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Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?

Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?

TAKING CARA BABIES Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?Cara Dumaplin, FounderOriginally posted on “Once Upon a Farm”  Beginning solids is a huge milestone for your baby and is one that should be celebrated! Regularly exposing your little one to different...

read more
Will Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?

Will Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?

TAKING CARA BABIESWill Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?Cara Dumaplin, FounderFor little ones who have a strong sleep foundation, adding solids does not derail sleep. For some, however, there may be a few bumps in the road, so what should a parent do if...

read more
Top 10 Tips to Help with the Witching Hour

Top 10 Tips to Help with the Witching Hour

TAKING CARA BABIESTop 10 Tips to Help with the Witching HourCara Dumaplin, FounderIf you’ve landed on this page, you might just have a crying baby in your arms, so let's skip the intro and dive right in.What is the witching hour? The witching hour(s) is a time when an...

read more
Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

TAKING CARA BABIES Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?Brooke Dwyer & Bridget HilsbergSpeech SistersI will never forget those middle of the night wake-ups trying to calm my little guy.  Unfortunately, this was before Taking Cara Babies had amazing online...

read more
Safe Sleep Checklist

Safe Sleep Checklist

TAKING CARA BABIES Safe Sleep Checklist Cara Dumaplin, Founder Having a great little sleeper is wonderful, but at Taking Cara Babies, we also want you to have a safe sleeper. Please use this checklist for babies 0-12 months as a quick reference and reminder. Make sure...

read more
5 Things Every Expectant Mom Needs To Know About Baby Sleep

5 Things Every Expectant Mom Needs To Know About Baby Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES5 Things Every Expectant Mom Needs To Know About Baby Sleep Cara Dumaplin, FounderThis article was originally posted on The EveryMom. You’d do just about anything to figure out a way to get that baby off your bladder, and you can’t wait to sleep...

read more
5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

TAKING CARA BABIES5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum DepressionDr. Christine SterlingNo one wants to enter the deep fog of postpartum depression, or the constant edge of postpartum anxiety, and yet, we know that 1 in 7 women will experience a Perinatal Mood...

read more
Daylight Saving: Fall Back and Your Baby’s Sleep

Daylight Saving: Fall Back and Your Baby’s Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESDaylight Saving: Fall Back & Your Baby's SleepCara Dumaplin, FounderThe time has arrived. That time when a line is drawn in the sand between those with and without children: The End of Daylight Savings. For those without children, this means an...

read more
8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES 8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep Dr. Ashurina Ream People will ask you all the time, “How’s the baby sleeping?” Wouldn’t it be great if they asked about your sleep?  If you’ve taken one of the Taking Cara Babies classes, you have the tools you...

read more
How to Transition from 2 Naps to 1

How to Transition from 2 Naps to 1

TAKING CARA BABIES How to Transition from 2 Naps to 1 Cara Dumaplin, Founder Originally posted on Nested Bean Around the time you find a consistent routine with your little one, everything changes. He grows. Her personality emerges. He’s saying a few words. She’s...

read more
Bonding with Your Baby Before Birth

Bonding with Your Baby Before Birth

TAKING CARA BABIESBonding With Your Baby Before BirthDr. Christine SterlingWhat if I told you that there is something pregnant mamas can do once a day that would: Increase chances of a vaginal delivery Shorten labor Reduce the risk of pregnancy complications Help with...

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How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

TAKING CARA BABIES How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products  Cara Dumaplin, Founder To get babies sleeping, parents use all kinds of baby products... the Rock ‘n Play, DockATot, cosleepers, and swings. Please know that the AAP does not recommend any of these products...

read more
Reflux & Baby Sleep

Reflux & Baby Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES Reflux & Baby Sleep   Cara Dumaplin, Founder When parents are trying to help their baby sleep, reflux can be a topic of concern. Why? Because when parents see their babies struggle with sleep, they often wonder if a physical issue like...

read more
When Siblings Share a Room

When Siblings Share a Room

In the movies, babies always seem to have a picture perfect nursery with more room than that sweet darling could ever use. In the real world, this just isn’t what life looks like, and sometimes our children outnumber our bedrooms.

