Hello there, we are Dan and Angela, parents to our son Atlas, and the co-founders of Baby Smiles Club.
We are a British-Danish couple living in Denmark with our son. We met in London, where Angela was a lawyer and Dan ran his own business. Angela also studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, whilst Dan has an MBA from Copenhagen Business School.
We noticed when we had our son that we were getting a lot of comments from family, friends and strangers alike about how happy a baby he was, and how much he laughed and smiled. From a young age, our son was very well natured and engaged in life – he was inquisitive, playful, talkative and usually up for causing trouble :)
Our son was overall a very content little baby. He was awake and full of energy in the daytime (sleeping for his naps), and at night he slept soundly. This seemed to surprise other parents who said they were permanently exhausted, and that their baby was awake for a lot of the night! We were always out and about and did a lot with our baby, meeting friends and family, and taking him to various activities.
The fact that our son was so happy and was sleeping well, in turn, made us happy. We were well-rested and able to get a good night’s sleep pretty much every night. I used to joke that Dan actually got more sleep after our son was born than before! The fact that we were well-rested gave us the energy to properly engage with and take care of our son - we had the energy to take him to activities and the time to cook homemade food for him when he started eating solids.
The reason that our baby was so happy and that we were able to do so much as a family was because, from an early age, our son slept well. From about eight weeks old, our son had milk and naps at around the same time every day, and went to bed at around the same time every night, with the times being adapted as he grew. He would then wake up a little before our alarm clock went off at 7am, in good spirits and full of energy! Up until around six months old, he had milk twice and then once in the night (and usually went back to sleep pretty quickly after), and from seven months old, when he was established on solids, he slept solidly the whole night.
The consistency in our son’s sleeping and eating times gave all of us flexibility. It meant that when he was awake, he was really awake, and when he was sleeping, he was sound! Knowing when he would be awake and asleep meant that we could plan when was the best time to take him out, and when was the best time for grandma to come round and play. When we took him swimming or to baby yoga, we would leave the house at nap time, and he would sleep in his stroller whilst we walked there - and when we arrived he was fresh and full of energy!
We want to help babies and families get the best sleep that they can. And for parents to have the energy to enjoy this amazing time in their lives!
Angela has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law. She was then a lawyer for over 15 years in London and Singapore. When Angela became a mother, she co-founded Baby Smiles Club with Dan.
When Angela is not working or running around with her son, Atlas, she enjoys running, yoga and pilates. Angela is also passionate about chocolate, and not just eating it - she can make high quality dark chocolate from cacao beans using craft chocolate machinery.
Dan has an MBA from Copenhagen Business School. He’s lived in France, Chile, South Africa, Norway, UK and created several start-up businesses. He has two older children in addition to our son Atlas. Dan enjoys working out in the gym, playing football with his children, and swimming in the (cold!) Danish sea.
The purpose of our course is to teach you how you too can have a well-rested baby full of energy!