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Top 25 Must-Have Toys for a Newborn, Baby and Toddler

Top 25 Toys


Each of these toys, in different ways, saved my sanity during the first year(s) with my child. From baby to toddler, here is an evolving list of the Top 25 toys that I have found to be most useful and practical for my baby and toddler (toys that my baby actually used and loved) – starting at newborn, to baby and to young toddler (Ages 0-24 months).  These toys bought me extra time to, say, make myself a sandwich.  

Top 25 Must-Have Baby and Toddler Toys 


1.   Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
Link:  Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes


Our babysitter has the Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes, and my daughter gets very, very upset when I have to give the toy back to our babysitter when I pick my daughter up after work.  It plays music and i think baby’s and toddler’s love it because it’s also easy to hold and carry around.

Age When Baby Will Start to Love It: 6-months 

2.   Laugh and Learn Remote
Link:   Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Click ‘n Learn Remote

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Click ‘n Learn Remote


The  Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Click ‘n Learn Remote is the best $10 I have spent in  a while.  Babies, for whatever reason, are obsessed with your TV remote controls (the real kind that you use to watch TV with), which is all great until they end up reprogramming your home television in Spanish and you don’t know how to switch it back (true story).  This toy satisfies this obsession, and may save you from calling your TV company’s tech support.  You can find it at Target or on Amazon.com.  

Great for:  Remote control obsessed children.




3.   Sensory Development Chime Ball 

Link:   Mary Meyer Taggies Plush Toss the Taggies Chime Ball

Sensory Development Chime Ball 


Babies love to pull on the tabs on these Mary Meyer Taggies Plush Toss the Taggies Chime Ball, and they are so soft and fun to play with.  We received one as a gift and when my daughter was a baby, she would love to sit and play with the tabs, and now that she is a little toddler, she loves to hug it. It makes a great pillow for mommy if you want to lay on the floor with your baby too.  





4.   Activity Cube
Link:  EverEarth Garden Activity Cube

Activity Cube


My mom purchased a similar activity table to the EverEarth Garden Activity Cube from Pottery Barn Kids, and my little one goes nuts with happiness every time she gets to play with this at Grandma’s house.  It’s great for when your little one is able to sit up on his own.





5.   Kick and Play Piano Baby Gym

Link:  Fisher-Price Piano Gym, Kick and Play

Kick and Play Baby Gym, by Fisher-Price


The Fisher-Price Piano Gym, Kick and Play is amazing is our favorite baby gym because of it’s dangling mirror (babies love mirrors because they love looking at themselves), but it’s main asset is its kickable piano that babies LOVE – it plays music and lights up….very entertaining. Another great thing about this baby gym is that you can level up the piano as baby grows and starts sitting. The only downfall to this baby gym is that it is hard for the baby to roll over all the way without getting caught in the arch. I mention this play gym in my Top 25 Must-Have Newborn Baby Items article, but I felt compelled to mention it again here for a couple of reasons: (1) it is not only for newborns, and (2) because it’s awesome. 

6.   Oball

Link:  Oball

Oball


The Oball is great for those tiny little fingers because it’s an item that they are actually able to grasp with those tiny little fingers.  The was the first item that our daughter was actually ever able to hold.  She loves it.  It’s costs about $4.99 and is a toy that is worth every penny. I also talk about this toy in my article Top 25 Must-Have Newborn Baby Items.  The Manhattan Toy Winkel is also great for your little one to wrap their hands around, and it rattles slightly too.  Overall, my little one seemed more impressed with the Oball.

7. Little Giraffe Finger Puppet Book

Link:   Little Giraffe: Finger Puppet Book


Little Giraffe: Finger Puppet Book


The Little Giraffe Finger Puppet Book Little Giraffe: Finger Puppet Book is great if you want to see your baby or toddler fascinated by a book, then you need to pull out this finger puppet book. My little one gets so excited each time we pull this book out. She kisses the giraffe every time. The author makes other finger-puppet books as well. You may also enjoy Top 10 Baby Books if you want to see more of the best baby books.



