Lara Rabb, B.A., B.Ed.,
Certified Sleep Consultant & Sleep Educator
I always knew that working with children would be my life’s work. Now that I have two children of my own, I sometimes question why?! I’m joking. Hear me out.
After years working with preschoolers, I decided to pursue an education in teaching. I earned my teaching certificate in 2009 and taught everything from kindergarten through to grade 12.
I thought raising my own children after working with other peoples’ for years would be a piece of cake. I was wrong about this. And I apologize for all the sideways glances I gave out in the grocery store prior to having my own offspring.
My Sleep Journey
In 2013 I became a mom. I met my child for the first time, and it is safe to say, my boat was rocked. A joyous time quickly became stressful, convoluted, and riddled with anxiety, when this little one refused to sleep.
“You’re holding him too much.” “Put him down when he is drowsy, but awake!”
“Just let him cry it out!” “He has to learn to self-soothe.”
These were the words I kept hearing from well-meaning friends, and family. I threw my own instincts out the window, and began to listen to everyone else’s advice. My husband and I attempted our own “sleep training”. After one failed night of “pick-up, put-down” and two failed nights of “controlled crying” I found my stress peaking and decided to hire a professional sleep consultant to help.
I connected with a well-known baby sleep coach and began to experience a shift. Sleep was no longer MY problem alone. Someone else cared to hear how it was going. And I felt like a parent far more experienced was leading me. But after the dust cleared, I began to question the process we used to get our child to sleep. Had what we done been the best thing for our child? For us as a couple? And had it considered our lifelong attachment?
These questions are what inspire me every day. I became a certified sleep consultant because I am passionate about the transformation a family can make when they are sleeping. I created sleep courses to bring more families this thoughtful approach.
I started Heavy Eyes Happy Hearts in 2014 because I wanted to help families and babies sleep in a way that felt good. I didn’t want to be forced to fit into a “box”, and I didn’t want to practice one style of sleep coaching.
Every day I seek to give families what THEY need. A solution that fits their parenting philosophy and that I believe is safe, healthy, nurturing, and successful. I developed my sleep courses after 5 years of sleep coaching experience, and experience working with hundreds of families. I know what works, and what doesn’t.
While I wish I could support all families one-on-one, this is simply not possible as I parent my two kiddos, and pursue my masters degree. It made me sad to think that the families who came here looking for attachment-focused sleep support might have to wait weeks to receive it. These courses were designed to help families get the support they need, right when they need it.
Education & Accolades
Happiest Baby on the Block Educator
under the direction of Dr. Harvey Karp
Certified Child and Infant Sleep Consultant
under the International Maternity and Parenting Institute and Mar Oscategui
Certified Infant Sleep Educator
under Bebo Mia and the president of Attachment Parenting Canada Ms. Brandie Hadfield
Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants
UP Babywearing Conference
Bachelor of Education
with advanced diploma in curriculum and instruction
Bachelor of Arts
with a minor in psychology
Diploma in Home Economics and Family Development
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (in progress)
My Family Today
When I’m not sleep coaching, I’m hanging out with my two kids, and my husband. We take parenting one day at a time. We try to do a little better with each passing day, but we mess up a lot, and we know that is okay. We live in Port Moody, British Columbia, and enjoy many nature walks, coffee at our local coffee shop, and chasing our kids down the street constantly yelling CAR!
Everyone is Welcome
We see beauty and love in the diverse families we service. We are committed to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience. You are welcome. Be yourself.