My husband and I contacted Dorothy after going through a really tough stage with our baby (8 months old) who was on a good night waking 4 times and on a bad night waking 12 times. Dorothy came to our house and talked about everything with us and then sent us loads of information on everything from routine to food. She tweaked our routine and within a week of her visit our baby was going to bed awake and going to sleep by herself. We didn’t have to do the awful crying to sleepetc. It all just progressed so easily and now our little girl sleeps all night and she goes to bed for naps and evening bed time so easily even my husband can put her to bed now whereas before Dorothy i was having to feed her to sleep for each nap/bed time.
She has helped us so much and i honestly can’t recommend her more. Dorothy you are so easy to talk to and the help you gave us made life as a mum and dad so much easier! Thank you
Joanna Hughes – November 2015

Hello Dorothy Waide, I would like to say I love your book you can’t spoil a new born, it is great and I have been recommending it to every soon to be mum with ears. I am enjoying your posts on your Facebook page. Thank you so much for all your advice, other than the breastfeeding, I have no issues yet with my gorgeous wee girl, I do think it is largely to do with reading your book and all your advice and techniques. So Thank you again. Kind Regards
Danielle Bosch – November 2015

The most valuable gift Dorothy gave was that she taught us was to be confident parents. Our twins were born 8 weeks premature meaning my partner and I hadn’t even thought of antenatal classes or something similar before we were thrown into parenthood. Her approach to settling to sleep was one that I felt comfortable with and was a good balance of teaching our babies to fall asleep on their own but in a nurturing way. Whilst it might have felt tough at times, I continued with her advice and now have twins that not only sleep through each others noise, through the night for sometime now but are fantastic sleepers in general which in turn makes us more relaxed and happy parents. We are often complimented on our ‘laid back’ babies. She not only offers fantastic sleeping advice but in areas of ones routine that is realistic and offers practical tips that are easy to work towards. I appreciate the way she evaluates your situation as a whole as sleep, meals and daily routine all have a flow on affect from each other. Dorothy also has some very educated advice when it comes to nutrition for our babies if you need help with this. We appreciate her time as she is a kind, trustworthy and approachable person and we will continue to ask for her help as we work through this tiring but awesome journey as parents of multiples.
Alisha Colling – November 2015

Working with Dorothy gave me the confidence to do what I thought maybe I should do but just wasn’t certain that it would work or be worth it…..and she gave me the accountability to stick to the changes we made!
Dr Danielle Eaton – November 2015

My husband and I contacted Dorothy after going through a really tough stage with our baby (8 months old) who was on a good night waking 4 times and on a bad night waking 12 times. Dorothy came to our house and talked about everything with us and then sent us loads of information on everything from routine to food. She tweaked our routine and within a week of her visit our baby was going to bed awake and going to sleep by herself. We didn’t have to do the awful crying to sleep etc. It all just progressed so easily and now our little girl sleeps all night and she goes to bed for naps and evening bed time so easily even my husband can put her to bed now whereas before Dorothy i was having to feed her to sleep for each nap/bed time.
She has helped us so much and i honestly can’t recommend her more. Dorothy you are so easy to talk to and the help you gave us made life as a mum and dad so much easier! Thank you
Joanna Hughes – November 2015

We got in touch with Dorothy when we needed help with our 9 month olds sleep regression. Dorothy was amazing. Practical, caring and totally tailored her advice to fit our needs and values. She provided massive support and we had instant results which restored sleep in our house. Not to mention a whole lot of other help and advice I didn’t even know I needed. I will not hesitate to contact her again if we hit another hurdle we can’t jump on our own
Crystal Orr – November 2015

