If your child’s sleep journey has been a struggle, then you’re not alone.

Thanks for visiting Destination Sleep. If your child's sleep journey has been a struggle, then you're not alone. So many of us have been there - feeling completely drained and wondering if things will ever get better. As a mother to two little ones and a certified pediatric sleep consultant who's worked with many sleep deprived families like yours, thankfully I can say that there's hope. 

My personal and professional experience working with children aged 0 months 4 years old has given me the privilege to see first-hand how all children can learn to become independent sleepers when given the opportunity to do so. But as parents, it's up to us to help them on this journey to learn this life skill.

Having worked with a wide range of sleep issues, child temperaments and parenting styles, I've come to learn that some children's sleep journeys will be more direct, whereas others might need to take a few detours along the way. However, by taking a holistic approach to sleep and being consistent, I firmly believe that all families can eventually reach their ultimate destination: a well-rested child.  

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Flexible sleep services designed for every parenting style.

Sleep Packages

If you're at a loss with how to deal with your child's sleep issues and require a personalized sleep plan and follow-up support to get his or her sleep on track, then one of our Sleep Packages is the thing for you.

3-days
$397 CAD
1-week
$597 CAD
2-weeks
$897 CAD
Services included 15-minute introductory call at no cost
An in-depth sleep assessment
A one-hour consultation and sleep environment review, virtually or in-person
A personalized sleep roadmap
Follow-up support
  • Daily 15-minute check-in call
  • Coaching via interactive sleep log
  • Daily 15-minute check-in call
  • Coaching via interactive sleep log
  • Daily 15-minute check-in call
  • Coaching via interactive sleep log
+ Extra follow-up support Should you require extra follow-up support when your child's Sleep Package expires, you can either upgrade to the next level Sleep Package by simply paying the difference (as well as a small administrative fee), or opt for a daily 15-minute call and coaching via your child’s sleep log as needed, at a rate of $60 CAD per day.

Evening or Overnight support

Need more hands-on coaching or moral support as you go about the sleep training process? An evening visit or overnight stay can be added to any of the packages outlined above, at any point during the implementation of your plan. Contact me for more information on how this option works.

 

Basic Sleep Consultation 

For general sleep related questions, or to address a particular sleep issue that doesn't require a written sleep plan nor any follow-up support, a basic virtual sleep consultation conducted virtually (phone / Skype / FaceTime) is another great option to help get your child's sleep on track. 

Cost*: $90 CAD per hour

 

Specialized Sleep Consultation:

Recommended to help your family prepare for specific milestones or events in your child's life that can affect his or her sleep. Consultations last one hour, are conducted virtually (phone / Skype / FaceTime), and include a "tips and tricks booklet" for parents to easily be able to refer back to.  Topics addressed include:

  • Daycare and sleep: Starting daycare or daycare environments in general can take their toll on sleep. Learn how to best approach sleep with your child's daycare in order to make this an easier transition and keep your child well-rested.
  • Travel and jet lag: As fun as vacations can be, they're not so fun if your child's sleep issues resurface. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and set yourselves up for a well-rested getaway.
  • Transitions: Keep your child's sleep journey on track by learning how to handle significant transitions, such as going from two to one nap, putting siblings in a room, or going from a crib to a toddler bed.  

Cost*: $100 CAD

 

Healthy Sleep Seminars

Be prepared for your child's sleep as they go through their developmental stages! Healthy Sleep Seminars are available privately, or get a group of parents together and share the cost. 

Consultations last two hours, are conducted virtually (phone / Skype / FaceTime), and include your choice of bonus sleep tips for Newborn sleep or Transitioning your child to daycare. Choose from the following topics: 

  • Expectant / New Parents Newborn Sleep Seminar: 0-4 months
  • Infant Sleep Seminar: 4-12 months
  • Toddler Sleep Seminar: 12-36 months 

Cost*: $200 CAD

 

* Consultations and Healthy Sleep Seminars are also available in-person at an additional fee of $50.

Our journey

Like so many new parents, our first born's sleep journey was rough. I came into motherhood knowing only about the safe sleep practices that our prenatal course taught us, and that's it. Sleep became such a struggle, that never did I imagine that it would ever become such a focal point in our lives. 