read more
Transitioning to the Toddler Bed

Transitioning to the Toddler Bed

Hey mamas! I’m Jennifer, Head of Content and Communication as well as one of the Sleep Consultants with Taking Cara Babies. I’m also mom of 3-year-old Lukas. Cara and I wanted to share Lukas’s recent transition to the toddler bed with you!

read more
5 Signs It’s Time to Drop a Nap

5 Signs It’s Time to Drop a Nap

Oh mama—babies can be so tricky! As soon as you’ve settled into a comfortable, predictable routine, everything changes. It’s not your imagination! This near-constant changing is true for baby activities, baby skills, baby feeding — and, of course, baby naps.

read more
How to Drop a Nap in 8 Steps

How to Drop a Nap in 8 Steps

As your little one grows and develops, his daytime sleep requirements change. It seems just about the time you’ve got this whole “nap schedule routine” figured out, it’s time to alter it again.

read more
5 Tips For Transitioning Baby From Your Room to the Nursery

5 Tips For Transitioning Baby From Your Room to the Nursery

I know you’ve spent months creating the perfect nursery, but here’s the truth: Most newborns don’t actually sleep in their rooms initially. Chances are, your baby will start off in YOUR room. This truly is safest and most convenient during those early weeks and months. BUT… at some point, you will find that you’ll want to reclaim your bedroom and actually use that well-decorated nursery. When that time comes, here are five tips for a smooth transition to the nursery.

read more
Top Culprits for Early Morning Wakings

Top Culprits for Early Morning Wakings

All the coffee in the world doesn’t seem like enough for mamas who are on the EARLY WAKING STRUGGLE BUS. If your baby’s alarm clock seems to be set for 5:00am EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING, you’re not alone!

read more
Let’s Discuss: Room Sharing

Let’s Discuss: Room Sharing

There it was loud and clear blasting from my television on an October morning in 2016: “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies should sleep in mom’s room FOR THE ENTIRE FIRST YEAR!” Thank you, Good Morning America.

read more
Sleep Training Q&A

Sleep Training Q&A

If you’re thinking of giving sleep training a try, you’ve probably already started scouring the web to find out exactly what sleep training is and how to do it. There are so many opinions on the topic that, like other new parents, you may be wondering when to begin, how difficult it is going to be, how long will it take or if sleep training is even the right choice for you and your baby.

read more
Short Naps & Newborns

Short Naps & Newborns

“I have been doing everything I can do to get my new baby on a set daytime schedule. It’s just not working. I feel like a failure.” ~so many new moms who contact us

read more
The Pacifier

The Pacifier

Pacifier, Binky, Nuk, Soother, Dummy…
Let’s talk about “that thing in the baby’s mouth.”
First, you should know that I love pacifiers…. even for breastfed babies!
Why?

read more
Sleep and Sick Season: What’s a Mama to Do?

Sleep and Sick Season: What’s a Mama to Do?

TAKING CARA BABIES Baby Sleep and Sick Season: What’s a Mama to Do? Cara Dumaplin, Founder So you’ve set your baby up for sleep success (or you’re desperately trying to), and now your sweet little one is sick! What now??? First, when babies are sick, they need lots of...

read more
Top 10 Tips to Help with the Witching Hour

Top 10 Tips to Help with the Witching Hour

TAKING CARA BABIESTop 10 Tips to Help with the Witching HourCara Dumaplin, FounderIf you’ve landed on this page, you might just have a crying baby in your arms, so let's skip the intro and dive right in.What is the witching hour? The witching hour(s) is a time when an...

read more
Safe Sleep Checklist

Safe Sleep Checklist

TAKING CARA BABIES Safe Sleep Checklist Cara Dumaplin, Founder Having a great little sleeper is wonderful, but at Taking Cara Babies, we also want you to have a safe sleeper. Please use this checklist for babies 0-12 months as a quick reference and reminder. Make sure...

read more
5 Things Every Expectant Mom Needs To Know About Baby Sleep

5 Things Every Expectant Mom Needs To Know About Baby Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES5 Things Every Expectant Mom Needs To Know About Baby Sleep Cara Dumaplin, FounderThis article was originally posted on The EveryMom. You’d do just about anything to figure out a way to get that baby off your bladder, and you can’t wait to sleep...

