(First time in her crib! All that stuff was removed before sleeping)
When I was 9 months pregnant I remember telling myself, “Whitney sleep as much as you can right now because when you have Blakely you’re never gonna sleep.” Skip ahead 11 months, my husband was deployed and I still had a baby waking up three or four times a night who insisted on being fed and rocked back to sleep. I knew I needed some outside help and I was lucky to find a sleep consultant, Cara of Taking Cara Babies.
Cara is based out of Arizona, some of you AZ moms may have taken her “Will I Ever Sleep Again?” class that is offered at Modern Milk in Scottsdale. This class is intended for expecting parents and those with babies under 12 weeks. For those of you who do not currently live in Arizona, you can purchase the online version of this class on her website. I will definitely be taking this class with our next baby, whenever that might be! Since Blakely was already 11 months old, the “Will I Ever Sleep Again?” class didn’t meet our needs.
Luckily, Cara has created something for babies ( 5-24 months), The ABC’s of Sleep. Maybe your baby has never been a great sleeper, or you recently traveled and their sleep pattern has changed. Whatever the circumstance is, The ABC’s of Sleep is designed for you. Guys, this program is incredible and something that you can fall back on when life happens, so let me break it down for you!
The ABC’s of sleep program helps guide you with a step-by-step plan to help your baby sleep 10-12 hours a night in their crib. Cara will break down how to conquer night sleep, weaning night feedings, and conquering naps.
Below is what you will get with the ABC’s of Sleep program and a few very important tips I’ve learned from Cara along the way!
Every baby is so different! That’s why the ABC’s of Sleep Class comes with a 60 page booklet to help parents make adjustments for their baby. The private Facebook group allows parents to chat and support one another and offer help to one another. And you can always book a phone consult with Cara to get personalized help. With this program you will remain actively involved in the process while your little one learns to transition from a dependent sleeper to an independent sleeper. For my husband and I the big issue was tackling “night feedings”, and with Cara’s plan I was able to fully wean Blakely off of night feeding in 10 days. Thanks to Cara, Blakely was sleeping 11- 12 hours a night 2 weeks into the program and continued to take 2 naps a day until she was 18 months old!
Life Happens….I’ve learned from Cara that lots of things impact your child’s sleep. One of the benefits of having a good sleeper (after we implemented The ABC’s of Sleep Program) is when my baby’s sleep is suddenly disrupted, I know there is a DEEPER issue happening. Below are a few of my favorite blog posts and Instagram posts from Cara I constantly refer back to when life happens.
Blog #1: Day Light Savings Help
Blog#2: Sleep and Sick Season
Instagram #1: Ear infection?
Instagram #2: Who Needs a Nap?
A sound machine is a must have… PERIOD.. END OF STORY!
Bed time routines are incredibly important because it cues your baby’s brain that it’s time for bed. It’s not what you do but how you do it so keep it simple, calm and consistent! Our routine consists of a 10 minute bath, then into her room where the sound machine is already running, we start with lotion and Young Living lavender oil, then PJ’s on while she somehow holds lovey and her bottle, read 2 books and then lights off and into her crib. She rolls around for a few minutes but is usually asleep in 10 minutes with no crying.
Don’t give up.. it’s not to late to get your baby sleeping in their own crib or sleeping in long stretches! My daughter was 11 months old when we implemented Cara’s plan, a plan that was LIFE changing! This blog post doesn’t even do justice to how life changing this class will be for you and your baby. A healthy sleep foundation for your baby means a better quality of life for you and your family.