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The Baby Bubble, hosted by twins Jessie and Clare Stephens (who had their first babies just 6 months apart), dives into the absurdity and hilarity of the first few months of newborn life. From the first post-birth poo, to the myth of schedules, and the absolute mayhem that comes with trying to leave the house.

If you’re looking for advice you’ve come to the wrong place, but if you want someone to crawl down into the chaos with you, we’re already here and the water is great!
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It’s time for the six month check up, which is apparently a thing we weren’t aware of. So, how are we fairing in the baby bubble thus far? Well, we’re still being kept awake at night by the concerning shape of our babies heads, but at least we’re raising tiny geniuses.  But maybe that’s just our parenting toxic traits coming out to play…  THE END BITS Subscribe to Mamamia Listen to more episodes of The Baby Bubble here To go in the running to win a $50 gift voucher complete the survey here CREDITS Hosts: Clare Stephens & Jessie StephensProducer: Taylah StranoAudio Producer: Thom Lion Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Leaving the house pre-baby: get ready, grab phone and keys, leave. Now: it's been four hours and two changes later, we're all crying and I've forgotten a spare onsie. From forgetting what to pack, a negativity toward umbrellas and a magic bag these are all the ways we've survived, not thrived, leaving the house. (If only for a walk around the block which is a huge accomplishment TBH).  THE END BITS Subscribe to Mamamia Listen to more episodes of The Baby Bubble here To go in the running to win a $50 gift voucher complete the survey here CREDITS Hosts: Clare Stephens & Jessie StephensProducer: Taylah StranoAudio Producer: Thom Lion Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
He doesn't feel any guilt about outsourcing. I feel guilt about everything. We thought we had a pretty good grasp on who we were entering parenthood with... that was, until they had to execute the parenting part.And look, bless their cotton socks for trying, but we have some notes… THE END BITS Subscribe to Mamamia Listen to more episodes of The Baby Bubble here To go in the running to win a $50 gift voucher complete the survey here CREDITS Hosts: Clare Stephens & Jessie StephensProducer: Taylah StranoAudio Producer: Thom Lion Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There are two questions every new parent dreads... Are you in a routine yet? How’s the baby sleeping?Bedtimes, routines and the idea of sleeping through the night all feel like wild west concepts while you’re in the baby bubble. And we might just have to holster our weapons for this unwinnable battle. THE END BITS Subscribe to Mamamia Listen to more episodes of The Baby Bubble here To go in the running to win a $50 gift voucher complete the survey here CREDITS Hosts: Clare Stephens & Jessie StephensProducer: Taylah StranoAudio Producer: Thom Lion Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The village is there for the vibes. Nothing says “here if you need” like rocking up unannounced, disrupting the routine, dirtying some dishes and then ducking out when the baby starts crying.' They say it takes a village… but what they forget to tell you is that the village can kind of be annoying. Look, we’re not being ungrateful. Mostly, we’re just really bored & tired. THE END BITS Subscribe to Mamamia Listen to more episodes of The Baby Bubble here To go in the running to win a $50 gift voucher complete the survey here CREDITS Hosts: Clare Stephens & Jessie StephensProducer: Taylah StranoAudio Producer: Thom Lion Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feeding is weirdly high stakes… Whether you’re breastfeeding, formula feeding or dare we say it bottle feeding, everyone’s got an opinion on how to do it better. The fun thing about giving your baby nutrients is that it’s uniquely cooked for every individual. And don’t even get us started on breast pumps. THE END BITS Subscribe to Mamamia Listen to more episodes of The Baby Bubble here To go in the running to win a $50 gift voucher complete the survey here CREDITS Hosts: Clare Stephens & Jessie StephensProducer: Taylah StranoAudio Producer: Thom Lion Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Just because you had a baby, doesn’t mean Barbie didn’t just come out. You know what’s a totally fun and not at all terrifying experience? Taking your first dump after giving birth. It can basically only be topped by your first post-birth shower, which looks more like a crime scene than a shampoo commercial. Today we’re debriefing on the many firsts that come after birthing your bub, including Jessie’s pilgrimage to the Barbie movie. THE END BITS Subscribe to Mamamia Listen to more episodes of The Baby Bubble here To go in the running to win a $50 gift voucher complete the survey here CREDITS Hosts: Clare Stephens & Jessie StephensProducer: Taylah StranoAudio Producer: Scott Stronach Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
