The ultimate guide to mummy podcasts
This year podcasts have become huge! There are so many out there to choose from and I want to share with you some of my favourites. Becoming a mummy in lockdown 2020 has been at times very busy and at others quiet and lonely. Throughout my pregnancy in lockdown I found myself listening to certain podcasts and feeling like I was involved in a conversation between friends, and this year we all needed a bit more humour and conversation. I also find that being a single mum, when my daughter is napping in the day I don’t have time to sit down and catch up on Netflix, so it’s nice to be able to listen to something interesting and amusing whilst I clean the house and rush around. I am going to share my top 5 podcasts to inspire you, to end boredom and to make you laugh during these uncertain and sometimes outright boring times!
LuAnna: The Podcast
Luisa Zissman and Anna Williamson along with their producer Imo make my number 1 podcast of 2020! They have formed a girl gang of loyal Lufannions with their weird and wonderful podcast which keeps us entertained each week! They kept me sane through my pregnancy in lockdown, the exhausting night feeds and manage to make me look a fool laughing aloud with my headphones in on my lockdown walks! Every Monday and Thursday they bring us an episode of “honest, upfront opinions, rants, bants and general explicit content”. If you’re easily offended or don’t want to listen to two outspoken women then I would give this one a miss!
Their episodes feature conversations about the week’s big news, “weirdo of the week” and a number of funny, rude and embarrassing listener stories.
After listening to these two for over a year, they have become a part of my week and when I’m listening to the pod it honestly feels like I’m just hanging out with friends.
Happy Mum Happy Baby – Giovanna Fletcher
Many of you will know Gi as being the Queen of the Castle on this years I’m a Celebrity but as well as being an author, mum of 3 and children’s television host she also has a bloody brilliant podcast! I have listened to Happy Mum Happy Baby since even before I became pregnant as I was interested in her guests and the honest conversation she has with them. The podcast navigates through the lives of the guest, discussing childhood, their life growing up and then becoming a parent. As a young woman I could relate to many of these different people even though we all came from different walks of life and found it interesting to get to know more about the lives of many high powered celebrities and hear of their experiences. My favourite episode so far was with Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge who sat down with Giovanna and talked about her pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. The duchess gave listeners an unusually open insight into her life, including hyperemesis gravidarun, hypnobirthing, and her family. It was an amazing listen! More guests have included Samantha Cameron, Prue Leith, Lorraine Kelly, Kate Ferdinand, Liz Earle and many more. These women have hugely different lives, careers and stories and Giovanna has a way of asking questions which provoke honest and personal answers, many of which hadn’t been disclosed in the media before. There are 6 seasons to catch up with if you haven’t yet listened.
Open Mind with Frankie Bridge
The former S Club Juniors and The Saturdays star Frankie Bridge has been open about her struggles with her mental health throughout her life and career. In this podcast she interviews celebrities about their mental health and delves into their understanding of how that has surfaced throughout their life.
Guests have included Dynamo, Nick Grimshaw, Sam Thompson, Kimberly Walsh and many more. All episodes discuss challenges during different periods in their lives and the guest and Frankie’s personal experiences both in and out of the public eye. It is a great example of people in the spotlight being open about mental health and Frankie is encouraging a positive conversation that it is ok not to be ok. The latest episode of Open Mind features Tess Daly, and I really enjoyed hearing from someone who is usually very private in regards to her personal and family life.
Spencer and Vogue
This podcast is new for 2020 and has made it into my top 5 because it never fails to make me laugh. It’s funny, lighthearted and presented by a couple who are both in the media for their own achievements and come together as an amazing team who bounce off each other with humour, sarcasm and a lot of banter between them. Although at first Spencer appears to be a little arrogant, as the episodes go on it is very clear he doesn’t take himself as seriously as it first seems. A lot of the things he says should be taken with a pinch of salt! Their relationship dynamic is hilarious, with them ripping into each other constantly and Vogue calling Spencer out.
Throughout the podcast Spencer and Vogue discuss being parents to their two children Theo and Gigi, balancing work and family life as well as being in the media. The podcast is great fun and they are both so direct with their thoughts and opinions. I would highly recommend catching up on season one as the second has just begun!
Nappy Days with Mia Boardman
Mia was part of the MTV show Teen Mom UK back in 2016 and now has a 4 year old daughter Marliya. Mia interviews famous mums and dads every week to talk about becoming parents and the challenges they have faced along the way. Guests have included Marnie Simpson, Mario Falcone and Chloe Sims who have honest conversations with Mia about their journeys through parenting and their own feelings and experiences.
Mia finishes every episode by asking her guest to share a parenting fail (which we have all had) and shows we are all just parents trying to do the best job we can raising our little ones.
In the world of podcasts there is something for everyone and every mood. I hope you enjoy discovering the ones above and join in with the conversations being had by listening along. Thank you to all of the podcasts that have kept me company this year, you are all greatly appreciated, S x