19 Parenting Podcasts You Shouldn't Miss Out On

Looking for parenting advice and relatable insight? We have the definitive list of the best parenting podcasts you can enjoy anytime, anywhere.

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Books have an important place in our lives, but sometimes, they just aren't practical to carry around with you. That's when podcasts come in handy. Podcasts are educational, informative, and easy to use. You can listen to them anywhere with access to a cell phone, whether it's in your car, at the gym, or while folding laundry. Here are our picks for the best parenting podcasts available today.

1. Good Inside

Good Inside Podcast

Clinical psychologist and mom of three Becky Kennedy, Ph.D. (aka Dr. Becky) is out with a weekly podcast to give expert tips to parents everywhere. Good Inside, available on Apple and Spotify, dives into questions about topics like forming stronger relationships with kids, handling bedtime battles, and helping your children grow—all in under 30 minutes.

2. We Are Family

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Brought to you by the people at Parents, We Are Family celebrates diverse families of all shapes and sizes. Co-hosts Shaun T, creator of the Insanity workout and dad to twins with his husband Scott Blokker, and Julia Dennison, the former executive editor of Parents and single mama, explore everything from LGBTQ parenting and adoption to IVF and blended families. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and everywhere podcasts are available.

3. Motherhood in Black & White

Motherhood in Black and White Podcast

Every week co-hosts Kaanji Irby and Tara Campbell cover topics such as motherhood, race, and pop culture on a podcast that's more important now than ever: Motherhood in Black & White. Exploring every person's unique parenthood journey, diversity is the name of the game with this podcast—plus it hones in on raising race-conscious children. Free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and other places.

4. The PedsDocTalk Podcast

The Peds Doc Talk Podcast

This podcast is hosted by Mona Amin, D.O., a board-certified pediatrician, member of the Parents Expert Review Board, and mom to a toddler. She coaches first-time parents on how to sift through the misinformation, providing reliable and trusted answers to your most-asked parenting questions. Her podcast includes interviews with pediatric experts, mindful parenting tips, and more. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher

5. Zen Parenting Radio

Zen Parenting Podcast

Married self-help gurus Todd Adams and Cathy Cassani Adams, who are raising three daughters, host enlightening discussions that feel like therapy sessions from two people you'd like to be friends with in real life. Free at Apple Podcasts, Android, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, or zenparentingradio.com.

6. That New Mom Life

That New Mom Life Podcast Illustration

The first few months of parenthood are a whirlwind, and That New Mom Life serves as a reminder that you're not alone. This 13-episode podcast is hosted by Grace Bastidas, the editor-in-chief of Parents, and Desiree Fortin, an Instagrammer mom of triplets and a newborn.

They speak with postpartum experts about important topics like sleep deprivation, emotional ups and downs, sharing the parenting load, and more. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Google Podcasts, Parents.com, and everywhere podcasts are available.

7. The Mom Hour

Mom Hour Podcast

A weekly parenting podcast with more than 600 episodes to binge, The Mom Hour creates a supportive community for parents everywhere. It's co-hosted by Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers, who have eight kids between them. They discuss every parenting-related topic you can think of: mom shaming, sleep deprivation, potty training, puberty, and so much more. Free at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, and more.

8. Song Exploder

Song Exploder

Sometimes you need a break from parenting—and this podcast definitely delivers! As musicians explain how their songs get made, "the music helps me get into a rhythm while exercising, which I don't really want to do but I know will give me the energy to parent," says Hillary Frank, creator and editor/executive producer of The Longest Shortest Time. Free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and songexploder.net.

9. Pregnancy Confidential

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Hosted in no-holds-barred detail by the editors of Parents, this parenting podcast features answers to quirky questions and real talk on all kinds of preggo predicaments that your friends might be too embarrassed to tell you about. Each 10–20 minute episode walks listeners through a week of pregnancy starting with week 9. Free at Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and everywhere podcasts are available.

10. Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting Podcast

From the online magazine Slate, this podcast gives helpful advice for parenting toddlers, kids, and teens. It's hosted by Zak Rosen from The Best Advice Show; Jamilah Lemieux, a Los Angeles-based communications strategist, writer, and cultural critic; and Elizabeth Newcamp, a mom of three boys who blogs at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. They openly discuss the triumphs and failures they experienced in their parenting journeys. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and Slate.com.

11. Band of Mothers

Band of Mothers Podcast

Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee are known for "The Pump and Dump Show," a live comedy act that's touted as "the ultimate respite for beleaguered parents everywhere." They also host a hilarious "variety show-style" podcast called Band of Mothers, which discusses motherhood and women's lifestyle in an unfiltered, compelling, and honest way. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and bandofmothers.com.

12. Wow in the World

Wow in the World Podcast

"Technically, it's designed to teach kids, but it's perfect for adults with a zest for learning weird stuff like where stinkbugs come from," says Shayna Ferm, co-author of Parentally Incorrect. Free at Apple Podcasts, Audible, Spotify, Stitcher, and Tinkercast.

13. Raising Good Humans

Raising Good Humans Podcast

Developmental psychologist Aliza Pressman, Ph.D., created the Raising Good Humans podcast to share the latest child development research in an easy, accessible way. The regular episodes put “evidence-based practices into everyday parenting,” according to the podcast website. Listen on platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Audible.

14. Awesome With Alison

Awesome With Alison Podcast

"This cheerful, upbeat podcast makes me excited about the day ahead! It tackles everyday decision making and dilemmas like overcoming self-doubt, becoming more motivated, and living your life fully," says Joy Cho, founder of Oh Joy! Free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.

15. #RaisingAthletes

Raising Athletes Podcast

"I like to listen to these cool, athletic women host experts like five-time volleyball Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda and talk to them about their sports careers, their lives now, and ideas for raising strong, healthy kids," says Erin Clune, author of How to Leave: Quitting the City and Coping With a New Reality. Free at Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Spotify, or kirstenjonesinc.com.

16. Parents Tip of the Day Flash Briefing

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Being a reliable resource for navigating parenthood is what we do best. Stay in the know without lifting a finger with our Parents Tip of the Day Flash Briefing. The process is easy, and once you set up your Alexa or Google device, a simple voice command is all that's required. If you don't have a Google or Alexa voice‑controlled smart speaker, you can still access your briefing by searching "Parents Tip of the Day" on Apple, Spotify, iTunes, and iHeart Radio, which give you the option to subscribe or follow for added convenience.

17. Respectful Parenting: Janet Lansbury Unruffled

Respectful Parenting: Janet Lansbury Unruffled Podcast

Janet Lansbury, a former actress and model, is now a parenting expert and author of No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame. She was inspired to create a podcast to share her RIE parenting philosophy: respecting babies by treating them as people and giving them space to explore the world. Listen to her advice on Apple Music, Spotify, Stitcher, and more. 

18. Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting

Ask Lisa Podcast

Lisa Damour, Ph.D., a New York Times Adolescence columnist and author of bestsellers Untangled and Under Pressure, and Reena Nina, a world-class journalist, co-host the podcast Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting, all about family mental health—and your top parenting questions. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and iHeart Radio.

19. Motherhood Sessions

Motherhood Sessions Podcast

Being a mom is hard, but Alexandra Sacks, M.D., a renowned reproductive psychiatrist, is here for you. In Motherhood Sessions—available for free on Spotify—listeners get to sit in on a therapy session as Dr. Sacks dives deep into the real struggles and questions—from career after baby to toxic in-laws—that parents face every day.

Additional research by Marisa Iallonardo
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