wasn’t expecting baby to sleep through the night and would’ve been happy with 2-3 wakings by day 10; She slept through the night on day 3!
-Ayse & Sue-
Wish I’d sought help sooner! My 3yr old was waking me up every hour and a half for a little drink in his baby bottle, even if he was sleeping in bed with me. The bottle was his comfort blanket. I was exhausted. I sort of knew what I had to do but contacting No Tears Sleep gave me the confidence to sort it out for good, motivated and mentally prepared for a couple of bad nights I noticed he was improving by 3am the first night!
Dawn gave great advise, and an easy to follow sleep plan. Can’t thank her enough!
-Laura & Ethan-
For the first time in her life my nearly two year old goes straight down at bedtime instead of it taking up to an hour! Where she would end up in our bed every night, she now sleeps in her cot. Previously she would wake multiple times but recently has slept though more often than not! If she wakes she is easy to settle.
Simple to follow day by day plan. If you think you may need help then don’t hesitate, go for it... I wish I had sooner!
-Jacci & Nina-
The service given when asked for was fantastic, Dawn sent through the information needed so fast, and followed up to make sure we were ok!
It took 1-2 days for this to work and we haven’t looked back!
My own bed felt gigantic after co sleeping for a year!! Thankyou Dawn
-Debbi & Oaklie -
Where to start !!
My 3 year old has now slept for the first time in 2 years for a solid 12 hours, she had a terrible sleep association with her bottle and I dreaded the thought of taking it away, she was waking me up to 4 times a night just to have a sip of a bottle that I knew she didn’t need. At my wits end I contacted Dawn and the rest is history, only 7 days in she slept though ! Highly recommend Dawn money well spent x
-Lauren & Luella
What can I say about this lady....she's a life saver!
So my 17 month old little girl got into a very bad routine of waking up 2/3 times in the night again for milk after she had been very poorly in hospital. As she hadn't been eating i was just giving her milk whenever she wanted it just to have something in her belly but this ended up causing huge problems when she got better. I just assumed she would get over it but after 3 months it was still happening and considering from being 10 weeks old she's slept 12+ hours this was now killing me off. I got in touch with Dawn and after just 3 nights we had gone from bed at 8pm and waking 2/3 times to bed at 7.30 no wake ups till 5/6.. even though this was amazing after such a small amount of time we continued with the program and now she is flat out by 7.30 for a full 12 hours. If she does wake in the night she just puts her dummy in cuddles her teddy and goes back off rather than shouting for me or needing a bottle. This lady is amazing and definitely highly recommended, I'm so grateful.
-Emma & Nyah-
“I am so happy that I actually get sleep now! My son was waking every 1-2 hours through the night and would only settle on the boob! he’d fight day time naps and they’d sometimes only last 30 mins, he now sleeps all night and settles himself for naps and bed time at the grand old age of 9 months! Dawn, you are my new favourite person! Thank you so much for your help”
-Harriet & Reggie-
Our baby had never been a great sleeper, tending to wake during the night every 3 hours for a feed. When she was younger we didn't have a problem with this but once she reached 18 months, and the 3 hour intervals had started to decrease even further we knew something had to change! In desperation we approached Dawn, and safe to say it was the best £50 we have ever spent! Within a few days our baby was sleeping through the night, something she had NEVER done! And with minimal drama too. Unbelievable
-Verity & Hazel-
We were having terrible trouble with our little boy (2yrs 3 months) refusing to go to bed for hours and waking up several times during the night for long periods. We contacted Dawn as we were getting desperate. We were all exhausted. Dawn’s method involved no tears and was a gradual process over 10 days, although we started to notice a difference almost immediately. After just 10 days his sleep had improved beyond belief. He now goes to sleep by himself very quickly and wakes much less frequently at night, and when he does it is only for a short period of time. We can’t recommend Dawn enough.
