Stamford, CT -- Feb 15, 2013 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- Krista Guenther, Family Sleep Institute Graduate and founder of Sleeperific in Ontario, Canada, turned a common parenting problem of sleepless nights with her baby into a successful child sleep consultant profession and passion. Krista shares her story of how a sleep deprived mom who experienced multiple meltdowns took matters into her own hands to solve a major family problem that was affecting her relationship with her husband, her toddler, and her new baby. Krista shares her story of why she became a child sleep trainer and how she helped her baby (and her family) get healthy, much needed sleep.
Krista's first born was an easy sleeper, but with her son, Krista had a completely different experience leading to many sleepless nights, frustration and desperation. They welcomed Gus on a chilly January morning in 2011. He was big. He was beautiful. His arrival brought immense joy and immense change for their family.
At just two weeks old, Gus had an emergency surgery, which saved baby Gus' life (the Guenther's are eternally grateful for the work and care of Dr. Braga at McMaster Children's Hospital). As a result, they got into some terrible habits. Per doctor's orders, Gus was eating every couple hours in order to get him at a normal weight. By the time, baby Gus was ready to slow down with his growth and their pediatrician gave the thumbs up to let him guide the frequency of feedings, he didn't know how to sleep longer than 1.5 hour intervals. PLUS, he developed what everyone else was calling "colic." He was eating all the time, and within minutes of eating, was spitting up and crying inconsolably. So feeding every 2 hours meant 20 minutes of eating, almost 140 minutes of back arching, writhing discomfort, loud-enough-to-wake-their-sleeping-toddler crying, and repeat.
As a result, Krista was a zombie. A cranky, short fused, couldn't-even-put-her-pants-on-the-right-way mess. She was starting to spiral towards depression.
"I couldn't console my baby; I couldn't help my baby sleep; I remember admitting to my husband that I didn't love our son the way I loved our daughter; I started to understand why some parents shake or abandon their children, which only made me feel more inadequate and incompetent. What kind of parent was I? I'm no saint. I had meltdowns. Each meltdown served to make me and everyone around me feel worse. I clearly remember sitting and crying with my son and daughter on many occasions. It's an understatement to say I was running on empty during this time," says Krista.
Krista knew she wasn't being a good parent. Actually, she wasn't good at anything when she was so sleep deprived. Krista shares, "My relationship with my husband was suffering, my toddler was unhappy, even my gentle, loving dog steered clear of me. I knew Gus wasn't sleeping enough for him to be happy and healthy. I knew there had to be a better way."
In an attempt to find resources, Krista found a lack of information for mothers who wanted to educated themselves on sleep. Initially, Krista battled a "feeding issue" with baby Gus and had an army of 10 nurses, lactation consultants and physicians who guided her through this time. But when the feeding issue was taken care of, she didn't know who to turn to for real, tangible advice about sleep. The typical "It's ok, it's completely normal for your baby to wake that many times" or "that's just colic. . . it will get better in a few more months" comments on parenting forums only made her sink deeper into despair.
So what did Krista do? She researched and researched sleep (and this mysterious "colic" that everyone kept talking about). Even though she was exhausted and regularly fell asleep with a book on her, she persevered. Turns out, Krista actually found sleep fascinating. So anything she could get her hands on about children's sleep, she read it.
Krista implemented pieces from here and there, based on what she felt like was in line with her family and their parenting style. "We even figured out the 'colic' bit too. GERD along with a dairy allergy. Who knew? Antacids and cutting out dairy did the trick to make him more comfortable," Krista shared.
It wasn't until Krista started following some rules and strategies to optimize baby Gus' sleep that she started to see improvement. The results of their efforts were life changing! Their son was sleeping better!!! He was exponentially happier!! Krista reveals, "I don't doubt his sleep has helped his health as well. With better sleep, I regained my sanity and sense of well-being. I was able to reconnect with my husband, making us a stronger foundation for our young family. I restored my relationship with my daughter. Even my dog and I called a truce when I found the energy to run with her again."
So how is Gus today? Krista describes, "Gus is now 19 months. He's funny. His giggle is infectious and makes my heart swell. He's adventuresome. He's taught my 3.5 year old a lot about climbing and jumping. He's affectionate. Myself and our dog are frequently the lucky recipients of his generous hugs and kisses. He's got this whole charming thing going on that makes it hard not to smile, even when he's poured his spaghetti on the floor and is wearing his bowl on his head. His sleep is still something we work hard to maintain, but I know it's well worth the effort."
Krista got a bit more serious about her enthusiasm for children's sleep and completed the child sleep consultant certification with the Family Sleep Institute, instructed by Deborah Pedrick, child sleep pioneer with over 20 years of family sleep experience.
Krista adds, "I love sharing the power of sleep. I love working towards a common goal with awesome families. I love when families get better rest and begin to feel and do better. I love the opportunity to create positive change. I'm thrilled to have a job I feel passionate about."
To set an INTERVIEW with Krista Guenther, please contact Tasha Mayberry, Director Public Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207.317.6099.
Krista Guenther, founder of Sleeperific, is a mother of two young children. Krista is a firm believer in the power of sleep to lead a happier and healthier family life. Armed with the understanding of the basics for healthy sleep, Krista took her enthusiasm to train with the Family Sleep Institute. Through her studies and experiences, it's her goal to improve the well being of each family. Krista takes an individualize approach with each client, ensuring to consider family goals and the temperament of the child.
Krista holds an honors degree from the University of Waterloo. She's an advocate for a fun, balanced, healthy and active lifestyle. When she's not helping families get much needed rest, Krista occupies herself by running with her dog, baking with her 3.5 year old, giggling with her 1.5 year old and daydreaming about her next home renovation project.
About Deborah Pedrick, Founder of The Family Sleep Institute
The Family Sleep Institute is the very first comprehensive yet affordable child sleep consultant certification program based on 15 years of experience by the leading Child Sleep Expert, Deborah Pedrick. The Family Sleep Institute lives up to its name as it is truly a "family" to all graduates who go through the program.
Deborah Pedrick, founder of www.familysleep.com has been educating families for over 15 years on the importance of establishing and maintaining a healthy foundation for sleep in their children. She is co-founder of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, www.IACSC.com and Founder/President of the Family Sleep Institute, www.familysleepinstitute.com, which instructs, mentors and certifies Child Sleep Consultants around the world. Deborah resides in Stamford, CT with her teenage son, Soren. She has a private practice consulting parents on how to establish and maintain healthy sleep habits in their family. She has been quoted/interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, NY Family Magazine, and has been a contributing sleep expert for "The Doctors" television show. Deborah is a member of the National Sleep Foundation and the American Sleep Association.