I emailed Dorothy after getting some confusing and poor advice from a sleep consultant agency, she replied straight away and offered to call me straight away. From that day on Dorothy has been an angel for me and my baby! My baby is a silent reflux baby which Dorothy took into account and really personalized any information I needed, she always made sure she we were doing ok and was never too busy for us despite being extremely busy! Because my baby was reflux it took her a wee while to learn how to sleep but persistence and consistency was the key with Dorothy’s ongoing support! I recently met up with a psychologist friend of mine I hadn’t seen for a while and she noted what a strong secure attachment my baby had meaning her coping skills to know that I will always come back if I leave her with someone else are strong and secure and I whole heartedly believe this is due to the nurturing approach that Dorothy emphasizes!! This approach will ensure strong secure relationships and good social skills in the future! Dorothy’s approach is more than about sleep it’s about creating a strong positive emotional backbone for life for baby’s!! I also highly recommend her book !! I wish I had read this before my baby was born it is absolute gold!! I can’t recommend Dorothy enough!!
Maia Jackman – October 2015

Happy to recommend Dorothy. My first child didn’t start sleeping through the night till 2 years and I was very keen for number two to have better sleeping habits from the start. Just having a few chats with Dorothy as bub was 2 months to 4 months was helpful for me, helped me to feel confident that I’ve been doing the right things, or tweaking what I had been doing. Thank you.
Diana Meek – October 2015

I recently met Dorothy at the Baby and Child Show in Dunedin. She is an amazing, knowledgeable, experienced and nurturing woman. I spent a short time with her and in that time felt reassured and hopeful. I highly recommend her book and also the video tutorials. The video tutorials provided me with essential information in a concise manner, meaning I could easily watch them on the laptop whilst tending to my newborn baby. I learn visually so the videos were perfect for me. Dorothy has provided me with the tools and knowledge to nurture and settle my very unsettled newborn. Thank you Dorothy…..I will never forget your kindness and generosity. Everyone new parent should own your book and video tutorials.
Amanda Lobb – October 2015

Honestly, Dorothy is a angel!
I was so deprived of sleep and I had tried everything under the sun to get my boy to sleep. Then I came across Dorothy. I seriously wish I had of heard about her before we had bub then I could have been prepared and got him in a routine sooner.
And the Dorothy Drops, AMAZING! need to get some more soon but life is looking up, I’m getting more seep baby’s getting more sleep, one happy family.
Aimee Squire – October 2015

We struggled for way too long with one of our twin girls waking 6-8 times a night. Dorothy guided us through changing routines, meals and just general stuff. Within six weeks we had twins that slept from 7-7. But Dorothy’s help didn’t stop there, she rang regularly while my husband was deployed with the military just to check that everything was alright. She was wonderful!!
Nikki Fox – October 2015

Dorothy was incredible! She really tailors her advice to your parenting style. Our baby girl only fell asleep in our arms, with a dummy, and us rocking her and would wake all night. Within a few weeks we had her sleeping through the night and having two 2-hr sleeps during the day. She’s 5 months now and loves her sleep now in her own cot. No CIO methods were used and it was a very gentle approach as I couldn’t stand listening to my baby cry. Can’t recommend enough.
Fiona Sylvestre – October 2015

Thank you Dorothy for all your help! Any parents considering asking for help shouldn’t even give it a second thought, just do it now. I was very worried about starting work as my son refused to take a bottle, that along with frequent night waking eventually got me to breaking point even with the most supportive husband being a hands on dad.
Dorothy helped my husband and I with tips and nurturing techniques were he now sleeps through most nights. She also gave us a lot of useful advise on his nutrition, getting him on a bottle and solids which took away a lot of stress about how he was going to cope at daycare.
With her guidance Adam is a happy settled boy even at daycare which made the thought of having to go back to work a lot less stressful.
Beverley Cardozo – September 2015

We called Dorothy when our little girl was 12 weeks old. She wouldn’t sleep during the day unless she was on me and, then only 45 mins. Although she slept better at night, it was taking a long time to get her to settle with her often screaming herself exhausted. We had people saying to just let her cry it out and that she was manipulating us.
Dorothy was such a revelation with her nurturing style. It took time to work, but we could tell within the first couple of days that progress was being made. Most importantly for me, I went from feeling inadequate and stressed to being confident that I knew what to do as a mum. We now have a daughter who settles and sleeps well and a very happy household.
I would thoroughly recommend Dorothy.
Amanda McCormick – September 2015

