My Story...

As a Certified Paediatric Sleep Consultant, and the owner and founder of Cheeky Sleeper- Sleep Consultants Ltd. I named my company after my own Cheeky Sleepers, ages 4 and 6. They are the reason I started my business, went back to school and the reason I am who I am today.

Alison McAdam - Certified Paediatric Sleep Consultant and founder of Cheeky Sleeper.

Alison McAdam - Certified Paediatric Sleep Consultant and founder of Cheeky Sleeper.

As a new parent, sleep was at the top of my mind all the time. My first daughter was a scheduled eater - she woke every 3-4 hours every single night until I started to teach/coach her to sleep through the night at 10 months. I have clear memories of sleeping on the floor outside her room for 3 nights as she cried and cried. After a couple of nights of crying she got it and has been a good but cheeky sleeper at bedtime. We've now made it through teething, nap transitions, giving up soothers, moving, travel, an absent parent and the arrival of a sibling.

To be honest, I don't have clear memories of sleep training my youngest. I clearly remember the sleepless nights when she was young and bottle night feeding her at 6 months while sitting in a chair next to her crib.  Magically at 8 months old, my husband got her to sleep through the night while I was in the hospital for a few nights. Now two she loves to go to bed but is always a little cheeky at nap time.

Neither journey was easy but I get to see the rewards... everyday two happy, well rested little girls. My kids are amazing, full of joy, very active and love being sisters.  

After the arrival of my youngest, my passion for my career in Human Resources dwindled. I love to talk and share my experiences as a parent with others. It wasn't till I heard a Paediatric Sleep Consultant (a fellow Family Sleep Institute (FSI) grad) speak that I had a moment it dawned on me that I should become a sleep consultant. I have always wanted my own business and I am delighted it will be as a sleep consultant. I started my education with Family Sleep Institute in September 2016 and graduated in March 2017. I love learning, talking and coaching parents through sleep training.

I hope to make this site and my blog a resources to share and educate parents.

Thank you for coming on this journey with me and I look forward to share my knowledge with you.

xx alison