Sleep Cues: The Everything Baby Sleep Podcast

Erin Junker - The Happy Sleep Company

Tired mama? I’m here to help - I’m Erin Junker, pediatric sleep consultant and owner of The Happy Sleep Company. With a Masters Degree in Health Communications, experience helping more than 1000 families gain healthy rest for their children and eight years raising my own happy little sleeper I’m in this with you!I am passionate about children's sleep, I firmly believe that a well rested family is a happier healthier family. In each episode of this podcast, we'll guide

you through some of the biggest challenges we see parents facing when it comes to their babies and older children's sleep. And share effective tools, tips, advice and strategies for getting sleep on track. Let’s get your family some great sleep!

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All the "stuff" that can go hand-in-hand with happy healthy sleep habits for your kiddos! Everything from sleep bags to blackout blinds and more! Now, these things are NOT the magic answer to getting sleep on track but they go hand-in-hand with sleep coaching to help support getting your little (and you) happy, healthy sleep! Check out all my must haves HEREBRANDS MENTIONED:LOULOU LOLLIPOP code HAPPYSLEEP15 for 15% off your orderRY & PEN code HAPPYSLEEP for 20% off your orderOBASAN code HAPPYSLEEP and ensure both the crib mattress and the mattress protector are in your cart at checkoutDREAMSJUMPER code HAPPYSLEEP15 to get 15% off yourorderBLINDS-TO-GO / BOUCLAIR / BLACKOUT EZ WINDOW COVER for blackout optionsMARPAC Yoga Sleep sound machineGRO ANYWHERE Portable Blackout Blind/Tommee Tippee Portable Blackout BlindPHIL & TEDS traveller cribTHE SHRUNKS SlumberPod travel bed and inflatable railsSLUMBER POD code HAPPYSLEEPCO at checkout for $10 off your orderGROCLOCK wake up clockIn this episode we've partnered with Obasan Click HERE to save - We want your kids sleeping great! Use code HAPPYSLEEP at checkout and receive a free wool moisture pad when you purchase a crib mattress–head to obasan.com /

Nov 30

26 min 29 sec

Not only are we to getting organized for the holidays but families are getting organized for holiday sleep! This week's Q&A episode is focusing on Wake Windows This week's questions highlight.. - What they are- Adjusting wake windows on bad nap days- False starts at bed time- Age appropriate sleep time-Sample Wake Window and Nap Schedule Have a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Nov 23

19 min 13 sec

On today's episode of #SleepCues we are sharing our IGTV with Marise. She is the face and mama behind @situpsandsippycups - capturing  the candid experiences of a first-time mom. It’s the go-to source for totally subjective, no-bs tips and advice on navigating pregnancy, health, fitness, and mom life. Which leads to one of her experiences with Sleep Coaching! With receiving many questions and DMs about the experience and sleep coaching itself,  we decided to jump on a live and do a Q&A covering it all! So listen back to what’s it like to work with a sleep coach as Marise goes into detail about her journey with Sleep Coaching and more! FOLOW MariseErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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Nov 16

54 min 59 sec

 Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! With questions around sickness and sleep as we head into cold and flu season here in Canada. - Sickness and keeping sleep on track- Toddlers and one nap transition- Scheduling the one-nap - Crib to big kid bed at three years old- Sourcing long sleep sacsHave a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Discount for  Ry & Pen - @ryandpen they wanted make the world a better place and decided that making great clothes for babies and children could help us do just that. Use code HAPPYSLEEP at checkout to receive 20% off at ryandpen.com and get great sleep started!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Nov 9