Dorothy was a god send for us as first time parents and sought her help with our baby when he was around 8 weeks old. We found Dorothy to be really responsive, not a clock watcher and gave us confidence and practical advice. Her no-nonsense, personal, and practical approach worked really well for us, and discussing our questions with her over email, Skype, in person or by phone was always fun and a bit of a laugh which, when you are doubting your abilities as a new mum was refreshing! We have already recommended Dorothy to other friends who I know have found her to be totally professional and super helpful. We won’t hesitate to reach out for her help again when we need it.
Sheridan Lang – September 2015

We were reluctant to go down the sleep consultant path because gentle parenting is a huge part of the way we parent. I became quite desperate though after being woken every hour or so for months. While working with Dorothy we were still able to hold onto gentle parenting and be there to nurture our 11 month old whenever she needed us.
Dorothy never seemed to be looking at the clock when talking with us and her advice fitted around our family and our values. She didn’t tell me to stop co-sleeping and didn’t position herself as the expert. After such a struggle with self settling it is so nice to now wake in the night to the sound of our girl gooing and gahing then falling back asleep. Dorothy is warm, passionate about her job and gave us advice that worked.
Briar Ashley – September 2015

As a Dad Dorothy has been great to help mum and me understand where our twin girls are at, Dorothy helped us with sleeping in the early days and has been a go to person over time. I’ll always ask my mum a question or 3 but Dorothy has been a person that my Wife will talk to for balanced advice. Thanks for all the help Dorothy ! Thanks
Brendon Ford – September 2015

Thank you so much for your time and your wisdom. You are a very special person and I won’t forget the fact that you took time to help me. Your book has been a blessing to my husband and I. We were at war with each other as to how we care for our baby but your book has brought us together. Thank you!!!
Peri St. John-Ives – August 2015

Thank you so much Dorothy, I contacted you in April when I realised that I was having to feed my little one to sleep and she wouldn’t go down any other way or for any other person, and I knew I couldn’t go back to work even part time with such broken sleep. You were so reassuring and inspired such confidence during our conversations, and that carried over into the long hours working towards having my wee girl fall asleep and stay asleep, for her dad and her grandmother, in her own bed, instead of just on me 🙂 We’re just beginning August now and after weeks of plugging away, suddenly our girl has been falling asleep in her cot consistently for just over a week, sleeping 4 hours stretches over night and settling with her dad, her grandmother and for her daycare ladies! We not be out of the woods yet but I think we’re seeing light Thanks so very much for your help, advice and moral support.
Serena Haines — August 2015

Hi Dorothy! I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for coming up to Whangarei yesterday for the OhBaby! Coffee Catchup. It was just the shot-in-the-arm, boost to morale I needed after my nearly 6 month old fell off the sleep wagon after getting sick a couple of weeks back! I was really disappointed I didn’t get a signed copy of your book, but I had to get to another engagement! I would definitely like to purchase one as through each of my babies early lives, your advice has been invaluable. Thank you so much!
Kate McGrath – July 2015

Dorothy, your expertise and advice is priceless! We really appreciate all your support with sleep and breastfeeding and have a gorgeous, happy, healthy wee man and happy Mum & Dad as a result. Thank you! We highly recommend your services to everyone.
Sarah McAllan — July 2015

This is a late review but better late then never. We had the pleasure of having numerous home consultations with Dorothy. She has so much knowledge and experience with babies. She is very professional yet builds a rapport and makes you feel at ease during a stressful time. She empowers and reassures you to be the best caretaker/mum/ dad and does not judge your values, culture or ethnicity. Working with Dorothy was a pleasure and she is part of our journey with having our first baby. The tools she gave us and the knowledge we gained are invaluable and we will keep forever. Dorothy was available to us via txt/ and email so we felt like we could ask her anything which was very convenient.
Azmina Bhamji Abba — July 2015

Thank you Dorothy Waide Baby Sleep Consultant – Baby Help for a wonderful coffee group catch up at Manukau this morning. I picked up lots of new tips, which I can not wait to implement…roll on this evening! You are such a wealth of knowledge!
Sonia Coupe – June 2015

