My name is Melissa Perry and I am the luckiest wife to my incredible husband and mother of three amazing children. I have been surrounded with children all my life. I began my career as a babysitter at the tender age of ten helping my father care for my three little sisters. During college, I was a full time nanny and gained experience in all ages from infants to pre-teens.
The fifteen years of training I had with children definitely helped as I had my own. But even after all those years of experience, nothing came close to prepare me for the birth of my first child. By far the hardest challenge I had faced thus far in my life. I was exhausted mainly due to the lack of sleep and that’s putting it lightly. The string of sleepless nights and exhausting days left me feeling anxious, irritable, and unsure about my ability of being a good mother.
And while there was support for other maternal challenges, birth coaches and lactation consultants, there was no one I could talk to about my daughter’s ongoing sleep issues. While the sleep books offered advice, they didn’t offer support, encouragement or the invaluable feeling of connection with a person who can help and truly understand. Thank goodness I have a husband who helped as much as he could, but it was really up to me to figure a solution to the madness. We eventually did get our daughter to sleep through the night, but the process was grueling. I thought, “There has to be an easier way.”
I spent weeks devouring every book and website that had ever been written on babies sleep. The more I learned, the more I wanted to share this information with other parents. That’s when I founded The Cradle Coach. Sleep is so important for your baby’s health and your mental well-being, yet no one teaches you about it. We felt there needed to be a go-to place for sleep support. Since then, I have received my certification as a Happiest Baby on the Block educator and a maternity and baby certified sleep consultant from the International Maternity and Parenting Institute. I’ve also received my certification as a Newborn Care Advanced Specialist from the Newborn Care Training Academy.