Is there anything new parent topic that generates more controversy than sleep training? Arguably…no way. But can we finally stop fighting about what’s right and wrong? Yes!


Certified sleep training expert Tamiko Kelly, owner of Sleep Well Wake Happy, has spent 50,000 hours sleep training babies. We’re so happy she joined us on this episode of Spawned for a fun (really!) and incredibly helpful discussion that may change what you think you know about sleep training your baby.

She also offers up the 5 biggest mistakes parents make when it comes to sleep training to help parents get out of some bad habits.

The top sleep-training tips from expert Tamiko Kelly of Sleep Well Wake Happy

Whether you’re in the midst of those sleepless newborn nights right now, or you’re totally past that phase, we think you’ll get a lot out of this chat, because her lessons about sleep training are so applicable to all parenting struggles. Plus, she’s just so fun to talk to.

Take a listen right here right now!

You can also look for Spawned with Kristen and Liz in iTunes, Soundcloud, or on your favorite podcasting app. And don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there! If you like the episode, you can even rate it right in the app. Just press those 5 stars. Done!

And if you’re not in the Austin area, you can still reap Tamiko’s wisdom by signing up for her free online 30minute sleep training workshop. Good luck out there!

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Our Cool Picks of the Week: Self-Care Edition

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Josie Maran Argan Oil: A miracle worker for keeping your skin soft and moisturized, organically

Tamiko: She swears by Josie Maran Argan Oil to help keep skin extra soft and moisturized, especially during the cold winter months. (PS if you want to learn more about “the oils” and “the butters” check out Ibi Ojikutu’s beauty columns.

Kakeibo is the Japanese art of mindful spending and budgeting, and this journal can help

Kristen: Her new favorite thing is the Kakebo Japanese budgeting journal, which uses the Japanese method for for more mindful spending. Or as we call it, tidying your budget.  For more info, you can also check out

Robin Rice's Training Your Inner Warrior Course helps you retrain your brain so you can stop self-sabotaging (without blame or guilt!) and achieve more of your goals

Liz: She doesn’t call too many things life-changing, but the Training Your Inner Warrior online course by Robin Rice is just that. In about 15 minutes a day, you’ll be able to retrain your brain so you can stop self-sabotaging (without blame or guilt!), stop procrastinating, and achieve more of your goals. It’s normally $399, but if you sign up now, it’s free starting February 11 for a limited time. Do it, really!

(And h/t to Emily McDowell who shared it on her Instagram feed — that’s how Liz discovered it.)

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