18 min 1 sec

Today on Sleep Cues we are joined by Mallory aka @theformulamom who just four years ago found herself like many other parents... overwhelmed, frustrated, disappointed, and full of guilt and stress about formula feeding. Mallory struggled to figure out her daughter's symptoms and digestive issues and additionally could not find any high-quality information to help. After diving into all the research, and figuring it all out for her and her daughter, Mallory set out to change how we support new moms in making their feeding decisions. She became a Certified Infant Feeding Technician. And started helping moms realize these truths: 1. You can make an informed, confident feeding decision that makes everyone healthy and happy (your baby AND you!)2. It is possible for you to feel GOOD about formula feeding-- without stress, guilt, or shame. In this episode we discuss: - Myth busting formula feeding- Parenting attachment - Navigating feeding options and challenges parents face- Thoughts on "fed is best" This episode is presented by our partner Ry & Pen  - they wanted make the world a better place and decided that making great clothes for babies and children could help us do just that. Use code HAPPYSLEEP at checkout to receive 20% off at  ryandpen.com and get great sleep started!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Nov 2

39 min 22 sec

Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! From the newborn to the six month mark these questions are for you! This week's questions highlight...- Toddlers and Wake Up Clocks- Full overnight feeds transitioning into more full day time feeds- Fighting mid day naps, when do to drop a to 2 naps- Struggling to take the 3rd nap- Wake windowsHave a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Oct 26

15 min 36 sec

Oh, the dreaded Fall Back – the change in Daylight Savings Time that occurs each autumn that has parents of already-early wakers wanting to run for the hills. Good news! There ARE ways to manage Daylight Savings Time that will result in much less stress for your family.In this episode we discuss: - Are there things you can do to prep for this time?- The different options to tackling daylight savings with your babe- And strategies for each whichever way works best for you and your family- What to remember about this speed "bump" in your child's sleep scheduleIn this episode we've partnered with Obasan Click HERE to save - We want your kids sleeping great! Use code HAPPYSLEEP at checkout and receive a freewool moisture pad when you purchase a crib mattress–head to obasan.com / obasan.ca and get great sleep started!**NOTE: be sure to shop obasan.com or obasan.ca pending your country locationErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Oct 19

16 min 18 sec

Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! And this week we touch on a range of ages and stages for you... Seriously, we go from the toddler sleep regression to newborns in bassinets!This week's questions highlight...- How to identify (and handle) the toddler sleep regression- The 2:1 nap transition and when to know you can drop a nap- How to approach standing in the crib so it doesn't become a game- Is there such a thing as too much sleep?- With newborn in a bassinet is there a transition period to get to the crib Have a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Oct 12

16 min 57 sec

Confession time... I am the mom of a child who was an early morning riser! Honestly there were times that I just couldn't fix it. And you would think as a sleep consultant... "wouldn't you have all the tools and tricks, couldn't you just fix it?!" But that's the thing - and one of the key points of this episode, that sometimes it is a phase and the greatest sleepers can go through this! In this episode we discuss: - What is normal about early morning wake ups- How we can define early morning wake ups- Why they might be happening- What we can do to lessen the chances of them happening- How to get through these phases quickerThis episode is presented by our partner Ry & Pen  - they wanted make the world a better place and decided that making great clothes for babies and children could help us do just that. Use code HAPPYSLEEP at checkout to receive 20% off at  ryandpen.com and get great sleep started!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Oct 5

15 min 26 sec

Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions, specifically around the newborn stage! Some from expecting parents, and new parents in their first few weeks wondering about schedules, what is "normal" etc.This week's questions highlight..- How adjusted age can affect sleep- Handling parental anxiety around newborn naps- Noises at night time, what is "normal"- Schedules, when to expect to start one- When to unswaddleHave a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Sep 28

13 min 37 sec

Today on Sleep Cues we are joined by Dr. Rana Pishva - Clinical Psychologist, and we discuss attachment parenting. Erin shares her passion for this topic as well and how she incorporates it into her own journey with sleep coaching and in her practice as a sleep consultant.   Dr. Pishva works to support clients in developing adaptive coping strategies and self-understanding, and to help them build self-efficacy and confidence to reach their personal goals.  She is committed to using research-based interventions, and is trained in cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, as well as attachment-based and trauma-informed interventions. In this episode we discuss:- Parenting under an attachment model- What being an "attachment parent" look likes and what it doesn't have to look like- The parent-child attachment scope- Learning about the "circle of security"GuestDr. Rana PishvaGilmour Psychological ServicesIn this episode we've partnered with Obasan Click HERE to save - We want your kids sleeping great!  Use code HAPPYSLEEPTODDLER at checkout to get $24 off a toddler shredded rubber pillow for your little one! Head to obasan.com / obasan.ca and get great sleep started!**NOTE: be sure to shop obasan.com or obasan.ca pending your country locationErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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Sep 21

