17 gifts for a curious 1-year-old

My beloved (in my Iyanla Vanzant voice) turns 1 year old next month, and I couldn’t be more excited about planning his party.

His theme is Storybooks, Paintbrushes and Wonder. And although I can easily rattle off storybook and artistic needs, I was a bit overwhelmed thinking of educational toys that inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity.

Luckily for me, I live in the digital age.

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Get glass baby bottles under $5

Before my son Donovan’s birth, I had every intention of breastfeeding exclusively. I didn’t want to confuse him by adding bottles to the mix too early.

So my plan was to hold off on bottles a few weeks, then convert my abundant supply of mason jars leftover from my wedding centerpieces into glass baby bottles.

There’s even a whole company (Mason Bottle) devoted to the concept, so I knew my plan was a winner.

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NEW: Motif offers free breast pumps after startup leaves moms in the dark

I’ll be the first to admit the breast pump has always felt more like a foe than a friend. So when I got a chance to review alternatives to the popular breast pumps, I jumped on it.

In exchange for my honest opinion, Aeroflow shipped me one Motif Duo and one Motif Twist free of charge.

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7 moms reimagine baby registry must-haves

We’ve planned. We’ve birthed. We’ve learned. The consensus: Do use a Target.com account for your registry. You get exchanges up to a year without receipts, and they have a wide selection. Don’t stress over the perfect stroller or carrier. You’re amazing, so you’ll make anything work. Consider these products recommendations to make life easier from the seven Honeycomb moms.

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You can win, child: Save money on diapers and avoid leaks

I'm just going to say it. We're pretty great. Not only are the Honeycomb moms gifting you our best tips for saving money on diapers, but we've done a pretty crafty evaluation of how popular brands hold up to the generics on leaks. 

After all, we're not talking about generic Oreos. Effectiveness matters when it comes to diapers. Who wants to make changing pee-soaked sheets part of her daily routine? Not I.

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'Jesus, please calm my soul,' I say; nanny cam shows toddler left in corner 4 hours

I had just given birth to my youngest daughter Wrylee when my husband and I decided to hire a nanny. He was working as an engineer at the time. I was balancing an intense pharmacy school schedule, and we also had a 2-year-old, Wryen, in the mix. So we needed the help.

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