The Happy Baby Podcast

Practical advice and solutions for parents on the most common conditions that can affect your baby and child.

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  • 15. Occupational Therapy

    In this episode Frank is talking to Jess Kennedy from My OT and Me. Jess is a multi-award winning Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist whose research has been published in the Huffington Post & the Journal of Occupational Science. She has worked in a range of Paediatric clinics in both Ireland & Australia. Innovative and creative intervention is at the core of Jess's practice, ensuring that parents feel supported & children reach their potential.Jess also provides online training to schools across Ireland and the UK where teachers and SNA's learn strategies that they can use in the classroom environment.It this episode Frank and Jess delve into the world of Occupational Therapy and discuss how OT can help children with sensory processing issues, meltdowns and behaviour issues, the importance of messy play and pretend play and so much more. Jess also explains how her new online platform Gabadoo works and how it can help parents. OT has so many benefits for all children and I'm sure most parents will have something to take away from this episode. Remember to give us a like and do share the episode with family and friends who you think would be interested. You can find us on Instagram @thehappybabylifeYou can find more information about Jess and all the services she provides including her new online platform Gabadoo at My OT & Me | Occupational Therapy | Sensory, Social & Motor Skills ( and Gabadoo - Individualised Support from Developmental Experts and on Instagram.The Happy Baby Podcast is part of The Happy Baby Life experience. It also includes online courses and a Facebook Community. The purpose of The Happy Baby Life is to offer support and information to parents of newborn babies and young children. Follow us on Instagram for regular updates. 

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  • 14. The Secrets of Good Sleep

    In this’s episode Frank is talking to Erica Hargaden, who is a Certified Child Sleep Consultant WITH Babogue Sleep Solutions and a mum of 3. Erica’s passion is to help parents understand their children’s sleep and empower them to create settled sleep in their homes. Erica explains how she really struggled with her first child's sleep and that this is why she is now a sleep consultant. During the conversation Frank and Erica discuss the importance of good sleep, for everyone in the home. They chat about naps, the overtired baby, sleep clocks and so much more. Every child will have ups and downs when it comes to sleep so this episode has something for every parent.You can find more information about Erica at Babogue Sleep Solutions  or on Instagram @babogue_sleep#livethehappybabylife #sleeptips #sleep #sleepconsultant
  • 13. Down Syndrome Centre Cork

    When you are told that your new born baby has Down syndrome it is quite natural to experience a number of emotions at any given time, particularly during the first few weeks and months. For some parents it is one of shock as they have had no advance warning, for some it is disappointment that they were not handed the baby they anticipated and for others it’s a worry of what lies ahead. All these emotions are very common, however in time, parents come to realise that they have a tiny baby that requires the same love and attention as any other baby who has his/her own special little personality that will develop and inspire you over the years.Once parents have had time to enjoy their new baby and are ready to look for a little more support or meet other mums and dads for a coffee and to share experiences, then The Down Syndrome Centre Cork is there to help you.The Down Syndrome Centre on Forge Hill in Cork City was established in 2014 by a group of parents who could not find support or services for their children. Eight years later the centre provides vital intervention services to young children with Down syndrome and their families.The centre has a wonderful home-from-home atmosphere where families feel relaxed, and the children can thrive. It is so important to have a welcoming community where families can share their experiences and support each other.Show your support and follow @downsyndromecentrecork on Instagram and Facebook and if you can, get involved with their fundraising.#downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness
  • 12. The Daddy Sleep Consultant

    Chris Mc Fadden is The Daddy Sleep Consultant and is the only male sleep consultant in Ireland and the UK. The Daddy Sleep Consultant® is a family run business operating at the gentle end of the sleep training spectrum. Chris and his wife Dani founded the business because a sleep consultant literally changed their family’s life! However, they wanted to do things a little differently. They offer UNLIMITED communication until your little one achieves their sleep goals and remain available months down the line for any questions you may have.  Chris and his team specialise in designing gentle sleep training programmes specific to your family and lifestyle for children from 5 months up to 4 years old. They also offer a free 15-minute call to discuss how they can help you all get better sleep in a matter of nights. Follow Chris on Instagram @thedaddysleepconsultant or head over to his website,,  for everything you need to know or to book an initial consultation call. The Happy Baby Podcast is hosted by Frank Kelleher. Frank is a Paediatric Osteopath with over 30 years’ experience in healthcare. He runs a very busy paediatric practice in Cork and wanted a way to give more parents information about the issues he treats every day. Issues like digestive upset in a newborn baby, the premature baby, colic and sleep for example.So, join us for a chat and if you like our podcast, remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button! If you would like more information about our online course, see Online Course ( or our Instagram page Frank Kelleher (@frankkelleherbabyosteopath) • Instagram photos and videos
  • 11. The Colic Chronicles

