Baby sleeping tips: How to overcome sleepless nights

Wow, this was one heck of a 2 month period. Sleep training is NOT easy but so satisfying once you make your way through it

Full disclosure: this post may contain affiliate links

We’re 7 months on and our little angel is struggling with sleep. Ezra is happy and joyful all the way through the day, but come 5am, we’re up with him screaming. So with this in mind, we had to do something, and what we decided to do was to start sleep training him.

We tried everything, from creating routines to buying black-out blinds (this didn’t help Ezra but OH MY GOSH this made the biggest difference in our lives), from weaning him to increasing the amount that he sleeps during the day. Nothing seemed to work and it was bringing us to the brink. And yeah, we then decided to make a big decision that some people are going to judge us for – we paid for a sleep consultant.

Now before you jump in the air and raise your pitchforks (just like both of our parents did), this helped a little, but it didn’t fix the problem completely. Here is a little summary of what we did:

  1. Regulate his naps – now Ezra falls asleep at the same time everyday
  2. Regulate his diet – now Ezra eats at the same time everyday
  3. Go to bed at the same time with the same routine
  4. Wake at the same time each day
  5. Repeat

The best part of this? We were able to remove his afternoon nap to give Heather more of a life (more time to go out to see people and do things). It also allowed us to begin the weaning process properly and have a set routine.

What was the worst part about this?

We had no aftercare support. We paid more than we should we have for the support from this consultant, but once our time was up, we were left high and dry, without a clue what to do, how to progress forward or what to do next. This was a huge disappointment. So I went online to try and find something to help fix this problem, and I found Baby Sleep Miracle, which is a step by step instructional to help children sleep.

From what I’ve gathered, it is not aimed at just young babies, but for at least the first couple of years of your child’s life. It has helped us more than paying for 1-2-1 support for 2 weeks, and has cost us about £150 LESS too.

The reason why this has helped so much more is because you have the step by step guide there if something isn’t working – it is like having a user manual sitting and waiting for you to check the next step.

This is NOT a magic instant fix though – we had to work towards getting a good sleep routine for Ezra. It did not change immediately and we did have some hard nights, but working on it has paid off, and that is why I’ve come back to blogging to tell you that this will make life so much more comfortable for you.

Our main problem was making sure that Ezra would fall asleep on us before we would put him into his crib, and so each time he hit the end of a sleep cycle, he would wake up and cry, scared of where he was and why we weren’t there. He would then wake up at 4.30/5am every morning and keep us awake crying whilst we tried to calm him until we started our day at 6.30am. When we implemented the teaching in Baby Sleep Miracle we were able to start to get him into his crib AWAKE and happy, but not too awake that he wouldn’t fall asleep quickly once he had been put down. It was this fine line that meant that we had to pay attention to his triggers – namely when he started to rub his eyes or grab his ears, but would still smile and giggle whenever we sung babyshark (do do do do do do) – and this laughing is a big part of the sleep routine in this book.

If your child is struggling with sleep, then I cannot recommend this enough. I said from the very beginning of being a Dad, that whenever I found something that made a difference to my life and my family, that I was going to share it with the world.

Please share this post as much as you can and help people who are having problems with their baby’s sleeping. This program really does make the difference – this program will change your life.

Want to pick up a copy?

If you’re interested in picking up a copy of this program, you can get your version by following this affiliate link here. You can get a copy for only $37. If you pick up a copy quickly then there are a bunch of freebies that you can get with it, such as the Night Teror Stopper or the Double Trouble Sleeping Struggle for families with twins. These freebies won’t be around forever, and they’re worth a combined $200 – so its all worth it for $37!

Once you’ve read the program and implemented it, drop a comment below and let me know what you think

Link –  babysleepmiracle.com/

Why You Need to be Using ClickFunnels

Okay, so as a Dad blogger you need to ask yourself two questions:

  1. Am I doing this to be creative, to connect with people, or am I doing this for money?
  2. How am I going to reach the right audience to connect with, and those people who will buy what I am advertising?

The second question is the big one – how can I get the right people to come to my website? And not just that, but what is the best, and most effective way to make those visitors convert?

There is no point in paying to drive traffic to a website that doesn’t convert – where the language isn’t selling products to people, it is just telling your traffic about the product. Same goes for your time – are you spending hours on social media every day trying to get people to your website? Think about how much your time is worth – are you earning enough money to make your hourly wage?

