Stuff Babies Need

The best podcasts for new parents

When you have a new baby, chances are there will be some fairly long periods of time when you will be awake, feeding and looking for something to keep you awake! Podcasts provide a constant stream of interesting and free content to keep you occupied. Here’s our list of the best podcasts for new parents.

Podcasts for new parents

Scummy mummys

Scummy Mummies is the podcast for less-than-perfect parents. Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson discuss a range of topics, from culture and current affairs to farting and fish fingers. As featured on Radio 4, seen in The Guardian and recommended by The Telegraph.

Beard dads

A podcast about being a dad. From @rooreynolds and @knolleary

Sesame street podcast

The Sesame Street Podcast is a series of free portable video episodes featuring Murray Monster and all your other favorite Sesame Street Muppets. Celebrity guests and fuzzy friends explain the meaning of words like “Challenge” and “Arachnid.”

Other podcasts

Of course, you might not want to sit and listen to things about kids! So here are a few other podcasts to subscribe to for funny and informative content.

Richard Herrings Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

Richard Herring chats with some of the biggest names in comedy. It’s ad-libbed and unedited and largely unplanned – the conversations can go off on all kinds of comedic tangents, or be serious. Recorded in front of a paying audience.

The Bugle

The Bugle, one of the universe’s leading satirical comedy podcasts, featuring John Oliver (star of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) and Andy Zaltzman (not a star of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart), lives on.

Dan Carlins Hardcore History

In “Hardcore History” the very unconventional Dan Carlin takes his “Martian”, outside-the-box way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This is a difficult-to-classify show that has a rather sharp edge. It’s not for everyone. But the innovative style and approach has made “Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History” a New Media hit.

Stuff You Should Know

How do viruses work? How did the Great Train Robbery work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from

Try a speaker pillow for easy listening

My other top tip is to invest in a speaker pillow – they are cheap and comfy, but most importantly they give you a way to listen to podcasts or audiobooks in bed and trying to get back to sleep after a disturbed night. The speaker pillow is loud enough for you to hear, but won’t disturb others in your bed. Be careful of any wires with little ones around.

Do you have any other suggestions or additions to our list of podcasts for new parents? Please share in the comments!

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