Finding out you’re going to become a parent is one of the most exciting times of your life – but parenthood is a mixed bag of emotions that usually comes along with feelings of anxiety and nerves.
Preparing for a new baby is overwhelming, especially because there’s no simple answer to most of the big questions you’ll face as a parent. Luckily, there are a ton of resources out there for new and expecting parents to take advantage of. Getting advice from other parents who have been there before will let you evaluate situations and outcomes so you can make the best decisions for your family. Hearing other people face the same struggles as you can also help alleviate stress and fear that often surrounds an upcoming birth.
While parenting books have been the go-to popular resource for years, podcasting has taken the world by storm and this media trend continues to transform the way we listen and learn. In fact, 2019 podcast insights show us that 51% of the U.S. population has tuned in to a podcast!
This new listening tool is a great resource for new and expecting parents on the go. After all, you can tune in while you run errands and exercise. You can also make the most of your daily commute by pressing play on your drive or ride to work! In fact, 22% of all podcast listening is done in the car.
Podcasts are also cost-effective for parents budgeting for a baby! Tuning in to a podcast is free as long as you have access to iTunes, Google Play Music or a Spotify account. Use the money you would have spent on parenting books to decorate your nursery or purchase other baby supplies. You can even use the extra cash to start investing in your baby’s future! Some parenting podcasts focused specifically on budgeting can help you think of ways to take advantage of this extra cash.
We’ve highlighted 12 of our favorite parenting podcasts below, divided into categories based on their subject matter. Read on to discover the perfect parenting podcast for you!
Listening to inspiring podcasts on the hard days will help remind you why you took this journey in the first place. Guests on the show will teach you the dos and dont’s of motherhood, tips for a happier and healthier you, and much more. Check out our three favorite inspiring podcasts:
- Spawned hosted by Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner
- Extraordinary Moms hosted by Jessica Dahlquist
- The Chalene Show hosted by Chalene Johnson
You know the saying it takes a village? Experience is the best teacher so take it from people who’ve been there before. These practical parenting podcasts will give you actionable tips on how to relieve stress and become the best parent you can be:
- Coffee and Crumbs hosted by Ashlee Gadd, April Hoss, and Lesley Miller
- The Mom Hour hosted by Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers
- Zen Parenting Radio hosted by Todd and Cathy Adams
Financial podcasts will help you learn how to financially plan for a baby while also giving yourself some breathing room in your budget. You can learn everything from the basics of money management to how to decrease debt and increase your net worth with these three financial podcasts:
- So Money hosted by Farnoosh Torabi
- Listen, Money Matters hosted by Andrew Fiebert and Thomas Frank
- Marriage, Kids & Money hosted by Andy Hill
Sometimes you have to just laugh at the hurdles life throws your way. Funny parenting podcasts provide comic relief to remind you-you’re not alone in the chaos of parenthood. Here are our three favorites:
- The Longest Shortest Time by Hillary Frank
- One Bad Mother by Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn
- For Crying Out Loud by Lynette Carolla and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
We’ve also included an infographic with additional information about our 12 favorite podcasts, including can’t-miss episodes and popular subject matters. Whether you are looking for humor, inspiration, practical or financial advice, these parenting podcasts have you covered every step of the way!