The list author says: "Great choices for the first year of a child's life, things you will use day after day, and month after month. Focuses on good values, especially things that are inexpensive and offer multiple kinds of value (like play value and developmental value)."
"Sandra Boynton walks on water in my house. Her stories are fun and engaging for children and adults, and the illustrations are adorable. Many of the stories are crafted to conventional musical rhythms, so Pajama Time is written to standard jazz tempo and Barnyard Dance is written to a square dance tempo. Very fun."
"I've tried four of the major cloth diaper brands, and Thirsties is the absolute best. In my opinion, the velcro tabs stay put better in the wash, are less likely to curl up than other velcro tabs. The legs have gussets to provide better closure around the legs. The absorbent insert is "two ply" and has never leaked on us."
"A great safe carrier that we loved when our child was a newborn. Great for multiple flexible positions and keeping a newborn's head supported. But after our son was about 20 lbs and pretty strong, we moved on to the Ergo."
"We have tried at least four major brands of diaper cream, and this is by far the best. The only brand that is still on baby's butt the next morning, providing a continuous barrier against skin irritants, like urine."
"Fantastic! Fit perfectly in little hands, encourage seated play and then crawling as baby chases after these engaging balls. My son continues to love playing with them even now as a 20 month old. They are also great to use in a home made shape sorter for sorting spheres."
"When my son was only a few weeks old, the beautiful realistic bird sounds from this toy was one of the few things that always stopped his crying. The loop on the back allows you to attach it to different play gyms. He still takes it out to play with it and "fly" it around the house."
"We loved this gym. A small infant is often attached at the hip, but our 8 week old would play with this for up to 40 minutes at a time! The hanging animals encourage hand play for infants and advanced digital manipulation for an older baby. Mirror promotes neck strength. Interactive lights encourage baby to pick up hands, a pre-crawling skill."
"Great as starter blocks for younger kids, and an increasingly challenging puzzle for older children, where they learn to match the two halves of different vehicles. When they get it right, it plays a very short, not annoying sound of the vehicle."
"Amazing easy to use swaddle so that baby and parent get a good night's sleep. It has slats in the back so that you can even use it in the car seat to keep an infant warm and snug during errands in the winter. Get fleece for winter and cotton for summer."
"The best shape sorter, created with developmental goals in mind. One side has easy-access sturdy plastic flaps so that baby can retrieve pieces for herself, fostering independent play. The picture is incorrect: shapes are color coordinated to the side they go with, to teach color matching. Too many developmental values to list in one small space!"
"These are great for those months when baby is learning the independence of finger feeding herself, but doesn't yet have the discipline to not pick up the bowl and dump it all over the place. My son was quite strong, and these were one of the few brands of suction bowls that he couldnt immediately pull up."
"We tried four different kinds of BPA free bottles, and these were our favorites. Easier to clean than other natural flow bottles, and we loved that the oblong nipple fit so well into our baby's mouth, which helped prevent him from sucking air."
"You can functionally make one at home with fabric and a heavy-duty rubber band, but if you aren't up to it, grab one of these. Babies have a tendency to just drop bottles or sippies when they tire of them, and this saves a lot of hassle."
"I thought this book had more usable, practical information for suggestions to help you get through the first few months with more sleep, and without creating bad sleep habits that could be detrimental to baby's sleep in the long run."
"You won't be doing a ton of disciplining in the first twelve months, but it is a great time to read up in advance, because before you know it you will be looking at a 14, 16 or 18 month old and realize that discipline is upon you. The A-Z version of this series is a fast and easy reference for all ages, and the intro does a great summary of how to put the ideas into practice."
"Like carabiner clips for babies, these links can attach a variety of toys securely to a car seat or stroller. Add extra toys to play gyms. They double as fine-motor builders as baby experiments with them herself. Later, carve a small slot into a cardboard box and let baby practice orienting the long object correctly to push it into the box. Lots of value!"
"My son loves these in the bath. Young babies play by 'sticking' these to the bathtub walls or experience the properties of floating and sinking. With a more lingual child, play sounds games by pointing to a letter and making its sound. Later the child can learn to spell out her name or simple words as reading emerges. Years of useful fun and developmental play!"
"Confession: we didn't actually own this timer when my son was a baby. But we needed it desperately. I used to day dream in my sleep deprived state about something just like this, so when I saw it I was shocked (and disappointed that I hadn't been able to find it sooner). Great for keeping track of the essential newborn things and a reassurance to first time parents."