Episode #25&26 of the MMP – Eliza Parker on Aware Parenting

“Guest Interview – Eliza Parker on Aware Parenting: Part 1 & Part 2”

In this much anticipated episode of The Modern Mamas Podcast we are talking to Eliza Parker all about Aware Parenting.

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A certified Infant Developmental Movement Educator, Aware Parenting Instructor, Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner, and trained Feldenkrais® practitioner, Eliza respects babies as whole people who enter the world knowing how to communicate, learn, and self-heal within relationship. Her Conscious Baby practice employs a unique approach to baby-led “I can do it myself” milestone development, as well as attunement to non-verbal cues and crying. Eliza’s life-changing perspectives and respectful solutions toward common parenting questions transcend “typical” parenting advice. Her work addresses babies on the “well baby” spectrum and those experiencing challenges such as motor delay, difficulty in tummy time, and hip dysplasia.

Links and Such:
Woolino Sleep Sack
Episode #8 & 9 – Liz Wolfe
Episode #16: All About Sleep
Highly Sensitive Person
Aletha Solter books
Crying as a stress release
Crying: the Mystery of Tears
More on the Aware Parenting approach to crying in arms and sleep

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By | 2017-12-04T09:02:17-08:00 November 29th, 2017|Podcast|2 Comments


  1. LaLa January 20, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I LOVED this episode and started utilizing the crying-in-arms method right after listening to it. It worked great for before naps, but didn’t do the trick for night time – my son, our first and only baby right now, was waking up every 45 minutes on average and just wanted to nurse to fall back asleep (we moved him from sleeping next to us in his bassinest to our bed as he would only fall asleep on me, while nursing). He slept great for the first 2 weeks of his life and then it went downhill from there.

    We ended up hiring a sleep consultant. She helped us transition him to his own crib/room. It wasn’t exactly “cry it out”, but a gentler version where we sat next to his crib until he fell asleep, for the first 3 nights, the subsequent 3 nights halfway across the room, and the next 3 by the door. If he woke up at night we would wait 10 minutes and if he didn’t fall back asleep on his own (self-soothing) we would go in and comfort him by briefly picking him up, rubbing his back, or patting him while repeating a specific phrase we picked. The first 2 nights were pretty terrible, but on the 3rd night he slept 10 hours straight and didn’t wake up once. I was concerned we were damaging him emotionally/psychologically, but honestly, he is sleeping so much better now for both naps and night time, which has to be helping him develop as well, and I am obviously much more well-rested!

    My question, or conversation starter here is; do you think there is a way to implement aware parenting and sleep training? I don’t know how I would’ve coped had we not gotten help; I was losing my mind running on zero-sleep with a baby that needed to be held 24/7. I do wear him often and follow a lot of principles from Aletha Stolther’s “Aware Baby” book, just not the sleep bit!

    • Laura Bruner January 23, 2018 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Hi mama! I don’t know what the “experts” would say, but my strong belief is that we as mamas know what’s best for our littles, and it sounds like the combination of CIA and some gentle training have been the magic combo for you guys. I genuinely don’t think there is any “perfect” when it comes to parenting. We all do what feels best out of love, and that is perfection in its own way. It sounds like you supported your babe through the gentle training (I don’t even love that word). It’s more like you coached and supported him to learn to sleep. Sleep is so important. And it also sounds like you’re holding the space for him and letting him know it’s ok to express his feelings. I love it. You’re doing an incredible job. Thank you for commenting and listening and sharing! Hugs! ♡

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