Of all the difficulties faced by parents of young children, the most challenging issues usually fall under the categories of sleep and bedtime. Parents often ask me how to get their baby to sleep through the night, or how to encourage their toddler to stop getting out of bed, or how to help their child adopt a napping schedule. Unfortunately, there are no magic formulas, and what works for one child may not work for another. It’s usually a matter of trial-and-error, as well as a lot of patience.
Therefore, I was amused to hear that 4moms, a company that develops products to help make routine daily tasks easier and more enjoyable for both parents and kids, is sponsoring a contest to find America’s Worst Sleeping Baby! Here are the details from their web site:
If you are a parent of a child who is between the ages of 4 months and two years and your child is not sleeping through the night, we want to hear about it. Tell us the most creative ways you’ve tried to get your child to sleep or how crazy your child’s bedtime routine is or simply make the most desperate plea for help with your child’s sleep issues. The Grand Prize winner will secure the title of America’s Worst Sleeping Baby along with a cash prize of $2,500 for his or her family. In addition, everyone who enters gets a Goodnight Sleep Trainer valued at $29.95 (limited to the first 150 entries).
What is the Goodnight Sleep Trainer? Sleep experts have written dozens of books that detail proven methods to help your child sleep through the night, but let’s face it, it’s not easy to remember the details of a book you read when it’s 4 am and your baby is crying. That’s why we worked closely with a pediatrician to take these same proven methods and put them into a simple-to-use electronic device. By gradually increasing the time parents let their children cry it out, the children learn to soothe themselves to sleep while still getting parental support that is key to good child development. Plus, you can connect the Goodnight Sleep Trainer to the web to track sleep patterns online and compare against statistical norms.
I have not tried the Goodnight Sleep Trainer, nor have I been contacted to do an endorsement of the product, but I loved the idea of finding America’s Worst Sleeping Baby so much that I thought I’d pass this information along to you. Judging from the questions I receive about sleep issues, many of you will consider your child highly qualified for this honor! Go to http://goodnightsleeptrainer.com/sleeptrainer/contest.php to enter the contest. Submissions close on Mother’s Day 5/10/09, and winners will be announced on 5/31/09.