45 min 48 sec

Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight...- Thoughts on dream feeds- About putting your baby down awake and keeping them awake during the feed- The "cry-it-out" method and sleep training with medical issues- Day time naps around 2- How to cope with new daycare schedulesFrom dream feeds to daycare, toddlers to newborns Have a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Sep 14

18 min 32 sec

Today on Sleep Cues we have Lisa Curial - Registered Psychologist and owner of YEG Child Psychology and she joins us today to talk about anxiety in our kids!  Lisa has her own private practice focusing on child and adolescent learning and behaviour. In this episode we discuss:- How to differentiate between what is common and what is worrisome- What to look for with your child in regards to anxiety- How to identify points of anxiety for your kids- What supports to put in place to help your child with anxietyGuestLisa Curial@yegchildpsychologyErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Sep 7

26 min 53 sec

 Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight...- Transitioning out of a swaddle- When to lower the crib- Wake windows, when to turn to the clock- Early morning crib babbling and what to do - Sleep Coaching when you baby uses sleep crutches (rocking, pacifier etc.)  Have a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Aug 31

14 min 42 sec

It is coming up to that time of year again... the end of our summer months and if you are choosing daycare for your child, you could find yourself in some new waters to navigate! In this week's episode of Sleep Cues  we talk about approaching the transition to daycare and how it may effect your child's sleep! We share more in depth on how to handle making the transition, important questions to ask your daycare provider and how to best prepare for a smooth transitionErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Aug 24

11 min 11 sec

 Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight... - Transition plans for children's sleep- A nap strike vs. dropping a nap- How to move away from or remove the pacifier- Dealing with short naps- Vacation sleep environmentsHave a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Aug 17

16 min 48 sec

In the episode of Sleep Cues we are talking about another common yet challenging milestone.... The Rolling Milestone! This milestones happens to every baby and some babies have no problem, they fly though this stage and it has no effect to their sleep. But many (and I mean MANY) do see this milestone effecting their babies sleep and in turn the parents sleep too! We dive into what this milestone looks like, share some tips for what to expect from the rolling milestone and how to help parents can get through to the other side of it with your babies good sleep habits in tact!In this episode we've partnered with Obasan Click HERE to save - We want your kids sleeping great!  Use code HAPPYSLEEPKIDS at checkout and receive a free wool moisture pad when you purchase a kids 6” mattress! Head to obasan.com / obasan.ca and get great sleep started!**NOTE: be sure to shop obasan.com or obasan.ca pending your country locationErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Aug 10

12 min 31 sec

 Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight... - Fighting that last nap of the day- Getting Grandparents on board with your baby's sleep routine *your way*- When to drop overnight feeds- When is best for the "longer" nap Have a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Aug 3

15 min 23 sec

Today on Sleep Cues we have Dr. Stephanie Liu aka Dr. Mom - sharing her expertise on Baby Reflux. In this episode she explains the difference  between  gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and  gastroesophageal reflux  disease (GERD), insight into what she looks for with babies and reflux, what can increase reflux and steps to minimize before needing the route of medication. She practices community family medicine and acute care at the University of Alberta Hospital. She has sat on numerous boards and is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Alberta. She is wife to Graeme, Otolaryngologists Head and Neck Surgeon and mommy to Madi, her sweet and spunky little girl.Life of Dr. Mom is a health and medical mom blog designed for the modern parent whom struggles with balancing family, work, and fun. With her experience working in women health, postnatal care, mental health, and Pediatrics, Dr. Mom works to educate the modern mom with the most relevant up-to-date medical evidence to support families and the healthy development of their children.GuestDr. Stephanie Liu@lifeofdrmomlifeofdrmom.comShop at @bydrmomErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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Jul 27

