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!!

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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 tarabrunetteambitions@gmail.com. Thanks for reading! Xo, Tara

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We teamed up with Modern Burlap for this post! Check out these adorable images with Tara’s son 🙂

 

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

 

Ruthie XO

  • Comments ( 36 )

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    Ashley DTKAustin

    i’m definitely saving this for when I have kids!!

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    Whitney

    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 🙂

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    stopdropandvogue

    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 🙂
    http://stopdropandvogue.com

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    Greta Hollar (@greta_hollar)

    I’ve loved this series and learned so much!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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    Mollie

    Love this series!! I will definitely be coming back to read these when I’m a new mom!

    xx Mollie
    http://www.astylishsideproject.com

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    tara

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

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    Nina – the HSS feed

    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!

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    UrbanBlonde

    I def. am saving this for when I have kids one day!! Happy Friday!

    xO – Steph
    http://www.urbanblonde.com

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    Laura B

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

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    rachel

    This series is so helpful!! Totally saving for when i have kids!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

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    Jessica Weinberg (@whatsfordinesq)

    I LOVE this series. Even though I don’t have kids, it is always such a great read!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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    Nicole

    Bookmaking I have kids! Have a great weekend!

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      Nicole

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

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    Nicole Echelberger

    what a fun series! He is such a cutie!

    ClassToCloset

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    Tiffani at Breton Bay

    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!!

    xoxo
    Tiffani
    http://www.tiffaniatbretonbay.com

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    Meggan

    Love this series!

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    Jaime

    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!

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    mollyeclifton

    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 | http://www.stylemissmolly.com

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    Stephanie

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

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    Vanessa Espinoza

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

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    Jamie

    Wow….ideas I had not yet thought of!

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    April

    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.

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    agallonofglitter

    this is such good info! i’ll keep this in mind once I have kids 🙂

    xoxo
    Victoria
    http://www.agallonofglitter.com

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    January Hart

    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!

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    Nicole Leffew

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

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    Anna English

    What a great post!

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    stephani

    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
    http://www.sassandsun.com

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    Jessica Sheppard

    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!

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    Madeline

    What a great post!

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    Styled Blonde

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

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    Whitney

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

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    Kristina

    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

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    Donna

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

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      ruthieridley

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

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    globalmunchkins82

    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!

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    The Style Lynn Life

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

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