Tamera believed that her son’s sleep problems could not be solved by Batelle, and was initially skeptical about the service. With the entire family feeling sleep-deprived due to Ethan’s troublesome sleeping habits, including Ethan’s eight-year-old brother, Tamera committed to Sleep School – and bedtime still only lasts a few minutes.
“One of the kids in my cohort slept through the night on day 4”
What made you sign up for Batelle?
I found Batelle at about 2:30 in the morning. I was looking for anything – Google searching “2 year old won’t sleep”. It felt like I was searching for any way to help and Batelle popped up and I checked to see if it was an ad – I wanted to know if it was legit. I went through the questionnaires about Ethan and we thought “Okay, let’s give it a shot”. I set up the initial consultation for 5:30 AM before I start work – just a few hours after I came across the website. 5:30 came around and there was an actual person there waiting for me! Ultimately, what led me to Batelle was months of sleepless nights, sleepless mornings, and my husband and I having to co-sleep with Ethan… I wanted to sleep, so I signed up!
How were nap times before Batelle?
Nap times, if they happened at all, were a nightmare. I had to lie down in the bed with him and reassure him that we were still there. He would get up constantly, asking for whoever was with him and then would be screaming and crying because he didn’t want to go to sleep! In the end his nap would only last 40 minutes, if that. Now, we lay him down, or he chooses to go himself. It’s so great! He will be down for about two hours, sometimes two and a half.
I’m still not used to it – but it’s awesome!
“All of it was so worth it! I’m able to sleep and bedtime only takes a few minutes! I’m telling all my friend’s about it. Best investment I ever made. Ever. ”
How were your night-times before you joined?
Non-existent. He would be howling and crying. He began climbing out of his crib so we got a gate. He climbed over that. We got two gates. He climbed over them, and then down the stairway in the dark to find us. We were at the point where we had three gates to stop him! I was just constantly going up and down stairs until eventually we would give up and bring his mattress down to my bedroom, put it on the floor, and would finally say goodnight.
Doing that meant any kind of conversation or quality time with my husband would go out the window. We just had this two-year-old who we’d be tiptoeing around so as to not wake him. It was nuts. It was why I was willing to take a chance on this! I just knew I would do whatever it took – it then made it even more appealing when I realized if it didn’t work I would get my money back. I was convinced my baby would be the baby that Sleep School couldn’t help.
At what point were you convinced with Batelle?
I think it was the 4th night – that was the worst night. I signed on. I didn’t show my face and I said “I’m tired, this is hard” and they rallied around me – both Moms and Sleep Guides – It was then I realized that they certainly weren’t being paid enough if it was a scam because they were so supportive.
It was such an amazing moment and it meant when one of the other moms had her meltdown moment – I was able to step up and give her support the way I had been given. The team was just so great with everything, whether it be a vacation, whether it be a question, whether it be an extra week so I didn’t feel alone… When Ethan chose sleep too – when I realized I could actually sing the mantra and he would choose sleep! I was like “Okay! This is really something!”
All of it was so worth it! I’m able to sleep and bedtime only takes a few minutes! I’m telling all my friend’s about it. Best investment I ever made. Ever.