I’m Lucy Barker and I’m a certified baby sleep specialist, infant & child sleep consultant and mum to two small children.
I’m passionate about sleep. It’s key to our development and our sanity. Sleep deprivation isn’t a joke, I know because I’ve been there (a sleep consultant changed our lives when she helped me to get my two children sleeping after months of nightly tag-teaming) and I know how isolating and debilitating it is trying to survive on a few hours of sleep when work is looming.
But I also now know how incredible it feels to come out the other side. I trained with The Sleep Nanny, Lucy Shrimpton, one of the UK’s leading infant and child sleep experts, and I work with families from all over the world, successfully turning exhausted, seemingly snooze-resistant little ones into champion sleepers.
Teaching your child to sleep can be tough, but I bring my extensive experience as a consultant and my empathy and understanding as a formerly sleep-deprived mum to every single family I work with so that you never feel like you’re going through it alone.
I work with children from 18 weeks, but I have to confess that I particularly enjoy the challenge of a cheeky toddler. I see a lot of sleep issues crop up when a child turns one and while these children can be quite noisy in the process, once they’re sleeping well, you’ve got a child who’ll sleep well forever!
Sleep is a learned skill and lots of children need to be taught how to self-settle at bedtime and during those natural night-wakings we all encounter.
The methods I use are proven, and every sleep plan I develop is tailored to the family I’m working with – no two children are the same, so there really is no single approach that’s going to work for everyone.
I love seeing sleep-deprived parents start to smile again, but the change in their children is the most inspiring – when I sleep trained my toddler (which is how I came to this incredible profession in the first place) the reduction in tantrums was life changing for us all!