I don't mean to be rude, but who tf are you?Let's be honest, giving birth is like the most intense first date ever.You show up at the designated place nervously excited to meet your date, only for them to show up late and basically whinge the whole time.And then you're obligated to be with them. For the next 18 years.So what were our first reactions to our new babies? And maybe more importantly... what were their first impressions of us? THE END BITS Subscribe to Mamamia Listen to more episodes of The Baby Bubble here To go in the running to win a $50 gift voucher complete the survey here CREDITS Hosts: Clare Stephens & Jessie StephensProducer: Taylah StranoAudio Producer: Thom Lyon Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Baby Bubble is a brand new parenting podcast with a twist. Hosted by twins (and new mums) Jessie and Clare Stephens, this show dives into the absurdity and hilarity of the first few months of newborn life. Can we offer helpful advice? No. Are we trying to? Absolutely not.Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It’s the final episode of season one of The Baby Bubble and Zoe is sick.  So the fabulous Holly Wainwright is stepping in to join Sean and share her parenting wisdom. Mess is a huge part of having kids but wouldn’t it be great if you could leave a room with your children without it looking like a bomb has gone off?  Sean has managed to train his babies to clean up after themselves and it didn’t involve nagging or bribery. Get the pen and paper ready! Plus, with everyone talking about the importance of kids finding their own identity what role do gendered clothes play?  Both Sean and Holly made a point of trying to dress their kids in a way that wasn’t traditionally gendered but they realised kids often find their own way there anyway.  So how much is nature and how much is nurture? And the parenting books are littered with advice on all the things we’re not supposed to be doing with our babies.  But is it possible to follow the rules all the time or is it more important just to get through the day? CREDITS:Host: Zoe Marshall & Sean SzepsProducer: Amelia Navascues GET IN TOUCHUp in the middle of the night scrolling through Facebook?  Why not join other parents just like you on our Facebook page ... https://www.facebook.com/TheMotherish/ Are you in the baby bubble and want to tell someone about it? Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.auSupport the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you're expecting, a new mum, or wrangling a toddler, we have all the best resources for new parents in our free newsletter here. After Sean’s left alone with the twins for a month he gets a taste of what single parenting is like and it gives him a newfound appreciation for people doing it solo.   Plus, have you ever asked yourself if there is a perfect time to have a child? Most parents say “you’re never going to be ready” so Zoe and Sean share when they realised it was time. And have you ever heard of gender disappointment?  A friend of Sean’s shared her story of being disappointed by the gender of her baby and the guys weigh in on whether they felt it with their own kids. If you have experienced gender disappointment and have a story to tell then we would love to hear from you. Call us on 02 8999 9386 or email us podcast@mamamia.com.au CREDITS:Host: Zoe Marshall & Sean SzepsProducer: Amelia NavascuesGET IN TOUCH Up in the middle of the night scrolling through Facebook?  Why not join other parents just like you on our Facebook page ... https://www.facebook.com/TheMotherish/ Are you in the baby bubble and want to tell someone about it? Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au Find more episodes of this and other Mamamia podcasts here...https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts/Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you're expecting, a new mum, or wrangling a toddler, we have all the best resources for new parents in our free newsletter here. After giving Fox a little extra screen-time,  Zoe is dealing with some serious parent guilt, but Sean reassures her that a little extra Elmo doesn’t make you a bad parent! If you’ve ever experienced parent guilt or burn out, we’d love to hear from you.  Call us on 02 8999 9386 or email us podcast@mamamia.com.au Plus, after listening to a recent No Filter episode on how emotional labour makes women feel exhausted, Zoe and Sean discuss how parenting responsibilities play out in their relationships and how it affects their ability to raise their kids. And if you’ve ever struggled to find the perfect baby name, Zoe and Sean talk about everything they thought about before they named their kids… And there’s a lot more to it than you might think… For more on emotional labour, you can listen here…Mia Freeman talking to Gemma Hartley on Emotional Labour...https://omny.fm/shows/no-filter/emotional-labour CREDITS:Host: Zoe Marshall & Sean SzepsProducer: Amelia NavascuesGET IN TOUCHUp in the middle of the night scrolling through Facebook?  