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Safe Sleep Checklist

Safe Sleep Checklist

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 the baby products you are using are safe too. Sleep surface...

read more
Why isn’t my baby sleeping through the night?

Why isn’t my baby sleeping through the night?

Wait, before we talk about why, what does “sleeping through the night” actually mean?  You may have read that a 5-7 hour stretch of sleep is “sleeping through the night.” While that is a developmentally appropriate and even amazing stretch of sleep at some ages,...

read more
Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Let's talk about naps. If naps are a struggle for you, you're not alone. Please remember naps ARE important. We know “sleep begets sleep.” This means that adequate daytime rest leads to fewer night wakings and longer night sleep. However, naps can be so difficult to...

read more
Which Class Should I Take?

Which Class Should I Take?

Are you wondering which of my classes is best for your baby? Let’s talk about it.  Where do I start? Start with your baby’s age! Each of my classes emphasizes meeting babies where they are developmentally. Because of that, I always encourage families to buy the course...

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
Marriage After Baby

Marriage After Baby

Let's get real about relationships.  As I read these words from a new mama, my heart broke.  "I did NOT think our marriage would get so HARD after we had a baby. I married my best friend, and our relationship has been fairly easy. Having a baby has somehow shifted the...

read more
Creating a Bedtime Routine

Creating a Bedtime Routine

You’ve probably heard that bedtime routines are an important piece of your baby’s nighttime sleep. Wondering why they’re important, when to start, and what to include? Let’s talk about it.  Why are bedtime routines so important? Babies thrive on predictability and...

read more
Baby Play for Newborns

Baby Play for Newborns

Baby play. It sounds so simple, right? It can be! But, if you’re unsure of what to do with your newborn, that’s okay too. Let me help! What is play for a newborn? In the newborn phase, play is ANY interaction that your baby has with you and the world around them. Play...

read more
Dear New Mama

Dear New Mama

Do you have a brand new little one? I’m talking to you today. I want you to know, you’re doing it right.  I’d love to be able to speak right to your heart. Would you watch this message from my heart to yours? Let me say it again. I want you to hear it; I want you to...

read more
Baby Naps and School Pickup

Baby Naps and School Pickup

If you're wondering just how to make a baby sleep schedule work when you have to taxi your older kiddo(s) to and from school, you're not alone!  Here are my 4 best strategies to help you "hack" preschool pickup and baby sleep: 1. Make the drive longer. Yes, LONGER! We...

read more
Sleep Sacks®, Sleep Bags, and Wearable Blankets

Sleep Sacks®, Sleep Bags, and Wearable Blankets

Want to know a topic that I get asked about almost daily? Sleep sacks, sleep bags, and wearable blankets. They all mean generally the same thing - a sleeveless zip up bag that your baby or toddler can wear as an alternative to a blanket for sleep.    View this...

read more
Transitioning Home from the NICU

Transitioning Home from the NICU

You’ve learned more than you’ve ever wanted to know about oxygen saturation and bradycardias. You’re celebrating every gram your baby gains, the car seat test has been passed, and you’ve memorized every detail of the NICU schedule. Just when you’ve gotten the hang of...

read more
Should I Swaddle My Baby?

Should I Swaddle My Baby?

I get so many questions about swaddling! Why swaddle? Does swaddling make babies safer? How do you swaddle properly? Can swaddling delay important developments? When should I start or stop swaddling? Is swaddling the right choice for my baby? I would love to answer...

read more
Introducing a Pacifier

Introducing a Pacifier

So many parents ask: “Should my baby use a pacifier??” My answer will always be “It’s up to you and your little one!” There truly is no “right or wrong” approach when it comes to pacifiers. Some babies never take a pacifier, and that’s okay! However, for many babies,...

read more
Top 10 Tips to Help with the Witching Hour

Top 10 Tips to Help with the Witching Hour

If 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 otherwise content baby has an extremely fussy period, often occurring daily...

read more
Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

If 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 while sleeping, and this is exactly what swaddling offers.* However, as the...

