29 episodes

Formerly the co-host of The Way We Parent Podcast, Infant and Toddler Sleep Specialist Paula McDowell serves Bedtime Tea: a podcast examining parenting and sleep from a socio-political lens. Alongside some of the sharpest minds in the parenting space, Paula unpacks the driving forces behind the decisions we make for our families while inspiring you to live your values. This tea is a blend of rants, practical advice, and vulnerable stories- and it's always spicy.

Bedtime Tea with Paula McDowell Bedtime Tea

    • Kids & Family

Formerly the co-host of The Way We Parent Podcast, Infant and Toddler Sleep Specialist Paula McDowell serves Bedtime Tea: a podcast examining parenting and sleep from a socio-political lens. Alongside some of the sharpest minds in the parenting space, Paula unpacks the driving forces behind the decisions we make for our families while inspiring you to live your values. This tea is a blend of rants, practical advice, and vulnerable stories- and it's always spicy.

    Talking Low Sleep Needs Kids with Hannah of Sleep Like a Baby Podcast

    Talking Low Sleep Needs Kids with Hannah of Sleep Like a Baby Podcast

    Podcast inception time!

    I had a great chat with fellow sleep coach Hannah, owner of Little Nest Sleep and host of Sleep Like a Baby podcast! Hannah and I have very similar approaches to sleep and our kids are similar ages. The difference is her kiddo has more average sleep needs and mine has low sleep needs. Both wonderful healthy kids but our sleep journeys looked so different!

    We explore what it looks like to have a low sleep needs kid from out own experiences and our professional observations. And we get into why its so crucial that your sleep approach be tailored to your family and your child.

    Follow Hannah on Instagram at @littlenestsleep and check out 'Sleep Like a Baby?' wherever you are listening to this podcast!

    As always, find me on Instagram at @paulamoralesmcdowell and tell me your thoughts on this episode! Leave a review if you like this content and if you'd like to support you can buy me a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/paulamm


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    • 1 hr 27 min
    The Nurture Revolution w Dr Greer Kirshenbaum

    The Nurture Revolution w Dr Greer Kirshenbaum

    I had the pleasure of chatting with Greer Kirshenbaum, PhD, creator of Nurture Neuroscience Parenting. Her new book 'The Nurture Revolution: Grow Your Baby's Brain and Transform Their Mental Health through the Art of Nurtured Parenting' hits shelves tomorrow June 20, 2023! And boy is it a great read.Greer chats with us about her book, why nurture is so revolutionary, and we even hit up some of my fave topics like self-soothing and society's rules around parenting.Find The Nurture Revolution wherever books are sold, share it with your friends, buy it for anyone expecting: seriously it's that good.You can find Greer on Instagram at @nurture_neuroscience_parenting and on her website nurture-neuroscience.comAs always, find me on Instagram at @paulamoralesmcdowell and tell me your thoughts on this episode! Leave a review if you like this content and if you'd like to support you can buy me a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/paulamm

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Disentangling Sleep Training Research with Your Science Team

    Disentangling Sleep Training Research with Your Science Team

    Today's interview is for all the data nerds! I had the pleasure of chatting with soon-to-be PhD in Child Development Jessica Guy (@infantsleepscientist), and Dr. Laura Gainche (@scienceforallwomen), who is a sleep physiology PhD. Jess and Laura have joined forces to create Your Science Team (@yourscienceteam) and bring holistic sleep coaches all the sleep science we need plus disentangle the mess that is infant sleep research. Both of these women are so knowledgeable and just an absolute pleasure to chat with! Give them a follow on Instagram and check out their services.



    As always, follow me on Instagram @paulamoralesmcdowell - I'd love to hear your thought's on today's episode! Also, if you are interested in supporting this podcast, you can buy me a coffee here. (Truly appreciated- not in any way required!!!)



    Thank you for being an amazing audience!!


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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Infant & Toddler Sleep Myths

    Infant & Toddler Sleep Myths

    In the English-speaking Western world, sleep training has become the default. And as sleep trainers grow in numbers, so do the misconceptions about sleep and unrealistic expectations. In my practice, I have found that it's these myths that are causing parents anxiety- more so then their baby's actual wakefulness. So let's unpack some common myths together! This episode is jam packed with info but here are some topics covered: scheduling, sleep needs, self soothing, nursing to sleep, bedsharing, and more.

    As always, come chat with me on Instagram at @paulamoralesmcdowell and leave a review if you haven't already.


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    • 58 min
    Your Birth Experience Matters and Why It Might Be Harder If You Are Part of a Marginalized Community ft Cheyenne Scarlett

    Your Birth Experience Matters and Why It Might Be Harder If You Are Part of a Marginalized Community ft Cheyenne Scarlett

    For too long birthing parents have been told that all that matters is a healthy baby. Well that's crap. Your birth experience matters. The healthcare you receive, the support, the validation, the empowerment... it all helps to welcome you into parenthood. In this week's episode, Cheyenne Scarlett (@theinfodoula on Instagram) talks about the birth planning process, her research, and some of the unique challenges Black birthing folks experience in Canada. Be sure to give her a follow as well as @theblackbirthproject where Cheyenne and Kamika Rennel are collecting community data to better provide resources for birthing people.



    As always, please leave a review and send me a message if you liked this episode and tell me what you want to hear next! You can find me on Instagram at @paulamoralesmcdowell

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Breaking Down New Research About Cry Tolerance and Sleep Training w/ Candace St.John, MPH

    Breaking Down New Research About Cry Tolerance and Sleep Training w/ Candace St.John, MPH

    This week I am chatting with another brilliant mind in the sleep world, my good friend and Public Health professional Candace St.John. We are breaking down a study that just came out last week titled 'Can cry tolerance be increased in mothers of infants with sleep problems, and why does it matter? A quasi-experimental study'. You can find it here.

    Let us know your thoughts on where sleep research is heading and what you feel should be studied instead!

    Check out Candace's work on Instagram @candacestjohn.mph

    And as always, find me at @paulamoralesmcdowell on Instagram as well




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    • 1 hr 11 min

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