Jayne Havens is a certified sleep consultant and the founder of Snooze Fest by Jayne Havens and Center for Pediatric Sleep Management. As a leader in the industry, Jayne advocates for healthy sleep hygiene for children of all ages, and she is committed to supporting families at the highest level. Jayne launched her comprehensive sleep consultant certification course so she could train and mentor others to work in this emerging industry.
Before having kids, I had a very successful career in catering sales. I loved my job, but I was working crazy hours, which included nights, weekends and holidays. I made the decision to leave my job when my son Sid was born to stay at home with him. I loved every minute of being a stay at home mom. We went to music class, library story time, baby gym etc. When he was two I started him in a play based preschool five mornings a week so I would have a few hours every day to get some things done without a toddler in tow.
Fast forward four years and our second child Ivy was born. Ivy was a much more difficult baby. She had a milk soy protein intolerance and cried for 12 weeks straight until we got that figured out. She is also much more “spirited” than Sid. “Spirited” is a term that I thought parents used to describe their children that weren’t raised with rules or boundaries, until I had one of my own. She was born this way and nothing I did or could do would change her temperament. Luckily, she turned a slight corner during her toddler months, and at two years of age I was able to put her in part time preschool so that I could once again have just a few moments without a child on my hip.
This time around I knew we were not going to have another, so I started thinking about what I would do with my free time. I didn’t want to go back to my full time career in catering sales. That type of job just wasn’t going to jive with my life as a parent of two young children. I explored a few different options before deciding to get my certification to work as a sleep consultant. It really has been the perfect fit for me and for our family. I love that I can work from my phone and my iPad. I can still take my kids to and from school and I can volunteer in their classrooms and within our community. I love that I am in the position to change people’s lives for the better, while also adding to our family income.
This blog will likely become a place for me to provide my followers with tips and tricks for establishing good sleep habits for their children. I hope you follow along and enjoy!