22 min 59 sec

 Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight... all things summer time sleep!- Managing the unexpected car nap that is not on schedule- For toddlers, where to start with crib to bed transition- Sleep training when siblings share a room- Getting baby to fall asleep in at another house- Advice for first time sleeping at the GrandparentsHave a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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Jul 20

21 min 16 sec

Today on Sleep Cues we are talking Sound Machines. They are common topic you'll hear these days when talking about baby, children's (and adult's) sleep these days and also a controversial one! We're going through it all... taking it back to the beginning where so many ask, "Why would we use a sound machine or white noise?"Addressing common questions and concerns around using white noise or sound machines with your child's sleep, or even your own! Listen in to hear Erin's thoughts on sound machines, how they can help with baby's sleep, recommendations for parents choosing to use them and more! In this episode we've partnered with Obasan Click HERE to save - We want your kids sleeping great!  Use code HAPPYSLEEPADULT at checkout to get $80 off a queen sized shredded rubber pillow for Mom or Dad! Head to obasan.com / obasan.ca and get great sleep started!**NOTE: be sure to shop obasan.com or obasan.ca pending your country locationErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Jul 13

18 min 34 sec

 Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight..- Suggestions for days out (and not wanting to leave) with a one day napper- How to determine the cause of early wakes- Moving should I expect a regression- Bedtime for a 3 month old- How long is too long to fall asleepHave a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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Jul 6

19 min 37 sec

Today on Sleep Cues we chat with Mark Borowiecki, Canadian NHL Player, husband and has added father to his recent accomplishments! Having played many years with the Ottawa Senators and a recent move to the Nashville Predators, we discuss what led Mark and his wife Tara to Sleep Coaching, how their little guy handled the big move, and the overall experience of sleep coaching from a Dad's perspective! Mark shares his thoughts on the sleep coaching process from before even starting to having a happy sleeper. He opens up about how important it was to him as parent to be involved, and the importance of mental health for Dad's and all parents, so they can work as a team to be a well rested family!  GuestMark Borowiecki@itsborocoprunningErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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Jun 29

32 min 45 sec

 Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight..- When parents ask, "Is that okay?"-  Thoughts on waking a baby in the AM- Night terrors vs. Nightmares and what to do - Where to start with a sleep routine at 6 weeks old- Knowing your child and doing what is best for them - they are an individual!- Bedtime at 16 months (it can be a tricky & transitional age!)Have a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Jun 22

17 min 20 sec

Today's episode is all about sleep pressure. As a sleep consultant and in the world of sleep coaching, the term "Sleep Pressure" gets used quiet often, and as a parent you may have heard the term before but are not sure what that actually means! In this episode we'll go through what exactly "sleep pressure" means, how you can ensure your child has enough sleep pressure, and what can happen if your baby doesn't have enough or is over tired! We've partnered with Nanobébé - a company dedicated to creating amazing products that will guide you through your baby’s feeding journey. Because really, if there is one thing as parents that’s just as important and often just as daunting as baby’s sleep, it’s feeding our babies! Check out nanobebe.com and nanobebe.ca today, and enter code HAPPYSLEEP for 20% off ANY of their products until June 30, 2021. Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Jun 15

13 min 34 sec

 Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight..- Crib safety concerns from a first time parent- Teething- When you use sleep props but it's working-  Creating a smooth transitioning going from crib to big kid bed- Babies using devices for developmental support and sleep coachingHave a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!In this episode we've partnered with Obasan Click HERE to save - We want your kids sleeping great! Use code HAPPYSLEEP at checkout and receive a freewool moisture pad when you purchase a crib mattress–head to obasan.com / obasan.ca and get great sleep started!**NOTE: be sure to shop obasan.com or obasan.ca pending your country locationErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Jun 8

