Phillippa has been an absolute lifesaver for me and my family. Returning to work full time when my youngest was just 7 months old, my husband and I had reached levels of exhaustion we didn’t know were possible with multiple wakings by our little boy every night which inevitably resulted in him ending up in our bed rolling around and meaning we were operating on very little sleep. Despite thinking we had a good bedtime routine, with some small adjustments and guidance from Phillippa, our little boy transformed within a couple of days to sleeping through the night. The speed of change and transformation its had on our lives is unbelievable, sleep is important for all of us! I couldn’t recommend Phillippa highly enough, not just in the sleeping plan she gives you but also the reinforcement and confidence in what you are doing. If you have even the slightest sleep issue, I would recommend getting in touch as a sleeping family is a happy family!
Emily, mum of 11 month old Noah
Philly saved me (literally!) when I was going through sleep hell with my daughter, Ava. My first child, Esme, was in a good sleeping routine by 4 months so I assumed my second would be the same. But we all know every child is different..! When Ava was still waking 4-6 times a night at 9 months and not napping in the day, I called Philly in tears, I was broken. Philly has this amazing calming nature and completely non-judgemental (that can be so bad with new mums) that instantly made me feel at ease and gave me the courage that I so badly needed! Night one with Philly’s new routine was hard but I just re-read Philly’s tips over and over (and over!) and stuck with it and by night THREE (!) she went to sleep in TWO MINUTES (it usually took hours of ssh’ing / pick up, put down, back rubbing, etc) and she SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT. Sorry for the caps but I can’t put into words how much Philly’s guidance helped me, my relationship with my husband and turned Ava into the happiest, best sleeping baby, ever. If you are having trouble with sleep, don’t wait to see if it might change, just book - sleep and your happiness is way too precious : )
Emily, owner of a PR Business and mum of 9 month old Ava
Even though I thought I had great sleepers, both of my children (aged 5 and 3) have had sleep regressions in the last few months. Philly has been brilliant - she’s listened to the issues and potential reasons and has offered candid advice which worked on night one. Thank you for saving my sleep again Philly!
Caroline, Interior Designer and mum to 3 year old Olivia
My husband and I highly recommend Phillippa. She completely transformed our 7 month old's sleep routine and she is now sleeping through the night. As well as helping us with our night time routine she also helped us with her day time naps, and she now has longer undisturbed naps which has resulted in a happier baby throughout the day too. Phillippa really understood and listened to our issues from the word go and has a lovely supportive manner. Thank you so so much!!
Charlotte and Ash, parents of 6 month old Lily
We approached Phillippa after months of sleep deprivation and feeling completely at our limit. Our little one was 6 months old, swaddled and waking 4-5 times a night and the only way to get him back to sleep was feeding or rocking. We were exhausted. Phillippa was so kind and gentle with us and listened to what approach we would be comfortable with and adapted things based on our little one. Getting the plan together felt scary but after only 2 nights we saw results and our little one has slept through the night ever since, even during teething. We just cannot believe it and we have seen such a change in our little boy, he is happier, healthier, brighter and feeds so much better.
We had trouble with allergies, which meant napping has been a challenge but Phillippa has supported us throughout and gone at a pace that is comfortable for us. We cannot recommend Phillippa enough, it has completely changed our lives as a family and we are enjoying parenthood so much more now the anxiety of sleeping has gone. Phillippa is amazing, her warmth and positive attitude has given us the confidence to know what our little one needs and how to manage changes throughout his life. We came to Phillippa at a time when we couldn’t think straight and thought there was no way out and now our lives have completely transformed – we can never thank you enough!!!!
Jo and Stephen, parents of 6 month old Joshua
Working through sleep training for our 6 month old son Logan with Philly has literally changed our lives. Previously we were co-sleeping, waking every few hours to comfort or feed. Now after a personalised sleep and nap routine we have our evenings (and bedroom) back. I highly recommend Child Sleep Matters - from spending time to understand our current routine and what sleep schedule would work for us to giving continual support while executing the tailored plan. Most of all it has helped our son self soothe and ensure he has a solid foundation for great sleep for the rest of his life.
Emma, mum of 6 month old Logan
‘Just wanted to say a massive thankyou, and that I highly recommend Phillippa. My son is 2.5yrs and has not slept since he was 7/8 months old, that's until I started sleep training with Phillippa. Although it was tough, she was there with the support and reassurance I needed. We now have our evenings and more importantly sleep all through the night most nights!
Thankyou so much for all your help, we are all so much happier.
