As a first time mum running the gauntlet of my son's first year I felt anxious, judged and frequently bewildered. Alexis and her advice is funny, compassionate and above all... IT WORKS! I am forever grateful to her. This is the book to read.
- Lisa Harris
The Stretch Goal - Illustrations for Precious Little Sleep!
Reading a lot of text when you're sleep deprived can be a lot like swimming in mud. The great resource for tired parents provides scan-able content with a robust index so people can figure out exactly what they need to do to, and that's what I intend to publish. However the ideal resource would also include helpful illustrations (or visual guides) to make it absolutely clear how to do things. Useful visual guides within the book could include:
- How to swaddle
- How to safely put your swaddled baby in a swing for sleep
- Implementing the "varsity swing" sleep method
- Executing your sleep training plan
- Executing your night weaning plan
- Gently weaning out of co-sleeping
- Transitioning a sleeping child from your arms to their bed
I believe that including illustrations would make this book even more awesome (and based on feedback from backers, you do to!).
If we can raise $15,000 in the next 7 days (just $1,000 more!) we can get professional illustrations created for key parts of the book. (No illustration isn't cheap but it's worth it!).
For Backers - The $15,000 Goal
If we can raise just $1,000 more before the end of the campaign, all backers at the $30 level and above (essentially everybody who will be receiving a paperback copy in the mail) will additionally get to choose a refrigerator magnet based on one of the 4 color graphics featured below.
So let's see if we can't give exhausted parents the visual "cheat sheets" they need to make sleep happen for the entire family!
Precious Little Sleep - The Book
Before baby arrives, you read all these books, take classes, and generally prepare yourself to rock the whole baby thing. Then the baby arrives and -poof- all your plans go out the window because babies are mysterious and sleep is elusive. A few weeks go by and you're re-reading your baby books and scanning the Internet, desperate for some clues about why your baby can't sleep longer than 10 minutes at a stretch. The neighbor's baby is already sleeping 12 hours a night while you're stuck.
Feeling frustrated. Confused. And desperately, desperately tired. My book will be your 2 AM companion. One that spells out what your best sleep strategies are by age, giving you the tools to figure out where you're at, what's working, and how to make positive changes. It is funny, honest, and also founded in science.
You'll find a practical framework to help you identify the strategy that fits your specific situation and parenting style with step-by-step guidelines. It covers things like:
- What sleep strategy fits your situation (because every child is different)
- Specific action plans based on age and personality
- Realistic answers to "what do I do now?"
- Common potholes and how you can avoid them (or climb out if you've already fallen in)
- How to go back to work without cratering your sleep successes
- How to solve the two most common sleep challenges: sleep training and successful night weaning
- How to avoid landing in Cryitoutsville (and what to do if you have landed there)
It will also delve into topics not generally covered elsewhere including: sleep regressions, using (and losing) sleep tools like swings, swaddle blankets, etc., nap schedules and transitions, navigating daycare, big kid bedtime battles, and how to get your child to sleep in time to watch Game of Thrones.
The full Table of Contents can be viewed here.
Who is this book for?
Anybody who has ever done this...
Or felt like this...
Or ended up here...
This book is for every lovely, caring parent, who struggles to break out of crap naps or allnighters. And the beautiful babies who need our help to figure things out.
Why I Wrote This Book
When I was pregnant I figured I would simply apply the same techniques that had served me well in the past (read everything, ask questions, apply knowledge to new problem domain) to parenting.
It was a fiasco. None of the helpful books were helping. People kept telling me that babies are hard but things would get better. "Really?", I thought. "When? When will things get better exactly?" There were a lot of tears shed by all parties involved. Nobody was sleeping. Parenting was the pits. I was failing at the thing that mattered most in the world.
Eventually we started to triangulate some solutions, but it was a long, long road. I didn't feel it should have to be so hard. So lonely. So confusing.
So I took my penchant for research and I started sharing on my website, Troublesome Tots, devoted to kids and sleep (or not sleeping). Parents scouring the Internet for answers started to find them there. To the point that there are now millions of people visiting, commenting, and sharing stories there.
These are really smart devoted parents who feel like they're ruining their kids while trying to find the right solution to solve their sleep issues. And they are amazing, generous, and funny.
This book is for these parents. And all the people who will become parents in the future. To help them solve their baby's sleep problems in a funny and non-judgmental way. Because helping your baby learn to sleep shouldn't be so hard. So lonely. So confusing.
What will the funding be used for?
I've been working on this book for almost a year and reaching the point where I'll need to hire experts to take my work and turn it into a professional high-quality book that will be useful to parents.
I need to raise a minimum of $10,000 in order to fund the editing, layout, design, and digital formatting of this book. I've also lined up a few subject-matter experts (lactation specialists, pediatric sleep experts, pediatricians) as consultants to ensure that all the information provided in the book is safe and accurate.
Kickstarter is all or nothing: if I don't achieve this goal this project ends here. If you decide not to back this book, please consider sharing this project with somebody you know who might need it. Also please consider sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, or G+. Your support means the world to me.
Why should you trust me?
Because I can and will make this happen. I promise. If you don't believe me, check out what some other awesome people have to say about it.
I have a doctorate in developmental psychology, which means I literately have a PhD in babies, so I thought I was totally prepared to care for our first child. It turns out that all the book learning in world is worthless when your baby won't sleep for more than two hours at a time…. for six months. After six months of bleary-eyed desperation, and after reading just about every baby sleep book we could find, I stumbled across Alexis's blog. Her blog is well researched, informed by experience, and funny enough to make even a sleep-deprived parent laugh out loud in the middle of the night. But more importantly, her advice works. Our daughter now sleeps through the night and takes two long naps during the day, both without a peep of protest. Alexis's book will be our go-to gift for all expecting parents because every new baby and parent should be given the gift of a good night's sleep
- Tony Byers
- C. Barnum
The great thing about Alexis is that she doesn't adhere to the 'one size fits all' policy that many other sleep experts do. She provides you with many great alternatives to help you find the perfect fit for your family. This information is delivered to you in a witty, uncomplicated way that is easy to read at 3am in the morning.
- Jess Black
- Michelle Wiersma
Alexis is an amazing connaisseuse of all things baby sleep related. She offers practical advice in a hilarious and completely non-judgemental way. Her advice is very comprehensive without being overly technical or clinical. Most of all you feel Alexis has BEEN there and is sympathizing with you as she helps you navigate through the fog that is chronic sleep deprivation. Highly recommend!!!
- Julia T
Risks and challenges
The single biggest challenge to completing this project has and will be the fact that I'm a stay at home Mom. I squeeze in time at night and on weekends. It's ... not ideal. But I've lined up childcare so I can focus 100% on finishing up the manuscript and collaborating with the amazing team of experts (pediatricians, editors, etc.) who are going to help me make this book amazing.
But this will happen. Full on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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