Pregnancy & Parenting Resources
Preparing for Your Baby
The wealth of online information for parents-to-be and new parents can be overwhelming!
So, we’ve done our homework and sourced the best of the best resources to help make your research a little simpler as you prepare for Welcoming Baby.
BabyCenter.com is an award-winning, one-stop parenting website. You’ll find well-researched information on pregnancy, baby care, development, milestones, parenting tips and more.
It also offers optional e-newsletters to track your pregnancy and your baby’s weekly or monthly development.
Bonus: you can join forums and “talk” with other parents, too.
The Bump takes you from way before your little one arrives through the preschool years with advice in a contemporary atmosphere.
From planning through the three trimesters and on to parenting, this site offers incredible insight in an organized, down-to-earth way.
Bonus: The Bump’s app is also very helpful.
WhatToExpect.com has been around for years – and there’s a reason it has staying power. With great content from preconception through toddler years and beyond, this site seems to have all the answers.
You can sign up for updates or simply visit your week of pregnancy or your baby’s week/month since birth.
Bonus: don’t miss the Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy.
HealthyChildren.org is a one-stop parenting website. Here, you’ll find well-researched information on pregnancy, baby care, development, and other parenting tips direct from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Bonus: you can register for a free membership to get customized information for you and your budding family.
Other recommended resources for breastfeeding specifically:
Great Pregnancy Apps
For parents who want information at their fingertips, there is a wealth of information available through smart-device apps as you prepare for Welcoming Baby.
We recommend the following popular pregnancy apps:
- The Bump
- Ovia Pregnancy
- What to Expect
Welcoming Baby...Week by Week
Are you simply wondering what your baby looks like in your current stage of pregnancy?
Here are a few of our favorite sites that offer you an excellent glimpse of your baby’s growth – from a cluster of cells to ready-for-birth, week by week.
Parents.com offers a great pregnancy week-by-week listing complete with realistic images and information on what is happening in your baby’s development in any given week.
BabyCenter.com is a fantastic resource so it’s no surprise that their pregnancy week-by-week guide is a good one.
The guide offers photos, broken down by week in trimesters, with short one or two sentence explanations.
Hoping to have a little more fun when sharing the size of your baby?
Babycenter.com also offers a fruit and veggie comparison guide.
For example, in week 4, your baby is the size of a poppy seed; in week 7, your baby is about the size of a blueberry; and in week 19, you have yourself an heirloom tomato!
Visit this amusing site, and have fun sharing your little blueberry (or rutabaga!) with friends and family.
Good Pregnancy Books
Sometimes you may want to step away from all the online content and sit with a good book.
As you prepare for Welcoming Baby, here are a few print resources we recommend for Mom’s- and Dad’s-to-be.
Mayo Clinic: Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy is written by doctors who are also parents.
It’s broken down into three sections: pregnancy, childbirth and newborn, detailing important information you need to know in each stage.
The Pregnancy Countdown Book by Susan Magee and Kara Nakisbendi, MD, details your entire pregnancy experience.
Not harsh nor blunt, but also not sugar-coated, this gets right to the point in telling you about milestones and the changes your body is going through.
The Expectant Father by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash is an “ultimate guide for dads-to-be” and is considered an essential resource for all expecting dads.
Other recommended books:
- Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - what you need to know to have the best birth experience for you
- The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions - for the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room
- Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation - a holistic approach to childbirth
Keeping Baby Safe
It’s important to familiarize yourself with product recalls for your baby's safety.
If you register your baby purchases (especially “big ticket” items) with the manufacturer, you will likely be directly notified of any recalls.
But if you forget (or simply don’t want to), there are other resources available.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is an excellent resource for recalls of all kinds of products.
We recommend being vigilant about checking often as it lists products from newest on recall to oldest.
It also offers a searchable database.
SafeKids.org provides a comprehensive month-by-month listing of product recalls.
Bonus: you can sign up to receive product recalls via email.
We want to be your health care resource when you have questions or concerns. Our staff has prepared information on the following topics that may be of interest to you: