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REBROADCAST - Independently Falling Asleep

 

 00:00:00    Alyssa

You're listening to Voices of Your Village. This is episode 168. This is a rebroadcast of one of our most downloaded episodes ever. When folks come to us asking, "How can I support my tiny human with sleep?" There are a few foundational skills that we look at one of which is independently falling asleep. Now, I want you to know that if what you are doing for sleep with your tiny human is working for you. Awesome. That is rad. You don't have to change a single thing. It's also crucial that when we are navigating independent sleep, when kids are learning how to fall asleep without being bounced or rock or fed. It's crucial that we're supporting...

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Signs Your Child is Ready to Drop a Nap

 

00:00:00    Alyssa

You're listening to Voices of Your Village. This is episode 167. Today I got to hang out with our sleep consultant Christen Young, we dove into the signs that your child is ready to drop a nap. Naps are a topic that we get so many questions about, especially under 18 months because everything changes so fast, you know, just when you feel like you've gotten it nailed down you're  like, "Yes, we figured it out." They're shifting and they're showing you they're ready to drop a nap, and there's a change, and it can just all feel really overwhelming. So Christen and I hung out to outline this for you. How do you know when your kiddo is ready to drop a...

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Bedtime Boundaries

 

00:00:01 Alyssa
You're listening to Voices of Your Village. This is episode 166. Oh, this was so fun to do, I got to hang out with Rachel, our sleep program director and one of my best friends in the world to chat about bedtime boundaries. We get tons of questions about kiddos pushing those boundaries at bedtime what to do about it, how to support them, things we can do proactively and then what to do in the the moment. This episode is a real and raw episode. You hear things from Rach about personally sitting outside of her daughter's bedroom door to reinforce some boundaries and what this can look like with younger kids as well. It's always fun when I just get to hang out with...

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REBROADCAST - Spring Daylight Saving Time

 

00:00:01    Alyssa

You're listening to Voices of Your Village. This is episode 162. Folks, that time of year is almost here again where we change the clocks. I know it's such a doozy and every single time this comes around, twice a year. Here we are with the Spring Daylight Savings time. Every time it comes around, y'all are like help! Don't worry. We've got your back here. This episode is going to guide you through what to pay attention to, what doesn't matter and how to come back from this after the fact if you're still seeing sleep challenges. Remember it is one hour and we can totally do this. We have an outline for you here and head on over to seed.sleep on...

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Fall Daylight Saving Time

Welcome to Voices of Your Village episode 143! As we move closer to turning our clocks back an hour, you know what that means, it is time for a rebroadcast of our popular Daylight Savings Time episode! This episode is filled to the brim with the best tips and tricks to manage your tiny human’s sleep schedule during this oft-dreaded changing of the clocks. Cus babe, it doesn’t have to be this hard.

 

Freebie Alert! This time around we have even more daylight savings assistance for you, in the form of our brand new Fall Sleep Guide! You can snag the freebie right here to be on your way to a smooth daylight savings time tiny human sleep transition.

 

For even more...

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Spring Daylight Savings Time

 

 

Welcome to Podcast Wednesday! The days are getting longer, the light is getting brighter and you know what that means… Daylight savings time is upon us! I know this is dreaded by so many of you, but let me tell ya- it doesn’t have to rock your world. This episode is designed to give you tangible tips on how to navigate this time change without it being all-consuming. We have gotten through so much worse than this one hour time change you guys, we can handle this!

I am going to keep this short and sweet, because we do not need to overthink Daylight Savings Time. So often we get more nervous about what it’s going to be than what it actually is. Let’s...

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Ideal Nap Times for Different Ages

 

 

Hello there, and welcome to episode 107 of Voices of Your Village! Today we are talking about everyone’s favorite topic… sleep regulation! More specifically, this week is a pen and paper in hand episode all about the specifics of ideal nap times for different ages. If you are looking for a deeper dive into sleep pressure and regulation, check out episode 41. Because today is all about the importance of timing and example napping schedules.

 

Sleep is a little like food-  when you want your body to be ready to sit down for a meal at breakfast, lunch, or dinner you don’t have a snack 10 minutes before you are ready to eat.

 

When we want...

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Fall Daylight Savings Time

 

 

Happy Fall, ya’ll! We officially have one foot into November which means it is that time of year again where we catch these last glimpses of daylight in the evening before Winter knocks on the door to announce it is time to start eating dinner after dark. That’s right you guys, time to get out those red sharpies and circle November 3rd on the calendar because daylight savings time is upon us.

In today’s episode, I get real by real-quick letting you know the tips and tricks on how to prevent your kiddos’ sleep schedule from getting all wonky when we lose an hour. Alright, let’s dive in on how to navigate these sleep changes.

 

There are two...

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Falling Asleep Independently

 

 

This episode of Voices of Your Villages answers one of the most common questions I’ve gotten as a sleep consultant over the past six years, which is, “How do I teach my kid to fall asleep independently?” 

Babies can start practicing falling asleep independently as early as infancy - shoot for once a day where that kiddo isn’t falling asleep at the breast, in your arms, or at a bottle. This will allow them to start building the toolbox they need to be able to do this - habit is real, and routine is powerful. 

Kiddos learn what to expect based on how we respond to them. If they cry and we do x, y, and z, that is what they will expect to...

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The lowdown on newborn sleep

 

In this week’s episode, I was jazzed to chat with our sleep consultant, Rachel Lounder, all about newborn sleep. Newborn sleep is vastly different than sleep after 4 months of age and Rachel and I dove into the details of how to best support your newborn and maintain your own sanity. 

From birth to four months, Rachel shares that the name of the game is keeping periods of wakefulness short. This prevents too much sleep pressure from building. Too much sleep pressure results in an overtired and overstimulated babe who has an even harder time falling asleep. In newborns, the length of naps can vary widely and that’s okay. The length of naps is not as important and...

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