I would guess that maybe 90% of people reading this blog post are not earning their hourly wage through blogging and affiliate marketing. And I would also guess that a lot of you are one failing blog post away from quitting. Don’t worry if you feel like this – we all have had those feelings. I’ve had them, but you need to keep going. 

What if I told you that there is a tool out there that has been developed, split tested and built purely to help people with their conversions? A tool that helps you guide people to your squeeze page, and helps you build a sales funnel that is likely to build your conversions by 33% in a really short period of time? Would you be interested?

Of course you would. And what if I told you that there is a full a FREE guide and tutorial for how to use this tool? Videos and written content by experts that help you because a sales funnel GOD? Again, of course you would want this – you would be a FOOL to not want to try this to build your business.

This tool is Click Funnels. It is an intuitive and stylish web tool that is built to hold your hand, step by step, in building a sales funnel with the right squeeze page, right up selling tools to make MORE money, and the right analytics software to develop your skills even further. 

Clickfunnels is proven to increase online income, and it is proven to help drive the right traffic to your page. It also has tools to help you build an email collection page, to then provide you with another stream of income for your affiliate marketing. 

So how can you dive straight into Clickfunnels and convert from the get-go? They have put together a training service called Affiliate Bootcamp. A training program that is FREE to use, and is broken down into a step by step process that teaches you 

  1. how to set up an email squeeze page
  2. How to set up your first funnel
  3. How to drive the right traffic to your website
  4. How to use Facebook ads
  5. And even more!!

Combine the Affiliate Bootcamp with Clickfunnels, and you are almost guaranteed to increase your profits by huge levels. You have no reason to not give it a go. If you sign up today, you can get a 14 day free trial to Clickfunnels. So give it a go – I promise that you won’t regret it 

If you need any help, I am always available to give advice. You can either drop a comment below to ask for help, or email me on jack.woods@upcomingdad.com

Believe me, I would not be advertising this if I did not trust the product. Investing in a program is always a difficult decision to make for dads on a side hustle, but this will make a difference, I guarantee it. This gives you the chance to add to your income and provide more for your family. Read up on it, and go chance your business

Thanks guys! I’ll speak to you again soon

If you’re struggling to convert your traffic – you need to read this

Guys, you know that I’d never promote anything on here that I didn’t trust – or anything that I hadn’t tested out myself. So please do trust me when I say that this is the best tool I’ve ever found online.

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This article contains affiliate links. By clicking on the link and deciding to buy this book, I will receive a small commision. My commision does not impact the price.  Know that I have tested and approve this book and that you are supporting upcomingdad.com by purchasing this book

I’ve been struggling with the Upcoming Dad side of things since the end of November. I started my new job at the beginning of December, Baby Ezra’s health started to move up and down, and the tiredness that every new dad had started to settle in. So I stepped back and began to focus on my 9-5 job and making sure that we had food on the table.

But I’ve found that, since the turn of the year, that I’ve been unhappy with the concept of only working a 9-5. I want financial freedom, and I want to continue to build my community. So I went out, bought a bunch of books on online conversions and building a side business, and the DotComSecrets book is the number 1 book I found

It is written by Russel Brunson, the CEO of Clickfunnels click here for a 14 day free trial of Clickfunnels). He has used his data from building his website building program to write a 250+ page manual on making your website look better, drive more traffic and more importantly convert better.

After all, what is the point in driving 500 people to your affiliate page, where you simply tell them “here is an awesome product, you should buy it”, and they then just leave? Russell’s book will show you the tips and tricks that you need to convert, and help turn your blog into a better form of provision for your family!

So what does the book look into? Check it out – if you buy yourself the DotComSecrets book, you will get expert advice on:

  • Russell’s top 5 methods for getting people to buy higher-end products.
  • How to build your mailing list with a simple 2 step form
  • How to generate thousands of pre-qualified leads – basically, how to ensure that you’re creating traffic to your website that is actually going to convert!
  • The “5minute bump test” – how to increase conversions (by as much as 33%!) in products and services that you’re already selling. Basically – how to optimize the content that you’ve already written

Dads, this book works. Believe me. It is tried and true, and it has helped thousands of people increase their traffic and build their companies. My dream is to be fully self-employed by 2020, and I really do think that by implementing the tools in Russell’s book, that I will get there. I trust that this will happen to you too.

