Here's a list of the best Australian Websites for Australian Mum's and Dad's and why they are the best. Whether you want news, entertainment, experts or funny blogs these sites cover them all. Every Parent should check them out, Dad's don't be put off by some of the names there is stuff for you too.
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1) Raisingchildren.net.au - supported by the Australian Government and covering the ages from 0- 15 year olds this website has to be in the number one spot. That's right along with all the baby, toddler and pre schooler information they also provide information on pre teens and early teens. They even have a section on special needs. It's great for both Mum's, Dad's and Grandparents or anyone who cares for a child. There is a truckload of things to explore here including videos, coping toolkits, podcasts, interactive home safety guides, facts on health, visual parenting guides and even baby karaoke. There is a whole section just for the grown ups it offers advice, guides, Dad's role in the family and many family management topics. This site really shines upon the message that adults need to look after their health and their well being in order to look after their child's. This is the site to get reliable information on over 800 topics and 180 experts. The best thing about this site is you can select the information that is relevant to you and your children and create a book out of it that you can print out or simply save to your computer to view at anytime.
Once our little angel is sleeping we can finally have our own time to relax and surf the net. We want to make sure nobody wakes them.
2) Stayathomemum.com.au- another personal favourite, this site is not just for stay at home Mum's it's for any Mum. It has a shop, recipes, great cleaning and organising articles, ebooks, and funny articles that every parent can relate too. It's down to earth and was all set up by one Mum in Queensland, named Jody, they also have a great app so you can take it with you everywhere. This was originally invented by Jody to provide ideas, tips and tricks on surviving on one income but now and is that and so much more. They have a YouTube channel where Jody's husband shows some DIY home maintenance. You can also sign up to receive their daily emails or their weekly wrap up, they also have great competitions to enter and tell you about great kids sales that are on. There are charts that you can print off the site to help you get organised around the home such as chore charts, routine charts, savings chart, weekly cleaning checklists, Birthday charts even a first aid one.
Their android and iPhone app is award winning and their Facebook page is still the largest Facebook page dedicated to Aussie Mum's. That's a really great achievement. I find that it is another really down to earth and honest site, very funny too.
Oh so sweet we love you too but we also love having some time out.
3) mamamia.com.au- another one of my personal favourites and will be yours too, especially if you like Mia Freedman. This is her site and it has articles on just about everything. It doesn't stick to parenting stuff so it is better to take your mind off the some old other parenting sites. It has funny celebrity news called daily fluff, competitions, all sorts of stuff. You can subscribe to receive daily emails from them containing their newest popular articles, all of which you can comment on and no they are not all about parenting. A few weekends back they had an article about the little things in life that drive you bonkers. I was one of over 500 people who commented on this. Over the weekend I read every single comment and was laughing my head off it was so hilarious I can still recall some of the comments and laugh about them. Common comments people were making included how annoying slow drivers are, tailgaters, people that don't know how to merge, people that block your car in so you can't even get out and the slang words people use out loud that they write on text messages. It had me in stitches the whole weekend! The best part of this site is that each day they email you the day's top news stories and a little blurb about each one and it only takes two minutes to read it, perfect for all the Mum's out there who barely have time to go in the bathroom let alone keep up to date with world news. They make it easy to stay in the loop daily.
The kids asleep or with Granny? Then what are you waiting for put your feet up, grab a glass of wine and check out these websites
4) mumslounge.com.au- one of my personal favourites, it's very down to earth and casual, it has honest articles and advice. Check out Jolene's Mumbo jumbo and be ready to laugh out loud and nod your head as you read and totally understand the embarrassing, lovely and sometimes yucky world of bringing up children. They send out weekly emails that show their top articles of the week, special features and heaps of competitions to enter. There are so many topics to look at and read you will never get bored of this site, it is a very warm and humorous site, great to look at while the kids are asleep. It's design is really nice and calming and easy to view and find what you are looking for.
5) Essentialbaby.com.au - this website has information, forums, mainly deals with 0-3 year olds, also contains celebrity news, and a special section for Dad's. They also have competitions to enter and you can subscribe to their newsletter so that it is sent to your inbox. Guides about developments occurring around certain ages, get other tips and tricks from other parents in the forum and read special blogs.
6) Kidspot.com.au- Launched in 2005 this site has it all, health, milestones, celebrity news, lifestyle, a directory of events where you can look up what's on in your area, babysitting guides, articles on pregnancy, parenting, lifestyle, food and also activities to do with kids that are fun for all. They have a section called ' village voices' where you can search through over 30 topics and even a blog school. Yes they can teach you how to blog on this site, handy for Mum's who want to get creative. You can sign up to get all the latest and best articles sent straight to your inbox daily. You can join in on discussions about anything and get your questions answered. They also have great tips on saving money and printable activities for the kids such as colouring in sheets.
