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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Nap transitions, from 3:2:1 with Teresa Stewart

 

In this episode of Voices of Your Village, I was jazzed to connect with my long-time colleague Teresa Stewart to chat all about nap transitions. Teresa has master's degrees in both child development and maternal and child health. She has always been passionate about supporting children and families. Although she worked in policy and advocacy early on in her career, her own experience of motherhood led her to more direct education and support work. She spent many years teaching classes and overseeing programs for a company called Isis Parenting. Suddenly the company closed, overnight. This eventually led to starting her current business running online groups, sleep consulting,...

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What happens while you sleep?

 

 

In this week’s episode of Voices of Your Village, I’m chatting all about sleep and why sleep is so crucial not only for our health as parents and caregivers but also for the health of our tiny humans! Sleep gives your heart and blood vessels a break. It is the time when the body can slow down enough to repair and heal. While we sleep, the chemicals flowing in our bodies strengthen and fortify the immune system. It’s when your body recharges and refuels. Sleep is also the time when your brain clears out unnecessary information that you don’t need to remember and stores things into long term memory that you do want to remember. 

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The answer to 90% of my sleep consultations

 

 

This week we are diving deep into the topic that covers 90% of my sleep consultations: SLEEP PRESSURE.

When we look at sleep, there is always more than we see on the surface. So with our tiny humans, we may see behavioral things (like bedtime resistance) but if we dig a little deeper there is often something else happening. And many times, it is sleep pressure that needs tweaking.   

Sleep pressure is like being the right amount of hungry. I don’t want to be a little hungry and only need a snack and I also don’t want to be hangry. I want to be the perfect amount of hungry so that I’m ready to sit down to a complete and revitalizing meal. The...

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Daylight Savings Time Bonus Episode

 

 

 

Today I’m sliding in with a bonus episode all about daylight savings time.  Pre-kids, daylight savings meant snagging that extra hour of sleep in the morning. With tiny humans, daylight savings has the potential to be tricky.  I’m coming in with two plans, Plan A—if you want to prepare and make changes ahead, and Plan B—if you want to see what happens and adjust from there. 

The two biggest factors in sleep are LIGHT and SLEEP PRESSURE (stay tuned—we are diving deep into sleep pressure in next week’s episode). So we are going to use light to our advantage. If you’re planning ahead, we’re going to start...

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