Katie's Crib

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With empathy and a sense of humor about it all, Katie’s Crib keeps it real while providing an indispensable guide for parents trying to find their way. Hosted by actress and mother Katie Lowes, each week the show welcomes guests for open and honest conversations about everything parenting from fertility and postpartum life to the trials and tribulations of raising tiny humans.

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Life, Death, & Baby Headbutts w/ Rachel Bloom
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It's the season 5 finale of Katie's Crib! To wrap up the season, Katie brings in “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” co-creator and star Rachel Bloom to share what it was like stepping into motherhood for the first time during a pandemic.

 

The comedian reflects on the paradoxical experience of welcoming her daughter into the world around the same time as losing her close friend due to COVID-19. Rachel and Katie also talk couples therapy, intrusive thoughts, and why they're both team epidural.

 

Plus, Rachel has strong feelings around breastfeeding in public. Tune in for her pointed (and hilarious) message!

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Sep 15, 2022
This is Motherly w/ Jill Koziol
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Katie is joined this week by Co-founder and CEO of Motherly Jill Koziol. The two chat about how Jill and her co-founder Liz Tenety brought the modern motherhood lifestyle brand to fruition while raising a family, and how COVID may have set mothers back a generation.

As an entrepreneur and mom of two who felt like she needed to handle it all, Jill shares the steps she took to scale her business AND better show up for her children. She also gives her honest perspective on mom guilt, and how she practices self-care - especially after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis soon after launching her company.

Plus, what advice does Jill have for career-driven women who are becoming first-time moms? Tune in for more.

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Sep 08, 2022
Shame No More: Body Image, Miscarriage and Parenting w/ Melanie Lynskey
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Melanie Lynskey is fed up with the patriarchy and its impact on Hollywood and Mommyhood. The Emmy-nominated star talks candidly about her experience working on Yellowjackets after losing a pregnancy and three unsuccessful rounds of IVF.
 
On the heels of accepting her first Critics Choice Awards, Melanie reacts to the attention garnered after she thanked one of the most important people in her orbit – her nanny, Sally. She and Katie swap stories about their own battles with body shaming in the industry, and how they’re actively protecting their daughters from internalizing the same toxic messaging.
Melanie also opens up about her miscarriage, the emotional and physical toll it had on her, and why she felt it was important to speak up.
 
Plus, what was the thing that convinced Melanie that Jason Ritter was real dad material? Hit that play button!

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Sep 01, 2022
Milana Vayntrub on Motherhood, Online Harassment & Abortion
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Actress, comedian, activist, and all-around multi-hyphenate talent Milana Vayntrub joins Katie Lowes for an electric and honest conversation on the birth of her son, the struggles of juggling parenthood with online harassment, and her abortion story.

 

The "Werewolves Within" star relives her home birth-turned-hospital labor, and reflects on how she's working on prioritizing herself and her marriage since stepping into motherhood.  Milana also shares how she came to the decision to have an abortion in a prior pregnancy.

 

Plus, what is a sitz bath, and how can it help your vagina? Milana breaks it down for you: tune in and try it out yourself!

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Aug 25, 2022
Jenny Slate: “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,” Mommy Fatigue, & Identity Shifts
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Katie sits down with actress and comedian Jenny Slate as she opens up about how her artistic life has shifted since having her daughter, Ida Lupine. 

 

Jenny also talks about the struggle of having work-life balance while going through extreme exhaustion from motherhood, and coming to terms with her postpartum identity shift.

 

Plus, did you know that Jenny and her husband used a Tinder-type baby-naming app to name their child? Tune in for the full story!



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Aug 18, 2022
Yvonne Strahovski Talks The Handmaid's Tale, Raising Two Boys, & Roe v. Wade
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“The Handmaid's Tale” star Yvonne Strahovski joins Katie Lowes to chat about the pregnancies and labors of her two boys, work-life balance, and her thoughts on Roe v. Wade. 

 

Yvonne describes the moments when she found out she was pregnant, and how her first labor was different from her first. She also went into detail about how the transition was for her to go from having one child to two, and how she was able to juggle responsibilities while filming on set.

 

Plus, speaking of “The Handmaid's Tale,” what was Yvonne’s reaction when she heard about Roe v. Wade? Listen in for the answer.

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Aug 11, 2022
Dealing with Post-Weaning Depression w/ Alison Eakle & Emily Rodgers
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Happy National Breastfeeding Month! To celebrate, Katie invites Alison Eakle (Shondaland’s Chief Content Officer of TV and Film) and Emily Rodgers (former corporate attorney turned stay-at-home mom) to chat about their experiences of surviving post-weaning depression.

 

The mothers discuss when they noticed that they weren't feeling like their usual selves, and some ways they tried to minimize depression around weaning. They also provide advice to fellow moms who may be suspecting they are also going through similar circumstances. 

 

Plus, what are some additional things that this week’s awesome ladies have learned through post-weaning depression that no one told them about? Tune in for details!

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Aug 04, 2022
The Nanny Hour w/ Ryan Jordan & Nanny Connie
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This week, Katie's Crib is back - with another two-part episode! Tune in as we talk about nannies for older children: infants, toddlers, and up.

 

In the first half of the episode, Katie talks with a nanny agency expert. Ryan Jordan is the founder and CEO of Educated Nannies. Educated Nannies is an agency that uses a personalized process to place elite nannies in homes within the Los Angeles area. Ryan discusses how to find and hire the right nanny for your older child.

 

After Ryan, Katie switches things up by bringing on a current nanny in the business. Nanny Connie is a childcare professional, and Hollywood’s “go-to” nanny. She has 30+ years of experience, and has helped celebrity parents like Jessica Biel and John Krasinski. She outlines how parents and nannies can work together in raising older children, and even provides some quick parenting tips along the way. 

 

Plus, how can you make the most of your nanny’s services when he or she comes over to take care of your child? Listen for the answer!

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Jul 28, 2022
Aja Naomi King on Journey to Rainbow Baby
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“How to Get Away with Murder” actress Aja Naomi King shares what it was like to experience a full-term pregnancy after two miscarriages, and how the journey of raising her son has been so far.

The L'Oreal Paris spokesperson speaks about two miscarriages of her own before welcoming her first child. She also described in detail her home-turned-hospital birth, and how she and her husband today are raising their biracial child.

Plus, want to know the full story behind how Aja posted her post-childbirth body on Instagram, for the world to see? Tune in for the answer!

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Jul 21, 2022
The Power of Validation w/ Dr. Zack Blumkin
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Licensed psychologist Dr. Zack Blumkin provides Katie an in-depth walk through of validation for children, and how we can teach kids to acknowledge their self-worth.

The Clinical Director addresses how to express validation, both verbally and through body language. He also outlines when it is a good time to validate children versus be stern, and when it is time for a child to be in therapy to further help develop such validation.

Plus,what activities can your child engage in to further develop internal validation? Tune in for details.

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Jul 14, 2022
Right on the Money w/ Ron Lieber & The Fiscal Firecrackers
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Money money money, monnnnn-aye! This week, Katie's Crib is devoting an episode to helping parents teach children all about financial literacy. 

In the first half of the episode, Katie talks to Ron Lieber, New York Times’ "Your Money" columnist. The two go into detail about how not to raise a spoiled child, what kids should get an allowance for, and how parents can have realistic conversations with children about the kind of schooling they can afford.

Then, Katie speaks with the Fiscal Firecrackers podcast co-hosts, actress Susan Yeagley, and personal financial expert Galia Gichon. Galia and Susan share the best ways to set a child up from birth with a savings account. They also go into why parents don’t talk to kids about money, and how to break that cycle. 

Plus, what is a “529 plan,” and how can it help your kids with college? Tune in for the answer!

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Jul 07, 2022
Surviving “Momsomnia” w/ Dr. Shelby Harris
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Sleep expert Dr. Shelby Harris shares with Katie what momsomnia is, and advice on how to get a better night’s sleep.

 

The licensed clinical psychologist and mother outlines tips for couples who have to get up at different times of the day (and who share the same bed). She also outlines specific activities individuals can engage in before bed to get more sleep, and how parents can work together to prepare their own sleep plans before the baby arrives.

