8 great websites for parents

by Ginger on October 29, 2010

in Mom Thoughts

I’ve had a couple of different people send me questions lately asking about parenting resources I use online. I thought, hey, this is the kind of stuff the internet was made for, sharing these kinds of resources. So below are some of my favorite sites for various reasons. I’d love it if you guys added yours in the comments! (p.s. I’m not including all of the amazing mommy/daddy/parenting blogs I read–these are really all resource sites more than anything else. )

For Breastfeeding/Pumping/Formula Feeding information:

Kellymom There is SO much helpful information here, even if the site is really hard to navigate sometimes. I used it for help with things like overactive letdown, reverse cycling, block feeding, milk storage times, pumping info, etc. I will say, there is a little bit of preachiness to the site I had to ignore (yes, I HAVE to give my kid a bottle, and pump, and there’s nothing wrong with that!), but the actual info is really helpful.

WorkandPump This site was helpful for pumping information without the “if you MUST pump rather than nurse” attitude. A lot of the information is the same as on Kellymom, but not all of it. It’s an older site, but some of the information was still helpful.

Breastfeeding.com I mostly used the forums on this site, and specifically the pumping and working forum, but they were all pretty helpful.

Fearless Formula Feeder Ok, this site is actually a blog, but I find it to be a fantastic place. No, I never had to formula feed, but I love the resource that FFF has built. If you can’t/don’t breastfeed, or if you supplement, FFF is a wonderful community, a wonderful resource, and an all around wonderful site.

General Parenting Advice/Help:

Ask Moxie Ask Moxie is one of my favorite sites, especially for the topics of sleep and developmental spurts although really, there’s so much amazing information there in a lot of other topics too (eating! naps! weaning! etc.). If there was one site I would urge all new parents to take a look at, it would probably be this one.

Advice Smackdown This isn’t always about parenting, motherhood, or kids, but it is a lot of the time.  There are great bits in here about a LOT of different stuff. You may have to search, but it’s just got a lot of answers (and the comments sections are great).

Bounce Back on AlphaMom Ok, this column doesn’t technically exist anymore (in that they’re not calling it the Bounce Back anymore), but the info is still up and it’s great. It’s mostly tips for moms, versus tips about baby–things like traveling while pumping, buying bras postpartum, sex post baby, etc–but that doesn’t really do it justice.  Just check it out. Good stuff there.

Wholesome Baby Food Ok, so even if you aren’t going to make your own baby food (I did for a while, it was easy, I got lazy), this site has a lot of really great IDEAS and information about food for kids. I’ve said before that the whole feeding thing has never come easy to me–food for kids is stupidly complicated in my head–but this site had a lot of tips and helpful ideas. They also have Wholesome Toddler Food, which I refer to now for tips and recipes.

Alright, that’s my list for now. Now it’s your turn! What sites are your go-to’s?

Perpetua October 29, 2010 at 6:02 am

Healthy toddler food ftw! I need to sit down and give that one a good read.

Rachel October 29, 2010 at 11:26 am

Thank you so much for this list. With a 6 year gap between kids I almost feel like the internet was invented after my daughter was born. I have to rediscover websites for baby raising and this list will save me some time.

Alias Mother October 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm

KellyMom and Wholesome Baby Food: they got me through it all. No doubt.

Take a look at Weelicious for toddler ideas, too. It can be a bit intimidatingly foodie sometimes, but great for when I, for example, need something new and inspiring to do with carrots.

I’ve had to supplement more with Bubba, so I should go read FFF. Thanks!

Elizabeth October 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I’ll be sure to check some of these out–thanks for the links!

Fearless Formula Feeder October 30, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I am so honored to be included on this great list! Thanks, Ginger…:)

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