As a new parent, you’ll be facing a whole host of new experiences as you adjust to life with a newborn. It can be incredibly reassuring to know that you’re not alone, and that other parents are going through just the same things that you are.
Enter the podcast! From the helpful and relatable, to the downright funny, here are our top ten parenting and baby podcasts for 2021.
Happy Mum, Happy Baby
Hosted by bestselling author Giovanna Fletcher, recognisable to many as the Queen of the Jungle, Happy Mum, Happy Baby has a loyal following thanks to its warmth, honesty and relatability. The podcast advocates for letting go of the pressure to be perfect, and recognising that our best is enough.
Each episode features an interview with a different celebrity parent, with open and honest conversations about the highs and lows of parenthood. Previous interviewees have included Jennifer Garner, Joe Wicks, and Richard and Judy; and no topic is off limits.
Listen to Happy Mum, Happy Baby here.
Crib Notes - Things Parents Google at 3am
We’ve all been there: it’s the middle of the night and you’ve woken up worrying. You’re sure it’s nothing, but just to be sure, you take to google to double check.
If that sounds familiar, then this top baby podcast is the one for you! Hosted by new mum and pediatrician Dr Sarah Blackstock, and broadcaster Rick Kelsey, Crib Notes answers the questions you search for in the middle of the night, with input from expert voices on children’s medical issues. Topics covered include the first few weeks with your new baby, to infant nutrition and baby development.
Listen to Crib Notes here.
Founded and hosted by Zoe Blaskey, Motherkind is a parenting podcast with a focus on self-empowerment and self-care, and invites you to become your most joyful self.
One of the UK’s top family podcasts, Motherkind runs on the philosophy that the best gift we can pass on to our children is our own happiness. It provides inspiration and advice for busy mums, offering tips on how to reconnect with yourself and find your inner joy. Episodes focus on themes such as slowing down; protecting your energy; and the motherhood penalty, with a different guest each episode offering their pearls of wisdom.
In today’s busy and chaotic world, this podcast reminds us to ditch the guilt and be kinder to ourselves.
Listen to Motherkind here.
Dad’s Guide to Twins
Hosted by Joe Rawlinson, Dad’s Guide to Twins is based on his experience of raising identical twins - and offers plenty of wisdom and anecdotes for fellow parents. Born from a desire to create a resource for dads, this podcast covers everything from health and sleep, to finances and the practicalities of raising two babies at once.
Listen to Dad’s Guide to Twins here.
Comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn host this wildly popular, funny and relatable podcast for less than perfect parents (which, as they point out, means all parents).
Expect tips and advice on everything from homeschooling and tupperware parties, to IVF and parenting guilt. There are also interviews with famous faces like Clare Balding and Millie Mackintosh, while Ellie and Helen’s comic touch makes every episode entertaining and informative at the same time.
Listen to Scummy Mummies here.
The Parent Hood
Hosted by Marina Fogle and Dr Chiara Hunt, this informative podcast focuses on children’s health and happiness. With a pragmatic approach, each episode aims to help new parents by providing simple answers to complex questions; with guests adding their expert voices.
A wide variety of topics are covered, including communicating with your baby; sleep; and how to boost your child’s immunity.
Listen to The Parent Hood here
Not Another Mummy Podcast
One of the UK’s top parenting podcasts, Not Another Mummy is hosted by writer Alison Perry, who is joined each episode by a different guest to chat parenting and family life. Alison also shares her own knowledge and experience as a mum of three.
Previous guests have included Emma Bunton, Dr Rangam Chatterjee, and Caroline Hirons; while topics covered range from mum guilt and miscarriage, to fatherhood and how to get your kids to eat anything.
Listen to Not Another Mummy here
Made by Mammas
TV presenter and radio broadcaster Zoe Hardman, and marketer Georgia Dayton, host this relatable podcast about navigating the first years of motherhood.
Made by Mammas aims to provide kind, friendly and non-judgemental advice about various topics, including sleep; breast- and bottle-feeding; and mummy fashion, with input from a different celebrity or expert each episode.
Their Friday Q&As are a highlight, with listeners invited to send their own questions in.
Listen to Made by Mammas here
Rose and Rosie: Parental Guidance
Rose and Rosie are having a baby and, as they prepare to welcome them into the world, they chat to friends and peers on all things parenting in a bid to prepare.
Featuring advice on everything from how to stay unified as new parents, to learning on the job, this comic duo present their episodes with humour, realism and personality - making this an entertaining listen, as well as one packed with useful tips on raising a socially aware child in the modern world.
Listen to Rose and Rosie: Parental Guidance here
Sometimes, you just need to know you’re not alone. Dadcast is hosted by four dads, and covers their misadventures in parenting - the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. Hosted by Adrian Barry, Nathan Murphy, Dave McIntyre and Ger Gilroy, Dadcast covers all aspects of parenting, from sleep deprivation to unruly toddlers, and provides an entertaining look into life as a parent.
Listen to Dadcast here
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