My son Martin was around 10 weeks when I talked to Dorothy.
I was at my wits end as Martin was suffering from bad wind and Martin, crying non-stop and was unable to burp or fart. Infacol had been working since five weeks but seemed to have stopped. The only way to get him to sleep was to hold him upright which was exhausting day after day.
I was feeling like a failure as a mum, and had no idea what I was doing, and felt ashamed to find help. I had been to one of Dorothy’s coffee sessions and found her gentle “nurture” perspective great. She provided me with tools and a framework including, awake times, burping techniques, settling and resettling, looking at my diet, looking at treatments such as osteopathy and her Dorothy drops, which really empowered me to find my confidence in being a mum.
Her advice was practical and encouraging and I would highly recommend her services to anyone. Martin is a completely different baby now, being able to pass wind better, going to sleep by himself and began sleeping through the night at 12 weeks. I’m so thankful to her for encouraging and equipping me to be a better mum for martin without feeling pressured.
When I have any questions about Martin at all I will not hesitate to use Dorothy again.
Koreen Liew-Young — June 2015

A big thank you to Dorothy for giving me some easy steps to break the feeding to sleep cycle with our 11 month old. We had got into bad habits and he was waking at least every 2 hours. Dorothy’s advice gave me the determination to sort his sleeping along with the verbal reassurance method which I felt would work best for our son. Within 3 days he could self settle and was sleeping much longer stretches. He is much easier to put down at night, is eating better and wakes up happier! Thank you very much!
Bridgit Crosbie — June 2015

Any family who is considering using a sleep consultant should not hesitate to talk to Dorothy. As a lot of the other reviewers have said, she has saved my sanity and I cannot thank her enough. A gentle approach was important to me and that is exactly what Dorothy does. She has so much knowledge about babies she is able to look at the big picture, taking into account diet, routine, behaviour and the whole family not just one aspect. Dorothy warned us that it takes time to change patterns of behaviour, especially as our daughter is almost 18 months old. The reality for us was that there was an immediate improvement, our daughter slept through the night that night and had only done this about 4 times in her whole life! We have had a few hiccups along the way and it hasn’t been like waving a magic wand but it was a lot easier than I expected and Dorothy was there every step of the way with her kind words and no nonsense approach. I wish that we had done this sooner, we are like a different family in the space of a few weeks. Thanks again Dorothy, you are a star!
Katherine Higginson — June 2015

Words can’t even describe how fabulous Dorothy is, I was in a terrible place with everything in fact. I tried everything and I mean everything. Let’s just say after my consult with Dorothy my world has changed, we are still a work in progress but I have had 5 out of 7 nights sleep when before I was up every half hour through the night and just wouldn’t settle. Dorothy you are amazing.
Brooke Goyen — June 2015

I have gone to two Oh Baby catch ups with Dorothy and she is amazing! She has the experience to back up her teachings and I have found her advice invaluable. Most of all she taught me that I am my babes best expert. Thanks Dorothy!
Alexandra Anna – June 2015

Dear Dorothy,
I am writing from the comfort of my bed. It’s 6.02am here in Cairo and I have spent the last NINE plus hours peacefully slumbering. Zephyr, who will be one next week, is clocking in at eleven hours so far and is due to wake any second. Bliss, absolute bliss!
Thank you so much for the support you have provided Nick and I since we reached out to you from across the other side of the globe last kiwi winter.
We really thought we had this parenting thing sussed,Zephyr being our third baby… boy were we wrong! We soon realised that we were one trick ponies and, with Zephyr’s high arched palate, our go to of sticking the dummy in and rocking for a bit was not working! Cue the universe sending us a well timed OhBaby article, which popped up on my Facebook feed, about this amazing person known by the magical title of Baby Whisperer!
Parenting away from our home culture, families, and friends can be lonely at times. We hoped that you would be able to help us from so far away and were relieved that it was no big deal thanks to Skype. Thanks for quickly making time for us, getting us back on track when we admitted we hadn’t followed your advice and were at breaking point, and loving, coaching, and nurturing us as parents thus giving us the confidence and strength to nurture our children with the gift of sleep. You were always available to us at short notice despite our night being your day and vice versa. Your email follow ups were great for reminding ourselves to stop and take a breath and reflect on progress being made and questions needing answering. The personalised routine you developed for Zephyr was perfect and something we wouldn’t have come up with on our own. Mostly, we appreciated your gentle encouragement. We are used to being proactive and managing all sorts of complex situations in our work lives, but as parents our working parent guilt and fears were at the forefront of our decision making. Being sleep deprived was making us leading us to make quick fix decisions rather than long term changes. You gave us the confidence to make little changes over time and this led to big changes for our family. Nick and I now look at each other with wry smiles and realise that, had we been in contact with you when our first baby was born, we could have been sleeping through the night five years ago!
With love and gratitude,
Nick and Charlie, Zephyr, Calypso and Océane
Charlie Maddox – May 2015

