Wake Up, Sleepyhead!

Need sleep? Mahaley Patel can help!

Mahaley Patel’s family is beautiful, but wasn’t always so well-rested. We can relate! Like many of us, she struggled to get her baby to sleep through the night. Mahaley read all the books, listened to every piece of advice from fellow parents to experts, but nothing worked. Frustrated, feeling “like a failure,” and exhausted, she took matters into her own hands, becoming a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant. Her daughter Amelie is now three and a champion of sleep! This empowered mama helped herself, and now she shares her know-how with struggling families everywhere.

As a mom of toddler and infant, I needed to pick her brilliant, well-rested brain. Here’s what she has to say about getting your family the sleep it so desperately needs, enjoy!

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Jamie Aderski, from Tinybeans

1. A sleep consultant?! That sounds amazing. How would you describe what you do? Helping families to get the sleep they need. I try to meet my families where they are at and combine parenting styles with sleep goals.

2. Which are you: Night Owl, Early Bird, or Both? Early Bird!

3. Do you get Fries or Salad with that? Both! Balance is key ; )

4. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” – Will he rest better if he keeps going until he arrives at his destination, or if he sneaks a quick nap in? Ooohh. Nap for sure!!

5. What’s your favorite sleep-related quote? “A sleeping baby is the new happy hour” – I love it because it’s so true. Every parent can relate 🙂

6. What’s the best way to transition a kid from a crib to a bed? I generally don’t recommend making the transition before the age of three. It’s often too much freedom for a toddler to handle! Once your toddler is ready, involve them in the process of picking out the bed and the sheets. Make it fun for them. Read books about moving to a “big kid bed.” And if you don’t already have a toddler clock, get one! They are MAGIC. Ensure that your child understands the rules and expectations surrounding sleep and who sleeps where.

7. Who’s harder to train: the kids or the parents? The parents 🙂 We are all doing our best and sometimes it’s so hard to know what that is, especially when you are sleep deprived. A lot of the work I do is coaching parents through implementing the plan we create and reassuring them that they will see results.

8. What’s the best piece of advice you can give us sleep-deprived parents? I hear a lot of advice thrown around in mom groups like “they will learn to sleep” or “my child is five and still doesn’t sleep! You will survive.” And I want parents to know that having a child does not mean you have to be up at all hours of the night for the rest of your life. It is possible for your child to sleep through the night. You just need a plan that you feel comfortable with and can be consistent with. Ask for help, hire a sleep consultant, or buy a sleep book! But whatever you do, just know that you do not have to continue being sleep deprived.

9. Can you help my husband with his snoring? hahaha unfortunately no…. I haven’t figured out how to stop my own husband’s snoring!

10. If you could go back in time and give your sleepy self an encouraging word, what would it be? Oh boy. I was a total wreck when I was sleep deprived. I would probably hand myself a coffee, let myself cry, and tell myself that my hard work will pay off and my child will sleep, and so will I.

Read Mahaley’s blog, articles, and learn more about her services HERE

Check out Mahaley's must-haves:

Jack Black Chapstick. Because parenthood is, among other things, dehydrating.

For when a good night’s sleep is not enough: The Breville Espresso Machine

Toddler Clock! Helps get your kid on a sleep schedule and to know when it’s time to wake.

My (over priced) Apple AirPods. I am not a tech person, but these have totally changed my work life for the better!

Wearable Blanket. My daughter is three and still in one and hasn’t climbed out of her crib!

Sleep hack: get a White Noise Machine!

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