Parental Control is a monthly parenting and lifestyle podcast created by My Baba and hosted by the website’s founder Leonora Bamford. The first episode came about when Leonora became increasingly frustrated at how challenging it is to keep her children safe online and wanted to find out what teenagers really think about being online and staying safe. Parental Control is about feeling in control as a parent or prospective parent and feeling confident tackling problems head-on. Each month, we’ll discuss current and on-going issues that affect mums and dads throughout parenthood and tease out the solutions with the help of some brilliant guest and expert speakers.

You can listen on Acast or by downloading on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Parental Control, Ep 59: All Things Tween And Teen Skincare With Skin Therapist Jeanie Cordy-Simpson

Leonora had a super quick catch-up with the incredible professional skin therapist Jeanie Cordy Simpson. The main item on the agenda was tween and teen skincare, the right products to invest in as well as every common skin complaint experienced in adolescence.

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Parental Control, Ep 58: Midwife Marley’s Nitty-Gritty Guide To Common Pregnancy Complaints

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes Midwife Marley to the show to discuss common pregnancy complaints.

Marley takes a deep dive into the nitty-gritty of common pregnancy complications, including everything from constipation, piles and lightning crotch to leg cramps, varicose veins, spotting and discharge. Marley also explains the difference between morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum, and as with all of these health issues, when to get help.

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Parental Control, Ep 57: Guilty Mother Talks Mum Guilt, Work-Life Balance And Bringing Up Confident Kids

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes Guilty Mother blogger and tech entrepreneur Jo Wimble-Groves to the show to discuss mum-guilt and how best to juggle the work-family life balance. Jo also chats about what we can do to bring up confident children, and how we can help our kids overcome negative feelings of poor self-esteem and low self-worth.

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Parental Control, Ep 56: Why We Should All Be More Eco When It Comes To Washing Our Clothes!

Leonora welcomes CEO and Founder of Oxwash, Dr Kyle C Grant to the show. They discuss how Oxwash has reinvented laundry and dry cleaning services with an on-demand business using state-of-the-art low-impact washing technology. Kyle also shares a whole host of brilliant tips, hacks, and advice for washing as a family, with simple ideas everybody can implement at home.

Oxwash is offering our audience £10 off their first order with Oxwash with the code BABA10 – valid until June 30th. 

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Parental Control, Ep 55: Model And Influencer Laura Coleman On Pregnancy, Birth And Motherhood

Ellie Thompson welcomes English model, influencer and soon-to-be first-time mum Laura Coleman to the show to talk pregnancy, baby kit and her June arrival.

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Parental Control, Ep 54: Is Your Child’s Bedroom Toxic? The Kids’ Products Responsible For Causing Harmful Indoor Air Pollution

We welcome to the show Emma Bianco, founder of eco kids’ brand Pure Earth Collection. We ask Emma’s advice on how to create the perfect (non-toxic) nursery, the products to invest in, and the ones to avoid. We discuss a list of common kids’ clothes, bedding, products and toys responsible for causing harmful indoor air pollution and what alternatives we can be investing in.

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Parental Control, Ep 53: ‘Two New Mums’ Amy Voce And Jennie Longdon Talk Pregnancy, Birth And Baby Kit

Leo Bamford and Ellie Thompson team up with ‘Two New Mums’ Amy Voce and Jennie Longdon to chat pregnancy, birth and baby kit in this latest episode of Parental Control. Virgin Radio DJ, Amy Voce and Absolute Radio DJ, Jennie Longdon discuss birth plans, hospital bags, and the products they’re buying ahead of their imminent new arrivals.

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Parental Control, Ep 52: Common Toddler Sleep Problems Solved With Top UK Experts Lisa Clegg And Sue Atkins

The Blissful Baby Expert, Lisa Clegg, and parenting expert and tonies® ambassador, Sue Atkins join My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson to troubleshoot sleep issues in young children. Together, they explore everything from how to implement a healthy bedtime routine, to the importance of a bedtime story via a book or audio player like the Toniebox. They discuss the importance of consistency, as well as common issues surrounding naps and bedtime. They talk through problems of sleep regression, nightmares, stalling at bedtime, separation anxiety and waking too early. A must-listen!

