This smiling family wasn't always so happy.
My transition to parenthood wasn’t as smooth as I hoped. Birth and breastfeeding were unexpectedly challenging. Luckily, there was support. But not for sleep. The conflicting sleep advice from books, websites and family left me confused and overwhelmed. “Why?” I wondered, wasn’t there someone to help parents with their baby’s sleep?
I vowed that if I survived the first year of motherhood, I would create a sleep support service for families with young children. The result was Sleepy Bug: Baby and Toddler Sleep Coaching, Philadelphia’s first and premier sleep consulting service. Since 2009, Sleepy Bug has helped hundreds of exhausted families create customized sleep plans that work with their demanding works schedules and family obligations.
My clients come to me after months (sometimes years) of sleeping on nursery floors, couches and air mattresses. They spend countless hours reading books and scouring the internet for answers. Their own sleep deprivation leads to depression, anxiety, weight loss, insomnia, and the exacerbation of pre-existing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Their marriages, jobs and children are stressed and strained. And still their baby and toddlers aren’t sleeping.
Finding someone who listens and provides ongoing support makes a world of difference. The same, exhausted parents who were convinced that their child’s sleep issues were insurmountable emerge rejuvenated and with a new found confidence. Thank you in advance for spreading the word about Sleepy Bug, a service I so desperately needed when I was that exhausted, new mother.
Andrea Elovson, CGSC
Founder, Sleepy Bug, LLC
Andrea Elovson is a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach and member of the Association of Professional Sleep Coaches. Sleepy Bug is the winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of” award for sleep coaching. Andrea has been featured on CNN.com, Parents, Kiwi, The Expectant Mother’s Guide to Philadelphia, Main Line Magazine, Parents’ Express, and the Springfield Sun. Andrea is a preferred provider for Philadelphia based pediatricians, doula services and breastfeeding resource organizations. She holds workshops in Center City, South Jersey and on the Main Line. www.sleepy-bug.com or call 267-432-1020.
“As a mother and as the owner of a Parenting Center I have seen the impact of Andrea's work in helping vulnerable, new parents understand and adjust to difficult sleep patterns. It is rare to find somebody who has the knowledge to impact individuals and families like Andrea does. Andrea is warm, sensitive, and humorous and a terrific resource for overwhelmed parents in the early stages of parenting.”
Jesse Menken, Founder/Owner, Ali’s Wagon Parenting Center. Philadelphia, PA
“Andrea’s support and advice helped us to teach Susannah to sleep better and longer. We really appreciate your support and especially that you are so empathetic to me and concerned about mommy's sleep just as much as you are concerned with baby's sleep.”
Jen and Ron L., parents of Suzannah, 9 months
“My husband and I felt like we had read almost every sleep book out there, and in the end we just felt more confused and frustrated to add onto our already weary and sleep deprived state. When we found Andrea it was such a relief! She helped us tackle each problem that we came across and would work to help us find a solution that worked for our child.”
Nicole and T.J. L., parents of Jack, 5 ½ months
"Andrea has developed a program that is desperately needed within the postpartum community. When baby sleeps better, mom feels better! Sleepy Bug is an invaluable resource that moms can rely on for support and guidance during this challenging time."
Karen Kleiman, MSW, Director of The Postpartum Stress Center. Rosemont, PA
"Thank you for everything you’ve done for our family. Lucia has grown into a healthy and happy toddler with your help, support and her great sleep habits!"
Maria G., mother of sixteen month-old, Lucia
"Andrea makes sleep training much less stressful. I recommend her services to many patients with great results!"
Alexis Lieberman, M.D. Fairmount Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine