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. As a mother I felt so much guilt as I was too tired to even get down on the floor and play with him.

After working with a sleep consultant and following a gentle sleep training plan, his sleep was unimaginably better in just a couple of weeks. It changed our lives so much, we decided to dedicate ourselves to helping other families in the same way.

We are the UK’s leading sleep consultancy and one of the biggest in Ireland, providing support to families across the world. We love working with you 1:1 or via our 5* rated online courses. We also run a training school that teaches other sleep consultants in the industry.

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 139 reviews.
melissa smith
melissa smith
I came to Chris when my 5.5 month old daughter had been waking hourly for over 2 months. She would also not nap in her cot and wouldn’t nap longer than 45 minutes meaning she was chronically over tired! I was beyond exhausted and I really couldn’t carry on much longer being so sleep deprived! I was nervous about any form of sleep training as I didn’t want to cause my daughter any distress. Chris’ approach is very gentle and although there were some tears my daughter was still comforted and supported through the change. She now naps incredibly well and usually manages 2 hour naps! She is also down to one wake per night for a quick feed then straight back to bed. It really has changed both of our lives for the better as we are both happy and rested! I just wish I’d done it sooner!
Hannah Rogers
Hannah Rogers
After two traumatic sleep training attempts we decided to take the plunge and work with a sleep coach. We chose the daddy sleep consultancy after hearing the success some friends had with their method and we loved the gentle, tailored approach. I was convinced our little girl (7m cosleeping plus a dummy) was immune to sleep training and we’d spend the rest of our days either with her in our bed or reinserting the dummy 100 times a night. But we hoped for the best. Dani listened to our goals, concerns and needs and reassured us it was absolutely possible to break the sleep associations and get her sleeping through the night and in her own cot. It wasn’t an easy 3 weeks but the support we had from Dani was invaluable. Without it I would’ve given up. But she was our cheerleader, encouraging us every step of the way and celebrating each small win. Now at the end of the 3 weeks we have a very happy, thriving baby who sleeps in her cot, without a dummy and only wakes once a night for a feed. We have our lives (and our bedroom!) back and will be forever grateful. Thank you Dani!
Nicola Mundell
Nicola Mundell
We reached out to Chris as our son had become dependent on milk to sleep, wanted to be rocked and hold hands if he woke up. We found a very inconsistent night often ending with our son in our bed or me sleeping on the floor holding hands. Chris taught us some very gentle techniques that enabled our son to settle himself. Now Alex will happily climb into bed and say goodnight and go to sleep very quickly and easily. We understand his sleepy cues and Chris has given us to confidence to understand and flex the schedule when we need to, such as on holiday or days out. What is extra special about Chris’ program is the ongoing support, when our son started pre school and stopped napping we really struggled to figure out the timings of our routine. Very quickly with some recommendations from Chris we switched the routine up and sleep went back to normal and now we sleep 6.20 - 6.20 every night! This has changed our lives, our son is more settled and happy and I get to sleep in my own bed.
Adam Jukes
Adam Jukes
Our son had slept like a dream at about 4 months, and we were feeling very pleased with ourselves. However, it had regressed from that point, and was getting progressively worse. But the time he turned 1, he would only go to sleep in our arms, and refused to be put down in his cot. At 14 months, he was waking up every hour or two in the night, and it often took 2-3 hours to get him back to sleep. Quite frankly, we were starting to go out of our minds. Fortunately, Chris was recommended to us by one of our NCT group. We felt very reassured by our introductory consultation, and decided to go ahead. “The best decision we ever made” feels like an over-used phrase, but absolutely the appropriate one here. Following Chris’s guidance, the results were near-instantaneous. As soon as Day 3, our son had added nearly two hours to his longest-ever sleep. He now goes straight down in his cot happily on *most* nights (we’ll take that..), and even on those nights when it’s harder work, he’s at least happy in his cot. We no longer need to cuddle him to sleep. And it might be 30 mins now; it could easily be over an hour before. He is now sleeping - and eating - much better than he ever had before, and his mother & I are both feeling SO much happier. And much less tired! We have Chris to thank for all of this. His methods have worked absolute wonders. He has a very calm and reassuring style, and we loved his “Comforting through Change” philosophy. We would recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in the position we were in. Thank you Chris!
Hayley Alexander
Hayley Alexander
Chris has been our sleep saviour! He's such a warm, friendly, guy who makes you feel like it's all going to be ok even from the very first introductory call. We'd lost total confidence in our son's sleep after the 4 month regression hit. We were on our knees and knew we needed some help. After putting together a log of Oliver's sleep activity, Chris promptly came back to us with a tailored sleep training plan which was clear and structured. You have to really commit to the method and be super consistent but boy does it pay off in the end. Now we go to bed and actually wake up feeling like we've had some sleep (the dream!) And, if there are any wake ups in the night, then we have the confidence to know how to deal with them. This is a really great training method for your little one that we'd highly recommend. No 'cry it out' or any harsh training methods. A gentle and responsive approach that gets huge results. Thank you so much Chris for all your help and support.
Emma C'Ailceta
Emma C'Ailceta