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Parental Control, Ep 51: How To Reassure Our Anxious Worried Children With Psychotherapist Ruth Adams

Leo Bamford welcomes renowned psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and healer, Ruth Adams to the show to discuss child anxiety and to get her take on how to help our kids navigate these testing times. Ruth shares expert advice on what we can do in terms of reassuring our children amongst all the fear and uncertainty in the world right now.

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Parental Control, Ep 50: Pregnancy And What To Eat During Your First, Second And Third Trimester

Editor of My Baba Ellie Thompson welcomes social media’s favourite foodie father, Leith’s-trained chef Adam Shaw from At Dad’s Table to the podcast to discuss what to eat during pregnancy. Adam shares his favourite tried and tested recipes so you can be sure you’re eating the right nutritious food for you and your growing bump, every step of the way. He also shares his top tips on preparing for the fourth trimester, with batch cooking advice and the best and easiest recipes for a brand new family. A must-listen for any expectant mama.

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Parental Control, Ep 49: Winter-Proof Your Skin With Aesthetic Nurse Anna Baker

Award-winning aesthetic skincare nurse Anna Baker joins us on the show again to chat winter skincare and how best to look after your skin during the colder months. Anna talks about everything from rosacea and different types of skin problems that can arise in winter, to Maskne and how to manage acne breakouts with continual mask-wearing. She also shares her must-use products for winter-proofing your skin.

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Parental Control, Ep 48: What Causes Shyness? And How To Support Your Shy Child

To commemorate Children’s Mental Health Week, My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes shyness expert Nadia Finer to the show to talk about shy children. Nadia explains the science behind being shy, how it can affect mental health, and what we can be doing to help our shy children so they can gain confidence from a young age.

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Parental Control, Ep 47: Leo Discusses All Things Dyslexia With The Founder Of Speechify, Cliff Weitzman

American entrepreneur and founder of Speechly Cliff Weitzman joins the show to talk with Leo about his text to speech app Speechify, and his own journey with dysleia. Cliff was diagnosed with dyslexia aged 9 and describes it as ‘the best day of his life,’ after experiencing so many struggles and hurdles with reading previously.

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Parental Control, Ep 46: Annabel Karmel On Fussy Eaters – Are Parents To Blame?

Ellie Thompson, Editor at My Baba welcomes the UK’s number one baby and children’s food expert Annabel Karmel back to Parental Control to talk about fussy eaters. We ask the tough question: are parents to blame for picky eating?

Annabel talks about how intolerances and allergies can play a role, and how best to deal with those to create a positive mealtime experience. She also divulges her top failsafe ways to get kids eating fruit and veg, and the best ways to get your little ones snacking sensibly.

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Parental Control, Ep 45: Why We Should Stop Nagging Our Children And Consider A Different Approach To Discipline

My Baba Founder Leonora Bamford is joined on the podcast by parent coach Katherine Sellery, Founder of the Conscious Parenting Revolution. They discuss issues surrounding children and discipline, sibling bickering and childhood anxiety and why we might need to rethink our day-to-day strategies.

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Parental Control, Episode 44: Everything You Need To Know About Cord Blood And Stem Cell Banking

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes Amanda Williamson from Future Health Biobank to discuss the importance of cord blood and stem cell banking. Amanda also shares her expert advice on the things to consider when choosing a stem cell bank for your child.

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Parental Control, Ep 43: Jaime Amor On The Success Of Cosmic Kids, Yoga, And Life As A YouTube Sensation

Jaime Amor is the superwoman behind global yoga brand, Cosmic Kids, and I was so excited to catch up with her in this latest episode of Parental Control. loved talking to her about her journey; from teaching yoga to filming her series and getting it out there worldwide. We discuss the immense impact lockdown has had on her brand and what it’s like to work with her husband, Martin Amor.

