Parenting in the First 3 Years
By Ann McKitrick, MS
Parents of young children and parents-to-be: you're in the right place! This podcast takes a kind and respectful view of your child's development during pregnancy and first 3 years. Host Ann McKitrick brings a unique perspective through 30+ years as a child development professor, parenting coach, teacher educator and mentor and most importantly, as a parent. Subscribe now for expert interviews, insightful advice, and real stories about raising a little one in the world today.
Go to nurturednoggins.com/ for show notes, downloads and resources for each episode.
Go to nurturednoggins.com/ for show notes, downloads and resources for each episode.
Wisdom from a Montessori Mom with Maranda Deason
In this mom story, you'll meet Maranda Deason, Montessori teacher and mother of 7 children including 3 under age three. She shares her thoughts on the cultural changes in parenting she observed between her two sets of children and how she manages the everyday life, including a full time job, a little bit of self care and helping other parents get the resources they need (that she didn't have as a young mom). Here's the show notes for this episode, where you'll find links to contact Maranda. Would you like to tell your parenting story? Email me here and we'll start the conversation! Download our free tool, 20 Ways to Play with Your Baby and Toddler to learn about the developmental stages of play, how to interact your child from 0-36 months and the do's and don'ts of playing with your little one.
December 05, 2022
Language Development in the First Years with Lenora Edwards
Language development in the first years seems to just happen on its own. Or does it really? Will babies just naturally say their first words around 12 months or do parents need to help that happen? It's a great question and one that Lenora Edwards of Better Speech and I discuss on this episode. Lenora gives you great tips on how to support your child's language through exposure to natural conversations and observing others as well as being a part of complex conversations. Here's the show notes for this episode, where you'll find links to reach Lenora and learn more about language development. Download our free tool, 20 Ways to Play with Your Baby and Toddler to learn about the developmental stages of play, how to interact your child from 0-36 months and the do's and don'ts of playing with your little one. Do you have questions about parenting? Schedule a call with Ann McKitrick for a free individualized coaching conversation.
November 29, 2022
Attachment Parenting Explained with Diane Goyette and Gabrielle Holt
There's a lively conversation on social media about attachment parenting and sometimes it feels like if you don't get everything exactly right, you might be messing up or at least not be providing the best for your baby. In this episode, Diane Goyette and Gabrielle Holt discuss how both infants and parents contribute to their secure, attached relationship. They explain how the attachment parenting trend lines up with attachment theory, how parents can support their baby's emotional development and whether parent attachment is affected when your child spends all day in child care or with a sitter (hint: it's not!) Here's the show notes for this episode. There's a link here for the research article referred to in the podcast. Download our free tool, 20 Ways to Play with Your Baby and Toddler to learn about the developmental stages of play, how to interact your child at different ages from 0-36 months and the do's and don'ts of playing with your kid. Would you like to ask specific questions about your child? Schedule a call with Ann McKitrick for a free individualized coaching conversation.
November 15, 2022
How Your Enneagram Type Affects Parenting with Rochelle Bridges
We all seem to have our own take on what’s behind children’s behavior. I know my husband and I sure did when we were in the thick of raising little kids - we definitely had our own ideas of what was going on! In this episode Rochelle Bridges, a licensed family therapist and Integrated Enneagram Accredited Practitioner, explains how your center of intelligence affects how you respond to your child in the everyday life of parenting. She explains why we respond to parenting challenges like temper tantrums differently, why some parents are more inclined to follow their gut than others and how you can identify your center of expression and personality type. Here's the show notes for this episode. Go here for links mentioned in the podcast. Download our free tool, 20 Ways to Play with Your Baby and Toddler to learn about the developmental stages of play, how to interact your child at different ages from 0-36 months and the do's and don'ts of playing with your kid. Would you like to ask specific questions about your child? Schedule a call with Ann McKitrick for a free individualized coaching conversation.
November 08, 2022
5 Ways to Soothe a Crying Newborn with Dympna Kennedy
The sound of a crying newborn... oh my goodness! It sends shivers down your spine, creates emotional tension and you want to do anything to help them (and make it stop!). But how do you know what they need? Our guest, Dympna Kennedy, has created a checklist of 5 things for new parents to try when their baby is crying and they're not sure why. Her advice is simple, concrete and easy to remember, which makes it perfect for brand new parents (or grandparents, nannies, aunties and uncles). Here's the show notes for this episode. Download our free tool, 20 Ways to Play with Your Baby and Toddler to learn about the developmental stages of play, how to interact your child at different ages from 0-36 months and the do's and don'ts of playing with your kid. Would you like to ask specific questions about your child? Schedule a call with Ann McKitrick for a free individualized parent coaching conversation.
