sleepsense's podcast

sleepsense's podcast


A weekly podcast offering expert advice on a variety of parenting issues, focusing primarily on helping babies and toddlers who are having trouble sleeping through the night.


Episode 041 - Listener Q and A  

As long as I've been a sleep consultant, and as much as I've seen the Sleep Sense brand grow, I've never lost my love for one-on-one consultations with people regarding their babies' sleep.

Having dealt with a terrible sleeper myself so many years ago, I know the struggle parents go through, and the amazing sense of relief and happiness that comes when the situation gets resolved.

With that in mind, a couple of weeks ago, I asked listeners to send me their questions about their little ones' sleep issues, and told them I'd respond on the air.

The response, I'd just like to say, was amazing. So a big thank you to everyone who took the time to record their questions.

This week, I'm answering those questions. (Or as many as I could fit into the time we had.) So have a listen and check out the solutions to some of the most common problems that you might be facing as the parent of a sleep-resistant baby! :)

3 Ways to Prevent a Toddler Tantrum  

There's no avoiding it. Your toddler is going to pitch a fit or two. However, tantrums are not usually due to anything serious, and are often just the result of frustration, overtiredness, or some good old fashioned boundary testing.

Which is why, with a little foresight and clever distraction, a lot of them can be avoided before they get out of hand.

On today's episode, I've got some specific, practical, easy-to-follow tips that can help you catch a toddler tantrum in its tracks, and give your little one something to occupy their thoughts and actions before they go into meltdown mode.


Episode 039 - Creating a Perfect Bedtime Routine  

When it comes to getting kids to sleep through the night, nothing compares to a well-crafted bedtime routine. Many parents don't realize the importance of a predictable, relaxing regimen before putting their babies into their crib, or their toddlers into bed.

The reasons for this aren't just psychological. Our bodies go through a fascinating physical process when we start sending signals that we're getting ready for bed.

Although it might seem like an intuitive process, I've seen all kinds of kids improve their sleep habits by leaps and bounds after identifying the problems in their routine. I'll tell you what to stick to and what to avoid on this week's episode.

Episode 038 - How to Discourage Bad Habits  

I had to be careful in titling this episode, because there's no real "fix" for bad habits in others. (Especially kids, as any parent knows.) All we can do is try to discourage the behavior.

But what form should that discouragement take, and how can we help to make it easier for our little ones to kick those habits? After all, we've all been there, right? Kicking a habit is hard, frustrating work, no matter what age you are.

In today's episode, I'm addressing the "big three" habitual behaviors that kids exhibit, and I'll give you some tips for breaking the compulsion in ways that are both effective and compassionate.

Episode 037 - The 3 Most Common Sleep Regressions  

New parents are often warned about "The 3 month sleep regression" or "The 9 month sleep regression."

Really, you can substitute any number you want and you'll have no trouble finding corroboration that there's a sleep regression that happens around that age.

But in my experience, there are causes for sleep regressions that have nothing to do with age.

Today, I'll be discussing the three biggest reasons why your little one might suddenly break away from their carefully crafted routine, and what you can do to help get them back on track.

Episode 036 - Improving Communication With Your Children (with Jennifer Lehr)  

"Be a good girl!" "Do you need a time-out?" Make sure you say thank you!"

The way we talk to our kids is so generic, it could be coming from a handbook. We tell them to behave responsibly, to be considerate of others, and to be mindful of their actions, but is the message we're trying to communicate the one they're receiving?

My guest today, Jennifer Lehr, is the author of ParentSpeak: What's Wrong with How We Talk to Our Children--and What to Say Instead, and she's sharing her thoughts on the traditional approaches to communicating with kids, how kids actually interpret them, and how we can improve our communication tools to be more respectful and effective in talking to our children.

How Room-Sharing Affects Sleep  

For a lot of parents I've worked with, room-sharing is straight-up indisputable. Just not always in the same way.

Many parents feel that their baby absolutely has to be in the room with them. Not necessarily in the same bed, but definitely the same room.

Others, myself included, decided early on that baby was going to sleep in their own room, and that the issue wasn't up for debate.

The choice is, obviously, up to you, but it's important to understand what you're taking on when you allow your little one into your bedroom. There are a lot of pros, a lot of cons, and a lot of things you might not have considered.

I'll be talking all about the benefits and drawbacks in this week's episode.

Episode 034 - Does Teething Affect Sleep?  

When it comes to babies, teething is the ultimate scapegoat. From diaper rashes to earaches, from fevers to nighttime wake-ups, the classic fall back position for parents has traditionally been, "It's probably because she's teething."

Which is why I hear a lot of parents thinking twice about whether it's the right time to start sleep training.

It's a valid concern, but one that I think gets overthought and over applied. After all, if you're not going to sleep train for the entire time that your little one might have a tooth coming in, you could be waiting for years.

In today's episode, I dispel some of the myths about teething, and give you some strategies for continuing your sleep training schedule while your little one is cutting teeth. (As well as a few ingenious tips I've learned from my clients for keeping baby's teeth clean without a fuss.)

Episode 033 - Why Isn't This Working?  

I'm always inspired by the stories I hear on Facebook about parents who try the Sleep Sense Program and get results within a night or two, but the truth is, it's not always the way things go.

Some babies can take more time, or don't respond to the initial approach, and things take a little longer, which can leave parents discouraged and unsure how to proceed.

Today on The Sleep Sense Show, I'm talking about some of the reasons you might not be getting that "miracle morning" as early as you might have expected, and what you can do to change up your techniques to get and your baby the results you're after as soon as possible.

Episode 032 - Encouraging Independent Playtime  

Ask any new parent what the single most valuable tool in their parenting kit is, and chances are you're going to hear, "iPad!" 2 times out of 3.