8.   Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother

Link:   Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse

Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse


The Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse is the technical name for this toy, but I call it “Magic Seahorse” because it’s works like magic at calming your baby to sleep.  Don’t be surprised if you find yourself feeling soothed as well!  I also talk about his seahorse in the article Top 25 Must-Have Newborn Baby Items.  


9.    Happy Giddy Tunnel
Link:   Melissa and Doug Happy Giddy Tunnel 

   Melissa and Doug Happy Giddy Tunnel 


Once your baby learns to crawl, she will love to crawl through a tunnel! They sell these in just about every store that also sells kids’ toys.  Here is a link to one on Amazon.com, made by Melissa and Doug if you are interested:  Melissa and Doug Happy Giddy Tunnel.

10. Jumperoo
Link:   Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo

Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo


Some of my favorite memories around from watching my little one bounce around in her Jumperoo.  A popular choice is the Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo.  We bought the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo are were frankly not that impressed. There are a variety to choose from on Amazon.com (I like to read all the reviews before purchasing); here is a link: Baby Jumpers. 








11.   Alphabet Bath Toys 
Link:   Munchkin Bath Letters and Numbers

Alphabet and Number Foam Bath Toys


My toddler is absolutely obsessed with the her foam alphabet and number bath toys (Munchkin Bath Letters and Numbers).  She carries them with her everywhere around the house, and this really helped her learn the alphabet and numbers quickly.  It was amazing.  I bought mine at Target, and you can find them at Walmart in their bath toy aisle, or order them from Amazon.com.




12.   Laugh and Learn Music Activity Table

Link:  Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun Activity Table


The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table is the best activity table out there that I have found. Unlike other activity tables, the Laugh and Learn Fun table has multiple settings (Play, Music, Spanish, Learning Time), so it keeps your baby occupied for longer. You can remove the legs for baby to use it during the Sitting phase as well. The is one of those “Keep Baby Busy, Keep Mommy Happy” Toys. I also talk about this toy in my article Top 25 Must-Have Newborn Baby Items.




13.   Toy Links
Link:   Sassy Ring O’ Links

Toy Links


The Sassy Ring O’ Links are great for attaching toys to strollers and many other things too.  Baby’s love to play with these things.  Toy links are small enough to keep in your purse and pull out for brief entertainment for your baby while you are grocery shopping.  


14.   Poppin’ Play Piano, by LeapFrog
Link:   LeapFrog Poppin’ Play Piano 

Poppin’ Play Piano



The LeapFrog Poppin’ Play Piano toy is great for a baby who loves to play music.  It has multiple settings (which is great) and keeps baby entertained for about 20-minute increments in my experience.





15. Dino Walker

Link:   Fisher-Price Go Baby Go! Stride-to-Ride Dino

Dino Walker


This toy is called the Fisher-Price Go Baby Go! Stride-to-Ride Dino.  This friendly little dinosaur helped teach my daughter to walk, and now, she jumps up and down nearly every time she sees the thing (I have to hide it in the closet sometimes if I know I won’t be able to supervise her with it).  I love this thing.  







16.   White and Black Book
Link:   White on Black

White on Black Newborn Book


The book White on Black will entertain a newborn (as much as a newborn can really be entertained).  You can see pictures of my newborn infatuated with black and white images at Simple Way to Entertain a Newborn;  I just used my iPad and downloaded PDF images black and white from Google, to my iPad, that I thought my little newborn might like.  If you don’t have an iPad, then you could also Google some black and white images, and just print them! It was a hit with our little one!  You may also enjoy Top 10 Baby Books if you want to see more of the best baby books.






17.   Pour and Float Froggy Bath Toy 
Link:  FUN Interactive Frog Bath Toy for Toddlers

Pour and Float Froggy Bath Toy 


This is the coolest bath toy of all time for your child once your baby or toddler is able to sit up in an adult bath tub.  The FUN Interactive Frog Bath Toy for Toddlers squirts out water and sings, and your child will love it.  We bought it from Barnes’N’Noble, but they also have it on Amazon.com.  I’ve also just recently seen this toy at Target and Walmart.

18. Animal Magnets
Link:   Melissa and Doug Animal Magnets in a Box



 Melissa and Doug Animal Magnets in a Box


If you have a toddler and would like to get work done in the kitchen, then animal magnets are the way to go.  My little toddler is entertained by the Melissa and Doug Animal Magnets in a Box for at least 30 minutes, especially if I play and talk along with her while a cook.  I love these because I can keep an eye on my little one (as opposed to her wandering off in the living room and getting into something).  I also love these magnets because they don’t have tiny little stick-on magnets like others do (so I am not worried about choking).  These are great.

19.   Stuffed Elmo and Book

Link:  So Big! (Sesame Street) (Sesame Beginnings)


Elmo and Elmo Book


If your toddler is as crazy about Elmo as my child, then you can’t go wrong with Elmo. I liked So Big! (Sesame Street) (Sesame Beginnings) a lot when my little one was around  9-months-old, because it helps teach the adorable trick of “How Big is the Baby?”  I highly recommend pairing off any Elmo book with a Stuffed Elmo (see more about the power of Elmo over toddlers at Top 5 Toys for Young Toddlers).I wish that I could understand the magical, mesmerizing powers that an Elmo Stuffed Animal somehow has over children.  My daughter has been in love with by Elmo ever since she was 9-months-old, and Elmo continues to be her favorite toy now that she is 14-months-old.





20.   Car Seat Arch Toy
Link:  Car Seat Toys

Car Seat Arch Toy


Entertaining your bored, cranky baby in a carseat can be a lifesaver.  Your little one can bat away with her hands and make noises with this toy.  This sure came in handy when my baby was 6-months-old (especially when we were grocery shopping).  A popular choice seems to be the Tiny Love Take-Along Arch; we purchased the Bright Starts Take Along Carrier Toy Bar and were very happy with it (it’s also about $5 less); however, the Tiny Love Take-Along Arch seems to provide a lot more variety.  If I could do it over, I would have purchased the Tiny Love Take-Along Arch version.



21. Secure-a-Toy

Link:  Baby Buddy Secure-A-Toy

Secure-a-Toy


The Baby Buddy Secure-A-Toy is an amazing invention that prevents your baby from losing toys when riding in the stroller. I love these things.



22.   Stuffed Animal Net
Link:   Top Quality Toy Storage Net for Stuffed Animals by Kidde Time

Stuffed Animal and Toy Organizer Net

I am a big fan of the Top Quality Toy Storage Net for Stuffed Animals by Kidde Time because my child has what seems like a million stuffed animals (between the baby shower and moments of mommy weakness, we a have a lot).  It saves a lot of floor space.


23. Little Readers Chair
Link: Fantasy Furniture Roundy Chair Gingham

Little Reader Chair


Our 18-month-old daughter loves her little reader chair. We received one from Pottery Barn Kids (as a gift), but Amazon.com has a cheaper alternative (the Fantasy Furniture Roundy Chair Gingham). You will have quite a few options to choose from for a chair for your little one.



24.   Suction Spin Wheel for Highchair
Link:    Sassy Developmental Wonder Wheel Suction Toy 

High Chair Toy – Suction Wheel


The Sassy Developmental Wonder Wheel Suction Toy will keep your baby occupied at his high chair for a solid 5 minutes while you prepare a meal.  That may not sound like much, but if you have a hungry baby and still need to get his meal ready, then that five extra minutes can mean a more peaceful meal preparation experience for you and for baby while you heat up the veggies and pasta.  The Sassy Developmental Wonder Wheel Suction Toy suctions to  the tray of your plastic high chair (TIp: The high chair tray must be squeaky clean in order for the suction part of the toy wheel to effectively stick to the high chair).  If you pair this suctions pin wheel with the bungee sippy cup cord (see How This Small Idea Solves a Big Sippy Cup Problem), then you’re feeding sessions will go much more smoothly.


