In which Ariel discusses the BabyLit Primers that feature famous female authors and strong female characters. Celebrate Women's History Month by bringing the classics alive with these board books! This post contains affiliate links. By using them you help keep Busy Nest News up and running. Thank you for your continued support!
BabyLit Primers written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
I love the BabyLit series, written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver. The series brings together two of my greatest passions in life: literature and instilling a love of reading in my child through stellar children’s books. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, Jane Adams and Alison Oliver use famous works of literature as inspiration for board books, giving our children their first taste of the great works that have endured. Each book in the series is different. Some are counting primers. Some are emotions primers. Some are weather primers, but each is unique and each is beautiful in their own way. What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than by highlighting famous female authors in a way little ears can hear?
Or "Brianna loves the Love Monster and everything that goes with it!" Read why this series is a favorite, and meet the not-at-all scary monster that will steal your heart, too. This post contains affiliate links. If you use one of these links to buy the products mentioned, we get paid, and that helps keep Busy Nest News going. Thanks!
Love Monster, by Rachel Bright
Some books manage to be sweet, adorable, silly, and profound, all at once. It’s a lot to ask of 32 pages, but when you find a book like that, you find that you cherish it and want to share it with the world.
People You Should Know: Jan Brett
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Getting to know Jan Brett's work
Do you know who Jan Brett is? If you said no, I bet you’re wrong.
Do you remember, as a kid in grade school, reading a book about a kid who loses a white mitten in the snow? The animals of the forest, knowing cozy outerwear when they see it, climb in one by one, each animal bigger than the last. And then you all cut out mitten shapes from paper and got to use the STAPLER to stick the two pieces together into a mitten-shaped pouch, into which you popped your colored-in animals, thus replicating the story before your very eyes. I KNOW I am not the only one who did that at least once growing up. If you have a very similar memory, you can thank Jan Brett.
Uncle Goose Wooden Blocks
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Uncle Goose Wooden Blocks
Blocks play such a huge role in childhood development. The simple toy is highlighted in milestone lists again and again. First, babies enjoy chewing the blocks and feeling them in their hands. Next, they knock the blocks together and revel in the sound of wood on wood. Finally, they start building. Their structures begin with just a couple of blocks stacked on top of each other, and gradually develop into art sculptures and homes for toys. Kids have been playing with wooden blocks pretty much forever. We’re excited to tell you that the ubiquitous block has gotten an upgrade.
Gear Review: Dishwasher Essentials
When I was registering for my baby shower, I devoured lists written by other people. I read all of the “ESSENTIALS for Baby” lists, and was just as excited to read the “What you DON’T need to have a baby” lists. Most of the things seemed like common sense, but there were some essentials I’d never heard of. When in doubt, I leaned heavily on the advice of my mother and mother-in-law. Both had more than two children, and their guidance was invaluable. BUT, today I’m reviewing two things they both told me to skip putting on my registry.
First up is a general recommendation. Dishwasher baskets. With lids. Both mothers told me I did not need a special dishwasher basket for bottle and sippy cup parts, but both were assuming that I already had a dishwasher basket with a lid. All three homes my husband and I have shared so far have had baskets for flatware, but none of them had any sort of lid to keep things in. If you’re in the same boat, I highly recommend finding a basket that has a lid that snaps tightly into place. Breast pumps, bottles, and sippy cups all have small or lightweight parts that will be as tiny boats in a hurricane once you turn on the dishwasher. Not to mention pacifiers, teethers, and small, plastic toys your child might play with as they grow. I personally was gifted a Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket, but I would rather have their High Capacity model, as it looks like it would accommodate the parts of our favorite sippy cups much better. But, if you have little clearance between your top rack and the ceiling of the dishwasher, the Deluxe is probably preferable. I give the Deluxe basket four eggs. I haven't tried the high capacity yet, but if I do, I'll update this post with its own allocation.
Please bring a book
If you've been invited to a baby shower in the last 5-10 years, there's a good chance that you've received a cute, Pinterest-Perfect invitation, with a cute, Pinterest-Perfect request. The request seems simple enough. In syrupy prose (that makes you gag a little), you're essentially asked to accompany any gift for the baby with a book, in place of a card.
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