read more
5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

TAKING CARA BABIES5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum DepressionDr. Christine SterlingNo one wants to enter the deep fog of postpartum depression, or the constant edge of postpartum anxiety, and yet, we know that 1 in 7 women will experience a Perinatal Mood...

read more
Daylight Saving: Fall Back and Your Baby’s Sleep

Daylight Saving: Fall Back and Your Baby’s Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESDaylight Saving: Fall Back & Your Baby's SleepCara Dumaplin, FounderThe time has arrived. That time when a line is drawn in the sand between those with and without children: The End of Daylight Savings. For those without children, this means an...

read more
8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES 8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep Dr. Ashurina Ream People will ask you all the time, “How’s the baby sleeping?” Wouldn’t it be great if they asked about your sleep?  If you’ve taken one of the Taking Cara Babies classes, you have the tools you...

read more
How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

TAKING CARA BABIES How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products  Cara Dumaplin, Founder To get babies sleeping, parents use all kinds of baby products... the Rock ‘n Play, DockATot, cosleepers, and swings. Please know that the AAP does not recommend any of these products...

read more
Reflux & Baby Sleep

Reflux & Baby Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES Reflux & Baby Sleep   Cara Dumaplin, Founder When parents are trying to help their baby sleep, reflux can be a topic of concern. Why? Because when parents see their babies struggle with sleep, they often wonder if a physical issue like...

read more
5 Tips For Transitioning Baby From Your Room to the Nursery

5 Tips For Transitioning Baby From Your Room to the Nursery

I know you’ve spent months creating the perfect nursery, but here’s the truth: Most newborns don’t actually sleep in their rooms initially. Chances are, your baby will start off in YOUR room. This truly is safest and most convenient during those early weeks and months. BUT… at some point, you will find that you’ll want to reclaim your bedroom and actually use that well-decorated nursery. When that time comes, here are five tips for a smooth transition to the nursery.

read more
Let’s Discuss: Room Sharing

Let’s Discuss: Room Sharing

There it was loud and clear blasting from my television on an October morning in 2016: “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies should sleep in mom’s room FOR THE ENTIRE FIRST YEAR!” Thank you, Good Morning America.

read more
Sleep Training Q&A

Sleep Training Q&A

If you’re thinking of giving sleep training a try, you’ve probably already started scouring the web to find out exactly what sleep training is and how to do it. There are so many opinions on the topic that, like other new parents, you may be wondering when to begin, how difficult it is going to be, how long will it take or if sleep training is even the right choice for you and your baby.

read more
Short Naps & Newborns

Short Naps & Newborns

“I have been doing everything I can do to get my new baby on a set daytime schedule. It’s just not working. I feel like a failure.” ~so many new moms who contact us

read more
The Pacifier

The Pacifier

Pacifier, Binky, Nuk, Soother, Dummy…
Let’s talk about “that thing in the baby’s mouth.”
First, you should know that I love pacifiers…. even for breastfed babies!
Why?

read more
Sleep and Sick Season: What’s a Mama to Do?

Sleep and Sick Season: What’s a Mama to Do?

TAKING CARA BABIES Baby Sleep and Sick Season: What’s a Mama to Do? Cara Dumaplin, Founder So you’ve set your baby up for sleep success (or you’re desperately trying to), and now your sweet little one is sick! What now??? First, when babies are sick, they need lots of...

read more
Graham’s Bedtime Routine

Graham’s Bedtime Routine

TAKING CARA BABIES Graham's Bedtime Routine Emily Layne, Guest Blogger October 14, 2017 When I was pregnant, I purchased the online Taking Cara Babies “Will I Ever Sleep Again?” Newborn sleep class. I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful this class has been for...

read more
Daycare & Baby Sleep

Daycare & Baby Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESDaycare & Baby Sleep Cara Dumaplin, FounderParents, whether working inside or outside of the home, all have challenges with baby sleep. However, some unique questions and situations come up specifically for those who have babies at daycare....

