Hello! My name is Andrea Merino, and I am a certified pediatric sleep consultant in the Spruce Grove area. Helping children and their families sleep is a passion of mine. As a mother of three boys, I know how difficult it can be to function while being sleep deprived. I believe every parent truly wants to enjoy their child to the fullest, no matter the sleep struggles.
As a nurse in the NICU, I noticed early on in my career that even premature babies can learn simple habits and routines. I became fascinated by infant and child sleep, and that fascination grew when my husband and I struggled with getting our first baby to sleep through the night. I quickly learned the true concept of sleep deprivation when my oldest son needed to be nursed or rocked back to sleep, even when he woke up every 1-2 hours throughout the night. When he was old enough I decided it was time for all of us to get the well rested sleep we needed to help our family function.
Once I had this knowledge behind me, I was able to implement healthy sleep habits early on when our second son was born. Now I have two amazing sleepers! I became the "sleep guru" with my friends, and began sharing my methods and successes to help them with their little ones. This is when I realized the need for sleep consultants, and decided to become certified through the Institute of Pediatric Sleep and Parenting. I am very passionate about sleep, and the benefits of healthy sleep habits for the whole family. I am in this field to help people, all people, get the sleep they need and deserve! You need and deserve good sleep!
Safe sleep is the number one priority for me. I work with families to ensure they are doing everything in their power to maintain a healthy sleep environment for their little ones. Sleep is a behaviour in the same way that eating habits, manners or even socialization and interaction are. All of these are learned and we teach our children how to act in all of these scenarios. Sleep is much the same. Children need to be taught healthy sleep hygiene, and as parents it is our job to do this.