Our daughter slept little early on and cried a lot, so I quickly fell into the trap of thinking that she'd sleep better at night if she slept less during the day. Naturally, this only made her wake up more at night, cry more, and our sleep deprivation got worse. At the time, I attributed her crying to colic, but it wasn't until I started to see just how beneficial more and more sleep was for her that something finally clicked. After trying to figure things out the first several months of her life, I finally realized that our baby girl wasn't colicky at all. She was simply extremely overtired. And so my passion for sleep began. 

Luckily when my son came along two years later, there was no struggle and we just got to enjoy our baby boy without any stress or as much fatigue. Fast-forward four years, our children are thriving, and continue to be great little sleepers. I'm so grateful for what healthy sleep habits have done for our children's sleep journeys, and I hope to one day have the opportunity to be a part of your child's. 

My Approach

I'll support your family to find the best path that works for you by listening closely to your needs, and will do my best to offer advice that is respectful of your comfort level, parenting style and above all, the needs and temperament of your child. 

I recognize that this process can be stressful for some parents, and that some sleep journeys may take longer to achieve than others. I therefore try to offer as much flexibility as possible with the families I work with, and am happy to take the time that's needed to support your family reach its sleep goals.

My qualifications

 Certified by the Family Sleep Institute

Certified by the Family Sleep Institute

Aside from first and foremost being a mother of two incredible kids, I decided to leave my former career to become an entrepreneur and pursue my passion. I looked for the best pediatric sleep training available, and returned to my studies to become certified as a pediatric sleep consultant with the renowned Family Sleep Institute (FSI). As an FSI graduate, I have obtained extensive training on a number of sleep training methods and other pediatric sleep-related topics, which allows me to work with a broad range of children's temperaments and parenting styles. I also have the privilege of being connected to an amazing community of international consultants and industry experts, which allows me to stay at the forefront of the field. 

 

My Partners

In my work, I've come across these wonderful businesses that have made a difference to me, and to the people around them. I encourage you to consider the special services that each has to offer.

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I'm so lucky to have worked with so many wonderful families, and couldn't be more proud of them all for their amazing work and for being brave enough for taking that first step! Here are a few testimonials about our experience together.

Testimonials

"Thanks to Shawna, I now talk in complete sentences and wear matching socks (most of the time). In all seriousness, going through the consultation process has been so helpful for our family. We were hesitant to seek advice because we felt that, as parents, we should intuitively know how to coax our baby to sleep better. So I was amazed when we received the personalized "Roadmap" - there was so much practical advice packed in there, both generalizable and customized for our situation. Throughout the consultation and support period Shawna was approachable, positive and reassuring. Two months ago we had a 6 month old who napped 40 minutes at a time, and woke every 1.5 to 3 hours at night. We now have an 8 month old who takes 1-2 hour naps and wakes to nurse once per night. We attribute that improvement in large part to Shawna's program and ongoing encouragement. As family doctors, we would definitely recommend her services to families struggling with baby sleep." 

- Sarah Tuck, MD and Colby Burns, MD

 

"I am writing this testimonial a well-rested mother of 3 girls under the age of 3 (finally!). I certainly could not have said that just a few of weeks ago….and we have Shawna to thank for our good night sleep!!

We recently reached out to Shawna to assist us with our 18-month old twins’ sleep issues. For the last several months, our twin girls were each waking up at least 2-3 times per night (which means I was waking up 6 times per night!), as well as waking up very early in the morning (5am). It was often a struggle to get the girls back to sleep. From birth, the twins were never great sleepers, but we simply accepted that we would have to live with this situation. However, things became unbearable when I went back to work, and the night awakenings got even worse. The sleepless nights were causing significant stress, frustration and exhaustion. The constant disruptions/crying at night were also causing my older daughter to wake up.

