Sleep. It’s a perpetual challenge for parents of young children. We’ve had our own share of challenges, though as my daughter ages it’s been getting much better. And yet there’s still room for improvement.
I reached out to SleepBuddy for several reasons. Partly because I was interested in giving my almost 3-year-old a tool to help her regulate her own internal clock, as I can see her itching to become more self sufficient in so many ways.
My top goal in using a “toddler alarm clock” – of which SleepBuddy was the most visually appealing I’d found – was to gently help my toddler learn to delay her morning nursing session.
Newly 3, my girl is nursing an average of twice per day, going down to sleep at night and waking in the morning. She’s deeply attached to these sessions, so any attempts to cease them altogether have been fervently denied. Encouraging her to wait to nurse until sunrise worked well in the winter, but with the spring came earlier and earlier wake-ups.
Enter the SleepBuddy. We set it to be active (meaning that its blue light, which has replaced her nightlight, is on) from 7:30pm to 7:30am, which approximately matches her sleep schedule on a good day. Her early morning nursing schedule, on the other hand, typically began at 5:30 or 6. Could the clock help her learn to delay nursing by 2 hours each morning, bringing more restful sleep to her and her co-sleeping mama?
I have to say, I believe it really could have, had I not made a critical error in judgement. I began using the SleepBuddy two days before a trip away for a long weekend. For those first two nights, I witnessed an eagerness to integrate and master the new information provided by the SleepBuddy. By the second night, she was willingly waiting to nurse until the clock hit 7:30am, and I thought I was home free.
As any parent of young children knows, vacations and schedule interruptions can wreak havoc even on deep-seated routines. So it would have served me well to anticipate and delay use of the SleepBuddy until after our trip. I brought it along for the ride, then back home, and in the month since we began using it, it’s become a focal point in her room. The challenge is, it didn’t solve the problem I intended.
Here’s what the SleepBuddy has done for us. It’s given our girl a concrete sign that she (and we) can point to in order to validate our claims that it really is time for bed. This makes it easier to get upstairs and into our nighttime routine. It gives her some sense of ownership over her sleep schedule, knowing that she goes to sleep when the light goes on and gets up when it goes off, approximately.
Here’s what it could do, if I felt like it was worth the tears. It could be a marker of what time it is appropriate to nurse in the morning. Yet now that the SleepBuddy is helping motivate her to get into bed earlier, and with age her nighttime wakings are becoming fewer and fewer, I’m less motivated to initiate a struggle over an extra 1.5 hours of sleep. Also, she’s developed such fond feelings for her clock that I’m not eager to break her trust in it.
Do I appreciate the benefits the SleepBuddy has brought to our household and to my little girl? Absolutely.
Do I regret how I initiated its entry into our nighttime routine? Yes. I feel that I could have had a gentle, empowering sleep tool that would have maximized sleep by minimizing tears. But I know these years are short and the days of nursing will soon be behind us. I know that others can learn from our experience and reap benefits unique to their own families.
Altogether, I’ve found the SleepBuddy to be a positive experience and an empowering tool for my eager, independence-seeking child. I’m excited that we’re able to give one away to one lucky family out there. Interested? Read on for details.
The Other Baby Book fans: Want to win a SleepBuddy?
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40 thoughts on “SleepBuddy Review and Giveaway”
I would like a sleep buddy b/c I think it would help with keeping my toddler in his toddler bed once we decide to transition to one. he is in his crib now but I am fearful once in a bed he will get out before it is time to wake up. thanks!
You’ve been randomly selected as winner of the SleepBuddy! Send your address to Miriam at theotherbabybook.com and we’ll get your prize on its way.
I liked sleep buddy on FB
yikes looks like my first comment didn’t go through? I would love the sleep buddy to help with the transition to toddler bed. I am afraid my toddler will decide it’s ok to get out of bed anytime he wants
already like the other baby book on FB
I would love to win one of these to help my little guy (2.5yo) get into a better sleep routine!
I’m a TOBB follower on fb.
I’d love to see if this can help our daughter begin to establish a sleep schedule. At the moment we don’t have any issues, we are also co-sleeping and breastfeeding at 15 months.
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I like Sleepbuddy on FB.
I follow you on twitter.
I just liked SleepBuddy on FB!
I already like (very much!) TOBB on FB, too!
We are in a sleep transition with our almost-three year old son. There are so many changes going on, and I think this SleepBuddy system could be just what we need to help out in this area! Thanks for sharing with us!
My daughter has been waking up earlier and earlier since now she knows the sun coming up means it’s day time… I really need something else for her to base her wake/sleep on!
I like SleepBuddy on FB
I like The Other Baby Book on FB (which is how I heard of this!)
I follow the other baby book on twitter
I would love a Sleep Buddy for our toddler who definitely likes to rise with the sun…Summer time has become difficult to say the least! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
I like Sleep Buddy on Facebook 🙂
I like TOBB on Facebook 🙂
Sounds neat, I’d like to try to get my baby on a good sleep pattern.
Already liked The Other Baby Book
I would love to try this!
I follow the other baby book on fb!
First time I’ve heard of this product and I’d love to try it! Our sweet little one would rather play when it’s dark outside!!
My husband would love the sleep buddy for our boy because he just does not sleep well at all and I am much too soft as he’s our last bubba. Boys are hard but so dang cute!
I’d love a sleep buddy to get my little boy to fall asleep peacefully!
I would really love a sleep buddy because I am the type of person that takes for ever to fall asleep and it makes me more and more “zombie like” from not being able to sleep. I think this might help!
I liked sleep buddy on Facebook!
I liked The Other Baby Book on Facebook!
Followed The Other Baby Book on Twitter!
Subscribed to the blog!
My daughter doesn’t want to sleep through the night, sometimes we don’t know what to do to get her to sleep, maybe the sleepbuddy would help…sure would like to try. Thank you
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