When I first became a mum I knew I was in for a few months of sleep interrupted nights. What I didn’t count on was a baby that during the day would have 2 10min power naps and wake 5 times a night, but I pushed through. Then our son after 7 months of this, got very sick, he would vomit 10+ times a day, this meant no CIO methods, or he would vomit, his weight dropped a scary 2kg in just as many weeks, and when you are less than 10kg to start with this is a lot.
So we got in the bad habit of cuddling him to sleep and transferring him to bed later on. 18 months we survived like this, then we discovered we were pregnant again. I knew then we had to break these bad habits, and fast. When our second son was born, although our first would go to sleep by himself now, he would still wake at least once a night (2.5 years old).
Thankfully our new baby slept for 3x 1 hour stretches during the day, however his night sleep was appalling. He would wake anywhere from every 30-90min. After 3 months of sleep torture, I got in contact with Dorothy. She has worked her magic, and I am happy to say I now get a bit of a breather over night. Our son is now 6 months old and although he isn’t sleeping through yet, he only wakes 1-2 times a night, which for me is heaven. With her amazing non-CIO methods i feel a lot more comfortable and content with my parenting when it comes to sleep times.
Now I have 2 kids that get the sleep they need, including day naps, and I get a decent night sleep. We have just moved our baby into his own room, and I am looking forward to the next stage of pushing his night sleeps out further. Thank you Dorothy for assisting me in finding a solution that worked for our family without the fear of letting my child scream our house down.
Dorothy you are truly a god send. Words cannot express how much our family has appreciated your advice.
Michyla Corban – May 2015

Dorothy has been such a huge help with both of my babies, we cannot thank her enough! Her advice is sensible, practical and definitely manageable on a day to day basis. After 7 months of battling to get my first born to sleep for longer than 40 minutes at a time during the day, with Dorothy’s help, I had him sleeping 2-3 hours at a stretch during the day within a week, and through the night within one night! My second baby had terrible reflux, and once that was under control, she had fallen into bad sleeping habits and was unable to settle herself off to sleep or resettle. Dorothy’s settling techniques were kind to my little one, who was used to being rocked and sushed to asleep upright in my arms. Instead of leaving her in her cot to settle (which was totally foreign to her), I used Dororthy’s settling in arms technique, which worked wonderfully, and allowed her to transition gently to settling herself off to sleep in the cot. We have reinstituted it with any flare ups of her reflux, and it has worked wonders. We now have a happy and contented little girl, who falls asleep in her cot, in her room, on her own, within a couple of minutes of being putting in her cot, and is learning to resettle herself during her day sleeps. It is magic! I would highly recommend Dorothy to ANYONE struggling to get their baby to sleep, and anyone expecting their first child – her techniques for settling from birth would be invaluable to know before any new arrival.
Alison Chandler – May 2015