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Parental Control, Ep 42: How To Make New Friends, Manage Old Friendships And Know When To Say ‘Goodbye’

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes life coach and boundary expert Michelle Elman to the show to talk about making new mum friends at the school gate. Ellie quizzes Michelle on what it is about the school run so many mums find terrifying, when to ignore, and when to say ‘no’, and how to find peace outside of the cliques.

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Parental Control, Ep 41: How To Deal With Anxiety And Stress For The Whole Family

Leonora welcomes Fast Change therapist James Hymers to the podcast to talk about everything from anxiety and stress to mental health and letting go of old fears and traumas. James explains why sleep, creativity, exercise and diet are so important to us all and why we should all spend less time on devices.

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Parental Control, Ep 40: Rebecca Wilson On Family Food, Easy-To-Make Recipes And Weaning

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson is joined by award-winning Sunday Times bestselling author and Instagram sensation Rebecca Wilson to chat about weaning and family food, and to celebrate the launch of her new book, Family Comforts.

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Parental Control, Ep 39: Types Of Birth And How They Impact Future Pregnancies

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr. Ellie Rayner to the podcast to discuss how previous types of birth can have an impact on future pregnancy and subsequent births.

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Parental Control, Ep 38: Not Another Mummy Blog’s Alison Perry On Twins, Secondary Infertility & IVF

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes journalist and award-winning blogger Alison Perry to talk about everything from her award-winning website, Not Another Mummy Blog, to the launch of her new book, OMG, It’s Twins.

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Parental Control, Ep 37: Why Do So Many Women Feel Like They Lose Their Identity When They Become A Mother?

Leo welcomes Motherkind’s Zoe Blaskey to Parental Control to talk about the changes motherhood brings.

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Parental Control, Ep 36: The Benefits Of Audiobooks For Kids And Why They Inspire Even The Most Reluctant Reader

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes guests Pinky Laing, Head of Partnerships for Tonies UK and Emily Best, Knowledge and Research Manager at the National Literacy Trust to Parental Control to discuss the benefits of audiobooks for children.

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Parental Control, Ep 35: Motherhood & Mental Health: Learning To Re-Evaluate How We Speak To Ourselves

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes psychotherapist, Emmy Brunner to the show to chat about the launch of her book, Find Your True Voice. A practical 11-step guide to healing, Emily discusses her perspective on childhood trauma and how she believes it can be the cause of the mental health issues we experience today.

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Parental Control, Ep 34: How To Keep Our Kids Safe Online

Leo welcomes Internet Matters CEO Carolyn Bunting to the show to discuss how to keep kids safe online. Within this episode of Parental Control, we talk about everything surrounding internet safety for children, their digital lives, gaming, live streaming and the impact the online world is having on the wellbeing of our children.

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Parental Control: Ep 33, Midwife And Stylist Sophia Ferrari-Wills On Nursery Interiors, Must-Have Stokke Products And All Things Pink!

My Baba’s Editor Ellie Thompson welcomes midwife, stylist and content creator Sophia Ferrari-Wills to the show to talk interiors. They discuss everything from creating the ultimate nursery, to how the Tripp Trapp is Sophia’s ultimate piece of baby kit. You can also read the highlights of the interview here.

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Parental Control, Ep 32: Talking Taboos Around Women’s Health

I spoke to Janet Lindsay, CEO of Wellbeing of Women today all about the most common women’s health issues from endometriosis to irregular bleeding and much more. Please listen, share with friends and start talking about these important issues that are affecting around half the nation.

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Parental Control, Ep 31: How To Feed Your Fussy Eater With Ciara Attwell

Award-winning food blogger and author of “We’re Hungry” Ciara Attwell shares her top tips for feeding fussy eaters, her fail-safe go-to meals and how to save time and money when it comes to food shopping and cooking.

