Q&A with Ingrid
I first started working in the parent industry in 2009, but my love for children started at a very young age. My parents gave birth to my baby sister, Nataly, when I was eight years-old. Proud to be a big sister, I always helped my parents take care of her and eventually babysat for them when she got older. I went on to babysit for several families during high school and college.
Fast forward a couple of decades, my husband and I bought a house in Connecticut in 2006. Soon after we relocated from New York City, I became pregnant with my son, Leonardo. At the time, I worked as a fund analyst for a venture capital firm. Both of our families lived out of state, and we were just starting to meet new friends. We had no one to turn to locally for parenting advice. Since I had been working as a research analyst for close to a decade, I decided to do what I did best — research, read and learn all that I could about having a baby and raising a child. When my second child came along, Maximo, I learned first hand what sleep deprivation was really about. This is where my business took a turn and I engulfed myself with everything related to sleep. I love to sleep and not sleeping was not making me or my baby happy at all! It’s been ten years and I’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of sleepless families globally. Working with adults evolved organically and now I have the privilege of working with sleepless adults as well via virtual one-one-one consultations, corporate health fairs, and corporate lunch-and-learn workshops.
After Leo was born, I continued to work as a full-time analyst. My little Leo was a great sleeper. From the moment, we brought him home from the hospital, he slept six to seven hours at a stretch. Delighted by the birth of Leo, I was fascinated by this new world of parenting. So in the evenings, I began studying for a variety of pre- and post-natal parenting certifications. Shortly after that, I started a part-time baby planning consulting and concierge business called Savvy Mom on Call.
After giving birth to my son Maximo in 2011, I left my career as a research analyst and became a full-time parenting consultant, formerly known as Savvy Mom Call. During this time, I was struggling with getting my little Maximo to sleep. I turned to a dear friend of mine, Deborah Pedrick, a seasoned child sleep consultant I had known for several years and to whom I would refer clients. She told me, “Ingrid, you know what to do, you are just tired and can’t think clearly right now.” Deb was right. I did know what to do; I just wasn’t thinking clearly. I was tired. I had recently given birth and now had two children to take care of. Taking Deb’s advice to heart, I reviewed all of the sleep books that I had on hand and then leveraged my various certifications to help my little guy become an amazing sleeper in no time.
After going through that experience, my career passion became clear. So I asked Deb if I could take her up on an offer she made to me to become my mentor a few years back. Then, I set out to become as proficient as her in the field of pediatric sleep consulting. Eventually, I joined Deb as an associate and helped her sleep train clients. After a few years under my belt of helping sleepless families, I began to dive into adult sleep education so I could help all ages in my practice.
I work with sleep-deprived souls, located all over the world. My youngest client has been a day old and oldest client has been 71 years old. I offer holistic and customized sleep solutions so they can live a happier, healthier and more blissful life.
Among my many credentials, I am a Family Sleep Institute (FSI) Child and Adult Sleep Consultant, Lactation Counselor, Newborn Soothing/Calming Expert and a Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Nidra teacher and currently enrolled in an Aromatherapist certification program.
In addition, I collaborate with other practitioners in the healthcare field weekly and do extensive research on your specific situation and even consult with your child’s pediatrician or other healthcare providers, if need be. And as a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, National Sleep Foundation, American Sleep Association and International Stress Management Association (UK), I have access to thousands of other expert sleep consultants who I can call upon to help troubleshoot your specific scenario.
I’ve designed programs that encompass sleep, nutrition, mindset, and exercise no matter the age group I work with. My educational background allows me to focus on more than just behavioral sleep hygiene. I know that attaining blissful sleep is not as easy as changing certain behavioral sleep habits. I incorporate holistic science-backed tools in my programs that you will not find being used by others in my industry.
I have worked with and continue consulting with a variety of parents whose ultimate goal is to get their child on a better sleep schedule so everyone can have a more restful and complete period of rest. Though I tailor my programs to your parenting styles, please know that I will most likely need to make some changes to your routine. As I see it, if everything you were doing was working then you would not need my help. If it’s broken then you need to tweak it, ha! Open communication is critical so I will never give you recommendations that will ever feel uncomfortable because you think you are hurting your child in some way.
As for my sleepless adult clients, it’s not about telling you everything you are doing wrong. It’s about getting to the heart of why you are not able to sleep as well as you would like to. I work with a variety of personalities. The common theme among my clients is that they have hope that they find a way to sleep better. If you have thrown the towel in then I am not able to help you.
In the end, we all want to sleep better. Whether you are a sleepless adult or if you are a sleepless parent, you just want a healthy, happy and well-rested home. This comes from balanced nutrition and good periods of sleep using my recommended sleep techniques. So it’s important that my clients:
- Complete an initial, 30+ questionnaire about their sleep situation
- Track food and sleep daily in an online log
- Be consistent; you can’t take bits and pieces of the advise and expect it to work
- Remain open to suggestions and be willing to make changes.
I am available, virtually, via scheduled phone calls.
Please visit my Child and Adult Sleep Packages page to see what packages I currently have available.
If you have the latest smartphone or own a flat screen, you can give yourself or your family the gift of sleep. Sleep is priceless and it’s the foundation of health. Technology will not do that for you.
My services will not work for those who are:
- Unwilling to make any changes
- Not open to advice or recommendations
- Inconsistent with the techniques being recommended
- Expecting overnight results
After you purchase one of the available sleep programs, please expect the following:
- A welcome to my sleep family email
- A customized sleep log so you can begin tracking
- If you purchase the one-on-one package, we will schedule a consultation date and time
- If you purchase the Six Steps for Blissful Sleep (Newborn to 5 years old), you will be approved to join the private Facebook Group, if you request to join
- The sleep plan is provided verbally on the date and time of our call and the recording of the call is sent to you within a few hours of our call.
- Support is provided via schedule support calls or via the private Facebook group, depending on the package that you purchased.
When you work with me and follow my advice, you can expect to have a healthy, happy and blissful sleeping home.
As long as there is no serious medical issue there should be no reason why your sleep situation cannot improve.
I live in Connecticut with my three boys (two I birthed, plus one I married), but I work with sleepless parents and adults globally, who are tired and frustrated and want a good night’s sleep for either their child and/or themselves.
I’ve had the honor to work with 1000s of families and adults globally. You will find testimonials from many of them on my Testimonials page.
That’s great to hear! Take a moment to review my sleep consulting programs, then choose the one that right for you and/or your family. I look forward to working with you and/or family soon!
Let’s chat! Please visit the Contact Me page and send me an email. I will reach out so we can book a 15-minute Get-Acquainted call to answer any questions you may have about my services.
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Depending on the sleep situation, it can take anywhere from a couple of days to a month to see desired results. Please be patient with the progress. Remember, we have to undo months or even years of sleep habits. Humans are not robots so we cannot just turn a switch and make anyone sleep better immediately. Patience, consistency and follow through are imperative during this process.
Clients are provided with the support so they can attain the happy, healthy and blissful sleeping home they desire.