 

Plus, did you know that parents sleeping in separate rooms doesn’t necessarily mean there is “trouble in paradise”? Tune in for the reason why this stigma was made to be broken.

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Jun 30, 2022
In-Home Daycare 101 w/ Bridget Garsh
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NeighborSchools is a Boston-based tech startup that helps professional child care workers start in-home daycare centers. Tune in as NeighborSchools’ co-founder Bridget Garsh talks with Katie about how her organization is helping rebrand child care for children, parents and providers.

 

The COO shares her personal experience of first trying to find childcare for her own two children, and why she started NeighborSchools. She also outlines the differences between NeighborSchools and a regular daycare, and the successes of the org since its founding in 2018. 


Plus, are you a parent who is interested in opening a home-based care center yourself?  Listen in for tips on how to get started!

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Jun 23, 2022
Adoption 101 w/ Dan Bucatinsky & David Baum (REBROADCAST)
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Happy early Father’s Day, and Pride Month! To celebrate, we’re re-releasing one of Katie’s early interviews back from 2018. Katie talks to Dan Bucatinsky, her Scandal co-star, author of the book, "Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?" and father of two adopted children. Then, Katie speaks with adoption attorney, David Baum, about the legal process and what those considering adoption need to know.

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Jun 16, 2022
Should You Sleep Train? We Investigate (REBROADCAST)
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Katie welcomes Susie Menkes, PhD, a certified infant and toddler sleep training consultant (Founder, Healthy Little Sleepers) to talk about the ins and outs of sleep training. Then Abigail Morgan, MTOM, L.Ac., FABORM, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist (Clinic Director & Owner, FLOAT: Chinese Medical Arts​​) shares her experiences with co-sleeping and attachment parenting with her two kids.

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Jun 09, 2022
Sandy Hook Mom On Prioritizing Our Children's Safety and Well-Being
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Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation’s Founder Scarlett Lewis remembers her son’s memory, and takes us through the day she lost him to the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

 

The mother and advocate describes the last time that she saw her son before he headed off to school, the tragic experience that happened soon after, and how she survived through the loss and stayed strong for both herself and her older son JT.

 

Plus, are you a parent who has gone through the loss of a child? Are you looking for advice on how to pull through? Tune in for Scarlett’s thoughts.

 

Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation: https://chooselovemovement.org


Newton Choose Rwanda: https://www.newtownhelpsrwanda.org 

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Jun 02, 2022
Kelly McCreary’s Undoctored Birth Story
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“Grey’s Anatomy” star Kelly McCreary takes Katie Lowes and listeners inside her pregnancy, labor, and recovery experience after welcoming daughter Indigo Wren weeks early. From suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum to her bag of waters breaking at 23 ½ weeks to Indi’s extended stay in the NICU – almost nothing went according to Kelly’s birth plan. The first-time mama stresses the importance of normalizing and lifting the shame and guilt that can come with these frightening experiences.

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May 26, 2022
Sarah Drew Talks Grey’s Anatomy Postpartum, Faith, & Making Peace
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Sarah Drew joins Katie to reflect on the pregnancies of her two children, and both the sorrow and joy experienced during some of life’s greatest moments. 

 

The “Grey’s Anatomy” alum opens up about what it was really like being back on set just two weeks after giving birth, and the Dr. April Kepner storyline that triggered her own severe mom guilt. 

 

Sarah also shares how her 10-year-old and 7-year-old have wrestled with God and purpose, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak, and the open talks she and her husband Peter have with them to help them navigate.

 

Plus, are you looking for some tips on how to help your children to get along? Sarah has a couple of pointers for you: listen for details!

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May 19, 2022
Giving Birth as a 40-Year-Old Virgin w/ Lynette Weaver
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40-year old virgin and childbirth educator Lynette Weaver shares with Katie her experience of having an embryo adoption.

 

 The former birth doula outlines the step-by-step process of the implantation. She also discusses why she chose this route instead of IVF, the pregnancy and postpartum struggles along the way, and how she is explaining to her son how he was born.

 

Plus, how is the labor experience for a virgin different from the experience of a sexually-active woman? Tune in to find out!



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May 11, 2022
Optimizing Sexual and Reproductive Wellbeing w/ Erica Chidi (LOOM)
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Erica Chidi, Co-founder and CEO of LOOM, shares how she is using her digital platform to help people get out of the glib and into the details of women’s sexual and reproductive health.

 

In a patriarchal society steeped in shadow language around women’s bodies and experiences, Erica understands that words and specificity matters. In this episode, the author and former doula discusses everything from postpartum versus postpartum mood disorder to the need for biological empathy. Erica also digs into the type of curriculum LOOM offers to educate people on what to really expect before moving into the birthing experience and beyond.

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May 05, 2022
Peaceful & Intentional Parenting w/ Destini Ann
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Peaceful parenting expert and TikTok influencer Destini Ann talks with Katie about raising children with strategic, calm and positive techniques.

 

Destini outlines what peaceful and intentional parenting is, and how therapy and self help guided her toward using the kind but firm approach. She also outlines tips and personal examples of how families can communicate with their own children when it comes to enforcing boundaries, power struggles, and getting kids to cooperate.

 

Plus, did you know that even as a peaceful parent, there are also areas where Destini is still developing in raising her two kiddos? Tune in to hear hilarious and relatable examples, and how Destini continues to push forward.

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Apr 28, 2022
Caitlin Thompson: This Is Us, Self-Identity During Motherhood, & Work-Life Balance
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Katie chats with “This Is Us” actress Caitlin Thompson to hear about her pandemic pregnancy.

 

Caitlin describes how her pregnancy during the early days of the pandemic helped the development of her character on the popular NBC show. She also outlined how motherhood shifted her thoughts on her own self-identity. The two finally discussed postpartum, and how it’s looked at differently in different parts of the world compared to the United States. 

 

Plus, did you know that Katie appears on “This Is Us”? Tune in to find out when her episodes air!


The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother

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Apr 21, 2022
Kelsey Porter on Fighting Huntington's Disease, Having Children Without HD, & Parenting Style
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Kelsey Porter, wife of “Friday Night Lights” actor Scott Porter, discusses with Katie her personal experience of having Huntington's disease, and how she was able to birth and raise children without passing down the condition.

 

The mother of two outlined the details of how she and her husband met, and how they made it through the PGD-IVF process. Kelsey also described the differences between her and her husband’s parenting styles.


Plus, Kelsey goes into graphic detail about her rather awkward experience dealing with a Foley balloon while being in labor! Tune in for more.

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Apr 14, 2022
Our “New Normal”: Paid Leave, The Workforce, and Knowing Our Rights w/ Fatima Goss Graves
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Katie speaks with Fatima Goss Graves, president of the National Women’s Law Center, about the current and future state of mothers in the workforce, paid leave, and policy.

 

Fatima describes why she got into law and policy, and what a national paid leave program could do for families in the U.S. She also details other laws that we as citizens should be supporting.

 

Plus, did you know that your state might actually provide additional financial support and resources for maternity leave? Fatima gives insight on what organizations to reach out for more information!


National Women’s Law Center: http://nwlc.org 

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Apr 07, 2022
Egg Freezing: From an Expert’s Perspective w/ Dr. Natalie Crawford
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Katie revisits the topic of egg freezing (from season 4), but this time she invites on an expert: Fertility physician Dr. Natalie Crawford!

 

The board certified OBGYN breaks down the medical process (with examples) of how families go from the egg retrieval process  to holding a baby. She also outlines some of the most affordable ways to undergo such a process.


Plus, why is it important to be cautious when you're  trying to find egg freezing clinics that are less expensive? Dr. Crawford fills us in on the details!

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Mar 31, 2022
Social Justice Parenting “ROCKS!” w/ Dr. Traci Baxley
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Dr. Baxley (author, “Social Justice Parenting”) talks about how to teach children to become allies and speak up during unexpected social justice scenarios.


Dr. Baxley explains what the ROCKS of Social Justice Parenting are. She also breaks down how to explain to kids social justice issues like cop brutality, and how families can practice advocacy outside the home.


Plus, as a parent, have you ever wondered how to speak up against unexpected awkward social justice situations? Listen in for Dr. Baxley’s advice!

