Learn How The Baby Sleep Site Can Save Your Sanity

Sleep training is one of those tough parts of parenthood.  You either get it right or you struggle with sleep deprivation for many, many years.

Years ago, when I started researching sleep training for my first baby, there was so much conflicting information.  I had no idea which method would work and so I resorted to good, old “trial and error.”  Thankfully he was a pretty easy going kid who took to it wonderfully, unlike my second child.  In an effort to avoid the stress of sleep training, I’ve started looking into sleep training consultants for advice with my third baby.

One site that offers these types of services is The Baby Sleep Site.
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Sleep consultation sites like The Baby Sleep Site usually offer wide varieties of different options based on your sleep training needs, which can get really overwhelming (especially when you’re a sleep deprived parent who has no idea where to begin).  And the last thing any parent wants to do is shell out money for a service that they’re not convinced is not going to be worth it.

I was drawn to The Baby Sleep Site because they offer something unique…  

The Baby Sleep Site Members Area
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The Baby Sleep Site | Membership

Yes, it costs money.  But for as little as $12/month – you have a valuable source of resources and information available at your fingertips.  The Members Area comes loaded with e-books, articles, quizzes, downloadable worksheets and even a chat room.

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The Baby Sleep Site | Members Area | Tele-seminars

One of my favorite features is the tele-seminars.  They’re about half an hour long so you can listen to one while you’re cooking dinner or folding a load of laundry – perfect for busy moms who don’t have time to read through tons of articles!

Another great feature as a member is the custom schedule maker – which you can use as often as you need to as your baby grows.

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The Baby Sleep Site | Members Area | Custom Schedule

The Members Area is a great tool for a parent who is just beginning to struggle with sleep training and needs some guidance on where to start.


But what if you need even more help? 

What if you’ve read all the e-books and changed around your baby’s schedule 15 times just to try to make it work but they’re still not sleeping through the night?

It goes without saying that all babies are different, and some are definitely harder to figure out than others.  That’s where the sleep experts come in.  They’ve dealt with babies of all different temperaments and preferences before.  Even a mother of three has only ever had to handle sleep training three kids – but sleep experts have handled sleep training thousands of them.

If you feel lost and overwhelmed when it comes to sleep training, then you can purchase one of The Baby Sleep Site’s consultation packages.

They offer both phone and e-mail consultation, depending on which you prefer.  E-mail is a great option for busy moms but sometimes it really helps to speak to someone one-on-one. (They also offer an express sleep plan if you’re desperate for a good night’s sleep.)

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The best part is, as a Member, you get a 20% discount towards the consultation package of your choice!


The Baby Sleep Site’s most popular package is the Deluxe E-mail Consulting Package.

You can get more info about the other package options here but the difference is basically how many follow up e-mails you get (i.e. how much “time” you want to purchase.)

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The Baby Sleep Site | E-Mail Consulting Options

Beginning the consultation process is very simple but I would recommend setting aside enough time, free of distractions to complete the sleep history.  It might also help to write down any notes about your child’s specific areas that you want to work on, what their schedule is like, and how they’ve responded to sleep training in the past.

Once you have an idea of what you need work on, you submit a sleep history assessment via the Help Desk.  The questions are pretty straightforward and there are several places to elaborate further on what is happening specifically with your child.

It took me approximately 15 minutes to complete the assessment.

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The Baby Sleep Site | Personalized Sleep Plan Assessment

Prior to submitting your sleep history, there is an estimated chart of how long it will take to receive a response. 

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The Baby Sleep Site | Sleep Plan Turnaround Time

I submitted my sleep history on a Friday after 5 PM EST and received my personalized sleep plan on Monday morning!


The Personalized Sleep Plan

As a “researcher” myself, I didn’t have extremely high hopes for the personalized sleep plan.  I felt as though I had read enough books and blogs, all of which had the same info, that there wouldn’t be much in the personalized sleep plan that I didn’t already know.  (In the sleep history assessment, you have the option to select the level of detail you would like.  I, of course, selected the highest level.)

I will admit that, upon receiving my personalized sleep plan, it exceeded my expectations.  The key reason being – it’s personalized!  I didn’t appreciate exactly what that meant until I received the sleep plan back from Nicole Johnson and her team of experts.

Let me highlight my favorite parts so that you can see what I mean:

Specific needs for my child based on the information I included in the assessment.  For example, how much she should be sleeping or eating or napping based not just on her age but also on her temperament and history.

Daytime and nighttime routines based on her sleeping arrangements since my toddler and five year old currently share a bedroom.

A personalized mantra about my specific sleep training goals that I can repeat to myself on those rough, sleepless nights.

The day to day plan with precise steps to take each day, including how and what to prepare for before beginning the plan. (See image below)

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The Baby Sleep Site | Personalized Sleep Plan

All of these different things stood out to me in the personalized sleep plan.  When I was doing my own research on sleep training, then it was up to me to create a plan based on what I learned and I truly had no idea if it was going to work for my child or not.  Upon reading this personalized sleep plan, I found myself pretty confident that I could easily incorporate these changes, and more importantly, that my daughter would be comfortable with them.

The personalized sleep plan included actionable steps for me to take to correct my child’s sleeping problems, based on a number of different factors that I hadn’t even considered.  

I still have my three follow up e-mails to use, which are good for 6 months.  So as I incorporate these recommended changes to her schedule and bedtime routine, I will have help waiting if I encounter any problems.

