my readers’ favorite things

The readers have spoken! Here are a few of your favorite things. Leave a comment below and tell me something you love as a mom (either for your kids, or for you), and you can win one of my current favorite things, a “Animal Mastermind Towers” board game. The giveaway is still open so keep your ideas coming!  

Here’s some of what we have so far (you can read more in the comments to the previous post):

for babies-

Wenmei loves the patemm pad for changes on the go. I’d never heard of it before, but as Mandy pointed out, there’s more and more cool stuff every year. 
Wubbanub Infant Pacifier - Lion with satin maneMandy herself recommends the Wubbanub, a stuffed animal that makes it possible for your baby to find her own pacifier in the middle of the night. Curses! Where was the Wubbanub in 2002, I ask you?

Tracy recommends the NoseFrida, and here I must say we part ways.   I have written here and here about my own frustrating experiences with this thing, and why I think it should be called “The Original Nosefrida: When the Regular Old Nasal Bulb Aspirator Is Not Useless or Terrifying Enough.” But Tracy loves it, and she’s not alone, so if you have a baby with a stuffed-up nose, give it a shot, what do I know. 

Indywriter likes the Tiny Diner portable mat for gross restaurant tables. Another thing I wish someone thought of eight years ago.

Diane recommends the fur Robeez booties for babies’ wintertime toes. The pair I received for Maggie were too small for her to really wear them- now I’m sorry she missed out!

for kids-

Erin recommends these adorable handmade skirts from Gocks Frocks, and when Kristen, who makes the clothing herself, heard that, she came on over to offer free shipping for everything on her site with the code “MOTHER LOAD”! So shop away! I have my eye on this felted wool sweater for Maggie…

Kath says the apps on her iPhone are the one thing she can’t do without. Too true, Kath. In fact, next time I’ll do a “what’s your favorite app for kids?” post. 

LeapFrog Tag Reading System (Lavender) (32 MB)Erin G likes the Leapfrog Tag reader. I do also, although after Seamus dropped TWO of them in the toilet, I was reluctant to shell out $40 or more for a third. I would say, buy this one, and tell the kids it can’t go in the bathroom, even for “sitting and thinking” potty time.

Lynnelle recommends Read a book to your kids online, and a book gets donated to a community that really needs them. I’ll definitely be checking that site out. TONIGHT.

for moms-

Karen recommends the Keurig one-cup coffee maker. Karen, how could I have forgotten the Keurig? It truly is the best. If they would only start making Starbucks K-cups, my life would be complete. Although I do enjoy the “Donut Shop Decaf” mightily.

Don’t be shy, tell us something you love!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Annie D October 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I couldn't do the Nosefrida thing. As if the boogers I'm already covered in aren't enough! There are battery operated booger suckers (nasal aspirators I suppose) that are ah-mazing.


Karen October 14, 2010 at 5:16 am

My favorite K-cup for the Keurig is Green Mountain's Sumatran Reserve. It's nice and dark, so I can double brew one pod into a 12oz cup of coffee. Coffee People's Donut Shop is also good for a smaller single brew cup.
It actually makes me look forward to morning! (gasp!)


Courtney October 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Hands down, the Boon Squirt Spoon. Most exciting invention EVER. Got so many questions about it when I would be out and about feeding Zoe. You put the food directly into the spoon and squirt it right into the baby's mouth. No messy jar or additional spoon needed. Works best for kids who have just started eating solids to about one year old. We went through a few of these, I always bought one right away when I lost one!


Maria October 14, 2010 at 5:11 pm

OK, this is going to "out" me as the complete germ-a-phobe that I am…I got a Clean Shopper shopping cart cover as a baby shower gift over five years ago and am still using it ( They have really upgraded their fabrics recently and the covers can be washed and dried in your machine. Pockets to hold keys, sippys, etc., very soft to keep your kids comfy and of course, completely covers any shopping cart to avoid those nasty germs! I am constantly asked where it is from by strangers almost every trip. Loved all the other comments and have a lot I'm going to start checking out!


KBH October 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Okay, I have to weigh in too!! As a mom of two kids I found the ring sling to be of utmost importance. It allowed me to keep my hands free for my 2.5 year old while also carrying my newborn around. It made shopping trips soooooooo much easier. The baby would just sleep in the sling the whole time!!!! In her car seat she never slept as soundly. I still use it when we are walking her older brother to pre-school (she is 2, now)! I sewed my own, but you can check them out here:


Amy Wilson October 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Karen, nice tip on double-brewing the dark K-cups, I'd never tried that.

Courtney that Boon spoon looks GENIUS. Almost enough to make me want another kid.

KBH, I was a huge sling-user with #3 and I kicked myself that I didn't get the hang of it with the other two. What was I thinking? I also put Maggie in it to take her brothers to school when she was well into toddler stage.

OK, Maria, you're outed. I never used those shopping cart covers, but if it has pockets for keys and a sippy cup, I could be swayed.


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