Hosted by two seasoned journalists - and perhaps not so-seasoned mums - the show will delve into all the topics parents across Belfast and beyond are desperate to know more about.
NI Screen - Bernard McCloskey
This week on Is This Normal, hosts Sarah and Sheena are joined by Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education for NI Screen.
Bernard chats through the endless possibilities for young people in Northern Ireland who are passionate about gaming, coding, film and technology and explains how screen time is not all bad and can have some real educational value for kids.
Nutrition - Dr Kirsty Porter
Sheena and Sarah are joined by Dr Kirsty Porter.
From making mealtime more fun, to what foods to avoid or encourage, Kirsty talks through the highs and lows of a toddler's diet.
Play - Agata Young
On this week’s episode of Be’s parenting podcast hosts Sheena and Sarah chat with Agata Young from Simply Grow on how important play time is for children's development.
Agata provides some brilliant tips for play ideas and how to make the most out of everyday items that most families already have in their home.
Breast Feeding - Janet Calvert
All mothers have different experiences with breastfeeding and on this week’s episode of Be’s parenting podcast, hosts Sheena and Sarah chat with Breastfeeding Lead at the Public Health Agency, Janet Calvert on some of the obstacles and joys of breastfeeding, as well as some useful tips and advice.
Janet is passionate about the benefits of breastfeeding and said that she began her journey as she felt that “every mum should be able to get all the help that they need to be able to succeed.
First Aid - Vicki Campbell
In Episode 3 of Be's parenting podcast Is this Normal? hosts Sheena and Sarah chat with Vicki Campbell from KeepaBeat NI on the topic of first aid.
Finding yourself in an emergency situation with a child is every parents worst nightmare but Vicki provides some invaluable tips and guidance on what you should do if you’re faced with an emergency including newborn breathing, choking and burns. She also advises on the must have items for your first aid kit.
On the topic of choking Vicki said she has a simple rhyme to help parents recognise when they should intervene. She said:
“If they are loud and red we let them go ahead, if they are quiet and blue they need help from you.
Series 2 of Is This Normal? is packed with advice from experts on a wide range of parenting topics.
Coming up in the series, the girls will also be chatting to experts on screen time, nutrition and breastfeeding.
Pregnancy in the Pandemic - Gemma Winter
Becoming pregnant and preparing to give birth is a wonderfully exciting time for many new mums but it can also come with a whole range of worries and fears.
Then add a worldwide pandemic into the mix and a whole new range of emotions can take over.
But as we start to look beyond the pandemic and our emergence from lockdown, we spoke to a dedicated Antenatal Education coordinator who gave us some great tips for preparing for labour and how NI health trusts are continuing to support expectant mums round the clock, despite Covid-19 challenges.
Gemma Winter, Antenatal Education Co-ordinator for the Southern Trust chatted to Be's parenting podcast Is This Normal? about all things pregnancy.
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