Testimonials

"Annette, I just wanted to send you a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE thank you for your help and support and update you on Cooper’s sleeping to date. He has turned a massive corner. This is the best sleeping we’ve had from him consistently since about 4mths old (2.5yrs later). He goes straight to sleep these days. NO protests what-so-ever. Its just lovely. He sleeps through the night and we hardly ever hear from him AND for the last 8 or 9 days he has either woken at 6 or just not bothered us until then, when his sun comes up on his clock and two of these mornings its been almost 6.30 until we’ve heard from him. Such a pleasant change from 4, 5, 5.30 wake ups. I think we are in heaven! Thank you, Annette. You’ve been a god send."

 

 

"What a fantastic service and value for money. I was constantly amazed at the level of support Annette has given me while getting Ezra into some great sleep patterns. Thank you very much."

 

 

"Annette you are amazing at what you do - thank you!!!!!!! You really listened to our story and reflected on the best plan to help us lovingly and gently support our little girl (2yrs and 9months when we began implementing the plan) to become a consistently great sleeper!! What a difference it has made to our whole household!!!"

 

"Annette is absolutely awesome if you are having problems with your little one's sleep routine, and she does it without using any of the CIO methods that other people may suggest. When we were getting minimal sleep with our baby when he was 13 months old, she helped us implement a strategy that got him going down to sleep with ease and sleeping through the night. Amazing after we had struggled with 1.5 hour periods of getting him to sleep on a nightly basis and then at least 5 wakings throughout the night! Then, when daylight saving came along and ruined his brilliant sleeping regime six months later, a 30 minute follow up phone conversation with Annette was all it took to get us back on track again. Thank you SO much for all the help you have given us Annette! You have gone above and beyond what could be expected in helping us with our son's sleeping issues. I would HIGHLY recommend talking things through with Annette if you are having sleep problems of any kind!"

 

"I had a 17 month old daughter that had NEVER slept through the night. That means that I had never slept through the night. I've recently become a single mummy and coping with all the sleep deprivation alone was taking its toll
in both of us. That's when I found Annette. 
She has, in no uncertain terms, changed our lives! I used to spend upwards of an hour every night and naptime trying to get bubs to sleep! (And sometimes up to three times in the night!)
After the second day she was settling herself to sleep and now she sleeps!!!
We are both happier, healthier and brighter! 
Thank you Annette!"

 

 

"Annette saved my sanity!
My son was waking up 4 - 6 times a night and wasn't interested in solids. After 3 nights of sleep training he slept through for the first time in months. His appetite improved and started eating not long after that.
Everyone should know about this wonderful woman!
Thank you Annette, If it wasn't for you I think I would have lost my mind."

 

 

"Thank YOU! After 3 years of sleep issues... and a household that was beyond sleep deprived we are finally sleeping through the night. You saved our sanity, and our 3 year old is so much happier! In absolute seriousness our family was suffering tremendously due to the lack of sleep, I was at my wits end and feeling extremely alone."

"Annette listened, empathized and ensured we had strategies we were comfortable and confident to implement. I would highly recommend speaking with Annette ASAP if you are having issues... I wish we had done it sooner!"

 

 

"Annette has literally changed our lives for the better. We were having real trouble getting our baby to sleep - both at night and during the day - and when she woke up early she was unable to get back to sleep without help (and sometimes not at all!). This resulted in some serious sleep deprivation for my husband and I.
Annette provided us with clear, practical advice which was straightforward to implement. Using her baby sleep tips we saw results within days. Our three month old now has long, regular daytime naps and is sleeping for long stretches at night. This is a huge improvement in our baby's sleep patterns and has made our household happier overall.
We found Annette to be very caring and supportive; after our session she followed up regularly with us to check how we were going and answered any questions we had.
I would highly recommend Serene Sleep to any parents who are dealing with kids' sleep problems or who need help to get their baby to sleep through the night.
Thank you so much Annette! :)"

 

 

"Annette you've saved my sanity. Lachie was just over a year when I contacted her, he battles daily with eczema however I felt the fact we were getting up 4-6 times a night was more than just his itchy skin. 
I was working 4 days a week and my work was suffering terribly, the lack of sleep put stress on everything and I was so anxious going to sleep even on the odd occasion he did sleep ok I was wide awake ready for the next cry.
I got in touch with Annette and it didn't happen straight away ...my boy clicked on what was going on so knew how to keep me up...two weeks into the new routine I was getting disheartened as I felt this was my last resort. I was still up at least four times...but then we cracked it with a few more touch ups to the routine. I'm a lot happier, my work is a lot better and I'm back training most days as I now have the energy. Thank you Annette we were all too exhausted to even think what to do so it was great to have someone tell me how to do it and to persevere with me until we sorted it. His skin is already improving through better sleep. Kindest regards, Amy and Lachie. :-)"