read more
All About the DockATot and How To Wean Out

All About the DockATot and How To Wean Out

TAKING CARA BABIESAll About The DockATot and How to Wean Out if Needed Cara Dumaplin, FounderThe DockATot... When I even mention this name, I hear a wide array of comments from new parents ranging from: “This is the most amazing baby product since the invention...

read more
Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

TAKING CARA BABIESTransitioning Out of the SwaddleCara Dumaplin, FounderIf you have watched or attended the newborn class “Will I Ever Sleep Again?”, you know that newborns long for the womb those first few months after birth. They love the security of feeling snug...

read more
Tummy Sleep

Tummy Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESWhen is it Safe for Tummy Sleep?Cara Dumaplin, FounderResearch shows a decreased risk of SIDS when babies are placed flat on their backs for sleeping (specifically, on a firm mattress with no loose bedding).Can a baby ever safely sleep on his tummy?...

read more
Understanding The Dreaded Four Month Sleep Regression

Understanding The Dreaded Four Month Sleep Regression

“He was sleeping great, but suddenly he started waking up every hour. It’s harder now than when he was a newborn.” Oh this story is so common when I’m speaking to sleep deprived parents. “It all started at about four months. I’m at a loss of what to do.”

read more
CoSleeping After Sleep Training

CoSleeping After Sleep Training

TAKING CARA BABIES CoSleeping After Sleep Training Cara Dumaplin, Founder This was my view when I woke up this morning. Snuggled in between my husband and I was one child and a dog. On the other side of my sleeping spouse…another child. You can imagine the comfort I...

read more
The Dream Feed

The Dream Feed

TAKING CARA BABIES The Dream Feed   Cara Dumaplin, Founder If you Google the phrase “Dream Feed”, you find so many “rules” and opinions. For parents who attend my newborn class, “Will I Ever Sleep Again?” or watch it online, I discuss the Dream Feed. Basically, a...

read more
Tips for Baby Sleep While Hosting for the Holidays

Tips for Baby Sleep While Hosting for the Holidays

Hosting loved ones over the holidays creates life-long memories. However, joy can often turn to frustration when a baby is added to the mix if expectations and preparations are not clearly established beforehand. A sleepy and cranky little one is not on anyone’s Christmas list, so let’s lay out a game plan before the guests arrive.

read more
Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?

Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?

TAKING CARA BABIES Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?Cara Dumaplin, FounderOriginally posted on “Once Upon a Farm”  Beginning solids is a huge milestone for your baby and is one that should be celebrated! Regularly exposing your little one to different...

read more
Will Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?

Will Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?

TAKING CARA BABIESWill Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?Cara Dumaplin, FounderFor little ones who have a strong sleep foundation, adding solids does not derail sleep. For some, however, there may be a few bumps in the road, so what should a parent do if...

read more
Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

TAKING CARA BABIES Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?Brooke Dwyer & Bridget HilsbergSpeech SistersI will never forget those middle of the night wake-ups trying to calm my little guy.  Unfortunately, this was before Taking Cara Babies had amazing online...

read more
Safe Sleep Checklist

Safe Sleep Checklist

TAKING CARA BABIES Safe Sleep Checklist Cara Dumaplin, Founder Having a great little sleeper is wonderful, but at Taking Cara Babies, we also want you to have a safe sleeper. Please use this checklist for babies 0-12 months as a quick reference and reminder. Make sure...

read more
Daylight Saving: Fall Back and Your Baby’s Sleep

Daylight Saving: Fall Back and Your Baby’s Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESDaylight Saving: Fall Back & Your Baby's SleepCara Dumaplin, FounderThe time has arrived. That time when a line is drawn in the sand between those with and without children: The End of Daylight Savings. For those without children, this means an...

read more
8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES 8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep Dr. Ashurina Ream People will ask you all the time, “How’s the baby sleeping?” Wouldn’t it be great if they asked about your sleep?  If you’ve taken one of the Taking Cara Babies classes, you have the tools you...

read more
How to Transition from 2 Naps to 1

How to Transition from 2 Naps to 1

TAKING CARA BABIES How to Transition from 2 Naps to 1 Cara Dumaplin, Founder Originally posted on Nested Bean Around the time you find a consistent routine with your little one, everything changes. He grows. Her personality emerges. He’s saying a few words. She’s...