-Becca & Blake-
I was absolutely at my wits end with how terrible my little boy was sleeping. Having him in our bed in the night out of tiredness, the cuddling to sleep constantly, it wore me down. Thank goodness I came to Dawn. She gave us a very detailed personalised plan for my son, my partner was sceptical at first. After the first few hard nights we started to see results, and now after completing the plan, all I can say is I wish I found Dawn sooner, she has been at the other end of the phone the whole time and reassured me so much. Thank you for giving me my sanity back, it has literally changed our moods completely.
-Sophie & Noah-
I cannot thank dawn enough for all her help our now 12 month little boy was really unsettled on a night. He was waking up up to 6 times a night for a bottle and would refuse to sleep until myself and his dad rocked him in our arms. We cracked it by day 9 with so much support from dawn and although shortly after Cobi got chicken pox and suffered really badly with them dawn also supported us and advised us in every possible way. We now have a happy baby sleeping up to 12 hours a night and a very happy and refreshed mummy and daddy I would recommended dawn to anyone struggling with naps/bedtimes!
-Asia & Cobi-
My son at 16 months old had never slept more than 4 hours, let alone all through the night. Exhausted, trying to balance the argument ‘he’ll sleep through when he’s ready’ with having to get up and go to work on a night’s sleep that included at minimum 4 interruptions and feeding for between 5 mins and an hour at each waking up, I decided that it was not good for me or my son to continue this way.
A friend recommended Dawn to me after her experience was so positive. I could not be more delighted with the help that Dawn has provided. She was super quick at responding to my initial request, we had a conversation about where we were with everything to do with his development, not just sleep. She very quickly put together a detailed plan and encouraged me to follow through with it. I have found the combination of a stress free option and the constant support that Dawn has given absolutely invaluable. The results are astounding, in less than a week my son was sleeping thorough. I would not have believed you if you had told me it would happen so quickly. My son is better rested and I feel confident that he and I are happier for it. If you’re reading this thinking it’s too good to be true, I assure you it is not!
It doesn’t feel like enough, but thank you Dawn, I’m so glad we got in touch, you have changed our lives!
-Natalie & Thomas-
Our daughter was a great sleeper up until the age of 12 months, when all of a sudden, without any logical explanation, she began to wake 2 to 3 times during the night. Bedtimes became a nightmare too. Whilst a very active baby during the day, she suddenly refused to go to bed regardless of how visibly tired she was. She would scream at the bottom of the stairs as we took her up for bath time and would resist being put in her cot for anything up to 2 hours. My husband and I dreaded bedtime which would normally resort in one of us spending 2 hours endlessly rocking her to sleep. Most of the time she would scream in our arms before passing out from sheer exhaustion. Having battled with this bedtime routine, we were then faced with nightly awakenings, where she would often refuse to settle for hours. Our daughter would wake screaming and would refuse to settle until one of us picked her up and cuddled her to sleep either in our nursing chair or in our bed. This never ending cycle continued for 4 months. Needless to say, we were exhausted and absolutely dreaded bedtime and the night!
A friend of mine recommended Dawn and I am so glad that I plucked up the courage to call her. I was certain that our daughter's sleep patterns could not be broken but with plenty of encouragement from Dawn and a very simple and easy to follow sleep plan, after just 10 days, our daughter was able to settle herself to sleep without any aid from my husband and I and now (touch wood) continues to sleep peacefully throughout the night. Dawn, you are such a godsend. Your 24/7 on hand advice and support helped me get through a very tough part of motherhood and I cannot thank you enough for your patience. I am not the most confident of mothers and I did not think I could do it, but your encouragement and practical advice got me through and I now have a very happy husband and baby. Thank you for making bedtimes fun again!
-Sarah & Rosa-
My 18th month old baby had very few times slept through the night and suddenly he also decided not to nap during the day. That was making me crazy and that's wh...y I ask for help to Dawn.
After four days of applying her advice, my son started to nap for 1:30min during the day and sleeping through the night. It wasn't easy but certainly all her advice works. I highly recommend her.