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New Dads Questions Answered – A Masterclass in How to Write an eBook, & A Survival Guide for New Dads Everywhere

If you’re looking for a book that is going to provide you with a simplistic breakdown of how to be the best dad possible, then New Dad’s Questions Answered is the book for you. I wish that this was released during our pregnancy, because there are so many little snippets around finding a name, or buying things for the baby, that are the stresses that we endured, and the author Stuart Hood provides little tips and tricks for them in this book. 

The book is raw and honest, and covers the life experiences of Stuart, and whilst every child is going to be brought up differently, with their own problems and their own quirks, this book is more reassuring than anything else. You may not have the same experiences as him, but you will definitely be able to apply Stuart’s experiences to your own in some capacity.

The books writing style and language is extremely approachable. It is funny, to the point and has little ‘fluff’ to pad it out and break away from the real point of the conversation. The “chapters” are 1-5 page long answers to the burning questions that dads are going to have. If you’re ever planning to write an eBook, then I’d advise this style – it makes everything a LOT easier to understand. 

My experience of parenting so far has been a bit of firefighting. Baby Ezra has been quite ill in his 10 weeks on this earth, which has made it difficult to create a routine. So for my wife and I, we have often thought “we will deal with this problem now and then when the next thing comes along, we can tackle that at the time”. I knew that there would be specific things to deal with, like lack of sleep (for us, and for baby Ezra), returning to work, changes in food causing problems, or weening…teething…girlfriends…mortgages (I might be thinking a bit far ahead with some of these) but having read Stuart’s book, it became apparent that I just didn’t consider some things that absolutely seem logical! 

I guess that number 1 would be changing nappies once Baby Ezra starts wriggling around more, or rolling over. I didn’t think that it would get any more difficult… but apparently I was wrong to think that! With this in mind, I would recommend the book even if it just gets you to think about what is coming. I definitely read the book with that mindset from this point on. 

So what is the number one bit of advice that the book provides? In my opinion, it is the advice to look through dad websites. I did a lot of this before Ezra was born, and whilst I was on paternity leave, but when I returned to work I absolutely stopped. 

Yes, I have a strong dad community around me, but its not the same as something like father-hood.co.uk – which has changed my life in the past week!

New Dad’s Questions Answered is, in my opinion, at it’s more raw and honest (which, lets be honest, is what we need from Dad books and websites… no fluffy BS but real experiences written in real ways) when Stuart explains his experience around finding new dad mates, and how difficult this was for him. It also led to my favourite quote from the entire book

“brave? It a baby class, not a public back sack and crack waxing!”

Whats the verdict?

This is the best parenting book that I have read due to the approachable writing style, and short 1-5 page “chapters”. Each answers a specific question, so you can either search for what you’re looking for or just read it from start to finish. I found that I could pick it up for 10minutes on my lunch break and then get back to work!

I’ve learnt so much from this book and would recommend it to anyone. Please head on over to this affiliate link amazon.co.uk and pick up a copy for yourself. This is a £5 well spent (and if you really think about it, £5 is just 2 less trips to Starbucks this week! All of the knowledge in this book is worth bringing your own coffee to work for a couple of days). 

I really have to thank Stuart for giving me a copy of his book. I’ve learnt so much, and it is nice to know that I’m not alone in my patenting insecurities. I really recommend that you purchase this book and learn from Stuart on a daily basis! The man is an excellent father and an all around nice guy. My review of his book is late due to my sons health (its been a rough 10 weeks for baby Ezra!), and he has been so gracious with the delay. 

Thank you Stuart for everything you’ve taught me, and I hope that everyone that reads this post is going to run out and pick up a copy for themselves. You will NOT regret it. 

I would rate this book 5/5 stars

Want to pick up a copy?

If you’re interested in picking up a copy of this book, you can get it on Kindle by following this affiliate link here. You can get a copy for your kindle for only £4.99. It has a lot of advice for post-birth and can be really helpful in the future. 

Link –  amazon.co.uk

Being Thrifty – How using the QMee Browser Extension can save you money when the baby is here

qmee1When your baby is here, you will need to save every penny that you can. Maybe not for now, but definitely when they start to grow so quickly that some clothes may only be worn once! This may be looking quite a way in the future, but it is never too early to start looking. Even from the early days, saving every penny is so important. Even if you’re in a well paying job, you have another  mouth to feed and little person to protect.