November 01, 2022
How to Organize Toys with Amanda Liford
Toys. You love ‘em, your kid loves ‘em, people give you lots of them and after a while, they take over your house! How do you keep them organized? Amanda Liford, has the answers. She’s the founder of Easy Life Organizing, which specializes in decluttering, minimizing, and organizing homes, businesses, and digital spaces to make life easier. She knows what’s going on in your house because she’s the mom of a 2 ½ year old - and knows how hard it is to stay on top of all the stuff that can accumulate with little ones. Amanda shares how to organize spaces so that your child is able to find and play with the toys they want and ways to set up so they can put things away on their own, even toddlers. She also shares great ideas for holiday gift giving that focus on experiences - gifts that support connection, learning and fun. Download Amanda's Experiences Over Stuff printable resource. Click here for show notes. I'd love to pray for you and your baby - email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like that. No strings attached, no follow up email or anything. Just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone. Schedule a conversation with Ann McKitrick.
October 25, 2022
What Happens When Your Child Puts on a Costume? Developmental Play!
It's that time of year when kids like to wear their Halloween costume any chance they get and I say, let 'em! Costumes allow children to pretend big, often exploring themes of power and justice through their play. When they put on a costume that says “I’m in charge”, they're able to practice what it feels like to be powerful, whether that's a powerful lion, princess, witch or superhero. They’re allowed, in this role, to try on behaviors that might otherwise be quieted down. In this episode you'll learn what happens in the mind of a child when they put on a costume and become the character. You'll get tips on how to play with your little superhero in a way that respects the process of play and models care and cooperation, even when you're pretending to be an evil character. Here's the show notes for this episode. Download our free tool, 20 Ways to Play with Your Baby and Toddler to learn about the developmental stages of play, how to interact your child at different ages from 0-36 months and the do's and don'ts of playing with your kid. I'd love to pray for you and your baby - email me if you'd like that. No strings attached, no follow up email or anything. Just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone. Schedule a call with Ann McKitrick for a free individualized parent coaching conversation.
October 18, 2022
What to Expect in the Fourth Trimester
Those first weeks at home with a newborn are beautiful, memorable and well, kinda hard. The minute you walk in the door with your new baby, life changes. And frankly, moms can feel a little uninformed about their own recovery, both physical and emotional, in the first months. Carly and Meg of Fourth Trimester Foundations are registered nurses who found their passion working in the postpartum & newborn speciality. They met at work and identified that most of their patients, especially first time moms, were completely uninformed about what would happen to their own healing bodies after birth. They decided to change that narrative together by founding Fourth Trimester Foundations. Carly and Meg are also moms of many littles so they've been right there on the other side of the bed, too. They know the transition to motherhood, even if it's not your first baby, is beautiful, messy, transformative, and full of growing pains. For full show notes, click here Download their Postpartum Prep Planner. I'd love to pray for you and your baby - email me if you'd like that. No strings attached, no follow up or anything. This is just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone. Schedule a call with Ann McKitrick for a free individualized parent coaching.
October 11, 2022
Making Holiday Plans That Work for Your Child with Prerna Richards
Holiday gatherings are coming soon. What do you do when your child screams, clings to you and won't be friendly with grandparents, relatives and friends you haven't seen for a while? In this episode, Prerna Richards tells you why this happens, what's going on developmentally and what you can do to help your child feel comfortable and at peace, even in new situations. For full show notes, click here I'd love to pray for you and your baby - email me if you'd like that. No strings attached, no follow up or anything. This is just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone. Schedule a free call with Ann McKitrick for personal, individualized parent coaching.
October 04, 2022
How COVID Changed Children's Lives with Anya Kamenetz
The story of what happened to children during the pandemic isn't over. In this episode, Anya Kamenetz, author of The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children's Lives, and Where We Go Now talks about what families experienced during the pandemic, sharing stories of ways both children and parents continue to be affected and encouragement for the future. Contact Anya at http://www.anyakamenetz.net/ Purchase The Stolen Years Follow Anya on twitter: https://twitter.com/anya1anya For full show notes, click here I'd love to pray for you and your baby - email me if you'd like that. No strings attached, no follow up or anything. This is just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone. Schedule a free call with Ann McKitrick for personal, individualized parent coaching.
