SLEEP CONSULTANT IRELAND

Gentle sleep training

When your child is not sleeping, it can have a huge impact on the well-being of your child, yourself and the rest of your family. We know because we have been there ourselves with our eldest son Teddy. The exhausting bed times, sleepless nights, and the inability to switch off thinking about when they will next wake up.

It’s all-consuming, emotional and draining, but it can get better.  Book a FREE 15mins call to discuss how we can help you all get better sleep in a matter of nights.

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Based on 129 reviews.
Alyna Bashir
Alyna Bashir
24/08/2022
So many good things to say about Chris. 1. what an incredible person. So understanding and kind. 2. Didn’t take long at all for Chris to figure out what was wrong with our little boys sleep. 3. Gave us a plan which was very gentle, motivated us to keep going, and most of all his plan worked. He totally understood where we came from as parents and didn’t force us to do anything we were not comfortable with. The best thing about Chris was his positivity, understanding and motivation towards us. That’s what made us want to keep going and see the light at the end of the tunnel. 4. His plan was very thorough and tailored to our son, unlike a generic one that other consultants can use. 5. Great to communicate with and empathetic. 6. Changed our lives within days and made us all much happier in our home. The change in our sons sleep is incredible. 7. I would 100% recommend Chris to all friends, family and anyone reading this! You won’t regret it. Money well spent in my opinion and he certainly delivers for what he charges which is well worth the service!!!! THANK YOU CHRIS.
Hiten Varsani
Hiten Varsani
16/08/2022
My wife and I can not recommend Chris enough. Before we signed up with Chris, our 15 month old daughter wouldn't fall asleep unless she was rocked or walked to sleep, and she would wake up at least a couple times a night and needed to be comforted back to sleep. Since following the bespoke sleep training programme put together by Chris, our little girl is now able to put herself to sleep for naps and also sleeps through the night. We can't thank Chris enough for all the advise he has given us and continues to give us.
Kathryn Lavan
Kathryn Lavan
15/08/2022
We sought out Chris’ help after 7 weeks of our little girl waking every 45 minutes through the night and us only getting 1-2 hours of sleep. To say we were at breaking point doesn’t begin to describe where we were… We had an initial consultation with Chris to check we were right for each other and we felt confident that Chris’ methods fit with what we were comfortable implementing - we personally were not willing to simply let our little one cry it out for hours on end and I’m pleased to confirm this isn’t Chris’ approach. We were sent a robust, detailed plan which was comprehensive and easy to put into practice. Within 3 days we were getting upwards of 8hrs sleep a night, and now we are at 11-12 hours nightly. Chris himself is approachable and friendly and truly does offer consistent support. I can quite honestly say this was the best money we ever spent and if you are contemplating getting Chris’ help, don’t hesitate.
Sharon Munnelly
Sharon Munnelly
12/08/2022
We decided to contact Chris as our one year old was continuously waking up 3-5 times a night, relient on us to help him back to sleep and not wanting to sleep beyond 5.30am. Within a few days of following Chris’s sleep programme our boy was able to self settle himself to sleep and was sleeping through the night . We now literally put him down into his cot at 7.30pm, walk out of the room and 99% of the time don’t need to open the door again until 6.30am the next morning. Now, if he wakes up during the night he is able to settle himself back to sleep without any intervention from us. I honestly can’t believe the change we have made in such a short space of time. We would not have been able to do this without Chris’s guidance and reassurance. I highly recommend him to anyone needing to improve their little ones sleep routine.
Charlotte Waring
Charlotte Waring
12/08/2022
We are so grateful for Chris helping us with James when he was 5 months old. He was waking up so many times a night and the only way to settle him back was to feed him. Totally exhausting and we were in a fog. We had done lots of googling, too much googling, bought lots of sleep guides and sought help from a sleep coach. But we were lost with the amount of conflicting advice and theories we had and couldn’t get any further. It was also hard when everyone was giving different advice. We decided to go with Chris on the 1:1 course and in a few days James went down to 1 feed a night. He is now almost 8 months old and is still having one feed a night and lovely long naps during the day in his cot. Thank you so much! We now have long evenings and more sleep…life changing!!
Laura Jackson
Laura Jackson
23/07/2022
We started working with Dani when our daughter was 8 months old. Although we were not in a terrible state with sleep, as a first time mum diagnosed with PND i really struggled with anxiety around sleep. Dani was completely empathetic and reassuring, and worked with us continually through a tricky nap transition. She literally held my hand whilst trying to navigate naps and tweaks and having her there was so comforting so i never felt alone. You simply cannot put a price on good quality sleep, and although we continue to have tricky days on the whole we have an incredibly happy and energetic (now) 1 year old, who goes down for her naps and sleeps solidly for 11/12 hours a night. I know if i ever need some advice on tweaks and the next nap transition i can go to Dani, which i think is amazing. Honestly i cannot put into words how much she has helped us, if you are hesitant or sceptical, dont be - the difference in a baby who is well rested is phenomenal. Thank you Dani ❤️🙏
