December 2, 2011

Giveaway & Review | The Baby Sleep Site

BSS_Logo_2UPDATE: 12/08/11 7:07 PM MST | Congratulations to Ain't No Mom Jeans reader Rhonda Bangston, tonight's winner of the Baby Sleep Site giveaway! Winner was chosen at random by a number generated from random.org.

Oh, hey Mamas! Don't forget the Baby Sleep Site promo codes! They have generously offered ANMJ readers 10% off personalized sleep consultation services (you need to open a Help Desk account and be logged in to use code ANMJ2011) and/or $10 off their eBook Mastering Naps & Schedules.

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You never know what a precious commodity sleep is until you're subjected to sleep deprivation torture.  Or you have kids.  As a first time mom of a young babe who never really took to sleeping, I kept reminding myself that it would pass.  That I would only be able to snuggle my sweet boy in the wee hours of the morning for such a very, very short time before he would be hopping off my lap, refusing to snuggle at all, going away to college and getting married and having babies himself.  And these things are true.  Time hit the gas pedal as soon as I met one of the three most charming people I have ever met in my entire life.  But people (even my beloved bub) are a heck of a lot more charming after a good nights' sleep.  And a very, very short time turns into a very long time as hours of lost sleep turn into days–even weeks–and days blend into nights. . .   

 

 

BSS girl sleepingNearly four years, one younger sibling (who's a naturally excellent sleeper), and two trimesters of a third pregnancy later, I'd had it with the wait-it-out approach.  I could never have imagined that a very short, sweet time could drag on for soooooo long.  H. had become habituated to waking for twice-nightly snuggles (at least), felt entitled to sleep in our bed, and even liked sleeping on a mat right next to me on the floor when I “put my foot down.” 

I looked into local sleep consultants and even considered paying the $400-$600 consultation fee on the sly (Hubs would never roll with that price tag no matter how tired he was).  We tried the Goodnight Grab Bag, shunned the Goodnight Grab Bag, incentivized H. with other treats and tricks, changed the position of his bed, put him back into his crib with the front taken off, let him pick his own sheets, moved him into a room with his brother, silently escorted him back to bed 5 to 10 times per night (when we were coherent enough to do so), but never in one coordinated effort.  We were just too tired, cranky and entrenched in infighting to get ahead of the situation.  We desperately needed someone to think for us.

Enter Nicole Johnson, the mom/wife/sleep expert behind The Baby Sleep Site.  She’s made it her business to think for sleep-deprived parents in a reasonably priced, accessible format and she saved us.  Seriously saved us from ourselves.  I purchased an email consultation package with a personalized sleep plan towards the end of September this year.  Through the Baby Sleep Site’s Help Desk, I completed an in-depth form, which helps sleepless parents summarize the problem and collects detailed information about your kids’ personalities, sleep habits, etc.  Within three business days, I had a personalized sleep plan to implement. 

The plan gave very specific, systematic suggestions for how to deal with our sleeplessness, none of which involved letting our boys “cry it out,” locking or baby-gating them in their room, or otherwise unpalatable (to me, anyway) tactics.  Some ideas were familiar, such as incentivizing and repeatedly walking the kiddos back to bed, but she gave us other ideas, and a very specific timeframe (nights 1-5 do this, days 5-10 phase that out. . . ), and in a very regimented format that helped Hubs and I stick to the plan and ultimately make it work. 

Since I’ve often been blamed for Huck’s sleep issues—I frequently nursed him to sleep and loved lazy 3 AM co-sleeping until I realized I may have three children in my bed by the end of 2011 (whatever, I didn’t see anyone hopping up too fast to help out!)—the plan was invaluable in getting Dave on-board to find a solution to our sleep problem.  There’s just something about an official-looking PDF document with an unambiguous attack strategy that a guy can really buy in to.

