Disclaimer: I am in no way a baby sleep expert. And I’m not claiming to be. I am writing this from my own personal experience and the experience of 7 very close friends who used the exact same sleep training method.
You’re newly expecting. It’s your first child and you’re over the moon excited! You share with someone that you will be welcoming a sweet little baby in X number of months. Their response – “oh congratulations! Get all your sleep while you can.” or “That’s awesome! You’ll never sleep again.”
Why? Just why is that everyone’s response? Not only is it mean and cruel, but its highly annoying! You just sucked all the life out of this conversation. Literally! And I kinda want to slap you. Nothing used to tick me off more than THESE comments! And to this day, this is the LAST thing I would ever say to an expecting mom or dad. Because, quite honestly, I don’t think its the truth.
Before I get started on our experience with Moms On Call, I feel like I should insert a PSA here! This blog post is in no way meant to brag, gloat, or boast about my parenting tactics. This actually has nothing to do with me except for my ability to read a book and follow a protocol. This is not my chance to royally annoy all the sleep deprived families out there. But it is my chance to share with you the best kept parenting secret I’ve EVER been given!! I can only speak from my experience with one baby. BUT, I can attest to the fact that 7 of my closest friends have used the same method and gotten the EXACT same results.
I just truly believe in this program! And I honestly don’t think any amount of words I could write here would be enough to express how much I believe in it!
I’ve seen it work. And beyond it “working” I saw how calm and confident it made me as a first time mom. I had NO clue what I was doing, but I knew that if I followed the book all would eventually turn out ok. And it did. And it wasn’t just me. Tom is more of an advocate for the program than I am. Y’all should hear him telling every one of his first time dad friends, “man. you gotta get this book. its the baby bible.” I’m honestly so passionate about this program that I would become a consultant if I could. ha ha. But instead, I’m going to shout it from the rooftops because I want every mom to have the sleep experience that we did!
Far before I ever found out I was pregnant (or even wanting to be pregnant for that matter) I was quite literally terrified of the amount of sleep I was going to supposedly miss!
I love to sleep. I need to sleep. Everyone around me is much happier if I sleep.
So the minute I found out I was expecting, the ONLY thing I researched was sleep training. I didn’t really care to know at what stage the babies eyes developed or what their heart rate should be. But how to get the crazy little monster to sleep —- yea! Give me ALL of those details!
So lucky for me, our crazy little baseball lifestyle makes the sleep training thing even that much more important. Tom usually gets home from a game around 11:30pm, goes to bed around 2am, and then his day starts around 10am. I was imagining all the awful scenarios of staying up late with Tom and getting up super early with a baby. I knew I couldn’t function like this, but I also didn’t want to miss out. So also lucky for me, baseball surrounds you with a bunch of like minded, problem solving, take the world on head first women. And the minute you become pregnant their baby training knowledge is coming at your like water from a fire hydrant.
So in comes Bridget. A very VERY dear friend we played with for one season. But one season was long enough to build one of the most important relationships of my life. Bridget is an amazing mom of two, a nurse in school currently getting her masters, and a coach for a program called Moms on Call. A year before Bridget had her daughter Miller, she watched another baseball mom use this program successfully with her daughter. Bridget tried the program – saw amazing results – became certified and has since positively impacted the lives of myself and 6 of my friends.
Learn more about Bridge here. Please contact her for your consultation!
Once I saw how consistent, and EASY, baseball life was for Bridget and her daughter, I knew I needed some of that! The scientist in me likes facts. I need proof. If you have clinical proof that something consistently works with a decent sample size —- I’m in. What I was not down for was “trial and error.” Especially not when it came to sleeping! I have a sister, a mom, a grandma, a MIL, 3 sister in laws, and countless friends who have had kids.
The last thing I wanted was to constantly filter through 50 thousand suggestions on how to get your kid to sleep.
Trying one thing for 3 days. Not knowing if its working. Is my kid different? Is there something wrong with them? Am I doing something wrong? Do I ask the family member who suggested it? Then giving up and trying another method. Yea. That’s not for me! I wanted ONE tried and true method that I could follow from start to finish and confidently tune out all the other chatter from my “village.”
And thats what I did! I read the MOC book about a month before I was due. In fact, this is the ONLY book I read for 10 months of pregnancy!! And the minute my crazy little lady was here, I referenced it at least 5 times a day. It was our bible. If something happened, Tom’s first words were “where’s the book? What does it say?”
So what is Moms On Call?
Moms on Call is a comprehensive sleep training program designed by two nurses and moms out of Atlanta, GA. These two ladies developed this program from their experience as nurses working with babies and the constant baby questions they would get from friends and family. With the program you get the set of 3 books and the swaddle. And trust me – their swaddle is FAR different from any swaddle on the planet!! You can also request a personal consultant (which is what I did). This person is available to you 24 hours a day via phone or email. You can ask them ANY question from how to cut your babies toenails to latch technique to why is my kid waking up every 2 hours to eat still. And the best part – every single consultant must be a registered nurse and mom. How amazing is that!
