There is no hard and fast rule to parenting in Singapore as every child is unique; whether you are a new parent or looking for advice on parenting a fussy toddler or dealing with sibling rivalry. One of the easiest and fastest ways to uncover parenting tips and baby-related topics is through our list of top 10 parenting websites in Singapore.
From pregnancy advice and preschool issues to upcoming kids’ events and art project ideas, there is something for you and your little one.
We sieved out the full list for you so you don’t have to. Enjoy!
Serious about PreSchool
Great for: Searching for preschool and enrichment listings
While bombarded with countless enrichment classes, preschools, and child care centres on our Little Red Dot can be daunting. Enter Serious about PreSchool, a one-stop portal with over 8,000 preschool and enrichment listings for parents, all consolidated for your perusing convenience. Hundreds of parents’ reviews and member’s discounts on trial classes are available too. Download the handy mobile app for easy searches on the go.
The New Age Parents
Great for: Updates on the latest kid events and contests in Singapore as well as practical parenting articles with trusted advice from a panel of experts
Started in 2009, The New Age Parents is a one-stop portal for parenting in Singapore. It contains useful articles rooted in a keen understanding of the needs of a modern day parent in Singapore. Here you can find numerous parenting topics including concerns such as raising a child with special needs, succeeding as a single parent, mothers’ breastfeeding journeys, tips on raising a money-smart child, and where the best Mandarin-based preschools are. There are parenting workshop and seminar reviews, promotions. It also includes a bi-monthly e-guide magazine with up-to-date parenting advice to help you prepare your child for a happy, healthy, and successful future.
Great for: Educational resources and arts and crafts ideas
Preschool Resources is a platform that shares fun, hands-on educational tools created by parents for kids. There you can find creative and tactile activities for an entertaining “crafternoon” with your little one at home or to improve their phonics games . Serious Preschool is a helpful website with plenty of free, downloadable resources. These include games, flashcards, tracing templates, and arts and crafts guides. You can search by theme (e.g. weather, farm animals, money, my neighbourhood) or by skills (e.g. colours, literacy, numeracy, motor skills, music).
Great for: Expert advice and real-life stories covering a broad scope of the parenting journey, from advice for couples trying to conceive all the way through parenting children up to age 14
Formed by the teams behind the former Mother & Baby Singapore and BabyCare magazines, SmartParents.sg is a one-stop, easy-to-navigate parenting website packed with practical child-raising advice AND inspiring real-life stories to both motivate and guide you on your parenting journey. It is brimming with information on all the basics of parenting such as education, health and nutrition, behaviour and discipline, and development and milestones. SmartParents.sg also includes interviews with celebrity parents; touching open letters from parents; buyers’ guides on must-have baby gear; as well as events postings on expert-led parenting seminars and fun family events in Singapore.
The Asian Parent
Great for: Parenting information and articles with a local twist, geared toward urban parents and parents-to-be living in Asia.
Available in nine countries and nine languages, this is one of the most popular parenting websites in Southeast Asia. When browsing by category, you can filter the articles by your parenting stage (Trying to conceive, Pregnant, or Parent) for a more tailored reading experience. Aside from the basics of parenting (e.g. child development, nutrition, preparing for PSLE, etc.), there are also unique topics such as “For Mums Only” and “For Dads Only.” The “In the News” category features relevant breaking stories in Asia or around the world. These might interest parents, such as Zika cluster warnings in Singapore and heroic mothers saving their kids from house fires. They always come with parenting advice and pointers that tie in with the referenced piece of news.
Great for: Getting actual parents’ views and forthright opinions on concerns regarding parenting and local schooling for children below 16 years of age in Singapore
The forums on KiasuParents are enough to prove that this online community is “by parents, for parents”. The online social network of parents is a place where you can discuss absolutely anything. From how other parents handle the emotional and academic needs of their children, questions regarding domestic helpers and home management, and even things to buy and sell. KiasuParents also provides listings and ratings for service providers such as preschools, enrichment and student care centres, and even shops and playgrounds in Singapore. Most of all, KiasuParents offers parent-to-parent support as they navigate getting their children into their “dream” primary schools, surviving the PSLE, and issues about training to secondary schooling.
Great for: Joining a community to make new friends from different walks of life and backgrounds, and to connect with other mums
Available in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai, Sassy Mama has a wide expat following. The reason why it’s in top 10 parenting websites list is because it features local content relevant to Singapore parents. The website design is chic, user-friendly and friendly, with a “filter by sub categories” function personalising your reading experience. Stand-out features include “Sassy Mama’s Little Black Book” directory, the giveaways section and foodie news. In addition, you can find fashion trend reports for stylish mamas, and new monthly businesses, products, and services in Singapore. There’s a right balance of children-related articles, as well as resources for mamas who are devoted to their “me-time”.
Honey Kids Asia
Great for: Searching for kid-friendly events, theatre performances, and workshops around town
Honey Kids Asia is a part of The Honeycombers, an online publication that connects expats with the local culture in Singapore. The parenting tips however, could apply to all parents, locals and expats alike. Cool features include their events calendar, family travel tips and guide to cheap getaways; spotlight on children’s books; body and soul pampering recommendations; and inside scoop on international and private schools.
Great for: Mothers-to-be and local mothers, including stay-at-home-mums (SAHM), working-at-home-mums (WAHM), and working mums in Singapore
Catering to the needs of local parents and parents-to-be, Singapore Motherhood is a parenting website that offers fantastic “around town” guides. Find the top water playgrounds to beat the heat, child-friendly obstacle courses for your children to burn off energy. On top of that, you can find best bike trails for kids, and the highlights of National Heritage Board’s Children’s Season. These are just few amongst many more guides Singapore Motherhood contains. They will make sure to get the whole family exploring and rediscovering Singapore’s best play areas. Other highlights of the website include its parents’ forums, Chinese traditions and recipes for fertility. They also contain relatable reflections on being a SAHM or WAHM in Singapore, and valuable tips for your Singaporean child to do well in school.
Great for: Relevant, up-to-date advice and local resources and promotions for parents with children up to age nine in Singapore
The last but not the least of our Top 10 Parenting Websites in Singapore is Young Parents. Young Parents has a strong presence online, with a dedicated, easy-to-navigate website. It provides local tips, the latest parenting trends, and solutions for parenting concerns by age and stage and education. We have to add that all the sponsored articles are clearly marked. This is a commendable move toward transparency that helps the online magazine live up to its reputation as a trusted parenting resource. Expect plenty of photo galleries, bright visuals, and Young Parent’s signature “every parent’s best friend” voice. You can peruse topics spanning education and health worries to the annual Young Parents Preschool Guide ($2.50 for digital edition).
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-written by Jenny Tai