Calling all infant, co-sleeper, toddler, and preschooler moms! World renowned parenting expert Jennifer Waldburger (sleepyplanet.com) 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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Here’s our first podcast with Jennifer Waldburger:

Here’s our podcast with SleepyPlanet co-founder Jill Spivack and cast of Bravo TV’s There Goes the Motherhood:

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.

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Funny work-from-home dads & best friends screenwriters Joe Ballarini and Adam Sztykiel (my husband) riff on:

  • how fatherhood has changed them
  • how much us moms scare them
  • and how they’d man-handle the apocalypse (God help us all!).

We also share:

  • Sabrina’s latest antics (!!!)
  • the dads’ opposing views on “maternal gatekeeping”
  • marriage after kids
  • Joe’s epic Dad-urdays with his adorable, half British baby Theo
  • and what they hope to remember most about these intense early years of parenting.

Plus, we talk about the inception of Joe’s brand new middle grade novel series, A BABYSITTER’S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING (published by fancy pants Harper Collins), the first of which will be released this June. Expect to see it in theaters as well, as Montecito Picture Company and Walden Films are producing Ballarini’s film adaptation.

I’m so proud to report that it has fantastically written, funny, and super empowered female leads (#girlpower!), and I cannot wait for Sabrina to be old enough to read it.

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ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Joe is a writer on the feature film MY LITTLE PONY: The Movie for Hasbro Studios. He is writing SKYWARD, the true story of two families who escaped East Germany in a hot air balloon for 20th Century Fox with Karen Rosenfelt producing. Michael Keaton is starring in his screenplay IMAGINE AGENTS for 20th Century Fox, produced by SPOTLIGHT’S Michael Sugar. Joe has been hired to adapt the novel, CHARLIE PARIS, for Fox 2000 with Walt Becker directing. He also adapted the graphic novel CARDBOARD for Blue Sky Animation which will be directed by Chris Wedge. Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Entertainment and Lionsgate released Ballarini’s horror comedy DANCE OF THE DEAD, which Joe wrote and directed second unit. New Line Cinema commissioned Ballarini to write the epic MERLIN TRILOGY with Offspring Entertainment producing. Walden Media hired Ballarini to write ATLANTIS with Shawn Levy producing and Dean Parisot directing. Michael Bay and Benderspink are producing his found-footage horror spec, LOCKDOWN AT FRANKLIN HIGH, which Ballarini wrote and sold to Sony Pictures with Federico D’Allessandro directing.  Ballarini wrote and directed episodes of THE ROPES for Netflix which Vin Diesel produced. New Regency commissioned Ballarini to write the biblical epic, THE NATIVITY.
Ballarini wrote for 20th Century Fox Animation’s ICE AGE 4 and EPIC. He also wrote TURBO for Dreamworks Animation.  MODERN FAMILY’S Eric Stonestreet starred in Ballarini’s feature directorial debut FATHER VS SON, produced by Huffington Post co-founder, Michael Huffington. Jerry Bruckheimer purchased Ballarini’s original spec THE RESIDENCE about a paranormalist hired to investigate a haunting in the White House.  Ballarini adapted the science-fiction graphic novel MAINTENANCE for McG to direct and Warner Brothers. Miramax purchased Ballarini’s original spy thriller SPY NEXT DOOR.  Joe is also left-handed.

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How to Get Organized and Get It Done Fast! | Atomic Moms podcast | guest Robyn Reynolds | Host Ellie Knaus | Motherhood | Family | Parenting | Organization |

Buh bye clutter! Robyn Reynolds swears we can organize ANYTHING that’s worth keeping. This single mom with a can-do spirit and no-nonsense attitude whips Ellie’s haphazard “put away” habits into shape. She teaches us how to streamline our kitcheHow to Get Organized and Get It Done Fast! | Atomic Moms podcast | guest Robyn Reynolds | Host Ellie Knaus | Motherhood | Family | Parenting | Organization |n in order to turn our morning routines into a well-caffeinated machine. She walks us through the process of getting our closets under control (and saving money in the process!), and gives an excellent mom hack for how the heck to keep track of what-you-put-where in all those darn diaper bag pockets. In this podcast, you’ll also laugh at what a rainy day means at Robyn’s L.A. home and how to keep your cool with home maintenance issues, like when the 1-800 customer service for your broken washing machine is leaving you high and dry. Bravo TV, are you listening? Cause Atomic Moms is pretty sure that Robyn Reynolds, Long Island’s answer to Marie Kondo, needs her own show!

