Feel confident in your parenting, enjoy peace of mind and a thriving, happy family. L&L provides expert, no-judgement guidance to help you with baby prep and child-rearing and all of your parenting conundrums.

About Me

Ashley Newcomb, the founder of Leaps and Ladders believes that parenting can be breezier and childhood can be sunnier with just a little expert guidance. She began her 16-year career as a nanny while still in high school. She has always been passionate about caring for children, supporting families, and serving the community. Born in Chicago and raised in Oklahoma, Ashley attended Saint Louis University earning undergraduate degrees in Exercise Science, Spanish, and Psychology. She returned to her Chicago roots to attend Erikson Institute, where she earned her Masters Degree in Child Development.

While her career has taken her on a journey through schools, daycares, preschools, hospitals, and family homes Ashley has always felt called to empowering, supporting, and educating families throughout pregnancy, birth, and the first few years of family life. She has helped thousands of families throughout her career, and looks forward to working with yours. Ashley believes that there is no one right way to parent, preferring to get to know each individual family and their unique needs.



We offer personalized and private support to address your family’s specific needs. We will work with you to determine what tools and strategies will best help your family and your specific concerns.

Baby Planning

The months leading up to the arrival of your little one (or more!) can seem daunting. There are so many decisions to make and things to accomplish.  We are available to  support and empower you throughout this time of transition.

Behavior Management

As children learn and grow they may demonstrate challenging behaviors. We will work with you, taking into account your preferences and needs, and create a behavior plan to implement to see positive changes.

Child Development

Together we will create a plan to help you overcome your current challenges and prepare for future concerns. We are here to help you, as a parent resource, for any and all times you may feel stressed, anxious, or concerned.



Ashley has been a consultant to our family for 4 years.  She has helped us through multiple parenting challenges, ranging from resistant potty training, to sleep reversion issues, to helping siblings adjust to a new baby.  Ashley has also helped our children hit development milestones sooner than we ever thought possible, while identifying the need to intervene in other areas.  She has always offered highly tailored recommendations by merging her deep expertise in research-backed child development and parenting practices with a deep understanding of our children’s unique personalities and context.  Ashley has a true gift of being able to talk to children and see the world through their perspective, while giving me the confidence and actionable tools to help our family thrive.

Lindsey, Winnetka, IL