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Mar 23, 2022
How to Deal with Mom Brain w/ Dr. Dobrow DiMarco
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Katie invites Clinical Psychologist Dr. Dobrow DiMarco (author of "Mom Brain: Proven Strategies to Fight the Anxiety, Guilt, and Overwhelming Emotions of Motherhood—and Relax Into Your New Self”) onto the show to talk all about “mom brain.” 


That’s right, moms: it’s a real thing.


Dr. Dobrow DiMarco reveals the importance of mindfulness and forgiving oneself. She also shares examples of “subtle” in-person judgments that mothers receive due to mom brain, and types of CBT strategies they can use to help reduce the forgetfulness that they can experience after the birth of their children. 


Plus, have you ever wondered what you could do if your child is causing you to have anxiety during outings (e.g., vacation, holidays)? Listen in for Dr. Dobrow DiMarco’s recommendations!

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Mar 17, 2022
Anna Chlumsky: “Inventing Anna,” “My Girl” Trauma, and Postpartum Depression Journey
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Season 5 is here, baby! “Inventing Anna'' star and actress Anna Chlumsky joins Katie Lowes to share her unique motherhood journey.

 

Anna chats about what it’s like raising her 8 and 5-year-old daughters, why she is hesitant to share “My Girl” with her children, and how she realized she was experiencing postpartum depression. 

 

Plus, Anna digs into the psyches of childhood performance, providing a sobering account of her personal experience with fame as a child actor. Tune in: you don’t want to miss this!

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Mar 10, 2022
Katie's Crib Returns with Season 5 on March 10th!
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Welcome (back) to parenthood! Katie's Crib is back with a new season. Tune in for season 5! New episodes will start uploading again starting March 10. In the meantime, binge previous seasons on the iHeart Radio app, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.


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Twitter: @KatieQLowes

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Mar 03, 2022
Just Tell Me What to Say: Word-for-Word! w/ Betsy Brown Braun
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Welcome to the season 4 finale of Katie's Crib! To wrap up the season, Katie brings in childhood development and behavior expert Betsy Brown Braun (author, "Just Tell Me What to Say") to provide super quick tips on how to respond to a child's challenging behavior and unexpected questions.


Betsy gets to the point in addressing common family topics, including how to deal with picky eaters and fighting siblings. She also outlines helpful pointers on getting children to listen.


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Nov 11, 2021
Joe Zee & Rob Younkers on Being First-Time Dads, & Surrogacy Baby Birth During COVID-19
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Katie and husbands Joe Zee (fashion stylist) and Rob Younkers (fashion design and education consultant) chat about the process of becoming fathers through surrogacy during COVID-19.

The two described what it was like getting ready for the birth of their daughter through a surrogate mother who lived hours away. They also explained why they chose surrogacy over adoption, how they chose their daughter’s name, and what it’s like being new dads. 


Plus, did you know that Joe and Rob traveled out 3,000 kilometres to be there for the birth of their daughter? Tune in to listen to their crazy adventure of arriving to the delivery room in time!

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Nov 04, 2021
Oh, Baby, Baby (Baby)! w/ Sisanie Villaclara
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Sisanie Villaclara (co-host of On-Air with Ryan Seacrest) stops by Katie’s Crib to share her journey of raising twins and how she prepared them for their future sister. 


The “Twinning with Sisanie” host described her pregnancies with her two twins, how she found out and healed from PPD, and what she is doing today to manage any tantrums from her children.


Plus, how did Sisanie’s twins react to the news of baby No.3 being a girl? Tune in to find out!

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Oct 28, 2021
Tia Mowry on New Cookbook & Bonding with Family
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Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Sister, Sister; The Game) joins the crib to discuss “The Quick Fix Kitchen,” her new cookbook of yummy kid-friendly recipes!

 

Tia shares how motherhood has changed her, which recipes her family can’t get enough of, and ways to sneak extra nutrients into a classic dish. Later, Katie rolls up her sleeves and out a tortilla to create Tia’s go-to snack for her kids. And this one is just… *chef’s kiss*

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Oct 21, 2021
Kim Van Der Beek on Raising 5 Kids, Coping After Pregnancy Loss, & Family Time
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Kim Van Der Beek, wife of “Dawson’s Creek” actor James Van Der Beek, shares with Katie her personal experience of birthing and raising five children.


The former business consultant goes into detail about her five labors, and how she and her family healed from sudden pregnancy losses. Kim also explains why we should help children discover who they are instead of molding them into what we want them to be. 


Plus, how is James at fatherhood? Listen in as Kim dishes the info!

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Oct 14, 2021
Bring Back Independent Play & Break Up With Burnout w/ Lizzie Assa
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Katie speaks with Lizzie Assa (founder, the Workspace for Children) about teaching kids how to play independently.


The parenting strategist outlines the value and importance of independent play, how to end parental burnout, and the difference between close-ended toys and open-ended toys.


Plus, have you ever had your child come up to you and tell you “I’m bored?” Tune in to learn how to respond!

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Oct 07, 2021
Teaching Kids Good Mourning w/ Theresa Caputo
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Theresa Caputo (Long Island Medium) stops by Katie’s Crib to offer insight into how to talk to children about grief, healing, and spiritual guidance.


The famous psychic medium discusses the importance of listening to your instincts, why we should not fear death, and how spirituality may come into play when it comes to children and souls.


Plus, what is a “rainbow baby”? Tune in to be informed and enlightened.

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Sep 30, 2021
Overcoming Postpartum Depression w/ Mary O’Malley & Talia Moore
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Katie invites Mary O’Malley (Pilates teacher, therapist of body and mind) and season 2 guest Talia Moore (founder of Tummy Thyme) to chat about their personal struggles of postpartum depression. 


The moms each outline how postpartum depression felt, and how their friends and family reacted and offered support. The three also provide quick tips for mothers who may be going through the same experiences but may not know how to move forward.


Plus, do you have a friend or know of someone who recently had a baby? Are you wondering what would be the best thing to text them during this time? Tune in for recommendations.

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Sep 23, 2021
Egg Freezing: What to Expect w/ Stefanie Black & Lindsey Kraft
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Katie invites two friends and fellow actresses, Stefanie Black and Lindsey Kraft, to chat all about egg freezing. Is it all what it’s cracked up to be? 


The “Scandal” and “Grace and Frankie” stars respectively look back on their personal experiences with the procedure, from the financial costs to recovering afterward. The two also note the amount of medication that may be needed, and the importance of having the operation done as soon as possible.


Plus, how does being on birth control really affect your ability to get pregnant? Find out in this very special episode!

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Sep 16, 2021
Decision-Making Like a Boss w/ Emily Oster
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Emily Oster, author of The New York Times bestseller “Family Firm,” talks with Katie about family decision-making and data-driven information.


Emily teaches us her strategy of how a household can make important choices (the “Four F’s”). The Brown University professor also describes what she has learned through pandemic parenting, and how important it is to follow through with family choices.


Plus, CAN you eat sushi when you're pregnant? Tune in to hear what Emily's research says!

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Sep 09, 2021
Caring for Your Newborn w/ Alexandra Latten Argosino
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Newborn Care Specialist Alexandra Latten Argosino shares with Katie's audience tips about taking care of a newborn baby and finding the right nanny to assist. 

The two discuss what Alexandra’s experience was like taking care of Katie’s daughter Vera, and what a typical night looks like for a specialist helping with newborns. 

The retired nurse also gets into the importance of having at least one parent having a good night's rest each night.


Plus, how do you sleep-train a baby? Hit that play button for Alexandra’s advice!

Crib Notes:

https://rainbownannies.com

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Sep 02, 2021
How to Raise a Reader w/ Pamela Paul (REBROADCAST)
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Katie talks to Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review and author of “How to Raise a Reader.” Katie and Pamela discuss how to nurture your child’s interest in reading and cultivate a lifelong love of books. They also get into the benefits of boredom and why it’s okay to not maximize every moment of kids’ lives.

Crib Notes:

How to Raise a Reader - By Pamela Paul and Maria Russo  

My Life With Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Books of Books, Plot Ensues – By Pamela Paul 

Let Children Be Bored Again – NYT opinion piece by Pamela Paul

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Aug 26, 2021
Family Camping 101! w/ Rob and Sarah Gardner
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August 25 is the National Park Service's 105th birthday! We’re honoring the day through chatting with Joovy founder Rob Gardner and his wife Sarah about family trips and the great outdoors. The two tell Katie about their experiences growing up with the outdoors. They also share tips on using the bathroom in the woods, how to deal with car sickness, and what to bring on your next nature trip with your family.