Knowing that I have an expert in my corner has absolutely saved my sanity!  I regret that I didn’t choose a sleep training expert when my second child was younger and I was battling such extreme postpartum depression.  Perhaps it could have reduced the amount of stress and sleep deprivation I was experiencing then.  But now, as a busy mother of three, sleep training is no longer an issue I need to stress about, thanks to The Baby Sleep Site.


How much does it cost?

The largest obstacle I would see to most parents hiring a sleep consultant would likely be the cost associated.  For this, it all comes down to priorities and how important the sleep is to you.  In my case, sleep deprivation is a big trigger of postpartum depression relapses, and so I can’t afford to lose that war.

It’s important to keep in mind that what you are paying for is the time and service of a professional.  I’m pretty sure I’ve paid the guy who fertilizes my lawn in the summer more money and that hasn’t gotten me very far in life.

So when I take all these things into consideration, the cost of a professional sleep consultant is worth it, in my opinion.

[View packages and prices from The Baby Sleep Site HERE]


For More Information:

Visit The Baby Sleep Site website to learn more about what they have to offer.

If you’re interested in becoming a member, you can join here!

6 Ways to Make Sleep Training a Positive Experience

Are you dreading the thought of sleep training? 

With all of the horror stories floating around out there, it’s hard not to… Sleep training isn’t easy.  As a parent, it’s one of the first opportunities to teach a child how to do something on their own, so it’s a task riddled with pressure, questions and self-doubt.  If sleep training feels like the right decision for your family, then there’s no need to fear it.  A positive sleep training experience is entirely possible.

Here are some tips for a positive sleep training experience.
6 Ways to Make Sleep Training a Positive Experience
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6 Ways to Make Sleep Training a Positive Experience

1. Make the bedroom a sanctuary

“Go to your room” is something I heard a thousand times growing up as a kid, and I’m guilty of saying it to my older children now.  But when it comes to sleep training, the bedroom should never be used as a place for punishment to avoid associating it with something negative.  Designate a different room or area for time-outs.  The bedroom should be a safe and comfortable place.

Before (and throughout) the sleep training process, spend plenty of time in the baby’s room playing or reading books and never force baby to stay in their crib or their room if they clearly don’t want to. 

The more comfortable baby is in their room, the less they will dread it at bedtime.

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2. Start early

Babies are actually born with naturally good sleep habits. They sleep when they feel tired and don’t know any different.  Sleep training a younger baby can make for a positive sleep training experience.  While young babies don’t sleep for long stretches, they do normally fall asleep on their own without much of a struggle.

Encourage that behavior – because the ability to fall asleep without help is the KEY to sleep training!

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3. Conduct trial runs at nap time

While daytime sleep should be different from nighttime sleep, naps are a good way to get a feel for what sleep training will be like.  The daytime is much less intimidating to begin sleep training.  Both parent and baby will be somewhat more well rested than at the end of the day and there’s not as much pressure to get it right since naps are much shorter sleep periods.

While there’s no need to perform an entire bedtime routine at nap time, the key things to practice will be putting baby to sleep in the same place where they’ll be sleeping at night, and putting baby down while they are drowsy but not actually asleep.

If you can successfully get baby to go down for a nap on their own, then you’ll have a lot more confidence moving onto to bedtime.

4. Choose a realistic bedtime routine

Obviously sleep training involves some level of sacrifice, at least at first.  But that doesn’t mean you should be wearing yourself out every night with baths and massages and stories and missing out on your social life.  A bedtime routine doesn’t need to be elaborate.

Consistency is the key to a good bedtime routine so keep it simple and achievable.  It could be the simple task of changing into pajamas and reading a special book.  Or maybe there’s a lullaby you like to sing.  Even a special stuffed animal or blanket that’s reserved specifically for bedtime can do the trick.  Diffusing some calming essential oils around bedtime can also help to calm the minds of both parent and child.  Try to find one thing that soothes and calms each of the five senses.  These simple habits, when done consistently, will give your baby the signal that it’s bedtime, no matter where you are or what time it is.

Having the option to be flexible in your baby’s bedtime routine will keep you from resenting the task altogether.

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5. Eliminate the pressure

There is SO much pressure on parents to get sleep training just right.  A common question new parents often hear is “is the baby sleeping through the night yet?” implying that something is wrong if they aren’t.

And if that wasn’t pressure enough, there’s also so much contradictory information about sleep training.  Everyone has a method that they promise is the BEST and you always seem to be on the wrong side of the cry-it-out vs no-cry-it-out debate.

Accepting that all babies are different and sleep training is not a competition, or even a milestone, will help to take some of the pressure out of it.  Sleep training will only be successful if both parent and baby are ready, and not because another baby who’s the same age or weight (even a sibling) was ready.  Whatever method you choose to sleep train your baby should be the one that works for your baby and your family and no one else’s.

Remember that sleep training is not an all or nothing situation. It’s perfectly fine to take a break and try again another time.

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6. Ask for help

Sleep training is not for everyone.  Some babies have a much harder time sleeping than others and it can lead to a very unpleasant experience.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re struggling with it.

While it’s great to have your spouse or partner around to tag team during those late nights, a friend to talk to (especially another mom who’s been there and done that) can do wonders for building up your confidence.

If the sleep deprivation is really getting to you and you’ve tried every method of sleep training without success, it could be time to call in an expert.

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Read my review of The Baby Sleep Site for more information about getting a professional sleep consultation.