New Moms Series | Sleep Training feat. Tara Williams + Series Re-cap

New Moms Series | Sleep Training feat. Tara Williams + Series Re-cap


Hi friends!!! This Friday wraps up our New Mom’s series!! I want to say thank you for following along with us as we shared our hearts and experiences! If you missed the series…. here is a brief re-cap of what went down…. If you scroll a bit further down you will hear from Tara Williams as she concludes the series on the topic of sleep training!!

Hello everyone!

I am so honored to be part of the “New Mom Series” on Ruthie Ridley’s blog! This week, I’m sharing my personal experience with sleep training and some tricks and tips to help any of those new moms get their little ones sleeping sooner than later. So what qualifies me to write this post? I have three little ones who have all successfully slept through the night since about 6 weeks old. Brooklyn is 4, Lydia is 3 and Beckett is 20 months now. Having our babies sleep early was so important for our family because our children are all so close in age. So how do you get a good sleeper? Well, some of it is lead by the baby, but I am a firm believer it is predominatly parent lead. I have a friend who’s baby still will not go to sleep without being nursed at 15 months and another who’s baby will only go to sleep if he is sucking on HER finger.

Because Beckett is the youngest (and I can remember our experience with him best) I will talk about that. At four weeks we moved him from our room and let him sleep in his own crib, in his own room. I am convinced when a baby is in your room they can smell your milk and stay awake. Also, every move my babies made I would get startled awake thinking something was wrong. I specifically remember one night jumping out of bed and shaking Beckett because he was sleeping so peacefully, I thought he wasn’t breathing. The book “On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the GIFT of Nighttime Sleep,” was our guid. You would think we would have it down by baby #3 but I pulled it out the last few weeks of each pregnancy to refresh myself each time. The book is slightly controversial but the concept is simple and surrounded by getting your baby on a routine. Eat, Wake, Sleep is the key. We followed the schedule and woke Beckett at the same time every day, then began the 2 1/2 hour routine. I am more of a night owl than a morning person so we would begin our day at 9am with a feeding, a little play time then back to sleep. The cycle continues at 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm, etc. A big focus is to let your baby sleep on their own, this includes not letting your baby fall asleep in a swing or bouncer. I know for me it felt SO HARD to let Beckett cry in his own crib or to force him to stay awake after a feeding instead of just going right to sleep but in the end it was so, so worth it. You can do this moms! Feel free to email me with any questions if there was something I didn’t answer Thanks for reading! Xo, Tara

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I hope everyone has an absolutely amazing weekend!! Thank you for stopping by the blog!! Much love,


Ruthie XO


  1. Whitney November 3, 2016 / 6:26 am

    I love this series! I think it’s so great that you’re sharing real stories for mamas (and mamas-to-be!) to learn from 🙂

  2. stopdropandvogue November 3, 2016 / 6:58 am

    I love this series you have going on, it is SO helpful to new moms. Ruthie and Tara, you are so inspiring and when I become a momma I’ll definitely refer to this series 🙂

  3. tara November 3, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    Love it! So thankful to be part of the mommy series! XO

  4. Nina - the HSS feed November 4, 2016 / 5:08 am

    I always enjoy this series! Sleep training is always such a challenge to figure out, but we actually did something very similar to this and it worked great!

  5. Laura B November 4, 2016 / 6:34 am

    Loved this series! Sleep training was the best thing to happen to us a couple years ago!

  6. Nicole November 4, 2016 / 7:19 am

    Bookmaking I have kids! Have a great weekend!

    • Nicole November 4, 2016 / 7:20 am

      I meant: Bookmarking this for when I have kids! Thank you! Have a great weekend!

  7. Tiffani at Breton Bay November 4, 2016 / 7:42 am

    I can relate in so many ways to this post. 1. Parent led methods 2. Because are so close in age, they had to sleep through the night for a “sane” family experience ?? and finally as hard as it is to hear your baby cry, certain times it’s ok (hard as HECK but ok). Great post Ruthie!!


  8. Meggan November 4, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Love this series!

  9. Jaime November 4, 2016 / 7:55 am

    I read the same book and followed the same schedule! It really helped Harley sleep through the night starting at 8 weeks! Love hearing other momma’s experiences and successes!

  10. mollyeclifton November 4, 2016 / 7:56 am

    This series is SO perfect! I’m not a mama, but as a early childhood educator I can certainly relate. Thanks for sharing such great inspiration! Happy Friday!

    Keep smiling!
    Molly |

  11. Stephanie November 4, 2016 / 8:06 am

    I’m not a mama but I will be definitely saving this !

  12. Vanessa Espinoza November 4, 2016 / 8:56 am

    I don’t have babies yet but this is a great idea and i love these tips!

  13. Jamie November 4, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Wow….ideas I had not yet thought of!

  14. April November 4, 2016 / 9:50 am

    As a mom of four babies, I can say my kids did not sleep through the night until they were a year old. But it worked for us. I am a firm believer that whatever works for you and your family is what is best for you. Every baby is different.

  15. January Hart November 4, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Ahhhh….the sleep scenario. I remember this SO well when mine were little. I struggled so hard with it and wish I could have gotten them to sleep more on their own with no sound machines, etc. Routine is SO key, no matter what though! Great informational post!

  16. Nicole Leffew November 4, 2016 / 10:50 am

    He’s so cute! Great ideas for when I have kids! 🙂

  17. stephani November 4, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    My biggest fear about becoming a first time mom—SLEEP schedules! ahhhh I have a few friends with babies and they all say different things…I just want my baby to be a good sleeper and I want to make sure I make the right decisions! These tips are super helpful and I will definitely check out that book! thanks for sharing!!

    xo, steph

  18. Jessica Sheppard November 4, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Great read, Tara! I don’t have any little ones yet, but am saving your valuable life experience! It’s always encouraging to follow someone’s wisdom who has been there. Beckett is such a cutie! Ruthie, I’ve been loving this series…thanks, friend!

  19. Styled Blonde November 4, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    LOVE me some Modern Burlap! I have a 6 month old and they are our favorite!

  20. Whitney November 4, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    Such great advice. Sleep training is so hard for sure. Especially when you are already sleep deprived going into it!

  21. Kristina November 4, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    I can only imagine how hard it is to establish a sleep schedule with kids. One day I’ll need this!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

  22. Donna November 5, 2016 / 9:02 am

    This was so informative! I love hearing all these beautiful mamas sharing their secrets on motherhood 🙂 Great series babe! XX, Donna

    • ruthieridley November 6, 2016 / 8:00 am

      Aww you are so sweet!! Thank you Donna!! XO

  23. globalmunchkins82 November 6, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    Love when moms open up and let other moms know the struggles and wins they are experiencing. The village is still such an integral part of motherhood I believe!

  24. The Style Lynn Life November 6, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    Such a great series! Bookmarking this for when I am blessed with little ones! xo!

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