Welcome to Chick Chat: The Baby Chick Podcast where we dole out no-nonsense pregnancy and parenting tips and advice. Host, Nina Spears, is coming from a place where experience meets expertise. She has worked with hundreds of families and has condensed all that she has learned to bring you simple, practical, and immediate advice for preventing pregnancy and parenting conundrums.
Understanding Infertiliy with Dr. Amy
Infertility can feel so isolating but we know that many women experience these struggles. Thankfully more women are speaking up and sharing their stories. I think that talking about this sensitive topic is allowing more people to understand infertility and what their options are. That's why I'm so grateful to have fertility veteran and PhD Scientist, Amy Beckley, joining us today on our podcast. Amy is sharing common fertility struggles, her personal experience with fertility as well as her mission to empower and change the conversation around understanding infertility. We're happy to join her in this important conversation and spread the word.
Amy has been trying to break down barriers for those experiencing infertility for over a decade. She's been very vocal about her own struggles, experiencing 7 miscarriages and several rounds of IVF before inventing the first at-home progesterone test kit to help empower women with more information on why their bodies may be miscarrying.
We hope that today's discussion gives a lot of people hope and answers to what they were looking for.
How to Get Your Baby Talking! Tips & Tricks from the Speech Sisters
Hearing your baby say their first word is such an exciting milestone. But if you're worrying that your baby isn't saying enough words or is slower to talk, you are not the only one. Many parents have these same concerns. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to get your baby to start talking!
We just had the pleasure of having Brooke and Bridget, the Speech Sisters, as our podcast guests! They are speech and language pathologists and are experts in their field. They have more than 20 years of combined experience, and they have diagnosed and treated hundreds of children with a variety of communication disorders and delays. They know how parents feel (they are moms too!) and are super passionate about helping parents and guiding them to get their children to talk.
In this episode, Bridget and Brooke share their best tips and tricks to get your baby talking. We discussed some practical tips to integrate speech and language techniques into your everyday routine as well as their favorite activities! They were a delight to chat with and we are thrilled to have them on to dive into this important subject.
Notes from this episode:
Their thoughts on the CDC Developmental Milestones update
Speech Sisters Webinars/Workshops
You can go to their website and find a course that works for your little one!
Tips to Keep Your Toddler Busy and Happy
With neverending to-do lists, parents sometimes just want their little ones to be entertained and content without always resorting to screentime. This is especially true when bringing home a new baby. You don’t want your older child to be left out, but it’s so helpful if there are some fun and easy activities that can keep them busy while you care for your newborn. This is actually what inspired our guest today!
Susie Allison, from Busy Toddler, is an early childhood education expert and advocate. She has a degree in Elementary Education, taught Kindergarten and First Grade, and was a math and reading curriculum specialist. Once Susie had children, she found her true passion for simple kids’ activities that didn’t involve screentime. And so, Busy Toddler was born! It has evolved into a million-follower Instagram account and a play-based internet haven.
Today we had the pleasure of chatting with Susie about the best tips for keeping your toddler busy and happy. Susie knows firsthand that being a parent is tough, and being a kid can be even tougher. She is answering our questions about hands-on learning and tips on how we can all make it to nap time a little easier!
Here are the great resources that Susie shared with us! All are on Instagram:
@busytoddler - Susie's account!
You can visit Susie on her website, busytoddler.com, and order her Playing Preschool Program or purchase her book for more!
Tips to Empower Our Girls Through Courage, Confidence, and Self-Love
Did you know that statistics show a girl's self-esteem peaks at age nine and falls from there? This was a heartbreaking statistic that we recently discovered. We wanted to learn more about what we can do to prevent it from falling and empower our girls. That's when we found Melody Pourmoradi, an empowerment coach who is passionate about empowering women and girls across the globe.
Melody has supported thousands of women to live out their life's purpose, create careers that they love, and cultivate a life that lights them up from the inside out. She is an award-winning author who has written books on subjects that include teaching girls how to live a peaceful and happy life and teaching women that the clearest path to raising empowered girls is by first looking in the mirror and doing the inner work necessary to nourish themselves first and foremost.
In today's episode, Melody and I talk about how moms and caregivers can raise young girls' self-esteem. We cover body positivity, friendships, wellness, and more. As a mom of a little girl, I am so grateful to learn more about this topic and how we can impact young girls and empower them to be confident and happy.
Check out Melody's FREE 10-Day Challenge (it shares 10 unique ways to empower our daughters) as well as her book, Empowered Women Empower Girls.
Melody's website: getgirlpower.com or melodypourmoradi.com
Let’s Make Your Pregnancy Easier! Advice from Dr. Sterling ObGyn
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but it's not always an enjoyable experience for everyone. Many different symptoms can happen; heartburn, morning sickness, back pain, stress, and more. But thankfully, there are some tips that can help you get through. We have Dr. Christine Sterling, board-certified ObGyn and mom of three, as our special guest, and she is sharing her tips on how to make your pregnancy easier and healthier.
Dr. Sterling is on a mission is to provide comprehensive support for the physical and emotional challenges of pregnancy. With so much information about what you should and shouldn't do during pregnancy, it's easy to get overwhelmed trying to figure it all out. That's why Dr. Sterling is doing her part and started Sterling Parents and her courses.
Today, Dr. Sterling is answering all of our questions, including handling stress during pregnancy and sharing the importance of nourishing ourselves during pregnancy and beyond. We're honored to have her as our guest and hear her expert recommendations. We know you'll leave this episode feeling more prepared and empowered for your pregnancy!
When Partners Become Parents: Essential Relationship Advice from Catherine O’Brien
It's a beautiful thing when a couple decides to grow their family and welcome a baby. It's a wonderful way to watch the love you have for one another blossom into something bigger and even more powerful. However, having a baby can bring out the best in people and sometimes the worst. This is why it's so important to prepare for this life-changing time in advance so that you both can be on the same page as partners and as parents. But if you're listening to this episode after you've welcomed home your baby, no worries. There are incredible pieces of relationship advice for us too!
Today's guest is Catherine O'Brien, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the founder of Happy With Baby. Catherine created Happy With Baby for expecting and new parents to discover the advice she wishes she could have had when managing expectation of parenthood and relationships. She is sharing her helpful tools parents can use to communicate better and thrive through this transition with us today. Her warm personality and knowledge will leave you feeling better and equipped to be effective caregivers and have a happy marriage.
We are so grateful to have had Catherine on our podcast to talk about this significant transition in relationships. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook @happywithbaby, as well as read her book!
Completely addictive listening!
I must have binged on this podcast for a week straight. Couldn’t get enough. Such great content, lovely chats and overall helpful info for any mother, new or veteran. Love love love!
Moms, You Will Love This
This is a great podcast and the length is perfect for my morning commute. It provides a digestible amount of information that helps moms deal with daily struggles. Love the voices and personalities of the girls too. Would highly recommend!
The Perfect Parenting Podcast
This. Is. Awesome. You know you’re busy when you can’t listen to a full-length podcast, but this one delivers both education and entertainment in a concise and well-plotted out episode. I can’t wait to hear and learn more!!