The Sleep Mums
Early Waking

Early Waking

April 7, 2021

When you become a parent, you look back on before children lie ins with a mixture of admiration and horror. I mean, how was it even possible to sleep until 11am? That’s lunchtime! These days even 6.30am can feel like a bit of a luxury. However, you don’t have to just accept that early waking is what you do now.

In this episode we’ll show you some of the ways and little tweaks you can use that can help you to gradually increase babies wake up time; to one that (hopefully) doesn’t hurt quite so much!

We’ll also answer our listener Alyson’s question about how she can help her baby through early waking after introducing a dream feed.

 

1 – What about environment? 2 – What about naps? 3 – What about food? 4 – What about habits? 5 – What about settling?

A to Zzz: T for Twins

A to Zzz: T for Twins

March 31, 2021

Today’s letter on The Sleep Mums a to Zzz is T for Twins. We talk through the emotional rollercoaster of finding out you’re having two babies at once with award-winning blogger, twin mama and author of  new parenting guide, OMG It’s Twins, Alison Perry.

As a first time mum Alison launched her Not Another Mummy Blog in 2011, talking the hits, misses and maybes of motherhood. In 2018, after five years of fertility treatment, Alison gave birth to twins and she has just written her first book OMG It’s Twins, a comprehensive guide to making it through the first year with two!

In this episode, we cover everything from when you first find out to the differences in parenting twins over a single child and, of course, what it means for sleep!

 

 

Dummy Detox

Dummy Detox

March 24, 2021

Dummy, Soother, Pacifier; whatever name you choose these little suckers can be both a big help when it comes to baby sleep and a struggle. Millions are sold each year – they are not a bad thing by any means - and there are loads of reasons why they are a brilliant addition to the parenting toolbox.

However, there are also several reasons why you might be thinking about getting rid of one, from having to be up multiple times a night replacing it to hoping that your child won’t go to school with one! So, in this episode we’ll take you through The Dummy Detox.

We’ll also answer our listener Joanne’s question about getting her toddler to give up their dummy after multiple attempts.

 

1 – When to do it? 2 – How to do it 3 – Should I have given it? 4 – The Sleep Mums Golden Rule 5 – Should I replace it?

A to Zzz: E for Expectant Dad

A to Zzz: E for Expectant Dad

March 17, 2021

There are lots of books, references and social media accounts for mums but not nearly so many for Dads and, even then, they can be a bit mum-sided. It often leaves Dads feeling like they shouldn’t be the one to ask the questions, either because it’s not their’ job’ or because, like lots of parenthood stuff, they feel like they should know it all naturally. But we're not born parents, we learn how to be them.

So, this week, expectant Dad, Ed turned the table on us and asked us five questions; from sleep to mental health. We talk ab

 

1 - When will my baby sleep through?  2 - How does sleeping environment affect babies? 3 - How to cope in terms of mental health? 4 - Is routine a British thing? 5 - What bad habits should I be aware of slipping in to?

 

 

Leaps and Regressions

Leaps and Regressions

March 10, 2021

In their first few years of life, babies grow almost as quickly as your laundry pile. These huge developmental changes are often called leaps or are connected to sleep 'regressions'. But what are these things that have a whopping 200 million hits on Google, are they real? In this episode, we’ll talk you through what leaps and regressions are and share some tips to help you and your baby through the major milestones of their early years.

We’ll also answer our listener Craig's question about managing expectations about 'leaps'.

1 – What is a 'Regression'? 2 – What is a 'Leap'? 3 – Baby Help 4 – Parent Help 5 – How to Cope

A to Zzz: N for Nanny

A to Zzz: N for Nanny

March 3, 2021

Our letter this week is N, which is not for nappies, nursery or nipples, it’s for Nanny and the nanny of the moment, Nanny Louenna. Like Sarah, Louenna is a Norland Nanny, (the nannies the royal family use) and she has developed a brilliant app, nicknamed Nanny in My Pocket, that has been a lifesaver for many parents, particularly in the last year.

She is really passionate about supporting parents to enjoy their parenting journey, sharing all that she knows and helping babies and children to thrive. She also has the most wonderful laugh!                   

In this brand-new episode, we talk to Louenna about her app, how parenting and nannying has changed since she graduated from the world-famous Norland College and her number one piece of advice, when it comes to babies.

Pregnancy Sleep

Pregnancy Sleep

February 24, 2021

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 for GP

A to Zzz: G for GP

February 17, 2021

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

The Sleep Mums: A to Zzz

February 17, 2021

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)

Sleep Myths (Part 2)

January 27, 2021

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.

 

–Baby Will Sleep Better When… – Sleep When the Baby Sleeps – Baby only wakes because they’re hungry 4 – Breastfed Babies Don’t Sleep Through 5 – It’s Just A Bit of Colic

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