My Favourite Parenting Resources

One of my friends told me when I became pregnant, you’re a researcher, you’ll do your research and you’ll figure it out. She was right.

Since then and now having a beautiful and demanding seven-month-old I’ve done enough reading, watching and listening to write a book! But since many books, podcasts and websites already exist, created by people who have done even more research than me I thought I’d just put together this list of my favourite resources for any new parents or parents to be.

Ranging from informative to entertaining, irreverent to sentimental and covering topics from labour to starting solids, sleep and gross motor development, there’s something for everyone, and if you’ve got a question, the answer is probably somewhere among these links.

Books

Birth Skills by Juju Sundin

When you’re pregnant for the first time giving birth is at the forefront of your mind… and it’s terrifying. Weather you want to go all natural or open to every and all possibilities Sundin’s book takes the fear out of the experience. Props to a stellar mum friend who recommended this to me during pregnancy.

My Strong Little Body by Alana Gardini (affiliate link)

At a loss for what to do with that demanding, bored little baby? Got a tummy time anarchist? Starting to worry about why your bub ain’t crawlin’ yet? This handy ebook has got you covered. With activities from birth to crawling and written by a physiotherapist, it’s a one stop shop for all your bubs gross motor skill development needs.

The Wonder Weeks by Frans X. Plooij, Xaviera Plas-plooij and Hetty Van De Rijt

I know you’ve heard of this one. The best part about the Wonder Weeks is not the endless agonizing over your baby’s development but rather that explanation for why your little angel WON’T. STOP. CRYING. and the knowledge that this too shall pass. If your not keen on the book, try the app, it’s short a sweet and to the point. Still waiting for my bub to start clapping FYI.

Elevating Childcare by Janet Lansbury

Based on RIE (Resources for Infant Educators), that takes a respectful approach to parenting, Elevating Childcare is a collection of articles on topics ranging from infant sleep to potty training to independent play. This approach to parenting really speaks to me and this book is an invaluable resource to dip in and out of throughout the early years of parenting. P.S. The author also has a website which is linked in the websites section below.

You Will (Probably) Survive by Lauren Dubois

This book is the mum friend that makes you laugh so hard you snort your coffee. It reminds you not to take parenting and life to seriously which is what we all need a little more of in our day.

Websites

Raising Children: The Australian Parenting Website

If you want the facts, just the facts and nothing but the facts, this is a supremely helpful website with information that runs the gamut on pregnancy and parenting. Google any question with ‘raising children’ at the end to get a reliable, researched answer. And if your not Australian, a lot of this information still holds true, although there is probably an equivalent site in other countries.

Taking Cara Babies

This site and the related Instagram has great tips and advice around baby sleep. That’s right, the one thing every new parents wants the answers too. I turned to it during the four month sleep regression and still use the resources around wake windows and nap schedules now.

Solid Starts

My absolute favourite website for introducing solids to your baby (the baby led weaning way). It has a huge database of foods, with information on when and how to introduce them to your baby. Never wonder ‘can I give this to me baby?’ again. Great Instagram too.

Core & Floor Restore

This site offers a range of programs around strengthening your core and pelvic floor, particularly pre and postnatal courses. The best resource on this site however is absolutely free! Personal trainer and midwife B recorded a series of antenatal classes which changed the game for me when it came to giving birth and feeling confident and empowered in the process. You can access them on her blog.

Janet Lansbury

The online counterpart to Elevating Childcare. If your interested in taking a more respectful approach to parenting than perhaps is the norm, this is a great place to start. There’s a podcast and plenty of articles for whichever way you like to learn.

Podcasts

Big Fat Positive

Two friends become pregnant at the same time, follow them on their journey through pregnancy and into parenthood. This podcast was one of my first addictions during pregnancy and I still tune in every week. It’s laid back, funny approach to parenting and pregnancy is just the pick you up you need. The co-host also have the best recommendations!

This Glorious Mess: Little Kids

Another fun, chill podcast with side serving of information by way of expert interviews. The episode are short and sweet, perfect accompaniment to household chores, or maybe played in the background while monitoring tummy time.

Youtube and TV

Babies

A Netflix documentary with episodes on movement, senses, relationships and and more. It’s fascinating and really makes you realise how much more babies are doing and capable of than we give them credit for.

Hapa Family

A Youtube channel with day in the life videos and a kickass series on Montessori at home. This Youtube channel introduced me to Montessori and while I’m not a full blown Montessori mumma (plastic galore in our toy stash) I do love a lot of the concepts which also line up well with RIE.

Emma Hubbard

A Youtube channel by Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Emma Hubbard with informative videos on a range of topics from drooling (omg the drool!) to crawling and toys for different age ranges.

CPR Kids TV

What’s the difference between gagging and choking and what do you do if your babies choking? A brilliant resource of Youtube videos and really essential viewing that shows you exactly what to do when bubs choking, has bumped their head or stuffed something up their nose.