Plus, looking for some great camping spot recommendations? Sarah and Rob have you covered: tune in for details!


Crib Notes:


http://joovy.com

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Aug 19, 2021
Vote for Mamas w/ Liuba Gretchen Shirley
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Vote Mama founder and former congressional candidate, Liuba Gretchen Shirley, talks to Katie about the importance of supporting moms running for office.

Liuba tells the story of how Vote Mama, a PAC that supports Democratic moms with young children running for office, came to fruition. She also discusses her opinion of why people are against paid maternity leave and childcare, and why we should encourage mothers to run for higher-level political jobs.


Plus, are you a mother who is thinking about running for office? If not, know of another mother who is? Listen in for how Vote Mama can assist!


Crib Notes:


https://www.votemama.org/be-a-vote-mama


https://www.votemamafoundation.org/

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Aug 12, 2021
Let’s Help Mamas Make More Milk w/ Krystal Duhaney
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Katie chats with registered nurse and Milky Mama founder Krystal Duhaney to talk about breastfeeding, and how her tasty treats help with milk supply. 


Krystal outlines the line of desserts and treats Milky Mama provides, as well as the free education and consultations the company offers. The entrepreneur also dives into how she manages between mom guilt and work-life balance.


Plus, did you know that Milky Mama has a scholarship for black lactation consultants? Listen for all the info!

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Aug 05, 2021
Gabrielle Union on Surrogacy, Adenomyosis, & ‘Shady Baby’ (REBROADCAST)
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Katie sits down with actress and author, Gabrielle Union. Gabrielle opens up about being diagnosed with Adenomyosis late in life, her struggles to conceive, and her family’s beautiful and inspiring surrogacy journey. 


The moms also talk about imposter syndrome, raising Kaavia James aka ‘shady baby,’ and the unpleasant side effects of IVF.


Crib Notes:


Adenomyosis - https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/adenomyosis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20369143


Welcome to the Party - by Gabrielle Union and Illustrated by Ashley Evans

 

We're Going to Need More Wine -Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True - by Gabrielle Union

 

In the FLO: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage - by Alisa Vitti

 

WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source - by Alisa Vitti

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Jul 29, 2021
Patton Oswalt & Meredith Salenger: Finding Joy After Loss
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In April 2016, stand-up comedian Patton Oswalt lost his first wife, true crime author Michelle McNamara, after being married for over a decade. Their daughter Alice was only six years old at the time. 

 

In today’s Katie’s Crib conversation, we hear how Patton found love and joy again with actress Meredith Salenger, the beautiful way they integrated their lives, and how they’ve supported Alice through grief and loss. 

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Jul 22, 2021
Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind w/ Dr. Dan Siegel
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Katie Lowes is joined by Dr. Dan Siegel, recognized neuropsychiatrist and author of some of Katie’s favorite parenting books, including No-Drama Discipline and The Whole-Brain Child. Dr. Siegel goes in depth about how parents can help their children develop emotional and social intelligence.

The Mindsight Institute co-founder explains what his term “mindsight” means, and why it matters. He also examines the importance of children understanding their feelings, and provides tips for how parents can encourage healthy responses to adversity.

Plus, can being stern be damaging to our children’s mental health? Dr. Seigel offers his insight.

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Jul 15, 2021
Ashlee Margolis: The Environmentally Conscious Mom Boss
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Ashlee Margolis is a working mama trying to look out for Mother Earth AND have more sit-down family meals. The founder of the brand building agency, The A List, shares her path to running a more eco-friendly business and household. From what you put on your body to what you put in it, Ashlee offers actionable ways parents can practice greener living as conscious consumers. The mom of three also gets real about the challenges of maintaining work-family balance, and how time in quarantine was an eye-opening experience in more ways than one.

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Jul 08, 2021
Caterina Scorsone on Finding Flow & Fighting for Equity
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“Grey’s Anatomy” star Caterina Scorsone joins Katie to discuss her experience raising three children during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also explains what life is like on the set of Shondaland being a mother. 

Caterina shares her experience of parenting a daughter with Down Syndrome, the lessons she’s learning along the way, and why it’s essential that society understands the difference between equality and equity. 

Plus, did you know that Caterina is a trained doula? Tune in to listen to her story!

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Jul 01, 2021
All You Need is Love: Building LGBTQ+ Families w/ Jennifer Berney
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In honor of Pride Month, Katie is joined by author of “The Other Mothers,” Jennifer Berney.

Jenn addresses the patriarchal ideals that are getting in the way of society accepting LGBTQ+ family-making. She also tells of the struggles she and her partner went through while creating their own family, and the importance of letting children know early on about their donors.

Also, did you know that we don't actually share significant DNA with our ancestors? Jen explains more in this special episode.

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Jun 24, 2021
Pete & Val Holmes: Psychedelics, Trauma & Hand in Hand Parenting
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Father’s Day is around the corner! To celebrate, Katie is joined by her TV husband in the upcoming CBS sitcom Smallwood, comedian Pete Holmes and his wife IRL Val Holmes.


Pete and Val recall how a bad mushroom trip triggered Val’s trauma-healing journey before their daughter arrived. The two also discuss why they decided on “Lila Jane” for their daughter’s name, and how they would handle her challenging behaviors through a technique called Hand in Hand parenting.


Also, do you know how to respond when your child asks “What is God?” Pete and Val have a few ideas that involve Beyonce and Toy Story.

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Jun 17, 2021
Labor in a Parking Garage: Troian Bellisario & Patrick J. Adams’ Shocking Baby Delivery!
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Pretty Little Liars’ Troian Bellisario and Suits’ Patrick J. Adams share the wild and unexpected way they welcomed their second baby into the world!


Troian and Patrick may not have had a firm birth plan, but delivering in a car was NOT exactly what they had in mind. Tune in as the two detail everything about Troian’s pregnancy and a labor experience that they (and one security guard) will never forget.

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Jun 10, 2021
Parenting Lessons from Ancient Cultures w/ Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff
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Katie Lowes talks with Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff about her journey to writing New York Times bestseller “Hunt, Gather Parent” and what she discovered Western parents have been missing out on along the way. 


Admittedly feeling ill-equipped to handle her three-year-old daughter, Michaeleen travelled the world to observe and implement parenting practices from different cultures. Struck by the results in her own household, she shares the lessons learned – including ways to respond to kids who are acting out and techniques that teach children emotional intelligence and raise confident and helpful little humans. (SPOILER: it’s NOT a chore chart) 


Plus, what is TEAM parenting? Tune in and find out!


Katie’s Crib Notes:

Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans - Book by Michaeleen Doucleff

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Jun 03, 2021
Let’s Talk Postpartum Depression w/ Dr. Kira Stein
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Katie Lowes opens up about her own experience with postpartum depression and invites to the show a key person who helped her through, psychiatrist Dr. Kira Stein. 


Through Katie’s survivor story, Dr. Stein addresses some of the most common stigmas associated with this treatable disorder. Katie and Dr. Stein talk through the signs and symptoms of PPD and how it differs from baby blues and postpartum psychosis. Together they share how medical care saved Katie and can help fellow parents suffering from PPD feel like themselves again. 


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May 27, 2021
Michelle Buteau Is Done With Suffering in Silence
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Comedian, actress and “The Circle” host Michelle Buteau gets real about what led her to surrogacy and how she and her husband are navigating their different parenting styles as they raise their twin toddlers.


Michelle also shares with Katie her thoughts on work-life “balance” as a parent, future school plans for her children, and diaper duty.


Plus, are you a mom who is struggling to conceive and need tips on what steps you can take? Tune in to hear what advice Michelle has to offer on the topic.

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May 20, 2021
My Daughter’s Birth Story! w/ Rebecca Benenati & Adam Shapiro
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Katie Lowes and Adam Shapiro welcomed their daughter Vera Fay to the world on November 22, 2020. In this episode, Katie invites her husband Adam and her doula Rebecca Benenati back to Katie’s Crib for a healing discussion about her delivery and the 9 months leading up to it. Through laughter and a few tears, the three recount the many obstacles brought on by COVID-19 and Katie learns all that was happening behind the scenes between Rebecca and Adam in order to best support her. 


