Diane’s help with sleep coaching changed my world! As a super nervous first time mom, I was convinced I had “ruined things” by allowing my 5 month old daughter to co sleep and holding her during naps. I wanted to “sleep train” and get my daughter in her own crib/room so I could have a life again but was terrified . Diane not only coached me on what to do with the baby but helped us as parents with the mental stress of getting your baby to sleep. She was very available and helped us everyday modify our plan to what worked best for our family. Within a couple weeks, our baby went from nursing 8 times a night and never having slept in a crib to sleeping 12 hours in her crib with only one feeding (by choice)! I would highly recommend Diane for a personalized approach -one size fits all to sleep coaching isn’t the only way!
~ Keely, mama of a 5 month old
Our work with Diane completely changed our reality! Before working with her, our girl was still waking up every two hours (at 21 months) and Mom would need to nurse her back down to sleep. After nearly two years of this kind of sleep deprivation, something needed to change. We were hesitant to use any kind of sleep training but this method felt gentler than others. Diane held our hand the whole way through the process. Admittedly we were daunted at the beginning, but after a few days, we began to see changes and then soon enough our girl began sleeping through the night! We couldn't believe it. Thank you Diane for your compassionate care and helping our whole household get better sleep! We are very grateful!
~ Alia, mama of 21 month old
Yay!!!!! You've been amazing to work with Diane! Thanks so much for your tailored plan for our family! We feel so much more confident about how to set Maya up for a good night sleep and your help has removed our anxiety around her wakeups. We feel very prepared to get right back on the plan if we ever get derailed
~ Nina and Frank, parents of 7 month old
Before connecting with Diane, our baby had been waking 3 to 5 times a night for a couple of months. The amount of sleep we were getting was no longer sustainable and we were desperate for a solution. We also felt very lost in the world of sleep training. One thing we did know was that we did not want to have our baby “cry it out” at night - we wanted a more gentle approach.
Diane’s gentle approach to addressing our babies sleep is exactly what we were looking for! Working with her has given us skills that we will be able to use with our baby as she grows. Our baby is now able to connect her sleep cycles and we have seen leaps of improvement in both our baby’s daytime naps and night time sleep!
Diane is extremely knowledgeable and explained to us essential information regarding sleep but also baby development! She was incredibly supportive throughout the entire sleep training process and really took the time to address our concerns or areas we were struggling in. We could not have done it without her and we are so happy to have found her!
~ Samantha, mama of 6 month old
Three weeks ago, I began working with Diane to re-set my daughter’s sleep patterns. She is 2.5 years old, and had horrible sleep habits. She fought bedtime, and woke up at 2 or 3 am five nights a week, and then refused to go back to bed until almost 5am. Furthermore, she was taking ‘disaster naps’ that were either way too short, or hours too long. This was not sustainable, and we were both exhausted, cranky, and desperate for help!
Diane’s coaching, and customized plan, along with daily check-ins, and feedback were a life saver! Within a week, my daughter stopped fighting her bedtime routine, and adjusted her sleep patterns to go to bed a full hour earlier, with minimal fuss! Diane worked with me step by step to integrate the ‘sleep lady shuffle’ into our bedtime routine, and checked in with me every step of the way as we gradually moved from her bedside, to a more independent schedule.
By week 2, my daughter adapted to a modified nap schedule, and even happily says, ‘nap time’ when she knows her body needs rest. She has taken ownership of her rest patterns, and is more in tune with her sleep-needs.
She now goes to bed without a fuss, and is able to quiet herself down at bedtime, and naptime! Her attitude, demeanor, and overall joy have improved drastically.
Working with Diane was such a blessing- she was incredibly patient, knowledgeable, and offered flexible suggestions to adapt to my daughter’s responses as we adjusted her sleeping patterns. I have seen a huge, positive, change in my daughter’s behavior, and in her willingness to listen as a result of her increased sleep! I cannot thank Diane enough for the positive change she has made in our life, and for the ‘toolbox’ of skills I have learned to help my daughter (and consequently me!) sleep!
-Alessa, mom of a 2.5 year old
Before starting coaching with Diane, we thought we were "getting by" with our toddler's sleep. It wasn't until we started to really explore the challenges of every day life with rough, unpredictable sleep patterns and started to make positive changes that it became obvious how much we'd resigned ourselves to just surviving. Coaching and support from Diane has changed so much for our family. It's improved my postpartum depression more than anything else has thus far. Getting into a regular routine and having confidence that our child will sleep well and be more rested and happy is priceless.