Within two weeks of implementing the Baby Sleep Site plan, H. was sleeping like a rock star, and has continued to do so for the last 10 weeks.  He sacks out at 8 PM, no more than squawks on occasion and sleeps until 7 or 7:30 AM.  He’s so proud, he even brags about it now to most anyone who will listen.  His energy level is up.  His (and our!) crankiness is down.  He’s eating better, and we’re feeling capable of handling a newborn now that we know we have two older kids who can sleep.  Hallelujah & thank you Baby Sleep Site! 

The Baby Sleep Site has made such a huge difference for my family that I asked them take part in our Season of Giveaways (we’ve lined up reader giveaways through the end of the year!) and they’ve gone above & beyond.  

 The Baby Sleep site ponied up a Basic Email Consultation Package for this giveaway!  If you are confused about how to get started or where to go next, the Basic Email Consultaion Package is a great option to receive a Personalized Family Sleep Plan complete with a day-by-day action plan. The sleep plan is customized for your family given the family history you provide, your parenting philosophy, your baby’s temperament and personality, and your goals. The Sleep Plan is like a little book written just for you and your family. This package also comes with one follow-up e-mail to help fine tune the plan after you put strategies to work or a new issue comes up.

Enter now to win a Baby Sleep Site Basic E-Mail Consultation Package
To enter to win a Basic E-Mail Consultation Package, a $115 value, courtesy of The Baby Sleep Site, “like” this post on the Ain’t No Mom Jeans FaceBook page and let us know in the comments below.  Entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US or Canada.  Winner will be chosen at random on Thursday night, December 8th.

Promo Codes for Ain’t No Mom Jeans Readers
Nicole would like to offer ANMJ readers $10 off her Mastering Naps and Schedules ebook. Here's the link: http://www.babynapswell.com/aintnomomjeans

To receive 10% off Baby Sleep Site personalized sleep consultation services, Ain’t No Mom Jeans readers just need to sign up for (and be logged into) a Baby Sleep Site Help Desk account to use coupon code ANMJ2011.  Click here to sign up for a Baby Sleep Site Help Desk Account.

A HUGE thanks to Nicole Johnson, baby sleep expert at the The Baby Sleep Site for such a generous giveaway and for saving my husband and my sanity!

Good luck and happy holidays, Mamas xo!

- M.


 

70 Comments
  • Betsy Cherepko
    December 2, 2011

    I liked, no LOVED, this post (and showed the love on Facebook). How I need this…I have a poor sleeper (a 3 year old) and a third baby due in February…I’m beginning to panic! We too have tried many methods, but no success so far. What a great resource even if I don’t win!

  • Jenn
    December 2, 2011

    I liked the FB post. My sleeper is ok, but could use improvement!

  • Donielle
    December 2, 2011

    I liked the post over on Facebook. Love this article! While typing this I have already been woken up by my 4 yr old and he woke up the 2 yr old. Luckily they went back to sleep, but now I’m up nursing the 4 month old. My husband and I need sleep so bad! Well, the four yr old just got up again! Wow! We really need some help!

  • Ebby
    December 2, 2011

    OMG after reading your post and other comments I’m relieved a bit as my 6 month old baby woke us up just once in night but around three. She only goes to sleep only after I feed her and so I have to get up every time.

  • Beth
    December 2, 2011

    I liked it on facebook. Looking to night- wean my 1 year old who wakes multiple times a night and is still in our bed. I actually like her in our bed still but would really like an uninterrupted night once in a while. Two other kids who were terrible sleepers but are now great sleepers give me hope though.

  • Shana
    December 2, 2011

    I’m so tired! Both older kids have trouble staying in bed and my 9 month old seems to be regressing to past waking habits…

  • Rhonda Bangtson
    December 2, 2011

    I (we) really need this! Up from 1:30am to 4am last night. Tired….

  • Melissa
    December 2, 2011

    I liked the post. Our daughter is a terrible sleeper. We need HELP!

