Never in a million years would I ever have guessed, I, Sarah Bowmar, would be so passionate about newborn, infant, and toddler sleep. It truly goes to show you that passions can arise at any point in life and I really feel like they shouldn’t be ignored.
A little background on me, I had my daughter Oakley when I was 31. I am 6 days past my due date with our son and they will be 19 months apart. My husband and I are body builders, business owners, and avid outdoorsman. We understand the importance of sleep for recovery, mental clarity, and overall daily function. When I say sleep is a passion, I truly mean it. I absolutely love curling up in bed and getting restful sleep, we even have a sleep supplement through our company based on years of research and formulation for the best night’s sleep!
Additionally, I am a certified fitness nutrition specialist, certified personal trainer, and a prenatal and postpartum certified personal trainer as well. I deeply understand the interconnectivity between nutrition, sleep, and recovery. Once I had my daughter, I dove, hard, into learning as much as I could about newborn, infant, and toddler sleep. I took multiple courses from multiple different people with various schools of thought to find what would fit our family best.
Fast forward to about six months ago but I was introduced to the idea of becoming a certified sleep consultant. I put the idea off because I was pregnant, had a toddler, and busy as could be with everything else we have going on. Josh, my husband, encouraged me to do a little more thinking into it as he knew how passionate I was about the topic and idea. I reached out to the instructor and asked how long the self-guided 250 hour certification would take. She said that it was meant to be a two year program but she had had women dedicate 3 hours a day, every day, for several months to get it done within a much shorter window. I decided to go for it knowing I could work at my own page. My goal was to finish the certification prior to my delivery date of February 28, 2022. Ironically, I received my certification several days before my due date. Luckily I was already working on my website, insurance, logos, branding, etc to ensure that when I was honored with the final passing assignment, I could hit the ground running.
I am officially a Baby Led Sleep and Well Being Specialist and I cannot wait to bring all the amazing content to the world that I have planned. I am starting slow over on my Instagram @skysleepcourses and my website will have 1 on 1 consultations, ebooks, webinars, etc. The school of thought behind this certification is that it is BABY LED, hence the name. It is completely free of any cry it out, “self soothing” methods. It truly encourages the parent-child attachment relationship FIRST and then focuses on sleep. I have a list of books that I have either read, were recommended to me, and/or are on my list next to read if you are interested.
I also have discovered my passion for parenting runs much deeper than just sleep. I am also finishing up a course on Gentle Discipline, Potty Learning, and a Montessori Diploma for ages 0-3. I will more than likely continue with the Montessori Diplomas for the subsequent age groups once I finish this one! It truly is amazing how passions can form and evolve, even when you are almost in your mid-30s. I don’t know where I see all of these courses, certifications, and diplomas taking me, but I can ensure I will be sharing the most helpful content on the subject matters!
Thank you for the support in this new venture and please, leave me any questions or comments below!