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 NOT excited that sleep is an issue for you. 🙂 Even so, here’s a little bit more about me – and my sleep training journey.
Kimberly 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 adult and pediatric Emergency Department settings, although she prefers working with kids.
Kimberly’s 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 would manage it, given that my son was a difficult sleeper who woke frequently.
So I started researching everything I could about sleep training and 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 had multiple sleep regressions that worsened things. 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 too much time and effort, we got 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 to get 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 nursing license, I tap into those research skills to ensure that the information I share is the latest, evidence-based research that the scientific community offers.
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.
I use ads on this site to keep all of this information free and available to everyone who needs a better night’s sleep. 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 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 to improve this website and online resources.
And if this 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.
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