September 27, 2022
Postpartum Mental Health: Are These Feelings Normal? with Sherry Duson
Most new parents experience up and down emotions in the first weeks and months of parenting, but how do you know if you're experiencing postpartum depression? In this episode, Sherry Duson, MA, Certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialist explains what's normal, how to alleviate feelings of depression through self-care and how to get the help you need. For full show notes, click here I'd love to pray for you and your baby - email me if you'd like that. No strings attached, no follow up or anything. This is just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone. Schedule a free discovery call for personal, individualized parent coaching.
September 20, 2022
What Grandparents Need to Know
Babies bring about a new dimension to families beyond you and your partner. Grandparents, aunties, uncles… we all love that baby! Research shows that grandparent relationships provide lots of benefits for children - they have a stronger support system, are more resilient, less prone to depression and best of all, they have the security that comes from being loved. In this episode we take a look at 3 ways to build healthy relationships between you, your baby and the extended family - and grandparents, you'll hear how you can best support your adult kids and their children. For full show notes, click here I'd love to pray for you and your baby - email me if you'd like that. No strings attached, no follow up or anything, this is just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone. Schedule a free discovery call for personal, individualized parent coaching.
September 13, 2022
How to Break Negative Cycles in Parenting with Lorena Seidel
Parenting Coach Lorena Seidel and I discuss strategies that help you to break free of negative cycles of parenting you may have experienced. Because most of us tend to become "just like our own parents", especially in moments of duress. If this is not necessarily a good thing, then you'll love the encouragement and practical advice Lorena has to offer. She shares four strategies that enable you to become aware of patterns and triggers and connect with your child in emotionally healthy ways. For full show notes, click here I'd love to pray for you and your baby - email me if you'd like that. No strings attached, no follow up or anything, this is just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone. Schedule a free discovery call for personal, individualized parent coaching.
September 06, 2022
Birthday Party Planning for Babies and Toddlers with Kim Morrison
It's a huge milestone ~ you all made it through the first year! Now it's time to do some birthday party planning. Figuring out how you want to celebrate is the first step. Big party? Small party? A trip to the zoo with just you and your baby? You've got options! In this episode, I chat with Kim Morrison of The Hygge Gathering, who's passionate about creating cozy, comfortable, inviting gatherings that celebrate life and relationship. Which is exactly what you want to do - celebrate that sweet little life. Download our free guide, 8 Tips for Planning an Awesome Birthday Party! For full show notes, click here. I'd love to pray for you, email me if you'd like that. No explanations necessary, no strings attached, no follow up. Just say "please pray for [name]." It's a quiet way for me to support you and your little one. 🧡 Schedule a free Parent Coaching Discovery Call for personal, individualized help.
August 30, 2022
How New Parents Can Support Secure Attachment with Annie Brook
How do you know if your baby is securely attached? What does that even look like? In this episode Annie Brook shares practical ways parents can support and nurture their child by becoming aware of their perception of the world. She explains early precognitive memory, like birth or attachment trauma, and how to help it heal through touch, talk and responsiveness. For full show notes, click here. I'f love to pray for you and your baby ~ email me if you'd like that. No strings attached, no follow up, no commitment, simply a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone. Schedule a free Parent Coaching Discovery Call for personal, individualized help.
August 23, 2022
5 Things to Know About Starting Preschool
In this episode you'll learn how to select a preschool, what types of programs are available and most importantly, how to know if it's the best one for your child. Plus you'll get tips on getting ready for the first day of school, ways to have a smooth drop off and what to expect at the end of the day when you pick up your kiddo. For full show notes, click here. I'd love to pray for you, email me if you'd like that. No explanations necessary, no strings attached, no follow up. Just a quiet way for me to support you and your sweet little one. Schedule a free Parent Coaching Discovery Call for personal, individualized help.
August 16, 2022
How Motherly Helps New Mothers with Liz Tenety
Liz Tenety, co-founder of Motherly, gives behind-the-scenes insight on trends, what she sees as a big source of struggles for moms, how creating Motherly has influenced her own mothering and how being a mother has influenced her work. Enjoy! Click here for full show notes, with links to the Motherly website, classes and resources. I'd love to pray for you and your family, email me. No strings attached, no follow up. Just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey.