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
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
Breastfeeding Basics as Taught by a Subway Sandwich

Breastfeeding Basics as Taught by a Subway Sandwich

As a former Labor and Delivery/Postpartum Nurse and a mom who nursed her own babies, I know first-hand that breastfeeding can feel overwhelming, especially in the beginning! In those first few days and weeks after the arrival of your newborn, there seems to be so much...

read more
Teething & Baby Sleep

Teething & Baby Sleep

Teething- UGH! The very word causes parents everywhere to cringe and have visions of drooling, fussy babies. Watch the IGTV video below for a deep dive on teething. You’ll learn: symptoms of teething, symptoms that are often confused with teething, ways to soothe...

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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
The Dream Feed

The Dream Feed

If you Google the phrase “dream feed,” you find so many “rules” and opinions. Let me simplify it for you! What is the dream feed?  Basically, a dream feeding is the last feeding of the day. It typically happens 2-3 hours after the bedtime feeding and right about the...

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
Reflux & Baby Sleep

Reflux & Baby Sleep

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 reflux could be causing rough nights. Even though I have twenty years of...

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Tummy Sleep

Tummy Sleep

Research 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? If so, when? There is not a universal age for safe tummy sleep because...

read more
Toddler Sleep and Potty Training

Toddler Sleep and Potty Training

If you’re like many toddler parents out there, you’ve probably wondered about when to start potty training. Maybe your friend’s child trained around this time, maybe your kiddo is starting to follow you into the bathroom more, or maybe you’re just sick and tired of...

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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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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
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
Safe Sleep Checklist

Safe Sleep Checklist

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 the baby products you are using are safe too. Sleep surface...

read more
Which Class Should I Take?

Which Class Should I Take?

Are you wondering which of my classes is best for your baby? Let’s talk about it.  Where do I start? Start with your baby’s age! Each of my classes emphasizes meeting babies where they are developmentally. Because of that, I always encourage families to buy the course...

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
Creating a Bedtime Routine

Creating a Bedtime Routine

You’ve probably heard that bedtime routines are an important piece of your baby’s nighttime sleep. Wondering why they’re important, when to start, and what to include? Let’s talk about it.  Why are bedtime routines so important? Babies thrive on predictability and...

read more
Baby Play for Newborns

Baby Play for Newborns

Baby play. It sounds so simple, right? It can be! But, if you’re unsure of what to do with your newborn, that’s okay too. Let me help! What is play for a newborn? In the newborn phase, play is ANY interaction that your baby has with you and the world around them. Play...

read more
Dear New Mama

Dear New Mama

Do you have a brand new little one? I’m talking to you today. I want you to know, you’re doing it right.  I’d love to be able to speak right to your heart. Would you watch this message from my heart to yours? Let me say it again. I want you to hear it; I want you to...

read more
Transitioning Home from the NICU

Transitioning Home from the NICU

You’ve learned more than you’ve ever wanted to know about oxygen saturation and bradycardias. You’re celebrating every gram your baby gains, the car seat test has been passed, and you’ve memorized every detail of the NICU schedule. Just when you’ve gotten the hang of...

read more
Should I Swaddle My Baby?

Should I Swaddle My Baby?

I get so many questions about swaddling! Why swaddle? Does swaddling make babies safer? How do you swaddle properly? Can swaddling delay important developments? When should I start or stop swaddling? Is swaddling the right choice for my baby? I would love to answer...

read more
Introducing a Pacifier

Introducing a Pacifier

So many parents ask: “Should my baby use a pacifier??” My answer will always be “It’s up to you and your little one!” There truly is no “right or wrong” approach when it comes to pacifiers. Some babies never take a pacifier, and that’s okay! However, for many babies,...

read more
Top 10 Tips to Help with the Witching Hour

Top 10 Tips to Help with the Witching Hour

If 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 otherwise content baby has an extremely fussy period, often occurring daily...

read more
Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

If 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 while sleeping, and this is exactly what swaddling offers.* However, as the...

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
Breastfeeding Basics as Taught by a Subway Sandwich

Breastfeeding Basics as Taught by a Subway Sandwich

As a former Labor and Delivery/Postpartum Nurse and a mom who nursed her own babies, I know first-hand that breastfeeding can feel overwhelming, especially in the beginning! In those first few days and weeks after the arrival of your newborn, there seems to be so much...

read more
The Dream Feed

The Dream Feed

If you Google the phrase “dream feed,” you find so many “rules” and opinions. Let me simplify it for you! What is the dream feed?  Basically, a dream feeding is the last feeding of the day. It typically happens 2-3 hours after the bedtime feeding and right about the...

