Hello from Team No Sleep. Our U.S. Chapter is about 85 million strong and I am the Captain Now. Tell me you didn't read that in a Captain Phillips voice. Listen, I didn't usurp the throne, I earned it. I have charted so few hours of sleep, even my sleep tracker app is completely confused. Team Captain over 85 million is a lot of responsibility. Tons of paperwork and not enough cool pens to make it worth it. So I am constantly trying to abdicate my throne. Books, Dr. Google, sound machines, why do my children not sleep?
One night, while watching the show that has made me so business savvy (Shark Tank) the lights beamed, the skies cleared, and I found the Tranquilo Mat.
I've read about noises that simulate the same noise they hear in the womb and blankets that prevent their reflexes from waking them up, then there's a bed that costs over a thousand big ones that rocks in a certain way and keeps them asleep somehow. None of which were good options for me.
The Tranquilo works a little differently and is MUCH less costly than buying a hundred different sound machines or that bed that costs about as much as your kid did. The womb is basically a floating water-bubble. So your sea-monkey (your baby) spends over nine months being rocked and swayed by your movements. Which, if you're anything like me, aren't as graceful as you think they are. Picture filling a balloon with water and then going for a run with it. There is constant motion and a constant LOUD humming of your blood flow and heart beat. Which is why Kate falls asleep when we vacuum (you'd think that's a win but I lost the "couldn't vacuum, baby was sleeping" excuse).
I'm going to be honest. I don't mind bouncing Kate for the duration of her entire nap, but her quality of sleep is better when she's in her bed or DockATot than in my arms. And I would never agree to vacuuming the floor every time she needs to sleep, it's my least favorite thing to do. The Tranquilo mat is a MUCH better solution. It calms Kate by mimicking the womb. Constant movement AND white noise in one thing. It lays on top of her mattress, DockATot, pack and play (if you get the small one, it even wraps into a baby carrier), and I just press a button to turn it on. It has three levels of vibrations. It's battery operated (cord-free) and runs for up to 60 hours.
Although Kate still doesn't sleep through the night, she sleeps for longer and her quality of sleep is better with her Tranquilo mat. Here's the plus, when she's having a little bit of gas or is having trouble going to the bathroom, I sit her down on it and turn it on its highest setting, it makes her happy and helps her go. If you have a baby that suffers from colic, I HIGHLY recommend you let them do a little bit of tummy time on the Tranquilo mat (or a lot, they'll love it).
Thanks to Tranquilo I now have couple of arms-free hours during the day (and night) to work, clean, cook, sleep, or sit down while I turn on the Roomba, washing machine, and dishwasher, and pretend that I'm the most efficient and productive person in the world. So many thanks to Nurse Melissa for thinking up this GENIUS solution. They're available now for orders! so rush and get one, you'll sleep more soundly knowing that it's on its way and even better when it arrives.
All photos by the talented Peace Love Sue Photography.