We are Nicky and Amanda; mothers, friends, colleagues and jointly responsible for having dreamt up the idea of a company where parents can access reliable, trusted, proven advice and methods to help their children sleep better, without having to spend a fortune on private consultants, without limiting the support a person can get to the area they live in.
When people ask us what we do, it's kind of hard to explain because when we started Little Ones™, we were very unique - no one else did what we do! Our answer, however, tends to be focused on the values of our company and what we most treasure about the work we do:
"We empower families around the world to make positive change to their little ones' sleep".
Because we know what sleep deprivation is like. We know how it feels to struggle through endless sleepless months, wondering what is going on, questioning and doubting yourself at every turn. We know how long those nights are and how the tears flow easily during the day too.
We've had babies who were bad night sleepers, bad daytime nappers, babies who were rocked to sleep, fed to sleep, bounced to sleep. Babies who slept in the stroller, front pack, hammock, our arms. Babies who were breast and bottle fed, babies who woke at 5 AM every single day. We've had days where we couldn't see through the fog. Where everything was just a bit too hard. A lot too hard, if we're being honest.
With our eldest children, we both totally winged it. We fully just expected that babies would fall asleep when they were tired and that our babies would feed and sleep and life would be easy! Instead of this peaceful watercolour image of parenting, we had babies who stayed awake for hours on end, who would spend extended periods screaming in the early evening, who would be up partying all night.
Google and several health practitioners told us this was "normal", but nothing about our situations felt normal to us. We've since come to loathe that word: "normal". Everything was a battle; motherhood, our relationships with our husbands, our day to day lives. And it was a battle because we had no idea what to do! We had no idea what was coming next - we were on the back foot 100% of the time. What was happening in our families was not "normal", and looking back now, we can see straight away how our lives could have been so different! How our first taste of motherhood could have been so much more enjoyable if we'd had the knowledge, the education about settling and sleep, reliable advice and age-appropriate methods...
And this is why, years later, we started our company and wrote our Sleep Programs - to help people. To help people see through that fog, to give families an alternative to sleep deprivation, to let everyone know that there is another way and with the right advice and a village behind you - anything is possible!
We have since developed Little Ones™ into a global community, where we're able to reach out to parents all over the world. Our certified Sleep Consultants and staff members stretch from New Zealand to the UK, come from different backgrounds and parenting styles and all of them are mothers who work from home so they can also be with their children.
We are all about family. And our Little Ones™ family is here to help you.