-Magda & Jack-
Dawn has helped us so much, my little boy went from feeding 5x a night and not eating much to not feeding in the night and eating so much more in the day, any bumps on the road to success, dawn has been there offering support when needed. She is amazing! Highly recommended.
-Mandy & Hugo-
Our son is two years old and had never slept well. We had literally tried everything and got into the habit of breastfeeding to sleep which when he was young didn't seem a problem but it did become one as he got older. We were often up 20 times a night and knew we couldn't carry on.
I first spoke to Dawn a few months before we started our plan. I always doubted myself that I couldn't stick to it and also I didn't want him to get upset and would just carry on feeding him but our nights were getting worse and worse and we knew we had to do something.
Dawn devised a plan very quickly which she made sure was clear and we were happy with and she really encouraged us from the beginning. She was always available to offer support and encouragement and we were thrilled when he slept through the night on night nine.
We have had bouts of illness and disruption since but Dawn has always offered tips and continued support which we are very grateful for. I know that we would not have been able to do this without her and would recommend her to anyone.
-Alison & Harry-
Dawn has been brilliant in helping us get our little boy into a sleep routine. He had reflux and he barely slept for 6 months, he was slow on his development because he wasn't getting enough sleep and we were sleep deprived zombies. Once his reflux had got better we had to start from the beginning and Dawn helped us. He is now a year old and sleeping from 7pm-7am only waking if teething. His development has leaped forward as he is now getting enough sleep to learn new things. Dawn was on call for us at any hour, I really don't know what we'd have done without her. It's true that sleep deprivation is a form of torture! Thank you so much for everything.
-Amy & Sam-
Our daughter was once quite a good sleeper as long as she fell asleep feeding but after I broke my foot and our "routine" went out of the window, it was taking hours to get her to sleep, she was waking up to 5 times a night and sleeping mostly in our bed just so we could all get some rest.
I approached Dawn after reading some other reviews and am very glad that I did. Although the plan and advice was mostly what we had read about when googling, I had never had the consistency or faith that it would work before.
Dawn gave us the support and structure we needed to stay strong and follow the full 10 days. It was so much easier at night than we both anticipated it to be and by about day 6 we had no night time wakes at all and barely any fuss when putting her to bed! Despite teething and a cold at the moment, she is still sleeping in her cot each night and rarely needs any comforting from us! We are very grateful to have our bed back and decent nights' sleep!
-Lucy & Ava-
I wanted to write a review for Dawn but only allowed 50 characters and needed more!
Our daughter was 14 months old when I first contacted Dawn. She was rocked to sleep with a bottle, which when finished was swapped for her dummy, then cuddled for a bit before being put to bed sound asleep....she then woke around 15 times a night and we were surviving on very limited sleep. I saw someone else's review of No Tears Sleep which led me to contact Dawn. I was on the edge but Dawn with one phone call understood exactly where I was and was positive she could help us. We completed a questionnaire and eagerly awaited our sleep guide. We were brave as we were ditching the dummy at the same time. The first couple of nights were tough but by night 4 she had the idea and actually slept through the night!!! Then she got poorly and it all went out the window. I then contacted Dawn after christmas for more guidance and she was straight there no questions asked. We started the sleep training again and it wasn't long before we were all getting a good night's sleep. Baby has been poorly again this week but we've stuck to the routine and she's not done badly at all, back to sleeping through last night. Now takes about 3 mins to drop off to sleep on her own and sleeps through most nights. We couldn't have done it without Dawn's help, support and guidance. Thank you so much xxx
-Bev & Reya-
My daughter was almost 10 months old when I first approached Dawn for help. I had literally tried everything you could think of to get my daughter to sleep through the night but nothing seemed to work. I was exhausted, emotional and feeling depressed as my daughter would have me up between 10 and 20 times a night and wouldn't nap during the day. I was at breaking point and I needed help fast.
