Katie's Crib

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With empathy and a sense of humor about it all, Katie’s Crib keeps it real while providing an indispensable guide for parents trying to find their way. Hosted by actress and mother Katie Lowes, each week the show welcomes guests for open and honest conversations about everything parenting from fertility and postpartum life to the trials and tribulations of raising tiny humans.  

Episode Date
Seeing Color & Talking Race With Our Kids
 Katie talks to Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, teacher, race relations expert, and author of Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race. Dr. Tatum discusses what it means to be anti-racist, how the idea of color blindness can equal color silence, and how parents can prepare themselves for conversations about race with children at every stage of development. Crib Notes: www.beverlydanieltatum.com www.socialjusticebooks.org Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race - By Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk - TED X - Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum A People's History of the United States - by Howard Zinn 13th - a film by Ava Duvernay Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 02, 2020
Bryce Dallas Howard: Dads Are Caregivers Too
Katie catches up with her longtime friend, Bryce Dallas Howard (actress, director, filmmaker). Just in time for Father’s Day, Katie and Bryce chat about all things dads. They also discuss postpartum depression and the challenges of letting go and allowing your partner to share an equal role in child raising.   Crib Notes: Dads – Documentary by Bryce Dallas Howard. Available on June 19th on Apple TV+  Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression - By Brooke Shields The Mandalorian - Chapter 3: The Sin – Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. Available on Disney+
Jun 18, 2020
Pamela Paul: Raising a Reader + Beauty in Boredom
Katie talks to Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review and author of “How to Raise a Reader.” Katie and Pamela discuss how to nurture your child’s interest in reading and cultivate a lifelong love of books. They also get into the benefits of boredom and why it’s okay to not maximize every moment of kids’ lives. Crib Notes: How to Raise a Reader - By Pamela Paul and Maria Russo   My Life With Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Books of Books, Plot Ensues – By Pamela Paul  Let Children Be Bored Again – NYT opinion piece by Pamela Paul
Jun 04, 2020
America Ferrera: Expecting During the Unexpected
It's a brand new season in a strange new world! Actress America Ferrera joins Katie to talk about what it’s like to be pregnant during a pandemic. They discuss fears triggered by childbirth and COVID-19, the anxiety of introducing siblings, her struggles with mom guilt, plus how motherhood has altered her body image issues and activist spirit.
May 21, 2020
Katie's Crib Season 3: Trailer
Katie Lowes is back with a third season of Katie’s Crib! An array of knowledgeable experts and engaging guests offer experiences and perspective to help parents navigate taking care of their kids and themselves – even in the most trying times. 
May 07, 2020
Finding Your Inner Mama Bear w/ Whitney Port

Katie welcomes Whitney Port (TV Personality, Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur), who opens up about her maternal instinct — or lack thereof. Katie and Whitney discuss having trouble connecting to their babies when they were first born and discovering their identities as moms. They also talk about how Whitney handled The Hills: New Beginnings filming schedule as a new mom, and upending society's expectations about what a mom is supposed to look like.

Mar 25, 2019
Balancing MS and Motherhood w/ Jamie-Lynn Sigler

In this episode, Jamie-Lynn Sigler talks with Katie about being a mom with Multiple Sclerosis, a chronic, autoimmune disease which attacks the central nervous system. Jamie-Lynn shares her experience after being diagnosed with MS at 20 and how she manages the disease while raising her two young children. 

Mar 18, 2019
Raising Good Citizens w/ Michael Skolnik & Paola Mendoza

Katie talks with Michael Skolnik (entrepreneur and civil rights activist) and Paola Mendoza (filmmaker and activist) about some of the choices they've made to raise their 6-year-old son as a compassionate citizen of the world. They discuss what they've learned from having conversations about politics, gender, race, and a host of other social issues with their son.

