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I’m Melissa

Helping Women Create a Fulfilling Career as a Sleep Consultant

I’m Melissa Perry, the luckiest wife and  mother of three amazing, well-rested children. Before I became a sleep consultant, I was surrounded with children all my life. Whether I was babysitting or caring for my three younger sisters, I had plenty of hands-on-experience learning how to care and comfort children. 

While there was support for other maternal challenges, birth coaches and lactation consultants, there was no one I could talk to about my daughter’s ongoing sleep issues. 

Then I had my own. Nothing came close to preparing me for the birth of my first child. It was  by  far the hardest challenge I had faced thus far in my life. The string of sleepless nights and exhausting days left me feeling anxious, irritable, and unsure about my ability to be a good mother.

While the sleep books offer advice,

they didn’t offer support, encouragement or the invaluable feeling of connection with a person who can help and truly understand. 

Woman teaching a Baby and Toddler Sleep Certification Course at the Cradle Coach Academy

I felt alone and insecure.

I needed to be the one to make the change and find a solution to fix this vicious cycle.  I devoured every book and website that had ever been written on babies’ sleep. I figured out what would work best for my daughter and our family and eventually, it worked! She began sleeping 12 hours a night and three solid naps throughout the day.

This sparked something within me. The deep desire to help other families give their child a full night’s sleep and have a place to feel heard and seek help specific to their needs. That’s when I founded The Cradle Coach in 2012. Since then, I have received my certification as a Happiest Baby on the Block educator and a maternity and baby certified sleep consultant from the International Maternity and Parenting Institute. I’ve also received my certification as a Newborn Care Advanced Specialist from the Newborn Care Training Academy.

I quickly scaled the company by hiring incredible sleep consultants from all over the country to help support, educate, and partner with tired, busy families, to develop customized sleep training plans for their babies and toddlers. 

After receiving my own maternity, baby and toddler sleep consultant certification, and hiring, firing  and rehiring certified pediatric sleep consultants, I realized there were a few major things lacking in the industry: confident sleep consultants who had experience working with all different types of families, knowledge on all different types of methods – not just a one-size-fits-all approach – some understanding on the business of building a successful sleep consultant company, and support within their own communities of other like-minded consultants.


I began to dream up The Cradle Coach Academy and with a clear vision, I built and launched the Academy in 2018.

So many women find themselves stuck in the daily grind of motherhood – cooking, cleaning, and changing diapers on repeat – but know they were made for more. They have a passion to help other tired families but don’t know where to begin. At The Cradle Coach Academy we offer online training courses in Baby + Toddler Sleep Consulting, Newborn Care Specialty, and Foster + Adoption Sleep Consulting to give women a way to have it all: a fulfilling career and the flexibility they need to keep their other job as a full-time mom.

We take the passion that’s within you, and help you create a successful sleep consultant company by training you with scientific knowledge, hands-on experience, and offering lifetime support.

You want to have it all: A fulfilling career that helps other tired mothers with their child’s sleep yet flexible enough to be at home with your kids.

You shouldn’t have to choose between being a mom and having a career you love. You might have had a positive experience with sleep training that ultimately changed your life. That experience sparked something in you. 

Something that created a passion and desire to help other tired families with their child. You want to do more than cook, clean, and change diapers all day, but something–lack of time/resources, fear, or insecurity–is holding you back. You shouldn’t have to choose between being a mom and having a career you love.


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What you receive as a member of TCCA

We want you to thrive in this journey and walk alongside you every step of the way. So the fun doesn’t have to stop once you graduate. By taking a certification course at The Cradle Coach Academy, you get access to some wonderful assets.

you have access to: 

— Join our monthly expert workshops

— Ask questions and gain feedback from other members in our private Facebook group

— Join live community sessions

— Free continued education courses

— From the legal documents, to the contracts, or wording on your website, we give you everything you need.

Certifications & Training​

Bachelor in Communications and Minor in Pyschology (2006, PBAU)

Graduate of the International Maternity & Parenting Institute- focus in Maternity & Baby and Toddler Sleep (2013)

Member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants (Since 2013)

Certified Happiest Baby on the Block Advisor (2014)

Personally coached over 1000 families all over the world to a full night’s sleep

Approved Trainer from the International Institute of Complementary Therapists (2018)

Graduate as a Newborn Care Advanced Specialist from the Newborn Care Training Academy (2020)

SIDS Prevention & CPR Certified

Trained and certified over 500+ TCCA graduates all over the world that launched their own businesses. 

the dream team


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xoxo, leslie

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You Can Have It All!

At The Cradle Coach Academy, we know how it feels to be in survival mode, while feeling you were made to do more. That’s precisely why we exist. You shouldn’t have to choose between being a mom and having a career you love. 

You can have it all. We make it easy for you to get certified in pediatric care with our self-paced, online courses you can take all from the comfort of your home. You will have the knowledge, training, and support you need to build a business you’ve always dreamed of and help tired families get the sleep they need!


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