If you are a new parent or soon-to-be new parent, you are probably up to your ears in parenting resources. Books, website, old wives’ tales – it can be impossible to tell the good information apart.
You check the interwebs day and night, Googling until your eyes go all too Googled up (if you know what we mean) with all 30 tabs open. (I mean, would you still know what’s open, really?)
Don’t you wish you could just close tabs and start anew– narrow everything down, and keep just exactly what you need?
Well, say no more, we’ve narrowed all the new parenting resources down for you! From conception to potty training and everything in between, these are the parenting resources you need to get you prepared for what is to come!
We love that Kelly Bonyata, an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), knows her stuff all too well. She can talk about evidence-based tips and tricks on breastfeeding— from newborn, to adoptive/relactation BF, to tandem BF (and a lot more in between).
If you’ve got questions about breastfeeding, Kelly is your girl.
2. Scary Mommy
What started as a simple mom blog of a stay at home mom now has transformed to a massive parenting (mostly mommyhood) resource and community, and that is Scary Mommy.
If you want the 411 on all things motherhood or womanhood in general, such as articles on parental leave, the latest Chrissy Teigen clap back tweet to that mom hater, body image, or the upcoming holidays, we’re sure you’ll love this site.
We like to think of Fatherly as the man’s version of Scary Mommy— but with a lot of new gadgets for parents, the latest in car seat technology, occasional talks about basketball and having kids, and even articles along the lines of “A Guy’s Guide to Menstruation, Ovulation and Conception”. Pretty useful if you’re a dad, and can be pretty interesting if you’re a mom, too.
Well, safe to say that it’s not just for moms, or parents, but generally speaking, this site can be reliable when in comes to practical solutions to daily living.
Although if you want to find yourself saying “AH! That makes so much sense!” from a parent’s point of view, a little button to the search bar allows you to type in “parents” and voila— every parent hack ever is on this site!
Like Lifehacker, Pinterest isn’t necessarily your typical all things parenthood website, although it is your portal to all things fun, cute and inspirational.
Here you can find how to make DIY toys, date night ideas for the SO, how to make baby friendly meals in 30 minutes or less, how to look like you had eight hours of sleep even if in reality, you only had two (thank you make up tutorials!), and a looot more fun ideas to try, even with the kids. Let Pinterest remind you how you need more than 24 hours a day, because breastfeeding, washing the cloth diapers and going to work all at once is still not enough for a power mom like you!
6. Wonder Weeks (app)
You might need to shell out a bit for this, but trust us when we say: you. need. this. app. in your life.
And your baby does, too.
An award-winning app, even doctors recommend this to track down your little one’s mental development up until 20 weeks. It allows you to understand all the incredible developmental changes your baby has to go through, as well as how your baby’s mental health develops day in and day out. Now, who needs the doctor when you have this? Kidding.
7. Lactmed (app)
Ever wondered what medicine to take for that darn migraine while breastfeeding?
This app allows you to look up medications that may have an adverse effect to either the infant feeding or to the milk supply. Originally made for doctors, this app now helps both mothers and doctors in tracking down what can be good or not for moms and infants. It also provides alternative drugs should any of the ones prescribed to a lactating/breastfeeding mom doesn’t work— so in anything, there’s relief even if you think you have limited options.
Pretty awesome, I must say!
8. Apartment Therapy (formerly Oh Dee Oh)
If you’re that one heck of an interior designer (or wannabe) parent, this website would be an eye candy for you! We love that it unleashes our inner homemaker with articles like making a space baby friendly, Missoni for kids (cause we want a little bit of the ~high life~ too, you know), and the ever irresistible anything from Ikea.
Food, food, all about food!
We love how this site makes it easier for us to make food for the little ones in terms of diet that we’d like to follow. There is a wide array of baby food recipes to choose from, so there’s absolutely no chance to run out of food ideas! We also love the part where they provide solid food guides, so weaning wouldn’t be all too hard. You can easily plan a week of food with the help of this site.