Our Baby Sleep Program is an online program to help babies sleep well. The program consists of an ebook and 20 videos (which present the content of the ebook).
The ebook can be viewed or downloaded in full, or you can view or download it in sections alongside the video that accompanies each chapter. The videos range from 2 minutes to 14 minutes long.
What does your Baby Sleep Program cover?
Our program covers everything you need to know about baby sleep! We’ll help you to:
Understand how babies sleep, and their sleep needs as they grow.
Create a safe and cosy sleep environment.
Read your baby’s cues. Are they hungry or tired?
Help your baby get a long nighttime sleep (8 hours from 3 months and 11–12 hours from 6 months).
Establish good daytime naps (goodbye catnaps!).
Establish your baby’s internal body clock in good time (which helps them sleep well at night).
Help your baby to fall asleep by themselves (so you’re not having to rock them to sleep when they turn one!).
Reduce night feeds (we know how exhausting they are!)
Our age-specific guidance tells you what’s going on with your baby’s sleep at a particular age. And our age-specific routines (together with tips) will help you to create the perfect routine to best suit your baby and family.
Is your Baby Sleep Program easy to use?
Yes! Our program is easy to use and digest, and it’s easy to navigate. All the information is there if you want it, and the format makes it simple to head to a particular topic.
If you’re exhausted from taking care of your baby, the videos can really help. And you can head straight to the age-specific guidance which gives advice on what’s going on at a particular age. Then when you’ve got a bit more time, you can delve into the other parts.
How do you account for the fact that all babies are different?
We fully recognise that all babies are different! Some babies will sleep through the night earlier than others, some babies can stay awake longer than others, some babies will need more feed than others and so on.
Our program is designed to help you work out what your baby’s particular needs are. This includes helping you to understand your baby’s tired and hunger cues, so you can feed them and put them to sleep at the best times.
Our routines come with tips showing you how to adjust times for feeding and sleeping to best suit your baby.
What sources do you take account of in your Baby Sleep Program?
Our advice is in line with advice and recommendations from the major relevant institutions worldwide. This includes the World Health Organisation, the NHS in the UK, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Lullaby Trust in the UK, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the US National Sleep Foundation.
Our advice also draws from numerous research papers from top institutions worldwide.
What’s your approach to baby sleep?
Our approach to baby sleep is modern, and is empathetic, caring and responsive to a baby’s needs. Our program is based on the science of how babies sleep, backed up by research from numerous studies that have been carried out on thousands of babies across the world. Our advice is based on the most up-to-date sources worldwide.
We’ve reviewed countless scientific research papers and numerous other sources in order to provide parents with solid and well-grounded advice. It’s all presented to you in a simple and practical manner – we know you’re busy (especially if your baby has already arrived!).
Is your Baby Sleep Program based on a ‘cry-it-out’ method?
No! There’s lots of talk amongst parents and parents-to-be about the ‘cry-it-out’ method. Put simply, it involves leaving a baby to cry until they fall asleep, without any help from you.
We don’t believe in leaving a baby to cry for extended periods of time, hoping they’ll work things out for themselves. This can make a baby stressed, and it can raise their cortisol levels (making it harder for them to fall asleep).
Our approach is about helping you to understand the best times for your baby to sleep (and eat) – making it easier for them to fall (and stay) asleep.
Is your Baby Sleep Program breastfeeding friendly?
Yes! Our program works for both breastfed and formula-fed babies. We really support breastfeeding at Baby Smiles Club. Our age-specific guidance includes advice on feeding on demand in the early days (whether breastfeeding or formula feeding) and building up your milk supply if you’re breastfeeding. Our routines also work if you want to continue to breastfeed on demand.
Do you believe in rockers, swings or other gadgets to help babies sleep?
We believe in sleeping safely and keeping things simple. Rockers, bouncers, swings and other gadgets are not safe for babies to sleep in and have caused fatalities – and as such, we don’t recommend using them.
We love baby sleeping bags, as we think it’s the safest and cosiest way for a baby to sleep. We also like cot mobiles (which can be calming and soothing, as well as helping with a baby’s motor skills).
Some parents love white noise – our advice is to use this only if you’ve tried to troubleshoot and your baby’s struggling to sleep (otherwise they’ll become used to it!).
Do I get full access to the Baby Sleep Program right away?
Yes, as soon as you purchase our Baby Sleep Program, you will receive login details and full access to the complete program.
Can I share your Baby Sleep Program with anyone else, or give them my login details to access it?
Our Baby Sleep Program is confidential and is to be used only by the person who purchased it. It is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. As such, no part of it should be shared to anyone. Our program is for personal and non-commercial use. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.
Does your Baby Sleep Program include routines (schedules)?
Yes. It’s our firm belief that babies thrive on consistency and love routines! We have age-specific routines (starting from 4–6 weeks old) designed to help your baby get their best sleep as they grow. From 6–8 weeks old, each routine comes with tips, showing you how to adjust things to best suit your baby (and family).
Whilst we don’t have formal routines for up to 4 weeks old (because we believe that babies should be fed on demand in the early days), we have advice and pointers on how to structure the day to help your baby get their best sleep.
I’m not sure about following a routine – can’t my baby just sleep whenever they seem tired?
Believe us when we say that a good routine can do wonders for a baby’s sleep! Why?
Science and nature tells us that it’s best to sleep at consistent times. From around 3–4 months old, babies have a fully developed internal body clock (circadian rhythm), and having consistent sleeping times keeps their body clock in tune.
Consistency gives a baby sense of stability and security, as they anticipate what’s coming, increasingly learning cues as they grow older. They learn when it’s sleeping time, so they fall asleep more quickly.
Your baby’s internal body clock (together with their sleep hormones) dictates that there are optimal times for a baby to go to bed and wake up in the morning, and to nap during the day. A good routine is based on these times, helping your baby to optimise their sleep!
Letting a baby sleep without any consistency with timing won’t help your baby get their best sleep, and it won’t help them (or you) in the longtime. For one thing it can lead to overtiredness, which can kick off a cycle of poor sleep. It can also lead to catnapping, and not getting good long stretches of sleep.
And don’t just assume a baby will fall asleep when they feel tired. Most babies will simply stay awake and become overtired (making it harder for them to sleep). Babies need our help to get good sleep!
Do I need to follow the routines to the minute?
No! All babies are different; some will need more sleep than others, some can stay awake for longer between naps, some will need more night feeds and so on. And each baby is different on a day-to-day basis, depending on what’s going on.
As such, the times in our routines aren’t set in stone, and many parents will need to tweak things. That’s why we’ve set out tips for the routines, to help you adjust sleeping times where needed.
We advocate ‘consistency with flexibility’. Which means that bedtime, morning wake, nap times and feeding times should be at more or less the same time every day, with flexibility to take account of your baby’s day-to-day needs.
Will the routines be constraining? I don’t want to be stuck at home all day
You won’t be! Routines actually give you more flexibility to get out and about! Why? Because you know when your baby will be sleeping and for how long. So you can time activities when you know your baby will be awake.
We encourage parents to be out and about as much as you like! Your baby can take their daytime naps in their stroller bassinet – they don’t have to be at home in their cot. So you can jump on the bus or train, or head out for a walk, at nap time, and your baby will happily sleep away in their stroller.
Do I have to use the Baby Sleep Program from when my baby is first born, or can I start to use it when they’re older?
No, you don’t need to use our program from day 1. Our Baby Sleep Program is for babies from birth up to one year old, so you can buy it if your baby is older.
That said, the best time to learn about baby sleep is BEFORE your baby is born. When they come along, you’ll have much less time ;) And you’ll help your baby (and yourself) if you know how to approach your baby’s sleep from day 1. That way, you’ll establish good sleeping habits, and hopefully your baby won’t become overtired (which is common in young babies).
My baby has colic or reflux (or another medical issue). Can I still use the Baby Sleep Program?
It’s important that you see your medical advisor about any medical issues affecting your baby. Once you’ve seen your medical advisor, it’s fine to use our Baby Sleep Program. Bear in mind that some medical issues can impact your baby’s sleep.
I don’t have time to read an ebook and watch videos. I need a quick solution – help!
We know that having a newborn can be exhausting! That’s why we’ve designed our Baby Sleep Program to be easy to use and navigate. It’s also one of the reasons why we created our videos – because if you’re feeling worn out, watching a short video can seem easier than looking at an ebook!
If you want a quick fix, we suggest you head straight to the age-specific routine for your baby’s age. And read the age-specific guidance which explains your baby’s sleep needs at their particular age. Once things have (hopefully) levelled out, you’ll have more time to delve into the program.
If there’s a particular issue that you’re struggling with (like night feeds or setting), then you can head straight to the chapter or video on that.
Do you offer individual sleep consultations?
Yes, Angela provides individual sleep consultations for babies and children up to five years old. In relation to babies, please read on.
We’ve designed our online Baby Sleep Program to help you help your baby. We believe you can best do this by understanding your baby’s sleep needs at a particular age, and knowing what might be impacting their sleep. Our program empowers you to do this. It’s like having a baby sleep consultant on-hand for the whole year!
That said, we know there are some parents who prefer an individual approach. Or just someone to talk things through with. So we also offer individual consultations. You can see how we can help you by looking at our Packages.
If you’re not sure what would work best for you, then please get in touch with us at [email protected]. We can then work out together the best approach.
What if your Baby Sleep Program doesn’t help me?
Getting a baby to sleep well isn’t always easy. That’s why so many parents struggle and why we created our program!
Following our program should help with your baby’s sleep, and set them up with good sleeping habits for their childhood. But we can’t promise that it will turn your baby into a dream sleeper. A baby’s sleep can be impacted by so many factors.
If you’ve been using our program but are still struggling with your baby’s sleep, give it a bit of time. Try to troubleshoot and see what could be causing any issues. We have a chapter on ‘Things that can impact your baby’s sleep’, where we explain what can cause a disturbance to good sleep. If a baby’s been sleeping poorly or is overtired, or they’ve gotten into bad habits, it can take longer for their sleep to improve.
If things really aren’t working, feel free to get in touch with us at hello@babysmilesclub.
And take a look at our Refund Policy if you would like to ask for a refund.
What is your Introducing Solids and Allergens ebook?
Food and sleep are closely connected! And we know that introducing solids can be a daunting time for parents – so many questions about how and when to get started, what foods to give and what if your baby has a food allergy or intolerance. And there’s so much conflicting information out there!
That’s why we created our Introducing Solids and Allergens ebook. It’s a 34 page ebook explaining everything you need to know about starting solids, including when and how to introduce solids, how solids complement your baby’s milk diet, and the types of food to give your baby. We also explain about food allergies and intolerances.
Our advice is based on the most up-to-date science and research, together with the advice and recommendations from the relevant institutions worldwide, including the World Health Organisation, the NHS in the UK, Allergy UK and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
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