From the first meeting with Shawna, I started feeling optimistic and reassured. Shawna was professional, understanding and effective. She designed a personalized sleep program for my twins’ issues which we immediately put into place. Within the first couple of days, we noticed a remarkable improvement. The night awakenings decreased significantly and the morning wake-up time improved as well. Throughout the entire process, Shawna provided support as well as detailed advice and recommendations. Thanks to her expertise, she was also able to adjust the sleep plan to take into account our particular family situation and our children’s needs. And now, just three weeks later, I can happily confirm that our twins sleep through the night (11-12 hours!), and wake up at a much more reasonable time (6:00-630am). I could not have imagined such incredible results for both children in such a short period of time! I would highly recommend Shawna to anyone struggling with any type of baby/child sleep issues."

- Diana T.

 

"As a family doctor people assume that you know all about baby sleep. Newsflash! Most of us are just as clueless and anxious as all of the other first-time parents out there. With our first child we really struggled through the first year, and up until recently she was still not a great sleeper.

When I found out that I was pregnant with twins I knew that we would need major help in the sleep department in order to survive. I was scared that ‘sleep training’ would involve a lot of crying, which turned out to not be the case at all with the help of Destination Sleep. Shawna’s extensive knowledge, combined with her gentle and tailored-approach led us to the very happy place that we are today. Our 5-month old twins go to sleep happily for 11-12 hours straight at night, and take great naps (at the same time!). Even our older child is sleeping better thanks to a few bonus tips. Now that we are all getting the rest that we need we are able to fully enjoy this precious time – and that is priceless."

-Dr. M. Gardner

 

"I was very apprehensive about sleep training. I had read all of the sleep books, and I soon realized that the common thread was to withstand some degree of crying. Even with all of this information, I wanted to have a more human resource; someone to guide me rather than paging through a book at a stressful moment. Shawna has offered our family this perfect solution, she made a customized plan specific to our needs and helped us to realize our goals. I was nervous to begin the training, and after a few nights I realized that this was a life changing and very positive process. We had to manage 2 difficult naps, and 2 difficult bedtimes, and in the greater scheme of things, to teach our baby a lifetime skill, this was so worth it. If you are like me, and nervous about the crying I can reassure you that Shawna will be the best guide ever to lead you through this emotional and very important milestone."

-Betsy B.

 

"My husband and I are so grateful for Shawna's guidance on our baby's sleep journey. Our son is turning 6 months soon and was waking up every 90 minutes at night and was constantly fussy during he day. Despite all the research and resources we were exposed too, nothing we tried worked for more than a couple of days. After working with Shawna, our son is in a much better mood now that he is well rested and learned to connect his sleep cycle. 

As for us, went from being stressed, over-fatigued and impatient to having plenty of time to bond with one another and spend quality time with our baby.  We saw such a big transformation in so little time. Overall, Shawna is very professional, accessible and empathetic and we're extremely happy with the results."

-Menna, Diegal and Taïmour

 

"Shawna's advice was a huge comfort to me when I had my third baby 6 months ago. While I knew the basics of "sleep training" from when I had my first two children, it had been six years since I had been in the newborn stage, and I felt rusty! Shawna helped me to figure out the best course of action to get Penny on an age appropriate schedule that would maximize her sleep.  She gave me the confidence to know that I was doing all the right things...and when something needed tweaking Shawna was there! No matter whether it's your first or third baby, sleeping can be a difficult battle. I am so thankful to have had Shawna's invaluable experience and advice to help get Penny on a good sleep schedule from the get-go. I only wish she had been around when I had my first two!"

-Jackie L.

 

"The best thing I did for my daughter's sleep issue was to turn to Shawna for help.  My then 17 month old was not able to sleep independently during her daytime naps- or so I thought! After consulting with Shawna, I was able to get a better understanding of what my daughter really needed in order to fall asleep. Shawna was able to personalize a plan for my situation and provided me with invaluable advice.  More importantly, the level of compassion and professionalism she shows makes for such a positive experience.  I am amazed at how well my daughter took to the changes in her sleep routine.  She is a much happier toddler because of healthier sleeping habits.  I highly recommend seeing Shawna if you are struggling because sleep is a wonderful gift to give to your baby. Thank you so much, Shawna!"

-Sabrina Ghazal

 

"I wanted to write this testimony because I was initially very hesitant to get professional help for sleep training my son, but I know now that contacting Shawna was the best decision I could have made, she has changed our lives for the better in an amazingly short amount of time!

