5 Must-Read Parenting Advice Social Media Outlets in 2022
Posted on November 23 2022
As much as we love our cuddly littles, we all know that parenting can be a challenge. It can be really difficult when tantrums explode, tears pour, or they refuse to eat, sleep, or do any of the things we ask of them. And even though we may have lots of well-meaning friends and family members with great advice, they don’t always have all the answers. In that case, it can be helpful to seek guidance from proven parenting professionals.
Sure, that’s all well and good, but what happens if you don’t know any professionals? Well, worry not, because in this article we’ve compiled a diverse list of parenting blogs, courses and social media outlets to get you real guidance you can use!
1. Taking Cara Babies
What it is: At its core, Taking Cara Babies is a series of courses designed and headed by Cara, a neonatal nurse, and wife of a pediatrician, who’s also a certified pediatric sleep consultant. Likewise, she’s a mom of four kids so she knows a thing or two about sleep training!
Why We Love It: One of the toughest tasks new parents face is sleep training. Getting your baby to go down for several hours each night can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Luckily, Taking Cara Babies has perhaps one of the best, most robust sleep training courses out there—step-by-step, and fully customizable that will help your baby sleep independently.
2. Solid Starts:
What it is: As Jenny Best, founder of Solid Starts, puts it: “Solid Starts was born out of necessity.” The site is all about feeding your baby, what they can eat and when and how allowing babies to “feed themselves” is the best way forward.
Why We Love it: No more fussy eating! OK, maybe not any more fussy eating but Solid Starts is all about baby-led weaning, and having your little one learn to enjoy transitioning to solid foods while expanding their palate.
3. Big Little Feelings
What it is: Big Little Feelings is all about knowing what to do and what to say when you’re facing a toddler meltdown. The company was founded by two moms: a parent coach and a child therapist who want to raise healthy, happy children of their own while helping other parents do the same.
Why We Love it: We’ve all been there—a refusal at bedtime, a tantrum at bath time, tight lips at the dinner table—and have wondered what the best course of action is to get through to our kids when they’re at their most reticent. The advice at Big Little Feelings is frank, and, most importantly, useful with courses and tools to help you communicate with your little one when they’re at their least cute.
What it is: While Big Little Feelings might emphasize your little one’s emotions, TheConsiderateMama is all about considering a parent’s own emotions. As founder/owner and certified parent coach, Rachel Lynn Rogers, puts it, TCM is all about “Empowering Parents to 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 w/out 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 & 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒆 @ 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆!”
Why We Love it: TCM wants to help parents get away from the cycle of losing their cool and falling into “punitive parenting.” Simultaneously, TCM is all about understanding and overcoming a parent’s emotional triggers so they can be a better parent and parent better!
What it is: ProfEmilyOster, AKA Professor Emily Oster, is an economist at Brown University, the author of three books on parenting—Expecting Better, Cribsheet, Family Firm—and, as she puts is, a mom who is “unapologetically data driven” when it comes to her type of childcare. Her Substack, ParentData, has proven to be a one-stop shop for decision-making tools, spreadsheets, statistics, and overall good help when it comes to making sense of “the latest data about pregnancy and parenting, and, sometimes, COVID-19.”
Why We Love it: Because we’re kinda Type-A and the data coming from both ProfEmilyOster’s twitter feed and her site just speaks to us. We just love articles with charts, tables and graphs that break down and visualize all that’s happening in the world of parenting, from getting kids to eat their lunch to choosing a doctor to the importance (or perceived importance) of homework.
From sleep training to baby-led weaning to understanding your child’s feelings and emotions, as well as your own, these socials have it all. So, go ahead, dive in, sign-up for a course and start working to be an even better parent than you already are!