5mths ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I was so happy when I finally gave birth following fertility treatment. Everything was going so well with my daughter up until feeding times. She is bottle fed and would scream and cry at every feed. I was beginning to dread her next feed as she was so upset. I felt so anxious that I did not know what was upsetting my baby so much, and a failure that I couldn't feed her properly. She would tense up and scream after even just one ounce. After contacting my own health visitors who said I'd just have to persevere with her, I felt so alone. I had spent so much money on different bottles and teats, determined that "this one will work", thinking it must be the equipment I was using.
I searched the Internet one night after 2 months of my baby fussing every feed. I found Rowena and I contacted her. Contacting a complete stranger I wasn't even sure how they could help. After only one day, Rowena e-mailed me back in a friendly, professional manner, and straight away I sensed she would help me. She asked detailed questions, specific to my baby's routine and behaviour. I knew her help would be personalised to my daughter and not just general advice. I followed Rowena's routine, where she noted that my daughter was not sleeping enough during the day, making her too tired and upset some days to take her bottles. I followed this advice along with others of Rowena's suggestions for my daughter and the very next day, she took her feed without any fussing at all. With more sleep she continue fed fuss free and was generally a much happier baby. I even felt I could get out as much as I liked without having to worry and be anxious about feeding her in public.
I am so grateful for a complete stranger taking an interest in my problems. It has made such a difference to the important first few months with my baby. Rowena even e-mailed me regularly so make sure everything was still going ok. I will always be grateful to her for her kindness.
I am so glad I found Rowena. I was at my wits end with my 2.5 month old son's sleeping (or lack of it). He was refusing to sleep all day, from 6am until about 7pm. He did this for about 2 weeks straight, EVERYDAY. The only way I could get him to sleep was either rocking him in my arms or pushing him in the pram, only to have him wake up after 15-30 minutes each and every single time after I put him down. It was a real hassle the whole day through, and I was going crazy! I had been told by many other health professionals that it was 'normal' for babies his age not to sleep during the day, but I knew it was not true because my son wasn't happy while awake and I could see his tired signs were constantly there, but I just didn't know what to do to get him have proper rest. So I searched all over the Internet to find someone who could help me with my dilemma, and after days and days of searching, I found my ray of light!! Rowena will help any settling problem you may have. She changed our lives! My son now sleeps between 15 and 18 hours in a 24 hour period in total. I even have time to wear make up again! I cannot thank Rowena enough!
I have a 9 week old baby daughter who is working herself towards a nice little routine for her days thanks to Rowena. Up until my daughter was 4 weeks old, we would rock or pat her to sleep in our arms and put her down. She would, however, either wake up as soon as we put her down or wake up after a short 10-15 minute nap. My husband and I realized that we were spending our entire day trying to get her to nap with little success.
I decided to look at the message boards on the Internet to take advice from parents struggling with similar situations. I came across one posting that sounded exactly like my baby’s situation. Eagerly, I read some of the responses and one of them was from Rowena. I decided to contact Rowena and solicit her help. She was wonderful!! She immediately emailed me back and followed up with a phone call to understand my baby’s daily routine. After the phone conversation, Rowena emailed me a “settling plan” for my baby. I followed the settling plan as outlined by Rowena and was able to teach my baby to settle and sleep for longer period in just four-five days.
During this time I emailed Rowena a few times each day with an update on the baby’s progress and for her advice during rough times. Once again, Rowena was just wonderful – she took the time to write detailed emails reassuring me that a few rough days would pay off in the end. And they have – My baby now takes a couple long naps (1 ½ -2 hours) and a couple short naps (30-45 minutes) during the day. She wakes up happy and ready to play. Because of her young age, she has days where she is unable to resettle herself for a longer nap, but even a short nap is a marked improvement over her not sleeping at all. Thank you Rowena!!