Last updated on March 4th, 2024

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Kim West, MSW, Mom of 2, creator of The Sleep Lady Shuffle

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Start Sleep Training — Free Resources You Can Use Now

You know you want to sleep train your child, but you’re not sure if you’re quite ready to go all in. Luckily, we’ve compiled some great, free resources to get you started on your family’s sleep training journey. While we still suggest our complete course, Gentle Sleep Solutions for the most robust sleep training, these guides will at least get you started and answer some of your most pressing questions, right now. They are all free and available to download immediately. You can even start sleep training tonight with these tips.

starting sleep trainingDownloadable Guides

The Sleep Lady’s free guides have helped tired families solve their children’s sleep problems, from babies to preschoolers. 

Where to Start When Your Child Won’t Sleep

For parents of children 6 months – 5 years that are struggling with sleep

If you have no idea how to start sleep training and solving your child’s sleep issues, start with this guide. It will walk you through 5 possible reasons why your child may not be sleeping and will give you quick, actionable solutions that you can try tonight. This extensive guide will cover what you should consider when starting sleep training and how to choose a method that best fits with your parenting style. 

Download your free “Where to Start Guide” below:

Have no idea where to begin solving your child’s sleep issues?

Start with this guide.

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Top Gentle Sleep Tips for Children in Beds

For parents of children sleeping in beds who are facing sleep issues

Good news – sleep training isn’t just for babies in cribs. We’ve seen plenty of preschool and school-aged children sleeping in beds who are still struggling with sleep. This guide will help you teach your child the skill of putting themselves to sleep and guide you with gentle sleep training strategies that are specific to children in beds. The Sleep Lady is one of the only sleep training coaches who offers solutions for children in beds. 

Download your free “Kids in Beds Guide” below:

Is your child out of the crib and in a bed, but not sleeping?

Get our FREE GUIDE: Top Gentle Sleep Tips for Children in beds!

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The Sleep Lady Answers Your Naptime Questions

For parents of children 6 months – 3 years who are resisting naps 

Nap time can be a struggle – any parent will tell you that. Parents can face a lot of resistance with naps especially when it comes to transitioning to fewer naps or getting your baby or child to nap longer. We’ve heard it all when it comes to naps – we get it! This nap guide covers 6 basics to consider when dealing with nap time. It will answer questions you have like how many naps should my child take a day? Is it time to stop naps all together? And, how should I schedule naps?

Download your free “Naps Guide” below:

Is your child resisting naps?

Get answers to your top naptime questions with our free guide!

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The Complete Guide to Transitioning From a Crib to a Bed

For parents who think it’s time and need assistance to move their child from a crib to a bed.

There will come a time for every toddler or child to move from the crib to a “big kid” bed. That transition can be daunting, and this guide will walk you through the big move. This guide will answer questions like what age should I move my child to a bed? What should I do on the first night in a big kid bed? How can I help them STAY in their beds? We will answer all of these questions and share our favorite products for making the big bed transition a little easier on you and your child. 

Download your free “Crib to Bed Transition Guide” below:

Is it time to move your child from their crib to a bed?

Get the complete guide to transition from a crib to a bed!

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Chapter of The Good Night Sleep Tight Workbook for Children with Special Needs

Up to 80% of children with developmental disabilities have sleep issues. As a parent, this impacts your ability to help them, and get the sleep you need. Kim West co-authored The Good Night Sleep Tight Workbook for Children with Special Needs with Katie Holloran, board certified behavior analyst. You can get the first chapter of this book for free so you can learn how to start sleep training today!



starting sleep trainingThe Gentle Sleep App

When you start sleep training, it’s so helpful to track your child’s sleep patterns. For babies, it’s also helpful to keep track of feedings and changings as well. This is why we offer the free Gentle Sleep App so you can get started in the most important step of sleep training – tracking your child’s day!


Start Sleep Training with Charts

You may prefer putting pen to paper to keep track of things like your child’s sleep success and habits. That’s why we created some free charts that you can download and print today.

Sleep Log

Our printable sleep log has space for tracking your child’s activity, the time it occurred and the duration, so you can start noticing their daily patterns and start sleep training.

Bedtime Pass

Have a child who is always pushing the bedtime limit? This pass will give them one more snuggle, drink, or kiss. 

Sleep Manner Chart

This chart is for older children who can understand rewards. This chart will help you enforce good sleep habits with your child like staying in bed, putting themselves back to sleep and not throwing things like pillow, blankets or lovies.

Award Certificate

Have a child who has successfully completed their sleep manner chart? Celebrate with them and present them with this award certificate!

 All charts can be found HERE 

Are you ready to start sleep training? We hope you find some guidance with these free resources so your whole family can start taking the right steps to getting well rested.



Author: Kim West, MSW, Mom of 2, creator of The Sleep Lady Shuffle

My name is Kim West, and I’m the mother of two beautiful girls, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a practicing child and family therapist for more than 21 years, and the creator of the original gentle, proven method to get a good night’s sleep for you and your child. My sleep journey began when I started experimenting with gently shaping my daughter’s sleep by not following the conventional wisdom at the time. After having success (and then more success with my second daughter!), I began helping family and friends and my step-by-step method spread like wildfire, exactly like an excellent night of sleep for a tired parent should!