Kate, mum of 2 and a half year old Louis
I honestly can’t recommend Phillippa enough. I’d almost given up and thought our 3 year old was never going to be a good sleeper. Phillippa’s programme has changed this! Phillippa took the time to understand all the issues and was so supportive. He now goes to sleep by himself and rarely wakes up in the night. We’ve got our evenings back and he is so much happier now he is getting good quality sleep. I just wish we’d started sooner!
Sally, mum of 3 year old Max
I can honestly say that following Phillippa’s advice has changed mine and my families world. I’m so very proud to watch my baby on her monitor fall asleep independently and furthermore sleep through the night. Phillippa supported us tremendously and we couldn’t have done it without her advice & encouragement. Thank you once again for giving us all our sleep back.
Hannah, mum of 6 month old Jasmine.
Our baby boy, Wilf, was just over 7 months when we contacted Phillippa and started our sleep plan. We are now a couple of weeks in and Wilf is sleeping through the night and having lengthly naps in his cot during the day. Before contacting Phillippa, Wilf was waking up multiple times in the night, unable to get himself back to sleep. We were surviving on about 3-4 hours of sleep per night! During the day he would refuse to sleep in his cot, and on the rare occasions he did, his naps were so short I would have to try and get him back to sleep in either the pram or the car. Within the first few days of starting the plan Wilf was able to settle himself and short naps became a thing of the past. The plan is so effective yet gentle and Phillippa offers such great support. If I had any questions or problems Phillippa would respond so quickly, it was so lovely knowing that I had reassurance and support throughout. I cannot recommend Phillippa enough and will be definitely be back again!
Hannah, mum of 7 month old Wilf.
I would 100% recommend Phillippa and her sleep training programme - it's changed our lives dramatically and the best decision we've made so far! Within a couple of days of starting our baby girl went from waking every couple of hours to sleeping through the night - amazing! The support that Phillippa gave throughout the training was brilliant at keeping us on track and cementing our new routine. Thanks so much Philly!
Paula and Matt, Parents of 6 month old Arabella.
I was very skeptical about sleep training and anxious about whether it was the right thing for our 7 month old little girl. Phillippa was very helpful in explaining the benefits and how to help in a child focussed way. I found the process very emotional, I was prepared for the stress of having some crying but I was not emotionally prepared for Phillippa’s plan to work so quickly and effectively and have to give up our snuggle time during the night so soon! After a few nights of proper sleep in my own bed I got over it very quickly, but in the meantime Phillippa was so patient and understanding when I found it very difficult. It still seems like a miracle, my baby went from exclusively feeding to sleep and bed sharing to sleeping through the night in her own room and cot, self-soothing to sleep, in 3 nights without leaving her to cry. Phillippa’s ongoing advice throughout the process was vital, not only for emotional support but to continue to tweak the plan to get it just right for the best possible routine. It has not negatively impacted breastfeeding, in fact the opposite, which was one of my main concerns. I would highly recommend Phillippa to anyone, she is amazing to work with and her advice really works!
Beth, mum of 6 month old Isabella.
Philly is amazing and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her sleep packages.
I was always cynical about sleep training and thought that there were too many barriers for it to be successful for our family. I didn’t believe it was possible for our 7-month-old baby to settle to sleep without breastfeeding and felt really anxious about the idea of him crying alone in his cot. I also felt that I couldn’t fit a routine around our older children’s school runs or settle all three to bed without my feeding crutch.
I was wrong about all of these things!
Philly helped me to explore my worries in a really supportive and validating way. She listened to my concerns and worked to develop a gentle plan. I was very anxious and pessimistic –baby Freddie was sleeping in bed with me most nights, I was spending 2/3 hours in the evening getting him to sleep and he would wake 3-4 times per night for a feed, in the day he would cat nap or sleep on me whilst feeding.
To my surprise, incredibly quickly, Freddie settled into a routine, and this involved very minimal crying (much less than he had been doing before we started the program) and has enabled me to continue breastfeeding. He now sleeps for 11-12 hours per night (unbelievable) and has two good naps everyday. Freddie is so much happier in himself and his new routine allows me to spend more time with my two other children. I can honestly say that it has been life changing.
For anyone who is thinking about sleep training but has some of the concerns I mentioned above, please contact Philly, she really is fantastic and can make a huge difference.
Laura and Guy, parents of 7 month old Freddy.
We can’t recommend Philly enough, she managed to get our little one through our darkest time as a family, which we learned was a relatively common 18 month sleep regression! She was, up until that stage, sleeping independently through the night with no assistance to settle. Then one day it all changed and she was waking distressed every 2-3 hours and was very hard to settle again. We didn’t know what to do or how to handle it best for the entire family, and then we came across Philly. We had our consultation, and implemented the plan immediately and more importantly we stuck to it by the letter. Within a few days we saw huge steps forwards, and within 3-4 weeks she was sleeping through once more. Thank you Philly!
