May 12 2008

What are your favorite mommy/baby websites?

Thanks so much for your kind words, everyone! They really made me smile. I’d like to make a request of you moms out there. Can you point me to some of your favorite mom-to-be and new-mom websites?
Maybe you’re a mommy blogger, and would like to share your journey with me.  Leave a link!
Or maybe, you’ve come across a really helpful blog or website. Let me know!
I’m looking for great sites to help me save money, have a healthy pregnancy, learn all I can before the baby is born, etc.
Also, if you have any reccommendations on helpful books or magazines, please share those as well. I’ve picked up What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Your Pregnancy Week by Week, and The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy.
Here’s some baby-related links that have popped up in my blog reader/or I’ve otherwise discovered that I’d like to share with you.
Last week at Blissfully Domestic, the contributors had helpful baby-related posts, in honor of Mrs. Fussypants, who is expecting her fifth son later this week.
There’s links to useless baby stuff, and a post on what baby really needs.
Thanks to that site, I found Moolanomy’s post on 10 ways new parents overspend on newborns.
My pal Lynnae had a guest post featured at Get Rich Slowly, called “How to prepare for baby (without going broke)”
This post by Christina is something I’m going to have to file away for awhile, but it’s useful. She writes about her experiences with making her own baby food.


22 Responses to “What are your favorite mommy/baby websites?”

  1. I cannot praise the book Baby 411 by Denise Fields and Dr. Ari Brown enough. I promise you will need nothing else after your baby is born-it is the best go to for quick answers book!
    And a warm congrats on your mommy state-enjoy the ride!

  2. Baby Bargains (by the same authors as Baby411) is great for recommendations on brands and products. They rate them and include price in their rating! Their boards have tons of information too. I don’t remember the addy, but google it and you’ll find it.

    Heather’s last blog post..You can make a difference

  3. You may be interested in the blog ‘Frugal Babe’…She just had a baby (last week) and has detailed all her steps and plans for having and caring for a baby in a more cost conscious frame of mind. I enjoy reading it.

  4. I agree about the baby 411 book.

    I also loved keeping a pregnancy journal. I plan on passing it down to my daughter some day. It was a fun hobby to update that with ultrasound pictures & notes from doctor’s appointments & all the neat moments – like when I felt her kick!

    I also liked the “Everything Breastfeeding Book” if you plan on nursing. I even had M.B. read it and I’m glad I did. After my C-section he helped me get the baby to nurse because my arms were still a little numb. It covers so many questions and concerns.

    And I got M.B. a book called “The Expectant Father” – he loved reading it and was geared towards a dad.

    Have fun with all this baby stuff!

    S.B.’s last blog post..CVS Deal for 5/11/08

  5. Congratulations!!!! That is so exciting!

    As for books, I love anything by Dr. William and/or Martha Sears. But I’m *kind of* crunchy. :) With my first pregnancy, the Pregnancy Week-by-Week book was really fun. I also really like Fit Pregnancy magazine.

    As for web sites, Babyfit.com is pretty great.

    Tenille’s last blog post..Decisions Made

  6. Congratulations on your pregnancy! It’s an exciting time and children are so worth it!

    I enjoyed the Consumer Reports Baby Bargains book. I also liked the Baby Center website (don’t remember the address.

    A few other things that I was able to take advantage of (I’m not sure if they’re available in your state/or even still available, but it’s worth a shot!): If you’re a member of Blue Cross Blue Shield, they have the Healthy Start Program where you have monthly phone conversations with an OB nurse. After your baby is born, they send you a $50 gift card to the place of your choice (I picked Target!). If you have insurance through State Farm, they will give you an awesome pregnancy and first-year book written by the folks at the Mayo Clinic. It’s a great book, so talk to your agent.

    Oh… and warm Coke and graham crackers helped my morning sickness far more than soda crackers. :-)

    Best wishes,
    ~Christina

    Christina’s last blog post..Check Out This Great “Family” Deal!

  7. Congratulations Kacie! Babies are such a blessed, life changing event!

    I agree with the poster that mentioned Baby Bargains. I loved this book, with my first baby I didn’t have a clue as to what things to buy. This book not only breaks down all the products but helps you determine what things you can skip, buy cheaply, or if it is better to splurge on a nice brand of.

    I made my son’s baby food (and will do so again for our new arrival). A useful site for that is wholesomebabyfood.com. Even if you plan on breastfeeding I would take the time to register at formula websites. You never know how things will go in that area and if you register you will receive a lot of free samples and coupons.

    Becky’s last blog post..A Guy

  8. My one piece of advice for frugality is that you really don’t need everything the “experts” say you do for a baby (a huge highchair, saucers, swings, etc.).

    As for books, I’ll share some parenting resources that have helped us-
    Withhold Not Correction (Bruce Ray)- I’d get the newest edition

    Sheperding a Child’s Heart (Tripp)

    Successful Christian Parenting (MacArthur)

    Teach Them Diligently and The Heart of Anger(Lou Priolo)

    Hints on Childtraining- a really neat 100+yr old book (Clay Trumbell)

    Don’t forget that the greatest investment you can make in this child is to share Christ. There are a lot of thoughts about parenting and it’s easy to be prideful and compare on the pluses and minuses of someone else’s situation. God has given some definite guidelines, but He has given a lot of room for personalities. Blessings!