If you are reading this wondering if you should purchase the programme, do it! I was very sceptical at first because any attempt of us trying to put our little one in her cot would result in screaming which I couldn’t cope with. We knew something needed to change and that we needed the help and structure to do it. My mental and physical well-being had really declined due to the severe sleep deprivation. Our 15 month old would take an hour to settle for bed, needing to be rocked or nursed. She would usually wake within 20-60 minutes and wake up to 6 times per night constantly wanting to be nursed or sleep in our bed. After our consultation with Chris, we were sent a very clear, detailed, individualised sleep programme which took a slow and gentle approach as our little one would always scream the house the down if we didn’t hold her. It was hard but not as difficult as I expected, there was crying but by the 4th night she was sleeping for 12 hours. 3 weeks on, she continues to sleep 12 hours in her cot; we put her down and walk out the room, no screaming or crying. I no longer need to breastfeed numerous times during the night as she stays asleep. She has her naps in the cot without any crying, something which we never thought was possible. Not only do I feel like myself for the first time since before she was born, our little one is so much happier and is even eating so much better during the day! We also have our evenings back and our sanity! Thank you Chris!
Laura Verdon
Laura Verdon
Our 8m old was waking every hour and needed rocking to sleep when we contacted Chris. He was great from the start, really understood our situation and put together and walked us through our personalised plan. It was clear and easy to follow and we saw improvement so quickly! The first night she woke a lot but settled quickly, by the third she was sleeping through and now we can put her down and she goes to sleep herself within 10 mins! It’s been life changing! Couldn’t recommend Chris enough!
Helen Westcott
Helen Westcott
It’s been a bit of a life changer for us! We were spending around an hour each evening desperately rocking our baby to sleep and going in a few times each night to an upset little one. Chris took the time to look through our routine and give us a personalised plan with a goal of eventually popping her in the cot, saying goodnight and being able to walk out. We followed the plan over 12 days. Not every moment was easy but Chris gave us great coaching so we had the confidence to stick to it and be assured we were doing the best thing for the whole family. Just over a month later, I’m happy to say that we now pop baby in the cot to sleep at 7pm and leave her room. She chats to herself and gets comfy for a few minutes and then drifts off to sleep by herself. She rarely wakes up overnight, and if she does, she either resettles herself, or on rare occasions we pop in for under a minute and she is back to sleep. Our daughter is getting much more sleep overall and much better quality sleep and is noticeably happier for it. As for us, we have evenings back! And lots more energy to focus on ourselves and our little one. I’m so glad we made the decision to do this and can’t thank Chris enough.
natasha doff
natasha doff
Can’t recommend these guys enough. The plan Dani gave us was very thorough and easy to follow and she was always available on whatsapp if we had questions. Within two weeks our 1 year old started sleeping through the night. We sought help because we weren’t getting much sleep, but actually it has done wonders for our baby as well. She naps much better and generally seems much more rested and energetic.
Semone Lamba
Semone Lamba
I cannot praise the Daddy Sleep Consultant enough - my days, nights and LIFE now resemble a normality that I thought I’d lost. My husband and I worked with Chris and within a day of having our one hour consultation and implementing some small changes our seven month old baby was sleeping better, going down for scheduled naps based on his awake windows (which Chris helped us to understand) and over the space of a few weeks going from two hourly wake ups to now just one a night. Chris is a genuine and caring father who makes you feel comfortable given his happiness to share his experiences so you feel like he’s been there, done that and got the t shirt. He takes the time to understand your goals and creates objectives based on these. It is truly a personalised service. Chris was also happy to help us to sustain the improvements where we would be travelling to a different country for two months and the transition has been smooth, with no changes to our littles boys sleep schedule as a result. My tips would be to throw caution to the wind, follow the bespoke plan Chris makes and you will see the improvements you want. My husband and I will forever be indebted to Chris.


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.


One of the best sleep consultants in Ireland, we are a family-owned business helping families get the sleep they all deserve.

We are also owners of The Sleep Consultant Academy, where we train people who want to become sleep consultants.

Dani has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology covering infant development and Chris – born in Donegal and raised in Glasgow – is the only male infant sleep consultant in Ireland. More importantly though, we are simply Mummy and Daddy to our three amazing boys, Teddy, Rafferty and Malachy.

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

We will provide all the necessary support you need so that we can work together to ensure these are positive long-term changes. We have a team of gentle sleep consultants, including MaryAnn who is based in Dublin, trained in our gentle sleep training methods, who provide the same level of exceptional support. Meet the team here.




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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 in Ireland 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 in Ireland 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.

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.

Do You Have A Sleep Consultant In Ireland?

Whilst Chris is from Donegal, he now lives in Kent (via Glasgow!) with his wife and 3 boys. We do have MaryAnn based in Dublin who is an incredible sleep consultant.

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. 

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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