August 09, 2022
Exploring Parenting Styles: RIE with Erica Orosco Cruz
Exploring how to "be" as a new parent takes time. There are so many people and approaches to glean from as you find what works best for you and your family. One thing I LOVE about the RIE approach to parenting is they way it honors to the dignity of your child by speaking to them with respect, giving them time to respond on their own, which promotes self-awareness and autonomy. In this episode, Erica Orosco Cruz, describes characteristics of RIE, which is the acronym for 'Resources for Infant Educarers' and how you can adopt this way of being with your baby at home. Enjoy! Let me know what you thought. Click here for the full show notes! I'd love to pray for you and your baby, email me. No strings attached, no follow up. Just a quiet way for me to support you and your sweet little one. Schedule a free Parent Coaching Inquiry call. Erica's recent Parent Workshop, The Potential of Play
August 02, 2022
The 6 Stages of Parenting
Just as our children are going through phases of development throughout their lives, we too are going through stages of parenting as our kid get older. But did you know there are stages of parenting that every mom and dad experience? Each stage brings its own set of lessons and struggles. We, as parents, grow and morph alongside our children. In this episode, I share the six stages of parenting, along with some personal stories from my time as a mom that exemplify what it's like to live through each stage. Sometimes you need someone to process your parenting journey with. Learn about parent coaching with Ann. Click here for the full show notes!
July 26, 2022
What Does Parental Self-Care Look Like? with Sue Ludwig
When you're a new parent, you're expected to do it all. Homemade food, the best diapers, constant eye contact and playtime, zero chemicals. Meanwhile, the whole world is yelling at you that "parental self-care is so important!" When does a busy parent even find time for self-care between the overwhelming expectations coming from ourselves and others? In this episode, I chat with licensed occupational therapist Sue Ludwig about how owning your "light" as a parent, and all the ways that we accidentally block that light. Sue is a sought-after speaker, consultant, educator, and author of Tiny Humans, Big Lessons. She's also president and founder of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT), where she uses a unique blend of clinical expertise, innovation, and leadership to support the advancement of this specialized field on a global level. Download Sue's 3 Second Rule of Intention tool Click here for the full show notes!
July 19, 2022
How to Talk to Kids About Death with Michele Benyo
Have you had the death talk with your child yet? Maybe it hasn't come up. Maybe you think they're too young. Or maybe you were forced to discuss it after a family pet or loved one died. Experts agree that it's never too early to bring up the subject of death with your child. And it's better to bring it up before they have to experience it first-hand. But what's the best way to broach the subject? And what types of words should we use so our child understands and isn't afraid? In this episode, I talk to Certified Grief Recovery Specialist Michele Benyo about how we can initiate these conversations with our children, along with what to do when they experience death in their lives. Michele is the founder of Good Grief Parenting. After her 6-year-old son died of cancer, her 3-year-old daughter said, “Mommy, half of me is gone.” This heartbreaking statement focused Michele’s career as an early childhood parenting specialist on the impact of grief on young children, particularly after child loss. Michele equips parents and other caring adults to recognize young children’s grief and to provide the support children need to build resilience and cope well with any loss. Click here for the full show notes! • www.nurturednoggins.com Follow Nurtured Noggins on Instagram Interested in 1-on-1 coaching with Ann? Click here to schedule a free introductory call
July 12, 2022
Six Quick Tips for Toddler Parenting Struggles with Gabrielle Holt
You’re doing it all... working a job you love, taking care of littles, finding time for the big things that matter. But right now, at this moment, all you need is just to get to work on time. You’re dressed, packed up, and all set to go when your toddler starts World War 3 as you’re trying to get them out the door. Why does your kid resist today what she was perfectly fine with yesterday? We may never really understand, but in this episode we’ve got some tried and true tips for some of the most common places that parents find exasperating: getting out the door, into the car seat, getting your child to eat, taking the iPad away when time is up, and getting those darn shoes on. Gabrielle Holt is the Birth-through-3 Coordinator at the Montessori Country Day School in Houston, Texas. She joined me for this episode to bring her perspective and 10 years of experience to tackle these everyday toddler struggles. Click here for the full show notes!
