January 17th, 2012 by

Transitioning to a Toddler Bed – Review and Giveaway of Sleep Buddy

My twins are 3 1/2 and, as of two days ago, were still sleeping in cribs. We’ve gotten a lot of flack about this from friends and family, but we don’t give into peer pressure. When the girls were 2 1/2, B climbed out of her crib a few times. We panicked and bought toddler beds and consulted a sleep expert.  Yup, there are sleep experts out there – who knew? I had a won a free consultation with a sleep expert and it seemed like the perfect time to use it. She advised that we wait to take them out of their cribs. She said it was very difficult to have 2 year old twins in a room who will stay in bed and not have a party each night. She told me she had seen it before, and it could be a very difficult situation.  She suggested if I wanted to spare myself a big headache, wait until they were 3, when I could reason with them a little more.

Well, a funny thing happened. Neither girl ever climbed out of their crib again, and they were quite content in them.  But when they turned 3, A became very… oh what’s the word… mean to her sisters. She would do anything she could to push their buttons and generally get reactions out of them. There was no way I was going to take the girls out of their cribs now. I could just picture A going to B’s bed and stealing her stuffed animal and generally annoying her. But a few weeks ago, things changed. A started being super affectionate with her sisters and no longer takes pleasure in annoying them.  The twins are now BFF.

Just as all this was going on, I got the opportunity to review Sleep Buddy, which is a complete sleep system designed to help families learn healthy sleep habits. It is recommended for ages 1 1/2 to 6 and is for kids who are transitioning from a crib to a bed or in a bed already but not staying there the whole night. It seemed like it was a sign to move the girls to toddler beds.
SleepBuddyThe Sleep Buddy system comes in a pretty gift wrapped package that will have your kids excited right away.  I put the Sleep Buddy package in the family room, and when we came home from church, this is what the kids found.

They were very excited to open their present.
Inside the package was a soft blue light that can be placed on a table or dresser.  It comes with an easy-to-set timer, and you just input the times you want the light to go on and off.  When the light is on, the kids know they need to stay in bed. When it goes off, it’s okay to get up. The light has memory settings, so it will remember when to turn on and off for nap and sleep each day.

I couldn’t get a great photo of the light on, but it has a soft blue glow.

The package also included a children’s book to help introduce the concept to little ones.  I enjoyed reading the book to the kids, and they have been reading it ever since we got it.

I was happy that Sleep Buddy also came with a rewards chart and a parent’s guide. This made the system simple to implement.

Finally, I felt like I was all set to move these kids to toddler beds.  We went over the whole system with the girls and explained how they were to stay in bed until the light turned off.  They seemed to understand.  Now it was time to show them their new beds. Here were their reactions when they first saw them.

We had one more thing up our sleeve. We left the cribs in the room and told the girls that if they got up before the blue light went off they would go back to their cribs. I really hoped it wouldn’t come to that, since I did not want to move the mattresses back to the cribs.

We didn’t need to worry. They stayed in the beds the entire time, and this morning stayed in even after the light went off and they could get up.  Explained A, “I wanted to wait for you to come.” I am sure they will get more comfortable just getting out of bed when the light turns off.

My final thoughts on Sleep Buddy:  It has only been 2 days since we moved the kids into beds, and things have gone great so far. I have heard from other parents there is a honeymoon phase when kids do great in their beds before they start getting up and fooling around. Might this happen to us?  Yes, but because we introduced the Sleep Buddy, and the girls really get the concept, I feel like any testing they do will be short lived.

If you still haven’t moved your child to a toddler bed, don’t feel pressured to do so until you are ready. Only you know what is best for your child and situation. When you are ready to make the move, I think the  Sleep Buddy can very helpful to you. I have many friends whose kids are already in beds but getting up multiple times.  The Sleep Buddy would be great for them too. The entire Sleep Buddy System retails for $34.95 at Sleep Buddy and can also be found on Amazon. As the people at Sleep Buddy say, “The rest is easy.”

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Disclosure:  I was sent this product for review.  All opinions expressed are my own. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

Giveaway
The kind folks at Sleep Buddy are giving away a Sleep Buddy system to one lucky Mess For Less reader. Rules and entry are here. Good luck!

Vicky

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2 Responses to “Transitioning to a Toddler Bed – Review and Giveaway of Sleep Buddy”

  1. avatar Lena says:

    I’m interested in getting one of these for my toddler – she just wakes up soooo early. We don’t have a ton of space in her room, though – does it look like it can be wall-mounted?

    Thanks!

  2. avatar Missy says:

    We have the sleep buddy and love it, but we use ours in reverse. We felt the blue light was too bright, so we set the blue light to come on in the morning. We told our 2 year old he could get out of bed when the blue light comes on. We have 4 children and two share a room. The two year old would constantly wake up early and wake up the older child. Our oldest naturally wakes up early anyway but for me anything earlier than 6am is just too early. This product has worked great, although we have periods of time where we have to remind our child to wait for the blue light. He is now three and occasionally he gets up early and I have to ask, is your blue light on! Our 4th child has just turned two and we are buying another sleep buddy just for him.

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