read more
How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

TAKING CARA BABIES How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products  Cara Dumaplin, Founder To get babies sleeping, parents use all kinds of baby products... the Rock ‘n Play, DockATot, cosleepers, and swings. Please know that the AAP does not recommend any of these products...

read more
Reflux & Baby Sleep

Reflux & Baby Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES Reflux & Baby Sleep   Cara Dumaplin, Founder When parents are trying to help their baby sleep, reflux can be a topic of concern. Why? Because when parents see their babies struggle with sleep, they often wonder if a physical issue like...

read more
When Siblings Share a Room

When Siblings Share a Room

In the movies, babies always seem to have a picture perfect nursery with more room than that sweet darling could ever use. In the real world, this just isn’t what life looks like, and sometimes our children outnumber our bedrooms.

read more
Transitioning to the Toddler Bed

Transitioning to the Toddler Bed

Hey mamas! I’m Jennifer, Head of Content and Communication as well as one of the Sleep Consultants with Taking Cara Babies. I’m also mom of 3-year-old Lukas. Cara and I wanted to share Lukas’s recent transition to the toddler bed with you!

read more
5 Signs It’s Time to Drop a Nap

5 Signs It’s Time to Drop a Nap

Oh mama—babies can be so tricky! As soon as you’ve settled into a comfortable, predictable routine, everything changes. It’s not your imagination! This near-constant changing is true for baby activities, baby skills, baby feeding — and, of course, baby naps.

read more
How to Drop a Nap in 8 Steps

How to Drop a Nap in 8 Steps

As your little one grows and develops, his daytime sleep requirements change. It seems just about the time you’ve got this whole “nap schedule routine” figured out, it’s time to alter it again.

read more
5 Tips For Transitioning Baby From Your Room to the Nursery

5 Tips For Transitioning Baby From Your Room to the Nursery

I know you’ve spent months creating the perfect nursery, but here’s the truth: Most newborns don’t actually sleep in their rooms initially. Chances are, your baby will start off in YOUR room. This truly is safest and most convenient during those early weeks and months. BUT… at some point, you will find that you’ll want to reclaim your bedroom and actually use that well-decorated nursery. When that time comes, here are five tips for a smooth transition to the nursery.

read more
Top Culprits for Early Morning Wakings

Top Culprits for Early Morning Wakings

All the coffee in the world doesn’t seem like enough for mamas who are on the EARLY WAKING STRUGGLE BUS. If your baby’s alarm clock seems to be set for 5:00am EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING, you’re not alone!

read more
Let’s Discuss: Room Sharing

Let’s Discuss: Room Sharing

There it was loud and clear blasting from my television on an October morning in 2016: “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies should sleep in mom’s room FOR THE ENTIRE FIRST YEAR!” Thank you, Good Morning America.

read more
Sleep Training Q&A

Sleep Training Q&A

If you’re thinking of giving sleep training a try, you’ve probably already started scouring the web to find out exactly what sleep training is and how to do it. There are so many opinions on the topic that, like other new parents, you may be wondering when to begin, how difficult it is going to be, how long will it take or if sleep training is even the right choice for you and your baby.

read more
The Pacifier

The Pacifier

Pacifier, Binky, Nuk, Soother, Dummy…
Let’s talk about “that thing in the baby’s mouth.”
First, you should know that I love pacifiers…. even for breastfed babies!
Why?

read more
Sleep and Sick Season: What’s a Mama to Do?

Sleep and Sick Season: What’s a Mama to Do?

