iVillage: Click on the parenting tab, then find the age of your child to read more about all sorts of issues, including reliable health information, quizzes, nutrition, and recipes, as well as shopping and crafts. Some of this information comes from magazines associated with iVillage.com, including
Good Housekeepingand Redbook.
Parentingmagazine, the information on this Web site includes articles from the past that are age-specific, including each month between twelve and twenty-four months, which is then broken down into health, nutrition, and other categories.
Parent & Child Magazine: Here you'll find short informative articles and timely stories. Includes cultural information, health, wellness, and developmental items.
Family Fun: This is the Web site to go to for crafts, activities, and creative ideas, as well as timely recipes (for holidays) and birthday party ideas. It's also useful for vacation suggestions.
American Academy of Pediatrics: This is the Web site of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is designed for parents and doctors. You can search for information by age or topic, and the information is highly reliable, although it is written in a dry manner. Nevertheless, it is a great resource for health information.
Parents Magazine: Articles and q-and-a's from
Parentsmagazine, arranged by age as well as subject matter. This site is a little more plain — and thus easier to navigate — than the other magazine Web sites. The advice and information is reliable and given by both doctors and parents.
Children's Defense Fund: An important advocacy group for children and those who care for them, the Children's Defense Fund Web site has information about how government programs and funding affects children and children's programs. The organization is especially helpful to families with limited incomes and resources who need to have their voices heard by the government.
WebMD: This site is full of helpful information for people of all ages, but you can go to its “parenting and family” page for extensive facts and advice on a wide variety of childhood illnesses and behavior issues. There are physician and parent blogs, as well as q-and-a's and a “symptom checker” page.
Zero to Three: This is the Web site for the national organization that supports the healthy development of babies and toddlers. Includes basic developmental information, as well as information on the lobbying this organization does to help fund programs for children.
Remember that not everything you read on the Internet has been researched, proven, or vetted by a physician or pediatrician. Also, the parents who give advice on blogs or boards are not people who know you or your child.
The following Web sites are all reputable and reliable, although the information on any of their blogs or boards is not necessarily reviewed by a physician or expert.
You can personalize a lot of these sites to the exact age of your child, so that each month you receive an e-newsletter explaining how your baby is growing and changing.