Hi, I’m Gabrielle, Holistic paediatric Sleep Coach, Baby Listening™ & Positive Parenting Instructor,
wife & a proud hands on mama to a precious little boy & owner of babesofbliss.org
During the two years my husband & I tried to start our family, I spent my free time researching scientific reports, respected authors & literature available on the subject of my future baby’s sleep. Truth be told, I was so scared to loose myself in a whirlwind of sleeplessness that my goal was to arm myself with everything possible to allow us as new parents to be able to all be sleeping like babies as soon as possible after I gave birth.
This journey that began as a personal challenge allowed me to discover and learn how parents are un-equipped at handling their child’s sleep by simply not knowing how a baby needs to sleep or how to support this developmental leap at the right time.
My own training was done in an unconventional way as I went into this through a self-educational journey first, followed by further formal certifications.
I initially explored what sleep training was about under two U.K based pediatric sleep trainers. With 30 years experience between them, I witnessed what science refers to by “sleep behaviour is learned”.
I became an expert in understanding the imbalances in optimal human functions, (emotional & environmental) which inhibit sleep along with scheduling secrets, developmental needs, feeding & the psychology behind baby/child sleep.
I learnt that varieties of Cry It Out methods are typically used.
These widely used methods do produce fast results but what really stood out for me?
That a “teaching” method, which aims to leave a baby (my baby!) alone to cry themselves to sleep, was not for our unique family dynamics or my personal emotional support preferences for my child or myself.
I could see that there was a gap in the market with very little resources available (or difficult to find resources) in helping guide families through respectful sleep education.
I made the decision to be this change, to help parents educate themselves while being able to re-educate their baby respectfully to in turn invite sleep back into their lives the Holistic way.
I began by using my skills on my toughest client to date and my ultimate test: My son.
From birth I set in place everything that I had been taught & began guiding him towards learning the art of sleep, on his own, based on his lead and nature’s guidance.
He was my inspiration for Babes Of Bliss, which I launched shortly thereafter.
Being a bit of a science nerd, I continuously strive to build upon my experiences since launching in early 2015 by keeping abreast with the latest, peer reviewed research around baby sleep & family, emotional wellness.
Certified as a Holistic Sleep coach (OCN London Level 5-6/Equivalent to a university degree) ,I have also completed further studies & certifications in Early Childhood Education and am also a Baby Language™ Instructor & Positive Parenting Educator, certified with DBL Institute in Sydney Australia. More info here
I embraced the approach of marrying science with emotionally supportive parenting principals.
…and above all, I focus on working in line with the body’s natural rhythms. These are rhythms born out of our hormones, which present themselves at certain moments in early development. The developmental moments when sleep hormones begin to appear, are moments when we as parents do not need to do any kind of sleep training per-se, but instead, focus on understanding the human body’s natural sleep learning process.
It is my wish for you that with this shift in your awareness around sleep skills that you will not only see sleep as beautiful and miraculous as I do but for you to also feel the difference in your own body when you are able to sleep again too!
I specialize in family discovery and supporting emotional connection to welcome sleep.
As a Baby Listening™ (or sometimes known as Baby Language™) instructor since 2018, my Baby Listening™ Workshops allows me to support families from their baby’s birth, teaching parenting teams exactly how to align with a newborn’s natural rhythms. Learning this secret language of newborn babies first, helps avoid any misdirected teachings being adopted and practiced regarding sleep, feeding and emotional development later.
Following on from this, my holistic sleep coaching packages are suited for families who may not have managed to practice Baby Listening™ or may need a little extra guidance during that 4th month transition period of development or beyond. From the 4th month onwards, some un-teaching and re-teaching is usually required and there may be tears (from your baby and you!) but what I love most about learning the Baby Listening™ language early on is that your baby can continue to use it and therefore be heard and understood, assisting families through developmental transitions up to 12 months of age.
“It’s amazing by the way that Ethan still uses the Baby Language™. I don’t hear it as pronounced like before but he still does it. I don’t know how I could’ve done the sleep coaching if I didn’t know the baby language. It helps a lot!”
Mama & Baby Listening™ graduate Jocelyn T. and her 6 month old baby.
Whether you’re a Baby Listening™ graduate family or not, I will always approach your sleep challenges as unique.
I am passionate about showing parents how to listen & decode their newborn baby’s innate power to communicate from birth when teaching Baby Listening™. I am just as passionate in helping older babies past that 4th month to find their groove and nature’s balance to get everyone sleeping again.
I give you all the tools you need in order to pave the way through the often confusing early childhood development periods of sleep, feeding, behaviours and beyond in all my coaching practices.
When I see the feedback from clients and personal referrals of how I have empowered mothers it gives me the confidence to know that I have been able to successfully help so many parents but more importantly…so many babies!
Why I am called the Philippines’ Pioneer & no.1 Baby’s sleep expert?
When I began this adventure, I was living in Asia, in The Philippines.
Someone like me was completely unheard of in a culture where children who cannot sleep without help throughout their childhood or even in adulthood was fairly accepted and common. It was a time when many didn’t believe that what I had to offer would be of interest to parents, the culture around me seemed to be working against my advocacy.
I believe life presents us with many opportunities to spread our wings & growth comes along with being open to learning these new things & questioning ourselves and everything around us.
I took a leap of faith back in early 2015 by offering my guidance to help parents parent through their baby’s sleep needs. I never expected to then be known as the county’s pioneer and no.1 baby sleep coach, I also never imagined that some my own mama clients, who I helped, would go to follow in my footsteps and become sleep consultants after me.
