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Welcome to Chick Chat: The Baby Chick Podcast, where we explore all things related to motherhood; from career and relationships to parenting and wellness. Join me, Nina Spears - "The Baby Chick," your baby expert and host, as we dive into topics that matter to mothers. We share personal stories and insights, and interview experts and parents who provide valuable advice and perspectives. Whether you're a first-time mom just starting out or a seasoned pro, we've got you covered. So grab a cup of tea, sit back, and let's chick chat!

Chick Chat Nina Spears

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 27 Ratings

Welcome to Chick Chat: The Baby Chick Podcast, where we explore all things related to motherhood; from career and relationships to parenting and wellness. Join me, Nina Spears - "The Baby Chick," your baby expert and host, as we dive into topics that matter to mothers. We share personal stories and insights, and interview experts and parents who provide valuable advice and perspectives. Whether you're a first-time mom just starting out or a seasoned pro, we've got you covered. So grab a cup of tea, sit back, and let's chick chat!

    The Adoption Journey: What People Need to Know

    The Adoption Journey: What People Need to Know

    With November being National Adoption Month, we’re thrilled to end the month chatting with a guest who knows this topic extremely well, Becky Fawcett. We talked about all things adoption with Becky in this episode. We discussed her personal adoption journey, the adoption process people need to know, costs, and much more.
    Who is Becky Fawcett?
    Becky Fawcett is the founder and president of Helpusadopt.org, an equality-based organization that seeks to reduce the financial burden of adoption. After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College, Becky had a successful career in the magazine industry, first for Baltimore magazine and then for Philadelphia magazine as the director of marketing. She then went on to found The Fawcett Group, a full-service public relations and marketing firm.
    Becky and her husband, Kipp, adopted their first daughter, Jane, in 2005 and their second daughter, Brooke, in 2009. After adopting their first child, Becky and Kipp were so grateful that they had the financial means to adopt that they decided to make a donation to an organization that would help ease another family’s financial burden. Sadly, they could not find an adoption grant organization that was based on a mission of equality. To address this need and help all types of families, they founded Helpusadopt.org in 2007.
    Helpusadopt.org has been featured on CNN, People.com, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, O Magazine, and Good Housekeeping for their groundbreaking work in the world of adoption. Becky lives in Manhattan with her husband, Kipp, and their children, Jane and Brooke.
    What Did We Discuss?
    In this episode, we chat with Becky all about adoption! Here are several of the questions that we covered:

    Becky, did you always know you wanted to adopt?

    We'd love to hear more about your personal adoption story and experience. Please share with us!

    What were the biggest challenges you faced while going through the adoption process?

    I’ve heard from families that the adoption process can be overwhelming. Where do you suggest a family start to explore adoption?

    What aspects of adoption do you think the general public might be unaware of?

    Can you walk our audience through a typical adoption process?

    What is the average cost of adoption?

    Why is adoption so expensive?

    What obstacles does the high cost of adoption create for families and children?

    What advice would you give families who are just beginning to explore adoption options?

    It was a pleasure chatting with Becky about the adoption journey and hearing her passion and knowledge about such a very special topic. We hope that this episode brings hope and encouragement to families out there who may or may not be considering adoption.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Potty Training Your Child: Tips, Tricks, and How to Get Started

    Potty Training Your Child: Tips, Tricks, and How to Get Started

    Now that my daughter is two-and-a-half years old, I am approaching when I need to potty train her. From my years of experience working with families, I know that each child is different, and potty training your child might look a bit different from how I potty train mine, and that's okay! Potty training can be a challenging process for some children and smooth for others. I was lucky enough to have an easy experience with my son, but I am preparing for anything with my daughter. That's why I'm chatting with my guest today, Arin Schultz. He has four boys and knows a thing or two about potty training. In this episode, we share our potty training experiences with our kids, potty training tips, what to keep in mind, and how we got started.
    If you want a good laugh and some relatable information on potty training, this episode is for you!
    Who is Arin Schultz?
    Arin is the VP of Sales and Marketing at Naturepedic and has over nine years of experience in the organic mattress industry. Since 2003, Naturepedic has been on a mission to transform the lives of its customers through safer, healthier sleep and top-of-the-line baby and children's products. By eliminating materials like flame retardants and polyurethane foam from their line of certified organic natural mattresses, Naturepedic supports an organic, holistic lifestyle while protecting the environment.
    What Did We Discuss?
    In this episode, we chat with Arin all about potty training! Here are several of the questions that we covered:

    What were your potty training experiences like with your four boys?

