I have always been the type of person who researches things like crazy – whether it’s where to go on vacation, what dress to buy for a special occasion or what new winter boots to get, I delight in the process of digging around and exhausting all articles, photos and reviews before I make my well informed decision. And in the world of motherhood, I am no different.
When I was pregnant and when Georgie was tiny, it was incredibly overwhelming – this need to do mega amounts of research before buying a pacifier or a swaddle blanket or deciding on the best nursing strategy. In hindsight, I wish I would have let my instincts guide me a little more, but to be honest it took me awhile to feel comfortable enough and confident enough that my motherly instincts were actually leading me to the right decisions for my baby and my family.
I’ve gotten into a pretty good groove with it all, and rely on a smaller edit of sites to get me through when I have questions, or just want to spend some time reading while sipping my morning coffee. Here are the sites and blogs that I love:
This is my go-to when I need a new product for Georgie. They have broken down every category of baby and toddler gear you could possibly need into their three favorite picks, with details of why they’re the best picks. You can curate your registry on the site, and they have a fantastic blog.
A beautifully presented look into the gear, decor, styling etc. of some very fashionable moms.
Great content on style, skincare & fashion, and I love their Mom Crush column, where they get great tips and advice from a down-to-earth selection of celebrity moms.
This one can be tricky, because it can send you down a crazy spiral and give you anxiety about things you never even knew you should have anxiety about. Sometimes their tone is a little ‘this is the way it is and this is how you need to do it and that’s that’ which isn’t really ideal, as every baby is different, and every parent is different. That said, I admittedly am a member of the February 2015 moms board and the daily email is one of the first things I read every morning.
A beautifully presented and thoughtfully written blog. This is one of those where I totally trust the recommendations and advice given.
I love the mix of topics, from recipes to red lipsticks to the best five words to tell your child to encourage them. Every post is one I want to read!
Adorable outfits, great maternity style inspiration and a fantastic list of baby essentials that I referenced often when I was pregnant and figuring out what we really needed.
I have Hitha to thank for introducing me to this blog, which is the most real representation on motherhood I have ever read. It is equal parts hilarious and uplifting and endearing and brilliant. It is incredibly well written and has made me laugh out loud on several occasions. If you’re in the thick of it, please read the sleep training series. It’s too good.
P.S. My favorite parenting books here.