It’s been almost 3 years since I found Cara the founder of Taking Cara Babies and our sleep lives were changed. The first year of motherhood I didn’t sleep more than 3 consecutive hours a night. I was up and down all night taking care of a baby unable fall back asleep on her own. Today I wanted to share with you some of the sleep tips I took away after using the ABC’s of Sleep program.
It’s All About The Environment
How dark is you child’s room dark, is it really dark? Having a baby that struggled to sleep through the night, waking up early block out all the light Research shows that “exposure to light stimulates a nerve pathway from the eye to parts of the brain that control hormones, body temperature and other functions that play a role in making us feel sleepy or wide-awake”. As we used the ABC’s of Sleep program changing the environment was vital to our success.I suggest going into your baby’s room and look for all the light sneaking into your baby’s room? I found out that her monitor had a small flashing light in the corner, I quickly placed some duct tape over it and problem solved. Also, most blinds have light that leaks through, so I used black curtains to take care of that problem.
Understand Wake Times
As we implemented the ABC’s of Sleep program I had to adjust our wake time window around naps and bedtime in order for Blakely to sleep continuously until 7 am. Depending on the day bedtime was either pushed a bit earlier or later depending on the last nap of the day. On Cara’s Instagram she provides a lot of extra information to help your baby be a successful sleeper.
Here is the AVERAGE healthy wake windows based upon age that I used over the last few years with my daughter.
▪️Birth-12 weeks: 60-90 minutes
▪️3-4 Months: 75-120 minutes
▪️5-7/8 Months: 2 – 3 hours
▪️8-14 Months 3 – 4 hours
▪️14-24 Months- 5 – 6 hours
Your Baby Can Learn To Fall Asleep On Her Own
This is something I truly didn’t believe before I used the ABC’s of Sleep program. I remember telling/crying to Cara saying ” she just won’t fall asleep unless I rock her and feed her, it won’t happen”. Cara kept encouraging and telling me, ” Whitney she can do this and you can to this too, stick to the program and give her some time”. Once I let go of the feeling that I had to pick her up to sooth her and
Beware of Early Crib Transition
We started the ABC’s of Sleep when Blakely was almost a year old. Something that Cara talked about with me was the importance of not moving her from a crib to a bed too early. As they get older and have a few bad nights of sleep, it’s easy to think that a big bed would be the ultimate fix. But I had to remember once you have a good sleeper and their sleep is suddenly disrupted, there is often a DEEPER issue happening. Often our issue was an ear infection or her imagination was developing causing her to dream more.
If there is one thing I learned from using a special specialist it’s staying consistent is vital. A consistent bedtime with routine helps your baby understand it’s time for bed. I feel that we were successful after using ABC’s of sleep program because we had a very consistent bedtime routine. Our routine wasn’t complicated it consisted of a quick bath, pj’s and sound machine on and then 3 books before getting into her crib.
All of these tips from Cara really helped create healthy sleep habits from the beginning. And we all know that a kid who is getting healthy sleep creates a more pleasant and happy kid during awake times.