    Which potty training readiness signs did your kids exhibit?

    When do you believe a parent should start the potty training process?

    With your experience, what do you think is the best way to get started with potty training?

    We know that children vary developmentally and in temperament. Do you think the potty training process varies based on each child?

    What are some products that can help with potty training?

    What about nighttime potty training? Where does this fit into the training process, and how can parents integrate it into their routine?

    What are your top potty training tips & tricks?

    What is one piece of advice you would like to give parents about to embark on potty training their child?

    Episode Notes
    We talked about several products during this episode. You can learn more about them here:

    Waterproof Mattress Pad

    Organic Cotton Waterproof Pillow Protector (Kids Collection)

    Organic Kids Waterproof Mattress

    Naturepedic's Resources

    Website: Naturepedic.com


    Instagram: @naturepedic


    Facebook: @naturepedic


    YouTube: @naturepedic


    Listen to our other episodes with Naturepedic:

    Why Your Crib Mattress is an Important Decision – Podcast Ep 42

    How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe – Podcast Ep 67

    How to Create an Eco-Friendly Sustainable Nursery

    Naturepedic Crib Mattress is Trailblazing Healthy and Safe Sleep

    This episode is brought to you by our friends at Naturepedic. They are offering all of our listeners a discount!
    20% off on their website: www.naturepedic.comDiscount code: BabyChick20
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    • 42 min
    Effortless Entertaining During the Holidays with The BakerMama

    Effortless Entertaining During the Holidays with The BakerMama

    The holidays are upon us! This means creating special memories, holiday parties, and delicious food. If you're the one who is hosting the holidays this year, or you need to bring a dish or two to a party, it can be daunting to know where to start. Maybe you want to make a tasty but healthy dish. And perhaps you want to make something kid-friendly so everyone can enjoy. Today, we have a special guest on the podcast, The BakerMama, who is answering all of our questions and is serving some fantastic tips to help make hosting and entertaining easier!
    Who is Maegan Brown?
    Maegan Brown (aka The BakerMama) is the best-selling cookbook author of Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads, and Brilliant Bites. Her popular food blog, TheBakerMama.com, features hundreds of her tasty recipes and creative meal ideas. In her latest book, Brilliant Bites, Maegan continues her quest to share her best ideas for effortless entertaining with 75 charming and delicious small bites for all occasions, such as parties, family meals, breakfast, snack-time, dessert, and holidays.
    Maegan loves to entertain with ease and is passionate about inspiring others to create delicious moments with their loved ones. She lives in Dallas with her husband and four children, and in their house, the kitchen is the heart of their home, and they love welcoming others into it!
    What Did We Discuss?
    In this episode, we chat with Maegan all about entertaining during the holiday season! Here are several of the questions that we covered:

    Have you always loved to cook?

    What inspired you to start The BakerMama?

    What are your top tips for entertaining during the holidays?

    If you are hosting a party, how do you begin to plan out a menu?

    What are some of your favorite recipes for entertaining?

    What are your favorite kid-friendly recipes?

    What are your tips for keeping it easy in the kitchen?

    Do your kids like to help you in the kitchen? How do you recommend including kids in the cooking process?

    What tricks do you have up your sleeve for keeping dishes both healthy and delicious?

    What's your go-to sharable appetizer to take to a party?

    What must-have products do you have in your kitchen?

    What cooking hacks do you think every mom should know?

    What items are always in your fridge/pantry?

    What are your kid's favorite recipes that you make?

    What are your top tips for entertaining like a pro?