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
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
Ditching Unsafe Sleep Products

Ditching Unsafe Sleep Products

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 for safe sleep.  As of April 2019, Fisher Price recalled all Rock ‘n Plays. Also,...

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All About the DockATot and How To Wean Out

All About the DockATot and How To Wean Out

The 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 of baby wipes.” to: “I wish I never bought this thing. Now he won’t sleep without it.” Let’s face...

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Bonding in the NICU

Bonding in the NICU

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a place where miracles take place. But no one expects to be there. While the NICU is not the place where you imagine your baby’s first days, 10-15% of babies spend time in NICU care. That time can feel confusing and scary as new...

read more
Safe Sleep Checklist

Safe Sleep Checklist

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 the baby products you are using are safe too. Sleep surface...

read more
Why isn’t my baby sleeping through the night?

Why isn’t my baby sleeping through the night?

Wait, before we talk about why, what does “sleeping through the night” actually mean?  You may have read that a 5-7 hour stretch of sleep is “sleeping through the night.” While that is a developmentally appropriate and even amazing stretch of sleep at some ages,...

read more
Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Let's talk about naps. If naps are a struggle for you, you're not alone. Please remember naps ARE important. We know “sleep begets sleep.” This means that adequate daytime rest leads to fewer night wakings and longer night sleep. However, naps can be so difficult to...

read more
Which Class Should I Take?

Which Class Should I Take?

Are you wondering which of my classes is best for your baby? Let’s talk about it.  Where do I start? Start with your baby’s age! Each of my classes emphasizes meeting babies where they are developmentally. Because of that, I always encourage families to buy the course...

read more
Creating a Bedtime Routine

Creating a Bedtime Routine

You’ve probably heard that bedtime routines are an important piece of your baby’s nighttime sleep. Wondering why they’re important, when to start, and what to include? Let’s talk about it.  Why are bedtime routines so important? Babies thrive on predictability and...

read more
Sleep Sacks®, Sleep Bags, and Wearable Blankets

Sleep Sacks®, Sleep Bags, and Wearable Blankets

Want to know a topic that I get asked about almost daily? Sleep sacks, sleep bags, and wearable blankets. They all mean generally the same thing - a sleeveless zip up bag that your baby or toddler can wear as an alternative to a blanket for sleep.    View this...

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
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
The Dream Feed

The Dream Feed

If you Google the phrase “dream feed,” you find so many “rules” and opinions. Let me simplify it for you! What is the dream feed?  Basically, a dream feeding is the last feeding of the day. It typically happens 2-3 hours after the bedtime feeding and right about the...

read more
Tummy Sleep

Tummy Sleep

Research 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? If so, when? There is not a universal age for safe tummy sleep because...

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
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 Transition from 2 Naps to 1

How to Transition from 2 Naps to 1

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 starting to walk. All sorts of changes are on the horizon. One of the biggest...

read more
Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?

Will Starting Solids Help My Baby Sleep Better?

Originally 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 food options can prevent allergies, widen their taste palate, and set up a healthy...

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Will Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?

Will Starting Solids Cause Problems with Sleep?

For 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 nights suddenly become disrupted after beginning solids? Ask yourself these questions: Are...

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Safe Sleep Checklist

Safe Sleep Checklist

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 the baby products you are using are safe too. Sleep surface...

read more
Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Let's talk about naps. If naps are a struggle for you, you're not alone. Please remember naps ARE important. We know “sleep begets sleep.” This means that adequate daytime rest leads to fewer night wakings and longer night sleep. However, naps can be so difficult to...

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
Baby Play for Newborns

Baby Play for Newborns

Baby play. It sounds so simple, right? It can be! But, if you’re unsure of what to do with your newborn, that’s okay too. Let me help! What is play for a newborn? In the newborn phase, play is ANY interaction that your baby has with you and the world around them. Play...

read more
Baby Naps and School Pickup

Baby Naps and School Pickup

If you're wondering just how to make a baby sleep schedule work when you have to taxi your older kiddo(s) to and from school, you're not alone!  Here are my 4 best strategies to help you "hack" preschool pickup and baby sleep: 1. Make the drive longer. Yes, LONGER! We...