When I reached out to Shawna, the only way my son would sleep at night was if he stayed next to me in my bed, after being nursed. He would wake up every hour during the night, and had to be nursed to fall back asleep. It was impossible to put him down alone in his bassinet or in his crib. His bedtime was much too late, since my husband and I had to be ready to go to bed in order for him to fall asleep. He was a happy baby during the day, but he would get overtired and cranky during the evening, which was spent rocking him and bouncing him in order to allow the other parent to cook, eat dinner, and take a shower. During the day, the only times he slept (a few minutes) was on me while being nursed, or in the car, stroller or baby-carrier, and there was no schedule whatsoever. I had read sleep books, blogs, articles, everything, and understood I had created bad sleep associations and the theories behind the different sleep training methods, but I didn’t know how to implement a plan that would take care of all of our specific issues at once, while allowing me to keep night feedings. I was ready to make some changes, but I wouldn’t have had the confidence that I was doing the right thing and I had no clue where to start (day sleep, night sleep, changing the bedtime, trying to establish a schedule, breaking the nursing to sleep association, breaking the association to being in the same bed as us), so it would have been very difficult to follow through.

The first thing that struck me about Shawna was her kindness and her professionalism. She always answered our emails promptly and called at the hour she said she would. I right away felt very comfortable with her. She made sure that we could start the sleep training at the time that was convenient for us, and she came to our house to meet us and to see our son’s sleep environment. Before even getting to a sleep training method, she made us some suggestions that would set us up for success, so much so that after following her advice, our son fell asleep instantly the first time we put him alone in his crib (I even checked my monitor to make sure it was working). She provided us with a very detailed sleep roadmap that perfectly suited our needs and was there to patiently answer every single question we had along the way, while being very supportive and encouraging. With her help, the sleep training wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had thought it would be and we saw immediate results, on day 1. Now, one week post-Shawna, our son sleeps in his own room, takes three nice long scheduled naps a day and sleeps at night for at least 12 hours, waking up most of the nights only for two feedings (which I wanted to keep). When we put him to bed, awake, he falls asleep instantly of within a few minutes, with minimal or no crying. When we are with our son, he has our undivided attention because we have been able to do things like cook, eat, and take a shower while he was asleep. A week ago, we couldn’t have imagined going out for an evening only my husband and I, but thanks to Shawna, we were able to leave the house without our baby for the first time since his birth… and the grandparents didn’t have to do anything because he slept the whole time! Most importantly, we know that our son is well-rested and that he has learned a really important skill that will make his life better for the coming years. Thank you Shawna, it was such a pleasure to meet you and to have you by our side during this process!"

-A private mother who'd prefer to remain anonymous

 

“Asking for help can be difficulty, especially when it’s about something as personal as the inner workings of your family. Within minutes of speaking with Shawna all my reservations about sharing disappeared, I felt absolutely no judgement, only respect towards my family and our views. The nonthreatening environment she created is what allowed me to be so honest with her (and myself) and I believe that the authentic conversations that ensued were essential in solving our daughter’s sleep problems. I don’t think I could have gotten there with someone other than Shawna guiding me. Our family thanks her every night!"

-Michelle and Simon Decoste

 

"After 8 months of sleepless nights, my husband and I decided to seek some expert advice. After meeting with Shawna, we knew we had chosen the perfect sleep consultant to help put an end to our constant state of exhaustion. Shawna was not only easy to engage with, friendly and sympathetic to our situation, but her calm demeanor and accessibility at all hours made working with her a truly seamless experience. 

Shawna provided us with an achievable sleep plan and did not hesitate to answer any questions or concerns along the way. After one week of working with Shawna and implementing her plan, our daughter slept through the night and has been ever since. Thank you Shawna for helping us out of what felt like an insurmountable state of sleeplessness. We will definitely recommend you to anyone we know in search of a sleep consultant." 

-Andrea and Brad S.

 

"When our youngest turned 4 months old, the sleep situation in our house turned very desperate. My infant, who I had been co-sleeping with, all of the sudden wanted to nurse around the clock and her daytime sleep became one catnap after the next. At the same time, my toddler who had once been a champion sleeper, would take literally hours to put to bed, only to wake up multiple times through the night. And naps? Forget it.

