This post first appeared on my first blog Vectors To Motherhood. Since I am not updating that blog anymore I thought I would bring it over here and update it with how sleep things are going now as well as some hindsight insight!
Hello! I am here today to tell you guys about the most wonderful lady Cara, from Taking Cara Babies. I do not know her personally, but we recently purchased her ABC’s of Sleep sleep training class, and implemented the program. In short, magic. Pure magic. Here’s a little more info, and my thoughts on it! Also, this is not sponsored in any way! I paid for the course, was not compensated for this review and I do not know Cara!
Neither one of our children have been great sleepers. We did nothing with Elijah until he was a year and a half(not this program, just my own), and he still fights it and ends up in our bed a lot of nights. Isaiah was up pretty much every hour of every night for 6 months when I decided to purchase this program. I was exhausted, delirious, and just not functioning. You thought working airplanes in labor was impressive how about working them asleep? Kidding, I never actually fell asleep.
Anyway, I found Taking Cara Babies on Instagram, and I really loved watching and reading her tips. She provides such a real life insight to babies and sleep. So many programs out there rely on schedules and routines that I can’t even understand, let alone implement. Our schedules as air traffic controllers are crazy. I needed something that still allowed us to live our lives.
When he was 3 months old we got the ‘Navigating Months 3 and 4’ course, and honestly, it didn’t do much for us. I don’t think it was because of the course, but more so that I was not ready for any of it. While it’s not even sleep training, more so just guidance, I just wasn’t ready to do anything. Plus, we never got the newborn class. I think if we had started from the beginning it would have been a better fit.
Fast forward to 6 months and I am delirious. We made the purchase of the ABC’s of sleep and watched it. Sleep training is sort of scary to me, but I knew I needed it. What I loved so much about this plan is that it is 14 nights. I knew I could commit for 14 nights. It would be hard, but I could do it.
So we jumped in. Night 1 was hard guys. A lot of wake ups, a lot of tears. But honestly, I did not cry nearly as much as I thought he would.
I had hope.
Nights 2 -5 got progressively better, and then night 6 he was up a lot. And for almost an hour one of the times. But then we flip the page, and night 7 was his first night of not waking at all.
You will notice from the photos that I was feeding throughout the night, even on nights he slept all night. Cara has a way to keep these feedings if you want or need to do so and still have a great sleeper! She also has a plan for you to wean these! I took the longer route to weaning than what her plan called for here, but now we are night weaned!
There were a couple more rough nights, but also a few more sleep all night kind of nights, and here we are almost a month later and he is consistently sleeping all night long. Like, how is this even possible? We went from being up every hour, nursing, to sleeping allll night long.
My big takeaways?
If you are reading this while pregnant or if you know a pregnant mama, start with newborn! I have watched some of her newborn videos and read her blog, and the class would have been so helpful with my first baby! There are so many things no one tells you about, and she does it in such a way that feels like you can do it all!
Be ready before you start the ABC’s of Sleep. It’s absolutely amazing and it works, but you have to commit 110% to make it work. If you aren’t ready, that’s okay! But don’t start this until you are. You will just make life way harder if you are consistent and committed
Don’t forget to log! She even provides you with a printable log to use, but as you can see, we didn’t have a chance to print it and just used a good ‘ol piece of paper. It really does help though to see your progress. Just visually seeing the list of wakings get smaller and smaller helps push you through!
Don’t get discouraged by other moms who had sleep all nighters by night 4 if you’re still working on it. Every baby is different! And honestly? Our little one still has a rough night here and there, but that’s ok! We know how to handle it and get him back on track!
Enjoy sleeping! We thought Taking Cara Babies was such a great class and more than worth every penny!
How Sleep is Going 1 Year Later
I still very much stand by my statement that Taking Cara Babies was the best thing we could have done. Isaiah sleeps! Most nights and naps we go through his routine of reading a book, turning on sound machine and turning off lights, sleep sack, a minute or two of snuggling, a quick song and into his bed where he rolls over and goes to sleep. Sometimes he even skips the snuggles and will point directly to his bed to go straight to sleep. We still struggle a bit with early morning wakings, but even that is getting better.
A little story for you – We took a 9 day trip to AZ and CA to visit family by car. It was a great trip and he slept great the whole time! However, the week after we cam back, he would not go to bed. It was like he was 6 months old again and just wanted to be held and not go to sleep. BUT – we went straight back to the program and within a few days, he was back to his normal routine!
This works guys! It still blows my mind every time I put him down awake and he just goes to sleep with no fight. I am so thankful for it too! There is so much stress saved by not having this fight and it makes bedtime and naptime special!
Some other thoughts on sleep-
We have had a few regressions with Isaiah since completing the program. There have been groups of nights where sleep was rough. There have been sporatic nights where he is up once for water or a quick reassurance. Sometimes he sleeps until 6 or 6:30, other days we fight to get him to 6. He is human. Just like you and me there are going to be nights that sleep doesn’t come as easy. There are going to be nights where you wake up once or twice, and that’s normal! It is no where near every night that this happens, but if it does that does not mean you or the program are failures! Babies are growing and developing and have good and bad days just like we do that make it harder to fall asleep!
I hope this helps you on your journey to sleep. Remember that all babies are different and you always have to do what feels right for you. But if you are desperately looking to get more sleep or if you want to put a program in place to start this worked for us! I am always here to answer any questions you might have!