The Face behind Little Bell Sleep Solutions
Hello! I'm Ashley Bell. I have two darling little ones, Gideon and Phoebe, and we're expecting our third child in January 2021. We live in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, along with my husband, Evan. I have a background in elementary education, and have enjoyed teaching and also working with curriculum-writing for a total of 12 years. Teaching people and creating plans is in my blood, no matter what the content may be!
When Gideon was a newborn, I became very interested in his sleep...or lack thereof. If I had a nickel for every time I hummed a round of Jesus Loves Me while rocking him to sleep, I would be writing this from my private beach house in Fiji. I started to scour the Internet, and many different books, to find answers to my sleepless nights. Instead of answers, what I found was a jumbled mess of information. Much of it was someone's opinion or thing that worked for their child. Some people swear by this method, while others say another one is the best. You can find a blog or book to teach you about a technique, and then turn around and find a blog or book saying it doesn't work. What many of them don't take into account is the actual science of sleep, and also the individual child. There are some resources out there that are backed by solid research and science, but even still, sleep training is not one size fits all. Just because a certain method worked for your friend's child, does not mean it will work for yours.
This is what led me to become a certified pediatric sleep consultant. I wanted to learn the science behind sleep to better understand why and how we need to sleep train our children. Through my training in an accredited program, I learned all of the many pieces that make up good sleep, as well as a wide variety of techniques to sleep train.