The Kids Sleep Show

The Kids Sleep Show

The Kids Sleep Show helps tired parents to understand the root of their child's' sleep challenges from birth through school-aged. Most children don't get adequate sleep and in this fun and lighthearted show, Courtney Zentz, a nationally ranked Pediatric Sleep Specialist breaks down the root of your struggles and shares steps to go from a sleepy mess to sleep success in just a few short days.... Show More

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Summer's finally here and you know what that means, family vacation! In this episode, Courtney offers tips and tricks to keep your little one on a sleep schedule. 

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In this episode, Courtney guides you through knowing when it's time to wean overnight feedings and how to compensate with daytime feedings. She wraps up the conversation with the steps you can take to start the weaning process. 

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May 12, 2020 12 min

Ever wondered why your little ones wake from sleep crying? In this episode, Courtney dives into the science behind waking up crying and reasons why it may be happening. She wraps up the discussion by offering helpful tips to stop crying from wake-ups.

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In this episode, Courtney covers an important topic parents often forget: mindset and self-care. She dives into the importance of mindset and self-care, especially during this time. She discusses the benefits of self-care and how it can help you parent. 

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In this episode, Courtney is joined by Zenimal founder, Anna MacSalka to discuss her new product. They talk about mindfulness mediation and its benefits, including better sleep! 

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April 27, 2020 15 min

Overview: Naps can be a difficult beast. In this episode, Courtney covers the awake windows for the first year of life. She then tackles when to transition naps throughout the first few months and when to go from two to one nap. Finally, she dives into creative ways to get your little one down for a nap. 

 

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  • The first four months and nap transitions (1:30)
  • Four and six month transitions (3:00)
  • When to go from two to on...
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    April 21, 2020 17 min

    Overview: In this episode, Courtney talks all about swaddles. She talks about the different kinds, her favorite products, and their benefits. Finally, she discusses when to know it’s time to transition and her recommended products. 

    What to expect:

  • How position in utero affects swaddle type (2:00)
  • Different swaddle  products and their benefits (4:11)
  • How to know when to change swaddles (6:00)
  • What is a swaddle transition product and w...
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    April 14, 2020 22 min

    Overview: In this episode, Courtney talks about the twelve reasons behind early morning wakings. She discusses the external factors like lighting and noise. Then, she dives into the internal factors for your little ones waking like motivation and overtiredness. Finally, she wraps it up with nap adjustments and bedtime. 

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  • Importance of naptime to bedtime ratio (1:47)
  • The reason overtiredness and drowsiness causes early ...
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    April 9, 2020 17 min

     In this episode, Courtney talks about backtalk at bedtime. She talks about the science behind behavioral problems at bedtime and dives into disruptions during the bedtime routine. She goes into creating boundaries and consequences and giving your child choices at bedtime. Finally, she wraps up the podcast with the difference between consequence vs. shame, blame and pain method of discipline. 



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    March 30, 2020 14 min

    In this episode, Courtney talks about short naps and how to handle them. She discusses the reasons why short naps happen and how to lengthen them. Finally, she reviews ways to keep your child awake to avoid the dreaded “five-minute” nap. 

    What To Expect:

  • Nap changes for 3 and 4 months old (1:31)
  • Drowsiness and feedings (2:28)
  • Making sure the baby is tired (5:00)
  • Exercise and naps (7:27)
  • Overstimulation and naps (8:20)
  • The dreaded five-m...
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    March 23, 2020 12 min

    In this episode, Courtney talks about what a false start is, why they happen and how you can prevent them. She discusses ways children fall asleep which can cause false starts. Then, she goes over bedtime routines and how they can cause false starts. Finally, she examines the reasons for early wakings and how small adjustments can help end them. 

    What To Expect: 

  • What is a false start and what causes them (1:02)
  • How motion can impac...
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    In this episode, Courtney discusses how the recent adjustments in schedules for your children with the COVID-19 pandemic may cause fear or anxiety, especially at bedtime. Courtney suggests ways to have discussions about eliminating fear and anxiety with your child. Finally, she offers helpful relaxation techniques you can use with your little one during these uncertain times. 

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  • What you can do to eliminate fear and ...
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    March 11, 2020 18 min

    In this episode, I discuss the most common culprit around your youngster's sleep, the dreaded sleep regression. I explain the causes, how you can get through them and how to stop them from ever impacting your child’s sleep success. 

    What To Expect:

  • What is a Sleep Regression (1:00)
  • The main causes of sleep regressions  (1:50)
  • The Want vs. Need dilemma  (5:00)
  • Teething & Sleep Regressions (8:27 )
  • Setting boundaries around sleep ...
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    March 6, 2020 10 min

    In this episode, I discuss all things naps! I talk about when to drop the nap, fussing over naptime, how you can make naptime fun and much more! Look out for the five minute nap, changing the sleep space and enticing your child to take a nap. 

    What To Expect

  • When you should drop a nap( 1:36)
  • Sleep Recommendations for ages 3-5 (2:15)
  • The importance of quiet time (3:43)
  • How to make a naptime sleep space fun (4:30)
  • The “five minute” nap (...
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    In this episode, I discuss how to handle “springing” forward when it comes to sleep. I talk about sleep strategies to use to make the transition easier in all ages. 

    What To Expect:

  • Why you shouldn’t panic when it comes to daylight savings and sleep (1:16)
  • Bedtime adjustments for children 7 to 12 months  (2:26)
  • Bedtime adjustments for one-year-old and over  (3:03)
  • Body clock adjustments during this period (4:40)
  • Why you need to invest ...
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    March 2, 2020 12 min

    In this episode, I discuss how caregivers and daycare can affect sleeping practices. I give ways to maximize your child’s day and the importance of awake windows. Finally, I talk all about balance and adjustments for kids in daycare or who are being left with a caregiver.

    What To Expect: 

  • Understanding awake windows for children (1:25)
  • Using sleep schedules with daycare and caregiver (3:30)
  • Intake and food for children under one (5:5...
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    In this episode, I discuss anxiety at bedtime. I talk about daytime schedules and how they lead to a good night routine. I offer tools & solutions to getting your little one down without upset or tears. Finally, I finish by discussing creating a sleep sanctuary for your child. 

    What To Expect: 

    Daytime schedules for school-aged children (3:00)

    Anxiety solutions for bedtime  (7:02)

    How a kids sleep sanctuary can help with easing...

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    February 18, 2020 13 min

    In this episode, I talk about newborn sleep needs and sleep schedules. I discuss awake windows and how many hours of sleep a newborn needs. Finally, I talk about feedings, gas, reflux and managing wake-ups in the night. 

    What To Expect: 

  • Foundations of newborn sleep (00:56)
  • What happens when newborns are overtired (2:45)
  • Feeding schedules and nap times (3:45)
  • Where naps should take place (6:00)
  • Weighted feeds and healthy weight gain (1...
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    In this episode, I talk about what sleep training looks like and why we need to remove that term from our vocabulary! I talk about the differences between identifying a want and a need at bedtime and overnight. Finally, I talk about tears and how our approach is gentle but effective, not letting children simply cry-it-out. 

    What to Expect:

  • Why you need to stop using the phrase “sleep training” (1:07)
  • The difference between a “want” ...
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    February 18, 2020 13 min

    In this episode, I talk about how much sleep kids need based on age. I give symptoms of when a child is overtired and how lack of sleep education leads to sleep deprivation. Finally, I give a sample sleep schedule and why it’s important to create a steady bedtime schedule.

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  • How much sleep kids need, based on recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (00:38)
  • How lack of sleep education leads to sleep ...
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