29 min 40 sec

Today's conversation is with Katie Watkins of Confidentially Katie -  Mom of three, self-love advocate, and true believer in the mental and physical benefits of exercise, her personal mission is to encourage women (especially Moms!) to put themselves on the top of their priority lists. Listen in to hear her story to finding body confidence throughout the journey of postpartum wellness and what led to sharing it all on @confidentiallykatieWe chat about the struggles parents face in making time for their own well-being, both of us having gone through this phase of becoming a parent and losing your own routine and, in some ways, losing what feels like a piece of your identity! What finding yourself looks like, and how important any kind of exercise and movement that you can fit into your lifestyle is to feeling good and making YOU a priority! GuestsKatie Watkins@confidentiallykatie confidentiallykatie.comErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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Jun 1

49 min 5 sec

 Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight..- Tips for making the transition of dropping a nap- Awake times - Working on independent sleep with a newborn-  When your toddler starts taking much longer to fall asleep - Moving big siblings rooms when baby number 2 is on its way Have a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!In this episode we've partnered with Nanobébé - a company dedicated to creating amazing products that will guide you through your baby’s feeding journey. Because really, if there is one thing as parents that’s just as important and often just as daunting as baby’s sleep, it’s feeding our babies! Check out nanobebe.com and nanobebe.ca today, and enter code HAPPYSLEEP for 20% off ANY of their products until June 30, 2021. Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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May 25

16 min 14 sec

It a common struggle - and no I don't mean just getting your baby on board with a healthy sleep plan, but getting Grandma and Grandpa's on board too! There is a lot to unpack here, many different perspectives, experiences and opinions when it comes to parenting. Grandparents are amazing, and yes - they've certainly "done this before" but times are very different now! Helping each other understand the why behind what you are doing for you babies sleep will help. This episode can be for grandparents to listen, learn and hear more about this new age of babies sleep, or to help you give you some language to explain the why behind your parenting wishes! Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

May 18

20 min 48 sec

Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight..- Nap strikes, what they can look like and tips to handle them! - Babies with Reflux and Sleep Coaching- Awake Time guidelines and making adjustments- Nap transitions from two to one or making adjustments- Following awake times or moving to a set bedtime for a 2 year oldHave a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!In this episode we've partnered with Obasan Click HERE to save - We want your kids sleeping great! Use code HAPPYSLEEP at checkout and receive a freewool moisture pad when you purchase a crib mattress–head to obasan.com / obasan.ca and get great sleep started!**NOTE: be sure to shop obasan.com or obasan.ca pending your country locationErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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May 11

21 min 20 sec

Today we are talking MULTIPLES, yup - imagine that? More than one baby, well that's a reality for many! We are joined by Bethany and Luc Barrett, the partner duo behind Grey Loft Studio business and also parents of 3 - which includes twins! Our paths crossed initially as a business connection with both working with infants and families. Fast forward to Bethany and Luc expecting twins and wanting to get their sleep on track! Listen in to their journey and experience finding healthy, happy sleep! GuestsBethany and Luc Barrett@greyloftstudiowww.greyloftstudio.caErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

May 4

42 min 27 sec

Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions, specifically around the toddler/pre-school stage but that are certainly applicable to other stages!This week's questions highlight..- When to stop napping- Struggling with bedtime - Transitioning from co-sleeping to independent sleep- Creating a smooth, speedy yet enjoyable bedtime routine- Helping with adjustments to different sleeping houses or other  environments in generalHave a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Apr 27

20 min 37 sec

When it comes to a child’s room environment, dark is best... and yes this goes for adults too! Based on how our circadian rhythms work, our brains understand that it’s time for sleeping when the environment is dark.  There is certainly an argument that babies should sleep in the light so they “learn” to sleep well anywhere. My counter-argument to that is this: If we, as humans, “learned” to sleep well under bright lights, none of us would have curtains in our bedrooms as adults. We wouldn’t need them! But we do need them – because humans all (babies and adults alike!) sleep better in the dark. Listen in to this episode for more information on babies sleep environment, and why dark is best! In this episode we've partnered with Nanobébé - a company dedicated to creating amazing products that will guide you through your baby’s feeding journey. Because really, if there is one thing as parents that’s just as important and often just as daunting as baby’s sleep, it’s feeding our babies! Check out nanobebe.com and nanobebe.ca today, and enter code HAPPYSLEEP for 20% off ANY of their products until June 30, 2021. Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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Apr 20

