Spending time first with Jeanne and now with Thomas, I'm much more aware of the ways that the virtual world affects life. Among them is the ease with which you can Google information about development steps, childhood illnesses, child-rearing practices and other things.
But I hadn't heard of this UK group with considerable political clout, Mumsnet until The New York Times had a story about it. Very interesting the way the group uses polls to decide who advertises and what issues to champion, all the while providing an on-line forum for advice and comfort.
And by the way, so does Mothercare with the great terry cloth diapers that are the best reusable ones still (or so I think, having looked rather closely at what's available here.)