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!