20 min 49 sec

Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight..- Why baby might be taking longer to fall asleep now- When is a newborns “bedtime” and how we determine what is day/what is night- How to introduce a lovey to your child- Also sharing a major cleaning hack for how to keep a lovey from getting ruined in the wash- Preparing for daycare, what to do when your kiddo will have a new sleep environment Have a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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Apr 13

19 min 52 sec

One of the most common challenges parents face is The Four Month Sleep Regression.Babies and toddlers may go through various sleep regressions, which are generally thought to occur around months 4, 8, 12, 18, and 24. I emphasize “may” and “various” because some babies might never see a sleep regression, while others may have a difficult transition through one stage but then not experience even a small blip in their sleep habits at the next common “regression” month.There is, however, one big exception to all of the above. The exception is the four-month sleep regression.In this episode we've partnered with Obasan Click HERE to save - We want your kids sleeping great! Use code HAPPYSLEEPTODDLER at checkout to get $24 off a toddler shredded rubber pillow for your little one! Head to obasan.com / obasan.ca and get great sleep started!**NOTE: be sure to shop obasan.com or obasan.ca pending your country locationErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Apr 6

29 min 57 sec

Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight..- Starting solids and how this milestone could effect sleep- Room sharing when your sleep coaching- Room sharing with siblings- Sleep coaching is going so well from the start... is this normal?Have a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Mar 30

24 min 47 sec

Baby’s Best Nutrition – Interview with Natalie Monson of Super Healthy KidsFan girl moment! I’ve followed Natalie and @superhealthykids since my own little girl was a baby (and now she’s almost 9!). So I was so happy to have her on Sleep Cues as a guest! Natalie is a wealthy of info on baby and toddler nutrition. In our interview we cover:-Starting solids - when and how-Picky eaters - taking a “no pressure approach”-The Feeding Relationship explained -Tips for meal planning & getting the family involved as kids get olderNatalie, is the mom and registered dietitian who created Super Healthy Kids.  Her mission? Healthy. Happy. Kids. One healthy habit at a time! GuestNatalie Monson@superhealthykidswww.superhealthykids.comErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Mar 23

48 min 27 sec

Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight..- Naps and Daycare: What do do if your daycare is only offering one nap, when your kiddo still seems to need two- The best age to start sleep coaching (or is there really a "best" age?)- My recommendations on the best blackout blinds and curtains- Different sleep spaces for naps and nights - does it matter?- Thoughts on starting sleep coaching for nights first, then naps later, or focussing on all of it at once!Have a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Mar 16

18 min 11 sec

While the Fall Back of the clocks in November has most parents running for the hills (especially if your child is already an early riser), the Spring Forward that occurs each March has most adults rejoicing. No 5:07 a.m. staring you in the face this time! Cue the parental high fives!Yes, the moving forward of the clocks by one hour is generally much easier on families with young children than the dreaded Fall Back. However, if the upcoming time change still has you a bit nervous about disruptions in your child’s sleep schedule, here are some strategies for managing!In this episode we've partnered with Obasan Click HERE to save - We want your kids sleeping great! Use code HAPPYSLEEPKIDS at checkout and receive a freewool moisture pad when you purchase a kids 6” mattress–head to obasan.com / obasan.ca and get great sleep started!**NOTE: be sure to shop obasan.com or obasan.ca pending your country locationErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Mar 9

12 min 33 sec

Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight..- a “good” bed time for newborns - babies moving around during sleep- night feeds- capping or limiting naps- transitioning from 2 to 1 napHave a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com 

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Mar 2

16 min 34 sec

Relationships After Baby - Interview with Dr. Tracy Dalgleish Clinical Psychologist & Couples TherapistWhether you are a new parent or expecting soon - you prepare for a lot, but one thing you likely don't expect to prepare is your relationship changing. You've heard the warnings, "you're going to be so tired," or "your relationship will change quick." Hey, I'm guilty of hearing those and thinking, oh yeah we'll be fine - fastforward everything was not fine! Turns out your relationship does undergo changes, and it requires work on both ends! Dr. Tracy Dalgleish walks us through understanding our relationship changes, strategies to to help as we work on our relationship and even some questions to reflect on and ask yourself! In this episode we've partnered with Obasan Click HERE to save - We want you sleeping great! Use code HAPPYSLEEPADULT at checkout to get $80 off a queen-sized shredded rubber pillow for Mom or Dad! Head to obasan.com and obasan.ca and get great sleep started! **NOTE: be sure to shop obasan.com or obasan.ca pending your country locationErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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Feb 23