Plus Katie shares a very special moment in delivery that no one saw coming!

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May 13, 2021
Kat McPhee-Foster on New Baby, Country Comfort and Breastfeeding
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In the season four opener, Katie Lowes catches up with actress, singer, and brand new mama Kat McPhee Foster to hear all about her journey to parenthood with her husband David Foster. 


Kat reveals all that went down (and came up) in her delivery room, how her son’s name was chosen, and how her pregnancy impacted her relationship with her body. 


Plus, Kat offers perhaps the most practical advice in Katie’s Crib history that new mamas will definitely want to drink up!


Crib Notes: 

Country Comfort – Series starring Kat McPhee Foster. Available now on Netflix.

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May 06, 2021
Katie's Crib is Back! Season 4 Available May 6!
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Hiyeee! Katie's Crib is back with a new season (and a new baby)! Join us for Season 4, Thursdays starting May 6. 

In the meantime, you can listen in on the hilarity and perils of parenthood from seasons 1-3!


Instagram: @ktqlowes

Twitter: @KatieQLowes

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Apr 29, 2021
Shay Mitchell: Pre-Pandemic (Pt. 1)
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In part 1 of this special double episode season 3 finale, pre-pandemic Shay shares what it’s like to be a new mom to her 5-month-old daughter Atlas. She talks about her birth story, what it was like going through pre-partum depression, and how she’s changing the diaper bag game with her travel brand Beis.


Head over to part 2 to find out if Shay kept her chill after a year in quarantine!

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Feb 25, 2021
Shay Mitchell: A Year In Quarantine (Pt. 2)
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Katie and Shay’s kinship continues with part 2 of the Katie’s Crib season 3 finale! In this episode, Shay updates us on how it’s been raising her now 1-year-old daughter in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, what motivated her to return to fitness in 2021, and how her priorities have shifted as a mother. 


Plus, what advice would Shay have given her March 2020 self? Tune in for more!


Katie’s Crib Season 4 returns in the spring! Subscribe for the latest.  

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Feb 25, 2021
The Fight for Equity in Maternal Health w/ Latham Thomas
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Katie Lowes invites master birth doula and advocate Latham Thomas to the podcast to speak to the urgent need for change amidst severe racial and ethnic disparities in the health care system.


Latham outlines the purpose of Mama Glow’s doula services, the systemic racism and white supremacy prevalent in medicine, and how to be your own medical advocate. 


Plus, Black maternal mortality: do you know the statistics? Tune in to learn more and get involved in the fight for birth equity. 

 

Crib Notes:


Mama Glow Doula: https://mamaglow.com 


Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021: https://blackmaternalhealthcaucus-underwood.house.gov/Momnibus

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Feb 18, 2021
The Conscious Kid w/ Ramon Stephens
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Ramon Stephens (Executive Director, The Conscious Kid) joins Katie Lowes to highlight the power of books as a tool to disrupt racism and promote healthy racial identity development in youth. 


Ramon shares the genesis of his organization, The Conscious Kid and what exactly goes into their curated children’s reading lists. Katie and Ramon talk about the curriculum in America’s education system and Ramon provides practical and effective ways parents can initiate critical conversations around race outside of school. 


Plus, did you know that Dr. Seuss’s content is actually problematic? Tune in to learn why and what to encourage kids to read instead. 


Crib Notes:

www.theconsciouskid.org/resources

@theconsciouskid – Instagram 


Book mentions:

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick D. Barnes

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick D. Barnes

Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison

George Crum and the Saratoga Chip by Gaylia Taylor, illustrated by Frank Morrison


Additional book recommendations from The Conscious Kid:


Board book:

Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk, illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis 


Picture books:

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, illustrated by Bryan Collier 

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James 

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly


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Feb 11, 2021
Becoming “Cliterate” w/ Dr. Shannon Chavez
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Katie Lowes talks with sex therapist Dr. Shannon Chavez about sexual health and wellness for parents.


Dr. Chavez shares her mind and body approach to sex, why outercourse can be just as stimulating, and ways couples can spice up their sex life! 


Plus, what to do if you’ve lost your orgasm post-baby? Katie’s Crib is here to help.


Crib Notes:

https://drshannonchavez.com


Sophia Wallace “Cliteracy” Jewelry: https://yescliteracy.com/collections/jewelry


10 Comfortable Pregnancy Sex Positions for Every Trimester, Illustrated: Article by Healthline (https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/pregnant-sex-positions#sex-from-behind)

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Feb 04, 2021
Baby #2 is Coming w/ Sarah Ockwell-Smith
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Pregnant with her own second baby, Katie Lowes asks Sarah Ockwell-Smith (author, “The Second Baby Book”) what growing families can anticipate the second time around.

 

Sarah discusses ways to reduce sibling jealousy, potential regressions from baby #1 , and the real life mom guilt.

 

Plus, IS there a perfect sibling age gap? Tune in to find out!

 

Crib Notes: 

 

The Second Baby Book: How to Cope with Pregnancy Number Two and Create a Happy Home for Your Firstborn and New Arrival - Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

 

https://sarahockwell-smith.com/

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Jan 28, 2021
Boys Will Be Boys w/ Dr. Adam Price
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Katie Lowes chats with Dr. Adam Price (clinical psychologist) about how parents can further understand and develop their sons.

 

Dr. Price delves into roughhousing, bullying, consent, shame, and the key ingredient to motivating boys.

 

Plus, are we raising kids who are too sensitive? Turn up the volume and listen for the answer in this week’s episode!


Crib Notes: 

 

He's Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son to Believe In Himself - book by Adam Price

 

The Sam & Devorah Foundation for Trans Youth: http://www.samdevorah.org 

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Jan 21, 2021
A Tale of Two Moms-To-Be w/ Leslye Headland & Rebecca Henderson
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Leslye Headland (screenwriter) and Rebecca Henderson (actress) get candid with Katie Lowes about the avenues they’re exploring to have a baby. 


The couple walks Katie through their process in finding a sperm donor, the difference between IUI and IVF, and the effects of hormones. They also get into the advantages and disadvantages of known and unknown donors and reveal the “true” reason they’ve come on Katie’s Crib.


Plus, curious to know how much it costs to try and create a family? Listen now!

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Jan 14, 2021
Let’s Talk About S-E-X (and Pizza) w/ Al Vernacchio
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Al shares how to counter the negative messages kids are receiving from porn, why pizza is a better model for sex than baseball, and ways to discuss consent and practicing safer sex. 

Also, at what age SHOULD we be talking to our children about sex? Hit that play button to find out!

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Jan 07, 2021
What To Do When You’re Having Two
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Oh, the twin-sanity!


Being pregnant with two babies can be difficult, but Katie’s two guests have got some stories and tips to help you pull through.


Marilyn Fu (screenwriter) and Graham Sibley (actor) share how they found out they were pregnant with twins, the labor process, and the importance of individuality in their children.


Plus, is favoritism a factor for parents of twins?

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Dec 31, 2020
What the Heck is Occupational Therapy?
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Katie Lowes speaks with occupational therapist Marlene Handler about the role of these unsung heroes. Marlene outlines what all is involved within an OT’s typical work day, how insurance factors into the mix for patients, and success stories she’s seen up close with her students. 

Plus, Marlene discusses pelvic floor therapy and the alarming exchange with one doctor that motivated her to transition into this line of work.

Crib Notes: 

www.marlenehandler.com

Website: www.lifted-lotus.com

Email: marlene@lifted-lotus.com

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Dec 24, 2020
The Pink & Blue Divide w/ Lisa Selin Davis
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Katie Lowes talks with “Tomboy” author Lisa Selin Davis about gender norms within society. The two dive into the history of the term “tomboy,” the root behind and implications of reserving blue or pink for a specific sex, and gender identity. Plus, what are gender reveal parties really revealing about our kids? And should society retire them?

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Dec 17, 2020
Tika Sumpter: The Bittersweet Journey of Motherhood
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“Mixed-ish” actress Tika Sumpter delights Katie's Crib listeners this week with the sweet and sour details of her own motherhood experience. Tune in as Tika talks all about pregnancy, preeclampsia, the journey of raising a child with a partner, and becoming an entrepreneur (Sugaberry) during a pandemic.


