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About Sari Broda
Hi! I'm Sari Broda, founder and Sleep Expert In Chief at The Chil Pil. I am a Certified Child Sleep Consultant from the Family Sleep Institute on a mission to help parents feel confident about their babies sleep. I am also a Certified Lactation Counselor, a Certified Nutrition Coach, and a Certified Child Behavior Specialist, which allows me to provide parents and their babies with a very personalized, holistic, and unique approach to sleep.
Sleep is a vital part of human function and development (as is food and water) and when sleep is disrupted, it affects all aspects of our lives — health, cognition, behaviors, and emotions to name a few. Our children cannot function properly if they do not get the appropriate sleep they need, and neither can we.
If you found me, you are probably too overwhelmed to read this. Too tired to scour the internet for sleep help. And too exhausted to think about making changes. I get it, sleep deprivation or the uncertainty of what today or tonight will bring, is debilitating (to say the least).
As parents, we want to give our children a secure attachment in all aspects of life, including sleep. That secure attachment comes with love, warmth, and responsiveness from our part, while also providing our children the independence and room for growth and development that they need. “Sleep Training” has a bad reputation because parents think it is a harsh, one size fits all model, but there are many ways to help support and improve a baby’s sleep habits.
My focus is on building confident parents in sleep (and more) so they are able to take on any sleep challenges and feel empowered to make the necessary changes. When we don't have the tools nor strategy to improve our current situation, life can feel messy and overwhelming. That's where I come in. I provide parents with the proper information, a concrete plan, and daily support so they can make the necessary changes to improve their family’s sleep (and more).
I am originally from Bogota, Colombia and moved to Miami, Florida when I was 10 years old. I attended New York University and have been living in New York City since 2007. When I was pregnant with my son (I now have 2 young children), I thought sleep would simply fall into place. We’ve all heard the phrase “sleep like a baby”. Once my son was born, I realized things weren’t actually that easy. When he turned 7 months, he became “the world’s worst sleeper” (I’m working to trademark that!). Aside from the obvious exhaustion, it caused me to feel guilty, anxious, and frustrated with him and with myself. Simultaneously, it caused him to be irritable, cranky, and overly clingy. Our sleep situation was not sustainable. I began to do tons of research and found a plethora of information - some helpful, some confusing, and some simply scary. I realized the baby sleep world was a deep dark hole that threw parents in a million directions without a clear path. I realized there was a need for sleep education that was sensitive, thoughtful, and effective. I became fascinated with the topic and found my passion in helping parents navigate the world of sleep.
Not all babies are created equal and not all parents have the same philosophies, so not all sleep coaching should be a copy-paste format. I have come up with a structure where I provide families a personalized sleep plan that fits their needs and I become more than a sleep consultant, I am a resource, an educator, and a coach to the families.
Training and Education Background
Bachelor of Science, New York University
Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Family Sleep Institute
Certified Lactation Counselor, The Center for Breastfeeding (The Healthy Children Project)
Certified Behavior Specialist, The Early Years
Mindfulness and Sleep Consulting Program, Family Sleep Institute Continuing Education
Sleeposium 2021 Certification, Pediatric Sleep Conference
Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Early Education and Child Care, American Academy of Pediatrics
Sleep Consulting with Families Who Have Children with Special Needs, Debbie Sasson
Improving Sleep in Children and Teens with ADHD, Stephen P. Becker, PhD
Certified Nutrition Coach, Integration Institute of Nutrition