TAKING CARA BABIES Baby Sleep and Sick Season: What’s a Mama to Do? Cara Dumaplin, Founder So you’ve set your baby up for sleep success (or you’re desperately trying to), and now your sweet little one is sick! What now??? First, when babies are sick, they need lots of...

read more
Graham’s Bedtime Routine

Graham’s Bedtime Routine

TAKING CARA BABIES Graham's Bedtime Routine Emily Layne, Guest Blogger October 14, 2017 When I was pregnant, I purchased the online Taking Cara Babies “Will I Ever Sleep Again?” Newborn sleep class. I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful this class has been for...

read more
Daycare & Baby Sleep

Daycare & Baby Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESDaycare & Baby Sleep Cara Dumaplin, FounderParents, whether working inside or outside of the home, all have challenges with baby sleep. However, some unique questions and situations come up specifically for those who have babies at daycare....

read more
All About the DockATot and How To Wean Out

All About the DockATot and How To Wean Out

TAKING CARA BABIESAll About The DockATot and How to Wean Out if Needed Cara Dumaplin, FounderThe DockATot... When I even mention this name, I hear a wide array of comments from new parents ranging from: “This is the most amazing baby product since the invention...

read more
Tummy Sleep

Tummy Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESWhen is it Safe for Tummy Sleep?Cara Dumaplin, FounderResearch shows a decreased risk of SIDS when babies are placed flat on their backs for sleeping (specifically, on a firm mattress with no loose bedding).Can a baby ever safely sleep on his tummy?...

read more
Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

TAKING CARA BABIES Nap Schedules:5 to 25 Months Cara Dumaplin, Founder AHHHHH…. Naps! Naps are a beautiful time for baby’s body and brain to refresh and for parents to recharge. (Insert HUGE eye roll!) Yeah…whatever. If only it were that easy, right? Often, naps are...

read more
CoSleeping After Sleep Training

CoSleeping After Sleep Training

TAKING CARA BABIES CoSleeping After Sleep Training Cara Dumaplin, Founder This was my view when I woke up this morning. Snuggled in between my husband and I was one child and a dog. On the other side of my sleeping spouse…another child. You can imagine the comfort I...

read more
The Dream Feed

The Dream Feed

TAKING CARA BABIES The Dream Feed   Cara Dumaplin, Founder If you Google the phrase “Dream Feed”, you find so many “rules” and opinions. For parents who attend my newborn class, “Will I Ever Sleep Again?” or watch it online, I discuss the Dream Feed. Basically, a...

read more
Daylight Saving: Fall Back and Your Baby’s Sleep

Daylight Saving: Fall Back and Your Baby’s Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESDaylight Saving: Fall Back & Your Baby's SleepCara Dumaplin, FounderThe time has arrived. That time when a line is drawn in the sand between those with and without children: The End of Daylight Savings. For those without children, this means an...

read more
How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

TAKING CARA BABIES How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products  Cara Dumaplin, Founder To get babies sleeping, parents use all kinds of baby products... the Rock ‘n Play, DockATot, cosleepers, and swings. Please know that the AAP does not recommend any of these products...

read more
5 Signs It’s Time to Drop a Nap

5 Signs It’s Time to Drop a Nap

Oh mama—babies can be so tricky! As soon as you’ve settled into a comfortable, predictable routine, everything changes. It’s not your imagination! This near-constant changing is true for baby activities, baby skills, baby feeding — and, of course, baby naps.

read more
How to Drop a Nap in 8 Steps

How to Drop a Nap in 8 Steps

As your little one grows and develops, his daytime sleep requirements change. It seems just about the time you’ve got this whole “nap schedule routine” figured out, it’s time to alter it again.

read more
Short Naps & Newborns

Short Naps & Newborns

“I have been doing everything I can do to get my new baby on a set daytime schedule. It’s just not working. I feel like a failure.” ~so many new moms who contact us

read more
Daycare & Baby Sleep

Daycare & Baby Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESDaycare & Baby Sleep Cara Dumaplin, FounderParents, whether working inside or outside of the home, all have challenges with baby sleep. However, some unique questions and situations come up specifically for those who have babies at daycare....

read more
Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

TAKING CARA BABIES Nap Schedules:5 to 25 Months Cara Dumaplin, Founder AHHHHH…. Naps! Naps are a beautiful time for baby’s body and brain to refresh and for parents to recharge. (Insert HUGE eye roll!) Yeah…whatever. If only it were that easy, right? Often, naps are...

read more
Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?

Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?

