Sleep Buddy Sleep Training System Review

Sleep Buddy Sleep System


It’s the (butt)crack of dawn and you hear little footsteps running down the hall and down the stairs. It’s a typical story happening all over the world. For some reason kids seem to think that the slightest indication of sunrise means it’s time to get out of bed… even if it’s 6am. Because Emma and Ethan don’t know how to tell time we have been on a hunt for a sleep training system with a simple cue for them to get out of bed.

Sleep Buddy offered to let Emma and Ethan try their complete sleep system. I was eager to give this a try… as a cranky mommy does not lead to happy kids.


The Sleep Buddies arrived in a cute gift wrapped box tied with a bow. Emma and Ethan were thrilled to receive something special out of the blue. They tore into the boxes and found these strange orbs with a cute storybook inside. That afternoon we read the book about their bedtime surprise. It was a cute story written on a child’s level about how the Sleep Buddy works.


It’s a rather simple concept. The Sleep Buddy is easily programmed to turn on at naptime and bedtime and turns off when it’s time for the kids to wake up. I love that this cue is silent… just in case your kids might decide to sleep in (yeah right). Included in the system is a reward chart to help encourage the kids the stay in their rooms until the light turns off. Place stickers on the chart to record good behavior and to track rewards.

During my quest for a good nights sleep I had installed room darkening blinds and curtains in both the kids rooms. This has been somewhat helpful, but when I tried other sleep trainers with visual cues they failed because Emma and Ethan couldn’t see them. They would stumble out of their rooms to check if it was time to wake up… which would of course wake them up completely. Fortunately, a dark room is helpful for the Sleep Buddy system.


We have been using the Sleep Buddy system for a couple of months now. First off, I want to say that using this on both the kids at the same time (ages 5 and 3) was the most beneficial way of making sure the system worked. Even though they have bedrooms on opposite sides of the house they can hear when the other comes out of their room. If I hadn’t used the Sleepy Buddy on Emma, Ethan would hear her come out of her room and think that it was time for him to come out also.

Now, for the results… I am happy to report that the Sleep Buddy W O R K S! It didn’t take more than 3-4 days of reminders and the kids got the hang of it. They have gotten so accustomed to relying on the Sleep Buddy that when the time changed recently Emma was very upset that her Sleep Buddy was not on when I was putting her in bed. I had to reset it immediately (which was simple and quick) before she had a panic attack. I asked her why she was so upset and she said, “If my sleep buddy isn’t on, I won’t know when it’s time to wake up!”. Both children rely heavily on the Sleep Buddy to let them know when it’s time to get up, and I think the gentle glow helps Ethan with his “afraid of the dark” issues. I highly recommend the Sleep Buddy Sleep System for anyone wanting to train their child to stay in bed (and I’ve found they actually do fall back asleep) until a designated time.


You can purchase a Sleep Buddy Sleep System for $34.95


ONE OurKidsMom is going to win a Sleep Buddy Sleep System!


This giveaway ended at 11:59 PM EST on April 16, 2012.

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  1. michelle warner says

    it teaches your kids healthy sleep habits, pretty cool

  2. Patricia W says

    The sleep buddy system was started by parents whose 2yr wouldn’t stay in bed. This sounds perfect for my 4am early riser.

  3. Sandy VanHoey says

    What a great product… think kids will feel so big also, knowing just when it’s time for them to wake or go to sleep like big girls and boys. Something that is very interesting and a great teaching tool

  4. keeley says

    i like that it comes with a rewards chart.

  5. Amanda Stauffer says

    I like that it can help children transition to a big bed.

  6. Jaclyn Hodnett says

    I like thatit has a Child proof entry for programming compartment.

  7. Rebecca K. says

    I learned that my 2 year old is not getting the recommended amount of sleep each night as he 2.5 and still can’t make it through the night alone in his room 🙁

  8. kendal barriere says

    My friends and I have been wondering if there was such a product out there like this. This is really cool.

