I found sleep consultant Lauren Diaz while looking for answers online, and I admit at first I thought she was an oasis in the sleep-deprived desert of parenting.
What she offered sounded too good to be true. This sleep trainer would actually go through the overnight hell with you and then try to solve it.
Next thing, the qualified night and maternity nanny was in my house offering my partner and I a date night – on a Friday night – along with all night care.
Diaz is a new sleep consultant on the block, but she has over 15 years’ experience. Her Sleep and Nurture business is run with a tender approach and a gentle philosophy that “gets results”.
“My techniques are gentle, effective and do not involve controlled crying or comforting…Leaving you with beautiful, long lasting memories without the sleep-deprived haze,” her website states.
Diaz is warm, kind and easy to invite into the ugly hours of your home-life.
In those wee hours, that are often filled with baby tears, she has solutions and they help families that are at “breaking point”.
Diaz's eldest child sound asleep. Image supplied.
"Some mums do cry. I often walk in the door and the mum is in need of a big hug. They are just so overwhelmed and so grateful that you’re there to help them," says Diaz.
The 33-year-old's gentle method doesn't incorporate controlled crying because she finds it heartbreaking - but she's serious about achieving realistic goals.
"It takes 21 days to create change so if you’re doing the same thing for 21 days then you’ve pretty much locked in that change.
"Some families have created that change a lot earlier than that, and others have taken 28 days. But it’s all very well for me to give them the tools, but it’s up to you guys to follow through," she said.