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The early years of a child’s life are the most important for their long-term development. Sometimes, the abundance of information out there can feel overwhelming and difficult to navigate. My New Life is here to support parents and help make sense of the science behind early learning.

I’m Jessica Rolph, mother of three and CEO of Lovevery. With the help of experts from around the world, we break down all the child development science into usable nuggets of knowledge that you can put to the test in your own home.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 611 Ratings

The early years of a child’s life are the most important for their long-term development. Sometimes, the abundance of information out there can feel overwhelming and difficult to navigate. My New Life is here to support parents and help make sense of the science behind early learning.

I’m Jessica Rolph, mother of three and CEO of Lovevery. With the help of experts from around the world, we break down all the child development science into usable nuggets of knowledge that you can put to the test in your own home.

    Get your baby talking with The Speech Sisters

    Get your baby talking with The Speech Sisters

    This week we are revisiting our most-downloaded episode from Dec. 1, 2021, as we prepare for our upcoming season: Transitions. In the new season of the podcast, we will take a look at transitions from diapers to potty, crib to bed, saying goodby to pacifiers, and lots more.
     
    Language milestones are a hot topic. When should my baby be speaking? And how many words? So much is tied up in our ability to communicate with our little people. On today’s episode of My New Life, we call in the experts to get your baby talking! 
     
    While the timeline for those treasured first words varies from child to child, there are some time-tested tricks to help the process along. Spoiler: Don’t be afraid to sing to your child. Jessica Rolph, your host, is accompanied by speech language experts Bridget Hillsberg and Brooke Dwyer, aka the Speech Sisters.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:54] How much is nature vs nurture when it comes to a child developing language?
    [3:13] Bridget and Brooke talk about their babies’ language development.
    [4:47] The Speech Sisters’ number one tip for parents: imitate.
    [6:05] What’s the difference between baby talk and imitating? 
    [8:01] Another tip for parents: Act it out.
    [9:25] Listening, labeling, and demonstrating play an important role in encouraging language development.
    [12:37] What constitutes saying the first word versus babbling? If you know what they mean when they say it, does that count as a word? 
    [13:23] How much should a child be talking? What’s typical? And when should we worry?
    [16:04] Bridget and Brooke share stories about children who received early intervention to assist in their language development.
    [18:25] Can a child learn language through screens?
    [21:17] How much of a child’s language development stems from parent intervention versus screens or some other outside service?
    [23:15] Parents have a tremendous impact on their children’s language acquisition. 
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
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    Find more about Bridget and Brooke on SpeechSisters.com

    • 25 min
    Simplifying: Why children benefit

    Simplifying: Why children benefit

    The first years of a baby’s life can feel anything but simple. While their needs are few, namely love, food, sleep, and play, parents often feel pressure to provide the absolute best on these fronts. The best food. The best sleep. The best play. 
     
    We are told that to accomplish this by doing more: more playdates, more lessons, more outings, and more variety on the table. Jessica Rolph is joined by Kim John Payne on today’s episode to help us question this approach. He is the author of the best-seller Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids and he has also written: The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance — From Toddlers to Teens and Being at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst: Practical Compassion in Parenting.
     
    Highlights::
    [2:07]  What does Simplicity Parenting mean?
    [3:15] Kim lists the four main areas to start simplifying your child’s life.
    [5:20] How do parents know if a toy is purposeful before they decide to bring it home? 
    [7:25] The power of predictability: Why do children benefit from knowing what to expect? 
    [12:24] What does a Waldorf-informed mealtime look like? 
    [15:10] How can parents simplify their lives more proactively and less reactively? 
    [17:12] A child’s brain processes a fraction slower than adults; Kim explains how to match their timing.
    [20:17] Kim shares tips for parents who are struggling with the transition from a busy day to reentering the family unit at a slower pace.
    [24:18] Jessica offers three takeaways from her conversation with Kim John Payne.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Brought to you by Lovevery.com
     
    Receive weekly emails about your child’s development, and stay in the know about new play essentials, promos, and more by signing up at Lovevery.com
    Follow Lovevery and Jessica Rolph on Instagram.
     
    Simplicity Parenting Podcast

    • 26 min
    Supporting a positive sibling relationship

    Supporting a positive sibling relationship

    Sibling rivalry is normal. The kids usually move on quickly, but it often leaves us adults unhinged. What can we do to help diffuse those tense moments, and maybe even build some mutual respect?
     
    In the spring we shared an episode about bringing home a new baby sibling. In today’s episode, we are following up with Lovevery expert Gabrielle Felman on sibling dynamics. We look at how to handle jealousy, possessiveness, fighting, as well as best practices around intervening, modeling resolutions, and incorporating one-on-one time. Gabrielle is an Early Childhood Development Expert based in New York.
     
    Highlights:
    [1:46] When you are praising one of your children, is it necessary to compliment the other?
    [5:39] What is the best way to approach having special time with each of your children? How do you manage the other child’s emotions?
    [7:14] When do parents need to step in when it looks like a fight is brewing?
    [9:59] How can you help your children work together to come to a resolution?
    [14:25] How should parents handle children’s possessiveness over things?
    [17:04] What’s the best way to explain fairness and inequality?
    [19:01] What to do when your younger child wants a later bedtime like their sibling.
    [20:41] What is one thing that parents can do to foster better sibling relationships?
    [21:35] Jessica shares her takeaways from the conversation with Gabrielle.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Brought to you by Lovevery.com
    Receive weekly emails about your child’s development, and stay in the know about new play essentials, promos, and more by signing up at Lovevery.com
    Follow Lovevery and Jessica Rolph on Instagram.