Mar 11, 2019
Mom Entrepreneurs

Katie talks with a roundtable of mom entrepreneurs— women who started their businesses when they were pregnant and/or new moms. Sarah Gibson Tuttle, the founder and CEO of Olive & June nail salons; Angela Sutherland, the co-founder and CEO of Yumi, a baby food subscription service; and Katerina Schneider, the founder and CEO of Ritual, a vitamin company discuss their journeys of starting successful businesses.

Mar 04, 2019
Anxious AF w/ Busy Philipps

Katie Lowes sits down with actress and talk show host Busy Philipps--at the studio where she shoots Busy Tonight--to discuss dealing with the day-to-day stressors of being a person in the modern world as well as more debilitating forms of anxiety. They also explore the ways a parent’s anxiety can impact their kids, and how to know when it’s time seek professional help. Katie and Busy talk openly about their own struggles with anxiety and the importance of destigmatizing conversations about mental health.


Feb 25, 2019
Understanding Overparenting w/ Julie Lythcott-Haims

Katie Lowes talks to Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of The New York Times best-seller How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Lythcott-Haims breaks down what it means to overparent, and the impact it has on kids and society as a whole. They also discuss some helpful strategies on how to stop helicopter parenting in its tracks, so you can raise children who become independent adults that can fend for themselves in the real world. 

Feb 18, 2019
Katie & Hubby Adam Shapiro Answer Your Questions!

On this week's Katie's Crib, Katie welcomes a very special guest-- her husband, Adam Shapiro! The married couple and parents to Albee answer questions submitted by Katie's Crib listeners during an Instagram live Q&A. Together, they cover all sorts of topics, from tips on naps, to how they first met, to what's the best dairy-free accompaniment to Oreos. Katie has some questions of her own up her sleeve, too.


Feb 12, 2019
Is it Mom Brain or Burnout? w/ Troian Bellisario

Mom Brain? Burnout? Depending on the woman, the mental and emotional exhaustion of motherhood can take many forms. In this episode, Katie talks to her friend, new mom, and actress Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars), about her experiences. They also discuss balancing their new mom identities while trying to maintain their own individuality.

Feb 04, 2019
Let's Take A Trip! w/ Sam Shelton

Katie talks to her dear friend, musician, mom of 2, and world traveler, Sam Shelton. Katie and Sam discuss the ups and downs of travel including flying with babies and toddlers, tips for international travel, and what to look out for when choosing hotels.

Jan 28, 2019
What Do I Feed My Kid? w/ Talia Moore

Katie talks to Talia Moore, a childbirth educator and DONA Certified Birth Doula — and the founder of the healthy and organic baby & toddler food company Tummy Thyme. They discuss transitioning babies to solid foods, buying pre-packaged baby food or going the DIY route, experimenting with different flavor profiles, and establishing mealtime routines. Plus, they break down their own relationships with food and how the way we talk about it with young children can lead to good and bad habits later in life.

Jan 21, 2019
WTF is IVF? ft Bekki Offenheiser & Dr. Carolyn Alexander

In this episode, Katie sits down with her close friend and TV producer Bekki Offenheiser, who candidly shares her personal IVF story. Then, Katie welcomes Dr. Carolyn Alexander, a reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist, who explains exactly what IVF is and what those considering it should know.

Jan 14, 2019
Shondaland Moms: Camilla Luddington & Karla Souza

On this week's episode, Katie shares her experience of being pregnant while playing Quinn on "Scandal" with new moms Camilla Luddington, who plays Dr. Jo Karev on "Grey's Anatomy," and Karla Souza, who plays Laurel Castillo on "How to Get Away with Murder." The Shondaland moms talk pretending to give birth on TV (trust us, you'll never look at jelly and cream cheese the same) as well as the experience of returning to work, breastfeeding, dealing with new mom anxiety, and all the other rollercoaster highs and lows of motherhood.

Jan 07, 2019
New Baby, New Body w/ Nicole Chavez & Amy Rosoff Davis

Katie sits down with celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez and celebrity trainer Amy Rosoff Davis to discuss how we can care for and find new ways to relate to our bodies in the months (and years) after giving birth. They provide some expert advice on fashion, fitness, and nutrition.