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
Daycare & Baby Sleep

Daycare & Baby Sleep

Parents, 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. I'd love to talk through a few common questions with you. Can we still...

read more
How to Transition from 2 Naps to 1

How to Transition from 2 Naps to 1

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 starting to walk. All sorts of changes are on the horizon. One of the biggest...

read more
How to Drop a Nap in 6 Steps

How to Drop a Nap in 6 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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Daylight Saving: Fall Back and Your Baby’s Sleep

Daylight Saving: Fall Back and Your Baby’s Sleep

The 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 extra hour of sleep. For those with littles, it’s a time when we question why there’s a...

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Mother’s Day Sale FAQ

Which Taking Cara Babies products or resources are on sale? All of our courses and gift certificates are $10 off. Yes, this includes all of the following: Will I Ever Sleep Again? Navigating Months 3 & 4 First Five Months Bundle ABC's of Sleep Gift Certificates...

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Safe Sleep Checklist

Safe Sleep Checklist

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 the baby products you are using are safe too. Sleep surface...

read more
Why isn’t my baby sleeping through the night?

Why isn’t my baby sleeping through the night?

Wait, before we talk about why, what does “sleeping through the night” actually mean?  You may have read that a 5-7 hour stretch of sleep is “sleeping through the night.” While that is a developmentally appropriate and even amazing stretch of sleep at some ages,...

read more
Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Let's talk about naps. If naps are a struggle for you, you're not alone. Please remember naps ARE important. We know “sleep begets sleep.” This means that adequate daytime rest leads to fewer night wakings and longer night sleep. However, naps can be so difficult to...

read more
Which Class Should I Take?

Which Class Should I Take?

Are you wondering which of my classes is best for your baby? Let’s talk about it.  Where do I start? Start with your baby’s age! Each of my classes emphasizes meeting babies where they are developmentally. Because of that, I always encourage families to buy the course...

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
Marriage After Baby

Marriage After Baby

Let's get real about relationships.  As I read these words from a new mama, my heart broke.  "I did NOT think our marriage would get so HARD after we had a baby. I married my best friend, and our relationship has been fairly easy. Having a baby has somehow shifted the...

read more
Creating a Bedtime Routine

Creating a Bedtime Routine

You’ve probably heard that bedtime routines are an important piece of your baby’s nighttime sleep. Wondering why they’re important, when to start, and what to include? Let’s talk about it.  Why are bedtime routines so important? Babies thrive on predictability and...

read more
Baby Play for Newborns

Baby Play for Newborns

Baby play. It sounds so simple, right? It can be! But, if you’re unsure of what to do with your newborn, that’s okay too. Let me help! What is play for a newborn? In the newborn phase, play is ANY interaction that your baby has with you and the world around them. Play...

read more
Dear New Mama

Dear New Mama

Do you have a brand new little one? I’m talking to you today. I want you to know, you’re doing it right.  I’d love to be able to speak right to your heart. Would you watch this message from my heart to yours? Let me say it again. I want you to hear it; I want you to...

read more
Baby Naps and School Pickup

Baby Naps and School Pickup

If you're wondering just how to make a baby sleep schedule work when you have to taxi your older kiddo(s) to and from school, you're not alone!  Here are my 4 best strategies to help you "hack" preschool pickup and baby sleep: 1. Make the drive longer. Yes, LONGER! We...

read more
Sleep Sacks®, Sleep Bags, and Wearable Blankets

Sleep Sacks®, Sleep Bags, and Wearable Blankets

Want to know a topic that I get asked about almost daily? Sleep sacks, sleep bags, and wearable blankets. They all mean generally the same thing - a sleeveless zip up bag that your baby or toddler can wear as an alternative to a blanket for sleep.    View this...

read more
Transitioning Home from the NICU

Transitioning Home from the NICU

You’ve learned more than you’ve ever wanted to know about oxygen saturation and bradycardias. You’re celebrating every gram your baby gains, the car seat test has been passed, and you’ve memorized every detail of the NICU schedule. Just when you’ve gotten the hang of...

read more
Should I Swaddle My Baby?

