Amy - Alexandria, VA
We have a happy, healthy, wonderful son who, in his first 8 months, was a nighttime monster! No one in our household slept for more than 3 hours at a time (if we were lucky!) from the point our baby was born - despite having read all the books, reviewing as many websites as we could find, and trying (and failing) to apply different sleep-training principles. Sleep-deprived? Frustrated? Desperate? We were all three. Then Ingrid started working with us and within days, everything changed. With a few simple tweaks, our son began sleeping between 11 to 12 hours each night, napping on a regular schedule, and eating voraciously. He goes happily to his crib, puts himself to sleep, and is a little ray of well-rested sunshine when he wakes up for the day. We saw improvements by the second night and had an established routine with a full night's sleep by the fifth.
It felt like a miraculous change - magic, even - and Ingrid gets all the credit. Her plan was easy to follow and her daily support and guidance kept us moving forward even when travel threatened to derail our progress. It was clear we were working with an expert who understood not only how to address our son's sleep issues, but also his parents' confusion, lack of confidence, and exhaustion! We needed knowledge, encouragement, and empathy, and Ingrid offered all three. If you feel like I did - confused about the different methods, uncertainty about what a sleep coach could offer, and suspicious that your child is just a "bad sleeper" - do not give up! This is worth trying! We now joke that our son is a "sleep genius," but Ingrid is the genius. We only wish we had started working with her sooner!
Laura- London, UK
My family will be eternally grateful to Ingrid for her fabulous work teaching us how to teach our toddler to sleep on his own. Before Ingrid’s assistance, we spent hours putting our 2.5 year-old to bed each night and more hours still waking up 2,3, even 4 times a night to put him back to bed. Needless to say, we were a collectively miserable and exhausted mess.
We found Ingrid through a recommendation online and worked with her remotely. She listened carefully to our personal concerns and asked insightful questions about our precocious but very anxious toddler. She designed a personalized plan that focused on gradually teaching him the skills he needed to feel comfortable in his bed and to fall asleep on his own. We were especially pleased that the program she designed focused on positive reinforcement and setting of boundaries, rather than discipline or “crying it out”. Completion of the training took nearly a month for our stubborn toddler, but Ingrid was there every step of the way with conference calls as needed to provide creative ideas and to keep us motivated.
The result? Our son is now able to put himself to sleep both for naps and at bedtime. Most nights he sleeps the entire night. On the occasion he wakes during the night, he is able to fall back to sleep on his own. With more sleep, his mood is better as is ours. Our daycare provider commented he seems like an entirely different kid – with more energy and fewer disciplinary problems throughout the day.
I cannot recommend Ingrid more highly to any parent who wants to help their child learn essential sleeping skills. I especially recommend the full package that includes one-to-one sessions to keep you motivated throughout the transition.
Liz- Pretoria, South Africa
Before contacting Ingrid at Best Rest Families, my 7-month-old baby was waking up crying several times a night. My family and I were exhausted and frustrated. After unsuccessfully trying every sleep training method I could find, I contacted Ingrid. Because she is a nurse and a mom of two, Ingrid's advice is rooted in medicine but comes with the compassion of someone who has "been there." Thanks to her easy-to-follow sleep plan and practical advice, my sweet baby boy is sleeping like a champ, and our family is once again enjoying restful, peaceful nights. I highly recommend Ingrid and only wish that I had asked for her help earlier.
James, Leesburg, VA
When we initially reached out to Ingrid for sleep coaching we were in five alarm fire mode with our 7 month olds sleep habits. She would only fall asleep on her mother or in my arms and was regularly waking three or four times nightly. The evening bedtime routine was a disaster of feeding, walking, shushing and failed set downs that quite literally took the entire night and seldom resulted in solid sleep for anyone in the family. Similiarly, daytime naps were a mess. We had to coax her to sleep in our arms and most of the time attempting to set her down would result in her waking up. There was no schedule or rhyme or reason.
