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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.

Chatting to experts about everything from paediatric nutrition and childcare costs to online safety and getting babies to sleep through the night, presenters Sheena McStravick and Claire O'Boyle will ask all the questions mums and dads want to get to the bottom of.

Is This Normal? Is This Normal

    • Kids & Family
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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.

Chatting to experts about everything from paediatric nutrition and childcare costs to online safety and getting babies to sleep through the night, presenters Sheena McStravick and Claire O'Boyle will ask all the questions mums and dads want to get to the bottom of.

    Is This Normal? - Vaccinations

    Is This Normal? - Vaccinations

    On this week's episode of our parenting podcast Is this Normal? (https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/all-about/is-this-normal) we're chatting to Jillian Johnston from Public Health Agency (PHA) (https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/) who talks us through babies and kids vaccination programmes, pregnancy vaccines, HPV vaccine for boys (https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/health/year-9-boys-jabs-against-16521777) and of course the MMR vaccine.
    This is the last in the current series, so thanks for listening and stay tuned on Belfast Live (https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/all-about/is-this-normal) for series 2 later in the year!

    • 31 min
    Is This Normal? - Dad Life

    Is This Normal? - Dad Life

    Q Radio host and dad Ibe Sesay (https://twitter.com/radioibe) joins parenting podcast Is This Normal?
    He's known for his awesome presenting skills on the radio, but Ibe Sesay is a seasoned dad too, with kids ranging from eight to 16.
    With two girls and two boys, Ibe opens up about the differences between the genders - and reveals there IS a difference.
    Ibe also talks about his recent appointment as an ambassador at Parentline NI.
    For more info visit the Parent Line website (http://www.ci-ni.org.uk/parentline-ni) , Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/childreninni/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/childreninni) .
    For all things parenting visit the Is This Normal? hub (https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/all-about/is-this-normal) . 

    • 29 min
    Is This Normal? - Online Safety

    Is This Normal? - Online Safety

    With a generation of 'digital natives' coming up behind us, NSPCC (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/what-we-stand-for/northern-ireland/) expert Margaret Gallagher (https://twitter.com/NSPCCNI) talks to Belfast Live parenting podcast 'Is This Normal? (https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/all-about/is-this-normal) ' about the dos and don'ts when it comes to digital.
    For more info from the NSPCC visit Twitter (https://twitter.com/NSPCCNI) or their website (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/what-we-stand-for/northern-ireland/) . 

    • 34 min
    Is This Normal? - Childcare Costs

    Is This Normal? - Childcare Costs

    Aoife Hamilton from Employers for Childcare (https://www.employersforchildcare.org) tells Belfast Live parenting podcast Is this Normal? how mums and dads can find out exactly what they're entitled to when it comes to financial support.
    For more information from Employers for Childcare visit their website (https://www.employersforchildcare.org) , Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/employersforchildcare) & Twitter (https://twitter.com/EFCCG) or call them on 0800 028 3008 (tel:08000283008) .

    • 28 min
    Is This Normal? - Sleeping

    Is This Normal? - Sleeping

    Sleep expert Susan Wallace (https://www.facebook.com/settledpetal) from Settled Petals (https://settledpetals.com) opens up to Belfast Live's parenting podcast Is This Normal? about the secrets to a perfect night's sleep with little ones in the house.
    Susan also reveals the perfect temperature for your baby's room - and explains why new parents need to give up their 'Insta-worthy' life goals and embrace the sleepless nights in those early weeks.
    For more from Settled Petals, visit their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/settledpetal/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/settledpetals/) .

    • 26 min
    Is This Normal? - Weaning

    Is This Normal? - Weaning

    This week we talk to paediatric dietician Ailish McVeigh from First Foods Weaning (https://www.facebook.com/firstfoodsweaning) . 
    Ailish takes us through her tips on how to know when your baby is ready for solids, how to pick between spoon feeds and finger food, and when is the perfect time to introduce allergens into your child's diet. 
    With useful insight into the true dangers of sugar for the little 'uns, Ailish is an expert who's well worth a listen.
    For more from Ailish, visit her Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/firstfoodsweaning) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/firstfoodsweaning) .

    • 32 min

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