Baby and Toddler Sleep GIVEAWAY

I often think back to what having a new baby in the house felt like.  We don’t really have a baby anymore (my youngest Marielle is now 4) and this gives me pangs.  I can tear up when seeing a baby on the street or even when a friend tells me she is pregnant.  Why do I miss the baby years?  Well, I miss the feeling of the warm baby settled on my shoulder, I miss nursing the baby, swaddling the baby, looking at the baby for minutes and hours on end.  Sitting in my nursing chair with each baby, I felt so safe and secure and wrapped in love, as if the world were simple and pure and my decisions clear and easy.  So unlike the mental state of chaos and indecision that accompanies parenting toddlers and kids.

Enter the contest below to win one of two Express Sleep Plans from The Baby Sleep Site plus a $50 Amazon gift card!

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But when I’m honest with myself, I also remember crying a lot during each newborn phrase.  Crying on the phone to my sister, to my friend, to my Mom — to just about anyone who would listen.  Too tired to exercise, I felt bad about my body and not being able to fit into my jeans.  Too depleted to put on make-up or blow dry my hair, I felt ugly and gross and avoided looking into the mirror.  When Marc would walk into the door at the end of the day, I often would collapse into tears while handing him the baby and saying “HERE! HE’S YOURS!“, ecstatic that I could at least take a bath or call my sister and feel like a normal person again.

Getting Baby to Sleep

Having gone through the newborn phase five times, I can say that this state of frustration and sadness stemmed largely from extreme fatigue (thankfully, I did not suffer from postpartum depression).  In fact, new mom exhaustion was the only common denominator that ran through all of my newborn experiences.  Each baby was completely unique and threw me different curve balls: cluster feeding, growth spurts, mastitis, rejecting solids at 6 months, the list goes on.   What all my babies shared was the tendency to wake up earlier and more frequently than I could handle.  With each, I would lie in bed muttering to myself “My baby WON’T SLEEP.  Can I possibly get my weary body out of bed again to feed this infant AGAIN?”

Getting Baby to Sleep

Once I did hoist myself out of bed, while feeding, rocking and singing to the baby during the night hours, I would pour through books with the hope of finding the perfect answer.  Instead, my mind remained too drained and dulled to allow me to distill the important information.  Rather than feel enlightened, I remained bewildered and felt as if I were wading through, utterly ALONE, completely lost, and helpless.

Getting Toddler to Sleep

Since I was so exhausted, and as we continued to add more children to our family (ha ha), a sleep schedule grew to be one of my priorities with each child, and I did get better at establishing one with each of my five children.  Yet still I struggled.  What should I do when my two year old toddler skips her nap and wants to nap at 5pm?  How do I handle a four year old who wakes up two hours earlier than she should?  These kind of questions reared their head time and time again and I didn’t know where to look for the answers.

Getting Toddler to Sleep

A Customized Sleep Schedule for Babies and Toddlers

Because of my own struggles with babies, schedules and sleep, I was thrilled when The Baby Sleep Site reached out to me regarding their Express Sleep Plan and offered me a chance to demo it.  Within a few minutes of filling out a profile, I had what I craved with each of my babies: a road map telling what to do in what circumstance.  Early wake up time?  Your plan provides an infant sleep schedule for this tricky day.  Night wakings?  Your plan serves up strategies for helping baby sleep through the night.  Little Mr. Toddler has skipped his nap?  Well, here’s what time you should put him to bed.  Based on your input and your baby’s challenges, your tailored plan provides practical tips for structuring your baby or toddlers sleep routine, and is easy to follow and implement.

I am so excited to announce that this month’s contest includes a FREE Express Sleep Plan for two lucky winners provided by our lovely sponsor The Baby Sleep Site!   National Sleep Awareness Week begins today, March 2, and how terrific that two of you will win a tailored sleep plan for your baby.  A clear schedule, savvy answers and … REST.  There’s nothing a new mom wants more.

March Giveaway

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This month two lucky winners will each receive an Express Sleep Plan (learn more about it here) and one $50 Amazon gift card!  Below are the giveaway details:


  • Two (2) Express Sleep Plans.
  • Two (2) $50 Amazon gift cards.


  • Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
  • Open to U.S readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter.
  • You have seven different ways you can enter to increase your chances of winning.
  • You can use the “Tweeting a Message” option once each day for additional entries.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time).
  • Full terms and conditions are available in the widget.

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Thanks so much for reading and crossing my fingers for two of you new moms!

xo Melissa

This is a sponsored post.  CloudMom received monetary compensation for this post.  The opinions reflected in this post are my own.

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  • Courtney Cross Steele

    I desperately need sleep. Sleep training is beginning this week. Now to muster up some courage and resolve.

  • Katelyn Deville

    Sleep training is hard. Consistency is key.

  • Alexa Stolorow

    sleep issues changes as they grow – toddler help is needed!

  • Carrie D

    I tried sleep training once – it was the worst hour of my life!

  • Paula M

    I have one twin sleeping through the night and one up every 3 hours. Five months old. I’m exhausted!!!!

  • Emily

    I have a 4 month old son who relies on me to get to sleep and wakes 3-4 times per night. Help!!

