Resource Discovery: Text4Baby as an Online Parenting Tool

By Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT

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We’ve highlighted current research on the impacts of Online Parenting Resources and have offered resources, such as Just In Time Parenting, to show examples of what’s available. This week we’re featuring another type of online resource for expecting parents or those with infants. In addition to providing an informative website for parents, Text4Baby is the first mobile information service promoting parent and child health through FREE text messages. The content of the texts includes over 250 messages child development experts want parents to know. These topics range from prenatal care, baby health, and parenting to mental health and nutrition (an expanded list of topics can be found here). The content of these messages was developed by various federal agencies, national, state, and local organizations and research initiatives. The service was founded by National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) and was created in collaboration with Founding Sponsor Johnson & Johnson, and founding partners Voxiva, The Wireless Foundation, and Grey Healthcare Group (a WPP company). Information about how to sign up can be found by clicking this link and it is also available in Spanish!

This post was written by Kacy Mixon, PhD., LMFT, Social Media Specialist, a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.

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