TAKING CARA BABIES Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?Cara Dumaplin, FounderOriginally posted on “Once Upon a Farm”  Beginning solids is a huge milestone for your baby and is one that should be celebrated! Regularly exposing your little one to different...

read more
Will Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?

Will Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?

TAKING CARA BABIESWill Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?Cara Dumaplin, FounderFor little ones who have a strong sleep foundation, adding solids does not derail sleep. For some, however, there may be a few bumps in the road, so what should a parent do if...

read more
Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

TAKING CARA BABIES Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?Brooke Dwyer & Bridget HilsbergSpeech SistersI will never forget those middle of the night wake-ups trying to calm my little guy.  Unfortunately, this was before Taking Cara Babies had amazing online...

read more
5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

TAKING CARA BABIES5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum DepressionDr. Christine SterlingNo one wants to enter the deep fog of postpartum depression, or the constant edge of postpartum anxiety, and yet, we know that 1 in 7 women will experience a Perinatal Mood...

read more
8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES 8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep Dr. Ashurina Ream People will ask you all the time, “How’s the baby sleeping?” Wouldn’t it be great if they asked about your sleep?  If you’ve taken one of the Taking Cara Babies classes, you have the tools you...

read more
How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

TAKING CARA BABIES How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products  Cara Dumaplin, Founder To get babies sleeping, parents use all kinds of baby products... the Rock ‘n Play, DockATot, cosleepers, and swings. Please know that the AAP does not recommend any of these products...

read more
Transitioning to the Toddler Bed

Transitioning to the Toddler Bed

Hey mamas! I’m Jennifer, Head of Content and Communication as well as one of the Sleep Consultants with Taking Cara Babies. I’m also mom of 3-year-old Lukas. Cara and I wanted to share Lukas’s recent transition to the toddler bed with you!

read more
5 Signs It’s Time to Drop a Nap

5 Signs It’s Time to Drop a Nap

Oh mama—babies can be so tricky! As soon as you’ve settled into a comfortable, predictable routine, everything changes. It’s not your imagination! This near-constant changing is true for baby activities, baby skills, baby feeding — and, of course, baby naps.

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How to Drop a Nap in 8 Steps

How to Drop a Nap in 8 Steps

As your little one grows and develops, his daytime sleep requirements change. It seems just about the time you’ve got this whole “nap schedule routine” figured out, it’s time to alter it again.

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5 Tips For Transitioning Baby From Your Room to the Nursery

5 Tips For Transitioning Baby From Your Room to the Nursery

I know you’ve spent months creating the perfect nursery, but here’s the truth: Most newborns don’t actually sleep in their rooms initially. Chances are, your baby will start off in YOUR room. This truly is safest and most convenient during those early weeks and months. BUT… at some point, you will find that you’ll want to reclaim your bedroom and actually use that well-decorated nursery. When that time comes, here are five tips for a smooth transition to the nursery.

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The Pacifier

The Pacifier

Pacifier, Binky, Nuk, Soother, Dummy…
Let’s talk about “that thing in the baby’s mouth.”
First, you should know that I love pacifiers…. even for breastfed babies!
Why?

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Daycare & Baby Sleep

Daycare & Baby Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESDaycare & Baby Sleep Cara Dumaplin, FounderParents, whether working inside or outside of the home, all have challenges with baby sleep. However, some unique questions and situations come up specifically for those who have babies at daycare....

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All About the DockATot and How To Wean Out

All About the DockATot and How To Wean Out

TAKING CARA BABIESAll About The DockATot and How to Wean Out if Needed Cara Dumaplin, FounderThe DockATot... When I even mention this name, I hear a wide array of comments from new parents ranging from: “This is the most amazing baby product since the invention...

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Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

TAKING CARA BABIESTransitioning Out of the SwaddleCara Dumaplin, FounderIf you have watched or attended the newborn class “Will I Ever Sleep Again?”, you know that newborns long for the womb those first few months after birth. They love the security of feeling snug...

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Tummy Sleep

Tummy Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESWhen is it Safe for Tummy Sleep?Cara Dumaplin, FounderResearch shows a decreased risk of SIDS when babies are placed flat on their backs for sleeping (specifically, on a firm mattress with no loose bedding).Can a baby ever safely sleep on his tummy?...