    Maegan's Resources

    Website: TheBakerMama.com


    Instagram: @thebakermama


    TikTok: @thebakermama


    YouTube: @TheBakerMamaBlog


    Facebook: @thebakermamablog


    Cheers to effortless entertaining!
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    • 49 min
    Childcare Solutions for the Modern Family

    Childcare Solutions for the Modern Family

    Childcare is a huge decision to make when a family has a baby. Will they utilize childcare or have a parent stay home with the baby? And if they choose to send their little one to daycare or use some form of childcare, which ones are available to them in their area? How much do they cost? There are lots of things and questions to consider. Today's guest knows this well and wanted to create a better option for families, so she did! Britt Riley is chatting with us about childcare in the U.S. and childcare solutions for modern families. Tune in to find out what expecting and new parents need to know.
    Who is Britt Riley?
    Britt Riley is an entrepreneur, mom of two, and the CEO and founder of The Haven Collection. Haven is the first network of fully licensed daycares in the U.S. to offer flexible childcare, unlimited workspace, and fitness to all member families. Before founding The Haven Collection, Britt was the principal of Established, LLC., her marketing consultancy organization. Britt's inspiration for founding Haven came in between feeding her newborn and trying to catch some Zs when she started wondering how people do it all! And so, her business was born out of her own need for a better solution. Britt is the co-chair of the Founder's Network's Women's Leadership Committee and has been recognized by the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. Britt resides in Portsmouth, RI, with her husband, Matt, and two young daughters, Harper and Zoe.
    What Did We Discuss?
    In this episode, we chat with Britt about childcare in the U.S. and childcare solutions for modern families. Here are several of the questions that we covered:

    How did you become passionate about childcare for the whole family?

    How did your experiences as a new mom drive your passion?

    Please explain the different types and styles of childcare available to families in the U.S.

    What things or questions should parents consider when choosing childcare for their little ones?

    One of the problematic aspects of managing work and parenting is that they both take a tremendous amount of executive function, often simultaneously. How can parents ease the exhaustion of this juggle?

    We've been hearing about and experiencing the childcare crisis in the U.S. Can you explain this to our listeners and your thoughts on this topic?

    We'd love to learn more about "childcare for the whole family." Can you elaborate on this concept for us?

    What are the most significant benefits you see from parents with access to childcare for the whole family?

    Britt's Resources

    Website: YourHavenLife.com


    Instagram: @yourhavenlife


    Article mentioned: Questions to Ask When Interviewing Daycares


    We hope you enjoyed this episode! If you haven't already, please subscribe to Chick Chat: The Baby Chick podcast wherever you listen to podcasts and leave us an honest review. Cheers to caring for the whole family!
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    • 46 min
    What is Orgasmic Birth? The Best-Kept Birth Secret

    What is Orgasmic Birth? The Best-Kept Birth Secret

    We've all heard stories about birth. Maybe you've heard your own birth story from your parents. And if you are pregnant or have children of your own, you have definitely heard several birth stories, even from strangers! Some of those stories are good, and some are not so good. Unfortunately, it seems like the not-so-great and even scary birth stories are the ones that are told the most. As a doula who helps families have better birth experiences, this breaks my heart. What we hear can form a belief about how birth is and what it can be. Imagine if you only heard stories about birth being beautiful, empowering, even pleasurable, and orgasmic. What an impact that would make! My guest today knows all about this and is chatting with us about orgasmic birth and what expecting families need to know.
    Who is Debra Pascali-Bonaro?
    Debra Pascali-Bonaro is a world-renowned inspirational speaker, podcaster, filmmaker, doula trainer, childbirth educator, and author. She brings together her passion for pleasure in every aspect of life with her Jersey-Girl attitude of talking about what no one is talking about!
    Debra is a mother, grandmother, and featured expert in parenting journals and media worldwide. She is also Co-Chair of the International Childbirth Initiative, which promotes safe, respectful childbirth maternity care. She is a Lamaze International childbirth educator, birth and postpartum doula trainer with DONA International, Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret, co-writer of "Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth," Author of "The Ultimate Guide To Sex After Baby: Secrets to Love and Intimacy," and the Founder & President of the revolutionary online childbirth class Pleasurable Birth Essentials which prepares expectant mothers, fathers, and partners to be positively prepared for birth and focuses on the intimate and sacred nature of birth. It's evident that Debra is highly passionate about changing childbirth so that every woman/partner has a safe, respectful, and pleasurable birth. 
    What Did We Discuss?
    In this episode, we chat with Debra about orgasmic birth and tips and secrets to create more love and intimacy in birth and parenting. Here are several of the questions that we covered:

    How did you become passionate about the birthing experience? 

    Childbirth and sex can both be taboo subjects. Why do you think this is, and how can we change this narrative? 

    Can you elaborate more on the connection between childbirth and sex? 

    What is orgasmic birth? And is it real?

    Why should pregnant people include intimacy and sexuality in preparing for birth? 

