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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...

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
Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

AHHHHH…. Naps! Naps are a beautiful time for the 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 harder to conquer than night sleep. Okay, well… I’m here to help....

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...

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...

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
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
The Dream Feed

The Dream Feed

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 Dream Feeding is the last feeding of the day. It typically...

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

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

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 love. They DON’T need to “tough it out” or “learn how to sleep in all circumstances” as...

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. Here are a few common questions: Can we still have a great little...

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
Decorating Your Nursery

Decorating Your Nursery

As an expectant mom, I started researching baby sleep the second I discovered I was pregnant. That’s how I found Taking Cara Babies. As a designer, I started planning my son, Teddy’s, nursery even before I was pregnant. Ok, maybe you’re not crazy like me and...

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How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

How to Wean Out of Baby 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,...

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
Transitioning From One Baby to Two (or Three or Four)

Transitioning From One Baby to Two (or Three or Four)

This post was first published on “What Lola Likes.” Your family is growing! You’ve announced on social media that your child is soon to be crowned “Big Brother” or “Big Sister.” This time is so exciting, BUT… if you catch yourself wondering: “Can I really do this?”,...

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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
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...

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...

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...

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
The Dream Feed

The Dream Feed

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 Dream Feeding is the last feeding of the day. It typically...

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
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 Parent to Do?

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

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 love. They DON’T need to “tough it out” or “learn how to sleep in all circumstances” as...

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. Here are a few common questions: Can we still have a great little...

read more
How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

How to Wean Out of Baby 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,...

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
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
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
Scary Thoughts

Scary Thoughts

Trigger Warning: In the following article, examples of disturbing thoughts or scenarios are described. These may be triggering to some, and have been distinguished by the use of italics. If you are concerned about reading these examples, we encourage you to skip the...

read more
5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

No 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 Disorder (PMADs). Thus far, the push for awareness has mostly focused on recognizing the...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

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8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

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 need for baby sleep, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re snoozing...

read more
Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

AHHHHH…. Naps! Naps are a beautiful time for the 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 harder to conquer than night sleep. Okay, well… I’m here to help....

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
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
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
The Dream Feed

The Dream Feed

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 Dream Feeding is the last feeding of the day. It typically...

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

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

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 love. They DON’T need to “tough it out” or “learn how to sleep in all circumstances” as...

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. Here are a few common questions: Can we still have a great little...

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 Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

How to Wean Out of Baby 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,...

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
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
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...

read more
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...

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
Toddler Behavior

Toddler Behavior

A mom recently reached out to me frustrated with her toddler’s defiance, tantrums, and power struggles. She was losing patience and found herself yelling more than she would like, which led to feelings of guilt and missed enjoyment with her child. I talk to so many...

read more
Scary Thoughts

Scary Thoughts

Trigger Warning: In the following article, examples of disturbing thoughts or scenarios are described. These may be triggering to some, and have been distinguished by the use of italics. If you are concerned about reading these examples, we encourage you to skip the...

read more
Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

I 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 courses. One night, I heard the familiar cry and rolled out of bed, but before I could get to his crib, the crying...

read more
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...

read more
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...

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!

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Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

AHHHHH…. Naps! Naps are a beautiful time for the 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 harder to conquer than night sleep. Okay, well… I’m here to help....

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. Here are a few common questions: Can we still have a great little...

read more
How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

How to Wean Out of Baby 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,...

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
Sleeping Babies in Car Seats

Sleeping Babies in Car Seats

Let’s be honest: babies fall asleep in their car seats! But...if we aren’t educated, the very product we use to keep babies safe in the car can actually become a safety HAZARD! HOW is it possible to keep your baby SAFE when he falls asleep in the car seat? Let me show...

read more
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...

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...

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
The Dream Feed

The Dream Feed

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 Dream Feeding is the last feeding of the day. It typically...

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.

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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...

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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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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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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. Here are a few common questions: Can we still have a great little...

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Decorating Your Nursery

Decorating Your Nursery

As an expectant mom, I started researching baby sleep the second I discovered I was pregnant. That’s how I found Taking Cara Babies. As a designer, I started planning my son, Teddy’s, nursery even before I was pregnant. Ok, maybe you’re not crazy like me and...

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How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

How to Wean Out of Baby 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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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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Transitioning From One Baby to Two (or Three or Four)

Transitioning From One Baby to Two (or Three or Four)

This post was first published on “What Lola Likes.” Your family is growing! You’ve announced on social media that your child is soon to be crowned “Big Brother” or “Big Sister.” This time is so exciting, BUT… if you catch yourself wondering: “Can I really do this?”,...

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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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Toddler Behavior

Toddler Behavior

A mom recently reached out to me frustrated with her toddler’s defiance, tantrums, and power struggles. She was losing patience and found herself yelling more than she would like, which led to feelings of guilt and missed enjoyment with her child. I talk to so many...

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Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

I 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 courses. One night, I heard the familiar cry and rolled out of bed, but before I could get to his crib, the crying...

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5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

No 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 Disorder (PMADs). Thus far, the push for awareness has mostly focused on recognizing the...

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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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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!

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8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

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 need for baby sleep, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re snoozing...

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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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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 Parent to Do?

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

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 love. They DON’T need to “tough it out” or “learn how to sleep in all circumstances” as...

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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. Here are a few common questions: Can we still have a great little...

read more
Decorating Your Nursery

Decorating Your Nursery

As an expectant mom, I started researching baby sleep the second I discovered I was pregnant. That’s how I found Taking Cara Babies. As a designer, I started planning my son, Teddy’s, nursery even before I was pregnant. Ok, maybe you’re not crazy like me and...

read more
How to Wean Out of Baby Sleep Products

How to Wean Out of Baby 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,...

read more
Transitioning From One Baby to Two (or Three or Four)

Transitioning From One Baby to Two (or Three or Four)

This post was first published on “What Lola Likes.” Your family is growing! You’ve announced on social media that your child is soon to be crowned “Big Brother” or “Big Sister.” This time is so exciting, BUT… if you catch yourself wondering: “Can I really do this?”,...

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...

read more
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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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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Sleeping Babies in Car Seats

Sleeping Babies in Car Seats

Let’s be honest: babies fall asleep in their car seats! But...if we aren’t educated, the very product we use to keep babies safe in the car can actually become a safety HAZARD! HOW is it possible to keep your baby SAFE when he falls asleep in the car seat? Let me show...

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Toddler Behavior

Toddler Behavior

A mom recently reached out to me frustrated with her toddler’s defiance, tantrums, and power struggles. She was losing patience and found herself yelling more than she would like, which led to feelings of guilt and missed enjoyment with her child. I talk to so many...

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Scary Thoughts

Scary Thoughts

Trigger Warning: In the following article, examples of disturbing thoughts or scenarios are described. These may be triggering to some, and have been distinguished by the use of italics. If you are concerned about reading these examples, we encourage you to skip the...

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5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

No 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 Disorder (PMADs). Thus far, the push for awareness has mostly focused on recognizing the...

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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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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...

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8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

8 Steps to Help YOU Get Restful Sleep

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 need for baby sleep, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re snoozing...

read more
Bonding with Your Baby Before Birth

Bonding with Your Baby Before Birth

What 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 baby bonding Reduce the risk of postpartum depression -AND- Establish a...

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Co-Sleeping After Sleep Training

Co-Sleeping After Sleep Training

You can imagine the comfort I was experiencing as I awoke this morning with approximately two inches left on the mattress. I don’t even believe in animals in the bed! However, this dog isn’t one bit interested in my beliefs. She’s up here every single night. But, as a...

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