What we do and how we do it
The anxiety and stress of parenting can suck all the enjoyment out of what is a fleeting and precious moment. The pressure to ‘get everything right’ can cause uncertainty, and the lack of sleep can make you question everything you do.
The Baby Guru has developed a Responsive Parenting System, whereby we work with you to help guide you through this period and get you back to enjoying your baby. We can assist you in just about any aspect of troubling parenting from newborns right through to five year olds. From sleep training, breast to bottle and removing a dummy, right up to behavioural problems for older children, we will discuss your needs, and match you with the right Baby Guru expert who will then offer guidance and reassurance whilst we work with you to solve the problem. We don’t just disappear once the problem is ‘fixed’ because we know that babies and children don’t always stick rigidly to routines and you might need assurance in the future, so our packages all include follow up time where you can ask as many questions as you want, and receive as much guidance as you need to remain confident that you ARE doing a fantastic job.
Giving you back the confidence that you do know what you’re doing
One, Two, Three…
Whether you’re finding your feet with one baby, twins or multiple births our team has loads of experience and can offer all the support you need
Worldwide bespoke packages
We tailor bespoke packages to assist you in troubleshooting any parenting problems, and travel to where you are, anywhere in the world to execute these
"Sam came to stay for 4 nights when my baby was 8 weeks old – he cried every time I put him down, and fed constantly. From the first night she had him sleeping in the moses basket, and by day 2 he was following a routine. She gave me the confidence to respond to him appropriately – distinguishing between when he was hungry / tired or simply irritable. She was easy to talk to, helpful and very supportive – she made me feel capable and self-reliant and has continued to offer support since she stayed with us. I feel like I’ve got my life back"
What we do
We are here for you
Giving you back peaceful nights
Sleep trainingGiving you back peaceful nights
Breast to Bottle
Helping baby to take the bottle happily
Breast to BottleHelping baby to take the bottle happily
Weaning & Nutrition
Eating, drinking and beyond - helping to give your baby the healthiest start
Weaning & NutritionEating, drinking and beyond - helping to give your baby the healthiest start
Support coping with tantrums, tempers and rules
Behavioural coachingSupport coping with tantrums, tempers and rules
"Sam stayed for 3 nights to help with my 10 month olds constant night wakings. He quickly learnt with her help to self settle and re-settle if he woke. I now have to wake him up from day naps, and he’s been sleeping through the night since the second night she stayed with us. Sam is kind, friendly and extremely experienced and professional – I had total confidence in her methods and abilities and she gave me the tools to understand how to keep my son in his new routine if illness or travel disrupted it. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her."
Headed up by Sam Saunders, our team is full of friendly, approachable experts in their fields, just waiting to support you however you need
The Baby Guru Founder
Sam SaundersThe Baby Guru Founder
The rest of the team
Full qualified professionals
The rest of the teamFull qualified professionals
"My 8 month old daughter was waking up to 6 times a night, my nerves were shredded and I kept hoping things would suddenly improve – they didn’t. My morale was low and I was struggling to cope through lack of sleep. Sam arrived like Mary Poppins – supportive, confident, understanding, sensitive and completely experienced she gave me the confidence to deal with the situation – for which I will be eternally grateful! It took a week, and then my daughter was sleeping 10 – 12 hours a night uninterrupted and I reclaimed my life and sanity! I wish I had called sooner. You can’t put a price on rest and a balanced mind."
Different packages to suit all budgets
Sleep Training Packages
Phone / Skype consultation
At any time convenient to you.
1 night rescue package
6pm – 7am (One bedtime)
Day & night rescue package
6pm-8pm (Two bedtimes)
Medium sleep package
2 whole nights & 1 full day
Larger sleep package
3 whole nights & 2 full days
All sleep packages comes with 6 weeks backup.
Additional charges include mileage if over 25 miles from base (Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 1LR)
Nutrition & Weaning
For babies aged 4 months +
Initial 1/2 hr Skype or telephone call
2 X 1/2 hr Skype / phone consultations.
A full detailed weaning plan emailed.
Email support while package is ongoing
Sleep shaping consultation
4 X 1/2 Hr Skype / phone consultations over four month period
Email support while package is ongoing
Initial telephone call
Full plan put together, and discussed on phone
Full plan emailed
Text and Email support for 6 weeks
"Hiring Sam to get our 5 month old to sleep through has been one of the best decisions we’ve made. Our daughter woke constantly looking for comfort and I was so sleep deprived during the day I could barely function. I was very anxious about leaving our daughter to cry but Sam was incredibly supportive , making me feel completely at ease and teaching me all I needed to know to feel confident enough to continue to follow the routine on my own. Every day since our little girl has slept 11 – 12 hours a night and if she does wake, I will know how and when to respond with confidence. "
A bit of instant help to get you started
Sometimes a little bit of guidance and a few friendly words is all you need to get you back on the path and focused on achieving what you want in whichever parenting battle you’re currently in. These guides are designed to give you some guidelines and ideas to hopefully get you started down the path you want. From what to take to the hospital when you go to give birth, through to those first few tentative days with a new baby, and into the beginning stages of weaning – so many questions arise, when should you be feeding? What do all the hiccups mean? Should you offer more food? These guides should help to answer those questions and give a bit of reassurance during phases which can be overwhelming.
"I knew we needed help when my then 5 month old was waking every 1 – 2 hours in the night and I was so exhausted I couldn’t see straight. Despite this I was very apprehensive about having someone else in our house and feeling judged. I couldn’t have been more misguided – from the first moment Sam put me at ease, working with us without being at all pushy, discussing and explaining every step of her approach. I trusted her completely and by night 2 our son slept 10 hours straight! Since Sam left we have had challenges due to teething and illness and Sam has continued to provide support to help us successfully navigate these on our own – our son rarely wakes in the night and if he does I feel totally able to cope with it."
Train to be a baby guru
Sam and her team run a series of workshops in all areas of their expertise, which can help give you some new ideas if you feel stuck in any aspect of your parenting. They are also a good opportunity to meet other parents in similar circumstances to yours and help you to see that as a parent you are part of a huge community who support and aid each other throughout all the stages of parenthood. The workshops run regularly, please contact us for information on when they are and topics.
If you work with babies already and would like to learn some new skills, or simply would like to begin working with babies we offer training in all our areas of expertise. You will have the opportunity to learn how we work with parents to achieve the best possible outcome for them and their babies, how we empower them with the tools to ensure that they can cope moving forward and how to leave happy homes.
We run one off seminars for industry professionals who would like to pick up some new tips or feel a bit disillusioned with their current role and would like to expand their horizons. You will also have the opportunity to meet other industry professionals and swap ideas and contacts. These run regularly, please contact us for more information.