You’ve taken the test and the results are in! While it may seem like nine months is a long time to prepare for that new little bundle, it’s never too early to get started on your planning. So where do you start? From freebies and blogs to the fun, and albeit slightly unreliable gender selectors, here are the best resources tested by a recent new mom. All of these sites are free to sign-up and offer a plethora of information that will help you get ready for your new little one.
Similar to The Knot for those of you recently married new moms; The Bump has everything you could ever want to know on becoming a new mom. From guides on how to get pregnant, to a due date calculator, The Bump is your one-stop-shop for everything baby-related. My personal favorite was the week-by-week update of what to expect in your pregnancy, complete with size comparison of my baby to a commonly known food group.
Baby Center’s Baby Name Finder
There are a lot of baby name websites, blogs and books out there, but I found this one to be the best. Not only does it include a wide range of name suggestions broken down by gender, race, religion, etc., but it also gives you the meaning of the name and its popularity based on site voting and the U.S. Census records. I also really liked the name suggestion tool, which takes names you indicated you like and suggests similar names. This is a great feature for second- and third-time parents looking to find a name similar to their current child’s name.
Regardless of whether you plan to breast feed or formula feed, this site has great information and coupons for all types of baby supplies. Upon signing up, you will receive a messenger bag, free formula, a nursing kit, coupons and a Shutterfly pregnancy journal photo book, great for documenting all of those late night fast food runs, the expanding belly and the evolving nursery. Even though I nursed my daughter, and used formula as a supplement, I signed up for multiple formula rewards programs or membership clubs and found that Similac offered the most freebies.
Chinese Birth Chart
Okay, I will admit, this one isn’t very scientific, but it sure is fun! Cross reference the age you were when you conceived your child with the month your child was conceived to predict the sex of your baby. While it isn’t very scientific, it did predict my daughter’s gender correctly. Looking for more confirmation? Check out this list of 51 Gender Prediction Wives Tales.
Baby Center’s Blog Abbreviations
I only wish I found this site earlier in my pregnancy! I am a big fan of blogs and forums, however always felt like an outsider because I didn’t know all of the acronyms floating around. While I always am a fan of spelling out the acronym on the first reference, this guide will help you figure out what DH, SAHM and DTD mean for the writers who don’t spell it out for you.