Taking Cara Babies has prided its brand on giving you tips and tricks on how to teach independent sleep habits for babies to get them to sleep long hours and soundly.
Baby sleep is tricky for many parents to navigate during the first year.
Babies grow rapidly and go through numerous fundamental developmental changes over 12 months.
So much so that you are constantly guessing what could be wrong with them since they can’t communicate.
Being in the dark about what your baby is going through can make the baby sleep a stressful task.
When I was pregnant, I researched the baby’s sleep and how it worked.
After learning how devastating the effects of sleep deprivation on babies and parents could be, I wanted to avoid that at all costs.
So, I researched and found Taking Cara Babies on a mom forum one day.
I looked at Cara’s website and decided to purchase the “Will I Ever Sleep Again ” course while pregnant, as instructed by Taking Cara Babies, for $80.
After completing both courses, I asked myself the same question many do,
” Is Taking Cara Babies Worth it? “
Cara is more of your run-of-the-mill influencer, using readily available and standard knowledge information while putting her face, flowery jargon, and a price tag on it.
Taking Cara Babies is Expensive
Cara understands that baby sleep is a fundamental issue for all parents, new and seasoned.
She also understands it is a sensitive topic for many parents where everyone could struggle.
That being the case, she knows parents who are desperate enough, will pay ANYTHING to get their baby to sleep.
The “Will I Ever Sleep Again” course was $80, and the 3-4 month sleep Ebook was $40.
Which, by the way, it wasn’t even an ‘Ebook’, it was a 2 page infographic pdf form, filled with the same information I have learned from books and just reiterates concepts from her ” Will I Ever Sleep Again ” course.
It was frustratingly basic and unhelpful considering she charges $40 for it.
Lastly, the bundle is $100.
For the first four months of baby sleep education, you will pay anywhere from $100 to $120!
I never bought any further courses, but here are the numbers.
- “Will I Ever Sleep Again? ” – $80
- Navigating Months 3-4 EBook – $40
- The First 5 Month Bundle – $100
- The ABCs of Sleep – $179
- Conquering Naps – $129
- 5 – 24 Month Bundle with Bonus Bumps Along the Way – $249
If you decide to buy both bundles, you are looking to pay at least $350 before taxes for those courses.
It may not sound that bad.
However, considering I managed to get my daughter to sleep through the night without forking over the cash and would have done it without spending any money on her class, I could have done it for almost free!
Free is always better than $350.
Especially in these times of steep inflation and where people are struggling to pay for groceries and gas, not many people have an extra $100-$400 on just a baby sleep course.
Maybe if she was also offering other postpartum care guidance that cost could be justified but just baby sleep?
Baby sleep education should be affordable and accessible for all parents, not just the ones who can afford it.
The Content is Nothing New
This falls into the category of it also being too expensive for what it is.
I finished the first Newborn course while pregnant in just a few hours, and I was shocked at how little new information I learned.
I didn’t learn any new or valuable information from Taking Cara Babies.
Many of the principles she showcases have been around for decades and rehashed into a pretty display.
I used my Moms on Call, Becoming Babywise, and Precious Little Sleep principles to help my daughter learn healthy and independent sleep habits.
Because many of those principles were pasted into her course, I felt like I had Deja Vu.
However, when my daughter had an early morning wake-up, we ran into a slight speed bump.
So I bought the 3 – 4 Month Ebook for $40 since the previous course I purchased from her expired.
It wasn’t very reassuring to see it wasn’t an Ebook, but a 2 paged Infographic on sleep tips that I already knew! *facepalm*
None of it served the situation I was experiencing.
But it looked pretty and cute!
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Taking Cara Babies Milks As Much Money as Possible
One of the big problems I had with Cara and Taking Cara Babies was her emphasizing that babies cannot be formally sleep-trained before five months old and aren’t capable of sleeping through the night.
Ask anyone on the Respectful Sleep Training Group on Facebook with nearly half a million members, and they will tell you that isn’t the case.
Many have formally and successfully taught their children independent sleep practices as young as two months old with a pediatrician’s green light.
I also had my daughter sleeping soundly all night, every night, by the time she was four months old.
So, it IS possible, not for all babies but many, if not most of them.
