A trio of helpful websites for new moms

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Story by Sarah Whitman
(Tampa Bay Times)
Mon, Jun 3, 2013
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As a first-time mom, I ask a lot of questions. Why does my 5-month-old son wear size-9-month clothes? How will I know when he starts to teethe? What organic baby food is really organic?

I ask friends and family for advice. I ask our pediatrician. I Google it.

True, there is a lot of misinformation on the Web, but here are my top three suggestions for new moms:

• Healthychildren.org: It’s terrific for medical-related questions. A project of the American Academy of Pediatrics, it features articles written by doctors. Healthy Children is great for information regarding immunizations, how to handle minor health concerns and what to expect as baby grows.

Helpful tools include a symptom checker, growth charts and safety guidelines for common medications.

• Kellymom.com: A proven resource for breast-feeding moms. It offers information on everything from latching a newborn to weaning and introducing solids. The site is operated by International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Kelly Bonyata.

• Tnpc.com: For parenting advice and product information, I visit the National Parenting Center at this address. Here, experts give tips on subjects including fostering language development, eating out with an infant and mastering baby signals.

The site also offers a list of products with an NPC Seal of Approval.

Three times a year, the group surveys the latest products in categories ranging from toys to toothbrushes, and publishes its recommendations. There is even a link to research recent product recalls.

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