Still chasing the elusive "sleep through the night."

“Is he a good baby?”

I got that question so many times when my son was small. I never knew quite how to answer. It’s not as though I could have said “No, he’s baaaad. All bad.” Is any baby really bad? I don’t think so. I always found myself just a little bit offended that people didn’t think more before asking such a ridiculous question, but deep down I knew what they were really asking.

Translation: good baby = one that sleeps through the night and does not cry.

We lucked out that our baby was never a crier, but when it came to STTN, our luck ran a little short. It took me a while and a good bit of research to conclude that babies really aren’t designed to sleep through the night, especially if they are exclusively breastfed. But knowing that my baby is perfectly normal doesn’t make me any less tired during the day when I’m nodding off in my cubicle.

So now, 2 1/2 years later, I’m ready to start exploring options that might help my son achieve a solid routine of sleeping through the night. He does pretty well most nights, but he often has trouble winding down for bed and he still wakes up like clockword around midnight every night.

But what can I do about it?

Well, I want a gentle, natural method of inducing sleep, so I was excited to find the Holistic Baby Sleep System, “a revolutionary, non-invasive acupressure system for babies and toddlers developed by acupuncturist Jennifer Taveras, L.Ac.”

This system is not a sleep “training” method, but rather a physiological support of the sleeping process using acupressure points. It can work in tandem with (rather than replace) notable methods such as the No Cry Sleep Solution or the Baby Sleep Book by Dr. Sears, and even improve their effectiveness by balancing baby’s circadian rhythms and resetting the body clock.

Sounds nice, eh? I’m hopeful. I need a little sleep now more than ever, and, more importantly, so does my son.

I’m currently reading through the materials that were sent to me and getting familiar with the acupressure methods used. But I wanted to introduce you, my readers, to this idea now so you can follow our progress and maybe even try it for yourself. I’m sure I’m not the only sleep-deprived mama out there!

If you’re interested in learning more about this holistic, alternative sleep method utilizing the wisdom of Chinese medicine, visit Or, if you live in NYC, check out the workshops being taught at the Beth Israel Center for Health and Healing.

Stay tuned! I’ll update soon with our progress.

This is a Type C post. I received a complimentary copy of the Holistic Baby Sleep System to facilitate my review.


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