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#22: The Power of Smell in Attachment with Jude Stewart

#22: The Power of Smell in Attachment with Jude Stewart

  Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #22: 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...

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#20: Debunking Breastfeeding Myths with Erica Campbell

#20: Debunking Breastfeeding Myths with Erica Campbell

  Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #20: 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...

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#17: Creating a Loving Home with Deborah Farmer Kris

#17: Creating a Loving Home with Deborah Farmer Kris

  Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #17: 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...

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#14: The Dos and Don’ts of Developmental Play

#14: The Dos and Don’ts of Developmental Play

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #14: 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 so naturally to them, whereas it seems like we as adults completely...

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#12: Trauma in Early Childhood with Holly Elissa Bruno

#12: Trauma in Early Childhood with Holly Elissa Bruno

  Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #12: 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...

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#10: Help Your Baby Sleep Better at Night with Joanna Clark

#10: Help Your Baby Sleep Better at Night with Joanna Clark

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #10: 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...

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#8: How to Manage Tantrums & Meltdowns with Diane Goyette

#8: How to Manage Tantrums & Meltdowns with Diane Goyette

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #8: How to Manage Tantrums & Meltdowns with Diane Goyette   Tantrums can be very triggering, leaving us feeling bewildered, impatient, overwhelmed, helpless, and ready to throw in the towel on this whole parenting thing....

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#7: Is She a Good Baby? Exploring Infant Temperaments

#7: Is She a Good Baby? Exploring Infant Temperaments

 Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #7: "Is She a Good Baby?" Exploring Infant Temperaments with Ann McKitrick   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...

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#6: How to Hygge with Your Baby with Maria Dior

#6: How to Hygge with Your Baby with Maria Dior

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #6: 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...

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#5: Tips for Parenting a 2 Year Old

#5: Tips for Parenting a 2 Year Old

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #5: Tips for Parenting a 2-Year-Old with Ann McKitrick   People's opinions about parenting a 2-year-old are no big secret. After all, toddlers have a bad rap. Maybe you've even had someone say to you, "just wait until...

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#4: Phones and Screen Time for Babies

#4: Phones and Screen Time for Babies

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #4: Phones and Screen Time for Babies with Ann McKitrick   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! Maybe you're trying to work,...

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#2: What Makes Babies Laugh?

#2: What Makes Babies Laugh?

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #2: What Makes Babies Laugh? with Ann McKitrick     Just like everything else when it comes to children, humor is developmental and amazingly enough it starts really early in life! Babies laugh before they talk, which...

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#1: Why “Baby Talk” is Good for Language Development

#1: Why “Baby Talk” is Good for Language Development

  Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #1: Why Baby Talk is Good for Language Development with Ann McKitrick     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...

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#0: Trailer for Parenting in the First 3 Years

#0: Trailer for Parenting in the First 3 Years

  Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #0: Trailer with Ann McKitrick   You know, there’s a transition that takes place when we become a parent. It looks different for everyone and it’s not just one-and-done. It’s a transition that repeats itself in every stage...

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