Renowned pediatrician and international bestselling author Dr. Harvey Karp shares essential new mom advice regarding sleep (yours and baby’s), signs you might have postpartum mood disorder and not know it, and effective ways to sooth your baby in the “4th trimester”.

His world famous 5 S’s technique was so successful in getting Sabrina to stop crying, I’m excited to try again with baby #2. We also chat about Dr. Karp’s new, revolutionary, safe and effective baby bed, the “Snoo” and what makes it different from everything else on the market.

And he answers my questions about: baby swings, temperament, swaddling, sleep cues, SIDS, exposure to wifi radiation, at what age Dr. Karp believes bed sharing is safe, white noise machines, and so much more! Listen up and share with expectant mom friends!

xx Ellie Knaus

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Meet our Guest:
“Dr. Harvey Karp is a nationally renowned pediatrician, child developmentalist and a leading advocate in the field of children’s environmental health. He is on the faculty of USC School of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Karp’s books and DVDs, The Happiest Baby on the Block, The Happiest Toddler on the Block, and his newly released The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, teach parents simple techniques to reduce infant crying, boost sleep, build patience and eliminate tantrums and are translated into over 20 languages. The popularity of his work has made him America’s most read pediatrician.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Karp has been a spokesman on environmental issues for NRDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Environmental Media Services, California Department of Health, and a founding board member of Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet and Healthy Child Healthy World.

Dr. Karp is an advisor to Parents, Ser Padres and American Baby magazines and a pediatric expert on BabyCenter. He has appeared numerous times on Dr. Oz, Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, Dr. Phil and his work has been featured by the Associated Press, New York Times, Time, Newsweek, People Magazine, etc. Reporting on his innovative ideas, the New York Times proclaimed, “Roll over Dr. Spock!” Dr. Karp lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nina, and their daughter lives in New York City.” -Bio on


Do you have an action plan if your child needs immediate emergency care?

What if your mama gut instinct contradicts the specialist you are consulting with?

And if your kid gets hurt, should you really drive to a children’s hospital if it’s further away than the good hospital down the street?

Dr. Kurt Newman, CEO of one of the top children’s hospitals in the country and pediatric surgeon extraordinaire, shares life lessons and life-saving tips from his new memoir Healing Children: A Surgeon’s Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine (Penguin Random House, June 2017).

For generations, our esteemed guest has healed children, empowered families, and improved the pediatric medical system. Your heart will melt from the lesson he shares from a date night gone wrong with his future wife. And you’ll get revved up when we discuss how the proposed health care plan directly effects children in this country.

No matter your kids’ ages, this episode will make you a better mama bear when they need you most!

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And in case you were wondering if we have the most QUALIFIED GUESTS ON THE PLANET on Atomic Moms, we do. Here is Dr. Kurt Newman’s Bio:

Kurt Newman, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, is a surgeon and a recognized leader on pediatric health issues, nationally and in Washington, D.C.

Since becoming CEO in 2011, he has fostered a culture committed to advancing care and research by putting patients first and actively championed innovations in research, operations, and clinical care. He has forged creative and productive partnerships with other health systems in the region, with government and community entities and with industry, at the local, national, and global level. He is also a strong advocate for expanding mental health access for kids and has led two national forums on this issue.

Dr. Newman joined Children’s National as a surgical fellow in 1984, becoming the Surgeon-In-Chief and Senior Vice President for the Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Center for Surgical Care in 2003. He was instrumental in developing the vision for the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National, inspired by the audacious goal of making surgery for children minimally invasive and pain free. When the Institute was made possible in 2009 through a transformational $150 Million gift, Dr. Newman served as its Founding Vice President.

Currently Dr. Newman serves as the Chair of the Children’s Hospital Association Leadership Committee on Advocacy and Policy and as a member of the Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the District of Columbia Hospital Association and a member of the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success in Virginia. In addition, Dr. Newman serves on the Board of the Economic Club of Washington, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Federal City Council, DC Chamber of Commerce, and Fight for Children. Previously, he served as a Board Member of Commissioners of The Joint Commission, a member of the Board of Governors of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, and as Chair of the Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Newman is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Public Health. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his medical education at Duke University. He completed his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and also served as the Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

He is the author of Healing Children: A Surgeon’s Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine by Penguin Random House.