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Parental Control, Ep 30: Miscarriage: Why Women Are Being Let Down By A Lack Of Support

My Baba’s editor Ellie Thompson is joined on the show by Kate Davies, research, policy and information director from Tommy’s. This episode explores the reasons why women in the UK are being let down when it comes to a lack of support after a miscarriage, and how we can help by signing this petition.

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Parental Control, Ep 29: Help! I’m Getting Wrinkles! An Intro To Retinoids, Botox And Fillers With Expert Anna Baker

Award-winning aesthetic nurse Anna Baker joins Leo on the podcast to talk all things skincare. Anna advises on the best skincare routine, as well as the growing popularity of retinoids, botox and fillers.

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Parental Control, Ep 28: A Podcast on Weaning, Snacking And Feeding Your Family With Annabel Karmel

Annabel Karmel joins Leonora on the show to talk about weaning with tips for both puree or baby-led routes, allergies, snacks and how to encourage the kids to be more involved in the kitchen.

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Parental Control, Ep 27: Why A Routine Is So Important From Day One With The Blissful Baby Expert Lisa Clegg

We invite maternity nurse aka The Blissful Baby expert Lisa Clegg to the show to discuss baby routine and sleep. Lisa shares her top tips, which include how to introduce a bottle to a breastfeeding baby and how having a routine doesn’t mean that you can’t go out for a day with friends. Our podcast on baby routine includes discussion about different ages and stages, with Lisa confirming that it’s not just down to luck when you have a baby that sleeps well.

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Parental Control, Ep 26: It’s Okay To Rock Your Baby Back To Sleep

World-renowned paediatrician and child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp joins Parental Control to talk with Leo about baby sleep. Includes top tip for new parents, including what to expect from your newborn, when to introduce a routine and advice on how to deal with the cot transition.

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Parental Control, Ep 25: Homeschooling: Are You Coping? Expert Advice From A Child Psychologist

We invited child research psychologist Dr. Amanda Gummer to the show to answer some of our questions on homeschooling and family life in general right now.

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Parental Control, Ep 24: Why We Should Stop Praising Our Children All The Time – By Parenting Coach, Katherine Sellery

My Baba founder Leonora Bamford welcomes parent coach Katherine Sellery, the founder of the Conscious Parenting Revolution to Parental Control to discuss a range of childhood issues including anxiety and self-esteem.

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Parental Control, Ep 23: Children’s Winter Health: How Many Colds Are Too Many?

Paediatrician Dr Sophie Niedermaier-Patramani joins the show to talk about children’s winter health.

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Parental Control, Ep 22: I Wonder What It’s Like To Be Dyslexic?

Sam Barclay, author of ‘I Wonder What It’s Like To Be Dyslexic’ joins Leo in this latest episode to talk about dyslexia.

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Parental Control, Ep 21: The Legendary Fireman Sam On Bonfire Night Safety

One for the kids! Tune in and listen to the legendary Fireman Sam as he joins the podcast to talk to My Baba’s editor Ellie Thompson about bonfire night safety, as well as his adventures in Pontypandy.

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Parental Control, Ep 20: Where Do Babies Come From, Mum?

Co-founder of It Happens Education Amy Forbes-Robertson joins the show to talk about sex education. Are you wondering how and when to have ‘the talk’? A must-listen for any parent wanting to discuss the topic of bodies and boundaries

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Parental Control, Ep 19: Skin Uncovered: Everything From Eczema And Sun Damage To Freckles And Moles

Founder Childs Farm Joanna Jensen and consultant dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Crawley join Leo for this latest episode of Parental Control to talk about skincare. Topics covered range from how to look after a baby’s skin all the way up to tween issues and sun damage throughout the ages.

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Parental Control, Ep 18: How To Keep Kids Safe Online: Expert Advice & Support For Parents

Head of Community Insight and Child Safeguarding at SuperAwesome, Craig Donaghy joins the show to talk about internet safety, and the role us as parents have to play.

