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About


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Rockababy

The baby guru. Tailored training sleep solutions that will work for your baby. No one size fits all approach here.

You are unique and so is your baby. So why would a text book solution geared to the “average baby” work for your family?

It won’t.

Rockababy spends one on one time with you, observes your baby’s patterns, then provides a customized sleep training program that will work for your family. We mentor new parents to become their own baby’s expert. 

"We called Desiree when our third baby was about a year old, we were so scared that if we sleep trained our baby she would wake up her toddler siblings! Desiree came over and totally organized our sleep schedule, turns out our little one was tired - she was a dream to train and has slept 12 hours every single night without crying since RockaBaby visited us...and that was a year ago. We like our sleep!"

Tamara Taggart
Mom of three

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Desiree Cluff is the founder and operator of Rockababy. Born and raised in beautiful Vancouver, B.C, and educated at Erickson College. Desiree studied Life Coaching and a Masters Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming, an approach to Psychotherapy based on the awareness of the power of language to affect behaviour and stimulate the mind. Thought this, Desiree has developed a unique (attachment based) positive parenting philosophy unlike any other, that is child lead. 

Inspired by her desire to help others, Desiree knew from a young age that she wanted to work with children. She brings to the table superb communication skills, warmth and empathy and over 16 years of experience with newborns, infants and toddlers. Her satisfied clients (well rested mamas!) claim she possesses magic pixie dust that she throws on their screaming and sleepless babies transforming them to great sleepers, sleeping 12-hour nights. The real key to her success has always been her personal touch. She spends quality time with each family and puts together a customized training program for them that she knows they can succeed with.

In addition, she has extensive knowledge of healthy nutrition for babies and toddlers and helps her clients get off to the right start developing well-rounded, healthy eaters. Her greatest satisfaction comes from mentoring parents to become their own child’s expert. 

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"We called Desiree when our third baby was about a year old, we were so scared that if we sleep trained our baby she would wake up her toddler siblings! Desiree came over and totally organized our sleep schedule, turns out our little one was tired - she was a dream to train and has slept 12 hours every single night without crying since RockaBaby visited us...and that was a year ago. We like our sleep!"

Tamara Taggart
Mom of three

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Everyone tells us how lucky we are that we have sleepers...both of our babes were sleeping 12 hours per night by 3 months. We are lucky, but we have Desiree to credit! We have learned that to have good sleepers is to have good and consistent routines. Without following Desiree's plan and philosophies, we would not have babes that sleep and self soothe as well as they do. She has been a continued resource for us through the newborn to toddler and now to child phases of development. She has helped us tweak our parenting when needed to better deal with the challenges that come with each age. We are very lucky to have her on our family support team!

Kleo Landucci, Mom to Beatrix (3 years) & George (4months) 

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Sometimes as a new parent you’re afraid of your own instincts and there’s an overabundance of advice and information that may not pertain to your situation.  Desiree has the ability to observe each situation for it’s uniqueness and create a solution that is comfortable for everyone involved.  She’s able to see things commonly missed to the untrained eye and to articulate exactly what your child is trying to communicate. Desiree’s common sense approach to sleep training and raising a toddler is exactly what a new parent needs to hear and probably the only reason my wife and I get 8 hours of sleep a night.  

Des, thanks for keeping me happily married (and for taking my side on more than one occasion).  

G.G.

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When I first met Desiree and discovered how easy it was to have her help our family I did not want to let the secret out.  Why would I spend hours (that I don’t have) reading a book on how-to anything in regards to parenting, when I could just ask Desiree.  I learned quickly of how valuable Desiree’s help was when she helped our family give my 10 month old the rest that she was crying for.  I didn’t even realize that the reason she was crying was because my husband and I were interrupting her sleep cycle.  I was depriving my baby of sleep, and I also was not rested enough to be able to drive my car (or my stroller!) without nodding off midday.  

As we have transitioned from sleeping through the night, picky eating, and tantrums, I have kept Desiree on speed dial the whole way through.  My trust in her common mommy sense has alleviated my stress and increased my ability to provide not only my child, but my whole family with the care that we need.   

Rita       

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I met Desiree at a local babystore and after she told me she assisted with sleep training, I thought wow that is exactly what I need! I had a 5 month old baby who was a previously decent sleeper, but would now sleep until 3AM and then wake every hour and needing to feed to fall back asleep. Naps would only happen if I nursed her down and even then they were not consistent. I was becoming exhausted and knew something needed to change. After discussing the services that Desiree offered with my husband, we decided to call Rockababy. Desiree came to our place and observed our nightime routine and then developed a plan that both my husband and I were comfortable with. We saw amazing results, by night 3, our baby was sleeping 11 hours!

Desiree has been a great support and someone who I could ask numerous questions as they arose when we introduced the sleep plan. She customizes the plan to fit your family. I would highly recommend Rockababy to parents that are wanting to start sleep training and wanting the additional support and encouragement from an expert!

Kim Nowtash   

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I was blessed to be born with the "dream" baby. From 4 weeks until around 5 months my daughter would sleep between 12-14 hours straight, every night. Then there was a change. For about 3 days in a row my daughter was nursing every hour & going through an obvious growth spurt. Two months later I was still nursing her two & three times a night & every night I was crossing my fingers & toes praying to any sleep God that the baby would just go to sleep. I was completely exhausted & so was my baby. I was referred by a friend to Desiree and after speaking with Desiree I began to feel as though we were going to make it through. As a first time parent I was overwhelmed with guilt & worry about letting my baby cry for any period of time & was terrified that "training" my baby would somehow change her. I am happy to say that the only thing that has changed is how I feel about my baby's bed time. Now I look forward to it & know that my daughter is going to fall asleep easily & that we are all going to wake up the next morning happy & ready for a new day.

