Baby’s First Year Resource List

The Web is a wonderful resource for new parents, who are often confined to their homes and don’t have time to browse for information in a bookstore or library. There are many Web sites that deal with parenting and health issues (including this one!) and a quick search will yield a trove of great sources for specific interests, as well. Just keep in mind that a lot of information is published on the Internet — and not all of it is accurate. Check with your doctor if something seems at all questionable.

Here are some websites you may like. The first three are online communities that allow parents to communicate on bulletin boards and in chat rooms, as well to get advice from a host of health and parenting experts. The last two offer medical information in accessible language.

Have some parenting books on hand as well. It’s reassuring to be able to look something up — or to read beforehand about problems you don’t have yet! Three good reference books are “The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5;” “What To Expect the First Year,” by Arlene Eisenberg, et al.; and “Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five,” by Penelope Leach and Wendy Matthews.

Don’t forget the best resource of all — other mothers and fathers. As busy as you are, try to make some time to get together with parents with kids the same age as yours. You’ll learn a lot and worry much less.

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