25.   iPad Protective Case
Link:  Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case: iPad Edition


iPad Protector Case

If you have an iPad, the this Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case: iPad Edition can be a savior for it!  Not only does it protect your iPad from damage, but it also has the option for preventing your little one from pushing the “Home” button – so you don’t have to worry about her changing the keyboard in your iPad to “Mandarin Chinese”!  Downfalls:  It’s a tad bulky and it’s not completely water-proof; however, it makes an excellent first-line of defense.




Bonus!



26.   First 100 Words – Book

Link:  First 100 Words


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    Daily Mom Humor – Where Mommy’s Friends Live

    someecards.com - Daddy, this is where all mommy's friends live.

    I hate when I relate to a funny ecard like this! But I do! My little toddler will soon be saying this…and as soon as she does, I will take her to the park, try to make friends with any other mom that I can find nearby on the swings… Just to prove that I have real, human “friends”! 

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    Top 6 Best Baby Toys! (2013)

    For an updated list of the top best baby toys, please see Top 25 Best Toys – Baby and Toddler.



    If you’re looking for the best baby toys – toys that your baby will actually use continuously and not get sick of playing with – then you have come to the right place.  I have a small obsession with baby toys (maybe more than small).  Here is a list of my top 6 baby toys (ages 0-12 months) that my baby loved the most during her first-year:

    1.  Laugh and Learn Click ‘n Learn Remote 
    Link:  Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Click ‘n Learn Remote

    The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Click ‘n Learn Remote is the best $10 I have spent in  a while.  Babies, for whatever reason, are obsessed with your TV remote controls (the real kind that you use to watch TV with), which is all great until they end up reprogramming your home television in Spanish and you don’t know how to switch it back (true story).  This toy satisfies this obsession, and may save you from calling your TV company’s tech support.  You can find it at Target or on Amazon.com.

    Age When Baby Will Start to Love it:  around 6-months old

    2.  Discover ‘n Grow Kick and Play Baby Gym
    Link:  Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym


    I mention this play gym in my Top 25 Must-Have Newborn Baby Items article, but I felt compelled to mention it again here for a couple of reasons: (1) it is not only for newborns, and (2) because it’s awesome.  The Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym is amazing is our favorite baby gym because of it’s dangling mirror (babies love mirrors because they love looking at themselves), but it’s main asset is its kickable piano that babies LOVE – it plays music and lights up….very entertaining.  Another great thing about this baby gym is that you can level up the piano as baby grows and starts sitting.  The only downfall to this baby gym is that it is hard for the baby to roll over all the way without getting caught in the arch.  


    Age When Baby Will Start to Love it:  1-2 months old


    3.  “The Magic Seahorse” 
    Link:   Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother

    The ” Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother” is the technical name for this toy, but I call it “Magic Seahorse” because it’s works like magic at calming your baby to sleep (not all the time, but a good chunk of the time).  I’d give this seahorse a 50% success rate at soothing babies. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself feeling soothed as well!)  I also talk about his seahorse in the article Top 25 Must-Have Newborn Baby Items.  My little one has a few lovies and this one is by far her favorite.  We play with it during the day, and it’s her source of comfort at nighttime – it works by pressing the seashorse’s belly and then the seahorse lights up and plays relaxing music for about 10-minutes until it turns off.  Ask your doctor before putting it in the crib with your baby and exercise common sense).

    Age When Baby Will Start to Love It:  Newborn



    4.  The “Oball”

    Link:  Oball

    The Oball is great for those tiny little fingers because it’s an item that they are actually able to grasp with those tiny little fingers.  The was the first item that our daughter was actually ever able to hold.  She loves it.  It’s costs about $4.99 and is a toy that is worth every penny. I also talk about this toy in my article Top 25 Must-Have Newborn Baby Items.

    Age When Baby Will Start to Love It: 3-months

    5.  Laugh and Learn Music Activity Table
    Link: Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table

    The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table is the best activity table out there that I have found.  Unlike other activity tables, the Laugh and Learn Fun table has has multiple settings (Play, Music, Spanish, Learning Time), so it keeps your baby occupied for longer.  You can remove the legs for baby to use it during the Sitting phase as well.  The is one of those “Keep Baby Busy, Keep Mommy Happy” Toys.  I also talk about this toy in my article Top 25 Must-Have Newborn Baby Items.