Right off the bat Ingrid identified the trouble spots in our strategy and worked with us to customize a plan that was effective and comfortable to our sensibilities as parents. The change was dramatic and rapid. I would say that within four or five nights of implementing Ingrid's suggestions we saw a substantial change in our child's sleep habits. Gone was the nighttime juggle of trying desperately to get her into her crib. The wakings became fewer and fewer. And over the next passing weeks Ingrid helped us fine tune our daughter's sleep habits. She was always responsive, available and patient. But more importantly, her methods WORK!
A bedtime that once took me hours now takes me twenty minutes. Naptimes consist quietly singing two songs before setting her down in her crib. It's reliable, consistent and BLISSFUL. The other night as I was singing softly before bed my daughter cried to get out of my arms and into her crib! Two months ago we were regularly sleeping in chairs with the baby in our arms because she was so dependent upon us. If you had told me this would be the result I'd have called you crazy!
Our older daughter was never sleep trained and she didn't begin sleeping through the night until she was three. There's no reason for everyone to be overtired and exhausted for so long. If any families are reading this and can relate to a similiar chaotic sleep schedule with their little one I cannot recommend Ingrid enough! It is possible and I guarantee you it's worth the investment! Thank you Ingrid for everything!
Mary- Washington, D.C.
We have a 2yr old that was waking up multiple times a night because we were his lovey. I had read many sleep techniques but felt I needed an expert to guide me through the process. Ingrid is not only a sleep expert but a nurse and a mom, which made her that much better. She was there to guide us through each step and now my little man is going to sleep on his own, stays in bed and no wake ups.
Stu – Fairfax, VA
Our 8 month-old daughter was unable to sleep at all in her crib. We’d put her down and she’d immediately start crying until we picked her up again. In desperation, my wife and I took to holding her in a recliner for four hours each per night, which allowed our little girl to sleep, but meant that all three of us were constantly exhausted. As first-time parents, we lacked the experience and knowledge to solve this problem on our own.
Ingrid worked with us over skype and by phone to learn about our habits, routines and concerns, and helped us to come up with a workable and sustainable sleep plan. On the first night, we were prepared for the worst, but actually it only took an hour to get our daughter to sleep in the crib. There was a little complaining on her part, but nothing traumatic for any of us. Within just a few nights of working with Ingrid, our baby was sleeping for 9-11 hours straight, and continues to do so. Not only is she better rested, but mom and dad now sleep for a full eight hours every night, which means we’re better equipped to give her what she needs.
Ingrid has been a joy to work with. She is warm and supportive, a good listener and a consummate professional. She helped us achieve a remarkable transformation in under a week, for which we are enormously grateful. We would recommend her without any hesitation to parents dealing with similar problems.
Britta - Arlington, VA
Becoming a parent is an absolutely incredible, but utterly exhausting experience! Like most new parents, my husband and I spent the first few months of our son’s life stumbling around like a pair of zombies. Our beautiful boy was incredibly happy, but just couldn’t connect his naptime sleep cycles. While he slept decently at night, naps were unpredictable and lasted twenty minutes at most. We couldn’t get anything done during the day and felt trapped in the house, while our son just woke up cranky and in need of more sleep. We tried so many things—different beds, props, rocking. Nothing worked! All the books offered conflicting advice, and left us confused and without a solution. His twenty-minute naps gave us no time to rest, or even a break. We decided to call in a professional. We found Ingrid, and within a few days our lives felt changed. Our son had learned to fall asleep and connect his sleep cycles on his own. He began to wake up refreshed, happy, and ready for the day. And so did we. With Ingrid’s help, our 6 month-old son now sleeps on his own for 12 hours every night and enjoys a pair of two-hour naps each day.
I recommend Ingrid to anyone whose baby has a hard time sleeping. Having a well-rested baby will completely change your experience as a parent. Ingrid gave us the knowledge and support we needed to help our son become a great napper and we thank her for changing our lives as first time parents!
