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The Essentials - Toys For A Baby's First Year

Babies transform dramatically over the first year. Here are the toys we recommend every parent have on hand for playtime with baby. Washing the muckiness of the day away doesn't have to be a chore, though, if you make bath time as much fun as getting messy in the first place! Here's the scoop on babies and baths in their first year.

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Baths & Your Baby

The first year of your baby's life is messy! It starts when you realize your sweet newborn can actually get quite stinky. Newborns are notorious for explosive poops that seem to soil their whole body and feeding sessions marked by milk dribbling into all those little neck folds. The milestones of a baby's first year come with more sticky challenges, from washing the puree out of your baby's hair after lunch to cleaning away a day's worth of exploration spent crawling on hands and knees.

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The Best Books for Toddlers

Toddlers rarely get credit for their fun, engaging natures, their wacky sense of humor or their budding independence. Instead, popular culture is quick to focus on their tendency to be stubborn and moody. After all, hearing your toddler say no a hundred times a day can be exhausting. Can we really blame them, though, for wielding such a neat, newly discovered power?

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Building a Baby Gift Bundle

Baby registries often tackle the big items like furniture, carseats and strollers. As a new parent, though, you quickly learn that it's the little items that prove to be lifesavers in your day to day life. That is why we love baby gifts that bundle together several smaller items to create one truly thoughtful gift.

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Throwing a Baby Shower For the Modern Mom

Baby Showers run the gamut from traditional, women-only fetes to coed evening cocktail parties. Whether you choose to throw one that is small and intimate or big and extravagant, the goals are the same - to celebrate the creation of a new family and to help the parents-to-be stock up on all of the gear they will need for their baby.

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Building A Baby's First Library

A library filled with the best books for a baby's first year is a must for any nursery. Studies show time and again that reading to children early and often gives them a solid foundation for success in school and in life. Parents can begin reading to their baby from day one if they stock their nursery with lots of good books. That's why we believe that book bundles make such brilliant baby gifts!

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Diapering - The Good, The Bad and The Stinky

Expectant parents are often teased about two things – lack of sleep and the exorbitant number of diapers they will need to change. Both are very real parts of a baby’s first year.

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The Perfect Baby Shower Gift

Shopping for the perfect baby gift can be an overwhelming task. There are so many unknowns. Does mom like traditional or modern when it comes to style and color? Are the new parents already getting lots of hand-me-downs from friends and relatives?

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