A few words about

Kaitlin Riggs

New Orleans, LA

Hi! I’m Kaitlin and I’m a teacher from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kaitlin's Story

When I found out I was pregnant for my first child, I followed all of the steps I was supposed to.

I read the books, I learned all about safe sleep, and bought all the essential baby items. I was prepared and ready to conquer motherhood! This was going to be a breeze, right?! Wrong! I quickly realized that for one of the first times in my life, everything around me was falling apart. Being the Type A, organized and by the books person that I am, I did not handle the chaos of having a newborn very well. I often found myself frustrated that my baby wouldn’t sleep when she was “supposed” to sleep, she was hungry way before she was “supposed” to be hungry, and what was the deal with all of this crying at night?! She hardly napped all day, so shouldn’t she be tired by now?? Nothing seemed to work quite like the books had told me it would.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved my baby more than anything else in the world, but being a new mom wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies like people made it sound.

I was exhausted and I felt that no matter what I did, I couldn’t get my child to sleep longer than 1 hour at a time. I could not continue living like that for much longer. There had to be a better way!

It was then that I started looking around and talking with other moms.

I learned some new things about an infant’s sleep patterns, and found some things that I could start to implement right away. Almost immediately after making some of these changes, I had a new baby on my hands! I felt like a new woman! I quickly realized that there was no badge of honor given to the most exhausted mom. After just a couple of days, I started to feel more like myself again. I had a new confidence as a mom and for the first time since having my baby, I actually felt like a good mom. I felt like I could not only conquer motherhood, but that I could thrive at it!

It was shortly after this that I realized how much I enjoyed learning about a child’s sleep habits.

I would say going through everything with my daughter was when my spark was first lit. When I had my son 2 years later, we hit the ground running by instilling good sleep skills in him. I saw how much of a different experience it was having a good sleeper from the beginning and it was then that my little spark grew into a giant flame of passion for this industry. Seeing how different it could be and how much better I felt after knowing a little more about a baby’s sleep patterns made the world of difference. This was when I realized I wanted more. I wanted to help all of the moms that feel helpless just like I did. I wanted to join the Sleep Wise team to let these moms know that it doesn’t have to be this way. You can be rested as a mother!

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