July 05, 2022
Finding Guidance through Faith and Prayer with Bunmi Laditan
Parents around the world find comfort and guidance in their spiritual faith, even during the hardest of times of their parenting journey. Prayer, journaling, and reflection are powerful tools that can bring peace during turmoil and a sense of direction on those days you feel lost. In this episode, I talk to award-winning author Bunmi Laditan about how parents can use their faith to ease the worry that comes with being a parent. Her new book, Help Me God, I'm a Parent is a collection of poetry that gives voice to the vulnerable thoughts that everyone has about parenthood, but may be afraid to say out loud. These lyrical prayers echo the same fears, joys, delights, loneliness, regrets, and love that caretakers hold in their hearts. Bunmi is a Webby- nominated writer from California who lives in Quebec, Canada, with her family. She has contributed to the New York Times, Parenting, and the Huffington Post and is best known for the satirical Twitter account Honest Toddler. Click here for the full show notes!
June 28, 2022
The Power of Smell in Attachment with Jude Stewart
Everyone knows that special newborn smell. And if you haven't experienced it yet, you've no doubt heard about it. Mothers young and old can recall the smell their children had during the first few weeks of their life. It's one of those things that sticks with you forever. But do fathers experience it the same way mothers do? And what about the babies - what role does smell play in developing an attachment to their parents? In this episode, I talk to author Jude Stewart about the importance of smell in raising babies and toddlers. I learned how the smell of our children changes with each developmental stage, and how that affects our role as their caretakers. It's all so fascinating! Jude has written three books, most recently Revelations in Air: A Guidebook to Smell (Penguin Books, 2021), along with pieces for The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, Quartz, The Believer, Fast Company and many other publications. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram. If you'd like to read more of Jude's writing on the science of smell, check out her article in the Wall Street Journal, What Your Smell Says About You. Click here for the full show notes!
June 21, 2022
Babies Need Diversity: Fathers and Attachment with Dr. Josh Thompson
Fathers play an important and complicated role in their family. Not too long ago, fathers were expected to provide financially, and not much else. Boy how things have changed! Now, a father is considered a good one if he takes an active role in parenting and keeping house, splitting the responsibilities and duties with his partner. How can fathers learn from the way things used to be while embracing the new way of parenting? How can they interact with their babies and toddlers to create lasting bonds? In this episode, I talk to Dr. Josh Thompson about the crucial role that fathers play in creating diversity in a baby's life, plus how their partners can support and encourage the unique bond between father and child. Dr. Thompson is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at Texas A&M University. His professional mission is to promote and protect child-like wonder and love of learning in everyone he meets. Check out the full show notes here! Looking for ways to bond and play with your baby? Grab my free guide: 20 Ways to Play with Your Baby & Toddler, filled with activities for your child using regular household items!
June 14, 2022
Debunking Breastfeeding Myths with Erica Campbell
Breastfeeding. It's one of the most controversial topics concerning motherhood. And no wonder - it's both communal and extremely personal, there are so many expectations surrounding it, and when you're first getting started, each session can feel like a make-it-or-break-it moment. So how can new and expectant mothers keep a level head and weed through all the breastfeeding myths flying at them? In this episode, I talk to board-certified Lactation Consultant Erica Campbell about the biggest breastfeeding myths currently making the rounds, plus how new moms can navigate the world of information available to them while still trusting their instincts. Erica is a registered nurse and mother of two, currently residing in Houston, Texas. For more than 10 years, she has helped families with their lactation and breastfeeding journey. You can find her on Instagram and YouTube. If you or someone you know is expecting, check out Birth School! Erica was one of my featured experts and answered all the burning breastfeeding questions. Check out the full show notes here!
June 07, 2022
Keeping a Growth Mindset While Parenting with Estelle Giraud
When you have a growth mindset, you believe that your abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work (compared to solely relying on brains and talent). Many expecting parents think if they can just read enough books and do enough Googling leading up to the birth of their child, they'll be prepared for everything to come. Too bad that's not how that works. In order to become better parents, give our children more meaningful experiences, and make deeper connections with them, we must have a growth mindset. But what does this really mean, and what does it look like in day-to-day parenting? In this episode, I talk to Dr. Estelle Giraud, a PhD Scientist, leader in biotech and frontier medicine, and mother to a toddler. We chat about her transition into parenthood, and how her intuition has served her better than her book smarts. Estelle is a wonderful example of how keeping a growth mindset, and instilling one in our children, can create a more enjoyable, enriching, and developmental parenting experience. If you or someone you know is expecting, check out Birth School. Check out the full show notes here!
