The amount of information online and in the bookstore about pregnancy, baby and parenthood is so staggering that it can be overwhelming. Save some time during your data sort and check out these seven outstanding resources.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has relevant and sound safety advice and info on carseats, cribs, baby bathtubs and all other things baby. The agency is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk or injury from consumer products and provides standards and guidance to help you choose the safest products for your household.
Check out HealthyChildren.org for health, nutrition and safety information from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to covering nutrition and health topics that are sorted by your child’s age and stage of development, the site also covers issues such as car seat safety, family life and even television.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development conducts and supports research and provides related info on topics such as nutrition, sleeping and vaccinations.
For breastfeeding information and help, contact your local chapter of the La Leche League. The League’s mission is to provide support, encouragement and education about breastfeeding, and its website provides a wealth of info for nursing moms.
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Sleep Longer by Dr. Harvey Karp offers a system to soothe colicky babies, improve their sleep and calm their senses.
Much like What to Expect When You’re Expecting, What to Expect in the First Year by Heidi Murkoff takes an almost manual-like approach to the first year and covers many common developmental issues and milestones by age.
The best new-mom resource is Dad, so it’s important that he gets a little information, too. Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden is fun to read and full of good information, keeping dads engaged while providing the know-how they’ll need as new parents.
Even as you’re exploring these resources, remember these two cardinal rules: Trust your instincts, and call your doctor when in doubt.