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Parental advisory


When it comes to being a good parent, we all need some well-meaning advice. Whether you are expecting a baby, are caring for a toddler, or have a couple of noisy kids hankering for your attention - it never gets any easier. At the same time, there is no greater joy than nurturing your child and watching him or her grow strong and healthy in body and spirit. To that effect, here are a few great sites that will help...

>> Baby center

BabyCenter hosts a collection of tools that can help make pregnancy and parenting a lot easier. Among its myriad resources, the site comprises an ovulation calculator, baby name finder, immunisation scheduler and even milestone charts based on the age of the baby (up to 30 months). Then, there's a nifty app to let you track your pregnancy week by week, with helpful advice along the way from experts such as doctors, health professionals and fellow parents.
The resource is also loaded with articles that will give you information - nutrition, massage tips, baby games, etc - to help you raise a healthy child. www. babycenter. in

>> Mamapedia

If you are a new mommy, then the best people to seek advice from are mommies who have been there and done that. To foster such interactions, Mamapedia has an easy-to-use Q&A section where you can post your query and get a reply from another mom.

Questions are neatly sorted - based on category (behaviour, childcare, health, nutrition, etc) or age (toddler, preschooler, child, tween, teen, etc) - to help you browse easily. There's also a neat 'Timeline' section that gives you advice based on your child's age.

One down side though: Mamapedia asks for an American zip code when you sign up, but you can easily bypass this by searching for any US city's pin codes in Google and keying it in. www. mamapedia. com

>> Kid and parent

A website exclusively for Indian parents, Kid And Parent is packed with information for new moms and dads. With articles and videos, the portal caters to every stage: pregnancy, babycare, toddlers, preteens and child development.
But perhaps the best part about Kid And Parent is its active user community. From advice and meeting other parents, to even finding that elusive product, this space can be of great help. www. kidandparent. in

>> Single dad laughing

While most parenting websites cater to mothers, here's one for the dads. Maintained by a certain Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing is a blog that's become hugely popular in the two years since its inception. Fathers claim to identify with it while moms say it provides a rare insight into fatherhood.

Pearce shares tips on parenting, the activities he does with his five-year-old adopted son Noah, and just whatever else is on his mind. It's a fun, rivetting read and seems more empathetic and human than the expert advice you will find on most sites. www. danoah. com

>> Holiday with baby

Before you had a child of your own, the crying of a restless baby or a bunch of hyperactive kids in the train or the plane used to be quite an annoyance. But now that you have your own wailing tot, you realise how tough child management can be. Holiday With Baby to the rescue. The resource offers advice on the best practices when travelling with children. The site has three sections: Need to know (for information you'll need to plan your trip), Destinations on show (a mini travel site) and Prepare to go (a quick checklist for before you pack for your holiday). www. holidaywithbaby. com

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