SleepBuddy Complete Sleep System
If you want the short version of my review of the SleepBuddy Complete sleep system review here it is:
THANK YOU SleepBuddy!!!!
If you are interested in more details please continue reading!
My daughter just turned three (don't ask me where the time went, I am still trying to figure that out for myself) and we were still having trouble keeping her in her bed at night.
Getting to bed was not usually a problem, we have had a pretty consistent routine from early on but staying in our bed through the night and not getting up at the crack of dawn were another story. She is usually in bed for reading time by 8:00 and ready for sleepy time by 8:30 but no matter what we did, she would get up in the night and was usually up and ready to go for the day by 6:00 and it seemed to be getting earlier and earlier every day.
Even when we would let her stay up a little later on Saturday nights, she was still up and ready to play by 6:00. We usually get up around 6:30ish during the week to get ready for work/school so that was not a huge deal (although that last half hour of sleep seemed like 8 hours when she would get me up early day after day) but pre child, I enjoyed me some sleeping in on the weekends so it was tough to get up early on weekends and be ready to play what ever caught her eye at that awful time of morning.
I have tried (over and over) to encourage her to quietly read books in her room if she wakes up and it is still dark outside but that just has not worked for us yet.
When offered a change to try out the SleepBuddy system and get a consistent 8 hours of uninterrupted hours of sleep with a chance for a little extra on the weekends, I jumped on it.
About the SleepBuddy Complete Sleep System
The SleepBuddy system is designed to teach health sleep habits to children ages 1 1/2 to 6 years old. The main feature of SleepBuddy is a soft blue light that sits on a table or dresser. The light stays on when the child is to stay in bed. When the light turns off, children know that they can get out of bed. In addition to the light, the SleepBuddy system also includes:
- A children's story to introduce the SleepBuddy System idea to kids, encourage quality interaction, and reinforce health sleep habits.
- A rewards chart to track and reward progress
- An easy-to-use parent's guide that provides a step-by-step approach towards sleep success.
Three simple steps towards sound, health sleep
1. Present and explain SleepBuddy to your child. The system includes an engaging children’s book to help your child understand the concept.
2. Program the soft blue light to turn on for scheduled nap time and when it is time for your child to go bed at night. Place the light in his/her room where it can be seen from the bed.
3. Record your child’s progress with the included incentive chart and smiley stickers. When a goal is reached, choose a reward that you feel is right for your child.
Over Thirty Mommy's Thoughts
My daughter is some how under the impression that everything that arrives at our house is a present for her. So when the SleepBuddy package arrived, she laid claim to it right away and upon opening the outer box to find a beautifully wrapped "gift" inside, that only cemented her belief that it was a present for her. I did not even have time to take a picture of the wrapping before she ripped it open to reveal the SleepBuddy system inside. She was fascinated by the pictures on the box asking what it was. I explained that it was a special gift or her at bedtime.
I took the light out of the box and programmed it while in the living room then took it to her room and realized that I had to reprogram it all over again (I should have read the instructions to see that there was no battery back up, maybe a good idea for the next generation SleepBuddy!). After reprogramming the SleepBuddy light and getting it all set up in her room for bed time, I waited and watched the clock for the perfect timing to start out bedtime routine to time it just right.
We brushed our teeth, went potty, put on our jammies and climbed into bed to read the included SleepBuddy
We have been using the SleepBuddy for over a month now, since the first night we have read the book countless times and my sleep has improved immensely. She rarely gets out of bed during the night. I do still get the occasional "MOMMMMM" call during the night but it is usually because her light is on and she needs to go potty. We had to adjust the story ending to include an exclusion clause to allow her out of bed when the light is on for potty trips but that she must get right back in bed afterwards.
Weekend sleeping in is still lacking but we are experimenting with adjusting the SleepBuddy wake-up time slightly for Saturday and Sunday mornings. It could be just my but I do have a tough time programming the times into the light unit but if it gets me even 30 minutes of extra sleep on Saturday morning, I will struggle through. Maybe for version 2.0 of the SleepBuddy system, they could make each day programmable separately so that you can have different wake up times for the weekend!
Here is your chance to win!
ONE lucky reader will win a SleepBuddy Complete Sleep System of their own!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway