Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Von Slomski.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kimberly. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been working with babies and children for the past 24 years–my entrepreneurial spirit began at a very young age. I started babysitting at 11 years-old with a sign outside my house, advertising my availability! I absolutely LOVED caring for children and that passion for supporting families grew over the years. I continued babysitting throughout junior high and high school. I became a weekend nanny in high school and continued on the weekends while I attended UCLA.
After I graduated, I was searching for a weekend nanny opportunity and I came across an online ad. I responded to the ad and applied to the nanny agency that was advertising for this particular job. The opportunity was for a full-time nanny position, and I had already been hired for a Monday through Friday job when I graduated college. I figured I’d at least meet the family and keep my options open–who knows what could happen, right? The job ended up being for a family in the entertainment industry, and we clicked right off the bat. I worked with this family’s then baby and toddler for five years. We became very close and I traveled around the world with them. They ended up moving to New York, so it was time for me to transition the kids to their new home. This opportunity paved the way for my ongoing support for many families to come.
After a few years of being a nanny, I realized that I wanted to focus on supporting new parents and babies. I got certified as a postpartum doula, newborn care specialist, and lactation educator counselor and started my first company, LA Doula Care. The transition into parenthood is such a transformative experience and can be very exciting but nerve-wracking at the same time. My team and I love working alongside new parents to educate them and give them the confidence to feel like amazing parents. Raising a baby from birth takes a village. In Los Angeles, many new parents are transplants who have left their ‘village’ in their hometowns. I am so proud that my team and I are able to bring the village back to new parents, so they feel truly supported wherever their home is now.
Over the years as a postpartum doula and newborn care specialist for various families, ranging from families in my neighborhood to families in the entertainment industry, there is one concern that all families share–the need for sleep. A baby’s development skyrockets when he gets the rest he needs and parents have the energy to be present with their families or excel in the workplace. Sweet Dreams LA was created to support families in getting the best sleep ever with customized programs, designed for each individual baby. The early months of parenthood don’t have to be lived in a fog where days are forgotten, but rather memories are made and families thrive instead of simply survive.
The Sweet Dreams LA team LOVES giving families the gift of sleep and we are excited to continue our mission of sleep-filled nights for families throughout the world!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road to Sweet Dreams LA’s success has not always been easy. The idea of in-home sleep training is foreign to some, so getting the word out that we can be an exhausted family’s light at the end of the tunnel is so important! Supporting families through the transition can be somewhat challenging at times because sleep training is one of the first things they’ll teach their baby to do independently. The in-home support allows for us to be physically present to walk families through the process. The follow-up calls and support allow for continuous guidance for a month after we leave, which really helps the families work through the transition to great sleep for the entire family.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Sleep is an essential need for survival. After working in many private homes over the years, I was shocked to see how many families weren’t receiving this basic need and their well-being was compromised; thus, Sweet Dreams LA was born. What sets Sweet Dreams LA apart from other sleep programs is that we provide in-home 48 – 72 hour support, three phone calls, and one month of unlimited support. We are there with you step-by-step, empowering you to follow through with your baby’s program to ensure sleep success moving forward. We will NOT let you fail and our support doesn’t end at the conclusion of your month-long program — our doors are always open for continued guidance.
What were you like growing up?
When I was 18 months old, my little sister was born and my parents had to put a lock on her door because I loved trying to sneak into her crib with her! I would refer to my new sister as “MY baby,” and my obsession with babies began. Throughout childhood, I was often seen carrying a baby doll on my hip, putting her down for naps, and feeding her throughout the day. I began babysitting for free when I was an adolescent because I just loved babies that much and wanted to spend time with them. To this day, I still have the same giddy feeling around babies as I did back then! You can definitely say my childhood helped to mold my career and passions today.