All the Brilliant Things We Rely on as Parents

I’m back with craft posts in a couple days, but wanted to share this long overdue post. Now that baby AH is 16 months old, I wanted to share a list of the books, toys, and items we’ve referred to again and again in the last seven years as a mother and mother-to-be. A lot of things just weren’t for us, like baby wipe warmers and pacifiers, but many things were essential (and still are) in our daily life. These essentials are listed here. But keep in mind, these were right for us, but every baby and family is different so you find what works for you.

What We Read as New Parents

There are many books and articles we read to expand our parental education. At the time, we realised our learning curve wouldn’t cease, but be a lifelong growth for us. Little did we know how little time to read we’d have!

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? by Paul Tough, The New York Times (Sept. 14, 2011)

Ireland’s Health Service Executive National Infant Immunisation Schedule

The Three-Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting by Christie Mellor

Parenting Tips to Encourage Empathy by Marilynn Jorgensen, MA

5 Ways to Raise a Grateful Child from Parenting Magazine

The No-Cry Parenting Guide by Elizabeth Pantley

Real Parents Offer You Their Best Advice from Discovery Health

Advice for Brand New Parents? by Lisa Belkin, The New York Times Blog (Sept. 9, 2009)

Advise To Pass On from Dy-Dee’s

Easy DIY Baby Food & Raising an Adventurous Eater from Parenting Magazine

A Lesson in Greeting from Parenting Magazine

Stress-Free Travel with Baby from Parenting Magazine

Autism: Symptoms from the Mayo Clinic


Newborn Toys & Equipment

MAM 3 Pack Anti-Colic Bottle Boy, 8 Ounce, Colors May Vary

Brica Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet

Ergo 360 Carrier and Newborn Insert

Lucky Baby City Chic Sling – Large

Nursing Breastfeeding necklace – teething toy -Babywearing from bysiki

Sea Stones nursing necklace from FrejaToys

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Compatible Cassette (3-pack)

Wegreeco Washable Reusable Baby Cloth Pocket Diapers


Older Baby Toys & Equipment

On the Go with Baby

Favorite Baby and Children’s Books

How to Catch a Cold written by my brilliant friend Adam Newman

My First Gruffalo Little Library



Knitting-related Storybooks for Kids

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Tickle Time!: A Boynton on Board Board Book (Boynton Board Books)

Noodle’s Knitting

Boys Don’t Knit!

Knitting Nell

The Knitting Gorilla (World of Happy)


For Older Kids

Things for Us Parents

Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, Original, 4 Count These things clean everything! Use dry to gently restore your MacBook or iBook keyboard to its original brightness. Use with distilled vinegar to deep clean floors. Use with water to remove marks from the walls.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Professional Detangling Hair Brush – Black and GoldAnd also on because he tangles my hair.

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