Being a parent is one of the most important, rewarding, and surprisingly difficult jobs in the world. Our mission, as infant and child sleep coaches, is to guide parents through a personal journey toward helping their child sleep better.
This is accomplished through a loving and effective process that teaches their child how to sleep more independently. And we know this for a fact: when our kids are sleeping well, everyone in the family benefits.
We want to make sure you have the right fit with our coaches. Your get acquainted call with Leann will allow us to find the best match for your family with a sleep coach in the Twin Cities MN area.
Meet Our Sleep Coaches Serving the Twin Cities and Worldwide
Infant and Child Sleep Coach
My journey to becoming a Sleep Coach started as a result of my own experiences as a parent – the exciting wins and successes, and also the things learned from struggles and failures.
After experiencing significant fertility challenges, I understand the frustration of trying to build a family when nothing feels like it’s working. I know the elation of finally bringing home my baby after waiting for what seemed like forever. And as a former corporate professional, I can relate to the challenges of returning to work while still adjusting to all the life changes that come with a new baby.
My Introduction to the Beautiful World of Postpartum Care
During my maternity leave with my first son, I really struggled to find my place as a mom. In hindsight, I realize I was dealing with some postpartum anxiety. I made it through those first challenging months, though I was struggling every day. As a result, I hired a postpartum doula with my second son. I wanted someone caring and knowledgeable to help me through that phase so I could enjoy it more.
The experience was so positive and so life-changing. It made all the difference to have someone come alongside me during that vulnerable time. I decided to leave my marketing career and become a postpartum doula and lactation counselor so I could also support breastfeeding moms.
A few years later, we had our two sons — one who became a pretty good sleeper on his own, and another who continued to have several challenges with being an independent sleeper. We found ourselves having to significantly help my 3-year-old son get to sleep every night, often with many battles. During the night I was helping my son back to sleep 3-5 times per night. He wasn’t getting the sleep he needed, and I was exhausted and discouraged.
I finally reached out to Dana Obleman, founder of the Sleep Sense Program, and she guided me through a detailed sleep plan to help get him on track. It was an absolute lifesaver — physically, emotionally, and relationally. I knew I had to add this to my services that I provide to families.
This was such a turning point in my family that I decided to become a certified infant and child sleep coach through Dana Obleman’s program, Sleep Sense. I have never looked back.
I feel so blessed to spend my days helping all family members get more and better sleep — and in a way that fits their parenting style and philosophy. I know what it feels like to have a family that isn’t functioning at their best due to the lack of sleep. And I also know now what it feels like to have children — and grown-ups! — waking up well-rested and ready for the day because they are sleeping well.
I have been honored to help over 600 families develop and carry out a plan that leads to restorative and much-needed sleep.
Hi, I am the owner and founder of Tender Transitions. My journey to becoming a certified Infant and Child Sleep Coach started with my own family’s experience and success with sleep training. Now, I have the pleasure of seeing other families benefit and thrive by helping them create independent sleepers and have helped over 600 families succeed. I look forward to every opportunity to help other families reach their sleep goals!
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Infant and Child Sleep Coach
Hello! My name is Dana and I am a Certified Infant & Child Sleep Coach with Tender Transitions.
Originally from Chicago, I now live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my husband and our daughter, Freya. Freya was two years old when I decided to become a certified sleep coach and start helping families experience the benefits of full nights of uninterrupted sleep.
Before our daughter was born, I read many pregnancy and birth books but only ONE child behavior/sleep book. After she arrived, I had never been happier..or more exhausted. Not only was I tired from having a newborn baby, but I also had a history of not being a good sleeper.
During maternity leave from my previous job, I felt totally reactive and at times, felt like I’d never get any sleep ever again. I went back to work when Freya was 12 weeks old and barely managed to survive on only a couple hours of sleep a night.
The Turning Point
Just around the time our daughter turned 5 months a coworker recommended Leann to help our family get the sleep that we all needed. I had never heard of a sleep coach and wasn’t sure what to expect but I knew a change needed to happen.
Leann created a plan for us and after three nights our daughter slept from 6:30 PM-6:15 AM. On her own! It felt like a miracle. It changed our lives. It changed how we responded to each other. I was able to be “me” again.
Having a sleep coach for our family was so life-changing that I knew I wanted to help other families. I wanted to learn as much as I could in order to train other families and get them the sleep that they need.
In 2018, I completed training through the Sleep Sense Program, as well as training side-by-side directly with Leann, to become a Tender Transitions Certified Infant and Child Sleep Coach.
I love being part of the Tender Transitions team and look forward to working with you and other families in order to find the perfect balance. As a full-time working mom, I know how important sleep is for everyone in the family!
Hello, I am Dana, a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Coach and a proud member of the Tender Transitions team. As a full-time working mom I know how important sleep is for everyone in the family! I enjoy helping families transition from stressful nights to peaceful sleep as their child learns to fall asleep and fall back asleep on their own.
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Find a Sleep Coach in the Twin Cities!
Our Team would like to know what you or your baby/child are struggling with so let’s chat! We can help. Schedule your free, no-obligation 20-minute phone call to see if we are a good fit.
OR Contact Us: info@TenderTransitionsMN.com | 612-991-5224