Parenting in the Information Age: How Do You Know the Information’s Reliable?

They may not have flying cars or robot housekeepers – yet. But most modern parents are really connected digitally, with instant access to pretty much any information they want right at their fingertips. However, with all the digital resources out there, there is often just as much – if not more – bad information than there is good. Moms and dads really need to do their homework to sort truths from facts. So where can parents turn to for reliable facts that will help them make informed choices about raising their babies, including choices related to infant nutrition?

While parenting blogs written by moms and dads can be enlightening and entertaining, most of those parents aren’t medical experts. Begin with websites that provide doctor-approved materials. Also, websites that provide balanced, scientifically proven information can be useful tools; often this includes sites for healthcare organizations and government agencies.

In contrast, parents may want to stay far away from websites that don’t have any connections to medical professionals or science-based research on infant nutrition. And if a resource seems to steer you in one direction, minimizes your options, or shames you for decisions you get to make as a parent, you might want to look elsewhere.

So if you consider yourself to be a modern parent or even if you don’t, make sure you do your research to ensure that the information you use to inform your child-raising decisions is sound. And remember, ALL information gathered from online sources must be supplemented with a discussion with your pediatrician.