Should I Swaddle My Baby?

I get so many questions about swaddling! Why swaddle? Does swaddling make babies safer? How do you swaddle properly? Can swaddling delay important developments? When should I start or stop swaddling? Is swaddling the right choice for my baby? I would love to answer...

read more
Introducing a Pacifier

Introducing a Pacifier

So many parents ask: “Should my baby use a pacifier??” My answer will always be “It’s up to you and your little one!” There truly is no “right or wrong” approach when it comes to pacifiers. Some babies never take a pacifier, and that’s okay! However, for many babies,...

read more
Top 10 Tips to Help with the Witching Hour

Top 10 Tips to Help with the Witching Hour

If 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 otherwise content baby has an extremely fussy period, often occurring daily...

read more
Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

If 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 while sleeping, and this is exactly what swaddling offers.* However, as the...

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
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
Breastfeeding Basics as Taught by a Subway Sandwich

Breastfeeding Basics as Taught by a Subway Sandwich

As a former Labor and Delivery/Postpartum Nurse and a mom who nursed her own babies, I know first-hand that breastfeeding can feel overwhelming, especially in the beginning! In those first few days and weeks after the arrival of your newborn, there seems to be so much...

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Teething & Baby Sleep

Teething & Baby Sleep

Teething- UGH! The very word causes parents everywhere to cringe and have visions of drooling, fussy babies. Watch the IGTV video below for a deep dive on teething. You’ll learn: symptoms of teething, symptoms that are often confused with teething, ways to soothe...

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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!

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The Dream Feed

The Dream Feed

If you Google the phrase “dream feed,” you find so many “rules” and opinions. Let me simplify it for you! What is the dream feed?  Basically, a dream feeding is the last feeding of the day. It typically happens 2-3 hours after the bedtime feeding and right about the...

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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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Reflux & Baby Sleep

Reflux & Baby Sleep

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 reflux could be causing rough nights. Even though I have twenty years of...

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Tummy Sleep

Tummy Sleep

Research 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? If so, when? There is not a universal age for safe tummy sleep because...

read more
Toddler Sleep and Potty Training

Toddler Sleep and Potty Training

If you’re like many toddler parents out there, you’ve probably wondered about when to start potty training. Maybe your friend’s child trained around this time, maybe your kiddo is starting to follow you into the bathroom more, or maybe you’re just sick and tired of...

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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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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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Mother’s Day Sale FAQ

Which Taking Cara Babies products or resources are on sale? All of our courses and gift certificates are $10 off. Yes, this includes all of the following: Will I Ever Sleep Again? Navigating Months 3 & 4 First Five Months Bundle ABC's of Sleep Gift Certificates...

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Safe Sleep Checklist

Safe Sleep Checklist

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 the baby products you are using are safe too. Sleep surface...

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Why isn’t my baby sleeping through the night?

Why isn’t my baby sleeping through the night?

Wait, before we talk about why, what does “sleeping through the night” actually mean?  You may have read that a 5-7 hour stretch of sleep is “sleeping through the night.” While that is a developmentally appropriate and even amazing stretch of sleep at some ages,...

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Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Let's talk about naps. If naps are a struggle for you, you're not alone. Please remember naps ARE important. We know “sleep begets sleep.” This means that adequate daytime rest leads to fewer night wakings and longer night sleep. However, naps can be so difficult to...

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Which Class Should I Take?

Which Class Should I Take?

Are you wondering which of my classes is best for your baby? Let’s talk about it.  Where do I start? Start with your baby’s age! Each of my classes emphasizes meeting babies where they are developmentally. Because of that, I always encourage families to buy the course...

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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

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Marriage After Baby

Marriage After Baby

Let's get real about relationships.  As I read these words from a new mama, my heart broke.  "I did NOT think our marriage would get so HARD after we had a baby. I married my best friend, and our relationship has been fairly easy. Having a baby has somehow shifted the...