    Age When Baby Will Start to Love It:   When they can sit up on their own

    6.  Suction Spin Wheel for Highchair
    Link:   Sassy Developmental Wonder Wheel Suction Toy 

    The Sassy Developmental Wonder Wheel Suction Toy will keep your baby occupied at his high chair for a solid 5 minutes while you prepare a meal.  That may not sound like much, but it is…!  It suctions to your high chairs plastic (so keep that high chair clean or it won’t stick!)  If you pair this suctions pin wheel with the bungy sippy cup cord (see How This Small Idea Solves a Big Sippy Cup Problem), then you’re feeding sessions will go much more smoothly.

    Age When Baby Will Start to Love It: Highchair Age



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    My Love Letter to My Yoga Pants



    Dear Yoga Pants,

    You make me a better person.  Thank you for the comfort that you provide to me and for how safe you make me, and my mid-section, feel each and every day.  When I look at you every morning, laying there on the floor just waiting for me so patiently, I know that you will be understanding of whatever decisions that I choose to make that day; your support is empowering.


    Thank you for allowing me to eat however much I please during my mealtimes by providing me with your expandable mid-line waste-line that doesn’t punish my underwear line upon temporary expansion.  I want you to know that eating that third taco at lunch-time brings me immense joy each and every time. I could not do that without you.

    Thank you for not requiring buttons, like my former lover required – his name is “jeans”. 

    Thank you for helping me defeat the evil “muffin top” that emerges in my mid-section each winter – your elasticity and your flexibility with my torso shows both your true purpose to humanity and it highlights your strong ability to adapt to non-ideal circumstances.  These are qualities that are not found in many. 

    Thank you for your superb ability to truly multi-task…by being my “day-pants,” my pajamas; and, even sometimes (ok, the truth is: often), you even become my “going out for the night” pair of pants – my ex, “Jeans,” may have the looks, but ‘Jeans’ doesn’t understand me the way that you do; I cannot bear to leave you on a Friday night.  

    Sometimes I feel guilty for not being forthcoming about our relationship; please note that when I wear an extra-long shirt or a tank-top that could technically be worn as a ‘dress’ and which disguises your signature fold-over wrap at the hip (the fold that marks you as a “yoga pant”) that this is not because I am ashamed of you; rather, I am afraid of how much I love you.  

    Thank you doing a fine job at replacing all other pants in my life.  I love you forever.

    Love always,


    Mommy Mia



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    2)  To stop using my Pack N Play as a gigantic laundry hamper and actually stay on top of laundry. (This will be my greatest challenge.)

    3)  To get my mommy first-aid inventory prepared for my growing, curious toddler by stocking up on all of the necessary first-aid items that kids need (band-aids of all sorts, disinfectants, wraps, etc.).

    4)  To throw away mysterious Tupperware lids and free up my kitchen space.

    5)  To utilize my slow-cooker crock-pot more often – it makes yummy food, saves time, and makes the house smell awesome.

    6)  To take a relaxing bath at least 3x a week (at night, after kids are asleep).  A glass of Chardonnay may or may not be there with me.

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    Activity Tables – Keep Your Baby Busy and Mama Happy

    Laugh and Learn Activity Table,
    by Fisher-Price

    This activity table continuously provides so much entertainment to my little one. It has so many different settings – an even greater variety of those baby-toy tunes that can get stuck in your head! The variety of this activity table keeps my little one interested though. My daughter has loved this thing ever since she could sit up on her own. It has removable legs, so your sitting-baby can play with it, and then when our little one started standing, we just put the legs back on it and she loved it all over again! I love this thing!  We bought it on Amazon.com, but they have it at Target and at Walmart (and also at baby stores, such as Babies’R’Us or BuyBuyBaby).  

