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REVIEW: the 90-minute baby sleep program

The sleep book you need | www.gracefulmommy.com

90-minute baby sleep program: The sleep book you need | www.gracefulmommy.com

What is the 90 Minute Baby Sleep Program? 

This book offers a kinder, gentler, all-natural method to get your baby to sleep! It is written by Dr. Polly Moore and it helps babies nap longer and more often to allow your baby to get the sleep he or she needs!

What is different? 

This book is different from a lot of the baby sleep books I’ve read. Basically, you put your baby down for a nap every 90 minutes. So when they wake up- set the timer- and 90 minutes later put them down for another nap. In the book Dr. Moore talks about the N.A.P.S. plan! Note the time of your baby’s last waking, Add 90 minutes, Play, Soothe your sleepy baby. It’s very simple and works great!

The Good?

At first when I read it, I thought it was crazy to put Gracie down for a nap 90 minutes after she wakes up. That didn’t seem like long enough awake time. However, the first week I tried it, I instantly knew it was perfect for us. Once I started writing down the times Gracie would wake up, I noticed that she really did display tired signs 90 minutes later. It honestly is like clock work! I love having a schedule that is not rigid. This sleep program allows you to have a general schedule. Gracie follows the NAPS plan but does not necessarily follow a certain time schedule. Somedays her naps are short, but we still play after every nap. It allows Gracie to know what comes next in the day.

After starting this program with Gracie, I have found that she sleeps longer, better, and goes to sleep happier. If you find that sweet 90 minute spot, it is actually easier to put her to sleep. She doesn’t get overtired and always feels well rested when she wakes up!

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The Bad? 

Dr. Moore recommends that you are home for your baby’s naps. This can be a challenge because if I am putting Gracie down for a nap every 90 minutes, that only gives me an hour and a half to run an errand. However, I have noticed that it is much easier to put Gracie down for a nap at home. She falls asleep way faster and without a fight. If we are out, it does take longer for her to fall asleep and she does not stay asleep for long.

Best for?

Babies ages two weeks through one year :D. I think it especially works great for the first three months. Once babies are 4+ months, they tend to skip one of their sleep cycles. Meaning instead of putting baby down every 90 minutes, they may go 3 hours in between naps.

This book is perfect if your baby is a catnapper. Dr. Moore gives lots of tips for babies that seem to have a hard time staying asleep. It’s also great if you want a gentle way to encourage sleep. Dr. Moore doesn’t really believe in “cry it out”. Although she does have a little section in the book on it.


I bought mine on amazon! I’m sure you can get it at any bookstore. I do not think there is an ibooks version of it.


I love this book! I’ve read about four baby sleep books, and this one is by far my favorite! Gracie follows this program to a T. It has made our life easier and naps smoother.

My vote?

Must have!

6 baby apps you need

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6 baby apps you need | www.gracefulmommy.com

I use my iPhone for everything! So it’s no surprise that when I had Gracie I went right to the app store to get apps to help me stay organized. I downloaded a lot, but only loved 6 of them. These apps honestly kept me sane during the first few weeks. I know I will be using most of them for the first year of Gracie’s life!

I will explain each app in detail going from left to right, top to bottom.

Baby Tracker

I used this app mainly in the hospital and the first week at home. Basically it allows you to keep track of feedings, diaper changes, sleeping, and more. I love it because it helps me remember the last time I fed Gracie and on what side. Another cool feature is you can add your baby’s weight and height and it tell you their percentiles. Kinda cool!

What to Expect

This one is the classic baby app! It provides tons of articles and tips on babies. I loved reading through the different articles while I was feeding Gracie. My favorite feature is the “This Month” tab. It explains what your baby should be doing each month. I always read ahead to see what I should expect for next month.

Sound Sleeper 

This is the best white noise app! I always heard there were different types of white noise, but I didn’t realize how many until I got this app. There are ones that are best for newborns, infants, toddlers, and even parents! Gracie loves the Shhhh sound and the ocean one, too. Only downside is that the sound only stays on for 30 minutes unless you upgrade.

Baby Sparks

This app is $4.99 but is SO worth it! If you ever are wondering what activities to do with your baby, you NEED this app! It gives you 11 activities to do each day that are age appropriate. It includes activities for different categories like gross motor, fine motor, speech, social, etc. I love it! I found myself doing the same few games with Gracie… until I got this app. It’s a lot of fun, and you know your helping your baby learn and grow.

The Bump

Another classic app! I love to read the weekly updates to see if Gracie is staying on track. This app also has a lot of articles that are way more fun to read than a whole book. I’ve learned a lot just browsing through the app.

Wonder Weeks

This app is based on the book, but is only $1.99. The idea is that all babies go through developmental leaps. After a leap, they learn new skills. However, leaps also make babies sorta fussy and irritable. This app lets you know when your baby is going to be in a “sunny” time or a “stormy” time. It has been extremely helpful. When Gracie is acting a little extra fussy- I look on the app and sure enough it is a stormy week. It makes me feel better that she is just going through a lot of changes and it is not something that I am doing.

I hope you find these apps as helpful as I do! What baby apps do you use?