  • meekasmommy
    December 2, 2011

    I liked this post on FB! And could really use the sleep…

  • meghan
    December 2, 2011

    I had to laugh when I read your post just this morning. It’s like you snuck a peek into my night! :) Sometimes I feel like my two year old is the world’s worst sleeper, and with a second due in March, I’m starting to get really nervous. I would LOVE to know more about this sleep expert’s program! Thanks for sharing – love your blog!

  • Sarah
    December 2, 2011

    Liked the post, don’t know what to do with my 6 month old – he wakes up every FORTY MINUTES.

  • Theresa R
    December 2, 2011

    With a new baby due in February and an inconsistent 15 month old sleeper, I could use this! :) Liked on FB.

  • Kristen M.
    December 2, 2011

    Liked iton fb…want to win this for my sweet sleep-deprived mamafriend bestie. :)

  • Amy Coose
    December 2, 2011

    Liked it on FB, and hoping to win this for my 11 week old, and his tired mommy.

  • Alexis
    December 2, 2011

    Liked it on FB. I could totally use some sleep help for both my 2 1/2 year old and my 7 month old.

  • Kristin
    December 2, 2011

    liked this post on FB…and would be so grateful for this. i’m sure all of us would be!

  • Carrie C. in VA
    December 2, 2011

    I liked the FB post~

  • Jo Jones
    December 2, 2011

    like fb page!

  • Ashley
    December 2, 2011

    I liked your post on FB, too, and I would love to learn more about what The Baby Sleep Site could do for my recently-expanded family :)

  • Jenny
    December 2, 2011

    liked it on facebook, will die of happiness (and restedness) if we win…

  • Alice
    December 2, 2011

    liked it on Facebook – Dear GOD let me win. We need help!

  • Heather
    December 2, 2011

    Liked on facebook (: Can’t wait!

  • Lindsay Carlson
    December 2, 2011

    This sounds amazing! My 12 month old never sleeps more than an hour at a time in her crib, and I am just too tired to fight it, so I end up nursing her to sleep and co-sleeping. We’d love to move her out now, but getting on the same page with a sleep plan is tough, especially when I feel the pressure is all mine. :-/ I liked this on fb,too! :)

  • Sarah
    December 2, 2011

    I liked it on Facebook. I’m so excited for this! My husband is willing to help with sleep but not help figure out what to do. But after 2.5 years of failing miserably at solving the sleep problems I need some help! Books never have answers for my questions, this is perfect!

  • Amy Kingsley
    December 2, 2011

    I liked this on facebook. Gosh, I sure could use some sleep help! My 8 month old baby girl has NEVER slept well. She was extremely colicky from birth to 4 1/2 months old, never ate well or slept well. We are exhausted! She wakes up for 1 feeding a night and wakes up other times just hysterically crying. Ugh, as a full time working mom, I need some sleep and advice on how to get it! :-)

  • Mary
    December 2, 2011

    Liked this on facebook – and will be buying a consultation if I don’t win!

  • Beth LaMois
    December 2, 2011

    This may be the best give away yet!!! We are dying over here from lack of sleep. I keep telling myself that this, too, shall pass. We are in the midst of the 4 month wakeful, and it’s just awful! Needless to say, I liked this on FB!

  • hilary mcconville
    December 2, 2011

    Liked! Much like a full time working mom would LIKE some sleeps!

  • Katie
    December 2, 2011

    I liked the post on facebook and could really use this! My 6 month old is still eating every 2 hours overnight in addition to several extra wakings in between, and is often wide awake from 2-4… I’m at a loss but I won’t let her cio :( Fingers crossed that I win this one!!

  • amanda
    December 2, 2011

    Liked it! Thanks!

  • Suze
    December 2, 2011

    I liked this on FB. I have a 3.5 year old and 19 month old and they both wake up most nights. We’d love to give this a try. Thanks!

  • Claire
    December 2, 2011

    Liked on fb! I sooooo need this!