The 4 of us were desperate for a good night's sleep but my hubby and I were hesitant to seek the help of a professional. I had heard from friends that unless we were willing to Cry It Out, a sleep coach would be of little help. Wow, did Shawna ever prove us wrong. She was patient, thorough and sensitive to our parenting style. Shawna walked us through different sleep training options and helped us choose the methods that best suited our family. She then crafted custom sleep plans to help our 2 little girls get the sleep they so deserved. She even helped us navigate the process with daily check-ins and phone, text and email trouble shooting.

One month post-Shawna, I can tell you that the difference is night and day. Naps and bedtimes are so much more enjoyable. My eldest is back to sleeping through the night (a blissful 11-12 hours) and my 6 month old wakes up once for a quick feed (I chose to keep one nighttime feeding).

Now that everyone is sleeping, the chaos has subsided! The kids are happier and so are we. Heck, my hubby and I even get a couple of hours to ourselves every evening. Now we just need to figure out how to fill them!"

-Jennifer Z.

 

"Shawna was referred to me by numerous friends with babies who had been struggling with sleep training. As this was my second child sleep training was not new to me but the complications of sleep training with a toddler in the next room and with the unique issues that were presented by my son, I was feeling like I needed a bit of support and guidance that books and websites couldn't provide for me. I was not looking for a whole program but just small changes here and there to our routine.

When I spoke with Shawna she was not only so patient with me as I rambled on about all my questions and problems, but she was also very open to providing me with as much or as little support and guidance as I wanted. Based on our discussion, Shawna was able to identify the problems and provide me with concrete solutions on how to fix small things in our routine that would help my son get the sleep he needed (and me too).  She had information and tips that I had never thought of and she gave me a structure to follow depending on the approach I was comfortable with. Within a week we had gone from two hours of crying at bedtime to 10 minutes. 

Working with Shawna was a complete pleasure and I felt like she understood my frustrations and her calm nature allowed me to regroup and tackle my sons sleeping head on. She also made it clear she was there for follow up support if need be and made sure she had answered all my questions before ending our session. She was quick to respond to any of my emails or texts and made herself available to me based on my schedule. I really cannot recommend her services enough. Thank you Shawna!"

-Tina K.

 

"I was so happy that I called Shawna when my baby was only 4 months old. I didn't hesitate because this was my second one and I remember going through the same erratic sleep behaviour from 3 to 6 months with my first child. It was very frustrating because my babies slept pretty well at night up until three months and then regressed dramatically. To add to the frustration, all the advice I read on-line and what people were telling me, was that babies began to sleep longer un-interrupted stretches beyond 3 months of age. I reached out to Shawna almost right away because I didn't think there was a need to suffer like I had with my first child. As for Shawna, she was on point and she was fast! She did a thorough analysis of the situation and then quickly came back a a detailed plan that was specific to our baby and our family needs. Now our baby is 7 months and he's sleeping way more than I am. I'm wondering if Shawna does sleep plans for adults. If you're having sleep issues and you don't have enough sleep to know which road to take, I recommend Shawna at Destination Sleep. Don't wait to get your 'life' back. Thanks again Shawna, our family is so much better off!"

- Lisa Blouin

 

"As a first time mom, one of my biggest fears was that my baby wouldn't sleep...ever.  So I decided to take Shawna's "Expectant Parents" seminar to learn any tips and tricks that would help us to start out on the right foot.  When my daughter Delaney was about 8 weeks old, I began implementing the tips that I had learned in Shawna's seminar and before I knew it, Delaney was sleeping 5-7 hour stretches at night.  I fully have Shawna to thank for this.  Her guidance and clear-cut advice were what got us there!  Furthermore, when I contacted Shawna with some follow up questions, her reassurance and understanding were a huge source of comfort." 

-Courtney Rose

Want to get your child more rested? Contact me today to schedule a no-cost 15-minute introductory call. I'll get back to you within 24 hours.

 

Destination Sleep

514-866-3556

shawna@destinationsleep.ca

Montreal, QC, Canada

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