Learn about our sleep consultant certification programs

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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I’m Marli

Helping Women Create a Fulfilling Career as a Sleep Consultant

My name is Marli Klaus and I am the luckiest wife to my incredible husband and mother of three amazing children. 

When I had my first baby, I thought I had things under control and that it was going to be a lot easier than it was. But even after years of experience babysitting children of all ages, nothing came close to preparing me for the birth of my first child. 

Things started out pretty great and I felt prepared to handle what I expected to be just a few weeks of sleepless nights. Once I realized that we were several months in and things weren’t getting better, I didn’t know what to do.

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Our Team's Certifications & Training

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)

coached over 1200 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.

Certified Lactaction Consultant 

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. 

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.

I started talking about sleep training to anyone who would listen to me. I helped friends and family, and found myself offering input and advice on Facebook groups. At this point I had no idea that a sleep consulting certification even existed! As soon as I discovered it, I quickly signed up and became certified as a pediatric sleep consultant. 

From the moment I began my training, I knew this is what I was meant to do with my life. 

I quickly scaled my company and was able to leave my 13+ year career in corporate leadership when I replaced my income. I supported families from all over the world with improving their child’s sleep in a way that felt aligned with their parenting style. 

In 2023, I got the incredible opportunity to take over The Cradle Coach and The Cradle Coach Academy from the amazing Melissa Perry who founded it. 

After receiving her own maternity, baby and toddler sleep consultant certification, and hiring, firing  and rehiring certified pediatric sleep consultants, Melissa 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.

Melissa Perry, Founder of The Cradle Coach Academy


Melissa began to dream up The Cradle Coach Academy and with a clear vision, she 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.

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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.

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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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