Always consult a health professional if you have questions about yourself or your baby. Here are some helpful numbers and websites for you and your journey! For other forums and resources to connect with parents, see my Pregnancy and Parenting Communities post.
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Health Resources (Mental and Physical Health & Care)
Helpful Product Information, Overviews & Reviews
Services for Parents (baby equipment hire, meal services, etc)
Hot Tip: Keep a 24hour pharmacy number on hand to check about various dosage and medicine questions! (Ie. “Is it ok for my 2 year old to take such and such if he has taken such and such at this other time?”)
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Always call 000 for life threatening or emergency situations
Helpful Health Resource Numbers&Websites:
AskIzzy.org.au: https://askizzy.org.au/ : A massive list of resources connecting people in crisis with food banks, everyday things, food, clothing, housing, support, counselling and more.
1800 882 436 : Pregnancy, Birth, and Baby Hotline – A 24/7 phone line to call in and ask questions about pregnancy, birth and baby.
Free Video Call to Pregnancy, Birth and Baby to speak to a maternal child health nurse for personal advice and guidance on pregnancy, birth, baby, parenting or raising a child. 7am-midnight/ 7 days a week.
1800 022 222 : Health Direct – A 24/7 phone line to call and inquire about symptoms/health questions and the actions you should take. I have used this number countless times for myself, my children, and my husband. They will advise as to the best course of action (ie. doctor’s visit within a certain time, visit Emergency, or they have sent an ambulance our way once because of the situation). This is a great resource for any person, not just babies and parents, but for any medical issues, especially if you are unsure about visiting Emergency. Website has a symptom checker and more information.
1300 22 4636 : Beyond Blue – Depression and Anxiety Support
1300 227 434 : Karitane Care – Hours vary for phone line. Help on various parenting issues including settling babies, nurtrition, and parenting strategies. Various clinic sites open as well.
1300 272 736 : Tresillian Care – 7am-11pm Phone line for help on various parenting issues including settling babies, nutrition, and parenting strategies. Various clinics open as well.
13 11 14 : Lifeline – A 24/7 support line for personal crisis or if you are thinking about self harm or suicide. Please call for support.
13 11 26 : Poisons Information Hotline – Information line in regards to things touched, ingested, or questions about if something is poisonous. (Website link is NSW page, hotline is all Australia)
1800 050 821 : Family Relationships Australia – A government site with information about family relationship issues.
Child Safety and Babyproofing https://www.babycenter.com.au/a536364/childproofing-checklist-before-your-baby-crawls
Babyproofing Checklist https://www.babycenter.com.au/a536363/childproofing-checklist-before-your-baby-arrives
Toddler safety outdoors https://www.babycenter.com.au/a536365/toddler-safety-outdoors
Babyproofing Room-by-room https://www.thebump.com/a/checklist-babyproofing-part-1
Helpful Product Information, Products, Overviews & Reviews:
Double Prams: https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/best-double-prams-2018/
Top Ten: 2017> https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/best-pram-2017/ 2018> https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/best-pram-2018-top-ten-prams/
Cheap Prams: https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/top-ten-cheap-prams/
Best Travel Prams: https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/best-travel-prams-2018/
Best Single to Double Convertible Prams: https://www.parentingcentral.com.au/best-single-to-double-convertible-double-prams-2019/
A4 style carseats (0-4y) Comparisons: https://www.facebook.com/BuckleUpWithBlackmore/photos/a.1826825760974965.1073741830.1499698053687739/2026923144298558/?type=3
A4 style Types: https://www.facebook.com/ExtendedRearfacingBecauseScience/photos/a.277844192604306.1073741833.195851834136876/682256818829706/?type=3
Type G (extended harnessed seats- 6m-8y. Recommended after 2y+) Comparisons:
Anything and everything lunches & lunchboxes found at Kidgredients
Lunchboxes: Reviews and Best Picks: https://kidgredients.com.au/?s=lunchbox+review
Best Crunch& Sip/Snack Containers: https://kidgredients.com.au/crunch-and-sip-the-best-containers-for-fun-fruit-and-veggie-snacks/
Services, Guides & Resources for Parents
Baby products reviewed by parents:
Tell Me Baby https://tellmebaby.com.au/
The Baby Industry https://www.thebabyindustry.com/
Online resources and educational resources
Twisty Noodle- Printouts and activities to print out for children to colour, practise writing and other activities. Fully customisable. (And handy tip, you can print them out and then laminate them to use for other sensory or tracing activities).
Click for a list of Lifeline and Suicide Hotline Numbers to get support.
Unfortunately I am unable to compile a list beyond Australia, so please email me if you have any further resources that would be useful for parents in the US or U.K.! Thank you!