Baby + toddler sleep consultant, mum and founder of Little Nest Sleep, Hannah is on a mission to debunk the myths and mistruths that are fed to exhausted parents who just want to get some decent rest.
Using a gentle, holistic approach to night-time parenting, the Sleep Like A Baby? podcast helps mums and dads navigate the nonsense of baby sleep without cry-it-out, or strict rules and routines.
Speaking to experts from the worlds of psychology, paediatric healthcare, midwifery, mental health and neuroscience, as well as normal parents, this podcast is all about empowering families with evidence for what works and why.
For more information about Hannah she is on Instagram @LittleNestSleep or go to LittleNest.uk.
Second Babies! Part 2 with Lucy Bagwell from Second Star To The Right Sleep
Yes that's right, more Lucy! We had so much to say about second babies that we had to make it into a 2-parter.What if you can't imagine loving. your new baby as much as your first? How does the bond work?How do you do bedtime with two children (and one parent?)Are nap times always a disaster if your older child doesn't understand the concept of 'quiet! the baby is sleeping...'?
Second Babies! Part 1 with Lucy Bagwell from Second Star To The Right Sleep
Are you ever ready?
What might sleep look like the second time around?
Is there such a thing as a 'perfect age gap'?
How do you keep your sh*t together when sleep deprived AND looking after another small human?
I talk to my very good friend (and fellow sleep consultant) Lucy Bagwell about what she's learnt since having her second baby and try to take in as much advice as possible now that I'm verrrry pregnant again...
For more about Lucy, see https://www.secondstarsleep.com/ or follow her @secondstartotheright_sleep
Uspávání: what if supporting infants with sleep was just considered 'normal'? With anthropologist Lenka Medvecová Tinková
What if there was no word for self-settling? How different would your parenting experience be if nobody expected your baby to sleep in a cot in their own room? This week I'm joined by Lenka Medvecová Tinková from the Durham University Infancy and Sleep Centre to talk about how our cultural expectations shape parenting decisions and ultimately how we feel about ourselves as mothers.For more information about Lenka you can follow her on Instagram: the English speaking account is @sleepanthropologist or she has her Czech account @prosimspinkejhttps://prosimspinkej.cz/And for more info about Durham University and BASIS (Baby Sleep Info Service) see: www.basisonline.org.uk===============================For more information about the Little Nest Sleep guides and webinars, go to https://littlenest.podia.com/
Is sleep training "always wrong"? Kaitlin Klimmer on grey areas and maternal mental health
A controversial question this week! There will be people who say that cry-it-out is always wrong/cruel/avoidable. And others that believe it is the best thing ever. But what about the space in between these two polarised stances? Kaitlin Klimmer and I are both sleep specialists who offer alternatives to sleep training, but where do we stand on the moral debate around infant sleep and controlled crying? We go deep into temperament, cultural expectations/norms, maternal mental health and setting boundaries whilst protecting attunement.Austria-based, Canadian sleep specialist and mother of two, Kaitlin Klimmer, has a degree in developmental psychology and more than a decade of experience working with children under five. She's completed several holistic infant sleep and breastfeeding qualifications, and is a qualified Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator. For more information see www.kaitlinklimmer.com or follow her on Instagram @KaitlinKlimmer.
Why are we so hard on ourselves in motherhood? Perfectionism explored with Catherine Counihan
Are you holding yourself to the highest standards as a mum? Have you noticed a cycle of self-criticism creeping in?What happens when perfectionists and people pleasers have babies? This week's guest, Catherine Counihan, is an Integrative Psychotherapist working in private practice in London. Cath specialises in complex trauma, perfectionism, nervous system healing, shifting dysfunctional patterns in our families and reparenting. One of her areas of expertise is how our own childhoods impact our parenting journey. Her passion is to shift shame and help each client gain an embodied sense of being good enough. Our shame voices do not speak the truth! Cath had done a lot of personal trauma therapy prior to kids and, despite this, was set back to emotional ground zero by motherhood. Cath hosts a weekly podcast 'Grow Yourself Up' focused on how we can learn to tend to ourselves in adulthood when we have not had our needs met as children, and the challenges of doing this as we parent. She also writes, has taught at the Bowlby Centre in London and will begin teaching for the International Attachment Network in Sept 2023. She is accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and has nearly 12 years of clinical experience. Cath had a previous career in financial services and is the mother of 7 year old twin girls. Insta: @cathcounihanFB: Cath Counihan - Psychotherapy MumLinkedin: Catherine Counihancatherinecounihan.co.uk
How food impacts baby sleep - with Stacey Zimmels from Feed Eat Speak
Just fill their tummies and they'll sleep all night, right? Is food under one just for fun? And what about adding rice or cereal to a bottle at 4m... where do these ideas come from?My guest today, Stacey Zimmels is a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist as well as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She offers feeding therapy plus breastfeeding and lactation support online, in the home or at a London clinic. Feed Eat Speak has a range of brilliant online resources as well - including courses and webinars about introducing solids, breastfeeding, bottle feeding and eating behaviours in older children. For more information about Feed Eat Speak see www.feedeatspeak.co.ukOne of the blogs that Stacey mentions in our chat is linked here (responsive spoon-feeding for babies): https://www.feedeatspeak.co.uk/blog/2018/9/25/top-tips-for-responsive-spoon-feeding
Love Hannah’s approach and listening to her is like chatting to an old friend. The topics discussed are totally relevant and delivered with warmth and humour. My fave episodes are with her mum and granny. Pure gold! ⭐️
Well-informed and non-judgemental
I stumbled across Hannah’s podcast when I was getting really stressed out about my 3 month old baby’s sleep, after reading through so much “advice” about what you should and should not do and couldn’t help thinking that I must be doing something wrong. Hannah’s well-researched and non-judgemental approach was so relatable and helped me realise that I wasn’t doing anything wrong, and that I should continue trusting my instincts. Would 100% recommend to new mums and mums of older toddlers too!
Kindest baby sleep podcast out there
I love this podcast, mainly because I love Hannah. I’ve not met her IRL, but her podcasts & social media content are constantly kind, generous, empathetic & honest. She genuinely listens to her guests, rather than pushing a set agenda. And she responds to the needs of tired & anxious parents without ever manipulating, guilt-tripping, or shaming them. Thank you Hannah!