I'm not criticizing. Tablets and computers have changed the way our kids learn and play, and they can hold their attention in those periods of time when parents just need a chance to get dinner together, throw in a load of laundry, whatever.

But between their parents' attention and the ever-ready screens waiting to entertain them in the intervals, kids rarely have an opportunity anymore to just entertain themselves.

Playing with a toy, exploring the living room, or just playing with their toes don't get nearly as much air time these days, and I'm talking about why I think it's a concern on today's episode of The Sleep Sense Show.

Episode 031 - What's Wrong With "Motion Sleep"  

Have you ever wondered why your baby can sleep so soundly in the car seat, or a swing, or a Rock N' Play, but the second you move her to her nice, soft, stationary crib, those eyes pop open and all thoughts of sleep go out the window?

Although it can seem like motion is the "magic bullet" when your baby won't settle down and go to sleep, it's usually not nearly as restful or restorative as your little one might be leading you to believe.

Today on The Sleep Sense Show, we'll be examining motion sleep (and why I'm not a big fan of it) as well as revealing the answer to the big question, "Why can baby nod off while sitting up in a moving car, but howls in protest once she's placed in her luxurious bed?"

Episode 030 - Is Your Kid a Sugar Junkie?  

There's a fine line to walk when it comes to your little ones and their sugar intake. Kids and candy go together like nuts and bolts, and there's no denying that parents get a little surge of happiness when they see their kids' eyes light up once they get an ice cream cone in their hand, or get their first taste of birthday cake.

We know that too much is bad for them, of course, but there's a flip side to that coin. In my experience, depriving kids of sugar entirely can also have some negative consequences that tend to materialize further down the road.

So where's the balance, and how can you stop your child from tugging at your pant leg every time you take them through the cashier line at the grocery store? I've got some great tips for you in today's episode.

Episode 029 - Moving to a Big Kid Bed  

There's no set age or developmental milestone which marks the right time to move your little one out of their crib and into a big-kid bed, but there are definitely some situations that can either help or hinder the transition. On today's episode, I've got some scenarios you'll want to consider before making the switch, and a strong case against the "never too early" argument.

Episode 028 - Let's Talk About Naps, Baby.  

Getting your baby sleeping through the night can be a challenge, but getting them to sleep during the day presents a whole new set of obstacles.

Between the natural light, the  ambient noises, and the activities surrounding them, babies can have a real issue getting quality naps. That's a problem for parents and baby alike, since they're such are an essential element to a baby's overall sleep schedule.

So how can you help your little ones enjoy some quality shut-eye with all these factors working against them? I've got a great strategy for you in this week's episode.


Episode 027 - New Year = Better Sleep  

Have you made your new year's resolutions yet? Every year, we vow that we're going to lose a few pounds, run a half marathon, and start taking better care of ourselves in a meaningful, noticeable way, which is great! I'm all for self-improvement.

So today, I've got a great idea for a realistic, attainable resolution that's guaranteed to make you look and feel better, and genuinely improve your overall health and well-being.

I suggest you make this the year you finally improve your sleep, and I've got some suggestions on how you can do it almost effortlessly! It'll give you more energy, help you lose weight, help you look your best, and improve your mood and overall health! I'll tell you how in this week's episode!

Episode 026 - Top Tips for Surviving the Holidays  

The season's upon us, and with it comes travel, get-togethers, out-of-town visitors, and a dozen other sleep saboteurs that can throw your little one's schedule out of sync. In today's episode, I've got some tips to help you keep things on track through the holiday festivities and make sure everyone in the house gets a good night's sleep.

Episode 025 - 3 Tips for a Picky Eater  

We're taking a break from sleep-related topics today to discuss the other source of endless frustration for parents and kids.

What do you do when your child refuses to eat?

Do you withhold dessert, wait at the table until they finish, or try to persuade them with rewards and treats?

These are particularly tricky waters to navigate, because you're helping to establish the relationship that your children are going to have with food through the rest of their lives.

Today, I've got a few strategies you can try that can get your child eating well, stop the stress and conflict over mealtimes, and help them develop a positive, healthy association with food.

For more info on The Food Sense Program, check out

Episode 24 - The Right Way to do Time-Outs  

The "time-out" is easily the most common disciplinary tool we use as parents, and for good reason. They're gentle, easy to administer in almost any situation, and they're simple for your little one to understand.

At least that was my experience with them.

But I talk to a lot of parents who say their kids don't respond to time-outs. Either they don't deter their child's bad behavior, or they're concerned about the message they're sending by sentencing their child to a period of silence and stillness for a minute or two.

In today's episode, we're looking at the various approaches to time-outs, which ones I find to be most effective, and why.

Epsiode 023 - Interview with Renee Warren  

Being an attentive mother and a successful entrepreneur is a challenge that many of us aspire to achieve, but realistically, either goal on its own is an incredible undertaking, and a full-time commitment. But my guest on today's episode has done just that, with spectacular results! We're discussing how she managed to overcome her own challenges with her little ones' sleep, while still building OnBoardly, her thriving PR firm for companies on a mission to change the world. See what advice she has for ambitious new moms who want to have it all!

Episode 022 - Why Hire a Sleep Consultant  

"With all of the advice available online, why would anyone hire an expert to help them with their little one's sleep issues?"

It's a valid question, and one that I get asked fairly regularly. So today, I'm speaking with three of my Certified Sleep Sense™ Consultants to ask what makes them so successful in addressing infant and toddler sleep challenges. They'll also be sharing their favorite sleep tips with you, and discussing the reasons why personal consultations can prove so much more effective than books or online research.

Interested in becoming a Certified Sleep Sense Consultant? Looking for a exciting new career that allows you to help others AND make a great income while still staying home with your little ones? Click here to find out how!

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