    Welcome to The Happy Baby Podcast. This episode is about baby colic, a diagnosis that is often handed out to parents of a very distressed baby. We discuss what exactly colic is, what it’s often confused with and what you can do to help your baby.As always, you should discuss your concerns with the right medical practitioner before starting any treatment. Every baby is different.If you would like more information about our online course, see Online Course ( or our Instagram page Frank Kelleher (@frankkelleherbabyosteopath) • Instagram photos and videosThe Happy Baby PodcastAre you a parent of young children?Are you looking for good, practical, professional advice and information about you little ones?Then this podcast is for you!Frank Kelleher is a Paediatric Osteopath with over 30 years’ experience in healthcare. He runs a very busy paediatric practice in Cork and wanted a way to give more parents information about the issues he treats every day. Issues like digestive upset in a newborn baby, the premature baby, effects of delivery on the newborn baby for example.Frank will also invite guests to discuss some of the issues he treats and other conditions that commonly affect babies and children. In this first series we will be speaking to an Educational Psychologist, a Speech and Language Therapist and a Paediatric Physiotherapist.So, join us for a chat and if you like our podcast, remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button!
  • 10. Adam's Cloud

    In Episode 10 Frank talks to Benji Bennett, author of the award-winning Adam’s Cloud books.Benji tells us his story and explains why he has written these beautiful books.When we tell children they are loved every day we teach them to both love and be loved. We reassure them, teach them empathy, and help them display emotion and affection and build confidence and lines of communication. From love comes love. From love comes respect for both parents, for themselves and people around them.Because of the powerful emotional connection made through reading combined with the positive bonding benefits that intimate one on one time has on children’s happiness from birth, Adam’s message simply encourages parents to spend 10 minutes reading with their children and telling them they love them each night before they go to sleep. Also, as Adam benefited hugely from regular adventures outdoors immersed in nature, another key ingredient to children’s happiness is regular family days out walking, climbing, playing or simply chatting together.“If you read to your children from the moment they are born, tell them you love them and take them for a walk as often as you can you are doing something right. The rest we just have to figure out as we go.” Benji Bennett.There are now 9 Adam’s Cloud books available to buy. These are truly beautiful books to read with your children and books your children will treasure.For more information about Adam’s Cloud and the amazing work Benji and Jackie Bennett do, see their website The Packs - Adam's Cloud ( or follow them on Instagram @adams­_cloud#newepisode #podcastsforparents #thehappybabypodcast #parenting #bedtime #children #lovetoread #adamscloud #applepodcasts #spotifypodcasts #childrensbooks #iloveyou #irishmammy #newirishmum #
  • 9. Understanding Dyslexia

    In this episode of the Happy baby podcast, Frank is talking with Una Buckley from Blossom 4 Life about dyslexia. Una is a trained dyslexic tutor and assessor and works with students on a 1:1 providing tailored multi-sensory programmes. She is passionate about changing the experience of others who face similar challenges as she did.Una describes herself as being severely dyslexic. Her own journey through education was a challenging and lonely one. She experienced anxiety and bullying and remembers spending hours doing her homework each night. Because of this, she is uniquely placed to understand the challenges faced by children with dyslexia.In this episode Una talks about homework, different learning styles and gives us so many tips to improve a child’s learning environment and ability. Una’s website has so much information for parents of children with dyslexia and is a valuable resource for information to help and support your child - Blossom4Life – Courage. Fearless. IlluminateYou can find Una at and on Instagram @blossom4life #dyslexia #school #homework #dyslexiatutition #dyslexiasupport #parents #children #education #spelling #learning #primaryschool #secondaryschool #thehappybabypodcast