  9. I love the entire concept. It is a great idea for smaller children. Thank you

  10. This would be great for my daughter! Some times nap time she falls asleep and then wakes up about 10 minutes later because of a sound and then thinks she has taken a nap and it is time to get up. With the light being blue then she would now it isn’t time to get up. 🙂

  11. tamra childers says

    I like thatit has a Child proof entry for programming compartment.

  12. Michelle Macaluso says

    I learned that it took 2 years to develop this system.

  13. Laura Miller says

    I really like that it comes with a rewards chart. I could really use this! My 6 month old co-sleeps, my 3 yr old won’t sleep in her own bed, and my 8 yr old drags his sleeping bag into my room…needless to say, I get NO sleep!

  14. Anne Milkie says

    What a great idea!

  15. Irene says

    I like the fact it comes with a story book to help introduce this to your child

  16. Vivien Lee says

    Parents who get 7–8 hours of uninterrupted sleep perform better as parents and may actually experience improved mood, immunity and longevity.

  17. Vanessa Dalton says

    SleepBuddy is designed to help your child learn when he or she should stay in bed, which results in a more peaceful night for everyone in the house.

  18. athena d. says

    help your child learn when he or she should stay in bed and healthy habits

  19. Brittany W. says

    Oh this is awesome!

  20. amy craft says

    That it will help children learn when to stay in bed and when it’s ok for them to get up

  21. Roxy says

    i like that it comes with a rewards chart.

  22. Claire says

    I learned The sleep buddy system was started by parents whose 2yr wouldn’t stay in bed.

  23. Fawn H says

    I learned that Toddlers (1–3yrs) need 12–14 hours of sleep in a 24 hr period

  24. awww this is soo cute ! awesome review

  25. What an awesome tool. Would love to give it a try

  26. I think I am in the same boat as most…my little guy think 6:30 am is ok..and I dont even need to get up til 8:00am This would so work…LOL Thanks for the chance!!

  27. Renee Bruno says

    I learned that it can help kids sleep better.

  28. annette campbell says

    It takes 3-4 days for kids to get used to using the sleep buddy

  29. Wish they wouldve had this when my children were that young! Wouldve saved a lot of coffee purchases! 🙂

  30. Kristi F says

    The program panel has a child proof entry.

  31. Gina H. says

    I learned that a bedtime ritual makes it easier for your child to relax, fall asleep and sleep through the night.

  32. Kathy T says

    love that this is such a simple idea – on for bed, off for get up

  33. victoria lester says

    I like this product as it helps kids transition from crib to bed.

  34. My 3.5 year old son is still sleeping with me… it’s definitely time to get him into his own bed because I can’t stand getting kicked in the back/face every night. I like how it has a dimmer so you can get just the right level of brightness without being too disturbing.

  35. Jo-Ann Brightman says

    I didn’t know toddlers need 12 to 14 hours of sleep. When do they get that?

  36. Kelly says

    I would love to get my 3 yr old “sleep trained”. Every night it is a nightmare when it is bed-time.

  37. I think the addition of a reward chart would be helpful for my girl. She’s done well with sticker charts for potty training. What a cool concept!

  38. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    6ft. AC Power cord for easy placement; Internal battery backup allows for moving room to room without reprogramming
    that is great idea
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  39. Nicole T says

    I like that they provided a list of possible rewards for preschoolers. I’m always running out of ideas!

  40. Melissa H. says

    I learned that you should include a reward system with the SleepBuddy!

  41. Jennifer H says

    I learned my lil man should be sleeping 11-13 hours. I wish he slept that long! Afternoon naps have ceased and he sleeps less than 11 hours total a night. I’d love to try out this product!

  42. I like the rewards system. I wonder if this would work for my kids….

  43. Catie says

    I learned that parents who get 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep function better!

  44. This is brilliant! I love that it teaches kids to stay in bed while the Soft Blue Light is on.
    Helps remind kids when to stay in bed and when to get up. Light is easy to program for naps and nighttime.

