About Linda

Linda Russell:

linda-russellI have worked for more than 25 years with families all over the world. My roles have varied from maternity nursing and nannying to working as a hospital play specialist and a community nursery nurse.

I completed my training at Norland Nursery College in Hungerford qualifying as a nursery nurse in 1983, later going on to train as a hospital play specialist.

As a nanny and maternity nurse all my charges slept well. I have three children of my own and none of them were good sleepers. I now have total empathy with families whose children do not sleep.

I am passionate about parenting and feel it is all to easy to lose your way as a parent. Parenting first and foremost should be fun.



The Sleep Lady

After more than 25 years working with the NHS and in education, I began to work independently with families here in Edinburgh in 2003. The success of the methods I use has now spread to the four corners of the world.

I help concerned parents with all aspects of parenting: new baby routines, faddy eaters, toilet training, temper tantrums, weaning and shyness.

Most of my work with families starts with a sleep issue.

The name, the Sleep Lady, was given to me by one of the little girls I worked with. I phoned to speak to her mother and she called to her mother shouting “mummy, it’s my sleep lady!”

I contribute regularly to The Scotsman newspaper, Scotland Parent magazine, The Edinburgh Childcare and School Guide and have appeared on BBC Scotland TV and radio. I also contribute to the Gina Ford Contended Baby website.

Comments from happy parents

“This is a very belated attempt to put into words how thankful we are to you for your work with us last year. We came to you at the limits of our sanity with Emily clearly in pain and not settling at all, and with the local ‘official’ avenues for help not willing to do anything with us. Within a week of putting into action your plan Emily had already started to show improvement. One revolution was the advice to separate the use of Gaviscon and Ranitidine. Your regular consultations and on-call support gave us the confidence to tackle Emily’s issues and establish the routines we still have in place today. Emily has grown into the bright happy girl that was hidden by the pain of reflux. She often rolls over when put down for a nap and almost instantly drops off to sleep. Grace is also doing well and we still use the bedtime routines you suggested for her.

To put it simply we could not be the happy family we are without you. THANK YOU!”

“Whatever your reasons for contacting Linda, sleep problems; potty training; eating problems; tantrums, she has the most wonderful reassuring way of making you feel, very quickly, that everything will be alright and your sanity will soon be restored. I relaxed as soon as Linda walked in the door”

“Linda looks at each child individually, and emphasises that all babies are different”

“I was permanently exhausted, couldn’t cope in the day and dreaded night times.  During the course of a two-hour consultation, Linda examined our case and drew up an action plan”

“If you are not happy at leaving your baby to cry, Linda will work with you explaining the positive and negative aspects of her tactics, which are based on her many years of experience”

“Linda has a very gently manner and is very approachable and makes you feel completely at ease.”