Crib notes:


www.sugaberry.com

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Dec 10, 2020
Oh Crap! Potty Training w/ Jamie Glowacki
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Is your little one ready to use the potty by his or herself? 

 

Tune in to today’s podcast episode as Katie speaks with Jamie Glowacki (author, “Oh Crap! Potty Training”).

 

The “Pied Piper of Poop” drops a number of pointers, from what signs signal a child baby is ready for potty training, to the most effective way to communicate with stubborn little ones. Jamie also outlines her proven 6-step plan to transition children from diapers to the potty.


Crib Notes: 

Jamie Glowacki’s website: jamieglowacki.com

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Dec 03, 2020
Sharon Feldstein: The Sparkle Cell Phone for Mental Health
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Sharon Feldstein (co-founder of YourMomCares, mom to Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein) joins Katie to raise awareness for children’s mental health and urge people to get involved and use their voice! The celebrity mom talks about the heavy toll COVID-19 is taking on everyone and the ways her nonprofit is spearheading innovative, impactful programs and solutions for kids during this time. 


Crib notes:

YourMomCares website: https://www.yourmomcares.org

Text MOMSMATCH to 44-321 to donate to YourMomCares

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Nov 26, 2020
Operation Achoo!: Treating Kids with Allergies
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Have you recently found out that your child suffers from allergies? Are you not quite sure what to do about it? Or are you looking for an easy way to explain allergies to your children?


Katie invites fellow mama Julie Feldman and her pediatric allergist Dr. Tricia Lee on the show to talk about what courses of action you can take. The three also go through different types of symptoms, how to take precautionary measures at public events, and upcoming treatments that are being developed for kids. 


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Nov 19, 2020
Danielle Brooks: Mourning Pre-Mom Self, Embracing the NEW
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Actress Danielle Brooks of “Orange is the New Black” is an open book on motherhood in this week’s episode of Katie’s Crib. Danielle revisits her scary emergency C-section experience, and she and Katie get honest about losing the baby weight, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, and the identity shifts that can come with being a new mama.


Crib Notes: 

A Little Bit Pregnant – Netflix youtube series hosted by Danielle Brooks. Available now on YouTube

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Nov 12, 2020
Finding Your Calm Amidst the Storm w/ Robyn YouKilis
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Robyn Youkilis, certified wellness coach, joins Katie this week to share the key to her calm during the COVID-19 pandemic. From finding mindful moments to maintaining good digestive health, the "Go with Your Gut" author offers practical methods of self-care that can fit into your life. Robyn also talks setting boundaries with your child, following your intuition, and dodging mom judgement on the playground. Don’t miss Robyn’s guided meditation at the end of the episode for an instant reset!

 

Crib Notes:

 

Robyn YouKilis’s website: https://www.robynyoukilis.com 

 

Thin from Within: The Go with Your Gut Way to Lose Weight by Robyn YouKilis: https://yourhealthiestyou.com/thinfromwithinbook/

 

Go with Your Gut: The Insider's Guide to Banishing the Bloat with 75 Digestion-Friendly Recipes by Robyn Youkilis: https://yourhealthiestyou.com/gowithyourgut/

 

“Good Gut Rule of Five” blog by Robyn YouKilis: https://experiencelife.com/article/how-to-build-a-gut-friendly-plate/ 

 

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Nov 05, 2020
Postpartum & Baby Proofing Your Relationship w/ Dr. Alyssa Berlin
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Katie knows firsthand that postpartum can be a serious emotional rollercoaster, but prenatal and postpartum clinical psychologist Dr. Alyssa Berlin, PsyD has an AfterBirth plan to help navigate these choppy waters. On this episode, Dr. Berlin breaks down the different types of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and she provides steps couples can take to address postpartum pitfalls and safeguard their relationship.


Crib Notes: 

Postpartum Support International: https://www.postpartum.net 

 

Dr. Alyssa Berlin's website: https://www.doctorberlin.com/dr-alyssa-berlin-psyd

 

The After Birth Plan workshop: https://www.doctorberlin.com/the-afterbirth-plan 

 

Maternal Mental Health Now Training Institute: https://www.maternalmentalhealthnow.org/training/training-programs 

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Oct 22, 2020
The ABCs Of Not Going Crazy From Virtual Learning
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School is in session! Elections are near! Oh, and COVID-19 is still upon us. Dr. Laura Markham (Aha Parenting) and Bethany Robertson (ParentsTogether) join Katie this week to discuss strategies that can be used to make sure your kids thrive in virtual learning. They also outline how families can teach children about voting and remain stress-free during this difficult time.


Crib Notes: 

Dr. Laura Markham's website: https://www.ahaparenting.com/  

 

ParentsTogether's website: www.parents-together.org 

 

New ParentsTogether Survey Reveals Kids Face Mental Health Crisis as Pandemic Enters Sixth Month: https://parentstogetheraction.org/2020/09/23/new-parentstogether-survey-reveals-kids-face-mental-health-crisis-as-pandemic-enters-sixth-month/ 

 

Check your voter registration:

https://parents-together.org/register-to-vote/?utm_source=podcast_pt&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=parentstogether&utm_term=check_registeror https://bit.ly/parentscheckreg  

  

Register to Vote by Mail: 

https://parents-together.org/register-to-vote-vbm/?utm_source=podcast_pt&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=parentstogether&utm_term=requestor https://bit.ly/parentsvotebymail 

 

Find your polling place and any other kind of voter info you may need:

www.vote.org 

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Oct 08, 2020
Glennon Doyle: Growing a Blended Family and Getting Untamed
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Katie chats with activist and thought leader Glennon Doyle about her latest memoir and New York times bestseller “Untamed.” Glennon wants us all to find our inner wild and she shares ways parents can encourage their daughters and sons to live authentically. She also opens up about her own decision to not become a martyr, the pains of divorce, and the process of growing a blended family. Plus, the former teacher gives her hot take on homeschooling during quarantine. 


Crib Notes:

 

Glennon Doyle - “Untamed” (book) https://untamedbook.com

 

Glennon Doyle - “Love Warrior” (book) https://lovewarriorbook.com 

 

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Sep 24, 2020
Alanis Morissette on the Little Muses Behind Her Music
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2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the iconic album Jagged Little Pill and today singer-songwriter, Alanis Morissette, joins Katie to talk new music and mothering. From home birthing her three children, to attachment parenting and the concept of unschooling our kids, Katie and Alanis cover a lot of ground in this episode. 

Crib Notes:

Alanis Morissette - Such Pretty Forks in the Road

 

Alanis Morissette - Ablaze (official video)

 

Alanis Morissette tour coming Summer 2021: https://alanis.com/

 

Alanis Morissette’s Four Boundaries article

 

Dr. Dan Siegel - The Whole Brain Child & Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

 

John & Julie Gottman of The Gottman Institute - Repair


Mothering the Mother: How A Doula Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth by Klaus, Kennell, Klaus

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Sep 10, 2020
Dog and Baby Integration with Matt Beisner
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This week, Katie talks with Matt Beisner, Founder of Zen Dog and host of "Dog: Impossible", about kids and our favorite four-legged friends. Matt shares his best practices for introducing children to dogs, forging a healthy relationship between kids and dogs, dealing with aggressive pets, and setting your dog up for success in your household. 

Crib Notes:

The Zen Dog

Dog: Impossible

Realtimerescue.org

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Aug 27, 2020
Gabrielle Union on Surrogacy, ‘Shady Baby,’ & Bald Spots
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Katie sits down with actress and author, Gabrielle Union. Gabrielle opens up about being diagnosed with Adenomyosis late in life, her struggles to conceive, and her family’s beautiful and inspiring surrogacy journey. The moms also talk imposter syndrome, raising Kaavia James aka ‘shady baby,’ and the unpleasant side effects of IVF.