 

 

"Annette is absolutely awesome if you are having problems with your little one's sleep routine, and she does it without using any of the CIO methods that other people may suggest.
When we were getting minimal sleep with our baby when he was 13 months old, she helped us implement a strategy that got him going down to sleep with ease and sleeping through the night. Amazing after we had struggled with 1.5 hour periods of getting him to sleep on a nightly basis and then at least 5 wakings throughout the night! Then, when daylight saving came along and ruined his brilliant sleeping regime six months later, a 30 minute follow up phone conversation with Annette was all it took to get us back on track again.
Thank you SO much for all the help you have given us Annette! You have gone above and beyond what could be expected in helping us with our son's sleeping issues. I would HIGHLY recommend talking things through with Annette if you are having sleep problems of any kind!"
Katie McMenamin

 

 

"Thank you Angel in disguise Annette! Our very spirited 2 year old began resisting bedtimes and waking regularly in the night, needing us to settle in with him each time. This caused headaches in our household and left us wondering if it would ever end.
A friend had recommended Annette to us and we gave her a call. Annette talked to us in depth about our situation, and offered us a couple of options, which we began using straight away. We saw results exactly when she said we would, and could finally get back to normal. Our son happily goes to bed now, and no longer wakes in the night...phew.
What a wonderful service you provide, supportive, professional and most of all caring. I will definately be in touch again.
Thank you, from everyone at our place."
Saskia Marsh

 

 

"Annette has literally changed our lives for the better. We were having real trouble getting our baby to sleep - both at night and during the day - and when she woke up early she was unable to get back to sleep without help (and sometimes not at all!). This resulted in some serious sleep deprivation for my husband and I.
Annette provided us with clear, practical advice which was straightforward to implement. Using her baby sleep tips we saw results within days. Our three month old now has long, regular daytime naps and is sleeping for long stretches at night. This is a huge improvement in our baby's sleep patterns and has made our household happier overall.
We found Annette to be very caring and supportive; after our session she followed up regularly with us to check how we were going and answered any questions we had.
I would highly recommend Serene Sleep to any parents who are dealing with kids' sleep problems or who need help to get their baby to sleep through the night.
Thank you so much Annette! :)"
Nikki Rogers

 

 

"Annette you've saved my sanity. Lachie was just over a year when I contacted her, he battles daily with eczema however I felt the fact we were getting up 4-6 times a night was more than just his itchy skin. I was working 4 days a week and my work was suffering terribly, the lack of sleep put stress on everything and I was so anxious going to sleep even on the odd occasion he did sleep ok I was wide awake ready for the next cry.

I got in touch with Annette and it didn't happen straight away ...my boy clicked on what was going on so knew how to keep me up...two weeks into the new routine I was getting disheartened as I felt this was my last resort. I was still up at least four times...but then we cracked it with a few more touch ups to the routine. I'm a lot happier, my work is a lot better and I'm back training most days as I now have the energy. Thank you Annette we were all too exhausted to even think what to do so it was great to have someone tell me how to do it and to persevere with me until we sorted it. His skin is already improving through better sleep.
Kindest regards, Amy and Lachie. :-)"
Amy and Lachlan

 

 

"Annette changed our lives, truly. My young son developed some difficult sleeping habits after he got quite sick at 7 months old with a nasty cold. He would go to sleep on his own at night and for naps during the day, but would wake 5 to 6 times a night, sometimes for an hour at a time and require a lot of soothing, cuddling, rocking and sometimes feeding to get back to sleep. He only wanted his mother and wouldn't settle for anyone else, which led to me getting very tired and emotionally worn out. 
Already suffering from Post Natal Depression, my feelings of anxiety and helplessness increased tenfold the less sleep I got. Existing on less than 4 hours of broken sleep a night, my partner and I did not know what to do. Fortunately my mum found Annette's website online. 
Annette came over for her first visit and she was brilliant from the moment she walked in. Very genuine, caring, kind and most of all 100% confident that she could help us. Her confidence gave me confidence. After just 2 nights of following her suggestions our son was sleeping 11 hours straight at night from 7pm to 6am. Even going away on holiday 2 weeks after starting Annette's routine it didn't upset things. His daytime naps have also improved and he is such a happy baby now, smiling all the time and eating like a horse! I don't know what we would have done without Annette. All we can say is thank you, so much ". 
Kiri Cardno 

 

 

" When we contacted Annette we were very sleep deprived and at our wits' end withThomas' (7 months) sleeping. 
We had tried to come up with some sort of sleep training plan on our own but lacked the knowledge and confidence to make it work. Annette listened to us and created a workable plan to help Thomas learn how to get to sleep on his own. 
With her advice and support we now feel in control of nap times and bed time and have a much happier boy who is sleeping through the night. It has also made a huge difference to our lives as we are enjoying being parents again. We highly recommend Annette's friendly and practical approach! " 
Kate Mahon 

