Whether you’re looking for answers, laughs or just something to read at 3am when you’re nursing or freaking out, these are the blogs you’ll want to read. They’re parenting blogs, baby blogs, pregnancy blogs and sometimes a mix of all three, written by experts and moms who get it.
Through interviews with inspiring women and true tales from her own life, Womanhood Unwrapped founder Lis Thomas offers words of wisdom and inspiration about family, business, empowerment, leadership and more.
Mommy Labor Nurse
Who better to share advice on pregnancy, delivery and postpartum life with a baby than a labor and delivery nurse who's also a mom? Liesel from Mommy Labor Nurse shares tips from both perspective for a well-rounded, educated take on what we can expect each step of the way. Each article has a table of contents so you can quickly scan to find where your questions are addressed.
Swaddles n' Bottles
Swaddles n' Bottles is a one-stop shop of practical advice and helpful information on pregnancy, labor & delivery, your postpartum body, breastfeeding and the baby gear you really need. Writers include moms, a labor & delivery nurse and a certified lactation counselor, and advice is organized by stage (pregnancy by trimester, postpartum, baby tips) and topic (breastfeeding support, pumping tips, baby gear), so it's easy to find exactly what you're looking for.
Lay Baby Lay
You can count on Lay Baby Lay for nursery design ideas and all-around motherhood inspiration. Joni Lay, the designer and mom behind the blog, has been sharing her creative talents and motherhood stories since 2011.
Fit Bottomed Mamas
The Fit Bottomed Mamas section of the Fit Bottomed Girls website covers pregnancy, parenting, family as well as trying to conceive and infertility. The tone is light, funny and always supportive and inclusive.
With a mission to celebrate motherhood and empower mothers everywhere, Baby Chick is full of everything you'll need to know for conception and pregnancy to life with baby. Baby Chick was founded by a doula and mom & baby educator.
The Fashion Bump
Founded by a pediatric registered nurse, The Fashion Bump covers the latest in style, beauty products, health and lifestyle news for pregnant women, with a body-positive vibe about loving your amazing bump.
Working Mom Magic
On Working Mom Magic, you'll find posts that focus on juggling life as a working mom. Topics include parenting, fitness, crafts, recipes, 529s, handling daycare issues and hacks for spending more time with your kids. Posts are focused and full of advice, since working mamas are too busy for fluff.
Mommy on Purpose
Carly, the founder of Mommy on Purpose, is dedicated to helping moms live their best life by sharing practical tips and resources on pregnancy, labor & birth, breastfeeding and life with littles, from fun activities to how to keep things clean and organized and ways to save money. We love how she divides baby and toddler articles into two groups, Tiny & Squishy and Sticky & Wobbly.
Amy, the chick in charge of the roost over at Pregnant Chicken, aims to keep pregnancy and parenthood real (and fun) for expectant and new parents alike. Popular features you can expect to love include the "Is it Safe" section, covering what you can and can't do while pregnant, and what you need to know for each trimester.
Confessions of Parenting
In addition to advice about all things baby, the Confessions of Parenting blog also covers topics related to blended families, such as coparenting and helping kids navigate through divorce.
Fennell Seeds Blog
The Fennell Seeds blog specializes in both parenting and organizational skills, with some great travel tips thrown in as well.
Midwife & Life
The midwife and educator behind Midwife & Life shares tons of articles about pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, from how to stay healthy during pregnancy and creating a birth plan to gentle weaning advice. You'll also find amazing birth stories.
Fussy Baby Site
The Fussy Baby Site blog guides parents through life with a colicky baby or one who is especially spirited or high needs. From sleep tips and ways to keep kids entertained to parenting guidance and self-care advice, the blog strives to help exhausted parents find guidance and support.
Imperfectly Perfect Mama
The moms behind the Imperfectly Perfect Mama blog get it. They've been there and are sharing real talk on how to navigate mom life, baby stuff, postpartum drama, health issues and money.
Coffee and Coos
In addition to lots of posts on pregnancy, breastfeeding and motherhood, Coffee and Coos covers the all-important topic of money, including how to save more of it and tips for working from home. You'll also find lots of inspiring and heartwarming birth stories.
Plus Size Birth
You'll find birth stories, resources and lots of valuable advice for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive on the Plus Size Birth blog. It's a great resource for plus-size pregnancy essentials and issues you may encounter.
Thrifty Nifty Mommy
Janessa from Thrifty Nifty Mommy is the dream mommy best friend. She knows her stuff, from what baby products are best to how to deal with engorgement and more, like fun, family-friendly crafts and recipes.
Finally, a blog dedicated to imperfect parents (aka all of us). Bookmark Scary Mommy as a refreshing read following the roughest of days in pregnancy and parenthood. The satire and all-too-real insights are refreshing for real parents.
The Leaky B@@b
Precisely what its name indicates, The Leaky B@@b is a community-centric blog for breastfeeding moms that full of advice, resources and real stories you’ll probably laugh at because you can relate all too well.
Hellobee covers a broad range of topics, from conception and adoption to chronic illness and kids with special needs, as well as lighter fare like product reviews. The site also has a forum section where you can connect with others, as well as classifieds, a buy/sell section and links to favorite products of the Hellobee bloggers and community members.
A Cup of Jo
Joanna Goddard was one of the first so-called mom bloggers, having started A Cup of Jo in 2007. The site has evolved and covers style, food, travel, relationships as well as motherhood. Today, the motherhood section is thriving with thought-provoking posts on having an only child, dating as a single mom and surprising things moms learn along their journeys.
—Jane Putnam & Eva Ingvarson Cerise
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