Dec 17, 2018
Dr. Harvey Karp Answers Your Questions

Katie talks to pediatrician and child development expert, Dr. Harvey Karp (author of The Happiest Baby on the BlockThe Happiest Toddler on the BlockThe Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, and creator of the SNOO). Dr. Karp explains his 5 S's for soothing babies and answers questions from listeners about how to help a baby sleep through the night, sleep training, and how to get a child to sleep in their own bed.

Dec 10, 2018
Faith and Family ft Sasha Sagan & Yael Stone

With the holiday season in full swing, Katie welcomes writer and filmmaker Sasha Sagan and "Orange Is the New Black" actress Yael Stone to talk about weaving faith and religion and their respective families' accompanying traditions and stories together. 


Dec 03, 2018
Adoption 101 w/ Shonda Rhimes (Part 2)

November is National Adoption Awareness Month so this is the second of two episodes about adoption. This week's conversation is another must-listen as Shonda Rhimes shares her experiences with domestic adoption.

Nov 26, 2018
Adoption 101 w/ Dan Bucatinsky & David Baum

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, so Katie's Crib is devoting the next two episodes to learning about the domestic adoption process and what it's like to be an adoptive parent. In the first episode, Katie talks to Dan Bucatinsky, her Scandal co-star, author of the book, "Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?" and father of two adopted children. Then, Katie speaks with adoption attorney, David Baum, about the legal process and what those considering adoption need to know.

Nov 19, 2018
Who Are You Calling a "Geriatric" Mom?

Katie and her roundtable of guests talk about becoming a mom when you're over 40. Writer and entrepreneur Rachel Sklar, as well as Broadway actresses Jennifer Bullock and NaTasha Yvette Williams share their experiences. Rachel gave birth to her daughter at 42, NaTasha gave birth to twins at 40, and Jennifer gave birth to her daughter at 44. They discuss how they dealt with medical hurdles, the physical and emotional toll of pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and the advantages of being an older mom.

Nov 12, 2018
Timeouts and Tantrums

In this week's episode, Katie talks with a roundtable of experts about figuring out the approach to discipline that's right for you. Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) instructor Kristin Eliasberg, mom and author Laurie Gelman, and child psychologist Dr. Rebecca Schrag Hershberg discuss how the way your parents handled discipline might not be right for you, the deeper work of anticipating your kid's needs, and whether discipline is even the right word to use in the first place for toddlers.

Nov 05, 2018
What Is a Conscious Parent? w/ Dr. Shefali Tsabary

In this week's episode of "Katie's Crib," Katie sat down for a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Shefali Tsabary, a clinical psychologist and the acclaimed author of "The Conscious Parent." Instead of relying on quick fixes, Dr. Shefali believes children can be catalysts for the deep soul-searching and personal transformation parents need to develop healthy patterns of behavior. Katie and Dr. Shefali talk about Dr. Shefali's philosophy and what it means to be a conscious parent. They also get into Katie's own experiences as a mom, and what important life lessons parents can learn from their children.

Oct 29, 2018
First-Year Milestones

In the season two opener, Katie hosts a roundtable discussion with Dr. Danielle Taylor, her New York City-based pediatrician, and moms Nicolette Robinson and Jamie Stelter. Katie and her guests talk about the importance of celebrating (or not) first-year milestones. They also consider the pros and cons of sharing those milestones on social media, explore comparing their children with other kids, and talk through the pressures of planning baby's first birthday party.

Oct 22, 2018
So, It's Time To Go Back To Work ft June Diane Raphael

Katie and actress June Diane Raphael ("Grace and Frankie") discuss what it’s like to head back to work after giving birth and how to handle childcare. Then, Katie learns exactly what kind of rights a new parent can expect when returning to work, from labor and employment lawyer Janet Swerdlow.