Craig shares his views on popular social media platforms TikTok, Facebook and Instagram along with some expert advice on how our kids can use these apps in a safe and controlled way.

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Parental Control, Ep 17: Everything You Need To Know About Milk Intolerances In Babies

We’re joined by the incredible Lucinda Miller, clinical lead and founder of NatureDoc Clinic.

Lucinda joins the show this month to talk to about cows’ milk protein intolerance (CMPA) and the role of probiotics, gut bacteria, nutrition, and how to climb the milk ladder.

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Parental Control, Ep 16: Changing Your Family’s Eating Habits For A Healthy Future

Nutritionist, naturopath and herbalist Rhaya Jordan joins the show to talk about how you can connect good and healthy food choices with family time.

This episode covers everything from weaning, snacking, vitamins and how to implement good healthy eating habits.

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Parental Control, Ep 15: Everything You Need To Know About Sleep For Babies, Toddlers & Beyond

We welcome Mandy Gurney, health visitor, sleep expert, and the founder of Millpond Sleep Clinic, back to the show to talk about children’s sleep.

In this podcast, Mandy talks about everything from sleep patterns and body clocks to sleep problems and how to master the art of learning those all-important cues.

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Parental Control, Ep 14: Psychotherapist Julia Samuel MBE Talks About The Effects Isolation Will Have On Every One Of Us

Julia Samuel is one of the wisest people on this planet and I am so happy to have her on Parental Control discussing what is going on both inside our brains and our bodies during this difficult time of isolation.  At the time of our remote recording, the guidelines on isolation were rapidly changing, so I am sorry if anything discussed is out of date by the time you listen to this.

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Parental Control, Ep 13: How To Nourish Our Bodies Inside & Out During The Pandemic With Jane Clarke

With all this stress on our bodies and minds at the moment, I called on dietitian and cordon bleu chef Jane Clarke to help answer some questions on how to nourish our bodies inside and out. We recorded this bonus episode remotely so I hope you can hear us clearly.  Thank you to Jane for your words of wisdom!

This episode covers the following topics: foods to eat when you’re anxious, how to get a better sleep rhythm and how not to put on too much weight at this time.

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Parental Control, Ep 12: How To Craft Whether You’re 1 Or 100 With Nanny Anita And Maggy Woodley

We thought this brilliant episode with arts and crafts blogger and founder of Red Ted Art, Maggy Woodley and My Baba’s very own craft extraordinaire Nanny Anita was very timely for the moment. We really hope it sparks some great ideas for crafting and getting hands-on with the kids now and in the coming months.

This episode is about crafting, experiments and having fun with kids of all ages. We talk about fine motor skills and educational aspects to crafting and everything in between.

It’s amazing how much can be done with bits and bobs floating around the house. Crafting with kids definitely shouldn’t cost a fortune and I really hope you get inspired by these two crafty queens, whether it be a seasonal craft with the kids or a 5-minute rainy day activity.

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Parental Control, Ep 11: How To Tackle Screen Time As A 2020 Parent

This month, we welcome back to the podcast child psychologist and parenting coach Dr Maryhan Baker. In this episode we asked Maryhan’s advice on managing screen time, technology and how too much of it might be affecting our children’s behaviour.

From Fortnite and Minecraft to apps and dreaded social media, we explore the impact of screen time on children and family life. Dr Maryhan Baker shares some practical advice and tips on how you can embrace the world of technology by implementing a healthy balance that works for you and your family. This is a must-listen for any modern parent or anyone who might feel like a distracted parent.

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Parental Control, Ep 10: Influencer Sophie Stanbury On Beauty, Fitness & Interior Hacks for Mamas

My Baba founder Leo talks to influencer, interior decorator and TV host Sophie Stanbury about everything from beauty and fitness to finding that perfect work-family balance.

Living in London with her two boys, she shares her top tips on interiors, where to go in town and life as an influencer.  This episode is full of Sophie’s tips and tricks on how to look good, including how she looks after her amazing mane of hair, to getting things done at home.