With hundreds of thousands of readers, JANNELLE HANCHETT is a force of nature, fearless in her authentic viewpoint, her hilarious trucker mouth, and deep-rooted connection to what matters in life. This mother of 4 has had her writing featured in Brain, ChildUnworthy, and Scary Mommy, among others. For those Renegade Mothering | Janelle Hanchett : Mom Friends, Parenting Styles, Addiction | Atomic Moms podcast | Host Ellie Knaus | Motherhood |of you in search of your own mom squad, we talk to Janelle about her viral blog: “The No-Bullshit, No-Drama Friendship Manifesto”, the unspoken understanding between best mom friends, and how to cultivate your ultimate mom support system. We also share why neither of us has chosen a definitive parenting style (or parenting team) and how whenever we think we’ve figured out something as a parent or take parenting credit (lets say for our kid sleeping well, or our pregnancy going smoothly), we end up having to make adjustments or swallow humble pie with the next kid. Most importantly, Janelle opens up about her struggle as a young alcoholic mother as revealed in her essay, “We Don’t Start with Needles in our Arms“. If you know anyone touched by addiction – and honestly, who hasn’t been? – I urge you to hear what she shares on this podcast.
Love, Ellie Knaus 
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10 Minute Meditation for Moms | Jennifer Waldburger | Atomic Moms | Host Ellie Knaus | Motherhood | Parenting |

Need a mama recharge? Jennifer Waldburger’s voice is so soothing in this “mama and baby meditation” it’ll work wonders for you with or without baby. Our recording together was perfectly timed for me because we’ve upped the ante on my bed rest. No more lifting anything, minimal physical movement, and they’ve taken away my car keys! This challenge is giving me a sneak peak of my upcoming Tour de Babyland. You know those hours when you think you should be getting a ton accomplished but you do not have the energy, and there’s no one to talk to but the crazy voices in your head? WELL…this short meditation for moms with young children and babies will help us reconnect with our children and ourselves and regain our serenity (or at least some of our sanity). It’s helping me tremendously and I’m not even doing it with a baby. I just visualize Sabrina at preschool or the little one rocking out in my tummy. xx Ellie

P.S. Get excited! Upcoming podcasts for June include interviews with top child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp (too many books to name) and tips that could save our children’s lives from leading pediatric surgeon Dr. Kurt Newman (HEALING CHILDREN, Penguin Random House). So don’t forget to subscribe!

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Calm Mama, Happy Baby | 10 Minute Meditation for Moms | Jennifer Waldburger | Atomic Moms Podcast | Host Ellie Knaus |About our Guest:
“Jen Waldburger, MSW, and co-founder of Sleepy Planet Parenting and co-director of the Mindfulness program at Stephen S. Wise School. Coauthor of the award-winning book The Sleepeasy Solution and Calm Mama, Happy Baby, she has worked with adults, children and families for more than 20 years.”

Waldburger has been our Atomic Moms go-to expert on “Sleep Learning” for our children ages 0-5 and our two part series on “Separation Anxiety”.




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Calling all infant, co-sleeper, toddler, and preschooler moms! World renowned parenting expert Jennifer Waldburger ( shares decades of expertise helping families get their zzz’s and regain their sanity. With her gentle and compassionate approach, practical advice, and no judgment attitude, Jen helps us debunk sleep training myths and answers all my questions when it comes to ages 0-5. Atomic Moms listeners still thank us for our first “sleep learning” podcast conversation with Jen two years ago so we figured it was about time for an update!

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In #131, we debunk mega sleep training myths and get important answers.

Where should newborns sleep?

What’s the deal with that new American Academy of Pediatrics first year room sharing recommendation?

What’s the biggest mistake you can make in the early months?

Why the 4 month sleep regression?

How can families transition out of co-sleeping with older children?

When should you ditch the crib if they’re not climbing out of it?

How do you convince a toddler to stay in his own bed?

Are toddler beds worth the cost?

And how do you juggle a new baby and an older sibling when it comes to bedtime?

As always, we cover a lot of ground! I cannot wait for you all to hear all of Jen’s answers and this week’s #mombomb.
x Ellie Knaus

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About our Guest:

Jennifer Waldburger, MSW, earned her master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she contributed to research with the Mayo Clinic. Jennifer has been working with children and families for more than 20 years, offering private sessions and classes that incorporate mindfulness and holistic practices gathered over 25 years of study on these subjects. She is co-director of the Mindfulness program at Stephen S. Wise School in Los Angeles, serving administrators, teachers, parents, and kids. Jennifer’s passion is to help families to create a loving, peaceful environment in which both kids and parents can thrive.

Co-creators of the award-winning book and DVD The Sleepeasy Solution, Jill Spivack and Jennifer have been featured in a wide variety of media, including Good Morning America, the Today show, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CBS Evening News, the Chicago Tribune, People, Variety, Parenting, Fit Pregnancy, and the Hollywood Reporter. They are consultants for the hit TV show “The Pajanimals,”  a joint production with the Jim Henson Company and PBS Sprout.