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The Dream Feed

The Dream Feed

TAKING CARA BABIES The Dream Feed   Cara Dumaplin, Founder If you Google the phrase “Dream Feed”, you find so many “rules” and opinions. For parents who attend my newborn class, “Will I Ever Sleep Again?” or watch it online, I discuss the Dream Feed. Basically, a...

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Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?

Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?

TAKING CARA BABIES Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?Cara Dumaplin, FounderOriginally posted on “Once Upon a Farm”  Beginning solids is a huge milestone for your baby and is one that should be celebrated! Regularly exposing your little one to different...

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Will Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?

Will Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?

TAKING CARA BABIESWill Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?Cara Dumaplin, FounderFor little ones who have a strong sleep foundation, adding solids does not derail sleep. For some, however, there may be a few bumps in the road, so what should a parent do if...

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5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

TAKING CARA BABIES5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum DepressionDr. Christine SterlingNo one wants to enter the deep fog of postpartum depression, or the constant edge of postpartum anxiety, and yet, we know that 1 in 7 women will experience a Perinatal Mood...

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Daylight Saving: Fall Back and Your Baby’s Sleep

Daylight Saving: Fall Back and Your Baby’s Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESDaylight Saving: Fall Back & Your Baby's SleepCara Dumaplin, FounderThe time has arrived. That time when a line is drawn in the sand between those with and without children: The End of Daylight Savings. For those without children, this means an...

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8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES 8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep Dr. Ashurina Ream People will ask you all the time, “How’s the baby sleeping?” Wouldn’t it be great if they asked about your sleep?  If you’ve taken one of the Taking Cara Babies classes, you have the tools you...

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Bonding with Your Baby Before Birth

Bonding with Your Baby Before Birth

TAKING CARA BABIESBonding With Your Baby Before BirthDr. Christine SterlingWhat if I told you that there is something pregnant mamas can do once a day that would: Increase chances of a vaginal delivery Shorten labor Reduce the risk of pregnancy complications Help with...

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How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

TAKING CARA BABIES How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products  Cara Dumaplin, Founder To get babies sleeping, parents use all kinds of baby products... the Rock ‘n Play, DockATot, cosleepers, and swings. Please know that the AAP does not recommend any of these products...

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Reflux & Baby Sleep

Reflux & Baby Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES Reflux & Baby Sleep   Cara Dumaplin, Founder When parents are trying to help their baby sleep, reflux can be a topic of concern. Why? Because when parents see their babies struggle with sleep, they often wonder if a physical issue like...

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When Siblings Share a Room

When Siblings Share a Room

In the movies, babies always seem to have a picture perfect nursery with more room than that sweet darling could ever use. In the real world, this just isn’t what life looks like, and sometimes our children outnumber our bedrooms.

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Sleep and Sick Season: What’s a Mama to Do?

Sleep and Sick Season: What’s a Mama to Do?

TAKING CARA BABIES Baby Sleep and Sick Season: What’s a Mama to Do? Cara Dumaplin, Founder So you’ve set your baby up for sleep success (or you’re desperately trying to), and now your sweet little one is sick! What now??? First, when babies are sick, they need lots of...

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Daycare & Baby Sleep

Daycare & Baby Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIESDaycare & Baby Sleep Cara Dumaplin, FounderParents, whether working inside or outside of the home, all have challenges with baby sleep. However, some unique questions and situations come up specifically for those who have babies at daycare....

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CoSleeping After Sleep Training

CoSleeping After Sleep Training

TAKING CARA BABIES CoSleeping After Sleep Training Cara Dumaplin, Founder This was my view when I woke up this morning. Snuggled in between my husband and I was one child and a dog. On the other side of my sleeping spouse…another child. You can imagine the comfort I...

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Tips for Baby Sleep While Hosting for the Holidays

Tips for Baby Sleep While Hosting for the Holidays

Hosting loved ones over the holidays creates life-long memories. However, joy can often turn to frustration when a baby is added to the mix if expectations and preparations are not clearly established beforehand. A sleepy and cranky little one is not on anyone’s Christmas list, so let’s lay out a game plan before the guests arrive.

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