The list author says: "I think of myself as a practical, fugal, somewhat natural, mostly modern Christian mom. I like to keep it things that are simple, yet well-designed. I like to research and compare products-- here are my favorites."
"I used one of these with the bassinet & kept my babies in my bedroom the first month or two. Then we used it for countless trips and vacations. Essential baby gear. I like the regular size-- my average sized daughter outgrew the mini crib around 18 months, and we've been using the old one ever since."
"I read a lot of sleep books, and this is the one. Mindell doesn't tell you to keep your kid in your bed til they are 9, nor does she tell you you are a lousy parent is you ever feel the urge to comfort your child. Instead, she gives you research based methods to help you equip your children with sleeping skills (no matter what your parenting style). I often give it to new mommies."
"Really really the best nursing pillow. Someone gave me a Boppy when I had my firstborn, and I NEVER used it. I got one of these when I had my second, and it is awesome. I used it every day until about 12 months. If you are going to nurse, get one of these!"
"I have bought and returned so many diaper bags... I like this one because it is versatile and organized. Wear it messenger style, clipped to the stroller or as a backpack. I also like that it is wide and stable, and doesn't fall when you set it down."
"We have been reading this bible every night for 4 years. I've looked at dozens of childrens' bibles, and this is my favorite for young children. Many stories, very biblical, and decent illustrations. It simplifies the stories, but doesn't add or subtract too much from the biblical account."
"Absolutely the best. Stable design, good size, easy to clean, comfortable height and back rest. The splash guard is effective, but smooth and has never hurt my kids. If you are planning on having more than one child, get a neutral color, because it will last. (We have red!)"
"I use these during potty training. My kids feel it immediately when they have an accident, and want to fix it. Pullups keep them feeling dry, so there is no incentive to get to the potty! They aren't water-proof, but they are slightly more absorbant than regular underwear."
"I know, it's expensive. We got it as a gift and love it. Useful from about 4-5 months to 3 years. Very comfortable front or back carrier. High quality, will last years. Especially useful for travel, hiking, airports, museums, grocery shopping..."
"We got an earlier version as a gift. Simple, easy to use, easy to cleam. Staps onto a chair-- it has been in constant, daily use. Useful from first feeding until age 3 or 4-- whenever they want a "big chair.""