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11 sex and marriage podcasts we love

Why not learn a thing or two about bettering your love life or relationship while folding laundry?

11 sex and marriage podcasts we love

Almost all of us have experienced the forgo-all-responsibilities-I-want-to-stay-in-bed-all-day feeling of binge-watching an amazing television show (Parenthood for me right now). But did you ever think you would binge-listen to radio?


Thanks to programs like This American Life and Serial, we are devouring podcasts of all different genres in all different scenarios—driving, working out, cooking dinner. They are free and easy—perfect for anyone.

Our favorites right now are all about sex, marriage and love. Why not learn a thing or two about bettering your love life or relationship while folding laundry?

Insider tip: Make sure your headphones are in or the kids are in bed before listening to Savage Lovecast. Trust us. 😉


1. Totally Married

Elizabeth, comedy writer, and Andy, record producer, are a real-life married couple who are open, honest and hilarious whether they're talking about tougher times, sexual compatibility quizzes, or announcing their pregnancy. We loved one of their recent episodes about their trip to Vegas—the first time away from their daughter—so relatable.

2. Savage Lovecast

Dan Savage is a sex-columnist, author and LGBT activist who answers a wide array of questions on his podcast. He's graphic, direct, pragmatic and we love listening in on all the questions his guests ask. One episode covers all sorts of topics from suggesting labor stimulation methods (yes please!) to pleasing your partner to how we talk about trans people. Worth a listen!

3. Love + Radio

Emotionally complicated storytelling, eclectic characters, risqué topics—this isn't your typical public radio fare. The episode about writer and filmmaker Diane Weipert's neighbors who never shut their curtains is super interesting. Check out the clip to see how Weipert deals with it. Or if you want to learn a bit more about (ahem) unique fetishes other people have (who doesn't?) or secrets your otherwise ordinary neighbors keep, this podcast is for you.

4. Coupledom (from the Legion of Weirdos)

Hosted by Christopher and Carolina, part of the Legion of Weirdos (a podcast consortium), the hosts chat about parenting (like bonding with baby—not always easy for everyone, finances and domestic issues. One of our favorite episodes deals with Carolina going back to work after baby; something many of us can relate to.

PS: This podcast no longer has new episodes, but we still love listening to older ones!



5. Hitched

This all-things-marriage podcast is hosted by Hitched Magazine's editor-in-chief, Steve Cooper. He chats with all sorts of marriage experts and authors to dive into topics that will help improve your marriage—like how to handle in-laws, dating your spouse, and improving your finances. Dr. Karen Sherman, psychologist and author, recently helped one woman on the show further understand her husbands PTSD which made for a very powerful episode.

6. One Extraordinary Marriage

Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo talk about their own marriage while helping listeners navigate through theirs. They cover some tough topics “so you can have mind blowing intimacy inside and outside the bedroom." One of our favorite episodes, The Married Couples Guide to PMS, covers a topic that we almost never hear about. This interesting episode is worth your while.

7. Sexy Marriage Radio

No topic is off limits on this weekly (every Wednesday) podcast. Marriage is a choice, and you can choose to make your marriage what you want it to be. Check out this episode about money and marriage; should you set aside some of your finances specifically for your marriage? They discuss why this is important for reasons such as having a marital emergency fund and vacation money.

8. Kinsey Confidential

This podcast is brought to you by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, which does amazing work to advance our sexual health and knowledge worldwide. Their podcast gives listeners the opportunity to have their questions answered by sexual health experts like as Dr. Debby Herbenick, researcher at the Kinsey Institute. Questions and topics on this podcast focus on specific topics in sexuality like dealing with sexual mental blocks, penis size, and lube. No question is too racy. Call in?


9. I Do Podcast

Hosted by Chase Kosterlitz and Sarah Byrne, this podcast talks with today's most popular and successful relationship and love experts to guide young couples towards lasting love by improving their relationships and keeping that spark alive. We love this episode with award-winning journalist Melinda Blau about getting your spouse to listen when you talk. (Yes, please!)