However, if you have a baby that is sleeping soundly and independently with no problems, you won’t buy what she is selling because baby sleep is a past problem for you now!
Her business thrives on babies that AREN’T sleeping well.
She would rather you not have your baby sleeping fully through the night too soon, so you will buy her sleep training course for close to $300.
This serves Cara perfectly as she gets more money out of you.
However, this doesn’t serve you because it only delays your baby from having the skill to sleep independently and through the night while simultaneously emptying your wallet when they can do it sooner if you both feel good and ready.
If your baby sleeps before five months, you won’t buy Cara’s added nearly $300 course, a sale she loses.
By convincing the baby’s parents that they CAN’T do something before a particular time, she CAN get them to keep buying her courses, and she keeps making money.
Taking Cara Babies Courses Expire
This is a biggie for me here.
After you purchase a kit, she lets you know once you start, it expires after a certain amount of time.
It was 90 days.
This was why I bought the Ebook in case there was something useful since I couldn’t refer to the previous course I purchased to troubleshoot because it expired.
Her course isn’t a perishable watermelon; it shouldn’t expire after a certain amount of time after purchasing it.
In fact, Massage Envy got busted for this type of model by allowing their gift cards to expire after a certain amount of time.
This means for Taking Cara Babies that you can’t hold on to these courses when you need to troubleshoot or if you have another baby in the future.
She wants you to repurchase her course so she can make more money.
When it comes to these kinds of products and services, they should only expire once you purchase them if you cancel your account.
The courses are too expensive to expire and it’s incredibly frustrating as it comes off as her putting her wallet first instead of her customer’s user experience.
I suggest you buy one of the following books to refer to anytime you need it.
They will NEVER expire and are MUCH cheaper:
I wholeheartedly LOVE these books and found them to be extremely informative and helpful.
For all three, it will cost you less than $40, a total bargain for the amount of information you get in them and if you don’t mind reading.
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The Taking Cara Babies Principals are Available Anywhere Online
As I mentioned before, literally nothing of what Taking Cara Babies teaches is new or revolutionary baby sleep principles.
They have been around for decades.
Taking Cara Babies essentially consolidated this information, gift-wrapped it for you, and then charged you hundreds of dollars.
When Annabelle started having nap troubles, I didn’t go to her site and purchase her Conquering Naps course for $130.
Instead, I joined the Respectful Sleep Training Group on Facebook to ask for help with real everyday women who do this.
I received so much insight and helpful tips from other mothers and the admins to help me troubleshoot sleeping problems for nearly a year now!
Not only are they helpful, and it gives you a place not to be judged for wanting to help your baby sleep independently, you feel a sense of camaraderie with one another.
Many women there have successfully sleep trained their babies and are giving advice or are looking to sleep-train and want advice.
Everyone has either been in the same position as you and got out of it or is currently in the same place you are.
You have your tribe when you are in the process and motivational stories to keep you going!
It is a judgment-free zone, so it is safe.
If you are struggling with baby sleep and want to hear other success stories or ask for help on where to start, I strongly suggest the Respectful Sleep Training Group on Facebook.
When I joined over a year ago, they had roughly 170k members; now, they have nearly 400K!
You can make personal connections with these women and have solid support as you go through the ups and downs of your baby’s sleep journey.
The Consensus: You CAN Go Without
So, should you buy Taking Cara Babies or not?
Well, that is all certainly up to you.
If money isn’t an issue and you prefer to pay someone for consolidated information, that is perfectly fine, and it will serve you.
As I said, it isn’t that her tips need to be aren’t helpful; it’s just you can find them anywhere for free or cheaper with baby sleep books.
That being said, you CAN go without Taking Cara Babies and find much more affordable or even free options online where you can learn.
If you want to learn how I got my daughter to sleep through the night by the time she was four months old, check out How to Get Baby to Sleep Through the Night 12+ Hours UNINTERRUPTED.
That post is a basic skeleton of steps I took to get Annabelle to sleep through the night.
In the future, I will create more content and go deeper into the systems and planning I took.
Baby sleep is challenging to master, but you can become a baby sleep master!
Whether it’s Taking Cara Babies, reading the books I suggested, or following the Respectful Sleep Training Group, you will learn excellent baby sleep principles and how to take on that first year.
Good luck, mama!