June 01, 2022
Teaching Your Child Autonomy at a Young Age with Rae Pica
One of our goals as parents is to raise confident, independent human beings who can take care of themselves so they can one day leave home and start a life of their own. The problem is, today's culture of gentle hands-on parenting is often construed as not letting your child make any mistakes, and doing everything for them. So how can we encourage autonomy in our children from a young age in a kind and supportive manner? What are some things we can let our toddlers do on their own to help build their confidence? In this episode, I talk to early childhood consultant Rae Pica about ways to develop and educate your child as a whole by letting them take action on their own and make their own decisions and mistakes. Author of 22 books, including What If Everybody Understood Child Development? and What If We Taught the Way Children Learn? Rae has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Chicago Children’s Museum, Mattel, and Hasbro. Show notes and lots of resources here!
May 24, 2022
Creating a Loving Home with Deborah Farmer Kris
Showing our children that our love is not based on how “good” they are is an important part of creating a lasting bond between parent and child. Not only that, but it can actually help our children regulate their emotions better, and gives them the emotional intelligence needed to navigate tough feelings for the rest of their lives. But how can we best explain this concept to our young kids? And how can we use these principles of kindness and positive language to lift ourselves up as parents? In this episode, I talk to child development expert and author Deborah Farmer Kris about how we can create a home where our children know they’re loved unconditionally, while also showing ourselves the same compassion. Founder of Parenthood365, Deborah works as a parenting columnist and consultant for PBS KIDS, writes about child development for NPR’s MindShift, and is the author of the “All the Time” picture book series. Her work has also been featured in The Washington Post, Boston Globe Magazine, and Oprah Daily. Check out the full show notes here!
May 17, 2022
How to Turn Your Kitchen into a Montessori Kitchen with Sarah Moudry
This is part 2 of a conversation with Sarah Moudry. In this bonus episode, we talk about how to turn your family kitchen into a Montessori kitchen so you can encourage hands-on learning during the prep and clean-up of meals.
May 12, 2022
Introducing Solid Food the Montessori Way with Sarah Moudry
Little ones love to help, especially when it involves food. But our culture tends to exclude young children from the entire process of serving a meal. We sit them in a high chair, away from the table, a plate magically appears in front of them, and we feed them without letting them try it on their own. What if we started incorporating our infants and toddlers into every part of the meal? Could they help set up? Could they serve themselves and eat on their own? What about the inevitable mess? In this episode, I talk to early childhood educator Sarah Moudry about how we can encourage our infants and toddlers to be active participants in mealtimes. Sarah is an author, international speaker, and founder and owner of The Studio June, an early educational studio for young children and parents offering in-person and online classes. She is also an interior designer and spends much of her time creating both classroom and home Montessori environments where children can learn and develop. Check out the full show notes here!
May 10, 2022
Introducing Foods to Infants and Toddlers to Raise Intuitive Eaters with Dani Lebovitz
The way we talk about food in today's culture is vastly different than when I was growing up (take a listen below to hear about my parents and their 5 lb block of cheese!). There's a lot of talk out there about diet culture, but what does that really mean? How can we lead our children into a healthy relationship with food from introducing solids, all the way through their toddler years and beyond? In this episode, I talk to pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist Dani Lebovitz about how we can raise healthy and intuitive eaters by the way we are introducing foods to infants and toddlers. Dani is an author, early childhood education advocate, and Mom of 3 who founded Kid Food Explorers, a resource hub and learning platform that empowers families on their journey to raise confident, adventurous eaters. Check out the full show notes here!
May 03, 2022
The Dos and Don'ts of Developmental Play
We all need play in our lives. Yes, even you! It's amazing to watch babies and children play. It comes naturally to them, whereas it seems as adults we completely forget how to do it. Even though the way children play seems relatively simple, it's actually developmental play. It's how babies and young children learn about themselves and the world around them. In this episode, I'll cover the 6 stages of play, from birth through 4+ years. I answer the questions every parent wants to know: when will my child start playing without me? And when will they start playing with other kids? Not only that, but I delve into the dos and don'ts of developmental play, along with some ideas for how you and your partner can add some child-free play to your routine. Download our resource, 20 Ways to Play with your Baby & Toddler for simple activities you can do with your child today, using things you already have around the house! Check out the full show notes here.
