Thank f*ck for parenting podcasts.
They can give you info on a huge range of topics relating to pregnancy and parenting, straight into your ears, at any time of the day (a multi-tasker’s dream). They can make you laugh and cry, and everything in between. And they can make you feel a little less alone in this parenting sh*t show – a saviour on those days (you know the ones).
But, there are zillions of parenting podcasts out there, from Australia and all over the world. So if you’re wondering where to start, here are the podcasts we love for every phase of pregnancy and parenting.
The ‘what-does-it-take-to-be-a-parent’ phase
You’re TTC (gotta love those pregnancy terms) and intrigued about what life with kids looks like. Hint: it’s different for everyone because we’re all different.
An inspiring and supportive podcast covering everything single mums need to know about going it solo, from managing single mum guilt, to co-parenting and budgeting on one income.
From two NYC fathers, this informative and sincere podcast explores the stories of modern dads as they navigate work, parenthood and relationships.
Emotional and engaging, this podcast aims to support queer families through stories and interviews between its hosts (who are a lesbian mum and a gay dad) and guests from the LGBTQI+ community.
The ‘I’m-f*cking-scared-of-giving-birth’ phase
You’re pregnant (yay!), but you’re also apprehensive about the big event.
From our pals at Mamamia, host Jessie Stephens asks women about their birth experiences to help reveal what really goes down in the delivery room. It’s an eye-opening look at the many ways women give birth.
This heartwarming podcast features interviews with Aussie women on their pregnancy and birth stories to help educate FTMs (that’s first-time mums) on delivery.
Each episode shares the pros, cons, risks and benefits of the different options mums and partners may face during pregnancy, birth and parenting. It’s informative, so perfect for those that like to do their research.
The ‘How-do-I-look-after-a-baby’ phase
You’ve birthed a human, and now you’ve got to take care of it. Help!
An educational podcast from Cath Curtain (aka the incomparable Midwife Cath) that delves into pregnancy and birth, but also the reality of what comes next: looking after a tiny human.
Parenting can involve a lot of anxiety about your little one’s health. To help, host Marina Fogle (who is a mum and author) and her sister, Dr Chiara Hunt, provide simple answers to the minefield of questions that parents might face raising kids in this thought-provoking podcast.
Also from the Mamamia legends, this podcast explores what it’s truly like to parent. The twice-weekly episodes focus on topics relating to raising kids of all ages in a way that’s helpful, easy to digest and amusing all at once.
The ‘All-I-can-do-is-laugh-about-it’ phase
You’ve had a tough day – again – and your best way out is to giggle.
Described as a comedy and kids podcast (what a combo), comedians and fathers Rob and Josh chat about the highs and lows of parenting during lockdown and beyond. Plain and simple: it’s funny.
A laugh-out-loud ‘podcast for less-than-perfect parents’ (YES!). Tune in to hear comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson investigate a slew of topics relating to modern parenting and pop culture.
In this hilarious podcast from Betsy Stover (10 points if you guessed she’s a comedian) you’ll hear from celebrities and personalities about the things their kids did that, well, drove them to drink.
The ‘Am-I-the-only-one’ phase
You’re questioning your parenting skills, feel like you have no idea what you’re doing, are wracked with guilt for being back at work and fried from the mental load. You just want to know you aren’t alone.
A Mumli fave, in which hosts Jayde Couldwell and Sophie Pearce share their conversations with mums and experts about parenting. It’s heartwarming, honest and authentic.
Working mums and besties Gemma Pranita and Kate Reeves ask the big questions (what to do if your friend is navigating infertility) and discuss the sh*t they don’t have time for (another bloody sick day!) in this podcast that feels like a chat over wine with your girlfriends.
From Team Kidspot, this relatable-yet-funny podcast features candid interviews with high profile celebrity parents on how they manage the work-life juggle.
That’s our hitlist. But, mamas, what are your faves? We know we’ve only scratched the surface, so hit us up in the comments.