Crib Notes:

Adenomyosis - https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/adenomyosis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20369143


Welcome to the Party - by Gabrielle Union and Illustrated by Ashley Evans

 

We're Going to Need More Wine -Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True - by Gabrielle Union

 

In the FLO: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage - by Alisa Vitti

 

WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source - by Alisa Vitti

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Aug 13, 2020
COVID-19 Q&A: From Pregnancy to Playdates!
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on lots of uncertainty for hopeful and expectant parents. Should families wait to try to conceive? Does COVID-19 affect male fertility? Are there increased risks for pregnant women? What can public health officials do to help Black, Latinx and indigenous mothers and those in communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic? Katie enlists guests Dr. Rashmi Rao (Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist) and Dr. Danielle Taylor (Pediatrics Specialist) to get listeners the most up-to-date information on coronavirus as it relates to pregnancy and our little ones. 


Crib Notes:

https://priority.ucsf.edu/ - PRIORITY: Pregnancy Coronavirus Outcomes Registry

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Jul 30, 2020
‘Waking Up White’ w/ Debby Irving & Dr. Margaret Hagerman
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In this week’s episode, Katie talks to Racial Justice Educator and author of Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving. Katie and Debby open up about recognizing and examining their own privilege, everyday habits to cultivate to build racial equity, and resources to enrich your child’s education around matters of race. Later, Katie welcomes Dr. Margaret Hagerman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University and author of White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America, who discussed that even with good intentions, the choices that we make for our children can widen the racial divide. 


Crib Notes:

https://debbyirving.com/ - Debby Irving’s website


https://www.eddiemoorejr.com/ - Dr. Eddie Moore Jr.


https://robindiangelo.com/ Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility


https://www.margarethagerman.com/ - Dr. Margaret Hagerman’s website


https://nyupress.org/9781479803682/white-kids/ - White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America - by Dr. Margaret Hagerman

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Jul 16, 2020
Seeing Color & Talking Race With Our Kids
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 Katie talks to Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, teacher, race relations expert, and author of Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race. Dr. Tatum discusses what it means to be anti-racist, how the idea of color blindness can equal color silence, and how parents can prepare themselves for conversations about race with children at every stage of development.

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Jul 02, 2020
Bryce Dallas Howard: Dads Are Caregivers Too
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Katie catches up with her longtime friend, Bryce Dallas Howard (actress, director, filmmaker). Just in time for Father’s Day, Katie and Bryce chat about all things dads. They also discuss postpartum depression and the challenges of letting go and allowing your partner to share an equal role in child raising.

 

Crib Notes:

Dads – Documentary by Bryce Dallas Howard. Available on June 19th on Apple TV+ 

Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression - By Brooke Shields

The Mandalorian - Chapter 3: The Sin – Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. Available on Disney+

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Jun 18, 2020
Pamela Paul: Raising a Reader + Beauty in Boredom
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Katie talks to Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review and author of “How to Raise a Reader.” Katie and Pamela discuss how to nurture your child’s interest in reading and cultivate a lifelong love of books. They also get into the benefits of boredom and why it’s okay to not maximize every moment of kids’ lives.

Crib Notes:

How to Raise a Reader - By Pamela Paul and Maria Russo  

My Life With Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Books of Books, Plot Ensues – By Pamela Paul 

Let Children Be Bored Again – NYT opinion piece by Pamela Paul

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Jun 04, 2020
America Ferrera: Expecting During the Unexpected
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It's a brand new season in a strange new world! Actress America Ferrera joins Katie to talk about what it’s like to be pregnant during a pandemic. They discuss fears triggered by childbirth and COVID-19, the anxiety of introducing siblings, her struggles with mom guilt, plus how motherhood has altered her body image issues and activist spirit.

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May 21, 2020
Katie's Crib Season 3: Trailer
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Katie Lowes is back with a third season of Katie’s Crib! An array of knowledgeable experts and engaging guests offer experiences and perspective to help parents navigate taking care of their kids and themselves – even in the most trying times. 

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May 07, 2020
Finding Your Inner Mama Bear w/ Whitney Port
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Katie welcomes Whitney Port (TV Personality, Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur), who opens up about her maternal instinct — or lack thereof. Katie and Whitney discuss having trouble connecting to their babies when they were first born and discovering their identities as moms. They also talk about how Whitney handled "The Hills: New Beginnings" filming schedule as a new mom, and upending society's expectations about what a mom is supposed to look like.

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Mar 25, 2019
Balancing MS and Motherhood w/ Jamie-Lynn Sigler
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In this episode, Jamie-Lynn Sigler talks with Katie about being a mom with Multiple Sclerosis, a chronic, autoimmune disease which attacks the central nervous system. Jamie-Lynn shares her experience after being diagnosed with MS at 20 and how she manages the disease while raising her two young children. 

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Mar 18, 2019
Raising Good Citizens w/ Michael Skolnik & Paola Mendoza
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Katie talks with Michael Skolnik (entrepreneur and civil rights activist) and Paola Mendoza (filmmaker and activist) about some of the choices they've made to raise their 6-year-old son as a compassionate citizen of the world. They discuss what they've learned from having conversations about politics, gender, race, and a host of other social issues with their son.

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Mar 11, 2019
Mom Entrepreneurs
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Katie talks with a roundtable of mom entrepreneurs— women who started their businesses when they were pregnant and/or new moms. Sarah Gibson Tuttle, the founder and CEO of Olive and June nail salons; Angela Sutherland, the co-founder and CEO of Yumi, a baby food subscription service; and Katerina Schneider, the founder and CEO of Ritual, a vitamin company discuss their journeys of starting successful businesses.

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Mar 04, 2019
Anxious AF w/ Busy Philipps
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Katie Lowes sits down with actress and talk show host Busy Philipps--at the studio where she shoots Busy Tonight--to discuss dealing with the day-to-day stressors of being a person in the modern world as well as more debilitating forms of anxiety. They also explore the ways a parent’s anxiety can impact their kids, and how to know when it’s time seek professional help. Katie and Busy talk openly about their own struggles with anxiety and the importance of destigmatizing conversations about mental healt

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Feb 25, 2019
Understanding Overparenting w/ Julie Lythcott-Haims
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Katie Lowes talks to Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of The New York Times best-seller How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Lythcott-Haims breaks down what it means to overparent, and the impact it has on kids and society as a whole. They also discuss some helpful strategies on how to stop helicopter parenting in its tracks, so you can raise children who become independent adults that can fend for themselves in the real world. 

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Feb 18, 2019
Katie & Hubby Adam Shapiro Answer Your Questions!
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On this week's Katie's Crib, Katie welcomes a very special guest-- her husband, Adam Shapiro! The married couple and parents to Albee answer questions submitted by Katie's Crib listeners during an Instagram live Q&A. Together, they cover all sorts of topics, from tips on naps, to how they first met, to what's the best dairy-free accompaniment to Oreos. Katie has some questions of her own up her sleeve, too.

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Feb 12, 2019
Is it Mom Brain or Burnout? w/ Troian Bellisario
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Mom Brain? Burnout? Depending on the woman, the mental and emotional exhaustion of motherhood can take many forms. In this episode, Katie talks to her friend, new mom, and actress Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars), about her experiences. They also discuss balancing their new mom identities while trying to maintain their own individuality.

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Feb 04, 2019
Let's Take A Trip! w/ Sam Shelton
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Katie talks to her dear friend, musician, mom of 2, and world traveler, Sam Shelton. Katie and Sam discuss the ups and downs of travel including flying with babies and toddlers, tips for international travel, and what to look out for when choosing hotels.

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Jan 28, 2019
What Do I Feed My Kid? w/ Talia Moore
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Katie talks to Talia Moore, a childbirth educator and DONA Certified Birth Doula — and the founder of the healthy and organic baby & toddler food company Tummy Thyme. They discuss transitioning babies to solid foods, buying pre-packaged baby food or going the DIY route, experimenting with different flavor profiles, and establishing mealtime routines. Plus, they break down their own relationships with food and how the way we talk about it with young children can lead to good and bad habits later in life.

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Jan 21, 2019
WTF is IVF? ft Bekki Offenheiser & Dr. Carolyn Alexander
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In this episode, Katie sits down with her close friend and TV producer Bekki Offenheiser, who candidly shares her personal IVF story. Then, Katie welcomes Dr. Carolyn Alexander, a reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist, who explains exactly what IVF is and what those considering it should know.

