Friday 11 March 2011 by By Jill Sikkens

Sometimes I wonder what life was like without cash points, mobiles and, of course the internet. Did new mothers spend days in the library looking up their questions and concerns? Did they rely on advice from trusted family and friends to make decisions about their children? Would they have ever thought to not only accept, but actively seek, advice from complete strangers?

We use the internet to find advice on practically everything - pregnancy and childcare are no exceptions. But it can feel like information overload sometimes. Not to mention all of the conflicting opinions. “Gina Ford is a genus.” “Gina Ford is too strict.” “Soya is great.” “Soya is terrible.” Where do you start?

With so many great online parenting resources, we thought it would be useful to highlight some of our favourites:

  1. Even though it is a commercial site (run by Johnson’s Baby) it is really one of the best sites in UK. With a wide range of balanced, factual advice it gives you lots of information but emphasises the importance of making the right decision for you and your family, not just what the “experts say”. Also, their weekly/ monthly newsletter throughout pregnancy and childhood are spot on. I always think “that’s exactly what Kees is doing!”
  2. I think this is a great alternative to Mumsnet, which I find can be a bit negative in the tone of its advice and forums. Specifically designed for mom’s running their own business, it has a great selection of advice and interesting products and services.
  3. Real advice from real moms.
  4. It’s so easy to find what you’re looking for on this site. They have very detailed categories, which makes the advice you receive very specific.
  5. Looking for something different? Whether it’s a baby gift, decoration for your own nursery or just an interesting way to spend the afternoon this has to be one of my favourite sites and magazines.

I hope you find these links as helpful as I do. Would love to hear about your favourites too...

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