Well it’s only taken me 2 ½ years to write this!! What an amazing lady Dorothy Waide is. We have twin girls and started using Dorothy when the girls were 9 months as we had many late nights due to the twins not settling for their nightly sleep.
My first conversation I had with Dorothy, Dorothy asked what time the girls were going to sleep and at that stage the girls weren’t going to sleep until 9/10pm! Dorothy’s reply was – “when do you and your husband get time to spend with each other?” Followed by “Right, firstly we need to get you and your husband spending more time together and then sort those girls out!”
I loved that Dorothy thought not only about how to remedy our babies sleeping habit but it was also important to ensure my husband and I were spending time together. What impressed us about Dorothy is that she doesn’t immediately decide how to resolve the issue at hand, Dorothy takes into account all aspects of what is happening in the child’s/children’s little life and makes an assessment based on what you tell her. We never felt that Dorothy judged how we were parenting our twins and rather than telling us our system/s was incorrect worked with us to improve them. We have used Dorothy on four occasions and have had Skype sessions whilst overseas.
We talk about and recommend Dorothy whenever the opportunity arises and one thing my husband always mentions is he felt Dorothy took time out to speak with him which he appreciated as on most occasions the dad gets left out of these situations and the focus is on mum and baby/babies.
Many thanks Dorothy and you are forever on speed dial in our phones!
Trudy & Brendon Ford – May 2015

Our household is incredibly thankful for Dorothy. Our little boy (who was a brilliant sleeper) became very unwell after his 6 week Rotavirus vaccine. What followed was 6 weeks of severe stomach cramping. This was the beginning of the rocking and feeding to sleep, which became a hard habit to break. I reached out to Dorothy after reading countless books and consulting another sleep consultant, who’s methods ultimately caused more stress for me and my little one. Dorothy’s realistic and compassionate approach to change gave us the confidence that things would change, but it would take time. Every day things get better and I am confident with how to approach issues as they arise. I would recommend Dorothy to anyone who needs some support. There is nothing wrong with asking for help and for us it has allowed us to enjoy our gorgeous wee boy even more.
Anne Boothroyd – April 2015

I was sleep deprived and beside myself with worrying about my baby girls lack of sleep, when Dorothy came in and gave me great advice. What I was most grateful for was that her advice was practical – and that she suggested a gentle approach to encourage sleep. I am so grateful and frequently tell people it was the best money we ever spent! Have recommended her to everyone I know and will continue to do so.
Angela Webb – April 2015

After three months of struggling with a refluxy baby, we contacted Dorothy to help us get our little man to learn how to sleep in his cot, self-settle, and sleep longer at night. During his first three months he spent most of his daytime sleeps upright in out arms due to his reflux, and at night rarely slept for longer than 2-3 hours at a time. My wife was frequently up feeding 4-5 times a night, and was exhausted. We knew we needed help.
We had an initial Skype consultation with Dorothy, followed by a month of support via email and a couple of additional Skype calls. Her nurturing approach, advice and techniques have completely transformed his sleeping patterns. We now have a more settled and happy baby, we are more productive during the day, and we all sleep for longer at night.
Dorothy’s approach is simple and easy to follow, and adapts as your baby progresses. You do need to put in hard work to establish improvements, and understand that you may not see these instantly. But Dorothy was always available supporting us and answering any questions we had. Our baby’s day time sleeping improved simply by applying Dorothy’s techniques, going from random cat-naps to longer, structured sleep. It also reduced the stress levels at home as he wasn’t constantly unhappy and tired. At night he is now regularly sleeping for 5-6 hours at a time, is much easier to resettle, and has even slept through the night twice. We have a transformed baby who actually has a routine which he is thriving on.
If you are struggling with your baby’s sleeping habits (or lack of) then we cannot recommend Dorothy highly enough.
Iain McGowan – April 2015

We chose the consultation plus dial Dorothy package. Dorothy phoned me within a couple of days and set me up with a routine, and then followed it up with regular emails. Her visit with us was 2 weeks later which was perfect as I’d had a really good base set up to work from and the consult was fine tuning and also bringing my husband up to date with what was happening and helping him. I think we have been following Dorothy’s advice for 4 weeks now and it has made such a difference. Our 7 month old has gone from never settling in her cot without feeding to sleep (then waking a few minutes or 45mins later, even overnight), cat napping, needing rocking to sleep… to sleeping solidly for 1.5 hours morning and afternoon, and one or two wake ups a night (sometimes more, but it used to be HOURLY overnight).
Dorothy doesn’t lie to you, there are no quick fixes but she really supports you all the way and emails to see how you are doing if she hasn’t heard from you for a few days.
You have to be ready to persevere, but it is worth it, and I really didn’t believe it would work for our baby. Her methods are gentle and supportive of positive attachments without being too airy fairy. Thanks so much Dorothy, I wish I had asked for help sooner.
Margaret Roberts – March 2015

