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

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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.

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The 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.

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65 comments:

  1. My first daughter first climbed out of her crib at 15 months! I heard a loud thump upstairs and when I went to go check she was running in the hallway! This happened a few more times and I thought I would rather her getting out of a toddler bed than a long drop from a crib at 15 months. I wonder now with my second if we will wait until she's older or transition her early again. I think the longer they stay in their cribs is probably better.

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  2. Oh so cool! I have a very "determined" 2 year old and she's still in her crib. And will be until she's five if I have anything to do with it :) Seriously, this is a great idea! I also have a one year old, so this transitioning thing has been at the front of my mind for a while now. Thanks so much for letting us know about this - if I win, that would be amazing but if not it is great to know where to get it! Thanks bunches!!!! :) C

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  3. Oooo, that looks great! My almost 3 year old is in a toddler bed and he sleeps in it until 5 amish. I need something like this to let him know 5 am just is not feasible for Mommy. Totally going to go check it out!

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  4. I like that you can set the time! I am getting ready to transition my toddler and I am nervous, so I would love to win!

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  6. I like that the kids know when the light is on, they need to stay in bed. I think preschoolers would do well with that very cut-and-dried rule!

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  7. I love that you can let the children know when it's ok to get out of bed. I wouldn't get poked at 6am anymore!

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  9. I love that the light tells them when It's okay to get up.

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  10. This is a great system! I like how easy it is to use and for children to understand.

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  12. I love that the sleep buddy has awesome colors and it helps assist the little ones in learning when to go to sleep and when to get up.

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  13. My twin girls turn 3 next week and will be in their cribs for the foreseeable future. My A started climbing out yesterday and tearing up thr room, but I think rearranging the furniture tomorrow should help things. Forget them, I am SO not ready for beds.

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  14. I got flack for the exact opposite...I moved both of my children out of their cribs early. My oldest was 18 months (he was a sprawler and couldn't stretch out in the crib without his legs getting stuck between rails). I didn't like his toddler bed, and he went into a twin bed before his 2nd birthday. My younger son was EATING his crib (not chewing the teething guards...he was splintering the wood) and he went straight into a twin bed at 14 months.

    He was not a good sleeper, but his sleep improved dramatically when I switched him to a bed.

    I like that the light would be on when they wake up...they are early risers, and that would give mom a few extra minutes in the morning!

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  15. My little man is ready for a big boy bed-keep climbing out of his crib. This looks like a neat product to motivate little ones to stay in bed. I'm a new follower.

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  16. Love the progress chart & the light with a clear signal. I also love how you implemented it with keeping the cribs in the room. My twins are 16 months and I have thought about the day we transition them to beds. This would be a great tool.

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  17. I like the light.

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  18. I like the light, when the light is on they stay in bed until the light goes off.
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  20. I like ANYTHING that will keep the kid's in their own bed! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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  21. We are having some serious stay-in-the-bed issues with our three year old son who has Down syndrome....this gives me hope :)

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  23. Wow...that looks like a great product for my 3 year old...she has a hard time sleeping through the night...I like that even though she is little she would understand it.

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  24. Looks like something we can use for our 2 year old twins. We converted to toddler beds a couple of weeks ago. We just converted their cribs to toddler beds by removing one of the sides (iaw instructions). They didn't stay in their beds much so I followed the advice of another twin mom, which was to bump the two cribs together. It turned into a one huge crib for two. They love it and don't party too much. The closeness comforts them.

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  26. I'm an email subscriber brigitted_72 at yahoo dot com

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  27. i follow on gfc mverno mverno@roadrunner.com

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  28. that you can set the time
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  29. My little girl is 4 now and getting her to bed and to stay in her own bed (and not mummy's) is a nightly battle. She has nightlights, but none like this. We'd love to win one :D

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  30. I can't seem to email subscribe to your blog, but I am a blogger follower if that counts? :)
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  32. I love that is a visual for kids. It gives them a chance to understand when to stay in bed and when to get up

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  34. I like the light and timer feature.

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  35. I love the soft glow of the light.

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  37. I love the visual idea without numbers (clock) so I can change it as I need to!

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  40. i like the part where it lets the child know to stay in bed.


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  41. i love the light and timer feature
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  42. light and timer feature are really neat

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  43. I like the timer lezanac2@yahoo.com

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  44. I like that it makes my son feel safe at night having the light on.

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  49. I love the idea of the light. My daughter is capable of staying in bed a bit longer so the light would be an awesome indicator - when to get out and when not. It'd difficult to teach a toddler to check time!

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  51. I like that the Sleep Buddy has a light and not just a clock like other similar products I've seen. I subscirbe via email and follow with GFC as Kimberly. Thank you!
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  53. I like how it's a light so they can know when to get up

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  54. I have a two yr old DS that loves to get out of his bed. This is a wonderful concept and it seems easy enough for the littlest darlings to understand.
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  55. I love that it helps to show when they can get out of bed. My oldest son did great going to bed but woke up several times during the night and would get up everytime. I would love to try this with my youngest to see if it will keep him in bed until morning. It is like a "clock" for them.

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  57. I love that this system is easy for the kiddos to understand!
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  58. I like the simple concept of waiting for the light to change before they can get up. My three year old still doesn't spend the whole night in her bed.

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  59. I like that it comes with a book.
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  60. I just love the concept of it, i've never seen anything like it before, and think it's a wonderful ideal! Quite honestly i don't think any household should be without it!

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  61. like that it has alight ty.
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  62. When it comes to beds for toddler boys, functionality, quality, and affordability are just a few of the factors that determine consumer’s choice – and those are the same things that ultimately determined our choice. It is not easy to look for cheap toddler beds that are of great quality, but we needed something that is an affordable one. We initially wanted a toddler car bed for our son since these types of beds look really adorable, but after reading toddler bed reviews, we opted for Today's Tot and we loved it! - Initially, my son didn't like it though. It took a certain amount of cajoling, pleading and bribery to get him to sleep on his bed. :)

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  63. This is a great system! I like how easy it is to use and for children to understand.

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