ABOUT

Get to Know Me
and My Philosophy

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about me
Sarah Porteous
Infant and Toddler Sleep Consultant

Hi there! I am SO glad you're here!!! 

My name is Sarah, and I'm a certified infant and toddler sleep consultant.

I was born and raised in Southern California, up until a few years ago when I decided to do all of life's biggest milestones within a few months of each other. You know, get married, move 2,000 miles away from the only place I've ever lived, get pregnant, buy a house, and get pregnant AGAIN! Now here I am with the two most beautiful baby girls in existence!

We brought Reagan home from the hospital on Halloween of 2019 (of all of the holidays to bring home your newborn baby, I wouldn't recommend the one with frequent door bell ringing) and as we left the hospital, my husband and I looked at each other and asked "How are they letting us leave with her??!! We don't know ANYTHING about babies!!" On our second night home from the hospital, we had the night. If you're visiting my website, I'm sure you're unfortunately familiar with THAT night. Reagan cried from 6:00pm until 3:00am. I felt absolutely helpless. For the weeks that followed, I developed a crippling fear as night time rolled around that it would happen again. 

Fast forward a few months. It was taking us an hour to try to get Reagan to go to sleep. We'd rock her, bounce her, pat her, shush her, and just as we'd put her down, she'd pop her eyes open at me as if she was saying, "haha mom just kidding!!" We finally said enough is enough and decided to sleep train her! Reagan caught on after the very first night, and I was IN. AWE. Finally, after 5 sleepless months and evenings consumed with the rock-bounce-pat-shush method, I felt like myself again. For the first time in 5 months, I could just lay on the couch with my husband and watch a movie, or enjoy a glass of wine while taking a bath! That is why I'm doing this. I want YOU to experience that feeling. Because when we as moms and dads take time for ourselves and for each other, we in turn can be the BEST parents we can be. 

If you can't relate to my experience with Reagan, maybe you'll relate more to my second baby: Tatum. Oh, Tatum. The happiest girl there ever was, and quite possibly the worst sleeper. By far my most problematic client I have ever had! Things started out great. She would wake up 1-2 times per night to nurse, and would go right back to sleep. And then Tatum turned 3 months old and decided that she didn't want to sleep anymore. Tatum was colicky and would cry as soon as I'd lay her down. I would be LUCKY to get a 2 hour stretch of sleep. Most nights she would be up for several hours at a time. After she turned 4 months old, we tried sleep training, not once. Not twice. Not even three times. We tried sleep training, 5 TIMES. 5 separate times before Tatum and I got it to stick. Dear mama, I understand the crying is hard. And I understand the frustration when you can't get your baby to sleep. You aren't alone, and I want to help you through these times. 

MY APPROACH

I fully believe that there is no "right" parenting style. There are different things for different people! As your sleep consultant, I promise to value and account for your family's philosophy to raising your child. Your child's sleep plan will be unique to their personality and your preferences. 

SLEEP TRAINING MYTHS

There's A LOT of myths out there when it comes to sleep training. Let's debunk them right now!

  • Sleep training does NOT mean Cry It Out, if you don't want it to be

  • You WILL still have a secure attachment with your child

  • You CAN sleep train and breastfeed, you can even continue to feed at night if you'd like!

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