49 min 2 sec

Answering this weeks Top 5 Questions! This week's questions highlight..- Worries about the amount of sleep your babe is getting- Sleeping through the night, but having many short naps- The Rolling milestone- Sleep coaching when baby is still sleeping in the same room as parents- Nap time changesHave a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com 

Feb 16

16 min 56 sec

Swaddling can be very helpful for newborns to help calm their Moro reflex (often referred to as the “startle reflex” - you know, the one that causes your baby to hit himself in the face and wake up very annoyed? Yeah, that one.)Swaddling is not a sleep prop, but something that can really help some babies to sleep well during those first few months when those limbs are flying all over the place! However, many parents wonder when to transition from the swaddle. In this episode we talk about...- What a swaddle is - The purpose of a swaddle- How it can help some babies sleep better- Some reasons you might want to use a swaddle- The transition to a sleep bagErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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Feb 9

17 min 53 sec

Answering more of your sleep questions! Covering the top questions that have come our way this week! This week's questions highlight..- Ideal bedtimes - The earliest you would put your babe to bed for the night- Bath time and dry skin- When the bedtime routine is easy, but nights are tough! - Tips for removing those sleep propsHave a question? Send it our way! We work hard answer everyone's questions and you might just hear yours on future episodes!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com 

Feb 2

17 min 26 sec

Is a Pacifier a Sleep Prop?! A common questions we answer in today's episode! In this episode we talk about...- How a pacifier can be helpful in managing fussiness- How and when the pacifier can become a hindrance to sleep(Yes of course, we talk about both scenarios!)- Answering the question many parents ask, "is the pacifier a sleep prop?"- When to start thinking about removing the pacifierIn this episode we've partnered with Obasan Click HERE to save - Purchase a Crib Mattress, and receive a Organic Wool Moisture Pad Protector for Crib free using code 'HAPPYSLEEP' at checkout**(DETAILS: for discount, add both crib mattress and Organic Wool Moisture Pad Protector for Crib to cart. Discount will appear once both are added to cart) **NOTE: be sure to shop obasan.com or obasan.ca pending your country locationErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Jan 26

12 min 21 sec

Excited to introduce our *NEW* Q&A EpisodesIn these episodes we will answer the week's top sleep questions! This week's questions highlight..- nap schedules at daycare vs. on the weekends- adding in a pillow- thoughts on night lights- appropriate bedtimes - information on sound machinesErin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com 

Jan 19

16 min 14 sec

The most common sleep issue that I hear about from parents... the cat nap, that 30-45 minute nap. Like clockwork. Why is it happening? And how do I get past it! Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Jan 12

14 min 22 sec

Something I consider really high on my must haves for babies and toddlers... a sleep bag! Also referred to as a sleep sac or wearable blanket!Why Use A Sleep Bag? Listen in for loads of info on the what, why, and when of using sleep bags!Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Jan 5

13 min 54 sec

An Interview with Erica Fraser of @mom.break - where she shares her journey to finding sleep coaching, recaps her experience working with a sleep coach and highlights some of the success and challenges along the way! GUESTErica Fraser@mom.break Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

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Dec 2020

41 min 22 sec

One of the most common questions I get... "If you could only give parents ONE piece of advice for what they should focus on when it comes to their child's sleep, what would it be?"My answer will always be to focus on proper wake windows!! Awake time or wake windows? What does that even mean? When do they change?We'll go through it all this episode! Erin Junker | Paediatric Sleep ConsultantInstagram @thehappysleepcompanyWebsite www.thehappysleepcompany.com

Dec 2020

10 min 46 sec