Here’s my list of products that are great for parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. You’ll find some awesome stuff here that I highly recommend! Contains affiliate links for your convenience.
Books on the Basics
I wrote this book with my friend Lauren and it is chock full of ideas for routines, rhythms, and schedules for your family. From newborn to 5 years old, multiple children routines, and tons of ideas on how to fill your days with little ones. I can honestly say, I’d not have had 4 kids if I hadn’t figured out routine.
Is this not the most precious bath you’ve ever seen? Besides having something cute to take photos with, this is a lifesaver. I’m not ancient, but my knees don’t like kneeling down on the hard bathroom floor (even with a mat) to wash baby. Also, bending over doesn’t make for ease of handling baby since your balance is sacrificed. This bath is a perfect fit in most kitchen sinks and lets you wash baby standing up. So precious!
I have used this swaddle with all 4 of my children! Actually, I’ve probably bought at least 8 or 9 Woombies during this time. They are fitted but not tight. They zip from the tip AND the bottom which is perfect. Why? Because during night feedings (for newborns) you can unzip from the bottom while still leaving their arms swaddled, to change diapers. Honestly, mine usually slept through the whole thing.
And, another huge selling factor, depending on the one you purchase it is convertible. This means when it’s time to wean from the swaddle you can do it one arm at a time! The arms snap at the shoulder to let one arm out.
These pacifiers are SERIOUSLY amazing. Because a small baby is too little to keep the paci in its mouth, this actually props the pacifier up so it remains in when they stop actively suckling. I’ve used this with all 4 of my babies and it’s amazing when they are fussy.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been to the doctor JUST to get my kids ears’ checked. This Dr. Mom otoscope is honestly so so awesome. And it comes with images so you know what you’re looking for ;). I’m not a doctor nor do I recommend not going to the doctor if you feel the need, but this is an awesome thing to have in your arsenal.
Toys for Independent Play
One of the best things you can do for your child is to let them get used to independent play. I love to put mine in their rooms (or crib or a secured area) daily. The key here is giving them toys that encourage their imagination. They learn problem solving, decision making, and cause and effect. Seriously… a few hours of independent play is worth 12 attempts at teaching your child something.