Testimonials

We love hearing from our clients about how well they are doing after attending our classes or with our private packages. We pride ourselves in the information and support we give to each and every family. Read on to hear from the families themselves. 

We are thrilled and amazed with the changes in just a few days. Seeing our little guy handle this so well makes me happy that we weren’t pushing him too hard by letting him cry to start sleeping by himself. Your approach is exactly what we were looking for. We wanted to make this as easy of a transition for him as possible and CIO was not something that I was comfortable with. Thank you again for your incredible support.Christine from Barrie, Ontario

I attended your sleep class and I just wanted to thank you. I have read so many books and seen some other sleep plans, and they always seemed kind of harsh or not my style… or they didn’t work!

I wanted to thank you and say I really like your approach.
I’m happy to say in just a few days we are seeing improvements using the suggestions talked about in the workshop. She has been napping in her crib in the morning for just under an hour… we are still working on afternoons! I darkened the room and am using the sleep cycle idea. I think she is sleeping better during the day now.

Thank you so much again.Client from Ottawa, Ontario


I have an 18 month old daughter who loved to be rocked to sleep. She would only go to sleep if she was rocked which could take anywhere from 30-60 minutes each time (including 2-3 times per night). My husband and I were at our wits end by the time we met Pam at the Baby Show in Ottawa. I signed up to take the sleep workshop thinking “we’ll see how this goes…” Low and behold we had such a great experience working with you! The class was a perfect starting point for us because it gave us the foundations that we needed/didn’t have in place to get our little one to sleep. We chose a method that we thought would work best for us but knew that there was always an option to change it if we needed with Pam’s help. I was beyond terrified to start this process because we had tried sleep training a few times before. After the first night we noticed a HUGE difference. Our daughter fussed a bit but took to the method better than I could have ever hoped! After 3 days she was sleeping through the night…like 12 full hours! And we didn’t have to rock her for 30-60 minutes to get her to/back to sleep! Pam was there with us every step of the way and I was able to ask questions and have the answers ready to implement that night. All I can say is thank you for giving me the BEST gift ever…sleep!M. W. from Ottawa, Ontario

We are very grateful to Pam from Restful Parenting for helping us coach our baby into successfully falling asleep on his own. Prior to sleep coaching we held our son for every nap (only way he would sleep more than 30-45 minutes) and our once good night sleeper started waking up at night wanting to be held – ultimately resulting in us sleeping in the rocking chair holding him. I won’t deny at first the sleep coaching was a bit of a tough process – luckily the hard part was over in less than 48 hours. When my husband and I got cold feet, Pam was there to ensure we were comfortable with the plan and giving our son as much support as he needed. I am sure glad we stuck with it! We are all getting better quality sleep.

Thank you Pam!Anna H from North Bay, Ontario


To say we were a mess when we met Elisa would be an understatement. Our son was four months old and had finally outgrown his colic and went straight into not sleeping. If he slept for three hours, we thought it was a miracle. However, he would then be up every hour after that. All. Night. Long. My husband and I came to dread the evenings. As soon as the sun went down, our anxiety went up.  We hadn’t slept, and our health, mine specifically, was declining and we were at our wit’s end. Then, I saw an ad for a sleeping seminar hosted by Elisa at Restful Parenting. I will admit, I was skeptical at first. “Don’t babies just figure out how to sleep on their own?”
I went to the seminar and learned that no, not all babies learn to sleep on their own, some need help and that is ok. I also learned about “wake windows”. I had never heard of such a term before and I learned that my cranky baby was just really, really tired.
That’s when we decided we needed help and Elisa was just the person to help us. After an exchange of many emails and a couple of phone calls, Elisa made us a plan. She actually made us three plans and asked that we review them and pick the one that best suited our style. Once we decided on a plan, it was time to implement. I was nervous. There was going to be some crying. Some from the baby, and some from me. But it was supported crying. My husband and I were there for our baby, and Elisa was there for us. Elisa reached out to us every day. She checked in, supported us and she guided us. She answered our questions, even the ones we sent at 4am.
We saw results almost immediately. We struggled through the first nap, but by the second nap he started to get it. And our baby, who hadn’t really slept for more than an hour at a time, slept for 2.5 hours. This is when I realized, the baby was just as exhausted as we were.
We now have a plan, a bedtime that is peaceful and enjoyable and a well-rested baby who laughs and smiles all the time.Elisa changed our lives. It is as simple as that.Toni, Graeme and Baby Elliott from Ottawa, Ontario