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Parental Control, Ep 9: Everything You Need To Know About Gut Health In Pregnancy & Babies

This month nutritionist Jane Clarke talks to Leonora all about gut health during pregnancy and in babies. What is a healthy gut microbiome? And how can you change it? We talk about gestational diabetes, c-sections and how to get your baby off to a good start.

Leonora invited nutritionist and dietician Jane Clarke on the show to talk about how gut health and the impact it has on our physical and mental health, and the simple changes we can make to improve our family’s health and wellbeing.

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Parental Control, Ep 8: How Can We Control What Our Children Are Eating? & What Impact Does Diet Have On Their Daily Life?

Are children born picky eaters or is it something they grow into? How does diet affect academic and mental performance? And should you ever feed your child snacks before bed?

My Baba founder Leonora invited Lucinda Miller, a naturopath and Functional Health Practitioner, on the show to talk about children and nutrition: why their first foods are so important; how we can teach children to look after their bodies and why she never talks to her own children about good food and bad food.

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Parental Control, Ep 7: How To Spot A Sleep Problem & Eliminate Bedtime Battles

Why is sleep so important? How do you calm them down after a nightmare? And is there a perfect amount of sleep for your child?

Leonora invited Mandy Gurney, a health visitor, sleep expert and the founder of Millpond Sleep Clinic on the show to talk about children’s sleep problems, how to learn your child’s sleep pattern and the things that stop them dropping off to sleep at night.

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Episode 6: How To Raise Well-Behaved Children & Why You Should Never Tell Your Child To Calm Down

Why don’t children do what you ask them? How do you help them understand when they’re embarrassing you? And what should you do when your child says ’I hate you’ ?

Leonora invited child psychologist and parenting coach Dr Maryhan Baker on the show to talk about behaviour and rewards, helping your child manage their emotions and why she believes parenting books don’t work.

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Episode 5: Why Do So Many Of Us Have Gut Health Problems? How To Boost Your Family’s Healthy Gut Bacteria

How much is your gut having an impact on your health and wellbeing? You might be surprised…

Leonora invited nutritionist and dietician Jane Clarke on the show to talk about how gut health and the impact it has on our physical and mental health, and the simple changes we can make to improve our family’s health and wellbeing.

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Episode 4: Are We Too Impatient About Getting Pregnant? How To Boost Your Odds Of Conception

How can you assess how fertile you are? Does mental health have an impact on fertility? And are you falling for the common fertility myths?

Leonora invited fertility expert Zita West, who has helped thousands of couples through their pregnancy journey, on the show to talk to us about the common issues couples face when trying to conceive, lifestyle adjustments you can make to improve your fertility, and whether medical intervention is always necessary.

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Episode 3: Why Do Our Children Have So Many Allergies? Are We Too Clean?

Why do people get allergies? What does an allergic reaction look like? Are vegan and gluten-free diets contributing to intolerances? And how can we help our children develop healthy immune systems? Leonora invited Dr Tom York, full-time GP and first-time dad, on the show to talk about allergies, why allergy rates are increasing in children, how to spot an allergic reaction and whether our overly clean lifestyles are damaging to our health.

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Episode 2: Why Is Sugar So Addictive? & How Can We Teach Our Children To Make Healthy Food Choices?

Why is sugar so addictive? Why are schools still feeding our children so many sugary treats? And how has eating sugar in our own childhoods affected our health and current relationship with the sweet stuff? Leonora invited Lizzie King, a nutritional health coach and founder of Lizzie Loves Healthy, onto the show to talk about sugar and the potential damage it’s doing to our children’s health.

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Episode 1: Internet Safety — What Teens Really Think About Staying Safe Online

Leonora interviews four teenage girls about their lives online. From the right age to give your child a smartphone to getting around safety barriers to what teens are doing to protect themselves on the internet, here’s what all parents should know about online safety.

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