Infant & toddler sleep consultant in Austin, TX offering virtual support for families

Welcome! You are here because you want to nurture your child and optimize your rest. With the right support, you can do both.

If you are an expectant parent who wants to know more about infant sleep and how to best prepare for the arrival of your little one, or if you are the parent of an infant or toddler and looking for sleep support (without sleep training), then you are in the right place.

Sarah McElvain, LMSW Sleep Eductor and Consultant Austin, TX

Hi, I’m Sarah, and I help families feel rested and more at ease about their child’s sleep. My mission is to help families develop realistic expectations and create a vision for responsive nighttime parenting during the early years. 

My postpartum period with my oldest was filled with considerable challenges as my husband’s parents were in a devastating car accident when our son was just three weeks old. The day before the accident, I was exhausted from cluster-feeds. A close friend told me about her love for Babywise and the parent-directed feeding concept, so I looked into it and contemplated going with the eat-play-sleep schedule. What I read made me think I was doing it all wrong and that my child would never sleep unless I ‘taught’ him. But the accident was such a distraction to my research and overthinking that I entered survival mode; my instincts kicked in and I followed my intuition to do what I felt was best for our son – even if it didn’t match what the ‘sleep experts’ said.

In addition to the struggles of the early days, the time just before our son turned 2 was tough due to the continued frequent wakeups. Undoubtedly, there were moments of sleep deprivation and exhaustion that had me searching chatgroups, books, and websites to find a recipe for a quick fix. None of these sources understood my parenting philosophy or knew a thing about my child, but blanket statements and quick fixes were everywhere. Sleep training, schedules, and even a focus on healthy sleep hygiene weren’t the solution to our struggles in the early days or the throes of toddlerhood – finding support to validate my intuition and process the challenges were key for us.

To create space for the season of early parenting, I sought professional guidance to tune into the present moment and trust what I felt. I tapped into our support system and began to ask for help. I learned to follow the lead of my child (a frequent night-waker and sensitive soul), who is the best teacher I’ve ever had. I learned that books and websites don’t have all the answers. And I learned to tune out advice that didn’t resonate. While many advice-givers have the best of intentions, their suggestions don’t always take into account your baby’s temperament, your parenting style, and your family’s situation.

So many lessons came from those early days, and we are on the other side now– my in-laws recovered fully, our son is thriving and sleeping well, and I feel well rested and energetic (even with a second child in our family who wakes more than her brother did!). Getting support that resonated was critical to finding peace in the challenges of parenting. I now listen to my gut for parenting guidance and cherish the good and hard moments. Rather than trying to fix and extinguish the challenges, I work with and connect to my child to get through the hard times.  

Wholehearted Nighttime Parenting Support

I transitioned my postpartum doula business to fill the void for responsive parenting sleep support. I couldn’t find a sleep consultant who matched our needs and philosophy, so I created this niche specialty to fill that gap. While the only expert on your baby is YOU – the parent – you need support to feel your best, as it’s hard to nurture when you are exhausted. My services are built on a foundation of emotional support, practical knowledge, developmental science, and attachment theory. I will be your family sleep doula to help you get adequate rest, find your parenting groove, and tune in to what you know is best for you, your baby, and your family. You have the answers; I just help you uncover them.

It isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it.

Infant & Toddler Sleep Consultations, Postpartum Planning Services, and Child Sleep Education classes available for families in Austin Bee Cave, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Jonestown, Lakeway, Leander, Pflugerville, Round Rock and other Central Texas communities, as well as virtually.