  45. Trisha scott says

    Gosh I learned ALOT that my child isnt getting enough sleep, that co-sleeping is not good.. Love this product would love to win and maybe it would help him sleep in his own bed

  46. According to National Sleep Foundation, Toddlers (1–3yrs) need 12–14 hours of sleep in a 24 hr period and Preschoolers (3–5yrs) need 11–13hrs. The length and quality of sleep has a profound impact on a child’s physical and mental development.

  47. April says

    I like the rewards chart

  48. I learned tots need 12-14 hours of sleep

  49. Nicole says

    I like the rewards chart

  50. Alicia says

    I love the idea that the Sleep Buddy would give children a signal for when they can get up. I wonder if it would be effective…

  51. Rebecca Davis says

    My cousin invented it, and I have a 2 year old that recently started getting up earlier than is acceptable in this house..> My sister uses it and LOVES it 🙂

  52. Sylvia Ortiz says

    This helps the child learn how long they are supposed to stay in bed; teaches them discipline.

  53. Carrie says

    I love this concept and that it comes with a book & reward chart

  54. Where were these awesome products when my kids were little.

  55. rachelle jones says

    I love the reward chart it comes with!

  56. tess says

    i like that it comes with the rewards chart too
    tcogbill at live dot com

  57. Jessica says

    perfect for transitioning my little man to his toddler bed!

  58. We so needed this when my son was little! He’s old enough to read the clock now, but I kept wishing there was something like this so he would know when it was okay to get up. Especially since he had a tendency to wake up before dawn.

  59. melissa williams says

    I like that it teaches children better sleeping habits, we struggle with getting my daughter to stay in bed so I love how the light on or off teaches the child it’s time to go to sleep or get up.

  60. Donna Marie says

    I like the incentive chart and smiley stickers.

  61. Teh Doll says

    i like that is comes with a rewards chart.


  62. Rebecca Graham says

    I like the reward ideas.

  63. Angie M says

    it comes with a reward chart

  64. sandra w says

    I like that it serves as a visual for children who can’t tell time yet.

  65. Lindsay Sorensen says

    I just love the concept of this!!!!

  66. I learned The inventor spent more than 2 years perfecting the system.

  67. Holly S. says

    I like that it is a complete system that is geared towards the kids’ understanding and not only explains but rewards.

  68. heather eg kaufman says

    I like that it comes with a rewards chart.

  69. Amber says

    I love that it’s great for small children

  70. nannypanpan says

    i learned that kids usually stop taking naps by 5 yrs..mine stopped much earlier

  71. I think it’s really helpful that it comes with a story book to help your child adjust to this new concept. THis is JUST what I have been looking for for my almost 3yr old who sleeps in a big boy bed now (for the last 3 or 4 months) and likes to wake up at 5am sometimes!

  72. Carla Flaig says

    I would like to have one of these to keep my daughter in bed longer!
    Never seen these before, but they look interesting!

  73. Jen says

    I love the fact that children can see visually when they’re allowed to get up.

  74. susan varney says

    I learned if you can set an alarm clock. you can set SleepBuddy for naps and nighttime. The times you set are stored in memory for the next day, and can easily be changed.

  75. rachel0 says

    i like their rewards suggestions and the chart that looks differen than their other charts (not so chart-y, it seems more fun less chore like!)

  76. Christina Skinner says

    Wow! What a wonderful product! So gentle and the visual cue is perfect for little ones. Love it!

  77. Erin Rok says

    I like that it helps kids gain indepence. Great idea! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful product!

  78. LB says

    I like that it works for naps and nighttime

  79. Jennifer Nieves says

    I visited the sleep buddy’s website and am very interested in trying it (more interested in winning it though)! I like the whole concept of the system and the immediate rewards for the little ones.

  80. Paul T / Pauline T says

    i like the Rewards Ideas

  81. 12-14 hours of daily sleep for a 1-3 year old- how I wish I was my daughters age (3)

  82. Heather Augenstein says

    Would love to win!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  83. Heather Augenstein says

    Super cool and totally dumbs it down for us! It even comes with a rewards chart. GENIUS!