If you spending all day pulling these three faces whilst looking after your kids then you need these websites and time out.
7) Bubhub.com.au- another great has it all site, this one was launched in 2002. Despite its name it is not just about babies it probably covers the info you need for the under threes. They have all the topics, competitions and blogs that the other sites have but they also have reviews on popular essential parenting products so before you buy that pram or that potty you can view what other Mother's thought of it first then decide. Real Mum's not just advertisements. They also have free charts to download such as meal planning charts, birthday charts, Toddler charts and reward charts, pregnancy guides and handy checklists. They have hubs on premature babies, postnatal health, jobs, kids parties and travel. This website's information even covers conception. Really for Mum's to be or Mum's with kids aged three and under.
8) Babycentre.com.au- once again don't be fooled by the name this site covers from getting pregnant to preschool age. The great thing about this site is the 'for you' section including a section especially for Dad's. It deals with the feelings and emotions that parents go through and provides ideas on the parents overall physical and mental health whilst also exploring work options, childcare options and relationships issues. It also has all the blogs, ideas and development stages that the other sites have. This site also has medical experts so you know that the advice you are getting is right. You can even sign up and put in your child's date of birth and they will send you emails relating to that age, totally tailored to your needs and the stages you are going through with your little one, what a fantastic idea. They also have a free app where you can track your pregnancy day by day!
Resources needed: iPad or laptop, iPhone, glasses and lollies. Cool lets get clicking.
9) Parentingaustralia.com.au- this site covers the ages from pregnancy to about 5 year olds. There are 'Parents Corner' sections for each age. This site is another great resource for advice, lastest parenting related news, health, development, behaviour, sleeping and education information. They also have great competitions, kids movie reviews, experts to answer your questions, polls, blogs and discussions that you can join in on. They have a section called 'shopping' but don't get excited it only has catalogs of sales which you probably already receive by the truckload in your mail box. This site isn't just for Mum's it's for Dad's too. It is not as female focused as some of the others I have listed. If it's help or information that you are after then this site is perfect. But if you want a giggle, or some fun time out then the top three websites I have listed are more your cup of tea.
10) Mumzone.com.au- here you can search for events and places in your own area which is a great idea. At first I thought the site was mainly for pregnancy and the under two's but as I looked around more it features all sorts of articles in relation to parenting at any age such as, needing time out, couples having alone time, answering your child's questions, making the decision to work or stay home, working from home, working Mums section, a section called reader's voice where you can share, advice, tips, or places that are great to visit with kids, along the lines of, what is your favourite restaurant or playground. They also have recipes section, competitions and heaps on pregnancy such as week by week info, baby names, birth signs, birth stones, birth flowers and horoscopes, you can even get daily horoscopes. They have a really great panel of experts that you can ask questions to they include a life coach, a job specialist, a fitness specialist, a sleep expert, a child behavioural expert, a skin care expert, a pet expert and a first aid expert. Wow this is really your one stop parenting and medical advice site. This site is a great resource, guide and mentor but is really more on the serious side of things not a site to chill out and have a laugh on although, it is fantastic that you can look up events in your local area. If you are looking for a site for Mum's to chill out then the top three sites i have listed are your best bet.
Quick they are happy and busy grab your iPad, check out these websites and have a laugh.
11) Webchild.com.au - you know those big Sydney's child colourful magazines that you see when you walk into a school, a childcare centre or the doctors well this is their website. Here you can read stories, reviews, food planning ideas and a forum. This site is the best way to keep up to date with the latest news to do with children and parenting within your local area. They have great calendars telling which events are on, their cost and where. They also have a great app that is free to download from the iTunes Store.
12) motherinc.com.au- this site has really been made for today's Mums and Dad's. It moves with the times of the modern Mum and our quests to have at all, it has tips and advice, baby sections, toddler sections, articles about parenting. They also have a section called 'me 'which is where Mum's can get ideas on looking after yourself as well as your family and reminds us why this is important and to not feel guilty about it. Daddy isn't left out on this site there is a whole section called, 'Dad's Inc.' In it Dad's can leave messages and reply to other Dad's there is also Daddy playgroups they can attend. Two guys have started one up because of the increase in Stay at Home Dad's over the past few years. What a great idea. This site also runs polls to see what's going on in Australian households the one on the site at the moment is about new aged Dad's and whether Dads are becoming more involved in bringing up the kids and in house work, worth a read for sure!
So all you fantastic Mum's, Dad's and Grandparents out there have fun looking up these sites and Happy Mother's Day to all the Mum's.