  • Anna

    My 4 month old only naps for 40 min at a time and wakes 3 times a night. I really need to start something but I’m not sure where to begin

  • Pamela

    I would love to win this giveaway. My almost-12 month old started life sleeping well, but then we never recovered after the four month regression. Now after setbacks from illness and teething I don’t know how to resume sleep training.

  • KaylaJ

    Such an amazing give away!

  • Elyse

    My baby has been having trouble with napping, maybe due to my older daughter’s schedule. Everyday is different

  • Mical

    Awesome giveaway, sleep is so important

  • Elena

    thank you for the giveaway!

  • nicole dziedzic

    The Express Sleep Plan looks really nice, love how quickly it can generate a plan suitable for your needs.

  • Lisa Brown

    thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  • AC

    I just added a new godbaby! She needs this!

  • steve weber

    I really like the express sleep plan – awesome

  • Tina Peisel

    omg, my little guy is 2 and is still NOT sleeping through the night-we need help so this mommy can stop being a Zombie 🙂

  • AmandaSakovitz

    Thanks for the chance!

  • Natalie

    My brother just had a baby and is not sleeping well through the night.

  • Tyneisha

    Sleep is always a struggle!! Thanks for the chance!

  • Stephanie M

    Awesome giveaway! My eyes (instead of fingers) are crossed for some shut eye!

  • Andrea Alarcon

    Nice giveaway !!! Perfect for a new mommy … Thank you

  • Rebecca Williams Parsons

    WOw this would be pretty awesome!

  • Veronica

    I would love to win!!

  • Janet Watson

    I’d love to get more sleep by having my grandsons get more sleep!

  • Colleen Long

    thanks for the giveaway, I need sleep!

  • Julie Wood

    I would love to win this prize! It would really help with sleep! Thanks for sponsoring!

  • Anita Mitchell

    This would be great. It would help me with my grand children.

  • ILoveEgypt

    I’m going to be a grandma soon, and it’s been a long time since I thought about babies sleep!

  • Anne Stewart

    I’d love to win! Thanks!

  • braincell

    Could really use more sleep

  • coupcrazy

    Thank you for this great chance!

  • Janice Lew Santos

    This is a great giveaway!!!

  • Dawn Monroe

    Id like to win for my daughter who will be a new mom in May.

  • musicfan_nyc

    Great giveaway!

  • Kelly O’Malley

    This is really cool. I think part of the difficulty with raising little ones is feeling that there isn’t a book. That you just have to do the best you can. This would help tilt the scales 🙂 I tend to never feel like I am doing the “right” thing. This would put my mind at ease.

  • Mimi G

    Awesome post. Thanks!

  • Brittany

    I would love this win!! My daughter is 16 months old and does not sleep through the night. This is a very generous give a way.

  • Renee Stacey

    This would be awesome! I could really use a sleep plan for my horrible 3 year old sleeper!


  • Hank Bassi

    My daughter just gave us a new grandson on 2/24/2015. I know she could use this….:)

  • Heather Dawn

    I would love to try this out with my month old son!!

  • Kathy Cavanagh Dalton

    My son is expecting his first child and what a great gift this would be

  • Shannon

    FTM of a baby boy… Would absolutely love to win!!

  • Gail S

    I used a lot of the free info available on the baby sleep site to sleep train at 9 months old and it went fantastically! Various factors hit around 18 months (can we say regression!) and as a toddler it doesn’t feel like the same methods are going to work now with my son. I could really use one of their plans right about now to get him back on track!

  • Simone

    This would be a wonderful birthday gift to my daughter who turned one today! We are struggling big time to get her sleeping by herself and through the night. She is beautiful, sweet and smart and I just know she will be the happiest baby ever once she can finally learn how to have a full night sleep!

  • Lisa Walker

    With 5 kids, this is definitely something I could use!

  • Birdiebee

    A customized sleep plan is an awesome idea.

  • Beth Leggate

    Love this!!!

  • Veronica Clarkson

    Love this giveaway! Thanks!!

  • Patricia Colletti

    I love the idea of a customized sleep schedule! Children are so different – what would for one doesn’t always work for another

  • bkkihega

    What a great idea! Thank you for the chance!

  • Jared Ruman

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

  • Two Dart Mom

    Love this giveaway

  • Flip Sweeper

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • sandra

    my older son has a hard time settling down and falling asleep

  • dlhaley

    Great prize! Thanks for sharing!

  • Very generous prizes on your part! ^_^ Thanks for helping out the parents! 🙂

  • Jennifer Herman

    Would love to win!

  • Thomas Murphy

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sheila K.

    Thank you for hosting this generous giveaway!

  • Deborah Gardner

    Such an amazing giveaway, I’d love help with a sleep routine!

  • John Herman

    I really hope that I win!

  • amycrocker76

    Love the CloudMom baby photos!

  • Dave Mitchner

    With a baby on the way it’ll be super nice.

  • kelly Nicholson

    Leave a comment below to enter!

    happy baby for the cash

  • margaretporter

    have a new grandbaby with sleeping problems

  • Jessica H

    My newbaby sleeps great…it’s the toddler who STILL gives me trouble!