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Baby Sleep Consultant

About Edel – Baby Sleep Consultant

Edel Gargan is the mother of two girls Anna and Laragh, and son James. Edel has worked as a professional in the childcare industry since 1999 and became a Qualified Baby Sleep Consultant in 2010.  She has attained numerous accreditation’s and certificates in areas such as Baby & Toddler Nutrition, Behavioral Management, Child Protection and Paediatric First Aid. Like many mothers Edel had to cope with the challenges of sleep deprivation caused by her children not sleeping.

While originally from a farming background in Co. Roscommon Edel now lives in Sandyford, Dublin 18. While not working inside or outside her home, Edel enjoy’s keeping fit, family days out and socialising with friends.  After having her third (and last!) child in 2013, Edel completed the Dublin City Marathon in 2017 having taken up running to lose ‘baby weight’!

Professional Baby Sleep Consultant

Having solved her own children’s baby sleep problems, Edel was asked for advice by family and friends to help them teach their children to sleep through the night. After a number of successes Edel decided to train as a Professional Baby Sleep Consultant and has gained a National Accreditation in Sleep Consultancy awarded by the NNSC in the UK.

Since attaining her Baby Sleep Consultant qualification Edel has worked with hundreds of families across Ireland, UK, UAE, US, Australia and Canada, each with their own unique challanges requiring their own tailored baby sleep solution.

Crèche & Montessori School in Dublin

As well as being a wife and mother of three, Edel ran her own crèche and Montessori school in Dublin, for over 15 years and is a qualified Montessori teacher. Edel’s experience of providing childcare to 100’s of families have provided her with an extremely broad insight to the challenges facing modern parents and children alike. This depth and wealth of experience differentiates her as a baby sleep consultant.

The Gentle Approach Baby Sleep

First things first, as a pediatric sleep consultant I believe all baby’s cries need to be responded to.  Although your baby may need to learn to settle to sleep they should never feel afraid or abandoned.  I believe the roll of a parent is to comfort a child through the sleep training process rather that using harsh controlled crying techniques to get your child to sleep through the night. The Baby Sleep Academy philosophy is based on creating positive sleep associations for your child. This involves sleep preparation routines, a well-balanced healthy diet and development of positive sleep habits. The use of controlled crying is not part of my philosophy. However, when you have a wilful child who has developed a negative sleep habit they will generally cry when you try to change it. I believe that you should not leave your child to cry for prolonged periods on their own as you need to be there to comfort and encourage them into their new sleep routine.

Identifying negative sleep habits

The Baby Sleep Academy process starts by first identifying what negative sleep habits your child has developed. I provide parents with a Sleep Diary which they must complete for a period of seven days. This includes keeping a diary of not just sleep times but also the food your child has consumed and when, as part of their daily routine. Nutrition, while important for your child’s growth and development is also an important factor in developing a healthy sleep pattern.

Every Parent is Different Too!

While every child is different, I also find that every parent is different too! My philosophy is to tailor the sleep program into a solution you can work with and are comfortable to introduce which culminates in your baby sleeping through the night. In saying this, your commitment to the introduction of a new sleep routine is absolutely the most vital element in achieving success.

Baby Sleep Diary

Once I have received your baby sleep diary I will follow up with a phone call with questions about the diary. The next step is to analyse your sleep diary and identify where improvements in your child’s sleep routine can be made. I will provide you with a tailored easy-to-follow, step-by-step sleep program for your child. In my experience parents often have many questions about the sleep plan and anxieties about its implementation which we will talk through and resolve.

Your First Night

On the first night you should not expect your baby or toddler to sleep for a straight 12 hours, this very very rarely happens. In most cases the first few nights are the most challenging and improvements can be seen within the first week. To measure success I will ask you to continue to keep the sleep diary throughout the process. The Baby Sleep Academy is here to provide you with help and support until you and your child are sleeping through the night.

Common Reasons for Baby Not Sleeping:


Baby is dependent on a soother which falls out


Baby wakes frequently during the night


Baby is dependent on being held or rubbed to get to sleep


Baby/child will not go to bed


Baby is dependent on having a bottle to get to sleep


You must be present for baby to fall asleep


Baby wakes and can’t get back to sleep by themselves


Child wants to come into your bed

If you are experiencing any of these baby sleep problems, I can help you progress your child to develop positive sleep habits so that you’ll both get a good nights’ sleep. Contact info@babysleepacademy.com.

Years Experience

Sleep Issues Resolved

Hours of Sleep Saved


Consultation with Tailored Plan & Support

Recommended for parents experiencing settling issues and/or frequent night awakenings.  Includes a tailored step-by-step plan.

Single Consultation

Recommended for parents who want to discuss and overcome minor sleep issues with their baby or young child.

1st Year of Sleep

The 1st year of a baby's life is a very busy and exciting time. With this package you will have a helping hand all the way to guide you through developing a workable routine for your baby along with helping you through any sleep issues that may arise.

Public Talks & Media

As a Baby Sleep Consultant I give talks, seminars and training courses to the public & businesses.


Here is what Baby Sleep Academy customers had to say:

Hilda & Robbi

Hilda & Robbi

Before we met Edel were we completely exhausted and at our wits end, up every night at least 7 times with our son. Within about 10 days Dylan was happy in his cot and slept 12 hours straight! We couldn't speak more highly of Edel and she was such a fantastic person to deal with.*



Without Edel’s help and support I know I certainly wouldn’t be in a home with two very happy & content boys that sleep all night and thrive on their routine each day. She always understood how I felt. We would highly recommend Edel as a baby sleep consultant – she’s amazing!!*



I had no time to myself the entire day and despite being a new Mom and being told that this time was unpredictable I knew in my gut that it was wrong. We put our faith in Edel’s expertise in terms of sleep and we weren't disappointed. With the constant doubt we felt as new parents she was able to point us in the right direction.*

* The testimonials appearing on this site were actually received via e-mail submission. They are individual experiences, reflecting real life experiences of those who have used our services. They are individual results and results do vary. We do not claim that they are typical results.  Testimonial Disclaimer

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