How I Got My Newborn to Sleep in a Bassinet

I honestly don’t even know where to begin.

As a new mom of an 8 week old, sleep will motivate me to do pretty much anything. I’m used to living off of naps, and sleeping for 2-3 hour stretches (none of which occur during the day).

Any time I would put Noah down, and I mean ANY time, he would automatically cry. My only soulution?

Hold him all day long.

Hold him while I cook, while I eat, while I work from home, while I try to put on mascara (doing a full face of makeup was definitely out of the question.. the list goes on.

I’ve been following Bonnie Engle’s pregnancy/mom journey pretty thoroughly, and she’s the one who spoke about this newborn sleep class she had taken.

Her newborn baby started sleeping 10-12hours every night.

Excuse me??????

She said the class was taught by Cara, of @TakingCaraBabies , and a total game changer.

Idk about you, but if there’s a class that gets newborns to possibly sleep in a bassinet, it has to cost at LEAST $500 and require a piece of your soul, right????

Wrong. So wrong.

$74 my friends.

Seventy Four dollars to get SLEEP.

No soul required.

We bought the course, started watching some of the videos around 10pm, and I decided to implement some of the tactics the next morning.



I even documented it:

This couldn’t be real life???? Could it???

No fancy set ups. Just a swaddle, Cara’s course, and our bassinet (that we never used prior to this).

That first nap lasted 30 minutes. He only woke up because the door made noise when I opened it (we didn’t have a sound machine yet). The second nap lasted about 5 minutes, but still was a total WIN for us!

I almost cried. In fact, I actually did tear up a bit. I didn’t care that it wasn’t a two hour nap. All that mattered to me was that there was HOPE.

Hope for breaks during the day.

Hope for longer stretches of sleep at night.

Hope that I could feel like myself again.

Hope that Joe & I could have more time for us as a couple.

This knowledge was priceless.

My baby wound up sleeping for many 3-4 hour stretches at night, and you know what? That was another huge WIN for us!!!

Best part? There’s no “crying it out” involved either.

There’s no affiliation with Cara and I, but I will recommend this course to every parent I meet. It’s helping us understand our baby SO much better than we ever did. They say there’s no handbook for being a parent, but this pretty much feels like it.

Cara’s IG is run completely by her, and she’s extremely responsive as well! She even responded to my IG message right after I put Noah down for a nap. She’s a real mom. She cares. She wants to help.

If there’s one piece of advice I have for you, it’s to learn about your baby through books, videos, or any other modality that feels right to you.

To connect with Cara:

IG: @TakingCaraBabies

To connect with Bonnie Engle:

IG: @Bonnie_Engle

Taking this course ignited my passion for motherhood even more.

Share your success stories with me.

Let me know how I can help.




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