Any parent knows that “sleeping like a baby” is not a restful sleep, particularly for the parents.
By the time the twin sons of Stephanie S. of Bingham Farms were 20 months old, bedtime was a nightmare. They woke up at least six times per night and Stephanie was constantly cranky and exhausted. But these days, bedtime is a breeze — Stephanie puts the boys to bed, closes the door and is done for the night. She credits a local “baby whisperer,” Batya Sherizen, for her sound advice getting her through that tricky time.
Sherizen, 33, of Southfield, didn’t always know about sleep. When her oldest son, Azriel, was born in Israel in 2006, Sherizen was dismayed to find all her whimsical mothering dreams shatter quickly; her son screamed all day and all night. “I was not coping,” said Sherizen, who didn’t grow up with a lot of babies around. Far from her own family and with no support in place, Sherizen began researching the subject of sleep.
“I found that a lot of these books address pointed sleep issues, but I went further, learning about circadian rhythms, child psychology, parent-child trust, everything … and eventually found a way to put Azriel to sleep without compromising my parenting beliefs and leaving him to scream for hours on end,” Sherizen said.
Thrilled and proud, she shared her success with local friends and neighbors and soon people began asking her for advice for their own bedtime issues. Sherizen was happy to help, but within a few months discovered she was spending more time giving sleep advice than on her actual paying job.
With support from her husband, Moshe, she quit her job in 2007, promptly launched her business, Batya the Baby Coach, and has been busy with it ever since. In 2014, the family moved to Southfield.
Sherizen received further firsthand experience with putting babies to sleep with the births of her subsequent children, Shevy, now 9, Rochel Leah, now 7, Chananya, now 5, and Kayla, now 2.
Sherizen gives an initial free phone consultation before moving forward with treatment plans that involves figuring out the particular child’s innate rhythm and re-evaluating the child’s entire sleeping routine in a 24-hour cycle. Sherizen’s success rate is high and most issues take her, on average, three weeks to solve, unless it’s a particularly tough case.
Sherizen Skypes with desperate, sleep-deprived parents from countries all over the world, most commonly parents of babies ages 6 months to 2 years who are not sleeping through the night.
“They’re exhausted … they have no energy, no time for themselves or their spouses. They’re just not functioning,” said Sherizen, who is grateful she can truly help them.
According to Stephanie, the difference was miraculous and life-changing.
“I used to spend half my day trying to put my twins to sleep,” she said. “Now, I don’t dread bedtime anymore … and I can enjoy my life and my kids.”
To contact Batya, go to Batyathebabycoach.com.
Rochel Burstyn Contributing Writer