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Jan 14, 2019
Shondaland Moms: Camilla Luddington & Karla Souza
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On this week's episode, Katie shares her experience of being pregnant while playing Quinn on "Scandal" with new moms Camilla Luddington ("Grey's Anatomy") and Karla Souza ("How to Get Away with Murder"). The Shondaland moms talk pretending to give birth on TV (trust us, you'll never look at jelly and cream cheese the same) as well as the experience of returning to work, breastfeeding, dealing with new mom anxiety, and all the other rollercoaster highs and lows of motherhood.

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Jan 07, 2019
New Baby, New Body w/ Nicole Chavez & Amy Rosoff Davis
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Katie sits down with celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez and celebrity trainer Amy Rosoff Davis to discuss how we can care for and find new ways to relate to our bodies in the months (and years) after giving birth. They provide some expert advice on fashion, fitness, and nutrition.

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Dec 17, 2018
Dr. Harvey Karp Answers Your Questions
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Katie talks to pediatrician and child development expert, Dr. Harvey Karp (author of "The Happiest Baby on the Block," "The Happiest Toddler on the Block," "The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep," and creator of the SNOO). Dr. Karp explains his 5 S's for soothing babies and answers questions from listeners about how to help a baby sleep through the night, sleep training, and how to get a child to sleep in their own bed.

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Dec 10, 2018
Faith and Family ft Sasha Sagan & Yael Stone
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With the holiday season in full swing, Katie welcomes writer and filmmaker Sasha Sagan and "Orange Is the New Black" actress Yael Stone to talk about weaving faith and religion and their respective families' accompanying traditions and stories together. 

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Dec 03, 2018
Adoption 101 w/ Shonda Rhimes (Part 2)
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November is National Adoption Awareness Month so this is the second of two episodes about adoption. This week's conversation is another must-listen as Shonda Rhimes shares her experiences with domestic adoption.

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Nov 26, 2018
Adoption 101 w/ Dan Bucatinsky & David Baum
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November is National Adoption Awareness Month, so Katie's Crib is devoting the next two episodes to learning about the domestic adoption process and what it's like to be an adoptive parent. In the first episode, Katie talks to Dan Bucatinsky, her Scandal co-star, author of the book, "Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?" and father of two adopted children. Then, Katie speaks with adoption attorney, David Baum, about the legal process and what those considering adoption need to know.

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Nov 19, 2018
Who Are You Calling a "Geriatric" Mom?
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Katie and her roundtable of guests talk about becoming a mom when you're over 40. Writer and entrepreneur Rachel Sklar, as well as Broadway actresses Jennifer Bullock and NaTasha Yvette Williams share their experiences. Rachel gave birth to her daughter at 42, NaTasha gave birth to twins at 40, and Jennifer gave birth to her daughter at 44. They discuss how they dealt with medical hurdles, the physical and emotional toll of pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and the advantages of being an older mom.

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Nov 12, 2018
Timeouts and Tantrums
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In this week's episode, Katie talks with a roundtable of experts about figuring out the approach to discipline that's right for you. Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) instructor Kristin Eliasberg, mom and author Laurie Gelman, and child psychologist Dr. Rebecca Schrag Hershberg discuss how the way your parents handled discipline might not be right for you, the deeper work of anticipating your kid's needs, and whether discipline is even the right word to use in the first place for toddlers.

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Nov 05, 2018
What Is a Conscious Parent? w/ Dr. Shefali Tsabary
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In this week's episode of "Katie's Crib," Katie sat down for a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Shefali Tsabary, a clinical psychologist and the acclaimed author of "The Conscious Parent." Katie and Dr. Shefali talk about Dr. Shefali's philosophy and what it means to be a conscious parent. They also get into Katie's own experiences as a mom, and what important life lessons parents can learn from their children.

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Oct 29, 2018
First-Year Milestones
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In the season two opener, Katie hosts a roundtable discussion with Dr. Danielle Taylor, her New York City-based pediatrician, and moms Nicolette Robinson and Jamie Stelter. Katie and her guests talk about the importance of celebrating (or not) first-year milestones. They also consider the pros and cons of sharing those milestones on social media, explore comparing their children with other kids, and talk through the pressures of planning baby's first birthday party.

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Oct 22, 2018
So, It's Time To Go Back To Work ft June Diane Raphael
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Katie and actress June Diane Raphael ("Grace and Frankie") discuss what it’s like to head back to work after giving birth and how to handle childcare. Then, Katie learns exactly what kind of rights a new parent can expect when returning to work, from labor and employment lawyer Janet Swerdlow.

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Jun 18, 2018
Social Media, Screens, & Kids, Oh My! ft Melissa Fumero
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How much screen time is too much? Is it safe — and ethical — to share pictures of your new baby on social media? Katie talks to friend and fellow actress Melissa Fumero ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") about her experiences with social media and screen time and her 2-year-old son. Then, child psychologist Vindia Fernandez runs down the benefits and risks of sharing kids’ photos on social media and how screen time can impact a child’s development.

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Jun 11, 2018
Get To Know Your Pelvic Floor
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If you haven't heard of the pelvic floor, it's time to get acquainted. Katie talks to Stephanie Prendergast, a Physical Therapist and Co-Founder of the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center and Priya Campbell Surrago, a Birth Doula and holistic Pelvic Floor Specialist at Berlin Wellness Group in Los Angeles.

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Jun 04, 2018
Should You Sleep Train? We Investigate
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Katie welcomes Susie Menkes, PhD, a certified infant and toddler sleep training consultant (Founder, Healthy Little Sleepers) to talk about the ins and outs of sleep training. Then Abigail Morgan, MTOM, L.Ac., FABORM, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist (Clinic Director & Owner, FLOAT: Chinese Medical Arts​​) shares her experiences with co-sleeping and attachment parenting with her two kids.

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May 28, 2018
Miscarriages: You Are Not Alone w/ Amy Mass & Jackie Seiden
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Katie Lowes and her guests, TV writer Amy Mass and actress Jackie Seiden, discuss the physical and emotional toll of the miscarriages they had on their journey to motherhood.

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May 21, 2018
Building Your Village
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Katie chats with actresses Angelique Cabral, Laura Mann, and Katy Davis and fitness and lifestyle guru Amy Rosoff Davis. They're all part of "Swim Club," a group of women who've supported each other on the journey through pregnancy and motherhood.

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May 14, 2018
Postpartum Blues ft Casey Wilson & Lucy Rimalower
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Katie welcomes actress and comedian Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings, “Hotwives of Las Vegas,” “Bitch Sesh” podcast) to talk about the postpartum depression she experienced after giving birth to her second child. Then, Katie is joined by marriage and family therapist Lucy Rimalower to discuss the difference between postpartum depression and baby blues, how to spot the warning signs, and the many ways of getting help.

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May 07, 2018
The Truth About C-Sections ft Angelique Cabral
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Katie hosts a roundtable discussion with actress Angelique Cabral ("Life in Pieces"), stay-at-home mom Emily Roiff, and Katie's OB-GYN Dr. Layne Kumetz about the truths and myths of C-sections.

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Apr 30, 2018
Why Is Breastfeeding SO Complicated ( (Pt. 2)
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Katie welcomes Lactation Consultant, Linda Hanna (Owner, My Nursing Coach), who helped Katie through the early days of breastfeeding.

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Apr 23, 2018
Why Is Breastfeeding SO Complicated ft Kristen Bell (Pt. 1)
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Kristen Bell ("The Good Place") stops by Katie's Crib to share her experiences with breastfeeding. Then, Katie talks to Celebrity Make-Up Artist, Jamie Greenberg about her decision not to breastfeed. Part 1 of 2 episodes.

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Apr 23, 2018
To Doula or Not to Doula ft Rebecca Benenati (Pt. 2)
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Katie shares her birth story with doula, Rebecca Benenati (Owner, Well Born Lifestyle & Doula Services by Rebecca)

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Apr 16, 2018
To Doula or Not to Doula ft Jennifer Finnigan (Pt. 1)
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In Katie’s first episode, she welcomes doula Rebecca Benenati to help explain what doulas are and how they can play a crucial role in an expecting family’s birth plan. Then, Katie talks to her friend Jennifer Finnigan about her own experiences with a doula and the birth of her first child.

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Apr 16, 2018
Introducing: Katie's Crib
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Katie Lowes introduces her new podcast, Katie's Crib. Subscribe today!

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Apr 02, 2018