16 – 24 Months

How We Can Help

Toddlerhood is a time of dramatic change and numerous challenges for both the toddler and their parents. The toddler period starts when your child is twelve months old continuing until they are three years old.

Toddlerhood is a critical time period for early brain development as important neural pathways are being developed. This brain development is influenced by all the experiences they are exposed to. The aim for parents is to provide lots of positive everyday experiences.

Tantrums and negativity are a common behaviour during the toddler period as they learn to control their world. These behaviours can be exhausting and frustrating parents and the whole family.

Every toddler is unique and every child’s needs are different and they develop at different stages.


Frequently Asked Questions

What Sleep Issues can Sleep Rescue Help with?

  • Establishing an age appropriate routine for your toddler
  • Feeding Issues
  • Recognizing tired signs
  • Short naps during the day- lasting 45 minutes or less
  • Bedtime and naptime issues
  • Transitioning your toddler from parents room to toddler’s own room
  • Night Weaning
  • Pacifier Dependency
  • Helping your toddler to sleep through the night
  • Teaching your toddler to learn how to self-settle
  • Early morning wake ups

What are your qualifications?

Our Director Gabrielle Russell is a trained Mothercraft Nurse, also holds a Diploma of Community Services in Early Childhood and a Post Graduate degree in Post Natal and Neo-Natal Care. Gabrielle has studied in total of 10 years and has 30 years experience in Private Mother Baby Units within the hospital sector, Public Sleep Schools and in the early childhood industry with a focus on sleeping habits of children from newborn to primary school age.

What sets you apart from other Sleep Consultants?

Gabrielle and her staff hold Australian Nursing Association recognized qualifications and Sleep Rescue is well known in the industry and has made guest appearances on the Morning Show, The Project, Current Affair and Chanel 9 news.

Sleep Rescue was the first In-Home consultation service established in Victoria and Gabrielle Russell is one of the leading Sleep Consultants in Australia and is often asked for her opinion on new research and newspaper articles.

Read more on Gabrielle’s qualifications and about Sleep Rescue

What is the right age to seek advice with sleep concerns?

The right age to seek advice is when you are having an issue and you feel that the time is right for you and your family to get some help.  The earlier you implement an age appropriate routine, your toddler is more likely to transition smoothly through other developmental stages and it will be less likely that you will have sleep issues as your child gets older.

What Location does Sleep Rescue Service?

Sleep Rescue’s aim is to assist any parents that may require help to establish a healthy sleep pattern in the comfort of their own home.

We come to you anywhere within the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and provide support where it is needed most, in the home. For those families not located in our service area we offer On-line Video Conference or our Telephone Consultation Packages so our pattern approach can be used in your home. Our team will help you to break the sleeplessness cycle, by looking at all the issues that contribute to your toddler not settling.

Sleep Rescue would like to help any family that requires assistance wherever you live in Australia or Internationally.

Which consult would you recommend?

In this age group I would recommend our personalized consultations, depending on the difficulties that you are experiencing. If you are only experiencing day issues we would recommend our three hours home consult or our extended six hour day consultation.

If you are experiencing overnight issues we would recommend our extensive overnight stay with this consult we arrive at your house at 7 pm and remain with you until 6 am.  We will assist you with introducing a bedtime routine and help you establish a positive bedtime ritual to help your toddler sleep through the night and provide you with predictable and consistent strategies to achieve your personal goals.

If you are outside our serviced area, we have On-line Video Conference or our Telephone Consultation Packages our Telephone Consultation Packages available. At these consults we will discuss your concerns regarding your toddlers sleep or feeding issues.

We help you implement strategies to help you achieve your goals, as part of all our packages we provide you with our exclusive ‘Sleep Rescue Child Settling Book’, a formulated Individual Family Care Plan and our ongoing support throughout early childhood.

How many consultations will I require?

Most of our clients only require one in home consultation to establish a positive routine. After the consultation we provide you with the knowledge and confidence to implement your new strategies we have developed together in your individual family care plan.

I would like a three night In- Home Consultation for extra support is this possible?

Sleep Rescue offers a three consecutive night consult with our Founder and Director Gabrielle Russell. Gabrielle has studied in total of 10 years and over 30 years experience in the early childhood industry with a focus on sleeping habits of children from newborn to primary school age children.

Gabrielle Russell is well known in the industry and has made many guest appearances on the Morning Show, The Project, Current Affair and Chanel 9 news. Gabrielle is one of the leading Sleep Consultants in her field. Gabrielle is popular and requested by many referrals, she will prioritise her three nights consult but due to her popularity you may find your waiting period maybe close to 14 days. The earlier you book the less time is your waiting period.

After receiving your booking, Gabrielle will contact you directly to discuss your concerns and the difficulties that your toddler and your family are experiencing.

The cost of our Three Night In-Home Consultation is $3000.

To book, call us directly on 03 9439 1367, or read more on our consultations


How does the Sleep Rescue Consultation process work?

Gabrielle will organize a suitable time for your consultation after confirmation of your booking we will direct you to our questionnaire this will enable us to obtain further background information on your baby, your family and your situation. The questionnaire will be required to be returned prior to your consultation.

When we conduct your Consultation either In-Home, On-line Video Conference or our Telephone Consultation Packages, all our packages include our ‘Sleep Rescue Child Settling Book’, a formulated detailed Individual Family Care Plan and our ongoing support throughout early childhood.

If you have chosen our In-Home Consultation Gabrielle will arrange a suitable time to arrive at your home, we aim to arrive around the time your toddler is due for a sleep. We will observe your toddler in their home environment and help you recognize your toddler’s tired cues.

When your toddler is ready for sleep we will demonstrate age appropriate settling techniques, and then assess your current routine before advising you about changes that maybe required to help your toddler establish a suitable age appropriate routine.

Find out the exact process for your requirements by calling us directly on 03 9439 1367, or read our FAQ’s here


When can a baby sleep through the night?

Every baby is unique if your baby is physically healthy you may find that eleven hours of solid night time sleep maybe achievable at around five months. Most babies are developmentally ready to sleep through the night from around six months of age. Sleep Rescue recommends that you confirm with your Pediatrician or your General Practitioner that they are following the appropriate growth pathway and are ready to implement positive sleep strategies.

What methods of sleep training techniques does Sleep Rescue implement?

At Sleep Rescue we treat each family as an individual and believe that all families sleep issues and requirements are unique. We adjust our Sleep Consults to cater for the individual family and provide solutions that both parents are comfortable with implementing.

How much sleep does my toddler require?

Many parents are surprised to learn that babies need between 12 and 18 hours sleep per day, depending on the age of your child. A toddler in this age group requires between 14 and 16 hours per day.

How many naps should my toddler be taking during the day?

It depends on the age of your toddler, every toddler is different, and in this age group your toddler should be taking between one and two naps during the day depending on their tired signs.

Does Sleep Rescue use the cry it out method, controlled crying or any other variations?

We use a technique called Progressive Learning this method is used to teach toddlers how to get to sleep and how to re-settle themselves after waking without assistance from their parents. This process is designed to give toddlers reassurance, comfort and security.

Will I receive ongoing support?

At Sleep Rescue we believe in supporting our families, with our home consultations we provide you with free ongoing support throughout early childhood either through emails or our 24 hour phone support.

Speak to Gabrielle Directly on 0428 439 136 or email me

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