My sister doesn't live here and is so envious of my access to the BPN. Every time I talk to her it seems she's struggling with another parenting dilemma and is looking for advice but we can't seem to find any good online forums. She's hoping to be able to tap into a community of dedicated, socially conscious parents that we are so fortunate to have here. She reads alot but being able to post her specific questions online is so much more efficient given how precious her time is. She doesn't care if it's specific to her region -- it's just advice she wants, not local services or anything. If anyone out there has any websites worth checking out, please post them! Thank you! Erika
Try Tribe.net there are lots of great parenting forums there including Breastfeeding, Attachment Parents, Hip Mamas, etc. http://www.tribe.net jennifer
As a web-obsessed mama, I'm always on the look-out for new websites to visit on one of my favorite topics: parenting. Do you have any favorite parenting websites to share with me? I'm interested in factual, advice-type sites like BPN and Babycenter.com, but I'd also like to hear about any sites/blogs you visit that are well-written and entertaining. Some examples of that sort that I've been enjoying lately are dooce.com, parenthacks.com, and rookiemoms.com. Can you help this mama waste time? Wendy
I like www.anachronisticmom.com. She has all kinds of advice, including a big medical section, she talks about gifts, breastfeeding, things to do, homeschooling, and types of schools. Lots of stuff in there like to waste time too!
My favorite parenting blog of all time is the one by Catherine Newman on Babycenter called Bringing Up Ben and Birdy. She currently has one at Wondertime, but you can go to her babycenter one and start at the beginning. She is a wonderful mother with great insights on parenting and also a hilarious writer. Rudy
enjoyparenting.com is a fantastic site with a wonderful, simple premise- the greatest gift we can give our children is to enjoy parenting them. Joe
The ultimate parent time-waster is the craigslist parenting forum. When you are itching for the next BPN to come out, go there. Good questions, good advice, but since it is basically unmoderated, there is a fair amount of bitchiness and drama, but it is very possible to avoid all that if you want to anon
There are several great sites I use regularly (descriptions copied from the sites themselves):
http://www.trixietracker.com Trixie Tracker -- crunches simple daily input into rich, informative charts, graphs and striking visual summaries that help you better understand your baby. Learn more about your baby's needs and behavior. Keep track of daily patterns. Share with your family and friends. Get more sleep.
http://www.kellymom.com KellyMom -- this website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting
http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) -- a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.
http://thebabynamewizard.ivillage.com/parenting http://www.webamused.com/milkbreath I second the vote for Catherine Newman at Wondertime and BabyCenter!
My favorite blog is Sweet Juniper. You can find it at http://sweetjuniper.blogspot.com/ The dad who writes here also blogs at bloggingbaby. I like sweet juniper because both the mom and dad blog and they are both great writers. Rookiemoms and The Poop (at sfgate.com) are also entertaining. reads blogs at work