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18 parenting podcasts to download for the 4am feed

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Whether you’re eagerly expecting a new arrival or just a parent in need of some advice here are the best podcasts for you.

We’ve found guidance on a range of issues from helping your child through anxiety to learning how to love your pregnancy body, to when you want a bit of 'me-time' having spent your day sleep-deprived, Weetabix-stained and arguing with a two-year-old who wants to eat birthday cake for breakfast! 

So, here are our favourite podcasts from familiar faces and new friends...

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1. Scummy Mummies 

This listen is for the less-than-perfect parent who’s eager to discuss the ups, downs and all the wacky things inbetween. Hosted by comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn, recent episodes include discussions on keeping your kids safe online and how to manage screen time.
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2. Happy Mum, Happy Baby

Happy Mum, Happy Baby is the official podcast of Giovanna Fletcher. Throughout her episodes she continues to talk about motherhood, a theme which started in her book, also titled Happy Mum, Happy Baby.
Within each episode Giovanna talks to a range of high-profile parents about all aspects of parenting, through all the highs and lows that each day can bring. 
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3. The Parent Hood 

A world away from internet searches, this podcast by Marina Fogle and Dr Chiara Hunt gives answers to everything parents want to know about, from child reflux, nits or worries about going back to work. 
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4. Birth Stories in Color

This podcast aims to create a community for people of color to share and learn from birth stories of all types including adoption. Hosts Laurel Gourrier and Danielle Jackson adopt a slightly different approach to parenting by emphasising the role of storytelling as a way to equip future parents.
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5. Some Families

Some Families, the UK’s first LGBTQ+ parenting podcast series, aims to support families and answer questions for those curious about queer parenthood. Hosts Lotte Jeffs and Stu Oakley share funny, emotional and true stories from their own experiences as a lesbian mum and gay dad and chat to a plethora of guests from the LGBTQ+ community to discuss the ups and downs of parenting through an LGBTQ+ lens.
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6. Crib notes

Crib Notes supports new parents during those middle-of-the-night moments when they have questions and concerns about their baby. The podcast is hosted by paediatrician Dr Sarah Blackstock and broadcaster Rick Kelsey, who myth bust common issues from breastfeeding to sleep, and child development.
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7. Sh**ged Married Annoyed

The only way Rosie and Chris Ramsey can have a conversation without being interrupted by a toddler or ending up staring at their phones is by doing a podcast. They’ll be chatting all about life, relationships, arguments, annoyances, parenting, growing up and everything in between. Each week they will answer questions from the public and a secret celebrity.
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8. â€‹Rose and Rosie: Parental Guidance

Follow comedy duo and married couple Rose and Rosie’s most intimate adventure yet: starting a family. By speaking to friends and peers who have conquered parenthood head-on, they hope to learn how to rear their roost righteously.
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9. Birthful

Fed up of outdated pregnancy and birthing advice? Then this podcast could be for you. Working doula and former journalist Adriana Lozada talks pregnancy, birth and postpartum with top experts and new parents. Every episode distils the overload of pregnancy information down to the most relevant and useful stuff.
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10. Happy Place

Hosted by Fearne Cotton, happy place is a podcast based on finding mindfulness in order to be happy. Whilst this podcast isn’t strictly parenting based it does give a good message to both mums and dads everywhere. Within each episode she talks with high profile guests about what makes them happy in life. This podcast will help parents take the time they need to find the positives in daily life. 
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11. LuAnna

Hosted by Anna Williamson and Luisa Zissman, the podcast contains 'words, strong opinions and rants' and is a favourite with mummas everywhere, especially as subjects broached on the bi-weeky podcast include sex after birth, parenting styles and potty training. We adore. 
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12. AT Parenting Survival Podcast

If you’re parenting a child that suffers from anxiety or OCD then look no further for advice. Host Natasha Daniels who works as a child therapist teaches parenting approaches that specifically target these conditions. She also aims to offer a new perspective on common parenting problems.
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13. Mothers' Meeting

Louise Pentland hosts this relatable podcast which chats all things #MumHacks to daily struggles. Expect famous guests from both traditional media and the social media sphere. Warning: very binge-worthy! 
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14. Motherhood in Black & White

Hosted by Gen X mums, Kaanji Irby and Tara Campbell. These two women - one Black and one White - come from different worlds, but have become close friends through their shared experiences as suburban ‘boy mums’, working women in male-dominated workplaces, and their love of 90s hip-hop. Listen in as they chat with each other and connect with guests about parenting and pop culture and the tragedies and triumphs of motherhood with honesty, empathy and humour.
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15. Not Another Mummy Podcast

Not Another Mummy Podcast is one of the UK's top parenting podcasts with previous guests including Philippa Perry, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Emma Bunton, Rosie Ramsey and Meg Mathews. Host (and Mother&Baby mumlister) Alison Perry chats to a different guest each episode about parenting and family issues.
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16. Dadcast - Misadventures in parenting

Featuring the ramblings of Adrian Barry, Nathan Murphy, Dave McIntyre and Ger Gilroy, Dadcast examines the best and worst excesses of parenthood including sleep deprivation, unruly toddlers, inopportune poos and escaping from the trap of middle age spread - this is the unvarnished truth of being a dad.
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17. #OhSh*tTwins

Georgia Martel is a mum of twins who has decided to live out loud after motherhood took the wind out of her! From finding out unexpectedly she was going to be a mother of twins, to the premature arrival of her daughters at 27 weeks, it’s a mixture of meltdowns and giggles and Black British Motherhood in all its glory. 
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18. StrollerCoaster: A Parenting Podcast

The smart, fun, must-listen podcast for parents of kids of all ages. Created by Munchkin Inc.

Hosted by Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!), each episode features inspirational stories, fascinating guests, innovative parenting tips, and tons of “Wow, I have been there” moments.

Ones to watch

We're also very excited about our favourite mummy workout guru Hannah Mummy Mills and 2021 mumlister Nichola Ludlam-Raine (@mummynutrition) joining forces in a brand new podcast, The Honest Mummies!

Combining their health and wellbeing expertise, along with their own honest experiences of all things motherhood - expect chats on birth, surviving maternity leave, fitness and nutrition, sleep, toddler tantrums and much more!

And we're big fans of The Intended Parent's Podcast, in which mums Fran and Kreena share their unconventional journeys to motherhood and in doing so explore surrogacy from the perspective of the girl next door.

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Having worked across a variety of magazines, on topics from food to travel to horses, Stephanie now works as a Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online. 

She loves taking her lurcher puppy Moss for long walks in the country, and spending time with her niece and two nephews. In her spare time she writes fiction books and enjoys baking (her signature bake is lemon drizzle cake).

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