April 26, 2022
Tips for Potty Training with Positivity with Camilla McGill
How do you know when your child is ready to use the potty? How do you teach them to do it? Should you give them rewards or candy when they're successful? What’s the best way to respond when they have an accident? So many questions surround the simple task of learning to go to the bathroom-- the skill that every child has to learn. And every parent scratches their head about it because there are so many mixed messages out there. In this episode, I talk to parenting coach Camilla McGill about her tips for potty training that are gentle, nurturing, developmental, and positive – all the things I love! Plus she’s got a brand new book out that gives you step-by-step instructions and insight for your child. Camilla is a mom of four adult children and has been a parent educator for over 20 years. She founded My Parenting Solutions which provides online courses, along with group and 1:1 coaching sessions for parents. Check out the full show notes here!
April 19, 2022
Trauma in Early Childhood with Holly Elissa Bruno
Did your baby or child experience any trauma in early childhood? If you were quick to answer ‘no’, consider whether the past couple of years, living through a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, has felt like a traumatic experience to you. In what ways might this have also affected your little one? On the other hand, if you’re involved in the world of foster care, or you have experience with adoption, the idea of trauma may be one you’re very familiar with. But do you know what truly constitutes trauma, and how it changes babies’ brains? In this episode, I talk to Holly Elissa Bruno, a bestselling award-willing author and keynote speaker on the topic of trauma. We discuss the causes of trauma in early childhood, and some signs you can look for in children that have experienced it. She also tells the story of her own children, adopted from Korea with very different temperaments. Check out the full show notes here!
April 12, 2022
BONUS: How to Discuss Child Care Issues with Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez
In this bonus episode, Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez tells a personal story about her son starting Pre-K, which turned into a difficult partnership between her and the child care provider. She gives some helpful tips on how to bring up issues with your child care provider, and how to create a partnership between you and them.
April 05, 2022
How to Handle and Prevent Child Care Issues with Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez
Things can get a little sticky when parents and childcare providers don't see eye-to-eye on things like discipline, nutrition, and nurturing. But what power do parents have when they're having child care issues at a large daycare facility? Or even stickier, how do they communicate with family members who are watching their kids, without ruining those relationships? In this episode, I talk to childcare education expert Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez. We discuss how both verbal and nonverbal communication play a critical role in developing a trusting relationship between parents and a child care provider. We also tackle the tough question of how to set boundaries and communicate effectively with a family member who is watching your child. Check out the full show notes here!
April 05, 2022
Help Your Baby Sleep Better at Night with Joanna Clark
There's nothing more frustrating as a new parent than dealing with sleep disruptions. After all, when the baby doesn't sleep well, neither does one or both of the parents. This can make for some rough days! If you've spent your middle-of-the-night wakeups franticly Googling sleep tips, I'm sure you're familiar with the term "sleep training." But what does that really mean, and why is it such a hot topic among experts? In this episode, I talk to sleep expert Joanna Clark of Blissful Baby Sleep Coaching. We discuss the three skills that your baby needs to develop before they can become a successful independent sleeper. We also dive into all things sleep schedules and sleep training. Check out the full show notes here!
March 29, 2022
Four Things to Do With Your Newborn with Deborah McNelis
We've heard how important the first days are for your newborn's development. But when all you see them do is sleep, eat, and poop, it can be hard to imagine anything major is happening inside. Thankfully, science has proven otherwise! So what are some things you can do with your newborn to make the most of these first 2 months and form the essential bonds that will benefit your baby for years to come? In this episode, I talk to Deborah McNelis, M. Ed. Deborah is an early brain development specialist, author, speaker, and founder of Brain Insights LLC. We discuss some common misconceptions about newborn care, the best ways parents can nourish their newborn's brain growth, and answer questions about those first 60 days. Deborah's got a free gift for you! Download Loving a Baby and frame it for your baby's room. 🥰 Check out the full show notes here!
March 22, 2022
How to Manage Tantrums & Meltdowns with Diane Goyette
Tantrums can be very triggering, leaving us feeling bewildered, impatient, helpless, and ready to throw in the towel. But there's a way to understand and manage tantrums and meltdowns that may bring relief to both us and our child. In this episode, Diane Goyette of Early Childhood Specialties, shares her insights on tantrums - why they happen, what they mean, and how you can respond to turn the moment into one of connection with your child. Download our free tool, How to Manage Meltdowns, for tips on how to connect with your child even in the midst of what feels like to them (and you!) major meltdown chaos. 😬 And if you'd like for me to pray for you, your child or anything, simply email me at email@example.com. It's just a quiet, simple way for me to support you on your parenting journey. 🧡 Check out the full show notes here!