 

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xx Ellie

About our Guest:
Founded in 2008, stepping out as a first-time entrepreneur, Robyn created her professional organizing company with the intent to manage the mundane, simplify the complexities of everyday life, and bring harmony to your home or office. Using her childhood home as her personal workshop, she found joy in organizing and re-organizing every room, closet, cabinet and drawer to perfection. As an adult, Robyn continued to hone her skills as a fashion merchandiser and a personal assistant. After a short-lived career as an actress, Robyn found herself at a professional crossroad. She decided to take a leap of faith and follow her lifelong dream of creating an environment where organizing was her focus and Organize2Harmonize was born. As a long-time member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers), a Certified Professional Organizer and a Golden Circle Member, Robyn has steadily grown her business into a recognized and trusted name in the organization industry. In addition to being quoted in the Huffington Post, Woman’s Day magazine and numerous other publications, Robyn has also worked on the television show “Hoarders.” She just published her first book and is working on another one.

Follow Robyn’s tips on Facebook, Twitter, and check out her book A to Zen: 26 Tips to Inspire Organization

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Extreme Nesting | Tips for Marriage, Renovations, & Moving On | Guests SARA REICHLING & JOE REICHLING| Atomic Moms podcast | Host Ellie Knaus | Parenting |

Meet SARA REICHLING: HollyExtreme Nesting | Tips for Marriage, Renovations, & Moving On | Atomic Mom podcast | Host Ellie Knaus | Guests SARA & JOE REICHLING | Parenting | wood real estate agent and mama to Sabrina’s best friend. The fact that our own mom-friendship is still going strong after signing on a new house and listing our old one is testament to her ability to remain the calm, focused, trusted leader every client dreams of and every kid hopes for in a parent.

Together with her charming husband/ real estate partner JOE REICHLING, Sara reveals secrets for:

getting the most bang for your home renovation bucks

the neglected home maintenance that could turn into a seller’s nightmare

how to keep the marriage passionate

how  to turn our work brains in this age of 24/7 accessibility

We also discuss their ‘one and done’ parenting decision and you won’t want to miss Joe’s thoughts on the beauty and bitch of impermanence.

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Ch-Ch-Changes! Ellie & Adam on Moving, Bed Rest, & Third Trimester | Atomic Moms Podcast | Motherhood | Parenting |

In this madcap family huddle, comedy screenwriter Adam Sztykiel (aka “Sabrina’s favorite”) and host Ellie Knaus catch a breath from packing up the house and make light of the insanity that seems to be knocking on their door.

Ellie replays a couple Friday nights ago when she suspected another woman of checking out her husband. (And it wasn’t weird at all that Ellie wasn’t wearing panties at the time.)

Adam, who swears he just has a really high tolerance before feeling things, shares other recent events that made “water come out of my face.” And the couple kicks off Ellie’s third trimester before rushing back into the house to help the handyman dismantle their lives for an upcoming move.

If there’s one thing Ellie is super grateful for this week, it’s her superstar cervix!

Find out why and have a good Shadenfreude laugh at the Sztykiels!

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Sabrina asked if we could take the moon with with us to our new house

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Sabrina gave me this sticker before my Saturday morning hospital visit. Read the behind the scenes on Instagram or Facebook

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Here’s a link that explains my positive FFN (Fetal Fibronectin) test that resulted in “modified bed rest”.
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