Hey mama (or dadda). Yeah, you. The tired one that is desperate for a decent nights sleep. Have you been googling night after night and day after day, trying to find a solution to get your baby sleeping through the night? I GET IT! I’ve been there…twice! The big bummer is that I didn’t find the solution until baby #2!! The good news is that I found a solution, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
The Dream of Having Kids
I don’t know about you, but when you’re expecting your first baby everything is a fantasy. Daydreaming about what your family is going to look like once your baby joins you becomes a regular thing. Am I right?? You hear about how babies sometimes don’t sleep and you just hope you get a good sleeper. The thing is, it’s hard to truly understand sleep deprivation until it’s thrown at you first hand from a baby that doesn’t sleep.
Child #1 – What DIDN’T Work
One of the biggest things I was hopeful for was that I would be blessed with a great sleeper. Well folks, I was blessed with anything but. Kaley, my precious daughter was a terrible sleeper from night one and was until she was almost three years old. We went through so many phases of night wakings and it was exhausting.
I read probably four or five books on sleep in their entirety, hoping to find a solution that worked. Finally, we were able to eliminate night feedings when Kaley was 10 months old. We knew she was only feeding out habit in the middle of the night. Out of desperation, the “cry it out” method is where we ended up.
Even by using cry it out, she was never a great sleeper. I don’t know if it was because she was just naturally a poor sleeper or if cry it out wasn’t the right program for her.
When we found out we were pregnant with baby number 2, we had the same daydreams about what life would be like with him. We said the same prayers for a good sleeper this time around too. I mean, we had such a rough experience with our first, this one had to be better, right?
In the beginning
Our son, Brixton, arrived and was sleeping four hour stretches his second night out of the womb! My husband and I were beyond thankful. We were like “we can handle this.” Unfortunately, those nights did not last long. Over time we were finding ourselves waking up every 1.5 to 2 hours. As you know or can imagine, it got exhausting quick.
When Brixton was two months old, I began researching sleep coaches. I told my husband that I was willing to spend thousands of dollars on a sleep coach. I was desperate and didn’t care. Having sleep and my sanity was worth it. I most NOT going to wait 10 months before I had another decent night’s sleep.
I didn’t want to do what we did with Kaley because, well it clearly didn’t work. After some research,I found a coach (an expensive one – the one that costs thousands of dollars). I was ready to get the ball rolling. However, both my pediatrician and husband said to wait until 6 months old to sleep train. I was crushed. Many peds say it’s okay at 3 to 4 months. That wasn’t the case for me so I needed to wait. Although it was devastating to have to wait, I’m happy in hindsight because it gave me even more time to do more research and find other coaches.
When Brixton was four months old we were reminded of the dreaded four-month sleep regression and growth spurt. These happened AT THE SAME TIME!!! I think this is common, but holy moly it was a rough patch. Again, desperate to find a solution, I went to YouTube and searched “4 month sleep regression”, and found this video. It was the answer to my prayers.
Jilly Blankenship with Baby Sleep Made Simple, made my whole sleep training experience, just that….SIMPLE. The best part about finding her is that I didn’t have to spend the thousands of dollars that I was ready to drop. Because of her affordable solution, it made the decision to work with her a no brainer. And better yet, there was no needing to convince my husband of the expense.
Before I bought her program, I watched dozens of videos on YouTube, and checked out her website. There I found FREE info. Who doesn’t like free!? I figured I had nothing to lose so I signed up for her Free Exhausted Mom’s Survival Kit. https://www.babysleepmadesimple.com/exhausted-moms-survival-kit
Jilly’s advice came in the format of short, to the point, and easy to follow advice and instructions. It really doesn’t get better than that. No more reading novel sized books and trying to figure it out myself. In addition, she has a Facebook group where she does live Q&A’s to answer questions you might have. I mean, I don’t know the last time I asked a book a question and got an answer.
Just by following her free advice, I was close to having Brixton sleeping through the night at 5 and a half months old. After that, I decided that Jilly knew her stuff and had no hesitation when it came to spending the money for her program, 21 Days to Peace and Quiet. https://www.babysleepmadesimple.com/21-days-to-peace-quiet-program#buybuttons
Why I Loved This Program
There were so many reasons why this program was perfect for me.
- The cost was easy to fit into the budget.
- Jilly has FOUR methods to approach sleeping through the night. This means that you can choose a method that works with your baby’s personality and family.
- The lessons are laid out in an easy format with short and to-the-point videos.
- She has a separate Facebook group for members of her 21 days program and answers questions in there as well.
Although I was advised to wait until 6 months to sleep train, I implemented a few simple tips Jilly suggested to prep for the meat and potatoes of the course . This got him sleeping through the night before he was 6 months old. The one thing that helped mold our success is what Jilly calls the Peaceful Nightly Ritual, or in other words, “bed-time routine”. She gives more detail in her Exhausted Mom’s Survival Kit, so go check it out.
Remember, no two babies are alike. What works for one doesn’t work for the other. This same thought process applies when it comes to sleep coaches, but remember, Jilly has FOUR different methods. This means there is a solution for everyone.
I hope this helps you in some way find guidance in getting YOUR baby to sleep through the night!!!
Sweet dreams and Happy Sleeping!!