Why not join other parents just like you on our Facebook page ... https://www.facebook.com/TheMotherish/ Are you in the baby bubble and want to tell someone about it? Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.auSupport the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you're expecting, a new mum, or wrangling a toddler, we have all the best resources for new parents in our free newsletter here. Breastfeeding is a completely normal and natural thing to do but many mums still face judgement when they do it in public.  Zoe shares a recent experience she had breastfeeding on a plane where she was ogled by a man and Sean is not impressed. If you’ve had a similar experience we’d love to hear from you.  Call us on 02 8999 9386 or email us podcast@mamamia.com.au And if you’ve ever struggled to make time for self-care because you’re too busy drowning in a sea of parenting responsibilities, Sean and Zoe share their non-negotiables when it comes to looking after themselves. Plus, Sean shares his top travel trips for taking kids on long-haul international flights... For Sean’s guest appearance on This Glorious Mess listen here… CREDITS:Host: Zoe Marshall & Sean SzepsProducer: Amelia Navascues GET IN TOUCHUp in the middle of the night scrolling through Facebook?  Why not join other parents just like you on our Facebook page ... https://www.facebook.com/TheMotherish/ Are you in the baby bubble and want to tell someone about it? Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.auSupport the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you're expecting, a new mum, or wrangling a toddler, we have all the best resources for new parents in our free newsletter here. Zoe and Sean reminisce about life before becoming parents and take a moment to talk about the very real sacrifices they didn’t realise they’d have to make. Sean also shares how he’s managed to get some sense of control back into his life with a new morning routine… Baby steps, Sean. Baby steps! Plus, have you thought about putting your baby in swim classes? How soon is too soon? Sean has just started putting his 18 month year old twins, Stella and Cooper in classes, which for Zoe, raises an even bigger question… Are we grooming kids too early to become “superhumans” and geniuses? And Zoe is cradling a lot of guilt because she yelled at Fox for the first time... CREDITS:Host: Zoe Marshall & Sean SzepsProducer: Amelia NavascuesGET IN TOUCHUp in the middle of the night scrolling through Facebook?  Why not join other parents just like you on our Facebook page ... https://www.facebook.com/TheMotherish/ Are you in the baby bubble and want to tell someone about it? Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.auSupport the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Zoe is sick of chasing Fox around and wants to give it a go but Sean Szeps isn't convinced. 
If you're expecting, a new mum, or wrangling a toddler, we have all the best resources for new parents in our free newsletter here. Last week Sean and Zoe talked about their experiences with postnatal depression and we were flooded with your calls and emails.   Today they shared an email from Sorena who told us about her experience… “So many days I also wanted to run away, go overseas and start a new life.  But I loved my tiny little baby sooooo much so I would make myself sit for hours, not doing anything, just to not pack up and leave! What Sean said about seeing his husband see him go through it and withdrawing hit so close to home.  It was such a hard time for us, mainly because I was so withdrawn, trying to be a perfect mum and completely neglecting myself and my husband.” Then we talk about what to do when your kids discover your genitalia.  How do you talk to them about it in a way that helps them learn? And should you put a leash on your kid?  Zoe is all for it because she’s sick of chasing Fox around but Sean isn’t convinced. All this and more on The Baby Bubble... CREDITS: Host: Zoe Marshall & Sean Szeps Producer: Amelia Navascues GET IN TOUCH Up in the middle of the night scrolling through Facebook?  Why not join other parents just like you on our Facebook page ... https://www.facebook.com/TheMotherish/ Are you in the baby bubble and want to tell someone about it? Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.auSupport the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you're expecting, a new mum, or wrangling a toddler, we have all the best resources for new parents in our free newsletter here. Zoe’s thinking about getting back into the baby bubble and Sean is right there to remind her it’s REALLY HARD.  He’s also got some great advice for how to save money when you’re looking after more than one baby. Plus, should you post photos of your kids online? And if you do, should you only post the best moments?  