Louisa and Simon, parents of 18 month old Marnie.
'When we began, P was nearing 5. He started out as a pretty good sleeper, but when his younger brother came along it all went screwy. We have experienced nightly, multiple wake ups for two years. We have oscillated between fighting, crying and punishments, to half-hearted sticker charts, to bed sharing - our approach has been so inconsistent we figured we'd broken any chance of a 'normal' sleeping child. Cue Phillippa.
I was amazed at the pre-work she put in to ensure that the plan she gave us was the best one FOR US. She gave realistic expectations (which we still didn't believe), and an incredible amount of support in the two weeks following implementation.
If you think 'gentle' means 'useless', you're wrong. The plan is fair, and considerate of a child's needs, but it is firm - it gives you as parents the rules to follow night after night, to undo all those bad habits. Her simple, clear instructions relinquish you of the need to make decisions when you're least able to do so ("do we just let him in...you take him back...I'll sleep on the sofa")
And it WORKS. It took three weeks (1 pretty awful week, 1 bit better, 1 much improved) before he was sleeping through the night. No tears, no fighting, and all the frightened questions he used to ask us before bedtime ("where will you be? Will I hear you?) disappeared. One morning he came in and said "Good Morning! The clock is orange. I needed a wee in the night so I went by myself and went back to bed". We nearly fell over. I can't think of a better way to spend money than on getting your kids (and everyone else) sleeping well.'
Lindsey, mum of 5 year old.
'We started our journey with Phillippa when our son was 3 years old. we wondered if it was too late to sleep train him, however after a first consultation Phillippa assured us that she would be able to help and support. We decided to try out the Sweet Dreams package and Phillippa guided us through the plan all the way. My husband and I found it very helpful to meet Phillippa in person and she was so thorough in talking through our situation and building up a picture of our son. Before starting the plan, our son was unable to go to bed without one of us sitting in his room whilst he fell asleep. This was the same situation at night when he woke up so we often found ourselves sleeping on the floor as this seemed easier. However within a week we could see progress and we were able to sit further and further away from his bed. By a week and a half we were no longer sitting in his room- he had learnt to stay in his bed amd self-settle knowing we were close by but not in his room. Although we are still having night wakings these have reduced and as a result my husband and I are now sleeping at night and our son will go back to his bed if asked. The plan given was simple and easy to follow and the phone calls and emails from Phillippa meant we had support when we needed it. I wish we had contacted Phillippa sooner- thank you for giving us our sleep back! It's easy.'
Sarah and Tom, teachers and parents of 3 year old William.
'I used to get anxious around bedtime wondering if I was going to get any sleep. I contacted Phillippa and within days my baby was sleeping through the night. The sleep plans are easy to follow and are worth every penny. I just wish I'd called Phillippa sooner!!'
Cat, parent of 8 month old Andrew.
'I highly recommend Phillippa as a sleep consultant, for anyone struggling with sleep to reach out and seek some advice. I believe Phillippa's strengths include her encouragement and her effective plan which is adapted to each specific case. Phillippa is also great at checking in and tweaking the plan accordingly, and I felt she really picked up on occasions where I had a niggle of doubt and provided encouragement and great advice. She is very personable and provided continuous support which I actually really felt and noticed, rather than left me to it. Thank you Phillippa!it me. It's easy.'
Abbie, mum of 10 month old Louis.
'We got in contact with Phillippa to seek support with our early riser Toby (2) to see if there was anything that we could do as we were all struggling with the 4:30-5 wake ups.
Phillippa took the time to listen and learn all about Toby and the issues we were having and she created a bespoke comprehensive plan for us. She supported us throughout in our telephone catch ups which were really useful for making adjustments and getting much needed reassurance!
We are now enjoying much more sleep as a family with 6 o’clock wake ups, no night wakes and the bedtime routine has reduced in time by half giving me more time to relax in the evening, a bonus I hadn’t even anticipated!!!
Thank you so much for being so professional, never passing any judgement and being really friendly and supportive 👍😄'
Sarah and Chris, parents of 2 year old Toby
'When we contacted Phillippa, Georgia was 9 months old. She is our third baby and our big two were angel sleepers ... cue a non-sleeper.
