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 again.”
Skip ahead 11 months, my husband was deployed and I still had a baby waking up 3-4 times a night. Blakely insisted on being fed to soothe herself back to sleep. I felt like I hadn’t sleep in months.
I was a ZOMBIE– I knew I needed some outside help and I was lucky to find a sleep consultant, Cara of Taking Cara Babies.
THE ABC’ S OF SLEEP PROGRAM
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 us who don’t 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!
Back to our story: 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, called The ABC’s of Sleep.
Maybe your baby has never been a great sleeper, or you recently traveled and their sleep pattern has changed. GUYS–whatever the circumstance is, The ABC’s of Sleep is designed for you. This program is incredible and something that you can fall back on when life happens, so let me break it down for you!
The ABCs 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!
Obviously, every baby is so different that’s why the ABCs of Sleep Class has 3 options to fit your needs. There is also a private Facebook group that allows parents to chat and support one another– SO cool!
This program is worth every penny, especially if you are like me and not one of those people that can live on a few hours of sleep. With this program, you will remain actively involved in the process, and before you know it your little one will transition from a dependent sleeper to an independent sleeper.
For my husband and I, the big issue was tackling “night feedings”. NO LIE: with Cara’s plan I was able to fully wean Blakely off of night feeding in 10 days. Thanks to ABC’s of Sleep Class, Blakely was sleeping 11- 12 hours a night 2 weeks into the program. Literally, I type this with a huge smile on my face, because this class was life-changing.
Lets Talk Naps Real Quick
My little one continued to take 2 naps a day until she was 18 months old and still takes one nap at 3.5 years. I truly believe this is because we gave her a great sleep foundation with Cara’s entire plan. Now, still, at 3.5 years old she still takes a 1-2 hour nap each day and sleeps 10 hours a night. Is your MIND BLOWN yet? The class really help to create a great sleep foundation that will hopefully last her whole life.
CARA’S TOP TIPS
Life Happens. I’ve learned from Cara that lots of things impact our kid’s sleep. One of the benefits of having a good sleeper is when my baby’s sleep is suddenly disrupted, I know there is a DEEPER issue happening. I’ve posted a few of my favorite blog posts and Instagram posts of Cara’s. 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… END OF STORY! She is now 3.5 years and still uses one, we have just turned down the volume to a more comfortable level.
Bedtime routines are SO 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. KEEP it simple, calm, and consistent! Our routine consists of a 10-15 minute bath, then into her room where the sound machine is already running, we lotion and slather on some young living, read 3-4 books, and then 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 too 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. Guys, I’ll say it again this plan was LIFE CHANGING! This blog post doesn’t even do justice to how life-changing this class could be for you and your baby. A healthy sleep foundation for your baby means a better quality of life for you and your family.