From parenting advice to relatable rants, we round up the best podcasts for parents.
Be honest, how many parenting books are stacked on your shelf, taking up space and waiting to be read? You had every intention of reading them, but life as an expecting or new parent is busy and there just isn’t the time to sit down and delve into a 532-page book on weaning or the peaks and troughs of parenthood. We understand.
That’s why we’ve been on the hunt for the best parenting podcasts. Easy to download, available at the tap of a finger and perfect for parents on the move. Whether you’re listening on the way to work, during the school run, or between those middle of the night feeds you’ll want these on your radar.
Happy Mum, Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher
What’s it all about? Happy Mum, Happy Baby is a continuation of Giovanna’s best-selling book of the same name. Each episode Giovanna is joined by a celebrity mum or dad to talk candidly about a wide range of parenting issues. No topic is off limits and the podcast aims to offer support and encourage solidarity among parents.
Best for: Parents seeking a support system. Giovanna is a firm believer there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect parent’ and speaks openly about the highs, lows challenges and rewards of parenthood with her guests.
Janet Lansbury: Unruffled
What’s it all about? Parenting adviser and author Janet Landsbury addresses a different listener’s parenting issue in each episode, offering up sound advice based on her ‘respectful parenting’ philosophy.
Best for: Informed and inspiring parenting advice.
What’s it all about? Hosted by Christina Rochelle, Little Sprigs podcast focusses on early childhood education, communication and mindfulness in a series of interviews and recordings.
Best for: Exploring different approaches to parenting
Best for: ‘Less-than-perfect parents’ sharing in each other’s funny parenting fails.
Disney Junior Parenting Hacks
What’s it all about? Hosted by TV personality, Helen Skelton, Disney Junior’s’ first podcast brings parents, experts and special celebrity guests together to discuss parenting tips and tricks. Following research by Disney Junior UK, which revealed that parents are losing 52 nights worth of sleep each year, trying to get their kids to bed, the channel has looked at the themes of its programming to see how it can offer parents support by providing helpful parenting solutions.
Best for: Parents seeking useful advice on how to navigate through everyday parenting challenges. P
Best for: Sharing real-life experiences and creating a sense of community.
Mom and Dad Are Fighting
Best for: Answering questions you didn’t even know you needed to ask.
The Mamalode Podcast
What’s it all about? Set out in a writer/reader format, each episode sees a Mamalode contributing writer read out their essays on a range of parenting issues followed by a discussion with a guest speaker.
Best for: Thought provoking content of a wide range of issues affecting modern-day parenting.
What’s it all about? ‘By dads, for dads’, this podcast looks at the ‘other side’ of parenting offering up tips, tricks and comments from the experts on a wide range of topics.
Best for: Parenting stories and advice from a father’s perspective.
For Crying Out Loud
What’s it all about? TV exec Lynette Carolla and comedy writer Stefanie Wilder-Taylor (author of Sippy Cups are not for Chardonnay) discuss a wide variety of topics, covering everything from their own marriages and busy lives as mothers of twins and to the latest drama on The Real Housewives.
Best for: Honest conversations (and often hilarious) conversations about personal experiences as wives and mothers.
Talking to Teens
What’s it all about? Talking to Teens explores research-based techniques for dealing with difficult, defiant, and detached kids. Parent-teen researcher Andy Earle interviews bestselling authors and parenting experts about their absolute best tactics for parenting rebellious and resistant teenagers.
Best for: Learning how to win negotiations and prevent power struggles and arguments with your kids.
The Boob Group
What’s it all about? Each week, a group of experienced moms openly discuss their success, their struggles and society’s impact on how they feed their babies. The show helps guide listeners by providing an honest, natural and judgment-free approach to breastfeeding, pumping, milk sharing and more.
Best for: Parents seeking breastfeeding guidance and support.
MamaMia Out Loud
What’s it all about? Absolutely everything is up for discussion in this smart and sometimes silly podcast. From pop culture to politics, body image to motherhood, feminism to fashion, Mamamia’s Holly Wainwright, Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens chat candidly twice-weekly.
Best for: Busy mums wanting to keep a finger on the pulse.
The Parent Hood
What’s it all about? Brought to you by the brains behind The Bump Class, who provide answers for pregnant women, Dr Chiara Hunt and Marina Fogle bring their unique unique blend of advice and pragmatic parenting to a new podcast.
Each episode is designed to answer all the questions that the bewildered new parent might have. Starting with “OMG I actually have a baby!” to “Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster of Parenthood” and “Why, oh why, is my baby crying?”.
Best for: New parents seeking informative and useful information, presented in a way that is engaging, easy to listen to and even funny.
What’s it all about? Parentland, the first dedicated parenting podcast from BBC World Service, tackles listeners’ real-life parenting dilemmas. Wherever you are in the world, many parents are often facing the same challenges and problems. Parentland delves into parenting advice and explores what the experts around the world are saying.
Best for: Parents, grandparents, carers – anyone involved in raising children. It tackles the questions posed directly by listeners around the world.
School for Mothers
What’s it all about? Mother-of-10 Danusia Malina-Derben invites a number of professional business women and dynamic mothers to bring fresh, unfiltered conversations on motherhood. In each episode, Danusia deep dives into the questions and dilemmas all mothers share, but don’t always feel comfortable talking about. Sometimes taboo, often seemingly ordinary, always honest – this series offers smart listening for savvy mothers who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage.
Best for: An insight into women who’re raising their families while fiercely building businesses and corporate careers, and refuse to apologise for it either.
What’s it all about? Hosted by new mum and paediatric doctor Sarah Blackstock and dad-to-be broadcaster Rick Kelsey, this podcast cuts through all the confusing information you read online about having (and taking care of) a baby. From breastfeeding and spending your first 24 hours with baby, to nutrition and navigating sleep, Crib Notes answers the most commonly asked questions by mums and dads everywhere.
Best for: New parents with lots of questions! This podcast irons out the facts and busts many common myths around raising a child, from weaning and vaccinations, to screen time, child development and much more.
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