We did what we felt was exactly the same routine with Georgia as we did with our first two, but bad habits started to creep in! By the time we made contact with Philly, we were rocking Georgia to sleep for both bedtimes & nap-times and always putting her down fast asleep. If she woke in the night and wouldn’t settle we would put her in bed with us (we had NEVER done this before) but lack of sleep will make you do anything! I had never quite understood ‘sleep deprivation’ however the breaking point was Christmas Day.
So in January we started working with Phillippa - right from the start her friendly and honest approach meant I knew we were doing the right thing for the whole family. We had an initial telephone call to discuss what we would need and then the work began. Then a thorough questionnaire and subsequent lengthy FaceTime call meant that Phillippa was able to put together a sleep plan personal & customised for us, to fit around all 3 children, our family day-to-day school runs and after school clubs.
She really helped with my anxiety & massive hesitation to take away Georgia’s dummy!!!! We even asked if there was anyway we could keep a dummy in the sleep plan ... Philly assured us that it would be for the best & asked that we trust her and we did!
I also had big worries about the idea of listening to Georgia crying & that I wouldn’t be able to follow the bedtime routine for 3 children doing bedtime on my own. But Philly’s constant support whether it be by email, text or a phone call meant that I didn’t doubt myself or waver at all.
To our surprise Georgia took to the routine so quickly - even without her dummy! Phillippa had prepared me for the worst case scenario and it meant that I was ready for hard work but within a few nights we saw huge progress.
Within 1 week Georgia was self settling for the first time ever & also settling herself during the night too.
Despite teething & an ear infection during this time - we followed the plan to the letter and within 3 weeks Georgia was sleeping all night.
We hadn’t realised until then - how desperate we were for sleep, time for us and how with sleep Georgia was a completely different child ... her constipation stopped, she started eating better and was even happier than she was before!
Phillippa’s sleep plan has been life changing and from ‘sleep training’ skeptics like us - we would highly recommend her without a shadow of a doubt! Her service, professionalism & thorough commitment to us as a client is worth it’s weight in gold!
We wished we’d found you sooner Philly - thank you for helping us get our sleep back (for all of us!!) x'
Kirsty mum of 9 month old Georgia
'We would highly recommend Phillippa as a sleep consultant and Child Sleep Matters. When we initially contacted Phillippa, we were as a family of three all really desperate. After months of poor sleep, our little boy of 8 months was overtired, bad-tempered and the only place he would sleep his naps was in his pushchair outside. As parents, we were also at breaking point, and the lack of sleep was having a detrimental effect on our day to day lives.
We reached out to Phillippa as kind of last resort as we had tried everything else and also contacted other health professionals who hadn’t helped. We were quite sceptical because we thought it would be impossible to change our little boys sleeping pattern.
Phillippa was easy and flexible to work with via Skype, and her explanations about this method made sense from the start. It was all about helping our baby learn a new way of sleeping.
From the outset, the changes Phillippa suggested to our routine really made sense. In our case, this is something no one had explained before, not even at prenatal classes, that this possibility existed.
We decided to follow her method strictly, and we were amazed to see a vast improvement even on the first night. After two weeks, we finished the plan Phillippa had provided, and we are pleased to say our little boy continues to sleep very well.
It was a complete life changer for all of us, and this is no exaggeration. We would definitely consider reaching out again without a doubt.'
Jon and Paloma, parents to 8 month old living in Spain.
'Philly helped us with sleep training for our first child with AMAZING results, and when I found out she had trained as a specialist in reflux issues I knew she’d be able to help with our second baby who was so unsettled and unhappy in the early months.
After several visits to the GP who diagnosed colic and offered little help, I still felt there was a bigger issue and with Philly’s in depth questionnaire it was clear she had many of the typical reflux symptoms. She provided a detailed plan of action linked to Florence’s specific symptoms - and not just generic advice!
I monitored the impact of the changes I was making and was able to refer back to Philly for further support and any other questions I had. In quite a short space of time, we had a MUCH happier little girl, and many of the symptoms are much improved.
We are soon to start weaning and Philly has provided a lot of advice around this too as there can be issues for reflux babies. Can’t recommend her enough!'
Danielle, Mum of 4 month old Flo
'I can highly recommend Phillippa.
My daughter was struggling to go from 2 naps to 1 naps and was waking very early which was causing very tired parents in the day.
My daughter now sleeps amazingly and I 100% would not have been able to do that alone.
Thank you again x x'
Hannah, mum of 16 month old Hallie
'Being a first time mum, I felt like I was fully prepared and organised for the arrival of the baby. What I’d overlooked however was the importance of sleep. I’d assumed a tired baby would just go to sleep. When baby was around 2 weeks old, the realisation that this wasn’t the case saw us seek out some support.