Jennifer- Louisa, VA
This was not something which I ever thought I would need, as I was not a first-time mother, and my first child slept great without any real effort. My now 8-month old son on the other hand, started off sleeping well as a newborn, but after a bout of illness at around 2 ½ months old, he turned into a fussy night owl. This continued for months, and even after he turned 6 months old he was nursing up to three times a night, and was waking up an average of 10-14 times throughout the night needing me to re-plug his pacifier. I was getting around 4 hours of non-consecutive sleep each night, and I could not take it anymore. I did some research and found Ingrid Hanifen as a sleep coach. I was hesitant at first, and a bit skeptical as to whether or not she would be able to help me, but her initial email, and then our phone consultation put me at ease, and left me feeling hopeful that I would soon sleep again.
Ingrid was vital in helping to guide me through the process, and in supporting me through the tough first nights. After the first night, things improved incrementally, and after the four night, I slept almost entirely through the night! I have never been so grateful for another person’s help in my life. I feel whole again, and my son’s sleep has only continued to improve over the past couple of weeks since I engaged Ingrid as my sleep coach. I highly recommend her services for any family struggling with any part of their child’s sleep, from naps to bedtime. She has given our family peace, and the ability to move forward and enjoy our children, and meet life’s challenges without feeling depleted.
Kalee- Muscat, Oman
Ingrid has been a huge help! Our 4-year-old son was waking long before the sun was up and she gave us strategies to help get him on a healthy sleep cycle. He now consistently sleeps through the night and doesn’t wake-up until 6:30, and that is a win in my book! Ingrid is very helpful and understanding of how awful it can be. She is amazingly helpful and I highly recommend her!
Courtney- Roanoke, VA
After wavering for several months on whether I should contact a sleep consultant for my 11-month old daughter, I reached out to Ingrid for help. So thankful I did! Her knowledge, guidance and support were essential in giving me the tools and confidence to teach my daughter how to fall asleep on her own, and in turn, sleep through the night. Woo hoo! Although I had read numerous books, blogs and websites about sleep help, I was frankly too pooped to troubleshoot by myself. I really appreciated that Ingrid's services included an initial conversation via Skype/FaceTime where we could thoroughly discuss my daughter's sleep challenges, my parenting philosophy, as well as address any questions. Her personalized sleep plan was detailed and easy to follow. Ingrid was also very responsive and as sweet as can be throughout the sleep training process. I highly recommend her to any parent facing sleep challenges with a baby/child. So worth it!
Karen- Taipei, Taiwan
I cannot express enough gratitude for having an expert like Ingrid to consult about my sleep questions for my 2-year old toddler! My only regret is not finding out about her earlier. For our one-hour remote consultation, Ingrid listened very carefully to my concerns and provided a constructive framework for me to work with. I feel so much more confident in my ability as a parent to set better sleep goals and troubleshoot sleep issues. I will definitely be consulting Ingrid again the next time I hit a wall and will recommend her to my new parent friends!
Ariana- Muscat, Oman
Ingrid is awesome. I have to admit that I was not sure spending money on something like sleep coaching was a smart idea. Especially since I didn't know if it would work but I was desperate! So glad we did! Turns out we just needed to tweak a few things and it's made all the difference. My 8 month-old son has been sleeping through the night for the past week or so. The improvement was almost immediate! Ingrid did a great job in customizing a plan that worked for our son. Totally recommend her!
Heather- Harrisonburg, VA
Working with Ingrid was a wonderful experience! Prior to working with her, our 6-month old son Josh rarely napped in his crib and was waking up several times at night. She helped us change all of this! Starting with the consultation, and through our many phone calls walking us through the sleep coaching process with Josh, Ingrid was very patient and understanding as we did hit a few setbacks, but she always kept us on track. From the time that Josh gets up in the morning, I know what time to get him down for his first and second naps, and what time to put him to bed. We are so happy with Josh's sleep now. We are deeply thankful to Ingrid for helping us work with Josh to help get his sleep better! It was just so amazing and comforting having her strong support and guidance during the time we worked with her. Thank you so much Ingrid!