  • Julie
    December 3, 2011

    Oh pretty please, we’re in such a bad sleep place.

  • Suzanne
    December 3, 2011

    We need help.

  • Shanon
    December 3, 2011

    Liked it! Man would I love this… my son is a terrible sleeper and we ALL could use a bit more sleep.

  • Amanda Edwards
    December 3, 2011

    I liked the post on FB! Seriously, my 1 year old is an awful sleeper and we have baby #2 due in May! We need the help!!!

  • Tamara Watson
    December 3, 2011

    I so need this, I’m so tired. I have a four year old who Is up late and a baby who is up early and I’m so tired. Andi think I already said that lol.

  • AmandaBryce
    December 3, 2011

    O.M.G. I need this so bad. If I don’t win, I will most definitely be calling them up! I have a 13 month old who is still in bed with us and nurses back to sleep basically every time she rolls over. It’s a bad habit, I know. But I’m TOO TIRED TO FIX IT.

  • Jennifer
    December 4, 2011

    I “liked” this post on Facebook!!

  • Amber
    December 4, 2011

    The sleep site is awesome and shares many tactics as my favorite the baby whisperer. The key is to establish a routine and teach the babes how to self soothe (without crying it out). While the kiddios will grow out of whatever sleep crutch they acquire, establishing self soothing and giving the babe (and you) the benefit of sleep is a gift of a lifetime!!! We followed the sleep site and then baby whisperer sleep chapter to a T and our daughter has slept though the nite since 6 weeks old. At the first sign of sleep troubles (4mos, 8mos) we referenced the book, made adjustments and within a week she was back to her 12-13 hour stretches! It truly does work no matter your babes temperament – highly recommend!!!!! Even if you are not a baby whisperer fan at least give her sleep chapter a go, stay consistent and things will change! Good luck :)

  • Katherine
    December 5, 2011

    I need to win this! My 4 year old is doing an okay job with sleeping but it’s my 20 month old who is really wearing us down with his antics! I can’t believe we’re still struggling this much with his sleeping and we’re too tired to think straight, thanks to mid-night wakings and early early early rising, not to mention him refusing to nap some days. we are soooo tired.

  • Carole
    December 6, 2011

    I liked this post on facebook!

  • liz
    December 6, 2011

    Wow, do I ever need to win this…..I do not exaggerate when I say that my 14fat month old woke up 16 times last night and was up for good at 4:30! I definately liked this post on face book :)

  • Laura
    December 6, 2011

    Liked on FB… I so desperately need sleep!

  • CJ
    December 6, 2011

    I LIKED on Facebook! My 10 month old baby girl has very erractic night sleeps. I’m back at work, husband home during the day. We have developed bad sleep habits! He relies on pushing her on stroller for day naps (he leaves her sleeping in there up to three hours during the day!) and I breastfeeding her to sleep at night. But once I
    Put her in her cot she only sleeps about 90 mins at a time so I’m up several times a night fir quick breast feeds. Sometimes when she is extra clingy I bring her to bed and end up sleeping sitting up holding her in my arms… The minute I try to put her down between us she wakes up and wants to crawl around and play!! I’m so tired…. I feel like the whites of my eyes will be red forever! Please help us get some sleep so I can be a better mummy and wife. :). CJ

  • Emily Coen
    December 6, 2011

    I really need this! My 14 month old still wakes to nurse at night!

  • Allison
    December 6, 2011

    I liked it and hope I win!

  • S
    December 6, 2011

    Liked the post…15 months!

  • Amanda Nelson
    December 6, 2011

    I liked the post. Would love to win!

  • Andrea
    December 6, 2011

    I’d love to win this. My 7 month-old is doing all the things that Huck was.

  • Missy Stott
    December 6, 2011

    I “liked” it on fb. I sooo want to win!