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Creating a Bedtime Routine

Creating a Bedtime Routine

You’ve probably heard that bedtime routines are an important piece of your baby’s nighttime sleep. Wondering why they’re important, when to start, and what to include? Let’s talk about it.  Why are bedtime routines so important? Babies thrive on predictability and...

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Baby Play for Newborns

Baby Play for Newborns

Baby play. It sounds so simple, right? It can be! But, if you’re unsure of what to do with your newborn, that’s okay too. Let me help! What is play for a newborn? In the newborn phase, play is ANY interaction that your baby has with you and the world around them. Play...

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Dear New Mama

Dear New Mama

Do you have a brand new little one? I’m talking to you today. I want you to know, you’re doing it right.  I’d love to be able to speak right to your heart. Would you watch this message from my heart to yours? Let me say it again. I want you to hear it; I want you to...

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Baby Naps and School Pickup

Baby Naps and School Pickup

If you're wondering just how to make a baby sleep schedule work when you have to taxi your older kiddo(s) to and from school, you're not alone!  Here are my 4 best strategies to help you "hack" preschool pickup and baby sleep: 1. Make the drive longer. Yes, LONGER! We...

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Sleep Sacks®, Sleep Bags, and Wearable Blankets

Sleep Sacks®, Sleep Bags, and Wearable Blankets

Want to know a topic that I get asked about almost daily? Sleep sacks, sleep bags, and wearable blankets. They all mean generally the same thing - a sleeveless zip up bag that your baby or toddler can wear as an alternative to a blanket for sleep.    View this...

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Transitioning Home from the NICU

Transitioning Home from the NICU

You’ve learned more than you’ve ever wanted to know about oxygen saturation and bradycardias. You’re celebrating every gram your baby gains, the car seat test has been passed, and you’ve memorized every detail of the NICU schedule. Just when you’ve gotten the hang of...

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Should I Swaddle My Baby?

Should I Swaddle My Baby?

I get so many questions about swaddling! Why swaddle? Does swaddling make babies safer? How do you swaddle properly? Can swaddling delay important developments? When should I start or stop swaddling? Is swaddling the right choice for my baby? I would love to answer...

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Introducing a Pacifier

Introducing a Pacifier

So many parents ask: “Should my baby use a pacifier??” My answer will always be “It’s up to you and your little one!” There truly is no “right or wrong” approach when it comes to pacifiers. Some babies never take a pacifier, and that’s okay! However, for many babies,...

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Top 10 Tips to Help with the Witching Hour

Top 10 Tips to Help with the Witching Hour

If 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 otherwise content baby has an extremely fussy period, often occurring daily...

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Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

If 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 while sleeping, and this is exactly what swaddling offers.* However, as the...

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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.”

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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.

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Breastfeeding Basics as Taught by a Subway Sandwich

Breastfeeding Basics as Taught by a Subway Sandwich

As a former Labor and Delivery/Postpartum Nurse and a mom who nursed her own babies, I know first-hand that breastfeeding can feel overwhelming, especially in the beginning! In those first few days and weeks after the arrival of your newborn, there seems to be so much...

read more
Teething & Baby Sleep

Teething & Baby Sleep

Teething- UGH! The very word causes parents everywhere to cringe and have visions of drooling, fussy babies. Watch the IGTV video below for a deep dive on teething. You’ll learn: symptoms of teething, symptoms that are often confused with teething, ways to soothe...

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
The Dream Feed

The Dream Feed

If you Google the phrase “dream feed,” you find so many “rules” and opinions. Let me simplify it for you! What is the dream feed?  Basically, a dream feeding is the last feeding of the day. It typically happens 2-3 hours after the bedtime feeding and right about the...

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
Reflux & Baby Sleep

Reflux & Baby Sleep

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 reflux could be causing rough nights. Even though I have twenty years of...

read more
Tummy Sleep

Tummy Sleep

Research 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? If so, when? There is not a universal age for safe tummy sleep because...

read more
Toddler Sleep and Potty Training

Toddler Sleep and Potty Training

If you’re like many toddler parents out there, you’ve probably wondered about when to start potty training. Maybe your friend’s child trained around this time, maybe your kiddo is starting to follow you into the bathroom more, or maybe you’re just sick and tired of...

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
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