-Jamie and Sean, parents of 15 month old
You will not regret doing the amazing training with Diane.
It will be challenging, but with her support and guidance she will help you through every step of the way.
My wife and I have a 16 month old who was nursing up to 5 times a night, while also sleeping with us in the bed. After 3 weeks of Diane’s program our daughter is now sleeping in her crib every night and no longer waking up to breastfeed. It has changed our lives for the better and made it so the whole family is now getting good quality sleep! You seriously can not put a price tag on that! Thank you Diane for all your help and hard work!
-Taylor and Katy, parents of a 16 month old
Working with Diane as our gentle sleep coach was wonderful! She was genuinely interested in our current sleep approach and excited to help! I knew we were in good hands and were going to receive great advice to help us move forward with Caroline's sleep schedule after our consultation. I love that she continued to reassure us that we had a pretty good sleep routine in place but with just a few tweaks we could see some improvement. It's now been about 3 weeks and Caroline has slept through the night every night since then! She was right, we needed her advice on a few of those tweaks and it worked!
-Brianna, mom of a 22 month old
Diane was very flexible, and responsive to my daughter’s needs, and personality. She worked with me to create a plan that was tailored to my daughter’s pace, demeanor, and progress. She was very responsive, and provided great feedback, and detailed suggestions when I had a concern, or question. We talked about my daughter’s progress, and ‘back steps’ when my daughter had challenges during transitions. Her suggestions were appropriately scaffolded to my daughter’s needs, and progress.
I cannot say enough about how grateful I am to have worked with Diane through this journey. I worked with her during sleep coaching as well, and her guidance transformed a very challenging aspect of parenting (first sleep, and now using the potty) into manageable transitions. Diane did a fantastic job tailoring her coaching to my daughter’s needs, and personality.
-Alessa, mama of 4 year old
My family and I are so very grateful and relieved to have had the support of our potty coach, Diane Farkas. Approaching the process before training felt daunting, especially with a very strong-willed, independent toddler. I was truly intimidated and dreading it, assuming there were lots of battles and tears (from both of us)ahead. I looked into various programs that are available and even did a video course that left me still feeling like I was going in a bit blindly with a cookie-cutter plan. Having a coach to walk us through the whole process relieved all that.
I was really intrigued and impressed by the program's approach of using a short questionnaire to help individualize and guide the process based on my child'temperament and needs. As parents, we also had a questionnaire to help us assess our expectations, goals, and needs before starting the process. It felt more personalized, instead of other tools that assume all kids learn or will embrace something the same way.
The whole program was broken down for us step by step into phases that felt manageable and well-supported with clear explanations of why we were doing, saying, or approaching things a certain way. The program felt very attuned to my gentle, emotion-focused parenting style overall, which helped my confidence and trust to follow the plan. The training itself was fairly simple and incredibly effective with my toddler. My daughter picked up the potty process on the first day and was consistent and confident within a few days. My daughter was hesitant to use unfamiliar potties, but Diane supported us in preparing and supporting my daughter to learn to use the potty at school and while on vacation.
The greatest value and gift of the coaching process was the accessibility to our coach, Diane, for questions, reassurance, guidance, and even emotional support when I felt frustrated or discouraged at times. Our daughter nailed peeing in the potty immediately but was very conflicted and emotionally overwhelmed when it came to pooping in the potty. It was a process that required a lot of patience and guidance from Diane to continue to give our daughter the right balance of trust, to learn at her own pace, with encouragement and a gentle push to make progress. Diane was with us through the whole process, and it was evident how committed and determined she was to see us all through that sticking point. Not to mention how great it felt to be able to celebrate those big successes with someone who would truly appreciate an excited poop-emoji text!
Overall, the support allowed me to feel more relaxed and confident as a supportive leader in the process, which undoubtedly allowed my daughter to build this skill with such ease and confidence.
- Jamie, mama of 2.5 year old
The potty training class we took with Diane gave us everything we needed to feel confident in beginning to potty-train our daughter (age 2). We learned the behavioral, developmental, and physiological readiness signs to look for, and were given the road map to move forward once we began. We were provided with specific tools and ideas based upon our daughter's personality and temperament, and we walked away having a very thorough understanding of this"gentle" approach (no bribing, no shaming, letting our daughter lead the way!!). It has been JOYOUS watching her feel confident, excited, and proud as she'learning this new skill set. I highly recommend this class!
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