10. Death, Sex & Money

This podcast covers the tough or sometimes awkward topics that are “often left out of polite conversation." Host Anna Sale welcomes celebrities and 'regular people' alike to chat about everything from cheating to sex workers to mental health. This podcast is all about “making it count while we're here." Check out one of this episode featuring Sonia Manzano (Maria on Sesame Street) who talks about growing up with an alcoholic father. This beloved fixture of American life chats with Sale about what she has learned about marriage and parenting over the years from her parents' experience as well as her own. A must-listen.

11. Where Should We Begin?

Esteemed psychotherapist Esther Perel dives into intimate relationships in this podcast, where she helps couples explore raw emotions and difficult feelings. Think: Not being sexually attracted to your partner anymore, wanting more from the relationship, and unique dynamics, like a woman feeling mostly like a caregiver to her husband with Parkison's disease. Perel walks them through real conversations and helps them discover their need for security and freedom in the relationship.

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After 4 kids, this is still the best baby gear item I’ve ever purchased

I wouldn't be swooning over the BABYBJÖRN bouncer after eight years and four kids if it didn't work.

I have four kids 8 and under, so you might expect that my house is teeming with baby gear and kid toys.

But it turns out that for me, the more kids I have, the more I simplify our stuff. At this point, I'm down to the absolute essentials, the gear that I can't live without and the toys my kids actually play with. And so when a mama-to-be asks me what things are worth registering for, there are only a few must-haves on my list.

The BABYBJÖRN bouncer seat is on the top of my list—totally worth it and an absolute must-have for any new mama.

In fact, since I first splurged on my first BABYBJÖRN bouncer eight years ago (it definitely felt like a splurge at the time, but the five star reviews were really compelling), the bouncer seat has become the most-used product in our house for baby's first year.

We've actually invested in a second one so that we didn't have to keep moving ours from the bedroom to the living room when we change locations.

BABYBJÖRN bouncer bliss

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The utility of the seat might seem counterintuitive—it has no mechanical parts, so your baby is instead gently bounced by her own movements. In a world where many baby products are touted for their ability to mechanically rock baby to sleep, I get that many moms might not find the "no-motion" bouncer that compelling. But it turns out that the seat is quite reactive to baby's little kicks, and it has helped my kids to learn how to self-soothe.

$200

Lightweight + compact:

The BABYBJÖRN bouncer is super lightweight, and it also folds flat in a second. Because of those features, we've frequently stored it under the couch, in a suitcase or in the back of the car. It folds completely flat, which I love.

Entertainment zone:

Is the toy bar worth it? The toy bar is totally worth it. Not only is the toy bar adorable, but it's one of the first toys that my babies actually play with once they discover the world beyond my boobs. The toys spin and are close to eye level so they have frequently kept my baby entertained while I cook or take a quick shower.

Great style:

This is not a small detail to me–the BABYBJÖRN bouncer is seriously stylish. I am done with baby gear and toys that make my house look like a theme park. The elegant European design honestly just looks good in my living room and I appreciate that parents can enjoy it as much as baby.

It's adjustable:

With three height settings that let you prop baby up to be entertained, or lay back to rest, we get years of use. And the bouncer can actually be adjusted for bigger kids and used from newborn to toddler age. It's that good.

It just works:

I wouldn't be swooning over the BABYBJÖRN bouncer after eight years and four kids if it didn't work. But I have used the seat as a safe space to put baby while I've worked (I once rocked my baby in it with my foot while I reported on a breaking news story for the Washington Post), and as a cozy spot for my second child to lay while his big brother played nearby. It's held up for almost a decade with almost-constant use.

So for me, looking back on what I thought was a splurge eight years ago, was actually one of the best investments in baby gear I ever made.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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A few years ago, while my wife's baby bump got bigger and my daddy reading list grew longer, I felt cautiously optimistic that this parenthood thing would, somehow, suddenly click one day. The baby would come, instincts would kick in, and the transition from established couple to a new family would be tiring but not baffling.

Boy was I wrong.

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