Hello, fellow sleepy parents – I’m Kimberly. Thanks for visiting Sleep Training Kids!
I’m excited you’re here – because it means I can help you through a difficult time. I’m definitely NOT excited that sleep is an issue for you. 🙂 Even so, here’s a little bit more about me – and my own sleep training journey.
Kimberly C. Starr is a baccalaureate level Registered Nurse (licensed in Utah). She graduated from BYU in 2007 with her Bachelor’s degree in Science, with an emphasis in Nursing. She worked for 8+ years in both adult and pediatric Emergency Department settings, although she much prefers working with kids.
My Sleep Training (and Sleep Regressions Galore!) Story
The first time I thought about sleep training (or heard about sleep regressions) was in 2010. I was on maternity leave with our oldest son. I loved my job as a registered nurse (RN, BSN) at a Level 1 Trauma Center in the Emergency Department. I was excited to get back to work, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage it, given that my son was a difficult sleeper who woke frequently.
So I started researching everything I could about sleep training and sleep regressions (specifically hoping I wouldn’t need to use what I was learning about sleep regressions). I read every book I could get my hands on – and every scientific sleep study I could find online and at the hospital’s medical library.
Then, reality hit. My son wasn’t an easy sleeper – and he had multiple sleep regressions that made things worse. So, my husband and I tried implementing everything we’d learned to teach our son good sleep habits and sleep hygiene. We tried everything!
Despite our efforts, our son seemed determined to do his own thing. After far too much time and effort, we were able to get him to sleep through the night. It was frustrating, but it was fantastic preparation for what was to come with our subsequent children.
We now have four children – three boys and our youngest is a girl. None of them was a naturally easy sleeper. Each child needed personalized sleep training (and sometimes dedicated re-training) to get them to become the great sleepers they now are.
In 2013, I started writing and blogging – and I wrote about our experiences with both parenting and sleep training. I wasn’t writing it as an expert or as advice, but rather as a frustrated parent who was trying to figure things out. Those posts became popular – and people began asking me for advice.
I was shocked at how my experiences with sleep regressions and sleep training resonated with other parents – and how I was able to help others. What started out as a way to update my family on how the kids were doing quickly became an expanding hub for other exhausted parents on getting sleep-related advice from a pediatric emergency department nurse.
As my website grew, my family complained they couldn’t find the updates on my kids among all the sleep articles, and my Facebook sleep training support group became too big to answer individual questions, I created this website as a dedicated sleep training resource.
Using this site, I’m still able to answer as many of the questions I get as possible – using the extensive hours of research and experience I’ve gained over the years as a guide.
And with my Bachelor’s degree in science (2007, Brigham Young University) and Utah nursing license, I tap into those research skills to make sure that the information I share is the latest, evidence-based research that the scientific community has to offer.
So with all of this in mind, this website is designed to pass on the information, tips, advice, and experience I’ve picked up over the years. I’ve gained this experience as a mom, a nurse, and (an unintended) sleep training expert.
In order to keep all of this information free and available to everyone who needs a better night’s sleep, I do use ads on this site. Using ads and passive marketing means I can keep sharing the information for free, rather than charging fees. The ads aren’t there to spite you, but rather as a necessity – so thanks for understanding.
All of the links, products, and companies I recommend on this site are ones I trust and use – or ones I would have used had they existed back when I needed them most. If, for any reason, you do have a problem with any of them, please email me. That way I can look into it, contact the company, and/or remove the link if needed.
I really hope you enjoy what I’ve put together here for you. Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions, comments, concerns, or emotional outbursts. I’d love to know how I can improve this website and online resources.
And if this has helped you in any way? I’d especially love to hear and share it! And just in case you want to ask me a question about behavioral sleep training? Hold off on asking me – and check this post first.
Hang in there – it does get better.
Recognition and Awards
Bachelor of Science, emphasis in NursingBrigham Young University 2007
She’s the bestest mom ever.My youngest boy, when given a donut.
Registered NurseState of Utah, United States of America
SpeakerA Purpose Driven Mom 2019 Summit
My Personal Story
I live in a small town north of Salt Lake City, Utah with my husband, our four kids, and our pets. We enjoy gardening, doing way too many projects, reading, camping, playing video and board games as a family, laughing, and being together. We’re a bunch of average homebodies and introverts – and it’s the best life ever.
My husband and I met at church – he was the Sunday school teacher and I was impressed by both his faith and his good looks. We went on a few dates, went skydiving together, and he proposed a few months later.
Together, we spend all of our time with our four kids (we have three boys and then our youngest is a girl). Being parents is all of the emotions, but especially amazing.
I love reading, being a nurse, making people laugh, learning new things, and writing. I’m still deciding what I want to be when I “grow up,” but my nursing humor still manages to escape at inappropriate times – like at dinner last night with the family. Sorry, guys!
That’s me in a nutshell. 🙂
My Bucket List
- Fall in love and get married (I fell in love but I’m still falling)
- Be a wife and mom (DONE but by no means complete – I love my family!)
- Be on TV (DONE! I was on several TV shows as a child – a variety show called Wallace and Lladmo and an educational show about the human brain where I held an actual brain – I always knew I was destined to go into the medical field!)
- Be in a movie (DONE! While at BYU, I had a speaking part in a student film that was published to YouTube – and it got me onto the IMDB)
- Skydive (DONE! My husband and I went skydiving on a date before we got married)
- Travel the World – it’s a work in progress.
- See Ireland
- See Mexico (DONE! I’ve been to several parts and I loved eating tacos from the local stands that tourists don’t usually get to see)
- See New Zealand
- Go camping in every state in the United States of America
- Complete a sprint triathlon (COMPLETE! I’ve done the TriathaMom sprint several times now)
- Write a book
- Get a full night’s sleep every night. (It’s a work in progress, even now!)
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