I love the idea of group writing projects. It isn’t because more people can find out about my blog, I just enjoy having the forum to discuss things and gain perspective from other bloggers. I generally read posts and think ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ or ‘wow, that is a great idea’. I was really excited when I learned Does Mommy Love It is having a one of these projects. Even if you are not a mom, chances are you know children and you need items for their birthdays or baby showers. This site is great about telling you what does and does not work! I have really enjoyed their information already so you can imagine the excitement that rose up in me when I read ‘group writing project’.
That is until I read the topic! The topic is about one family product I can not live without. This should be easy right? I mean just the other day I was told I was an ‘experienced’ mom. Surely I should know the *best, perfect, right* answer. And yet, all week long I have thought on this. I just can’t narrow it down. I tossed out some ideas (like diapers and extra crib sheets) but past that it is getting tough.
The challenge for me was more about the longevity of an item rather than the use in the moment. There are some things that I thought were wonderful when I had my first but by the time I had my third, I didn’t need them. So taking this approach, I came up with the one thing I have used with all three boys…and still do.
My pick is the book ‘Caring For Your Baby and Young Child. I am not kidding that this book has been a huge resource for me numerous times. It is for children Birth to age 5 and covers things like skills for each age, sample menus and even games you can play with a baby to develop skills. The back of the book offers advice on all sorts of illnesses from fever to chest or heart issues. It has helped me understand the details of an illness and some ways to identify or treat them. The menus were a life saver when my sons would not eat and I was trying to figure out how to give them more nutritious items.
I am sure there are tons of other things that are my favorite family products but this ranks right up there for me! Check out the other posts at Does Mommy Love It!