Marguerite Lançon
Marguerite Lançon
22/07/2022
Chris has been and continues to be an incredible support in our baby’s sleeping journey. When we came to Chris, our baby was 7 months old. We were all exhausted, our mental health was taking a toll, we had no time for ourselves let along our relationship as a married couple. It would typically take us between 30min-1h to put her to sleep at night, and even then she would sometimes wake-up every 30min till midnight, making it impossible for us to have dinner together or have any sort of life in the evenings. She was sleeping in our bedroom and waking-up every 2-3h and each time it would take us 30min to put her back to sleep. We would also experience frequent split nights where our daughter would wake up at 3am and be up till 5:30am. We had already worked with another sleep consultant and it didn’t bring too much value to us so we were hesitant to invest more money in sleep training. After we started working with Chris, we saw improvements from the first nights. We also experienced a difficult start and had to interrupt the programme mid-way as baby got sick but even then what we had started doing made navigating this challenging time much much easier. Today we are able to put our baby in her crib when it’s time for bed or for a nap and leave the room (she even pushes us away to get to her crib!), she sleeps in her own bedroom, we can leave her with a relative or a sitter and enjoy and evening/night away, and she sleeps through the night (it’s the first time that we get to have 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep in 9 months). Here are some of the things that we really enjoyed and continue enjoying in our work with Chris and that is different from other consultants: - The programme clarity and how gentle it is - so easy to follow and implement. We had 1-2 nights that felt difficult but not unbearable at all as we were not leaving her to cry. - The flexibility - working with the previous sleep consultant, it felt very isolating as I was told that my baby needed to sleep in her crib at all times. I felt stuck in my house and didn’t have much social interactions. Chris told me right during our first meeting “go out and have lunch with friends” and provided advice in case things wouldn’t go as planned. Same for travelling, Chris just provides very practical advice so that we get to actual enjoy doing things with our kids instead of getting overly anxious about their sleep. - The unlimited support. I cannot stress that enough. Baby’s sleep continuously evolves and Chris is wonderful at bringing support every step of the way. He helped us through the 8 months sleep regression, adjusting to 6h différence time zones, change in wake-window and transitioning naps - The personalized plan - Chris was very respectful and worked with us around our objectives. Our baby was a small weight when we started working with him so cutting night feeds was not an option and the plan we designed was all about helping our baby sleep independently and not sleeping through the night right away. Really the best investment we’ve made. We all feel much more confident, healthy and happy thanks to working with Chris!
Erin Jordan
Erin Jordan
19/07/2022
Honestly has changed our lives. We were muddling through with our little boys sleep and not doing badly until the 8 month point and then we were all getting no sleep at all. With direction and support from Chris our little boy is now falling asleep happily in his own bed independently and not waking until 6am in the morning. The support is there whenever you need it and any questions were answered so quickly. So great! Thank you so much!
Victoria McNaughton
Victoria McNaughton
17/07/2022
I can’t recommend The Daddy Sleep Consultant enough! After 20 months of sleep deprivation after having my little boy, he would only sleep for a maximum of three hours and would only settle / resettle for me. Chris brought sleep to our house, finally!! And gave us the tools that we needed for my partner to step in and settle him. I wanted to do a gentle approach as we were Co-sleeping and breastfeeding and I couldn’t find away to break the cycle myself. Chris prepared a bespoke plan for us that we followed and within three nights we had sleep, a happier and well rested little boy. Thank you The Daddy Sleep Consultant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Laura Robinson
Laura Robinson
17/07/2022
Our 1-1 course with Chris the Daddy Sleep consultant literally changed our lives! Our 9 month old was still co sleeping and waking up to 8 times a night and only going back to sleep after being fed and she would only nap being held. I was going to bed with her at 6pm every night and had no time for myself or to spend with my Husband. We had our consultation with Chris and were on board with his gentle but firm approach and within a week of the initial consultation, she was only waking twice a night and within 2 weeks she was in her cot sleeping most of the night. By 4 weeks we were able to put her down. To sleep, walk away and she would go to sleep by herself and she would sleep through the night. An absolute game changer. She also now naps in her cot which was unheard of before. Chris was on hand through the whole process. His ongoing support meant we could make any tweaks we needed. We can’t thank Chris enough for giving us the support and tools to make this change, we never thought this was possible.

HOW OUR TEAM OF SLEEP CONSULTANTS CAN HELP YOU

We specialise in designing gentle sleep training programmes specific to your family and lifestyle for children from 5 months up to 4 years old. We do not believe in, or use, the “crying it out” method.