  • Niki
    December 6, 2011

    Liked this on facebook! Desperately need this with a extremely rough year of colic, very severe reflux, delayed stomach emptying and some rare digestive disorder that we are starting to figure out. And on top of that we’ve only slept 2 hrs/ night for the past year. And we both work! We are dying!!! …We would love to win this and catch a break…

  • Celina Sosa
    December 6, 2011

    I liked the Facebook post!

  • Lisa
    December 6, 2011

    Wow! I liked your FB post! I could use the consultation for my 18 month old who still loves to wake throughout the night. Love the post!

  • Chris Jaworski
    December 6, 2011

    I liked this on FB – would love to win this!

  • KG
    December 6, 2011

    Liked your post here & on FB. The Baby Sleep Site is awesome… I’m surprised more of your blog readers don’t already know about it! I would love to win a consultation package, thanks so much for the opportunity!

  • Libby
    December 6, 2011

    I liked this on fb!

  • Jen
    December 6, 2011

    I have followed the baby sleep site for months now, torn between the waiting it out approach, but so wanting to try out a sleep plan. Thanks for writing your story. I’ll hope to win, but will be buying my own sleep plan if I don’t; it’s been 12 month and I am tired:)

  • Patricia Shepard
    December 6, 2011

    Hi – I liked the Facebook post! Thanks, and so glad to hear your little family is sleeping well!

  • Emily
    December 6, 2011

    Liked it on Facebook… 6 month old, hardly ever makes it through REM sleep alone…

  • Melissa
    December 7, 2011

    I “liked” the post on facebook, and I liked it, period! It gave me hope that I will eventually be able to put this little boy down and he will eventually sleep on his own for more than 2 hours at a time. A personalized plan would be oh-so-helpful! I’ve been doing reading but its been hard to implement the ideas into our days/nights. I hope we win! :)

  • Kimmie
    December 7, 2011

    Reading your post was like reading a page from my life. I’ve been co-sleeping with my 2 year old ever since he got sick (like, months and months ago) and just never had the ability to kick him back to his own bed. I’m expecting a new baby soon and would love if he’d be able to sleep on his own when he/she comes so I won’t be dealing with two kids in bed with me while my husband sleeps in the guest bedroom!
    Liked on FB

  • Amy
    December 7, 2011

    Crossing my fingers and wishing on a star! My boys are erratic sleepers and I can’t figure out their schedule at all. My 2.5 year old is such a great kid, but is misbehaving due to lack of sleep. I wish I knew how to get him to take naps when he’s so tired. And maybe they could sleep in until 6am once in a while?

  • Janna
    December 7, 2011

    I liked this on FB. Would actually give it to a dear friend if I won it.

  • Sarah
    December 8, 2011

    I liked the post on facebook and would love to work with Nicole.

  • Allison D
    December 8, 2011

    I liked the post. It’s been almost eight months since i’ve slept more than 3 hours in a row. My poor husband gets to feel the brunt of my sleep deprived anger. I need my Lily to sleep for at least 8 hours. Please! lol.

  • Wan
    December 8, 2011

    Wow, winning this would be awesome!!!

  • Kelly
    September 13, 2012

    I liked on facebook and would like like like to win. I am mum of a very spirited 19month old who just won’t fall asleep! Sometimes takes 2.5hours at night. During day will only nap in I rock her and if I’m not there then won’t nap all day. Not getting nearly enough sleep. Husband doesn’t think it is a problem so would never be able to justify spending the money. Really hope I win as I am exhausted and need some me time

  • Molly
    September 13, 2012

    Oh no,Kelly!  This giveaway is over, but comb The Baby Sleep Site for help–there's a lot of free material there.  I also really like GIna Ford's books because they have concrete schedules you can work towards, and that always helps a lot.  Hope you get some sleep, girl! 

  • Alicia markey
    September 26, 2012

    I liked this on facebook. I do need this very very much. My 2.5 year old has always been a terrible sleeper and ends up in our bed every night. With a new baby due to arrive in April I would love to have him sleeping well.

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