The first few months at home with your new baby are a lot like a long, scenic road trip. Yes, the views are spectacular, but you generally don’t sleep well, end up eating a lot more snacks than you planned, and are mostly trying not to get lost.
There’s also a lot of downtime — which is where good podcasts come in. For both road trips and new babies, podcasts are a great way to stay sane and entertained, laugh a little, or learn something new. Below are 10 fun podcasts for new parents heading into the fourth trimester that want to avoid boredom, cabin fever, or both.
If you’re a regular Everygirl reader you might already be familiar with Jess Lively. She’s a wellness expert, business coach, writer, and entrepreneur. Her eponymous podcast is “designed to uplift, inspire, and help you add a little extra intention to your every day,” and includes interviews with women in all types of careers, as well as inspiring discussions on topics like self-worth, meditation, intention, travel, and money.
Navigating a marriage with kids isn’t easy. This show, which features YouTube personality Casey Neistat and his wife and jewelry designer Candice Pool Neistat, is a very raw look into their very real, very flawed relationship and is a great way to learn to think critically about your own relationship and address issues before they become too big to ignore.
Rife with laugh out loud stories, enlightening self-assessment, and poignant banter, each of Dax Shepard’s conversations — whether it be with Ted Danson, Kathryn Hahn, David Sedaris, Ellen Degeneres, or child psychologist Dr. Wendy Mogel — is one thing: incredibly real, like one you might have with your mom, best friend, or spouse. If you need a friend on a long walk with your little one, this podcast is for you.
Even if you aren’t a Gwyneth Paltrow disciple, every modern woman should add The Goop Podcast to their playlist. While the show boasts chats with “provocative thinkers, culture changers, and industry disruptors,” like Oprah, Chrissy Teigen, and Sarah Jessica Parker, it also discusses important topics that don’t always get airtime. For example, there’s an episode on postpartum anxiety, a discussion about the perfectionism myth, and an interview with the author of Raising Lions about “problem kids.”
Calling all reality TV fans. This podcast is an audio version of the late-night talk show. It’s a great way to get your mind off whatever you’re doing and fall into the world of Bravo-lebrities and celebs who love them.
Like your favorite women’s magazine in podcast form, writers Kate Spencer and Doree Shafrir host this can’t-stop-listening, light-hearted show where, along with a wide variety of special guests like award-winning actress Lauren Lapkus, author Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) and facialist Courtney Chiusano, they discuss everything from makeup, skincare, and wellness to body positivity, motherhood, and couples therapy.
If you consider yourself well-versed in the language of modern parenting, health, and wellness, turn on the Wellness Mama podcast and get ready to have your mind blown. With an impressive array of well-informed guests, the show breaks down topics like real food, stress, sleep, fitness, toxins, money, and natural living from the angle of parenthood.
Leave it to the original girlboss, Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, to create a show where, through no-bullshit interviews with an impressive cast of women including Sloane Crosley, Courtney Love, Charlize Theron, Brooklyn Decker, and Cassandra Grey, you can learn how to foster a career you love, move up, build your own business, or be endlessly creative. Oh, and there have already been an impressive 135 episodes, so feel free to binge.
In collaboration with Lenny Letter, executive produced by Girls creator Lena Dunham, and hosted by author and advocate Janet Mock, the Never Before podcast is an interview style show with guests like Kris Jenner, Gabourey Sidibe, and Tina Knowles-Lawson (Bey’s mom). It was created as a “conversation series” that celebrates and explores the inner workings of our culture’s most bold and brilliant people.
Indulging in pop music (and pop culture) is fun. And, surprisingly, listening to a bunch of music critics talk about pop music on this podcast by the New York Times is also very fun. Hosted by Jon Caramanica, Popcast covers the latest in pop music criticism, trends, and news and includes episodes with titles like “A Star Is Born is Here. Let’s Discuss” and “Was Ashlee Simpson Underappreciated?”. Hard to resist, right?