Baby Sleep Coach
Official "Ask the Expert"
Since 2010, Jen has been helping families have sweet sleep by achieving their sleep goals whether in a co-sleeping environment, room sharing or families with their children in a separate room. Jen’s experience ranges from helping families with infants in sleep shaping skills to families with toddlers and/or kindergartners who are transitioning to their own room for the first time.
Jen has been helping families have sweet sleep as a child sleep consultant since 2010. She walks in the trenches with parents who are sleep-deprived, giving them hope and the skills they need to bring sleep back into their lives. Just like her neighbor friend from years ago, she comes alongside parents – with experience, encouragement, and specific sleep knowledge and techniques. She helps working parents balance the priority of having time with their baby and creating healthy sleep habits. Jen Varela has discovered her passion: “What could be better than empowering parents and giving them their life back? We all know that when you are sleep deprived, life is not ‘living’ but ‘sheer survival.’” Let Jen help you get the sweet sleep you want and need.
Jen is the mother of two children. She holds a B.S. degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Counseling from California State University Fullerton, California. She is a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants and a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach℠ trained by Kim West, “The Sleep Lady”.
Episodes for this expert
Nap Transitions: How Do You Drop a Nap?
As your baby grows, so does his ability to sleep for longer periods of time. So, how does this impact the naps you have scheduled throughout the day? How much sleep does your baby really need?
Sleep Tips for Newborn Twins
Getting your twins to nap or sleep at the same time can be a challenge. What type of sleep patterns can you expect with your newborns? And what are some practical tips to keep them sleeping longer so you too can get some much needed shuteye?
Sleep Training Your Twins
Needing a full night of quality sleep? This is literally a dream come true for many twin parents. But how do you make it happen? You may have read or heard about sleep training. What exactly is it? What are your options? And does it really work for twins and triplets, or just singletons? Parents of multiples share what works best for them!
Sleeping Tips for Traveling with Baby
Traveling with a baby can definitely have its challenges, and sleep could quite possibly be at the top of that list. So, how do you get your baby adjusted while you’re traveling through time zones, or driving long hours in the car?
Toddler Naps: Do’s and Don’ts
Naps are important- for both you and your child. It gives everyone a break and allows us to re-boot and prepare for the rest of the day. How often should your child be napping, and for how long? What should you do if you accidentally skip a nap or your schedule is off? And what are your options if your little one is absolutely refusing naps altogether?
Baby Sleep Solutions: 6-12 Months
Getting your baby to sleep is one of the most common struggles new parents experience. We’re continuing our series focused on baby sleep solutions that encourage healthy sleeping patterns with your little one, so you can get some much need R&R as well!
Baby Sleep Solutions: Newborns 0-5 Months
Getting your baby to sleep is one of the most common struggles new parents experience, especially with newborns. We’re launching a five part series focused on ways to encourage healthy sleeping patterns with your little one, so you can get some much need R&R as well!
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