Katie’s Crib is a weekly podcast covering the unexpected joys, pains, foibles, and hilarity of new motherhood hosted by Scandal actress Katie Lowes. Each episode will highlight a specific parenting issue from a variety of different points of view. Each week Katie conducts a frank, intimate conversation with a fellow mom about the ups and downs of being a new parent and then brings in an expert to help put things into perspective. With empathy, honesty, and a sense of humor about it all, Katie’s Crib is a relevant, relatable, indispensable guide for new parents trying to find their way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.