The web offers a wealth of parenting advice, humor, mom-tested product reviews, and many other tips and tricks. Here's a list of our favorite online parenting resources.
Plugged in Parents
From developmental milestones to movie reviews, you'll find a wide array of advice and answers from pediatric nurse-practitioner Dr. Hillary at Plugged in Parents. Topics include health, safety, nutrition, family life and much more. The site includes several blogs such as Go Green, Homeschool Mom and Stuff My Kids Ruined.
Easily create a private website for your baby or child and share it with just your friends and family with Tot Spot. You'll be able to share information, milestones and photos of your kids with long-distance relatives and friends in a secure environment. It's like creating an online baby book with a social networking aspect, too. Check out the growth chart to monitor your child's physical development.
For an honest look at motherhood, you can't beat Jill Smokler's blog, Scary Mommy. Recognized as one of the top mom blogs, this website offers real-life advice and a place for moms to be heard. The message boards allow moms to interact, vent and communicate about parenting, relationships, pregnancy, health and everything else about life.
For parenting tips, recipes, crafts, games and more, check out Kaboose. Whether you are parenting a newborn or a teenager, Kaboose has plenty of information that is relevant and fun. Check out their advice, how-tos, message boards and more.
Any list of parenting sites wouldn't be complete without SheKnows. Sure, we're tooting our own horn, but the SheKnows family of sites offers a spectacular array of parenting advice, ideas and suggestions you'll love. In addition to the parenting channel of SheKnows.com, check out Real Moms Guide, Pregnancy & Baby and ChefMom TV.
Best parenting books
You don't have time to read the thousands of parenting books available. Here are five of our favorite parenting books that are worth the read:
Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems (Ferber) -- This is a must-have for sleep-deprived parents and their kids.
Happiest Baby on the Block (Karp) -- Calm your crying baby in no time at all.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (Mazlilsh/Faber) -- Communicate with child with love and respect
Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five (Leach) -- This engaging, informative book makes a great gift for new moms.
Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool (Runkel) -- You don't have to raise your voice to get through to your kids.
Other parenting resources include local parenting groups, playgroups and other in-person meet-ups. Don't be afraid to reach out to other parents at the park, church and community events to form friendships and share parenting advice.