Holly Bollinger – A Sleep Sense Consultant

Holly Bollinger sleep consultant

Where to begin? Well, I guess we’ll start with how my education led to my current life’s work. Like many of us in our mid-30s, I went to college and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and writing. Soon after, I began working as a paraprofessional at an elementary school. There, I fell in love with teaching and decided to return to school for my Master of Arts in Special and Elementary Education. I spent the following five years in an elementary classroom helping children and their families. During my teaching career, I married my loving husband, Bryan in 2009.

Naturally, when I became pregnant I read every book about pregnancy and parenthood. I felt totally prepared, as most expecting mothers do. Then my son, Tommy, was born and he did not sleep! I was baffled and frustrated that there weren’t more resources that truly explained my experience. WTF?

Sleep wasn’t on my radar. I knew newborns didn’t sleep, but I thought it was something that just magically clicked around three months. Sure, there were books about sleep on the market but they didn’t connect to my life, with my son. And, I won’t even go there with the mixed messages whenever you try to find information about sleep and how it works. But, being a person that craves education and loves problem solving, went on the hunt for a program that felt right to me and my motherhood experience thus far. Finally, weeding through a lot of BS, I found the Sleep Sense program. Not only did I have a book for personal reference, I had access to a consultant to walk me through my family’s sleep journey.

Soon enough, Tommy was sleeping through the night. I was a healthier, happier mom and he was a healthier, happier baby. That was 2012.

My husband and I always wanted a big family and with Tommy sleeping so well, we decided to get crazy and have a few more. Well, three additional kids later and my life couldn’t be more chaotic. We now have three school age boys: Tommy, Sammy and Frankie, as well as one preschool aged daughter, Josie. To say that my life is busy would be an understatement.

Like so many of you, my days are filled with appointments, practices, classes, meetings and whatever else comes up. Daily, I take on the challenges of “moving the train forward,” as I like to call it. I’m the cook, the driver, the grocery shopper, the support system, etc. As you know, the list goes on and on. But, the one thing I still have to calm the chaos at the end of the day is sleep! When Josie was 4-months old, I decided to become a certified Sleep Sense consultant. I knew healthy sleep habits were a saving grace for my daily life as a mother of four.

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I wanted to share this knowledge with struggling families by marrying my love for education and sleep. I know how hard and tiring the days are. I know how emotionally invested we are as mothers and how taxing motherhood can be. We need to recharge and decompress at the end of the day, no matter the age of our children. I am so thankful for the gift of sleep; both for myself and my children. We are a happier and healthier family because of it. I have built this business to help other families overcome their struggles with sleep. I want everyone to find calm in the chaos that is life with children. If you’re ready to make a change, click the “Start the Evaluation” link and let’s get healthy and happy!

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Why is working with Holly different than buying a DIY plan or sleep book?

Individualized support! The greatest part of working with a sleep consultant is that we work with you, your baby, and your family’s specific sleep needs and schedule. Other programs provide broad generalizations about age-appropriate sleep. In addition, they fail to provide specific instructions when troubles arise.

While working with me, Holly Bollinger, I provide real-time, 1:1 support, where I guide you through the 2-3-week program. You will have me in your back pocket to celebrate sleep successes, troubleshoot, and solve your specific sleep needs.

Is your program a version of CIO?

No. Cry-It-Out suggests putting your child to bed, walking away, and letting them scream until they fall asleep. Not only is this method uncomfortable, but it's also completely unnecessary.

Instead, I believe you can stay with your child, listen, and respond to their needs as they gradually learn to fall asleep independently. This approach allows you to bring warmth, closeness, and maintain a steady connection with your child.

While working with me, Holly Bollinger, I provide real-time, 1:1 support, where I guide you through the 2-3-week program. You will have me in your back pocket to celebrate sleep successes, troubleshoot, and solve your specific sleep needs.

Can I sleep train if my baby is still feeding at night?

Yes! Independent sleep skills are absolutely possible, even if a baby is still having a night feed or two. But, many babies naturally drop night feeds once they learn to connect sleep cycles and develop a consistent strategy for sleep. This is a win-win!

How long is your program?

Sleep development and changes take time. Many of my clients are sleeping through the night within the first few days! However, each child’s sleep needs vary and your child’s circadian rhythm takes time to normalize. Therefore, my program is two to three weeks. This allows us time to gather data, practice independent sleep skills, and create a predictable approach to sleep for your child.

As a sleep consultant, I provide education and information about independent sleep skills for all ages. Some parents are eager for sleep education prior to baby’s arrival. For others, sleep challenges don’t arise until later in their parenting journey. The most important thing is, children are ready to learn independent sleep skills when parents are motivated to change their current sleep situation

When should you start sleep training your child and is it ever too late?

The great news is it’s never too late to teach your child independent sleep skills! Children have a biological need and desire to sleep. As a result, my customized program works at any age. Most importantly, sleep training is right when parents are ready to have an independent sleeper.

As a sleep consultant, I provide education and information about independent sleep skills for all ages. Some parents are eager for sleep education prior to baby’s arrival. For others, sleep challenges don’t arise until later in their parenting journey. The most important thing is, children are ready to learn independent sleep skills when parents are motivated to change their current sleep situation

What if I have multiples?

I love multiples! Honestly, it’s a little more work, but 100% doable. This is why working with a sleep consultant is so valuable. I will create an individual plan that makes sleep changes possible, even with multiples

Can I sleep train with a sibling in the house?

Yes! Each plan is customized. Together, we will create a plan which helps your child develop independent sleep skills, while still reflecting on everyone’s need for healthy, consolidated sleep

Do you offer sleep seminars or group coaching?

Yes! Please contact me or visit my Sleep Seminars pages. I run them periodically. 

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