Thank you Dorothy for your amazing baby wisdom, generosity and kindness.
From eight weeks to six months old our little boy was waking constantly throughout the night – most nights every hour – struggling to settle for naps and bedtime, and catnapping for just 45 mins at a time during the day. We tried everything – all the ‘tricks in the book’ – as well as sleep consultants on two different occasions.
In a moment of desperation I reached out to Dorothy for help. She responded to me straight away with a comprehensive email with a suggested routine for our boy as well as some advice on settling and resettling. A few days later we skyped and she talked us through her plan – from getting his feeding schedule right to teaching him how to self settle and link his sleep cycles. She has a very gentle approach…she gave us techniques that would help us gradually teach him to fall asleep and resettle on his own. There was very little crying and if he was crying I was always there holding him in my arms or just resting a hand on him for reassurance.
Within five days we started to see some great progress – he had settled himself to sleep without my help on a few occasions, he was waking just 1-3 times a night and we had gotten rid of the dummy which he had relied on to fall asleep since he was a newborn.
We still have plenty of work to do on resettling but we are finally moving in the right direction. We have a much happier little boy who settles to sleep easily most of the time and is a great eater. The big horrible grey cloud of sleep deprivation which has been hanging over our heads each day is finally beginning to lift.
Dorothy is a blessing! She offers positivity and encouragement at every step and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any parents desperate for a little bit of sleep.
Zara Coleman – March 2015

After three months of struggling with a refluxy baby, we contacted Dorothy to help us get our little man to learn how to sleep in his cot, self-settle, and sleep longer at night. During his first three months he spent most of his daytime sleeps upright in out arms due to his reflux, and at night rarely slept for longer than 2-3 hours at a time. My wife was frequently up feeding 4-5 times a night, and was exhausted. We knew we needed help.
We had an initial Skype consultation with Dorothy, followed by a month of support via email and a couple of additional Skype calls. Her nurturing approach, advice and techniques have completely transformed his sleeping patterns. We now have a more settled and happy baby, we are more productive during the day, and we all sleep for longer at night.
Dorothy’s approach is simple and easy to follow, and adapts as your baby progresses. You do need to put in hard work to establish improvements, and understand that you may not see these instantly. But Dorothy was always available supporting us and answering any questions we had. Our baby’s day time sleeping improved simply by applying Dorothy’s techniques, going from random cat-naps to longer, structured sleep. It also reduced the stress levels at home as he wasn’t constantly unhappy and tired. At night he is now regularly sleeping for 5-6 hours at a time, is much easier to resettle, and has even slept through the night twice. We have a transformed baby who actually has a routine which he is thriving on.
If you are struggling with your baby’s sleeping habits (or lack of) then we cannot recommend Dorothy highly enough.
Iain McGowan – March 2015

Dorothy is a miracle, she is the best, every single tip works for us. My twin girls are super easy babies because I used all the techniques I’ve learned with Dorothy since birth.
Thank you for being such a great person.
Much love from me, Grant, Ruby and Olivia xxx
Claudia Pereira — February 2015

I can not recommend Dorothy highly enough. My 19 month old daughter was still being breastfeed to sleep and Dorothy helped us change this habit. This was my second baby and had very different sleep personality to my first. I found myself out of my depth with her and had found myself breastfeeding her to sleep for her naps and as soon as I transferred her to her cot she would wake up. So I resortedto holding her for her mid-day nap! I really and to make a change and Dorothy guided me through this change with her calm and re-assuring manner.