Or is it important to share the horror stories too? And Sean opens up about his experience with post-natal depression as a father. CREDITS: Host: Zoe Marshall & Sean Szeps Producer: Amelia NavascuesMORE INFO To find out more about Tresillian…  https://www.tresillian.org.au/   GET IN TOUCH Up in the middle of the night scrolling through Facebook?  Why not join other parents just like you on our Facebook page ... https://www.facebook.com/TheMotherish/ Are you in the baby bubble and want to tell someone about it? Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.auSupport the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you're expecting, a new mum, or wrangling a toddler, we have all the best resources for new parents in our free newsletter here. When did you return to work after having a baby? Did you wait six months? Two years? Or did you jump straight back in? Sean talks about the pros and cons of going back to work full time and Zoe explains what reverse maternity leave is and why she’s LOVING it. Plus, how do you deal with giving up control when friends, family or a babysitter steps in to help you with the little ones?   Sean has another baby mishap to share and this one involves a slip in the tub and broken teeth.  He talks about how to hold it together when your baby hurts themselves when all you really want to do is collapse in a puddle of tears. And Zoe Marshall shares the baby products she can't live without... https://www.mamamia.com.au/baby-recommendations-zoe-marshall CREDITS: Host: Zoe Marshall & Sean Szeps Producer: Amelia Navascues GET IN TOUCH Up in the middle of the night scrolling through Facebook?  Why not join other parents just like you on our Facebook page ... https://www.facebook.com/TheMotherish/ Are you in the baby bubble and want to tell someone about it? Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.auSupport the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you're expecting, a new mum, or wrangling a toddler, we have all the best resources for new parents in our free newsletter here. Have you ever had a stranger try and kiss your baby?  Or hold it’s hand with their germy fingers? Sean and Zoe have some advice for all those well-meaning strangers who insists on touching their kids uninvited. Plus, do you have trouble saying no to your kids?  Or are you too quick to yell without offering an explanation?  Sean has some great advice for when and how to use the word “no” and why he thinks you should explain why you’re upset.  Even if your kids are too little to understand. How do you use the word “no” as a parent? Call us on the podphone, 02 8999 9386, because we’d love to know your thoughts. And Zoe opens up (maybe a little too much) about how sex changes after you have a baby.  She talks about the importance of getting your confidence back when so many things have changed.  And why it’s totally okay to not be in the mood straight after the pregnancy ends. It’s another week of oversharing you simply can’t miss... CREDITS: Host: Zoe Marshall & Sean Szeps Producer: Amelia Navascues GET IN TOUCH Up in the middle of the night scrolling through Facebook?  Why not join other parents just like you on our Facebook page ... https://www.facebook.com/TheMotherish/ Are you in the baby bubble and want to tell someone about it? Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.auSupport the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Have you ever had a stranger try and kiss your baby?  Or hold it’s hand with their germy fingers? Sean and Zoe have some advice for all those well-meaning strangers who insists on touching their kids uninvited. Plus, do you have trouble saying no to your kids?  Or are you too quick to yell without offering an explanation?  Sean has some great advice for when and how to use the word “no” and why he thinks you should explain why you’re upset.  Even if your kids are too little to understand.   How do you use the word “no” as a parent? Call us on the podphone, 02 8999 9386, because we’d love to know your thoughts.   And Zoe opens up (maybe a little too much) about how sex changes after you have a baby.  She talks about the importance of getting your confidence back when so many things have changed.  And why it’s totally okay to not be in the mood straight after the pregnancy ends.   It’s another week of oversharing you simply can’t miss... CREDITS: Host: Zoe Marshall & Sean Szeps Producer: Amelia Navascues GET IN TOUCH Up in the middle of the night scrolling through Facebook?  Why not join other parents just like you on our Facebook page ... https://www.facebook.com/TheMotherish/ Are you in the baby bubble and want to tell someone about it? Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au   Find more episodes of this and other Mamamia podcasts here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts/ This show is brought to you by Big W where they've got all your baby needs covered.
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