Dawn devised a plan of action for me to follow and just by talking to someone who seemed to know what they were talking about and promising me I will soon be getting my sleep I instantly felt relieved.
I am not going to lie it was very hard work and my daughter was VERY defiant and some nights of being up with her for 4/5 hours I was ready to throw in the towel but Dawn was always on hand to keep me focused and to remind me why I am doing this and to persevere.
2.5 weeks later my daughter who has only ever slept through the night on a few occasions in 10 months was not only sleeping through the night every night, but now she goes straight down for naps and bedtime with no fuss at all. I would spend hours rocking / singing to her to get her to sleep and now I put her down to bed, give her a kiss goodnight walk out the room, close the door and she goes straight to sleep.
I never thought this would be possible once upon a time and I feel a much happier and more in control person just by having my nights back to sleep and by getting bits done whilst she is napping during the day. I would recommend Dawn to anyone who will listen as without her I could have been tackling this sleep issue for months / years to come.
-Toni & Robyn-
Dawn helped us just before Christmas in the hope that our daughter would sleep through in time for me returning to work. The change was amazing. She started sleeping through the night within days and still is a month later. Dawn was so helpful and quick to respond. We felt very well supported. Thank you Dawn!
-Nicola & Imogen-
Dawn is an absolute miracle worker and I would recommend her to everyone! My 14 month daughter had turned into a really bad sleeper after a period of being unwell. I was lucky enough to find Dawn who was great from the very beginning. Within a few of hours of our consultation I received a personalised 10 night sleep plan and it worked straight away. My little girl is now the most amazing sleeper and I have Dawn to thank for that. I would give Dawn 11/10!!! Thank you so much Dawn. You have been amazing xx
-Emma & Millie-
Our son Finley was 21 months old and had never really slept through the night. He would wake and end up in our bed most nights. Finley was always good at putting himself to sleep, but one day that changed, he would scream to be cuddled and not wanting to wake his older sister who attends school, we would give in and cuddle him until he was fast asleep. My husband and I had no evening together and no room in our bed ! A friend persuaded me to call Dawn, I am so glad I did.
After speaking to Dawn on the phone, I started our personalised plan a couple of days later. It was straight forward and easy to follow and Dawn assured me that as long as we stuck to the plan we would have success. Night one wasn’t half as bad as I imagined and within days Finley was sleeping 12 hours straight.
Dawn’s support was excellent, always at the end of the phone to talk things through and very quick email responses if we were unsure about anything.
Finley is sleeping brilliantly despite illness and teething. Thank you Dawn !
- Jo & Finley -
Our 11 month old daughter was a nightmare during the night and would wake up to six times a night to be breast fed. I was at my wits end as was getting barely any sleep so I decided to try sleep training, I wasn't sure, but thought it was worth a try.
Dawn was brilliant and extremely confident that she could help. Her advice and passion right from the start was a breath of fresh air as we thought that this was how our lives was going to be, with no hope of change in sight.
The programme was extremely simple to follow and had results with our daughter by the second night which to me was a miracle!! Dawn’s support was there for us every step of the way, which we needed regularly to ask questions and just to know we were going along the right path.
By the end of the programme I had a child that could go to sleep on her own, and that slept right through for 12 hours which I thought would never happen! As a family we are much happier as we have all had a good nights rest which we hadn’t done for 11 months!
I highly recommend Dawn at No Tears Sleep to anyone who has problems with their children sleeping. Was worth every penny and just wished I had known about her sooner.
Many thanks Dawn for all your wonderful help, and will continue to recommend you to anyone who is having problems with their child sleeping.
- Sarah & Jessica -
Dawn has been a tremendous help!! She is friendly, supportive and guided us through getting our son to self settle with gentle steps- even when he wasn't playing ball! Dawn's help really saved us, we have gone from 3-4 hours sleep a night, to a baby that now sleeps 7-7 and mummy and daddy are thrilled!! Thank-you Dawn, for ALL your help!
- Melanie & Gethin