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What are the best websites for finding trustworthy parenting information?

Oct 17, 2017

We’ve found these are the best websites for finding consistently trustworthy information on parenting and raising children in general. To easily search them all at once, use our custom search engine.

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: While it has its critics, the AAP is the leading authority on pediatric care in the U.S.
  • Cincinnati Children’s: One of America’s leading health institutions.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: A worldwide authority on human health.
  • Consumer Reports. An independent non-profit that thoroughly reviews and verifies product claims, including products for children and families.
  • Growth Curve. This blog from Science News writer Laura Sanders explores “the inexact science of raising kids.”
  • Health Essentials, by the Cleveland Clinic, one of the most respected health institutions in the U.S.
  •, a great website created by The American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Illuminate, by the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, another leading pediatric institution.
  • The Informed Parent. This website for the book of the same name (which we also recommend) has multiple valuable resources.
  • Kelly Mom. Self-described as a website “developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting.”
  • Mayo Clinic, one of the leading health institutions in the U.S.
  • Merck Manuals. While created and maintained by the pharmaceutical company of the same name, it’s a doctor-authored encyclopedia that’s generally accepted as a professional, reliable source of medical information.
  • Momma Data. Self-described as a website that “strives to help parents, child professionals, writers and others understand and deal with news and advice about children – including how to judge and sort through the scientific evidence, the media and the experts behind the latest updates. Momma Data also supports better, more nuanced, accurate and evidenced-based information about children’s health and well-being.”
  • U.S. National Library of Medicine. A thorough repository of original research on many topics, which includes an extensive library of parenting-related research papers and studies.
  • Parenting Science. Self-described as a resource “for critical thinkers — people who want to understand child development from the perspectives of psychology, anthropology, evolution, and cognitive neuroscience.”
  • PubMed. Another essential source of original academic and scientific research.
  • Raising Children Network. This Australian website is a wealth of information for parents of children of all ages.
  • Safe Kids Worldwide. As the name would indicate, a safety-focused site for parents, created by Children’s National Health System, a pediatric care provider based in Washington, D.C.
  • Science of Mom. Self-described as a blog that explores “the scientific literature on parenting topics, sorting through good and bad science and trying to write coherent stories about how science informs parenthood.”
  • Teenology 101, by Seattle Children’s Hospital, one of the few sources for information about older children.
  • Your Parenting Mojo. A thoroughly researched blog and podcast that delves deeply into the research on dozens of important parenting topics. The most informative, science-based parenting podcast we are aware of.

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