Katie is a first generation Cuban-American, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently lives in Hawaii – a place that feels like home to this true-blooded Island-girl. Katie is married to the coolest & most loving husband who also happens to be her “IT Guy.” She is the mother of her very sweet and energetic son Warner (born June 2012), and her very happy and social daughter, Lilli O’Kalani (born July 2014).
Katie is a graduate of the Family Sleep Institute and The Child Behavior Certification Program through the Early Years, she is the founder of Baby Sleep Well. Prior to working in Pediatric Sleep Behavior, Katie was a commercial interior designer for 12 years.
Katie has firsthand experience with the difficulties of getting her children to sleep. With the birth of her son, Katie was told to put him on a rigid schedule found in many popular sleep books that was SURE to get her baby sleeping all night! It became clear early on that these books couldn’t solve all of the sleep issues that arose as her son’s sleep needs began to change. Her son’s naps were were 30 minutes each and Warner would wake screaming from them. There was more crying and a lot less sleeping as well as multiple wakings each and every night. Books and sleep blogs provided only generalized advice that sounded good on paper.
To make matters worse, it was at this time that Katie’s family was uprooted and moved back to Georgia from Hawaii (six hours time difference). Utter exhaustion from sleep mayhem set in fast. The advice Katie received from friends, and even the doctors was NO help at all and added more stress to the mix.”He will eventually sleep”, or “oh just let him cry it out” was NOT helpful. She was at her wits end.
Katie felt alone and isolated but then she thought to herself, “I can’t be the only one going through this? There must be thousands of families who are suffering from this very same situation with no help figuring out how to get their babies to sleep.” She decided that she wanted to help them avoid the extreme stress and frustration that came along with having a baby that wouldn’t sleep.
Katie began to research and found a certification program through The Family Sleep Institute that taught methods and specific techniques which worked with the biology of a baby’s body to help achieve the healthiest and most restorative sleep.
Katie knew that this was her calling. She felt that she needed to help families who were suffering from the same long sleepless nights that she had known so well.
So, here she is, doing exactly what she was meant to do. Katie continues to help families give their babies the best sleep possible so that they can live happy, healthy, and restful lives.