It Takes a Village To Raise a Parent

Parenting. It's fun. It's challenging. It crosses racial and ethnic and socioeconomic barriers. Oh, and once you have "it" figured out, everything changes. While it certainly takes a village to raise a child, this podcast focuses on the parent. We hope to learn from other parents while giving you, the listener, some actionable tips to help you become a better parent. Note: This podcast is sponsored by gDiapers. Learn more at
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Feb 28, 2017

Sleep: It’s something we all need, and something we probably don’t get enough of.

As parents, we tend not to get enough sleep. If we want to function well and be better parents, however, we need to make this a priority. While it’s important for us to make sure that our little ones get enough sleep, it’s just as important that parents get the sleep that they need. Today we’re going to get some great tips on doing just that. 

We’re talking to two sleep experts. The first is Dr. Krishna Sundar, who is the medical director of the Sleep/Wake Center at the University of Utah. The second is Natalie Willes, who is a sleep consultant at and is an expert on baby and toddler sleep.

Some of the topics we’ll discuss today include: 

  • What sleep medicine is and how it pertains to getting better sleep, particularly when there are sleep disorders and issues with how the body responds to sleep.
  • Why sleep is so critical to who we are as human beings and as parents, as well as why sleep is one of the three main pillars of health.
  • The cumulative health effects of sleep deprivation.
  • How screens (smartphones, tablets) impact our sleep.
  • Sundar’s best tips for new parents who need to get more or better sleep.
  • The importance of getting your kids to sleep better so you, as a parent, can sleep better.
  • Natalie’s tips for parents to help them get more sleep.
  • Natalie’s thoughts on naps.


Feb 20, 2017

The moment that you get home with your newborn, you’re hit with the feeling that you have no idea what you're doing. Today we’re going to talk to a panel of seasoned moms about what to expect that first night and how to prepare yourself for the reality of being in charge of a brand new baby, especially if it’s your first time. No one really prepares you for how you will feel, and of course it’s different for everyone. So if you’re going to be bringing home a baby soon, you won’t want to listen to this informative and entertaining discussion!

Our speakers today are Christine, a PICU nurse and mom of four boys ages five and under; Ashley, who is the community manager at GDiapers and the mom of a nine-year-old and a toddler; and Rachel, a new mom to a baby girl.

Some of the topics you’ll hear about include:

  • Advice on how to prepare for the big day when you bring home your baby.
  • The moment that Christine felt like she could really handle having a baby.
  • How moms and dads might prepare the second time around and how bringing home a second baby differs from bringing home the first baby.
  • Ashley describes the first day after bringing her first baby home, when reality set in.
  • How Rachel’s premature delivery and post-birth complications made the transition to home a bit less settled than it would have been if the baby had waited until her due date.
  • What worked for each of the moms when it came to those first days at home.
Feb 7, 2017

Welcome to It Takes a Village to Raise a Parent, the podcast by Kim and Jason, the same people behind gDiapers, the diaper that’s different by design. You’ll hear from other parents, get actionable tips, and learn to be a better parent. Up to now, most parenting podcasts are about children, but there aren’t a lot of resources centered around nurturing parents.

On today’s episode, you’ll meet DJ, the host of the new podcast. He’ll talk a bit about his family and his philosophy on parenting. He will also share his hopes for the podcast how he hopes to achieve them.

We’re glad you’re here, and we hope you stop back regularly for more episodes!


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