18 episodes

Babylab breaks down the questions you might have about how babies learn to communicate. Where does the first word come from? Are screens good for learning? Does music improve communication skills? Join children's entertainer Emma Watkins for Season 2 of BabyLab where she speaks with parents and experts about everything communication and babies, or go back and check out Season 1 with Jamila Rizvi!

Babylab is produced in collaboration with Western Sydney University and the MARCS Babylab team.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 38 Ratings

Babylab breaks down the questions you might have about how babies learn to communicate. Where does the first word come from? Are screens good for learning? Does music improve communication skills? Join children's entertainer Emma Watkins for Season 2 of BabyLab where she speaks with parents and experts about everything communication and babies, or go back and check out Season 1 with Jamila Rizvi!

Babylab is produced in collaboration with Western Sydney University and the MARCS Babylab team.

    Your Questions Answered

    Your Questions Answered

    Over the course of this season, we’ve received an influx of questions about the topics and stories we’ve covered. So to wrap up what’s been another enlightening season, Emma is joined once again by BabyLab’s resident expert Sue Hespos, to answer the questions sent in by you.

    Can a co-parenting household have long term effects on socialisation? Is it worth taking my baby to a museum? Can children develop too quickly?

    Tune in as we answer the questions that have come straight from the parents. 

    CREDITS

    Host: Emma WatkinsExecutive Producer: Todd StevensAudio Imager: Kelli FoulstoneProducer: Thomas Thexton

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    • 37 min
    Breastfeeding, sleep, mood and how they're connected!

    Breastfeeding, sleep, mood and how they're connected!

    We asked new parents what some of the top challenges they face are when starting out on their parental journey. And on today's episode, Emma will tackle some of the most popular responses. Breastfeeding, sleep and mood. 

    As always, Emma is joined by a host of baby experts and new parents to unpack these topics, which are at the core of a happy and healthy home.

    Plus, we discover how the three are closely linked and what you can do to balance them all!

    Support

    Breastfeeding 

    breastfeeding.asn.au (1800 686 268)

    Mental Health 

    lifeline.org.au (13 11 14)

    panda.org.au (1300 726 306)

    cope.org.au (1300 740 398)

    gidgetfoundation.org.au (1300 851 758)

     

    CREDITS

    Host: Emma WatkinsExecutive Producer: Todd StevensAudio Imager: Kelli FoulstoneProducer: Thomas Thexton

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    • 31 min
    What’s the deal with screens?

    What’s the deal with screens?

    Emma teams up once again with the experts at BabyLab to tackle one of the most common challenges that parents face when raising a child. How should we use (or not use) screens in the home? She chats with two parents who have very different approaches when it comes to screen use in their lives, and learns some of the benefits that come with both perspectives. Plus she digs into the science of how a screen stimulates the brain with Dr Genevieve Quek.

    CREDITS

    Host: Emma WatkinsExecutive Producer: Todd StevensAudio Imager: Kelli FoulstoneProducer: Thomas Thexton

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    • 30 min
    To milestone or not to milestone?

    To milestone or not to milestone?

    In this episode, Emma explores the intriguing and varied world of infant milestones. She connects with experts from the MARCS BabyLab, who share valuable insights on the most significant milestones and offer guidance on where to seek assistance if required.

    Plus, she chats with two parents who approach using milestones to measure their baby's development in unique ways.

    CREDITS

    Host: Emma WatkinsExecutive Producer: Todd StevensAudio Imager: Kelli FoulstoneProducer: Thomas Thexton

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    • 29 min
    Gender, toys and uniting pink and blue!

    Gender, toys and uniting pink and blue!

    In this episode experts from the MARCS BabyLab at Western Sydney University unpack their research into babies and whether they prefer gender specific aspects of toys and clothes.

    Emma also speaks with parents who are breaking those gender norms and raising their children in the same way, regardless of gender. Plus, the BabyLab experts look at how brains differ (and don’t differ) between genders!

    CREDITS

    Host: Emma WatkinsExecutive Producer: Todd StevensAudio Imager: Kelli FoulstoneProducer: Thomas Thexton

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    • 23 min
    The power of music for babies

    The power of music for babies

    Music has been shown to be much more than a way to pass time and can have powerful effects on the brain.

    In this episode Emma chats with Dr. Sandra Garrido from the MARCS BabyLab, exploring the profound impact of music on the developing brain and uncovering how music becomes a nurturing force for infant growth. Plus, they debunk some common misconceptions surrounding the effects of music like Mozart for babies.

    Emma also hears from one parent who utilises the magic of singing during nappy time and another who has named his children after his favourite artists. Tune in to discover the wonders of music in shaping early childhood experiences!

    CREDITS

    Host: Emma WatkinsExecutive Producer: Todd StevensAudio Imager: Kelli FoulstoneProducer: Thomas Thexton

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

atdbell ,

A must listen for every parent

Such an informative and interesting podcast! The science is broken down nicely and presented in such an unbiased and clear way, and the experts that are interviewed are all super interesting!

Amylee710 ,

Incredible resource

Great topics discussed. Really easy and interesting listen. Highly recommend!

Gokyhffghhjjoooo ,

Love the episode on music!

Really enjoyed the episode on music. Interesting to learn about the Mozart effect. Great resource.

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