Alrighty, folks! Lazy post today. (I think I’m allowed. I just had a new baby, after all.) We are finally at the last of the series (and hopefully, you haven’t been bored to tears and found some of the information useful). Here are several sites and books that I found invaluable when I first had Cookie Monster. I referred to them less and less as I had subsequent children (mostly because I stopped caring and worrying about every little thing). Although, the Ferber book has been constantly referenced in the last 3.5+ years since as soon as you get something down, your kids change. (Those bastards!)
Anyhow, thank you for being patient with this series, and rest assured, folks with no kids (and with no intention of ever having them), this is the final section!
Disclaimers: As usual, all the opinions are mine. YMMV. I used Amazon Affiliate links.
1) Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems – Richard Ferber
2) The Happiest Baby on the Block – Harvey Karp
3) The Wonder Weeks – Hetty Van de Rijt
4) NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children – Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
5) What to Expect: First Year (and Toddler Years) – Sandee Hathaway
1) Babysteals.com – I would sign up for it now because you often see deals ahead of time (eg: Ergo for 50% off). However, very dangerous because they have a lot of cute things!
2) Albeebaby.com – great site for deals on strollers, car seats, etc.
3) craigslist.org – Sounds stupid, but I would buy a LOT of stuff used. I wish I did. Especially for toys. Always search for the RICH areas/neighborhoods. They give things away practically for free.
4) nickisdiapers.com – great for cloth diaper deals and information.
5) amazon.com – Clearly a no-brainer – but also for the amazon Mom function! Like amazon prime but FREE!
6) http://parents.berkeley.edu/ – So much helpful information. A lot is Bay Area specific, but I’m sure the parenting advice can be universal.
7) kellymom.com – Super helpful re: breastfeeding and parenting.
Ok. Now your turn. What were some helpful books and sites that got you through the first years? Let me know in the comments.