Baby sleep consultant and mum Hannah is on a mission to debunk the myths and lies 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, controlled crying 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.
The Importance of Imperfection - with Olivia Hinge
Making her very welcome return to the Sleep Like a Baby? podcast is the one and only midwife and lactation consultant Olivia Hinge! You may well know her from much-loved Instagram account (@olivia_lactation_consultant), I know I am a super-fan.
In this week's episode we talk a lot about the pressures that mothers put on themselves and celebrate the importance of imperfection. If you think you're not a good enough mother because you find crafting torturous or you find life with a small baby boring a lot of the time - you've come to the right place.
But how do we practise self-acceptance in the age of mass information and parental comparison?
And then throw in sickness season (which us Northern Hemisphere folk are currently enjoying) and tricky infant sleeping patterns and - well, it's a lot.
As mentioned in this week's episode, my 0-18m + Toddler Sleep Guides are available here as both pdf AND audio: littlenest.podia.com.
And tickets to my upcoming December Night Weaning Webinars are here:
Use code NIGHTWEAN20 for an early bird discount up until 1 December
Is gentle parenting a trend? How social media is letting parents down with Essential Parenting's Helen Davies
Helen Davies is a health visitor, PICU nurse and sleep specialist as well as a mother of four. She has 22 years of parenting experience and also runs the very funny, very real Instagram account @Essential_Parenting.
TW: domestic abuse and mental illness
In this week's episode Helen shares her story of overcoming a toxic relationship and mental health challenges. With such generous (and often hilarious) honesty, she talks about how these things have shaped her professional life - having now worked with thousands of families - as well as her mothering and personal healing experience.
We reflected on how the social media worlds of both 'gentle parenting' and sleep training can have a negative impact on new parents today with such unrealistic standards being touted as normal.
Helen and I also asked:
Why do people say it's a trend to respond to and treat babies with respect and compassion?
Does this age of information make us feel like bad parents when we do inevitably feel overwhelmed or burnt out?
For more about Helen her website is https://essentialparenting.co.uk/
If you're affected by any of the issues we discuss, the following links may be helpful:
UK Government website
Pandas Foundation (postnatal depression awareness and support)
If you're interested in the upcoming Night Weaning Webinars, see here:
Breastfed babies: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22681540&appointmentType=38787046
Bottlefed babies: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22681540&appointmentType=38787155
Maternal guilt + shame - and how we can let it go - with Motherkind's Zoe Blaskey
This was one of the most enlightening, inspiring episodes I've ever recorded.
Zoe Blaskey's Motherkind podcast is one of my favourite things to listen to and I just knew she would be the best person to talk to about maternal guilt and shame.
We covered the intricacies of disagreeing with your partner over different parenting choices (what do you do when one of you really wants to sleep train?). As well as how to start giving yourself validation and recognition for the invisible labour of motherhood.
My new webinar about Starting Childcare + Sleep is here: https://littlenest.podia.com/
Zoe Blaskey is the founder of Motherkind, a self empowerment platform for modern mums.
Through Motherkind Zoe coaches mothers of all backgrounds from Global CEO's to full time mums on how to navigate the huge challenges of modern motherhood.
Zoe hosts The Motherkind Podcast which is the UK's number one family podcast on i tunes and speaks every week to world leading experts on a range of topics from self care, mental health, career, nutrition and parenting. Zoe is has two daughters, and lives with her husband Guy in Dorset.
Double Trouble: Twins and Sleep with Kathryn Stagg IBCLC (and sleep coach)
Can you be a responsive parent when you've got more than one baby?
How do you get two or three babies to sleep at the same time? Do they 'have to' self-settle?
Is it possible to co-sleep with twins?
And what happens if you've got a big family and the youngest is a highly sensitive soul that needs a lot of extra support?
Kathryn Stagg is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC for short!) and qualified sleep coach. She's also a mum of four and runs the brilliant Breastfeeding Twins and Triplets group on Facebook.
And my new webinar (Starting Childcare + Sleep) is available to purchase here for £14: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22681540&appointmentType=37961409
My Granny on first time motherhood in the 50's
Ever since I had my mum on this podcast, I've been desperate to ask her mum more about parenthood.
Did she choose to cry-it-out?
Was she obsessed with how her baby slept?
What were her generation's expectations of infant sleep?
This episode is a super special one to me as my 90 year old grandmother and I reflect on early parenthood - what do we have in common and what can we learn from her generation?
Sleep training, shaming and seeing through the baby BS: with Rachael from HeySleepyBaby
We really don't hold back in this week's episode!
Is it ok to live sleep train a 4 month old baby on Instagram?
Do paediatricians have the right to tell new parents they should leave their baby to cry it out?
Are we shaming other mothers by saying controlled crying isn't for us?
Rachael runs HeySleepyBaby - the largest biologically-normal infant sleep account on Instagram - and as a result, she receives a lot of DMs from people who think differently to her.
So I knew she'd be the perfect person to dissect the baby sleep industry with. These are really important conversations, especially as the internet (especially social media) is now such a huge part of parenting culture.
For more about Rachael, head to heysleepybaby.com and don't miss her new baby sleep course that launches this week.
Love this show - especially one on co sleeping
I currently have a 1 year old and wish this episode had been around when he was younger as was so refreshing to hear and most things really resonated with me and so glad I trusted my instinct to bed share. I have shared with my new mum friends and will share to anyone expecting in preparation. Thank you Hannah x
Pockets of calm
Really love listening to these little pockets of insight and reassurance. Has made me feel a lot less of a flop of a mum just knowing it’s ALL so normal and self soothing can get in the bin. Thank you for saving my brain! Loved the one on matresence in particular.
Every parent should listen !
Cannot rate these episodes highly enough. Hannah is so helpful, so relatable and the topics are the exact things that go through your mind during difficult sleep times!
Making me feel much more at ease with my baby and her sleep needs and habits and happy that I’m doing what she needs because it’s biologically and evolutionary normal!
Want to get everyone in my life to listen too!
Thanks Hannah 😌