 

 

"Meeting Annette changed our lives for the better. We were struggling with our 3 ½ year old who had had difficulty settling himself and sleeping well from birth. Over the years we had formed a habit whereby either myself, or my partner would stay with him until he fell asleep for his day nap and/or evening sleep - often up to 40+mins at a time. We also let him sleep in our bed with us if he came in during the night, because we all knew it gave us a better sleep than trying to put him to bed in his own room up to 3-4x a night. This was all working to a point, but soon fell apart when we had a new-born in the house, we knew it just couldn't go on the way it was. Our eldest son had also always woken early (between 5-5.30am) and so still needed a long day nap, up to 2 hours a day, to make up for lost sleep. This was starting to affect his preschool options as he couldn't stay for longer sessions, and play dates or outings we may contemplate doing were being curtailed. In desperation I called Annette and she came out to meet us. She was professional, friendly and confident that she could help us get sleep under control in our household, and realistic in what was required to make constructive changes. 
Over a 6 week period we made the small, yet essential changes that Annette outlined, and at all times she was contactable if we needed help, or just a friendly chat along the way. 
It was challenging, and there were times where we thought it would just be easier to go back to the way we were doing it before we met Annette, but she continued to encourage us that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. And there was! 
Now, 4 months down the track, we have a set bedtime routine and once we have read books to our son we can turn off the light, say goodnight and know we won't see him till the morning. He regularly sleeps until 7-7.30am, and hardly ever has a day nap now. He is a different boy, and as a family we are happier than we have ever been. 
Thank you Annette, for your wisdom, your knowledge and for moving to NZ from the UK so you could come into our lives and give us all serene sleeps!" 
Ree O' Hagan 

 

 

Right from the start Joshua was unsettled at night and we quickly slipped into a pattern of irregular daytime sleeping and regular wakings at night. At one point Josh would only sleep in his rocker chair downstairs and endless nights were spent lying on the sofa next to him trying to get him off to sleep, we also resorted to using a dummy to pacify him. This led to Joshua being over tired in the day and generally a very unhappy baby.
When Joshua was 5 ½ months old we contacted Annette after receiving a personal recommendation. She came to visit us at home and started piecing together exactly what was happening to make Joshua sleep so poorly. She immediately gave us a solution that involved implementing a sensible bedtime routine and following a simple gradual withdrawal programme. Within two nights we had noticed a difference in Joshua's sleeping. Implementing Annette's suggestions was actually quite straight forward and it immediately became clear where we had been going wrong for so many months.
A more settled daytime pattern naturally followed and since then Joshua has been more alert and content. It's really made a difference to our lives as having a baby that won't sleep is both distressing and exhausting to everyone involved. 
Rob and Nikki Dear. 

 

 

Jessica was born at 39 wks by emergency caesarean. After much perseverance and determination I was delighted to be able to breast feed her. Although I really enjoyed breast feeding it meant that all the demands were on me and my husband wasn't able to help out much.
Before I knew it after each night feed instead of putting her back into her cot I would just let her fall asleep snuggled up to me. This seemed completely natural at first and I didn't mind it too much but 15 months later the situation became so bad that I was existing on 3- 4 hrs sleep per night.
Even though she was fully weaned I was still breast feeding her up to 10 times a night and she had to literally sleep on top of me or hold me before she would fall asleep. My poor husband was banished to the spare room and it was starting to have a detrimental effect on our relationship. That's when I knew I had to get help.
Before I contacted Annette I was very sceptical about sleep management programmes and didn't like the idea of leaving my child to cry. However after talking to Annette and getting to understand what was causing the sleep problem it all made complete sense. I hadn't realised that Jessica was totally reliant on me for getting off to sleep and that I was making the situation worse.
We decided to opt for the more gradual approach and after 2 wks the nights were transformed. I have stopped breast feeding her altogether and have noticed an enormous change in her appetite. It seems such a treat to have an evening to ourselves and to know we have a full night’s sleep ahead of us.
I can’t believe we left it for so long. We will always be truly grateful. 
Cath and Jessica 17 months 

 

 