March 15, 2022
Is She a Good Baby? Exploring Infant Temperaments
There’s one question people commonly ask new parents that I can’t stand. And that's, “Is she a good baby?” Everyone wants an easy baby! But that’s such a broad description. What's an "easy baby" anyways? One that sleeps well, doesn’t cry too much, and smiles a lot? Is that even realistic? In this episode of Parenting in the First 3 Years we explore temperament, which explains why some babies seem to be easier than others. Hint: a lot of it has to do with your temperament as well! Take a listen - you'll learn so much! Check out the full show notes here!
March 08, 2022
How to Hygge With Your Baby with Maria Dior
Denmark has repeatedly been voted as having the happiest people in the world. It may be due to this thing called hygge (pronounced hoo-guh), which is a Danish term that means to cozy around together. This hygge lifestyle creates a feeling of connectedness to others, which gives meaning and purpose to life and time with our family. Parents around the world are beginning to embrace this idea, but often wonder how to hygge with their own children and family. In this episode, I talk to Maria Dior. Maria is a mother to three and an entrepreneur living in Aarhus Denmark. She specializes in health and nutrition for moms and pregnant women and offers online boot camps and courses that teach women how to stay strong and happy throughout pregnancy and postpartum. You can check her out in Birth School, my online course for expectant moms, where she helped create the module on fitness. We talk about her experiences with hygge both growing up, and as a parent now, the role that food plays in the hygge lifestyle, and tips for incorporating hygge into your daily life. Check out the full show notes here!
March 01, 2022
Tips for Parenting a 2-Year-Old
Toddlers sometimes get a bad rap. Maybe you've even had someone say to you, "just wait until they're two!" like your child will instantly morph from a sweet, happy baby into a demanding, obstinate toddler as soon as the clock strikes midnight. In this episode, we celebrate all things 2 by focusing on the second year of life. We'll talk about what's going on with your 2-year-old, all the wonderful, sometimes challenging developmental changes that are happening both inside and out, and how you can change your approach to parenting during this new phase of childhood. Check out the full show notes here!
February 22, 2022
Phones & Screen Time for Babies
Screen time for babies is a tricky topic. Babies and toddlers know, just as we do, that there are so many fun things to do with a phone! How can we live in the tension of the recommendations and what's realistic for our actual lives? What’s okay and what’s not okay about babies and toddlers when it comes to phones and tablets? In this episode, we cover 5 common assumptions that parents make about screen time for babies and toddlers. Click here to learn more about babies, toddlers and tablets!
February 15, 2022
How to Help Your Baby Thrive When Starting Daycare with Gabrielle Holt
Starting daycare is a big adjustment for parents and children alike. How can you best prepare? What if the transition doesn't go well? Will your baby cry all day long? There are likely a lot of questions swirling around in your head as you contemplate enrolling your baby in a child care center. In this episode, our guest, Gabrielle Holt answers these questions and more. Learn more about that wonderful little baby of yours at Nurtured Noggins. 😍 Check out the full show notes here!
February 08, 2022
What Makes Babies Laugh
When can you expect that your baby will start laughing? What about those big belly laughs you see on TikTok? What do babies find funny anyway? In this episode, we explore all things baby laughter. Learn more about that wonderful little baby of yours at Nurtured Noggins. 😍
February 03, 2022
Why "Baby Talk" is Good for Language Development
We all know that people use a different tone of voice when they talk to babies, like what we would typically call ‘baby talk’. Researchers have identified this sing-song, high pitched, slow speech with a name… “motherese,” “parentese,” or IDS (Infant Directed Speech). These speech characteristics are observed in all languages as parents and caregivers engage with babies. And there’s a lot more to it than just the way it sounds. In this episode, we explore the one thing that almost every person does, an instinctive way of interacting with a baby that is exactly what a child needs in the first year of life. Longing to learn more about your baby? We've got you covered at Nurtured Noggins! Checking out the full show notes here.
February 03, 2022
Parents of young children and parents-to-be: you're in the right place! This podcast will take a kind and respectful view of your child's development during pregnancy and their first 3 years. Subscribe now for expert interviews, insightful advice, and real stories about raising a little one in the world today. The first three episodes drop on February 3, 2022.
January 21, 2022