If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re on your third cup of coffee and slept a total like less than 4 hours last night. How do I know that? Because I was in those exact shoes, girl. I remember hearing “Oh the newborn phase is the best, all they do is sleep” LOL Literally all I could do was laugh when I was told that because it certainly did not feel that way. The first month of our girl’s life was a blur, filled with sleeping for 30 minute increments…but it got better.
Sleep training was something I had no clue about until I found myself Googling “How to get your newborn to sleep”. That’s when I stumbled upon several sleep consultants who claim they can get your baby to sleep through the night. SOLD. Well, three different sleep consultants later…here I am sharing what I loved and didn’t love about each one.
first one up is…
This was a recommendation from another mama who had success with it. I actually purchased The Baby Sleep Trainer book (you can grab it HERE) and read through it in a few days. We started our sleep training journey with this method at 4 months old when we placed her in her own crib. We had a lot of success getting Vivian adjusted to a sleep schedule and used to her own room.
I actually won the “Guide to a better night’s sleep for babies 4-12 months” which I’d say is an intro to their 4-12 month sleep course. This was great for someone who didn’t know anything about sleep training! Unfortunately, I am an expert researcher and it was filled with things I already found during my midnight google searches. I can’t speak how their courses are but I do see they have group training which could be a more affordable option for a mama.
I came across Taking Cara Babies on Instagram while while I was pregnant and loved following them. They share SUPER good tips on their posts about everything from feeding to traveling with kids. I took two course: Navigating 3-4 Months and ABC’s of Sleep (5-24 months). *Going to tell you right now that Navigating 3-4 Months wasn’t worth the money*…just fight through that 4 month sleep regression. BUT the ABC’s of Sleep was SOO worth it! I mean it was magic, Vivian only “trained” for one night… ONE NIGHT. She’s remained a good sleeper since we took the class at 10 months old. It is a bit of an investment but sleep is priceless in my opinion.
So the clear winner was Taking Cara Babies for us. I’m not sure if it’s because we implemented the techniques when she was a little older or because it’s truly magic. Either way, I’d much rather purchase a Taking Cara Babies course with our next babe.
So if you haven’t already, take a look at each sleep consultant and see which is the best fit for you. I know you’re desperate for sleep at this point but also don’t forget that they’re little babies and aren’t fully developed to understand sleep cycles like us. Give your little babe some grace, sleep will come mama.
Have you done any sleep courses?! Which one?