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Meghan’s Mom Blog: Sleep Training (plus giveaway!)


One of the most common questions I get asked as a new mom is “How is she sleeping?” Once Aspen reached 4 1/2 months she had started waking up multiple times throughout the night and could only be soothed by nursing. I was filming RHOC at the time and was exhausted so I checked with my pede who said she was taking in enough nutrition throughout the day to sleep through the night so I knew it was time: sleep training time!

I found Erika Lamour from The Sleep Dept by way of Instagram and we teamed up right away. I used a method where I’d set my timer on my phone for 10 minutes once Aspen began crying, now let me be clear here: fussing is not crying! She had to be in a full-blown cry for the timer to begin. It. Was. Hell. But I persisted. After only three nights of this setting the timer business she was sleeping 11-12 hours at night! (If she cried past the timer I’d go into her room and pick her up and soothe her then put her back in her crib before she was asleep.)

I hope that any sleep-deprived parents have my same results, the short torture of her tears were worth the sleep we both got. Plus Aspen learned a new skill: self-soothing (maybe this is a real thing and maybe it’s something we tell ourselves to make ourselves feel better, I don’t know. But I do know Aspen won’t remember this and I certainly will remember the horrible days of sleep deprivation!)

Erika and I have teamed up to offer three customized sleep programs for you and your little one. This includes 24 hour support for as long as you need it and can be used from wherever you are in the world! Just like their insta page @TheSleepDept and tag a friend who needs them in the comments below. And make sure to let me know how it worked for you!

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  • Omg I so need this help. I have a 5 month old who wakes up multiple times a night still. I’ve tried everything. I am so tired!!!

  • What an amazing giveaway! I could use help getting my 1 year old to sleep a more consistent period of time and I bet my friend @JillG would love the same for her little girl!

  • I need this! My luttle girl Aria was sleeping quite well until 2 days after she was 4 months! Omg! We went to waking every single hour. So so tired.

  • Thank you for sharing your journey! Sleep has been such a struggle for us with our 6 month old and I think it’s time to begin sleep training in our house too. I could definitely use the extra support! PS Aspen is adorable! <3

  • Did you cold turkey stop the night nursing ad wrll and just let her cry herself back to sleep in these 3 nights?

  • I would love to win this giveaway! My little guy is 4 months next week and we have the same problem: up at night and only soothed by nursing! Help!!

  • I have a friend expecting her 2nd that would love this! And I would also, as my daughter, born one day before aspen, is still waking 1-3 times per night 😩

  • I did the same- 10 minute timer, soothe and leave- and on the 3rd night no tears! No-one likes to hear their baby cry but now at 15 months she is the best sleeper! 11-12 hours plus two naps totaling 2-4 hours. Self-soothing is def a thing… saved my sanity and probably my marriage lol

    • My problem is after the 10 minutes I can only soothe him by nursing! He won’t calm down otherwise. It’s insanoty!!

  • Glad to hear your getting some sleep and what an amazing giveaway to some families who are desperate for some! Your daughter is just so cute – her cheeks look so delicious 🙂
    I dont have a friend who needs the giveaway – i do! I have a 6 month old who wakes up ALL.THE.TIME! I also have a 5 year old so i find because im so tired im so snappy at her and that just kills me. Her puppy dog eyes when i yell at her is the worst 🙁 Please, i would love the giveaway to be a better Mummy to my 6 month old son and 5 year old daughter. Thank you!

  • I need help! My baby slept amazingly until she hit 6 months. She’s 7 months and the last month had been a month of no naps unless she’s clinging to me. I need help!

    • Also- I’ve tried Ferber and she screamed for 2.5 hours with me visiting after intervals of time. Seemed to have angered her more Help me!!

  • I would love to have this help! I have a two month old who has reflux, plus a cows milk allergy and we have not slept in weekeveryone is exhausted 😩

  • I exactly know what sleep deprivation feels like. My daughter was a bad sleeper since day 1 and when she turned 4 months I decided to do something about it. I searched the internet and people were talking a lot of nice things about Susan Urban and her guide “How to teach a baby to fall asleep alone” ( I found the guide here: http://www.parental-love.com ) and the HWL method. I decided to try it and I am so happy I did it. After 4 days of HWL my daughter was able to fall asleep alone in her crib without rocking her. We made her sleep longer than 15 mins during the day and the method also helped us get rid of night feedings!
    I think everybody with a baby should read the guide to stop being so crazy exhausted.

    • A few days ago after reading your comment I got “How to teach a baby to fall asleep alone” guide (it’s an ebook by the way) and I wanted to give you some feedback – the method from the guide has worked very fast and it is quite gentle one. I am very pleased I have tried it. So one more recommendation for this guide from me and my family!

    • This guide is actually really good! it has worked so fast and the method is a gentle one! Great! i would not believe it if I didn’t try it on my own! Thanks for the link!

  • @allanmichael77 Our boy needs this!!! Back at work full time with a little 9 month old man who wakes multiple times a. Ought. Would love to see our little guy have a decent restful sleep at night.

  • 7 month old with sleep regression has me like 😭 She is also getting a cranial remodeling helmet this week. This momma is needing some help!

  • @linlinayo and I had our babies about a month apart and I know we are both totally in love and very tired 🙂 Thanks so much for this great giveaway! And congrats on the full nights sleep, sounds admazing 🙂

  • My baby is turning 5 months this Friday and has been in the 4 month sleep regression for 6 weeks! We are dying 🙁 please pick me.

  • I need this! My 7 month old wakes multiple times a night. My daughter was born on thanksgiving! Just like aspen!

  • I would love this!! I’m going back to work full time next month and it would be so great to have my 7 month daughter sleeping through the night.

  • My daughter is a first time mom and my grandson is 4 1/2 months old. She’s had the hardest time with him she’s a single mom and doing this all on her own. I’m so priud of her for what she has done. We love this little guy and if she could just get him to sleep through the night and be on a schedule her life would be so much easier. Winning this giveaway would be great for her and pick her spirits up.

  • Aspen is adorable! I can relate to you because I went through some similar experiences to have my precious baby. As a first time mom, I could really use this for my 13 week old baby. The poor thing is having much trouble sleeping for naps and at night. I’ve endured sleepless nights and would welcome this opportunity!

  • Not sure how to tag a friend in the comments, but I need this!!! My son is almost 13 months and is the championso of fighting sleep. Sigh.

  • Can’t figure out how to tag a friend 🤔 But with baby number 2 on the way, I need all the sleep help I can get

  • I have a breastfed 6 month old, up at least 3 yimes every night. Id love this help. I could bevrr let me first child cry and he doenst have sleep skills still. I think it’s helpful for the child to gain this skill. @jillr

  • My daughter was sleeping great and now we are in the middle of the 4 month sleep regression! I need the support and guidance!! My good friend has a two month old who will soon need training! @nicolatales

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