58 episodes

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.

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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.

    Christmas Baby Sleep Guide ‘21

    Christmas Baby Sleep Guide ‘21

    In this festive episode we’ll share 5 tips to get you through the holidays. At least where baby sleep is concerned!


    December can be an exciting time but it can also be really exhausting and, if you’re already parent-level tired, the overwhelm of making it through can make it all feel a lot less merry and bright.


    In this bonus episode we’ll talk about why and how the holidays can be tough, share some tips on how to manage it all with both little and bigger kids and as well as all that we hope to bring you a wee bit of festive cheer!


    Santa might not bring you sleep... but we hope we can!


     


    Happy Holidays!


     


    1 – Pack Your Sack 2 – Home Comforts 3 – Festive Naps 4 – Selection Box of Treats 5  – Just one day

    • 23 min
    Listener Questions: Routines

    Listener Questions: Routines

    You and your questions are at the heart of everything we do. We want our advice to be accessible, real and always practical. 


    In our Sleep Mums podcasts we have always included your Listener Questions, relating in some way to the topic we’re discussing. We believe (and you’ve told us!) it really helps to put whatever tips and ideas we’ve given to practice in real life. In your lives.


    You asked and we listened… literally! So, we’ve created a series of episodes that just focus on your questions and a sleep topic. This week, it’s all about routines.


     


    1 - Help Baby Sleep Not on You 2 - How to put baby down awake 3 - How to change a feeding routine 4 - Help with the Bedtime Routine

    • 22 min
    A to Zzz: U for Unmumsy

    A to Zzz: U for Unmumsy

    Do you feel unmumsy or undadsy or unparenty? Or maybe you did when you first became a parent?


    We’re often sold an idea of being an adult with small people that looks quite different from the reality. This can mean that when we have a baby we end up feeling like we’re massively failing. You’re not alone, though. And that is exactly why Sarah Turner, aka The Unmumsy Mum, started her unbelievably successful blog. 


    In this brand new A to Zzz episode we chat to the award-winning blogger and multi Sunday-Times best-seller who's releasing her first fiction book, Stepping Up, March 2023 about the pressures of parenthood and social media, how much she loves sleep… and what she could have been called!

    • 58 min
    Moving Baby into Their Own Room

    Moving Baby into Their Own Room

    Your baby has likely been next to you since they were born, moving them into their own room might only be next door but it can feel like a big step. It’s understandable to worry about this change but it’s also understandable to feel ready to reclaim your bedroom (and not to feel guilty about it).


    In this episode we go through all the feelings, when the right time is and when best to go about it. As ever, some of what we talk about it practical but there’s also a big emotional element to it too, so we’ll cover tips to cope with the feelings too.


    Plus, we’ll answer your questions about whether moving a noisy baby out of the room will help everyone get more sleep.


     


    1 – When is the right time? 2 – Is it as bad as I think it might be?3 – How to do it 4 – What if it makes sleep worse? 5 – What about if we have to share a room in the future?

    • 32 min
    A to Zzz: H for Hypnobirthing

    A to Zzz: H for Hypnobirthing

    Hypnobirthing, will it make me run around like a chicken or moo like a cow during birth? Probably not…


    In this episode, we talk to midwife, Doula and Hypnobirthing practitioner Lynsey McGillivray about misconceptions, how it works and why it’s not just for people who want incense and whale sounds at their birth.


    More and more parents are coming to Hypnobirthing but there are still a lot that feel unsure about (the mooing, for example!). Lynsey is pretty unique in her wide range of experience and expertise on hypnobirthing, for all kids of birth - including C-sections to VBACS - and in this fascinating episode, she puts the record straight.

    • 41 min
    How to Drop a Nap

    How to Drop a Nap

    When people talk about babies and toddlers dropping a nap it sounds as though you simply chuck it on the floor and shove it under the bed with the long forgotten toys. It rarely feels that simple though. Do they need a nap? Don’t they? Is it making overnight sleep worse? Or Better? What if I take the nap away and it changes everything? What if I take the nap away and it changes nothing!


    In this brand new episode we’re here to answer all these questions and help you drop a nap without losing sleep over it.


    Plus we’ll answer our listener Emma’s question about whether dropping a nap will impact overnight sleep.


     


    1 – When do babies drop a nap 2 – What are the signs? 3 – Nap drops by age 4 – Power naps 5 – Trouble-shooting naps.

    • 37 min

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