Last updated on March 4th, 2024

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The Story Of the Sleep Lady..


Let me tell you about my mission to help a million tired parents transform their sleepless lives! It’s important that you know a little bit more about me, and why I created the Gentle Sleep Coach Training and Certification program.

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How I Became the Sleep Lady

My 25+ year journey started as an overworked, exhausted parent with a daughter who would not sleep! But, I wanted a gentler approach to the typical cry-it-out method. I went against the social norm and put her on a flexible, gentle eating and sleeping routine during the day. 


I put her down awake at bedtime and only fed her when she woke up at night – I wasn’t going to wake her up to feed her. I tweaked, and experimented, I still breastfed a lot, but I was following my heart. 

Soon enough, I started to help family and friends with their babies. Between this work and working as a therapist, I had my second girl. She had horrible reflux and was a very alert baby. She put me in my place and helped me become a better Sleep Lady.


After much encouragement from my family and friends, I added sleep help to my family therapy practice. At that time, there were no “Baby and Toddler Sleep Coaches” or “Parenting Coaches.” 


I soon discovered:

  • 1 in 4 babies has some sort of sleep problem
  • Pediatricians receive little training in sleep yet are asked for help by parents every day 
  • There is NO formal education or regulation for sleep coaches
  • Yet there are many entrepreneurs with no credentials or clinical experience teaching outdated methods of sleep training


With this knowledge, I felt compelled to step up to the plate and share my proven method with other parents. Soon, I gained international recognition as an expert on baby and child sleep. (The Sleep Lady® is actually a nickname bestowed by one of my grateful clients!) 


Dedicated to providing tired parents with excellent sleep advice and coaching, I knew I could not help everyone myself… 


So, I started the Gentle Sleep Coach® Training and Certification program in 2010–the first and most comprehensive training program in the world!


My gentle sleep method was the spark of a global industry- Baby and Child Sleep Consulting.

 I have ONE mission: To provide families with evidence-based, gentle alternatives so they can respectfully care for their children… and get a good night’s sleep! 

I hope you’ll join me on this mission – I’d love to have you!

Stay tuned – I’ll be in your inbox with more helpful information and education on our Gentle Sleep Coaching program!


With love,

Kim West, AKA The Sleep Lady