Jessica Melvin                  

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My son has always been a poor sleeper. At almost 2 1/2 he has probably slept thru the night 10 times. At 5 months, I did the "cry it out method" and it worked off and on for a month. Then it started up again and I thought it was teething or sick or something else. We figured, this is the way it is for a while.... At 2, I tried the "cry it out method" again and instead of it getting better over a few days, it got worse and worse. He now hated going to sleep and I had to sit next to him, sometimes for an hour until he fell asleep. A friend told me to call Desiree. I was hesitant at first... I had talked to a sleep consultant before, I had read all the books and nothing worked. My friend convinced me to call, I did and it was the BEST thing I have done.

Desiree met me and my son and watched how we interacted and what he was like.  He was not a child that would respond to "the cry it out method".   She was the first person to agree with me that every child is different and they respond to different methods. She spent time with us and gave us a plan.  She also warned that it was not an over night solution, it would take time. We started the plan Easter weekend, almost 1 month later, he goes to sleep on his own and sleeps thru the night. In the morning, he wakes up and instead of crying, he makes his way to my bed and wakes me up with a "morning mommy" and a kiss.

Thank you Desiree!!!

Yuki Cripps         

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Calling Rockababy was the best decision we could have made.  We were exhausted and feeling befuddled and overloaded with all the information we had read.  Rockababy came to our house and assessed what would work for our family and our baby and then supported us while we trained our baby, and that was the key to making the program work.  It was like having the warmth of your best friend, the common sense of your grandmother, and the knowledge of a professional sleep expert rolled into one. Rockbaby had Noah sleeping through the night in two days .

Lisa McPhee   

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When my daughter was 5 weeks old, I was at my wit’s end!  I had a very difficult labour, had gotten bronchitis from being so run down within a month of my daughter’s birth, and to top it all off, my daughter loved to cry and cry and cry all the time.  At BC Women’s Hospital, a nurse who had been working at BC Women’s for 30 YEARS called Amy, ‘spirited’. I knew at the very moment in my sleep-deprived state that I was in for a crazy few months.  And I was right - Amy required being held all the time just to stop crying, and I was trying to recover from a c-section. All in all, I was beyond exhausted.  And I knew that I needed Amy to start sleeping on a more consistent basis in a crib so that I could start to recover.  Finally, in an act of desperation, I called Rockababy.

Desiree showed up.  We spoke about Amy’s sleeping, she observed Amy and our bedtime routine.  And after that, we developed a plan.  Desiree stressed that we had to stick to this plan, no matter how challenging it may be.  The first night, Amy cried for 45 minutes.  Jeremy, my husband, would go in to console her, but we never picked her up.  It was hard, but we stuck with the plan.  Finally, she fell asleep.  And she slept for 7 hours!  It took around 2 weeks of off-and-on crying at bedtime for Amy to finally ‘learn’ how to fall asleep on her own.  Then, the naps followed and it took around that same amount of time for her to start napping regularly in the mornings and afternoon.  By 4 months, Amy was known as the ‘sleeper’ amongst my friends.  To date, she has been a great sleeper and if I am ever sleep deprived, it’s because I haven’t been going to bed early enough!  Amy never keeps me up.  Never.

I don’t know what I would have ever done without Desiree’s help.  She was an absolute lifesaver, and her plan is simple, straightforward, and anyone can follow it.  She honestly saved me (and Amy)!  Thanks Rockababy!

Tara Laker Vancouver       

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I was having the worst time trying to get one of my twin boys to get toilet trained. We were fast approaching the boys 4th birthday, and I decided that I needed outside help.  So I called Desiree Cluff, a baby consultant of Rockababy.ca. Desiree is known as the baby guru, and friends of mine had sworn by her service.  I talked to her about Nicholas, his temperament, personality and my own concerns.  Desiree put together a program that was specifically tailored to us.  She said it would be difficult and frustrating but to hang in there...that in 3-4 days there would be a breakthrough.  3 days went by and nothing...no interest from Nicholas, and I was ready to give up.  I would email Desiree to tell her the progress (or rather, lack of it) and she kept my spirits up telling me to hang in there and also giving me more tips on how to handle it. I was so impressed by how available she made herself to me that I couldn't give up.  I would do everything she told me to do. 

On day 4 - Desiree was right, there was a breakthrough, he asked to make a pee on the toilet, and he did it!  And since then he has been using the toilet regularly.  And I achieved my goal to have both my boys fully trained by their 4th birthday.  Hiring Rockababy was worth every penny!  Now if only I had known about Rockababy when I was trying to sleep train them as babies...

Kyrani Kanavaros       

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Desiree met with us at our home and assessed our problem.  She observed our family and did not make any comments until Nathan was in bed.  I hated the idea of letting Nathan cry it out, like all my friends were doing.  Desiree assured me I would not be sitting by helplessly while my son screamed for hours on end.

Desiree assured me that "less is more” and that our plan was to slow down and do less.  When I heard her plan I felt relieved.  I did not need a lobotomy! I could work with my specific parenting style, and my son would be supported. I felt immediately comforted and positive.  Desiree painted me a realistic picture, this would not be easy at first but if I was consistent it WOULD pay off.

Nathan was sleeping 12 hours in his own crib within a week.  There were nights of doubt, where we were unsure the plan would work, but Desiree was there for us supporting us and encouraging us to stay the course, and giving us ideas.

I felt like it was a plan that was so specific to our family that it was almost something we came up with ourselves.  The other sleep consultants I had researched had a very generic game plan that seemed to be able to work for all babies. With Rockababy we felt that the plan was specifically designed for our family, and I believe that was the key to our success.

Kristy            

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