Looking for parenting-peer advice, insight, and some LOLs? We have the definitive list of best parenting podcasts you can listen to like a bedtime story, from the comfort of your smartphone.

By Sabrina James and Marisa Iallonardo
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WHEN YOU WAKE UP: Parents Tip of the Day Flash Briefing

Being a reliable resource for moms and dads navigating parenthood is what we do best. Make your days a little easier by staying in the know without lifting a finger all thanks to our new 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 Google PlaySpotifyiTunes, and iHeart Radio, which give you the options to subscribe or follow for an added convenience.

Find out more here.


Married self-help gurus Todd Adams and Cathy Cassani Adams, who are raising three daughters, host enlightening discussions that make you feel like you're getting therapy sessions from two people you'd like to be friends with IRL. Free at iTunes Store or zenparentingradio.com.


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 iTunes Store or songexploder.net.

WHEN WAITING FOR BABY: Pregnancy Confidential

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. Free at iTunes Store or parents.com/pregnancyconfidential


“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, coauthor of Parentally Incorrect. Free at iTunes Store or npr.org

WHEN DRIVING TO WORK: Awesome With Alison

“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 iTunes Store or npr.org.

WHEN CLEANING UP: #RaisingAthletes

“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, out in October. Free at iTunes Store or kirstenjonesinc.com.


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