Our top 10 parenting picks
Brimming with savvy advice, these digital reads cover a variety of hot parenting topics including pregnancy, budgeting, careers and the modern family. Here are our top 10 parenting picks – a must for mums and dads
Becky Goddard-Hill, 41, mum to Franklyn, nine, and Annalise, six – www.babybudgeting.co.uk
Raising kids is an expensive job, so, if you want tips on how to budget or get a bargain, this is the blog for you. Covering all aspects of parenting kids aged zero to five, it also includes crafts, play ideas, recipes, product reviews, words of inspiration and reader competitions. It’s packed with advice on how to live well, but for less. Don’t miss the monthly Thrifty Families Blog Carnival either, where bloggers can showcase their frugality-related posts.
Sabina Green, 37, mum to William, 11, Lillie, five, Ollie, two, and six-month-old Albie – www.deepinmummymatters.com
If it’s a one-stop parenting resource you’re after, make your way over to the Mummy Matters blog. Brimming with information on everything from breastfeeding to child behaviour tips, healthcare how-tos, days out and product reviews, this blog is a mummy must-read. Whether it’s a pregnancy journal filled with the excitement (and exhaustion) of a mum-to-be, or a post on the trials and tribulations of a parent with a fussy eater, Mummy Matters reminds you that you are not alone!
WHAT MUMMY THINKS
Michelle, 27, first time mum to Isabella, 10 months old – www.whatmummythinks.co.uk
Blog creator and first time mum, Michelle, and her friends write What Mummy Thinks, to give other new mums ideas about different activities they like to do with their babies, reviews of products and toys their babies like, plus any relevant news or articles of interest as well as hints and tips that are helping them to raise their babies. A good read for all new mums. The blog also highlights the best discount codes out there and runs competitions for its readers!
BLOG BY BABY
Danielle Parker, 28, mum to Jordan, 10, Brooke, eight, Mark, three, and seven-month-old baby Emma – www.blogbybaby.com
Refreshingly frank, Blog By Baby offers parents, and those expecting, honest insight into how to deal with everyday life when pregnant, raising children, or, as in the author’s case, doing both! From potty training to the quest to become a domestic goddess, it covers everything from pregnancy right up to when your child is pre-teens. There is also a focus on raising a child with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning difficulties.
BRINGING UP CHARLIE
Tim Atkinson,47, dad to Sally, 15, Charlie, five and Eloise, two – www.bringingupcharlie.co.uk
This is among the most popular parenting blogs in the UK. Its author, stay-at-home dad, Tim Atkinson, was voted ‘Best Blog Writer’ and the site won ‘Blog of the Year’ award at the Mum And Dad blogger awards (MADs) in 2010. Although primarily a parenting blog, its scope is broad, with topics ranging from creative writing to politics and music; making it the perfect read for when you have had just about enough toddler talk for one day.
WHEN SALLY MET SALLY
A resource for lesbian parenting – www.whensallymetsally.co.uk
What happens when your family has two mummies? This online magazine for gay and bisexual women is a helpful resource on same-sex parenting, and includes blogs and articles written by gay women who are either starting a family or raising children already. Refreshingly honest and often funny, these bloggers candidly describe their experiences throughout the journey of pregnancy, birth and parenthood within a modern family. You can read everything here from the awkwardness of finding the right ‘baby daddy’ to an ‘insemination vacation’!
Support for pregnant mums – www.maternity.co.uk
Pregnancy is one of the most confusing and important part of a woman’s life so Maternity wants to talk all things bump-related to make sure you feel fully prepared. Designed to cover everything about your pregnancy, you can use the three trimesters navigation to choose the exact week you are interested in. With hundreds of articles about getting pregnant, pregnancy, childbirth and labour, this is a must-visit for all information.
THE BABY WEBSITE
For pregnancy and parenting – www.thebabywebsite.com
Whether you’re a (nervously) expecting parent or an old-hand, this website is a treasure trove of concise parenting and pregnancy advice, family finance tips, news and humour. Get your cute fix from the baby gallery, read product reviews from fellow parents, whip up something from the cooking section or chat to other parents in the friendly forum. You can even share parenting photos and experiences in a simple baby blog of your own by signing up. The Trying4Baby section means even those still trying for a little one are sure to learn something new with each visit.
For expert mum advice – www.mumstreet.co.uk
Searching for parenting advice can mean tedious sessions spent on Google – and often with poor results. Until now. Mum Street is a one-stop destination for mums, dads and parents-to-be, offering trusted advice from a resident midwife, answers to all those embarrassing questions And information about parenting-related groups and classes in your area – from pregnancy to pre-school level. Prepare for hilarious parenting blogs, exclusive competitions, news and reviews.
Getting mums back into work – www.workingmums.co.uk
Building a flexible career that works around your family might sound slightly impossible, but this jobs and community website for busy mums is making it a reality. The site advertises family-friendly, flexible jobs with small, medium and large UK corporate employers. Entrepreneurs can check out the Franchise Zone, for women who want to run their own business within the framework of an existing successful business, or the Business Zone for self-employed women. Mums can also find fantastic, expert advice on everything from employment law to childcare.