Thank you so much for all your help. I’m so happy with how things have gone. I feel so comfortable with the plan we took and you have been a great support. I did “sleep train” my daughter eventually but I never felt comfortable and good about the way I did it and swore I wouldn’t do it like that again. This has been so much more my style. Thank you, you’ve been like my cheer leader.Michelle from North Bay, Ontario

Hi Pam and Elisa, I attended your seminar a while ago with my 7 week old baby at the time and I just wanted to say how impressed I was with your in depth knowledge of babies and healthy sleeping habits. This is information that I would have never known had I not gone to the class. Before I attended, I was at a loss of how to best approach introducing a schedule for my little one and how to transition her into her own crib from my bed. It’s been about 2 weeks now and although it’s been a difficult process, I’m happy to say that because of the information and confidence that you provided me, I am more in tune with her behaviour and needs and she is now sleeping in her own crib and actually has proper naps as well as a bedtime, I can’t thank you enough! :)Jenn from Ottawa, Ontario

After my daughter was born, my world changed. I was overjoyed and excited but as a first time mom, I was also bewildered about what I thought would be the simplest things like breastfeeding, how to cut my baby’s tiny fingernails, or how to bathe her for the first time. A huge area that I had no experience in and was completely lost about was my baby’s sleep. How will I know when she’s tired? How long should she sleep for? How should I put her to sleep? When should I start her on a schedule?  The questions went on.

When my daughter turned 6 months, I knew I wanted to change the way that our family sleep arrangement had been for the past several months. I had a pretty good nap time routine during the day but when night struck, my daughter would cry and cry and I would end up going to bed at the same time as her. Night time was becoming a chaotic nightmare for me. My husband somehow wound up sleeping in what was supposed to be the nursery on a single bed and my daughter slept in my room, usually in her crib but would sometimes end up in my bed. She was becoming more mobile and I wanted to transition her into her own room and crib ASAP but again, I felt lost. I reached out to Elisa from Restful Parenting and after discussing my situation, she promptly drew up a sleep plan for me that appealed to my parenting style. I’m not going to lie, the first couple of nights that I started the plan were very difficult and at the times that I wanted to give up the most, it is then that Elisa would motivate me and reminded me to celebrate all of the milestones that were achieved. This really encouraged me to tread forward to the finish line.

After a couple of days on the plan, I started to notice the amazing changes that were happening – My daughter was sleeping on her own in her own crib on a schedule! The night time routine was getting easier and easier, it was such a reward to know that the hard work was paying off. For the following time, the plan ran smoothly except for a few hiccups along the way that Elisa helped me with. I really appreciated that she had gentle solutions to suit my comfort level. I also really liked how she was in contact with me, it was like having a personal trainer for sleep! I began looking forward to our progress check in’s and the positive reassurance that she gave me throughout the weeks helped tremendously.

My daughter is 8 months old now and I am proud to say that she is on a schedule that works! I feel like I have my night time freedom again and it’s great to have my room and bed back. The toughest part for me in this whole program was right at the get-go when I made the leap of transitioning my daughter from my room to her nursery, mostly because it made me realise how quickly she is growing up and that it was time for me to let go a little bit. Now that the plan has been completed and our family has adjusted, I truly believe that she is happier in her own space as am I.
I am very grateful for all of your help, I can’t thank you enough!Amanda from Ottawa, Ontario

 

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