  9. I agree with everyone else about the Baby Bargans book. I used it for almost all my purchases.

    Another bit of advice is Craigslist. I know as first time parents you may want to buy everything new – very understandable, however, you can find great deals on gently used cribs etc.

  10. Hi Kacie =D I don’t know if you enjoy forums, but http://www.wearebamily.com/forums/index.php? Is a nice group of ladys. Its a pregnancy/womens forum. I use to post a lot when i was pregnant, but havent in a while.

    Also, i just signed up with stumble after reading your review on it… i was wondering if you could check out my blog and review it so it can start circulating?? You don’t have to xD But if your bored and have the time i’d really appreciate it =)

    Stacy’s last blog post..Ebates and Mothers Day Goodies =)

  11. My favorite parenting book is Shepherding a Child’s Heart (for when they are older).
    For getting a scheduled baby, I would recommend Babywise.

  12. I just read the news! Congratulations!!

    I found myself referring to The Mother of All Pregnancy Books often. I really liked the week by week book too.

    Sorry I can’t offer suggestions for frugal pregnancy sites, but just wanted to say Congrats!!

  13. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I’m going to do my best to track down those titles at my library, or pick them up on PaperBackSwap.

    Thanks for the web sites, as well. I love discovering new sites!

  14. I loved Your Pregnancy Week by Week but couldn’t stand What to Expect. It was too negative for me. I love babycenter.com and the little magazines they sent out. I’d also recommend signing up at pampers.com and if you’ll be using formula, the formula manu websites.

  15. I just read the useless baby items list – I have to say that I disagree with the author on ONE point – the Changing Table. We use our changing table ALL THE TIME. I know a ton of moms use the bed or the floor, but I LOVE my changing table. It keeps our diaper items organized and saves my back from bending over a lower surface. Plus now my son is older, it keeps him from crawling away during changes (which happened to me when I tried changing him on the floor recently). Also, I can’t tell you how many times he has peed on the table – I’m so glad it wasn’t my sheets!

    lori’s last blog post..My cutie

  16. Back when I thought I might be expecting, I started researching all sorts of books – in particular “What To Expect When You’re Expecting”. From what I gathered, it seemed like it wasn’t a very good guide. While some people liked it, a lot of people seemed to think it was too negative. They said it especially didn’t help a working mother-to-be – as in, the things they recommended were just impossible when you have a full-time job. It seems to focus on extreme scenarios, and many women said it ended up scaring them more than helping. It also followed the pattern of “We don’t know how ___ affects pregnancy, so just avoid it.” Many women wrote that they got so frustrated and felt so guilty that they recommended not reading it at all. Since I’m the type of person that feels very guilty when I don’t listen to the advice of an “expert”, I decided to pass on that book even if someone gave it to me.

    All this research ended up being for naught at the time, of course, but hopefully someday I’ll be able to use it.

    ashley @ twentysixcats’s last blog post..oregon trail meets icanhascheezburger

  17. American Baby offers (or used to) give 6 free issues of their magazine. Try their website (it’s a Meredith Publication, same publisher of the Better Homes and Gardens Mag).

  18. Congratulations Kacie! Very excited for you! I’ve read all the books you mentioned and they are very good and give you lots of technical support. The one book I recommend to ALL soon-to-be Moms is Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth It is written by the worlds top midwife and it will give you some technical details, but from the woman’s perspective, not a medical one. The book turned me from someone petrified (Knock me out and get it out) of childbirth to someone who knew that I could do it! And do it I did, twice, with no interventions of any kind, all thanks to that book. It empowered me as a woman and mother. Can’t recommend it enough. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be amazed! :) Best of luck sweetie!

  19. Yay! Congratulations! I hope you’re not feeling nauseous. Here are my recommendations:

    The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth (Henci Goer). Also, you might want to see The Business of Being Born. I don’t know if you want to go natural or not, but I just wish I had done a little research before letting my OB do all the planning for me!

    This is one of my friends I’ve recently made since becoming a mom (she is a labor doula), and her blog is so awesome to learn from. Cloth diapering, babywearing, natural parenting, etc: http://inexplicableways.wordpress.com/

    And here’s my experience with cloth diapering, which has been fun and so much easier than I expected: http://babyfingers.blogspot.com/search/label/cloth%20diaper

    Mothering Magazine. Parenting, along with other mainstream mags, are full of the same-old same-old stuff (and a bunch of ads) and most of it isn’t that useful. Mothering is my new favorite.

    Other blogs:
    adventuresinbabywearing.com
    minkcoatandvelvetsweatpants.blogspot.com

    Don’t let What to Expect scare you. I got a couple chapters into it, picked up on its alarmist tone, and put it back down. There are better books out there.

    Can’t wait to read the baby-related tips you come up with for saving money!

  20. Wow. Congratulation. My one advice is to make sure you sign up for coupons. There are plenty of companies that want to send you free samples and discount coupons.

    Pinyo’s last blog post..What Is An Annuity?

  21. I go to http://www.babywhisperer.com a lot. It’s a great site about how to handle other issues like feeding and sleeping. It’s amazing how important those two things become when you have a baby.

    There are a million other posts on the site also. Plus a “couch” to cry or vent on. A much used couch sometimes! I have made a ton of great friends from all over the world on that site.

    Big congrats to you BTW

  22. Congrats!! I loved babyfit.com. There is a great community that discusses the trends/needs for new moms and also a place to enter nutrition/exercise!

    Andrea’s last blog post..Snack Time: Dunkin Donuts Free Iced Coffee May 15

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