Monday, February 19, 2018
Parenting & Relationships

Information age proves an asset to new mom

As a first-time mom, I ask a lot of questions.

Why does my 5-month-old son wear size 9-month clothes?

How will I know when he starts to teethe?

What organic baby food is really organic?

If possible, I ask friends and family for advice.

At scheduled appointments, I ask our pediatrician. At 5 a.m. when I want to know about baby ear wax I Google it.

True, there is a lot of misinformation on the web and mommas arguing on message boards offer little help. I still managed to find some great online resources.

Here are my top three suggestions for all the new moms out there:.

Healthychildren.org: It's terrific for medical-related questions. A project of the American Academy of Pediatrics, it features articles written by doctors.

Healthy Children is great for information regarding immunizations, how to handle minor health concerns and what to expect as baby grows.

Helpful tools include a KidsDoc symptom checker, growth charts and safety guidelines for common medications.

Kellymom.com: A proven resource for breast-feeding moms. It offers information on everything from latching a newborn to weaning and introducing solids.

The site, operated by International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Kelly Bonyata, tackles topics such as 'Is it normal if ...?' and 'Can I breastfeed if ...?' Kelly helped me a lot when my son started cluster feeding.

The phrase, I learned from the site, refers to feeding frequently for hours at a time and yes, it is normal.

Tnpc.com: For parenting advice and product information, I visit the National Parenting Center at this address.

Here, experts give tips on subjects including fostering language development, eating out with an infant and mastering baby signals.

The site also offers a list of products with an NPC Seal of Approval.

Three times a year, the group surveys the latest products in categories ranging from toys to toothbrushes, and publishes its recommendations. There is even a link to research recent product recalls.

The older my son gets, the more I feel lucky to live in the information age. I appreciate advice from others.

I also like knowing I can do the research and decide for myself what works for my baby.

Sarah Whitman, a married, first-time mom of a newborn, lives in Land O'Lakes.

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