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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.  

39 Episodes
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. Crib Notes: Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race - By Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk - TED X - Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum A People's History of the United States - by Howard Zinn 13th - a film by Ava Duvernay Learn more about your ad-choices at
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+ Learn more about your ad-choices at
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Mom Entrepreneurs

Mom Entrepreneurs


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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at
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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Beth Brake

oh I needed this. thank you

Oct 30th
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