Hi, I am Tina, a new mother and baby specialist with over 24 years experience. Seventeen years as a nanny (caring for many newborn single, and twin babies) and for the past 13 years as a maternity nurse, & baby and toddler sleep consultant.
Sleep-Baby-Sleep was founded in 2005, and I have extensive experience in helping new parent's including mothers who suffer from Post Natal Depression, babies who have sleep and feeding issues, and/or,colic and reflux, or intolerances.
I am extremely passionate and confident about the work I do, and have turned some of the most fractious, difficult to settle, and wakeful babies into contented, well rested little darlings!!
I also have two beautiful children of my own.
I have LOTS of outstanding references from very happy families I have helped and supported either in my capacity as a maternity nurse or as a sleep consultant.
In my capacity as a sleep consultant I work with babies from birth to age 3 years. It is a passion of mine to help new parents better understand their baby, to show them the ropes in the early weeks or simply just to give them a full night of undisturbed sleep. Just recently I have been holding baby sleep workshops for small groups of parents and their babies. These have been very popular.
I am also very happy to announce that I have just recently been asked by the Number One National parenting magazine Mother & Baby to join their panel of experts. I provide them with regular advice and tips regarding sleep in the newborn infant and toddler, routine establishment, and feeding advice. Including an e book and tips for their baby and parent journal.
I have extensive newborn experience, and will teach you all there is to know about your little one, and show you the ropes in those precious, but sometimes, stressful and exhausting early weeks of parenthood.
Support with feeding / sleeping routines, colic and reflux management or any aspect of infant care. Or to simply offer you a night of uninterupted sleep.
Much of the work I do with toddlers, is sleep related trouble shooting. So, If you have a baby, or toddler who refuses to go to bed, and needs to be sat with, rocked or patted, wakes frequently during the night, is an early riser, or any problem at all , then please do get in touch as I can help.
My experience between Jan 2012 -April 2012 :
24 hour care each week for newborn twins (sole charge, proxy parenting)
2 nights each week for a single baby (simply to give the parents a full night of sleep)
2 nights each week for premature newborn twins,
and many daytime consultations for parents with babies and toddlers who are wakeful, or have got into habits such as needing to be rocked, patted, or breast fed to sleep.
I offer ad hoc nights, and daytime hours supporting new parents with any baby related issues.
I also have lots of experience working with mothers who suffer from Post Natal depression.
My baby sleep drop-in sessions for the family centres, run by Cambridge county council have been very busy and popular too : ))
First Aid Certificate
Insurance (Public Liability)
I hold certificates for;
SIDS - 2012
Breastfeeding - 2012
Reflux - 2012
Baby massage - 2012
Sleep in children and sleep training - 2012
Reflux and early allergies - 2015
Breastfeeding - 2015
I can be booked from just 1 night a week, or for up to six nights, depending on your requirements. Offer you support during the day, or for individual consultation....all in the comfort of your home.
I now offer welcome home packages to new parent's. This is particularly useful if you do not want the commitment of a full time maternity nurse but want me to come in and show you the ropes in the first few days/weeks. I can stay with you for up to 72 hours, either on your return from hospital with your new baby, or a few weeks down the line.
|Last Updated: 10/01/2018|
- Maternity Nursing from £14.00 per hour (gross)
- Babysitting from £10.00 per hour
For details of my consultancy rates and hourly fees for day and night time support, please do contact me direct via here or call me - Thank you.
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First time parents without a clue, having Tina as a maternity nurse was one of the best decisions we made.
On arriving home from hospital, day and night started to merge together with a continuous flow of feeding, burping, nappies, crying and ad hoc sleeping. My primary expectation from a maternity nurse was to keep my baby safe and well whilst we could sleep. Tina provided us with so much more than this. She answered any questions, offered supportive advice and crucially helped us to understand our son and the needs of a baby. At 8 weeks he started to sleep through the night. We were amazed. I didn’t believe her when she said it was possible to achieve at such an early stage but he started to sleep from about 9pm until 7am. This continued and, at 13 weeks now, we have a baby that sleeps easily and soundly throughout every night.
Tina enabled us to read our baby’s signs as to when he was hungry, tired or had wind. I found I was less frustrated than other mothers around me and I was able to really enjoy my new role.
Unfortunately now we are moving house for my husband’s job and I will miss not only the help, but also the enthusiastic, loving nature of Tina being around.
I believe Tina is of tremendous value to every new mother, and any care we seek for our baby in the future will now have very high expectations to live up to. If you are expecting parents or a new mother reading this, deciding what to do, the answer is simply, ‘Yes’.
Response by Tina Southwood on 11/09/2014:
Thank you so much for kindly leaving me this wonderful review. You have been so lovely to work for, and the realization that my time with you is coming to an end fills me with sadness. Although I can at least leave happy in the knowledge that your gorgeous baby boy is a very happy, contented little boy who loves his sleep!!
Also, his mummy and daddy can at least return to work feeling a lot less tired!
I wish you all the very best in your new home, and hope we continue to stay in touch.
Tina worked for us with our second child from his arrival home for 8 weeks. She provided much needed advice and reassurance as well as the obvious respite when we needed to catch up on our sleep. Tina fitted in to the family and included our 5 year old whilst supporting my wife through the trials and tribulations of breast feeding and the various changes in behavior associated with a newborns first 8 weeks. On our recommendation Tina also went out of her way to help another couple as a consultant through her Sleep consultancy role. Tinas experience and advice made the first 8 weeks considerably easier for us.
Our second son was only sleeping 20 minutes during the day and fitfully at night, at five months old. He had a tough start with feeding problems and reflux and every day felt like we were just containing the next meltdown. With a two year old toddler to care for as well, I was utterly exhausted and anxious as there seemed no rest and hours of wakefulness in the middle of the night. I had a similar problem with my older son who after trying every sleep technique I could read about continued in this pattern until about a year old. Tina talked about working on getting my baby to sleep for an hour and a half in the day and I really didn't believe that would be possible. She spent time listening and looking and assessing things like his reflux issues and then made suggestions. I stuck with it for a couple of weeks and adapted slightly under Tina’s guidance, when the first ideas didn't work. I am absolutely amazed to see him sleeping for eight hours through the night now and through several 45 minute sleep cycles in the day. We are still a work in progress but I have the confidence now to get the little one to sleep. Tina is a warm and caring person. Both my boys love her and I wish I had known about her talents years ago! She has made such a significant improvement to our family.
We contacted Tina primarily for assistance with our daughter's sleeping and also to help us encourage her to take a bottle. Tina revolutionised our daughter's sleeping, especially the daytime naps. Tina listened and worked with us to help set a flexible sleep routine that is tailored to our family's needs.
Tina is extremely kind and thoughtful as well as responsive to both the child's and parent's requirements. As a Mum with post natal depression I responded really well to her positive and reassuring approach, and she ended up helping and advising us in relation to many aspects of our daughters care.
I recommend Tina unreservedly.
Tina has been amazing with my 10 and 13 year old children. Sheâ€™s used to dealing with infants so bigger children are no problem for her. Both my kids really love her visits. My son even pesters me to know exactly when sheâ€™ll be arriving: â€œDaddy, when is Tina coming? What time will she be here?â€.
Sheâ€™s really great, playing games, cooking pizza, bringing movies. It a real pleasure knowing I can leave the house without a worry in the world. I highly recommend her!
Hereâ€™s a few quotes from my kids:
She's really nice. She'll make pizzas with you and play "hide and seek". She helped me clean my room!
She's really nice and friendly. She made nice pizzas with us. She cleaned our kitchen and loaded our dishwasher!
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