My daughter Blythe was ten months old when I contacted Annette. We had followed all the 'guidelines'; she had been exclusively breastfed and had slept in our bedroom for the first six months of her life and yet I had a baby who was still waking two or three times a night and who wouldn't sleep much during the daytime.
The situation was that after bath time I would breastfeed my daughter until she was asleep often placing her on the bed next to me until she fell asleep, then I would very carefully put her into her cot. This process could often take an hour and if she woke up during the process I had to start the whole thing again. She would then wake two or three times in the night and each time I would go and feed her to get her back to sleep, it was exhausting for me and my husband. With the thought of going back to a demanding job looming in my mind it was time to get some help. After a two and a half hour 'getting to sleep' session one evening I rang Annette to try to get an appointment; although she couldn't see us for a few days she was so calming on the phone that I immediately felt better.
When she came to visit we discussed the reasons for Blythe not sleeping and Annette gave us a structured plan to follow which allowed me to continue breastfeeding. Although there was crying involved (on both parts) I was surprised at how strong I was. Within 3 days we had a baby who was sleeping from 7pm until 6am the next morning! This pattern has continued and Blythe now reaches out for her cot at night when she has finished feeding. She even slept throughout the night in a travel cot during a weekend away two weeks after starting the programme.
The follow up phone calls from Annette have provided reassurance and I now have the confidence to understand when my daughter is crying for attention and when there is a genuine reason. Every time someone mentions their child's sleeping problems to me now I say "ring Annette"! I am starting back at work this week and am so glad to have caught up on some sleep myself and to have a beautiful, happy daughter who is now sleeping properly. Thank you Annette. 
Cheryl and Andrew Buchanan

 

 

When Molly was born we knew that parenthood would come with lots of highs and lows but no one can really prepare you for what sleep deprivation is like.
From day one Molly never really slept very well and although I knew this was fairly normal I didn't really know at what point it stopped being normal.
It wasn't until she was nearly 2 years old that I suddenly realised I couldn't go on any longer existing in this way. Every night Molly would take ages to fall asleep and we used to let her fall asleep on a bean bag downstairs in the lounge. Sometimes it would be 9:30pm before she would be asleep and then we would carefully carry her upstairs and pop her into her bed and hope for the best.
Almost to the dot within 45 mins she would wake up and scream for me until I went in and patted her back off to sleep. On some nights I would have to bring her back downstairs as she seemed to associate the bean bag with falling asleep. This pattern continued through out the night up to four times and somehow she always ended up in our bed. Christmas was looming and we would be having relatives to stay so I knew something had to be done that's when I phoned Annette. I didn't think for one minute that she would be able to help I just expected her to say that it was a problem that we had created and that one day she would grow out of it. How wrong was I!!!! 
After 4 days of hard work and determination and following a new simple structured bed time routine to our amazement our sleep deprivation was over.
Within a week Molly was happy to be left in her room after a cuddle and story and would stay their uninterrupted until the morning. I can't believe we allowed ourselves to suffer for so long it's not until you are out the other end do you realise how bad things got. I feel so much more positive about life in general and nothing seems to phase me any more. Thank you!!! 
Julie and Ian Bland

 

 

 

Since Chloe's birth she has always been lively and slept very little during the day and would only feed well at night. She would often fall asleep on the bottle and would be carried asleep to her cot.
As she got older whenever I attempted to change her bedtime routine she always seemed to be unwell and it would have to be postponed. Before I knew it over two years had passed by.
At 2 yrs 4 months Chloe had only slept through the night on 3 separate occasions and bedtime was around 8:30pm and this was prolonged by one of us having to sit rocking her off to sleep in a chair. This could sometimes take up to 45mins!! She would then wake frequently in the night calling out for one of us and would disturb easily at the slightest noise. She would always end up in our bed at some point in the night.
As I had 3 older teenage children who always made lots of noise (slamming doors, chatting on phones etc) I never thought we would get round to sorting out this huge bedtime battle.
Then my good friend with a sleepless 15 months old used Serene Sleep and was having immediate results so this gave me the push I needed to seek help myself. As soon as I spoke to Annette a weight was lifted from my shoulders and I suddenly felt empowered and not a failure. Annette has a wonderful manner and gives total confidence that you will teach your child to sleep peacefully through the night. She shows genuine empathy and is non-judgmental. She helped me focus on the task and explained in detail what to expect and was honest and realistic about how Chloe would react. She gave us a choice of programmes to use and we chose one that we both knew we would feel comfortable with. 
When we set the start date, fitting it around older teenagers and work, I was nervous but excited. 
Chole tried every trick in the book as expected but by the second night she never attempted to get out of her bed (a miracle!). it still took a few more nights for her to stop waking up but by following the plan we both knew where we stood and the reward chart helped make it more positive for Chloe.
She now goes to bed at 7pm every night after stories and cuddles and always falls asleep on her own. She now sleeps through every noise in the house and doesn't get out of bed until I tell her it's time to get up.
Even during week 2 when she was ill with a cough and ear infection she still stayed in her bed and would settle herself back to sleep if she woke up coughing. I have noticed a big change in her apetite since starting the sleep routine and she is a lot less grumpy during the day. 
Annette is an angel and has changed our family life immeasurably, she has given us all the gift of peaceful sleep. 
I can't recommend her highly enough, her professional, non-judgmental caring approach is what we needed as a family to move things forward. I wish I had done things sooner. Many many thanks again for changing our lives!!!
Caroline Whichelow and Chloe aged 2 1/2