After a long discussion we worked out a plan and within 4 weeks my daughter was settling herself in her cot. Dorothy was always at the end of the phone, and i mean always! I called her on Christmas eve and texted her on Christmas day and she talked me through difficult situations in her loving manner. She re-assured me that things would change but I would need to be patient.
I have used ‘sleep trainers’ before with little success, but what I love most about Dorothy is her compassion and flexibility. I didn’t feel like I had to follow one set of rules, she adjusted her advice to how my daughter and I responded to different situations. She also reminded me that it’s tough breaking habit for an adult, and even harder for a baby, and to approach this change full of compassion and understanding for my daughter.
She’s also extremely realistic and when I would lament ‘but she did this yesterday why not today?’ she reminded me that changes take time and that we all change our behaviour day to day, even babies.
We just recently emigrated to a new country and again my daughter became unsettled with all the changes but using Dorothy’s gentle techniques I solved the nap problem again, and each time I got frustrated I remember that change takes time and it will get better!
Dorothy’s methods work for both parents and babies, I would recommend Dorothy again and again, not just for sleep issues but for anything baby related problem that is causing you stress.
Andrea Bennett — February 2015

Sleep. Prior to the birth, you take it for granted. It’s in the same category as air and sunlight. It’s just there. If you burn the candle at both ends and get a bit sleep deprived, you just sleep in until mid-day in order to catch up. After three months with a crying baby, you begin thinking that 8 hours of unbroken sleep is just a concept. An unattainable dream.
As parents of an 18 month old, we knew that there would be difficult days ahead with a new-born joining our family. However, after three months I was expecting to see the faint glimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel. At 6 months, our darling girl was still waking 10 times a night. This was not in the script!
Friends and well-meaning parents said, ‘You must sleep when the baby sleeps’. Well how is that possible when you have a full on 2 year old boy and your baby doesn’t sleep?! After reading blogs, books and asking friends and family for advice, I started to feel hopeless. Despite our best efforts nothing was working.
After seeing a paediatrician Sienna was diagnosed with reflux and colic. Our first baby was a dream, sleeping through the night at 10 weeks; we found having a new-born was a piece of cake. Having a crying baby with reflux was completely different and something that has to be experienced to be believed.
After 6 months of no sleep I decided we should call Dorothy.
After our first phone conversation she gave me tips and advice I could use straight away. She assured me that we could change Sienna’s behaviour and that things would get better. Dorothy sent me a specific plan for our baby and our family dynamics. Many of the books I was reading on sleep advice didn’t take in account having an active toddle that needed an outing every day, that fact that our children were sharing a room and Sienna having reflux. Dorothy sent us a meal plan (including recipe suggestions), sleep plan and techniques to resettle Sienna.
After sticking to the plan for two weeks Sienna was sleeping through the night! Words can’t explain how getting a full night sleep increased the sanity of our family. We had more energy and patience with our toddler, enjoyed spending time together as a family, and I felt like I could get through the day.
Some babies will sleep through the night no problem, others like Sienna need extra help learning how to self-settle and sleep. My only regret is that I didn’t contact Dorothy sooner. If we decide to have another baby (too early to make that decision at the moment!) we will be calling her sooner rather than later. The first 6 months of Sienna’s life is such a blur, I hardly remember anything. Had a contacted Dorothy sooner things may have been different. Third time around I’m going to have her number on speed dial! As they say the best gift you can give a new mother is a full night sleep.
Jill Andrews — February 2015, as posted on the OHbaby! blog

I can’t thank Dorothy enough! After our first phone conversation she gave me tips and advice I could use straight away. She assured me that we could change our 5 month old’s behaviour and that things would get better. Dorothy sent me a specific plan for our baby and our family dynamics. Many of the books I was reading on sleep advice didn’t take in account having an active toddle that needed an outing every day, that fact that our children were sharing a room and our baby having reflux. Dorothy sent us a meal plan (including recipe suggestions), sleep plan and techniques to resettle. After 2 weeks our daughter was sleeping through the night! Yay!!
Jill Andrews — February 2015

Thank you Dorothy for your help once again with our second son, its always so good that you give us the confidence that we doing it right just with one or 2 tweaks and we have a baby that is happier and sleeping longer.
Merryn Robertson — January 2015