So how can you maximise your savings without spending hours comparing Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s for beans and cheese prices? Well…

Qmee 

Another of the easy ‘background’ extensions that you can add onto your browser is Qmee. Similar to Honey, you install Qmee onto your browser, and it will pop up when it can save you some money.  

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The way that it works, is you do a search on Google, Amazon, eBay etc. and when Qmee can find you a referral link, you click it and money is sent your way. It is only about £0.04 – £0.10 per click, but over time it builds up. On my laptop, I have built up £13.68, and thats all from adding an extra 15seconds to my web search, and my wife has accrued around £8.50.

When Qmee finds a series of links for you to click, a bar will appear on the left hand side of your page -simply click the link and the money is added to your wallet. Over time this will build up. It won’t make you a millionaire, but similar to Honey (see my post around Honey here), this money is better in your pocket than anyone elses!

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Qmee also has a bunch of coupons and vouchers that will appear. As of late, there are more of these than the penny drip feed, but this can in fact says you more money than the money that you get given – you just don’t necessarily see the difference. I’m culprit of ignoring these, but I’m doing my best not to.

Finally they have added a survey section to the site. This isn’t the best way to make some money, but if you’re sat watching Netflix in the 30minutes between feeds, then this is something you can do in the background. You get small amounts of money for filling in these surveys, so keep going with them and build up your wallet faster. 

You can install Qmee on Chrome, Firefox or Opera (although why you’re using Opera I don’t know!!). They have removed the Safari functionality (which is annoying as a Mac user), but this might push you towards using Chrome, which is generally a better browser (again, this is what it is doing for me). You can fill in the surveys on any browser.

If you’re interested in joining Qmee, then please use my referral code – this will massively help out the blog and my family. If you use my referral link, you will have £0.50 added to your account on set up – a treat on me!

Have a great day guys!
Referral link: http://qm.ee/WU77G6EPNZ24A 

Being Thrifty – How using the Honey Browser Extension can save you money when the baby is here

When your baby is here, you will need to save every penny that you can. Maybe not for now, but definitely when they start to grow so quickly that some clothes might only get worn once! This may be looking quite a way in the future, but it is never too early to start looking. Even from the early days, saving every penny is so important. Even if you’re in a well paying job, you have another mouth to feed and little person to protect.

So how can you maximise your savings without spending hours comparing Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s for beans and cheese prices? Well…

Honey

There are simple little tools and extensions that you can add to your web browsers that will kick in automatically when they can save you some money, or make you some money. The one I want to talk about today is called Honey

Honey is a web browser extension that helps you out with your online shopping. It is an extension that can be added to Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Edge, and is something that you can install and forget about until it is ready to help you. It takes 2-3minutes to install and it is all savings and profit from there. There are no joining or subscription feeds – so there is absolutely no harm in joining.

It will pop up when you’re heading towards the checkout of website like eBay and Amazon (and so many more – you’d be surprised at where this browser app can save you money) and shout “Oi Steven, I can save you 8% here!”. When you get to your checkout, Honey will pop up and give you the option to run through some coupon codes, and it will try to save you some money. It will roam the internet to find every coupon available and will show you the best one – whether it is £10 off or save 25% – either way, money in your pocket is better than profit in Amazons!

However, the pop up will some times say “we weren’t able to find anything for you”. A bit of a shame, but you can’t always win. This shouldn’t turn you off though, I’ve saved around £115 from Honey so far, and this is growing every day (although, I need to cut down my online shopping – so I might come back and change this to say “every week” soon :D).

It has recently started to get some extra functionality. You can add products to your Honey Droplist, and you will get a notification when the product starts to drop in price. 

This is paired with a pricing graph that shows you the varying price history of products on sites like Amazon, that has moving prices that mimic the stock market. This may not save you thousands, but will have you £20 here and there. 

With every voucher used on Honey, you are also rewarded with Honey Gold. This works out at around 1gold for £0.01 – these can be used to cash in for some exclusive deals. You need 1,000gold to cash out, but this is the long game here. Honey gold is in addition to the money you’re saving in check out, so saving this up is easy and not something that you should turn your nose up at. 

If you’re interested in joining Honey, then please use my referral code – this will massively help out the blog and my family. 

Have a great day guys!

Referral link: http://joinhoney.com/ref/hp0s6a9