Jun 18, 2018
Social Media, Screens, & Kids, Oh My! ft Melissa Fumero

How much screen time is too much? Is it safe — and ethical — to share pictures of your new baby on social media? Katie talks to friend and fellow actress Melissa Fumero ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") about her experiences with social media and screen time and her 2-year-old son. Then, child psychologist Vindia Fernandez runs down the benefits and risks of sharing kids’ photos on social media and how screen time can impact a child’s development.

Jun 11, 2018
Get To Know Your Pelvic Floor

If you haven't heard of the pelvic floor, it's time to get acquainted. Katie talks to Stephanie Prendergast, a Physical Therapist and Co-Founder of the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center and Priya Campbell Surrago, a Birth Doula and holistic Pelvic Floor Specialist at Berlin Wellness Group in Los Angeles.

Jun 04, 2018
Should You Sleep Train? We Investigate

Katie welcomes Susie Menkes, PhD, a certified infant and toddler sleep training consultant (Founder, Healthy Little Sleepers) to talk about the ins and outs of sleep training. Then Abigail Morgan, MTOM, L.Ac., FABORM, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist (Clinic Director & Owner, FLOAT: Chinese Medical Arts​​) shares her experiences with co-sleeping and attachment parenting with her two kids.

May 28, 2018
Miscarriages: You Are Not Alone w/ Amy Mass & Jackie Seiden

Katie and her guests, TV writer Amy Mass and actress Jackie Seiden, discuss the physical and emotional toll of the miscarriages they had on their journey to motherhood.

May 21, 2018
Building Your Village

Katie chats with actresses Angelique Cabral, Laura Mann, and Katy Davis and fitness and lifestyle guru Amy Rosoff Davis. They're all part of "Swim Club," a group of women who've supported each other on the journey through pregnancy and motherhood.

May 14, 2018
Postpartum Blues ft Casey Wilson & Lucy Rimalower

Katie welcomes actress and comedian Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings, “Hotwives of Las Vegas,” “Bitch Sesh” podcast) to talk about the postpartum depression she experienced after giving birth to her second child. Then, Katie is joined by marriage and family therapist Lucy Rimalower to discuss the difference between postpartum depression and baby blues, how to spot the warning signs, and the many ways of getting help.

May 07, 2018
The Truth About C-Sections ft Angelique Cabral

Katie hosts a roundtable discussion with actress Angelique Cabral ("Life in Pieces"), stay-at-home mom Emily Roiff, and Katie's OB-GYN Dr. Layne Kumetz about the truths and myths of C-sections.

Apr 30, 2018
Why Is Breastfeeding SO Complicated (Part 2)

Katie welcomes Lactation Consultant, Linda Hanna (Owner, My Nursing Coach), who helped Katie through the early days of breastfeeding. 

Apr 23, 2018
Why Is Breastfeeding SO Complicated ft Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell ("The Good Place") stops by Katie's Crib to share her experiences with breastfeeding. Then, Katie talks to Celebrity Make-Up Artist, Jamie Greenberg about her decision not to breastfeed. Part 1 of 2 episodes.

Apr 23, 2018
BONUS: To Doula or Not to Doula ft Rebecca Benenati

Katie shares her birth story with doula, Rebecca Benenati (Owner, Well Born Lifestyle & Doula Services by Rebecca)

Apr 16, 2018
To Doula or Not to Doula ft Jennifer Finnigan

In Katie’s first episode, she welcomes doula Rebecca Benenati (Owner, Well Born Lifestyle & Doula Services by Rebecca) to help explain what doulas are and how they can play a crucial role in an expecting family’s birth plan. Then, Katie talks to her friend Jennifer Finnigan (CBS’ Salvation, FX’s Tyrant) about her own experiences with a doula and the birth of her first child.

Apr 16, 2018
Introducing: Katie's Crib

Katie Lowes introduces her new podcast, Katie's Crib.

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Apr 02, 2018