“Why would anyone need help with their child’s sleep when we have nanny’s and Lolas?” I would get asked.
I wanted to be the change and help others so much that I went ahead with things none the less.
My practice grew faster than I ever expected and I found myself juggling between being a new, first time mama myself with my baby and indirectly inheriting so many more baby’s during my practice! Every baby I work with I take under my wing as my own. I don’t think I would have managed it if my own son had not already been sleeping through the night from 10 weeks of age. He was my inspiration but also him being such a sleeper is what allowed me to share my passion and know-how with parents who needed my help from The Philippines and other countries.
HOW DO I LIKE TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT KIND OF HELP?
Entrusting your baby’s wellbeing to someone else is serious business. I like to know a person’s own success rate for whatever they preach when they claim to be able to help me with something that requires my trust. It’s reassuring for me to know that the knowledge of the professional I am asking for help from, comes from a place of both personal and long term successes. In the same way I would not ask a financial adviser for help who had not already made themselves very financially secure with consistent, long term, positive results.
Why would supporting your baby on their sleep journey be any different?
Knowing that I had successfully and respectfully guided my own baby to be sleeping 12 hour nights at the age of 10 weeks, allows me to be 100% on top of every stage of development in sleep support with your baby.
I never used a sleep training method; I never used newborn sleep schedules.
I help parents from a place of personal experience and long-term successes instead of only textbook based practices
Over the years, I have learned something invaluable from my mama clients:
Many of the sleep training methods parents turn too out of desperation are being grossly misused, misunderstood & tested by parents in the hopes that it will result in long term, healthy sleep habits for their baby.
Whether it be from sleep training books that resulted in them feeling completely overwhelmed and confused to families working with a baby sleep trainer who leaves them hanging after the guidance didn’t fix the problem entirely or worse, left their baby’s sleep in worse shape afterwards than before they began.
I am grateful that these parents still have the willingness to come to me for help after having had a less than enjoyable experience with teaching their baby their sleep skills. I love that!
How did I get my son sleeping 12-hour nights at the age of 10 weeks?
I actually do not practice common sleep training methods.
Common sleep training methods have their foundations in Cry-It-Out methods such as:
- Shush Pat are just a few examples.
These sleep training methods aim to remove your baby’s behaviour at sleep time and for some parents, something just doesn’t feel right to them or they feel these training methods are unsupportive to learning positive associations with sleep in the long run. I believe parents must be comfortable with the approach and this is something that is important when deciding on and choosing your child’s sleep trainer.
I choose to focus instead on re-balancing family imbalances that become the foundations for good sleep & emotional wellbeing
I specialise in listening to your baby alongside introducing evidence-based sleep science techniques in order to find your baby’s optimal biological rhythms. From here comes the love of sleep.
This journey has not been without disappointments but I am grateful to have been given the chance to be able to continue to help so many families and so many babies!
What do I love the most about what I do?
Seeing women blossom into Mamas who are confident leaders with their little ones.
More and more young parents want to do things differently from their parents and grandparents when it comes to their baby’s sleep, going up against their cultural norms and challenging their own upbringing and parenting beliefs that have been passed down to them from their own parents.
They want to offer their baby the gift of sleep the way Mother Nature intended and are very good at it!
When your baby is speaking to signal sleep with me, this doesn’t mean it’s a quiet affair but I do my best to make sure that it is not a stressful one & that baby is understood by you.
Sometimes we as parents make mistakes, sometimes your baby will end up wailing but this is how we all learn, by turning these mistakes into positive changes for the entire family.
I will never let you leave your baby to cry-it-out alone
or suggest you drop your toddler’s nap due to you seeing challenging behaviours.
I continuously meet the most amazing mama and papa teams & love working closely together with each and every one of them!
Now looking back, I can see that young parents today not only need this help but truly want to try a no-cry-it-out method with the help of a sleep coach for baby to guide them.
Company consultation for working mothers and group consultations are now also part of my practice for those wanting to try a no-cry-it-out sleep training method with the help of a professional sleep coach for baby to guide them.
Does this sound like something you’d like to explore further?
Please contact me for more info.
Holistic Sleep Coaching – OCN London, accredited at level 6 through Open College Network
The most comprehensive, training experience available internationally. The most up-to-date, respectful parenting strategies, 360-degree understanding of the factors affecting pediatric sleep, and how to help families with more complex cases.
Baby Language Institute – Sydney Australia:
Baby Listening™ Instructor
In order to nurture your baby to sleep, the most important thing that you will need to do is
learn their language & my Baby Listening™, two-part workshop allows you to do just that!
When you sign up for my Baby Listening™Workshop, you will learn how your newborn baby is able to communicate directly with you and is in fact completely talking to you using a very specific language of both body and sound from birth.
Discover 20+ word combinations your baby is born with.
Learn how to strengthen your newborn attachment bonds through need orientated, gentle parenting techniques to lead you into effective sensitive parenting practices.
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Early Childhood Education – UC San Diego, USA.
Psychology foundation course on the role of parents in child development.
Diet, sleep, the nature of learning, screen time, impulse control & behavior genetics.
Understanding parenting on a deeper, scientific & psychological footing allows me to
provide deeper connection support with every family that I work with as well as my own.
Kids yoga instructor – Rainbow Yoga, the world’s leading kids yoga program.
Kids yoga incorporates healthy child sleep EQ foundations & emotional wellness through, touch, movement, breath & co-creative play.