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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

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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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.

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Sleep Training Q&A (Cara on Nested Bean)

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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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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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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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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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...

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Daycare & Baby Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES Daycare & Baby Sleep Cara Dumaplin, Founder Through Taking Cara Babies, I get to collaborate with moms from all across the world and from all walks of life. This blog post is written by one of those amazing moms. Let me introduce her to you-...

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Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

TAKING CARA BABIES Transitioning Out of the Swaddle Cara Dumaplin, Founder 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...

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Tummy Sleep

TAKING CARA BABIES When is it Safe for Tummy Sleep? Cara Dumaplin, Founder 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...

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First Day of Kindergarten

TAKING CARA BABIES First Day of Kindergarten Cara Dumaplin, Founder August 2, 2017 **This post was originally published on The RN Journal of Nursing. "This is the necklace I was wearing the first time I saw you, Ella", I explain as I latch a gold necklace around my...

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Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months

TAKING CARA BABIES Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months Cara Dumaplin, Founder April 29, 2017 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,...

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“Am I Enough?” ~ A Note For Every New Mom

TAKING CARA BABIES “Am I Enough?” A Note For Every New Mom Cara Dumaplin, Founder June 5, 2016 After 28 hours of labor, a failed birth plan, and a snoozing husband, you look down at this precious little newborn just hours old. “So you were the one kicking me in...

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Some Gave All

TAKING CARA BABIES Some Gave All Cara Dumaplin, Founder May 25, 2017 My sweet 15 month old sat perched upon her daddy’s shoulders. She excitedly waved the miniature American flag, but it had no meaning for her like it did for her father. This was the first day that...

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CoSleeping After Sleep Training

TAKING CARA BABIES CoSleeping After Sleep Training Cara Dumaplin, Founder May 5, 2016 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...

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The Dream Feed

TAKING CARA BABIES The Dream Feed Cara Dumaplin, Founder March 4, 2016 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....

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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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