  84. christine jessamine says

    i learned some great rewarding tips to help kids

  85. Edith says

    I learned toddlers 1-3 years should be getting up to 12-14 hours of sleep!

  86. Joe Lee says

    I’ve always wanted one of these, kids don’t know if they are waking up at 6am or 7am when they are young, now they will know when its ok to wake up

  87. Tammy R. says

    Like that it uses positive rewards and not punishment for training aids.

  88. Lily Kwan says

    I learned that the company is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

  89. kelly says

    i learned the National Sleep Foundation suggests that the #1 tip for good sleeping habits in children is to follow a nightly routine.

  90. Melanie S. says

    I like that the concept is so easy for the kids to understand and how willing they are to participate.

  91. kris says

    they have a lot of reward ideas for kids

  92. Lisa Smith says

    This would be great to transition to big boy/girl beds.Great idea!

  93. Kerry says

    I learned that my children don’t sleep as long as they should!

  94. gina says

    Multi setting dimmer for the perfect glow is something I like

  95. Karen Gonyea says

    I love that it helps teach the kids healthy sleep habits 🙂

  96. tamar says

    My son wakes up too early so this is great add I love how it’s suitable for 1.5-6 years of age.

  97. Claudia says

    I like the soft blue light that tells when to be up and when to stay in bed

  98. Rebecca Wood says

    I love that it has a dimmer to adjust the amount of light.

  99. K.Pugh says

    Made by parents, I think this is a great idea. I would love this for my youngest kids.

  100. I like that it comes with a book to explain how it works to kids in their own words

  101. brooke t says

    SleepBuddy is the result of parental experience, and more than two years of work to develop a system that helps keep your children in bed.

  102. Angela says

    I learned that it took 2 years to develop this system

  103. courtney b says

    i like that it comes with a storybook!

  104. Melissa Bush says

    I love the Rewards Chart, it’s the best way to get kids to do anything.

  105. Jaime says

    I learned it is for children ages 1 1/2 to 6 years

  106. Brenda C says

    i love that it is set on timer so they know when it is okay to wake up also

  107. Kathlyne says

    I like the sleep buddy rewards chart.

  108. Debbie Hogue says

    I learned that Sleep Buddy is designed to let little ones know when it’s time to be sleeping and time to be awake which results in a better night for everyone

  109. Lisa says

    I like that it comes with a reward chart.

  110. Jennifer says

    I love that this is geared towards the younger kids, what a useful way to encourage great sleep time habits!

  111. Bonnigene says

    I think this would be great to have for my neice…the blue light would be a great visual reminder and love that it took 2 years to develop and isn’t a product created on a whim

  112. Daniel M says

    it comes with a story book to introduce it to your child

  113. Nikki Bergin says

    I like the rewards chart.

  114. Jennifer Clay says

    I learned that this is for children ages 1 1/2 to 6 years! This great and would help out my kids! Thanks for this giveaway!

  115. kathy pease says

    The SleepBuddy method is not an overnight process. Keep in mind that every child is different. The time it takes SleepBuddy to work may vary. If you’re committed to being firm, consistent and positive, that can make a difference. So can other people who are using SleepBuddy successfully.

  116. Joye Rast says

    This would be great for my early riser to get extra sleep time in the morning would be great!

  117. Anna says

    such an interesting idea, especially if you are managing multiple kiddos. teaches self entertainment if nothing else. my mom used to do something similar with the kitchen timer.

  118. Jessica Hays says

    I like that it can help children transition to a big bed! This is what we are going to start trying!

    jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

  119. Gianna says

    With patience and perseverance, children learn when to stay in bed and when it’s ok for them to get up.

  120. Lisa L says

    I learned kids ages 1-3 need about 12-14 hrs of sleep daily

  121. Dawn says

    I learned that it took 2 years to develop this system.

  122. Ashlee Ostrander says

    I want the soft blue light that comes with the Sleep Buddy

  123. R Hicks says

    learned Laura is the inventor and mother of 4

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  124. Julie Jones says

    I like that this encourages my child to stay in bed!