Ruth Maguire introduces podcasts to support you through every stage of parenting
As parents, we can be our own worst critics. Constantly worrying whether we are doing right by our children; whether we are giving them enough time, instilling boundaries, and keeping those all-important lines of communication open. We don’t have the time to dedicate to reading a book on the matter; we want information quickly! So, we go online for some much-needed guidance and reassurance, but somehow, we end up more confused than we started. This is where podcasts prove to be very helpful. Tuning into a podcast doesn’t feel like ‘work’, and when it’s a really relatable podcast, you almost feel part of the conversation.
Whether you’re trying to figure out how best to prevent a toddler meltdown, or talk to your teen about a tricky subject matter, you’ll probably find there’s a podcast episode to help you through, offer advice, and possibly provide a new way of looking at things. What could be better?
With that in mind, let’s look at six of the best-loved parenting podcasts out there.
The birth-ed podcast by Megan Rossiter – for pregnancy and birth
Parenting angst pretty much begins as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Many of us write birth plans these days, and believe how we bring our baby into the world has a big impact on both mama and baby’s wellbeing.
The birth-ed podcast opens up conversations about all aspects of pregnancy, birth and parenthood, with the UK’s leading women’s health experts – from midwives to obstetricians, doulas to activists. Each episode brings inspiring, informative and sometimes challenging conversations, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to preparing you for pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
“Currently expecting my second child and I found these podcasts so useful for birth preparation the second time around.” Online reviewer
The Parent Hood by Marina Fogle – to support you through the highs and lows of parenthood
Whether it’s how to raise money-savvy children, how to talk to your children about racism, or how best to communicate with your teenager, you’ll find it talked about and discussed in an episode of The Parent Hood.
Hosted by the founders of the Bump Class, Marina Fogle and Dr Chiara Hunt, it offers impartial, engaging and professional advice delivered by experts – a world away from Google.
“Extremely helpful with lots of fantastic ideas to help you through the most challenging and stressful situations of parenthood. Thank you and keep up the good work.” Online reviewer
The boobingit podcast by Ruth Maguire – for real-life breastfeeding stories and information
Boobingit is a podcast dedicated to breastfeeding – the ups, the downs, and everything in between. It’s the perfect podcast for new and expectant mamas to learn more about the often-complex world of breastfeeding.
Each week, the host (me – a breastfeeding mama of two) is joined by another mama or breastfeeding expert, shedding light on important breastfeeding topics and having meaningful conversations on the transformative power of breastfeeding for both mother and baby.
“I had looked for a podcast like this back in 2017, when I had my first baby. I’m delighted to listen to this now I’m expecting my second. Very natural and inspiring conversations. Thank you!” Online reviewer
Happy Mum, Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher – for inspiring motherhood stories
Giovanna Fletcher may have just won I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! but, prior to that, she was best known as an author and podcast host (oh, and as the wife of former McFly band member Tom Fletcher).
In the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Giovanna has frank and warm conversations with other high-profile mums and dads, discussing all aspects of parenthood – the highs, the lows, the challenges and the rewards. No topic is out of bounds, which makes this podcast essential listening for any parent seeking solidarity and support.
“As a first-time mum, especially during a pandemic, I really crave the chat from other mums about motherhood. This podcast makes me feel less lonely and provides me with so much. It has changed my views on things and people, given me a new perspective, and made me feel more empowered.” Online reviewer
The Scummy Mummies Podcast by Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn – a light-hearted and funny take on parenthood
For some light relief and a bit of a giggle – sometimes hard to achieve when in the thick of parenting! – Scummy Mummies podcast is a great tonic for the soul.
Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson discuss a range of topics relevant to modern mums and dads, from culture and current affairs, to farting and fish fingers. They have a knack for touching on serious subject matters while still cracking jokes.
“Thanks for making me laugh on the days when I need it most! I listen to you when I’m out pushing the pram and am literally chuckling to myself. So honest. And it makes you feel like a normal parent for the things you do, which is great.” Online reviewer
MotherRucker by Lysanne Skinner – about babywearing
With more and more parents discovering the benefits of babywearing, this is the podcast for those mums and dads who want to hold their baby close in a sling or carrier.
Each week, professional carrying consultant Lysanne Skinner offers her tips and tricks for babywearing – from how best to carry in warm weather, to finding your unique sling style! She’s often joined by an industry expert to delve into all things sling.
“Chatting to a different expert every episode, Lysanne has created a babywearing podcast that feels like a hug. Her warmth and enthusiasm for babywearing radiates throughout, and her discussions with her guests are always interesting and entertaining. I can’t wait for more!” Online reviewer
The great thing about all these podcasts is that you can listen to them on the go – whether you’re cooking dinner, out for a walk, or in the car. Because they are conversational, you’re made to feel part of the circle. They make those big (and little) parenting obstacles and challenges that bit easier to navigate.
Ruth Maguire is a mama of two and lives with her partner and two young children on the outskirts of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ruth is a breastfeeding peer supporter, offering mother-to-mother breastfeeding information and support on a voluntary basis. She is the author of Breastfeeding for Beginners and the founder of boobingit.com.
This issue was originally published in Spring 2021, Issue 72 of JUNO Magazine.