Beginning our sleep journey with Philly, was one of the best decisions we made. Her knowledgeable, encouraging and non-judgemental approach allowed us to understand the importance of sleep for our new born and supported us to transition her from only sleeping on us, to her own bedside crib.
Philly also guided us through how we could take away the reliance our little one had on using a dummy to get to sleep to learning how she could fall asleep on her own, in a way that didn’t involve being left to cry. We were able to implement Philly’s strategies and I can say after only 5 days or so we’re at the stage where baby can fall asleep without a dummy in around 10-15 minutes meaning my husband and I don’t spend hours with our arm hanging over the side of the crib in case it fell out!
We continue to work with Philly to improve other areas of our baby’s sleep and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone who needs support for their little one learning to sleep.'
Sam and Chris, parents to 12 week old Felicity
'Thank you Philly!!! Before your input, we were on a v slippery slope of bad sleep habits, all magnified by COVID in lockdown days. However, after two weeks of support from you, our 6 month old son now sleeps through the night, there is structure to our day with a nap routine all set out and my husband or I can put him down for his bedtime sleep (which also means either one of us gets to read bedtime stories to his big sis 😊- I haven’t done this since our son was born!). Thank you again for helping to create more quality family times, as well as bringing back structure and sleep to our lives! So glad we got in touch!!! 😁😴💤 💙💕'
Jenna and Grant, parents to 5 month old Adam
'We came to (Philly) at Child Sleep Matters as we really didn’t know how to get our daughter to sleep in her own bed, we were quite late with doing any sleep training and had fallen into a habit of allowing her to fall asleep in our bed due to the ease. However, now she’s a bit bigger it just meant that the four of us (including the dog) just weren’t getting enough good sleep, even in a super king sized bed and it was starting to affect all of our moods, patience with each other and we could see it was really starting to take its toll on our daughter. I contacted Philly and started the programme after an initial chat, I have to say that the bedtime routine is brilliant now my daughter loves it and she has done so well following the programme. The first week was hard but we were warned it would be, but Philly was there to answer questions, come up with solutions to any issues we had and really guided us through every step. I would most definitely (and have) recommend Philly to anyone that has any sleeping issues with their child, honestly it has made such a huge difference to our lives!!'
Fran, mum to 5 year old Lily.
'I just wanted to say a huuuuge thank you for all your help and support with Oscar.
Without sounding too dramatic it really has changed our lives, we're all so much happier for it!
I'm definitely going to write a glowing review on your FB page, I think your plan is great.'
Rachel, teacher and mum of 2 year old Oscar.
'Philly is absolutely wonderful. Her video consultation was detailed, informative and reassuring and the personalised sleep programme she provided for us for our son was excellent. She was really helpful in the following weeks and guided us through some tricky points via phone calls and emails. Philly gave us some very useful strategies that have helped our son to get significantly better sleep. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.'
Catherine, mum to 3 year old Bobby.
'Philly should wear a cape! With a great sleeper with my first child and doing all of the same things with the second, I was at a loss as to what to do with my second who at 10 months was still waking minimum once a night, Philly sorted out our sleep plan and the support is amazing and helps you to keep on the path! Fully sleeping through within 4 nights of starting the plan, we’re now just over 2 weeks from that first magical sleep through the night and it now happens every night and we have the tools to help for everything that these little people throw at us. Cannot thank you enough for ending 10 months of broken sleep! Noah says thank you too, he’s much cheerier now too!'
Taryn, mum to 10 month old Noah.
'I can not recommend Philly highly enough. Before we contacted you, our son had so much difficulty with sleeping and I was like a walking emotional zombie. We had everything from dummies (which I hated), co-sleeping (which I hated even more), being put down asleep and me sleeping between 3 different beds at night (one of which was his bedroom floor). I knew that being a mum would be tiring but I was completely exhausted and not able to function during the day. Finlay was also very grumpy each day because he wasn't getting the sleep that he needed during the night. Once we implemented the plan which you fully supported us with, Finlay now sleeps from 7pm- 6.30am most nights, is put down awake and has no dummy!!! I can not thank you enough for the support and the transformation in him and me. Finlay now wakes up in the morning happy and smiling which he has never done before. You have literally saved me and made me enjoy being a mum instead of dreading each and every night. THANK YOU!!!'
Jaclyn and Craig, parents to 4 month old Finlay
'I can highly recommend Phillippa.
My daughter was struggling to go from 2 naps to 1 naps and was waking very early which was causing very tired parents in the day.
My daughter now sleeps amazingly and I 100% would not have been able to do that alone.
Thank you again x x'
Hannah, mum to 16 month old Hallie.