Sometimes you need support, laughs and answers from moms who get it. (And sometimes you need it at 3am when you’re freaking out and nobody else is awake.) Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it in this roundup of the best baby blogs, pregnancy blogs and parenting blogs.
For a Labor Nurse's Perspective
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.
For Moms Seeking Practical Advice
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.
For Beautiful Inspiration
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.
For the Body-Positive Mom
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.
For Advice on All Things Parenting
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.
For the Working Mom
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.
For Those Seeking Self-Improvement
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.
For a Lighthearted Look at the Facts
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.
For the Mom of a Blended Family
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.
For the Mom Who Wants to Get Organized
The Fennell Seeds blog specializes in both parenting and organizational skills, with some great travel tips thrown in as well.
For the Mom Seeking Midwife Advice
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.
For the Mom of Babies with Colic or High Needs
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.
For the Mom Who's Keeping It Real
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.
For the Mom Concerned About Money
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.
For Plus-Size Moms
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.
For Friendly Mom-to-Mom Help
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.
For a Good Laugh and Great Advice
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.
For Breastfeeding Support
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.
For a Feel-Good Vibe
You’re guaranteed to fall in love with Jess, the blogger and mom behind Positively Oakes, which documents her journey in motherhood and inspires moms and moms-to-be alike by focusing on what really matters. It’s a feel-good read we all need. She also covers lifestyle, home decor and style so you'll find lots of Pinterest-worthy inspiration here.
For Connecting with Other Moms
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.
For Those Who Like the Classics
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.
For Fashion-Forward Mamas
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.
—Jane Putnam & Eva Ingvarson Cerise
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