    Here is the link to it on Amazon.com:   
    Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table

    Thank You Cards Made Easy

    Thank You Cards Made Easy, for Those Post-Baby Presents

    Throughout my pregnancy and after my little one was born, I was blessed to receive baby gifts from many people in my life – from my friends, to from my parents’ friends, to people at work. My list of people to write Thank You Cards to grew quickly, all the while I could barely keep my eyes open and hadn’t slept for longer than a 2-hour period for weeks, thanks to my hungry little newborn baby. I was lucky to sneak in a shower (as I often chose sleep instead).
    

    Front of Card

    

    Back of Card


    Do You Type Faster Than You Hand-Write?

    If you’re like me, you are faster at typing than you are at hand-writing.  I am of the generation where the art of hand-writing has been lost.  That’s perfectly fine with me.  I became stressed at the long list of Thank You cards that I needed to write after the baby came – I realize that may sound ungrateful and that may sound like a rather bratty thing to say, but I was so exhausted from the demands of my newborn and breastfeeding.  I was so tired.

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    Personalized Photo Cards With Typed Message (Shipping Included)


    How To Do It: 

    I used Hallmark.com to send my thank you cards (as low as $0.69/card from Hallmark), but there are dozens of other websites out there that offer the same service.
    1. Create an account at Hallmark.com (or another e-card website)
    2. Choose a template for all of your Thank You cards
    3. Upload a cute photo of your newborn to the cover of the card
    4. Edit the the custom message on the front of your card template
    5. Add a thoughtful “Thank You Message” to each person
    6. Add each person’s address
    7. Mark that you would like Hallmark to pay for your postage (if you want this)
    8. Hallmark (or other card company) will make your cards for you!
    You use the same template for each of your cards.  All you have to do is add a custom message and address for each person.  What’s also great is that Hallmark saves each person’s address to your “Address Book,” so there is no need to fish for that person’s address the next time you need to send them a “thank you.”

    The Hallmark.com website doesn’t exactly have the most user-friendly format ever (you may get annoyed but only a little), but Hallmark does have cards for as little as $0.69 each (the best price I could find for this service).  Here is a link to their website: Hallmark Cards.

    Note:  

    Some people (including my mom) think it is tacky to send a hand-written thank you card.  Personally, I disagree.  Plus, a typed thank you card is better than no thank you card (or a late one).

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    When I was pregnant, I constantly ‘googled’ side-by-side comparisons of ultrasound photos and photos of the babies after they were born as a means to satisfy my curiosity.  I could not wait to meet my little beaner bear (yes, that’s her nickname)!  I needed to know if her 3D ultrasound/sonogram photos would be similar to the way she would look in real life once she was born.  

    It turns out, in my case, she looks exactly the same (in my opinion).  So I decided to do a side-by-side comparison to show you just show similar she looked while she was in my belly to her newborn face.  


    You may also notice that her 34-week ultrasound photo appears to show that she was missing the left side of her head.  I obsessively googled “baby missing left side of head in ultrasound photo” as well – and lost quite a bit of sleep.  Don’t do what I did if this happens to you during pregnancy.  Rest assured that my daughter was born with both sides of her head and yours probably will too.  Don’t let the ultrasound photos alarm you too much.


    You can also check out 3D Ultrasound to Newborn Baby Side-by-Side Comparison (Part 2) for another photo comparison using the same 34-week ultrasound photo from this post.  It’s also crazy to see how much a little human being can grow in such a short amount of time – a lot happens within the short span of just 365 days.  See my post Ultrasound to Baby Photo Timeline: That’s a lot of growing in just 365 Days! to see a timeline of how fast they grow in that first year!

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    A friend of mine shared with me an interesting post from Lifehacker.com (one of my favorite blogs to read) that I thought it worth-while sharing with all of you: “10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Parent.’ The article addresses some of the many surprises of parenting that shock us as we enter the foreign world of parenting for the first time: surprises such as how unexpectedly difficult conception can be – all the way to the brutal, torturous sleep deprivation from hell that newborns put us through. It’s a worth-while read. I had a similar post back in January 10 Surprises After Baby Came, but I have to admit that the Lifehacker article is a much better read.
    Here is a direct link to the post from Lifehacker.com:  10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Parent.