Ok – so the set of books takes you through toddlerhood but I personally think 0-6 months is the clutch book. The book is SUPER thin, simple to read, and straight to the point. It walks you through every aspect of baby life from 0 – 6 months. From how to set up a simple bath situation to what you need in your medicine cabinet. They walk you through both breast feeding, bottle feeding, or transitioning between the two. I mean literally EVERY aspect is covered.
But – the entire principle of their book is to get your child to sleep! The guarantee is that if you follow their program, your child will sleep 12 hours through the night by 3 months old. So every concept that they cover, bath time, feeding time, play time, it all builds a schedule that leads to 12 hours of sleep each night!
And it works! Parker was sleeping 12 hours by 10 weeks old. And to this day, she sleeps 12 hours at night and takes a 3 hour nap during the day.
And it wasn’t just me. I’ve seen 7 other friends have the same results with this program. Two of them were sweet enough to write their opinions on the MOC program:
“As a first time mom & long time control freak, Moms on Call helped me tremendously. The most valuable aspect is the schedule! It gave us clueless parents a road map that allowed for detours daily. I started using the schedule when Ella Rose was about 2 weeks old and passed it on to anyone who watched her so that her schedule was consistent, even if ours wasn’t. The books have been very helpful, too. Kids don’t come with manuals, unfortunately, but the Moms on Call books are as close as it gets. I read the 0-6 month book while I was pregnant and it, unlike most unsolicited advice, helped prepare me for those crazy first few months of motherhood. Highly recommend!”
“MOC was the best recommendation I received as a new mom. It is very concise and easy to read and reference. Ideal advice for feeding, sleeping, illnesses, and general newborn care. Our reflux baby was sleeping through the night by 10 weeks and has slept 10-12 hours a night since. I tell all expecting parents about it. I am a believer! (and get the swaddles!).”
So here are a few things that I personally loved about MOC and why I recommend it to everyone:
- As I said before – it eliminated trial and error. As a sleep deprived mom, no one wants to be experimenting with sleep. Trying cousin Suzie’s suggestion for 3 days and then wondering if its working or not. Switching to Aunt Mary’s suggestion for 3 nights. Yada yada yada. This was a tried and true, proven method that I clung to like a life raft. And it worked! It eliminated frustration for both me and Tom and it gave me a sense of confidence as a brand new mom who literally had no clue what I was doing.
- It set a beautiful schedule that made my life insanely easy. Part of the program is that you wake the baby to feed them during the day (yes my mom nearly died when I told her this). But, this made my days so easy. If Parker was crying I knew, for the most part, if she was hungry or wet or something else. If it was around her scheduled time to eat, she was hungry. If not, likely something else. This structured routine also made it easier for me to get out of the house. I knew that if she was scheduled to eat at 1pm I either had to a. be done with my errands and home to feed her at 1:00 OR b. I had to stop my errands and feed her in the backseat of my car in a parking lot – which I did countless times! But the schedule took out a TON of guess work and also gave me structure to my day. We also traveled a TON when Parker was a baby (23 flights before she turned 1 to be exact – read my travel tips here) and the schedule stayed the same. It allowed us to go from home, to spring training, to baseball season, and countless hotels and grandparents in between. But Parker knew there was consistency along the way. She always knew her schedule and what to expect no matter where we were. Which made for a happy baby and a much happier mom!
- The book explains WHY everything works. Like I said, I’m a scientist at heart and I like proof and reasons why. And the nurses who wrote the program explain just that. But in simple terms that are easy to read. For example, they tell you that by 12 weeks old, your baby’s GI tract should be developed enough to consume enough food during the day to keep them satisfied for 12 hours of sleep at night. I didn’t know that! And it made me feel totally comfortable with my child sleeping all night long!
- The book gives you insights that only experienced moms would know. When you’re a first time mom, struggling to simply survive, the last thing you can think about is date night. ha ha. But it will happen again and the experienced ladies who wrote the book know that. So along the way they give helpful tips that are setting the stage for easy transitions in the future. Transitions that a brand new mom can’t foresee. For example, they suggest that dad give the last feeding of the night in a bottle – even if you are breastfeeding. This is for multiple reasons (all explained in the book) but one of them is that in the future, when you want to go out for dinner or have a date night, the baby is OK taking a bottle from a babysitter and not nursing. Genius right! Who knew?
- As structured as the program is, it actually allows a LOT of flexibility. This was my biggest concern with our crazy lifestyle. What would I do if it was Parker’s bedtime and it was the 9th inning of a game and Tom was pitching and I couldn’t leave? No worries! The genius ladies who wrote the program incorporated what they call “crazy days”. Days that go off schedule. They explain where you can make adjustments to accommodate your schedule. And proof that it works – we transitioned Parker from a 7am-7pm schedule during the off season to a 10am-10pm schedule during season and back to an 8am-8pm schedule the next off season. Its a structured plan with wiggle room.
Here is what you need to get started with Mom’s on Call:
Go to the Moms on Call website to get connected with resources:
- swaddles – a MUST have – yes it is different from other swaddles
- a personal consultant to walk you through every step
Mom’s On Call suggests these products and I agree they are a must!
Please reach out to Bridget if you have any questions. Or shoot me an email or leave a comment below. I truly can’t rave enough about this program! The program is fool proof and it holds your hand every step of the way!