Did you know that toddlers aged one to three years old need 12-14 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period and preschoolers aged three to five years need 11-13 hours of sleep? (Statistics are according to the National Sleep Foundation.)

The Sleep Buddy system helps your child get the rest he/she needs to get through their very busy day!

Sleep Buddy System

We received the Sleep Buddy to review a couple of months ago.

The idea behind the Sleep Buddy is to help your child transition from a crib to a bed or to help those already sleeping in a bed but they may not be staying there throughout the night. When the soft blue light of the Sleep Buddy system is on, the child is to stay in their bed. When it the light goes off, that means they can get out of bed. How simple is that?

Sleep Buddy Logo

It has been a neat experience watching our three year old adapt to using this product. We knew we were going to purchase a big boy bed for our Little Man soon. So, I thought this would be a great item to help him easily transition from the safety of his crib to a big scary bed.

When I first opened the package I took stock of everything that was included. Inside the box I found the Sleep Buddy soft blue light, a parent’s guide, a children’s book called “A Bedtime Surprise”, and a rewards chart.

I read through the parent’s guide first to find out how to set up the system. The instructions were straightforward and easy to follow. I had the soft blue light set up in a matter of minutes with the times I want the light to come on at night and the time it would shut off in the morning. I also set it up so that I could use the Sleep Buddy at nap time. It is nice having the ability to set these two different timers!

Then, I read the book “A Bedtime Surprise” to Little Man which explains how the light works to the children in words they can comprehend. I wasn’t sure if he could wrap his three year old mind around the concept of the system but was pleasantly surprised at how quickly he knew how it worked.

Sleep Buddy Sleep System

Every time Little Man saw that the light was on in his room he became so excited. He would come running out of his room to tell us “wight on!” So, then we would get him into his crib and ready for bedtime. And in the morning, we could hear him on the baby monitor chatting to himself but when the light would go off he would say “wight off” and either his brother or my husband and I would come get him out of his crib.

About a week ago we took down the crib and set-up his big boy bed. I thought maybe this process wouldn’t work as well as it had while he was in the crib but Little Man has been staying in his room until the light goes off. Even this morning I heard him on the monitor yelling to his big brother (who was already up and watching cartoons in the living room) from his bedroom door asking if he could come out. Big Boy asked him if his Sleep Buddy light was off and Little Man replied yes. So, it has been wonderful.

Nap times have proved to be a bit more difficult since the transition to the big boy bed. Little Man is more interested in jumping on the bed rather than sleep. We kept his crib mattress on the floor beside the big bed so he will jump from one mattress to the other. However, he won’t come out of his room until the light is off. That has been helpful. Also, I may have even tried to be a bit tricky once or twice by trying to put Little Man down early for a nap and little smarty pants will say “wight off!” That has made me giggle.

If you are worried that the light may keep your child up at night. Don’t. It has a soft warm glow and does not distract my boy from trying to fall asleep. I like how it can be used as a comforting night light.

Sleep Buddy Sleep System

The Sleep Buddy system is geared towards children between 1 and a half to six years off age. My seven year old has even been eyeing it with envy.

The creator of the system developed the Sleep Buddy because in her words “if the kids don’t sleep, nobody sleeps!” Which is so true. A big benefit to the system is that not only do the kids get the sleep they need for proper growth and development but the parents also benefit by being able to be better parents with improved moods and well-being because they can now enjoy uninterrupted sleep (and hopefully get in their recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night).

To learn more about the Sleep Buddy system visit their website at The Sleep Buddy has also won the coveted Parent Tested, Parent Approved seal of approval. So, parents can rest assured that this product works and works well for families.

Thank you Sleep Buddy for improving our sleep!

Disclosure – Complimentary products were provided by Sleep Buddy for review purposes. All opinions expressed in the above review are honest and my own.

Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. torviewtoronto
    February 11, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    this looks very neat

  2. ashley picco
    ashley piccoReply
    February 11, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    that looks great. We recently purchased a somewhat similar product for our ODS to help keep him in his bed at night, and it is working!

  3. Rene
    February 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    I’ve been thinking about something like this for the upcoming transition – thanks for the great review!

  4. Shash
    February 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    I need to put my 7 year old to bed earlier… last night he whinned his way to about 10pm! so not good for his body.

  5. Pam Young
    February 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I could use one of those for my children, they all seem to be night owls. I think the Sleep Buddy system would work like a charm:)

  6. Mommy Outside
    Mommy OutsideReply
    February 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    We have a similiar product. I wish I could say it worked for us in the transition to the big girl bed but so far it just tells mommy when its ok to get up out the little one’s bed in the morning :) Clearly we have some work to do! I think it will come in handy eventually though.

  7. Tammy
    February 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Very interesting! I do prefer complete black at night for the children and myself. But the sleep buddy system looks great.

  8. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    February 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    It is! Great product.

  9. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    February 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    That is awesome Ashley!

  10. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    February 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    You’re welcome and good luck with your transition period!

  11. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    February 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Our 7 year old likes to do that from time to time too. So frustrating.

  12. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    February 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Definitely give it a try! Seems to working for us so far. :)

  13. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    February 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    It will take time. I know we are going to have ups and downs with our transition. So far it is going pretty well.

  14. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    February 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Thanks Tammy! It is a pretty neat item.

  15. Pampered Patty
    Pampered PattyReply
    February 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    What a super cute idea. I have a 6 year old that I could use this for. :)

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