The Sleep Mums is a baby sleep podcast for parents by parents; (mostly) functioning humans who want sensible, nonjudgmental, occasionally funny, easy to follow advice. Each episode will look at a baby sleep topic with FIVE take-aways that WILL help your baby sleep better.
Each week, we’ll also answer a listener’s sleep question, putting our advice to practise in the real world.
Hosted by parenting journalist Cat Cubie and baby sleep expert Sarah Carpenter, mums who know sleep but also know how you feel… knackered.
This is the parenting podcast you’ve dreamt of; come on in and join the 3am club.
Pregnancy Insomnia is, unfortunately, really common. At a time when you want to be banking more sleep than ever, it’s a nightmare that kip seems to be so elusive. We care about ALL parents getting better sleep and that includes mamas-to-be.
In this episode we’ll chat through the main reasons you can’t sleep and share the things that will hopefully help you get a few more Zzz before baby arrives.
We’ll also answer a question from our listener Ava about pregnancy bedtime routines.
1 – Why Can’t I Sleep? 2 – Heartburn 3 – Congestion 4 – Restless Leg 5 – Anxiety
A to Zzz: G
The doctor will see you now!
Our brand new series The Sleep Mums: A to Zzz is everything you ever wanted to know about parenthood, from allergies to getting more Zzz. In our first episode we talk to NHS GP Dr Punam Krishan, she talks candidly about life postpartum, her highs, her lows, and the many reasons she sees new parents in her practise.
We know that the alphabet doesn’t begin with G but like parenting in general, things don’t always happen in the order you expect them to!
The Sleep Mums: A to Zzz
Everything you ever wanted to know about parenthood, from allergies to getting more Zzz, via deja poos, niplash and Velcro babies. Funny, irreverent and always useful. Cat and Sarah from The Sleep Mums podcast and a range of experts and people talk everything and anything that will help you get through the long nights and short years.
Each episode will focus on five tips from a different professional, sharing their own experience and expertise.
Sleep Myths (Part 2)
If you’ve already listened to Baby Sleep Myths (Pt1) you probably thought there couldn’t possibly be any more sleep myths. There was no way there was that much whack info floating about the parent-sphere. Well, the bad news is, there is… the good, we’re going to bust it for you.
In this episode we’ll dispel some madness about five bits of regularly heard sleep advice, that may have been keeping you up at night. It’s not going to be pretty but it will be really satisfying and hopefully by the end of it you’ll understand more about baby sleep and how we can all get more of it.
1 –Baby Will Sleep Better When… 2 – Sleep When the Baby Sleeps 3 – Baby only wakes because they’re hungry 4 – Breastfed Babies Don’t Sleep Through 5 – It’s Just A Bit of Colic
Weaning from Night Feeds
You’ve been up with your baby through the night since they were born but now they’re getting (a wee bit) bigger are they ready to start weaning off night feeds?
It’s totally normal for babies to start to no longer need the midnight (and 3 and 4 am) snacks as they get bigger and their tummies hold more. Does it happen on it’s own? Sometimes.
More often, though, they need a little help. In this episode we’ll talk about when and how to wean your baby from night feeds and some tips to help you and your baby through.
We’ll also answer our listener Lynn’s question about whether she can night wean her baby when they are still sharing a room.
1 – Be realistic 2 – Stop, Look, Listen 3 – Look at your day 4 – A gentle stretch
5 – Night Weaning Hacks
How to Ditch Parent Guilt
Parent guilt is this gross, uncomfortable ache that lodges itself in your heart and creeps into your head, often in the middle of the night. It can keep you from sleeping, almost as much as a newborn, and that’s why we think it’s really important to talk about it.
This episode is five ways to help try to lessen that horrible feeling of parent guilt. We care about finding ways to help everyone sleep better and that includes parents as well as babies.
1 – Try not to compare 2 – Ask for help 3 – Change one thing 4 – Be your own best mate
5 – Let S*it Go