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The Best FREE Resources For New Parents!

You packed up your hospital bags, said goodbye to the midwives and survived that very surreal car ride home. Visitors dropped round with lasagnes, way-too-big onesies and smooches. You look at yourself in the mirror and can’t quite believe that you’re now one of THEM. You’ve joined THEIR ranks. You’re a parent.

Everything feels so new and strange. Every nerve feels so raw and exposed. Everyone bombards you with advice, most of it contradictory, and you’re left completely unsure of what you should actually be doing.

Never fear, new parents! Here are the BEST parenting resources, parenting blogs and positive parenting think-thanks designed just for you.

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Parenting Blogs

Let’s face it – there are a WEALTH of parenting blogs out there. Here are our favourites, besides All Mum Said of course.

THE THUD
Lauren keeps it real. She’s smart, she’s realistic and she’s intent on representing motherhood exactly as it is. We particularly loved her stand against body shaming when she took on the media for publishing pictures of Chrissie Swan’s children. You go, girl!

The Notorious MUM
She was the target of an intensely vicious troll-attack but she came out the other end stronger than ever. We LOVE Lisa’s no bullshit approach, her pizazz and her… creative vocabulary.

Parenting Resources

Looking for an expert helping hand? Check these out.

Pinky McKay
Pinky is your go-to-gal for all things gentle, positive parenting. She has a series of books, runs regular webinars, is readily available for contact online and tours Australia giving talks to parents just like you.

Resourcing Parents
This is an absolute treasure trove for NSW parents. You’re going to find:

  • Ways to hook up with local parenting groups
  • Fact sheets
  • REAL strategies

And it’s all in the one place!

Early Childhood Australia
Similar to the Resourcing Parents entry, this is a one-stop-shop for parents looking for solutions in the early years. Nutrition to health information to behaviour answers – this is an absolute god-send for the parent who wants to know it all. (And that’s basically all of us, right?)

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Facebook

Huh? Facebook, you say? It seems a little hard to believe for the new parent but Facebook has become an absolute hive of parent connections.

Here are a few of the pages you’ve GOT to follow. All of these FB groups are:

  • Well monitored
  • Supportive and helpful
  • Active (You’ll thank them when you’re up in the middle of the night!)

Our favourite online FB mothers groups are:

Parenting Forum (You can post an anonymous question to the page to be answered by the community)

Whine baby, wine!

Babyhintsandtips (You post anonymously in this group as well)

Websites

Here’s the cream of the crop when it comes to parenting websites. You’ll find a huge range of articles on here as the pages all have different focus. Parent news, education news, parenting strategies, recipes, craft ideas – the whole kit and caboodle!

Raising Children Network

Kidspot

Essential Baby

Stay At Home Mum

Healthy Families – Beyond Blue (This includes quizzes to check where both you and your partner are at in terms of post-natal depression)

Face to face

Every state and territory has a different set up for their post-delivery support but they’re all a similar model.

Your local maternal health nurse or mother and child centre should get in contact with you very soon after you deliver. You’ll be set up with a series of home or in-clinic visits where you can get baby weighed and measured as well as discuss any concerns.

Your maternal health nurse SHOULD connect you with a mother’s group who are in a similar area and whose children are of similar age.

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Official Stuff

The Department of Human Services have a number of online tools (including finding out about what assistance you’re entitled to) designed to assist new parents.

When lodging a claim with Centrelink, consider that there can be some delays and that some parts of the material are not as straight-forward as others. Help can be found via their online resources which include a MyGov account. We advise setting up a MyGov account sooner rather than later as the process can be drawn out.

Your support network

If you’re a new parent, chances are that you’ve already had quite a few people contact you recently saying ‘if there’s anything I can do’.

Let them know that there IS!

You don’t win ANY awards for doing it all yourself. If someone offers to do a load of washing, cook a meal, walk the dogs, paint the house (okay, maybe not that) – take them up on it and have a well-deserved rest.

You’re important as well. Remember that.

 


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12 Comments

  1. 28/08/2017 / 6:42 am

    Said my comment was posted? A little confused but I’m guessing it’s my end. Great list.

  2. 28/08/2017 / 8:43 am

    Great post! When I was caring for our grandkids under school age, I subscribed to the Raising Children Network because of the very handy newsletter/email they’d send out according to the children’s age re developmental stages and things ‘of that age and stage’ kids would likely be doing . There is no reason these days to say “I don’t know what I am doing” but I also think connectedness with at least one other mum you trust is the most helpful initially.

  3. 28/08/2017 / 2:06 pm

    There are so many more resources for new mums then when I have my first child 23 years ago!! Thanks for the round up!!

  4. 28/08/2017 / 2:20 pm

    Such a good list of resources! There are a bunch of phone numbers you can call too – maybe you could add them to a future post. I know there are a few magnets on my fridge still that I called in the newborn haze when I was struggling with a question! 🙂

    THe raising kids website is good too, as are the face-to-face options at the local child health clinic (That’s what it’s called here in Brisbane) are so good, like you said 🙂

    Thanks for the link up!

  5. 28/08/2017 / 7:58 pm

    Back when I had my boy almost 18yrs ago now, there were no online resources. Connections with the mums from the anti natal classes, plunket visits and the new mothers groups they organised were amazing resources.

  6. 28/08/2017 / 8:44 pm

    I love The Notorious Mum and having your own support network is essential.

  7. 28/08/2017 / 9:15 pm

    Thanks for this thoughtful list Kell! I am onto my third child now and I never was connected to a mothers group. It is still a mystery to me how others find them. Lucky for me I managed to find my own ways to meet and connect with people. I certainly found the face to face with others in a similar stage of life so important and encouraging and helpful. ……. I found it so frustrating in those early days receiving opposite advice about things. Meeting with other mums gave me opportunity to listen to their thoughts and experiences and knowledge so I could decide for myself which road was best for me to take.

  8. 29/08/2017 / 6:29 am

    So great to have a list of resources, I used the raising children network and Facebook groups and they really help knowing you aren’t the only one!!

  9. 29/08/2017 / 9:42 pm

    Social media and the internet is such an awesome way to access information for new mums or connect with others when we feel stuck or lonely at home. But I definitely have found the face to face time with others mums at a similar stage to be so valuable! (and hard to find sometimes, I never was connected up to a mothers group like I have heard others have and I wish I did). I hate it how there is so often opposite advice given by the professionals and it’s often only been when I have been able to weigh up experiences from friends that I could make an informed decision that would be best for my family.

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