    What can women do during pregnancy to help prepare for a positive birth experience?  

    What role does a partner play in this experience? 

    How can a doula help facilitate a pleasurable birth experience? 

    What are your top tips for ensuring an enjoyable and pleasurable birth? 

    What are the benefits of an orgasmic birth? 

    The narrative around birth is often that it is painful and scary, but I have heard you say it is powerful and can be pleasurable. How can we empower more women to approach birth with this mindset? 

    How do you recommend women continue to connect to their intimacy during the postpartum period?

    Debra's Resources

    Website: OrgasmicBirth.com


    Instagram: @orgasmicbirth


    Facebook: Orgasmic Birth


    YouTube: Orgasmic Birth


    TikTok: @orgasmicbirth


    Podcast: Orgasmic Birth Podcast


    Documentary: Orgasmic Birth


    Books:

    Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying, and Pleasurable Birth Experience

    The Ultimate Guide To Sex After Baby: Secrets to Love and Intimacy

    If you haven't already, please subscribe to Chick Chat: The Baby Chick podcast and leave us an honest review. Cheers to a positive and pleasurable birth! 
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    • 53 min
    Pregnancy Cravings: Tips and Tricks to Manage & What Women Need to Know

    Pregnancy Cravings: Tips and Tricks to Manage & What Women Need to Know

    Many women experience it during their pregnancies . . . it's pregnancy cravings. Over the years, I've heard from hundreds of my clients about their pregnancy cravings. I've had women tell me they craved fruit, a particular flavor of ice cream, cheese, protein, french fries, and even some strange pregnancy cravings. We wanted to learn more about what causes these pregnancy cravings and why they can be so different from woman to woman and from pregnancy to pregnancy. Joni Davis is joining us today to help us learn more about this topic and discuss the importance of health before, during, and after pregnancy.
    Who is Joni Davis?
    Joni Hanson Davis is the female founder of Kirkland, Washington Femtech company Beli, modernizing reproductive, prenatal, and fertility health based on the latest nutritional science with one small yet significant act of a daily prenatal vitamin for both men and women. After a long, successful career leading Fortune 500 companies and technology startups to IPO, Davis founded Beli in 2018 with a personal mission to address the growing crisis of infertility and modernize the stagnant prenatal vitamin market. The fertility market is a $24B market, and yet prenatal vitamins still haven't caught up with modern nutritional science. 50% of all infertility can be traced to male infertility, and nutrition plays a significant role in successful pregnancy outcomes. Science led Beli to look deeper at how nutrition plays a vital role in sperm health, launching the first modern male prenatal in 2019. Today, thousands of men across the country are using Beli, and the company has built a following of loyal customers, including heavy-hitter celebrity customers. The success of the men's prenatal vitamin led Beli to launch an exclusive women's prenatal in 2021 based on the latest folate and choline research to address both male and female fertility nutrition together. Beli has grown organically to become a profitable company with a multi-million dollar run rate with a small investment from strategic angel investors in the direct-to-consumer space in less than two years. Prior to Beli, Davis held executive positions with Microsoft, InfoSpace, and Tableau Software.
    What Did We Discuss?
    In this episode, we chat with Joni about pregnancy cravings, controlling them, and what nutrients are needed for you and your growing baby. Here are several of the questions that we covered:

    What nutrients are essential for women during the prenatal period?

    What are the best sources of these essential nutrients?

    Many women experience pregnancy cravings at some point in their pregnancy. Is there any science behind these cravings?

    Pregnancy cravings may often be for foods not traditionally considered "healthy." Is it okay for women to indulge in these cravings?

    What do you suggest for women to help curb their cravings?

    Do you have any favorite "treats" that are also nutritional for pregnant women?

    What is your top tip for moms during the prenatal phase?

    Joni's Resources

    Website: Beli


    Instagram: @beli.baby



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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

sunny_164 ,

Highly recommend!!!

I’m currently 32 weeks pregnant and all these questions and concerns and everything are just coming to mind! This podcast has really helped me to breath, relax and realize that “it’s okay!”. I’m
Currently listening to podcast #9 and I love that they inform you, its okay to have these experiences because no one else wants to talk about it. I’ll even ask questions to moms and they never talk about it! Thank you so much for this podcast!

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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!

Momma Christina ,

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!

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