It’s important to us that everyone is able to make positive changes to their baby or toddler’s sleep so we have created a range of support options depending on your needs and budget.  We offer free 15-minute consultations to discuss the one-to-one coaching – book now.

You may prefer our age-specific online sleep training courses, priced at only €45 – which allow you to achieve your sleep goals at your own pace.

WHO IS THE DADDY SLEEP CONSULTANT?

Born in Donegal but raised in Glasgow, I am Chris McFadden and I’m the only qualified male sleep consultant in Ireland. Most importantly, I am just Daddy to my 3 amazing boys – Teddy, Rafferty and Malachy.

To help with your child’s sleep routine, I spend time getting to know what your challenges are so I can develop a bespoke solution for your family.

I will provide all the necessary support you need so that we can work together to ensure these are positive long-term changes. I also have a team of sleep consultants, trained in my gentle sleep training method, who provide the same level of exceptional support. Meet the team here.

Sleep FAQ’s

What does a children's sleep consultant actually do?

A good sleep consultant will change your life – it’s as simple as that. They will identify what changes you need to make to your child’s routine, give you the right plan to help your child self-settle and be responsive to any changes that are required during the support period.

Just have a look at our review – we set up this business to change family’s lives, and we do it every single day. We wouldn’t change it for the world.

How do you sleep train a baby?

There are many different ways to sleep train a baby. We focus on a much more gentle approach with our methods and if you are thinking about doing it without a sleep consultant supporting you one-one-one, we would highly recommend our online course. It will give you the structure to achieve what you want, in a more gentle way, in around 10 to 14 days.

Do you use Crying It Out or the Ferber Method?

No, we do not use these methods or any other methods where you leave your child to cry on their own to sleep. We always follow a gentle method of sleep training.

Which SLEEP TRAINING method do you use?

We use a mix of different sleep training methods which all involve a gentle approach. 

What is gentle sleep training?

Gentle sleep training is where you are generally with your baby providing support during the change you are making to their ability to settle to sleep. Non-gentle approaches include the Crying It Out or Ferber Methods, neither of which we use in our online courses or 1:1 programmes.

when should you start sleep training a baby?

We begin our programmes from 5 months. Many sleep consultants do it from 6 months for two reasons: 1. The baby will have started weaning and they believe that no night feeds are then required; and 2. Babies can be left independently from 6 months according to The Lullably Trust and many sleep consultants use Crying It Out or Controlled Crying methods where the baby will be left on their own.

We start from 5 months as we do not believe that night feeds should be stopped at 6 months and believe this should be a baby-led decision. Also, with our gentle approach, you don’t need to leave your baby to help them self-settle. 

Do you sleep train toddlers? Or just babies?

We work with up to 4 year olds, though have also worked with 5 and 6 year olds in the past, depending on the issue. Whilst toddlers can be a little more difficult to change because they are often in their own bed and can leave it, the increased communication and language they have can offset that challenge. Never think your child is too old to change their sleep habits. Our 2-4 year online course or our 1:1 coaching programmes can help you change something you probably think is impossible.

How long does your sleep training programmes take to work?

The timeframe is different for every baby but we usually see changes in the babies we work with in as little as 5-7 nights. From starting to having a baby who self-settles, sleeps most of the night and has good naps is usually around 2 weeks.

Can you guarantee it will work for my child?

Whilst there is never any guarantee, we firmly believe that if you work with us one-on-one or buy our online course, commit to our approach and principles and be consistent with the guidance, you will see the improvements that your whole family needs. Our Google reviews are testament of this.

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What IS Sleep Training?

Sleep training is the process of helping your baby learn to fall asleep on their own – also known as “self-settling” – which will, in turn, help them fall back asleep when they wake during the night (unless they need something such as a cuddle, feeding or nappy change, or are a little poorly). For toddlers, this is often more about the process of setting boundaries around the sleep process as often toddlers know how to get to sleep on their own, they just like to refuse and protest against doing so!

Whilst most sleep consultants will look at a child’s sleep holistically, i.e. daytime routine, sleep environment, stimulating activities and a bit of nutrition, sleep training is often a necessary part of changing a child’s sleep patterns, especially when an infant is unable to self-settle. So if your baby is unable to self-settle, sleep training will be the likely solution to changing this and improving the whole family’s sleep.

We understand sleep training can be difficult; we understand it’s not something every parents wants to do and that’s why we practice gentle sleep training. We also understand there are different methods, a whole host of sleep consultants out there and many conflicting literature – it can be a minefield for parents, especially ones who are sleep deprived. However, our view is that hiring the right sleep consultant with the right gentle sleep training approach can change your life in a way that you will never forget. So if you think you need help with sleep training, get in touch to discuss our 1:1 coaching programme or buy our online gentle sleep training course and start today.

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