    • 22 min
    How to boost your baby's biome

    How to boost your baby's biome

    We hear a lot about the first 3 years of a baby’s life — how critical those years are to brain development. But today’s guest, the author of The Baby and the Biome, would argue that the same window is just as critical for our gut. Probiotics may have a role in keeping that system healthy. But are probiotics helpful to babies? And what about when you’re pregnant? Jessica Rolph, your host, welcomes Meenal Lele, founder of Lil’ Mixins.
     
    Highlights:
    [1:39] When do babies pick up their first dose of bacteria? 
    [2:54] How does birth affect this bacterial environment? How does the introduction of bacteria differ between a C-section and a vaginal birth?
    [4:56]  What can people who have C-sections do to replicate the bacteria that’s introduced during a vaginal birth?
    [5:58] Should parents bathe their babies right away, or is there any benefit to letting them go unbathed for those first few days? 
    [7:18] What are significant sources of good bacteria for your baby to build their microbiome in those first weeks? 
    [9:18] What kind of probiotics does Meenal recommend for mixing into formula? How do you work those into breast milk?
    [11:11] When our babies start to eat solid foods, should we supplement with probiotics? 
    [12:51] What are other benefits of probiotics and supplementation?
    [14:22] What would Meenal do if she had a baby now, knowing everything she knows?
    [17:18] Why have human microbiomes lost microbial diversity?
    [21:52] Jessica shares her top takeaways from the conversation with Meenal.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Brought to you by Lovevery.com
     
    Receive weekly emails about your child’s development, and stay in the know about new play essentials, promos, and more by signing up at Lovevery.com
    Follow Lovevery and Jessica Rolph on Instagram.
     

    • 24 min
    Screens: What the research tells us

    Screens: What the research tells us

    Screens are so effective at distraction, but equally effective at causing parents angst! In today’s interview, Jessica Rolph is joined by Lovevery expert, Dr. Zach Stuckelman, to get to the bottom of the research on screens and young brains. 
     
    They examine which content is better than others, and whether those learning apps are really teaching our kids anything. They also explore the value of video chatting and looking at family pictures or videos together on a phone.
     
    Highlights:
    [2:01] Are screens bad? How much is too much?
    [5:18] Zach breaks down the age bands for screens to help parents navigate what to do when.
    [7:08] How do we pick the best screen content for our children? What is the difference between something like Little Bear, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and Powerpuff Girls? 
    [10:14] Is video chatting with family members different than “regular screen time”?
    [11:18] How about screen time on a long trip with an 18-month-old?
    [12:40] Is it ok to let children look at pictures of their family and videos of themselves playing?
    [13:47] What kind of time limits should parents enforce?
    [14:50] What to do when an older sibling gets access to a screen and the younger child is below the ideal age range?
    [17:12] Jessica shares her takeaways from the conversation.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Brought to you by Lovevery.com
     
    Receive weekly emails about your child’s development, and stay in the know about new play essentials, promos, and more by signing up at Lovevery.com
    Follow Lovevery and Jessica Rolph on Instagram.
     
    You’ll find tips on how to scale back on screen time in Jessica’s interview with Meghan Owenz from September of 2020. 

    • 18 min
    Ready for more? Why birth spacing matters

    Ready for more? Why birth spacing matters

    Usually when we consider having another baby, personal preferences factor heavily into decisions around timing — things like budget or sibling dynamics. But it’s rare to consider the health impacts, and it’s even less common to discuss birth spacing with your doctor.
     
    Jessica Rolph, your host, welcomes Dr. Alison Gemmill to today’s episode. Alison is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins, in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. She shares the biological benefits and risks associated with the timing of your pregnancies, with the goal of helping listeners make informed decisions about when to grow their families.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:35] What does the research tell us about the optimum time between pregnancies?
    [2:27] What are the benefits of waiting 18 months between pregnancies?
    [3:22] What should parents be doing about spacing between a miscarriage? 
    [3:58] What about waiting more than five years?
    [5:38] What risks are at play in the case of an older mom?
    [8:51] What does research show in regard to the connection between autism and birth intervals less than 18 months?
    [10:11] What is Dr. Gemmill’s theory on how much the baby takes from the mother’s nutritional reserve and for how long it takes to build that backup?
    [11:33] Jessica shares her top three takeaways from her with Dr. Gemmill.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Brought to you by Lovevery.com
     
    Receive weekly emails about your child’s development, and stay in the know about new play essentials, promos, and more by signing up at Lovevery.com
    Follow Lovevery and Jessica Rolph on Instagram

    Pregnant with your second? Listen to My New Life Episode 22: “New additions: Bringing home a sibling” with Gabrielle Felman, and you’ll find more insights on sibling dynamics on the Lovevery app. Details at Lovevery.com

    • 11 min

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