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A Must Have Baby Book (with a purpose).

When we created 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, we did so with some very specific considerations. One was choosing a card format vs. a book because while the content on those cards are therapist inspired, we created the product we wanted (and had time for) as busy moms AND therapists.

One benefit we envisioned was the ability to stick a few at a time (appropriate for baby’s age and/or stage) on the refrigerator or nursery shelf,  empowering families to learn the many beautiful details of early development by playing with their baby purposefully, while being present in that specific moment in time and not getting overwhelmed with the many changes that come in the first few years.

 

Along the way, we’ve discovered (with the help of many of you) more creatives ways our sweet cards could be practical in every day life. One of our favorites is using the cards as your personal “baby book.”  As you enjoy reading detailed milestones to watch for at each age and in each developmental domain, customize your cards with what you are seeing your baby doing! Add first words, dates that milestones were achieved, and funny or cute experiences.  That’s right take a pen right to those beautiful cards!  Not only will you have a detailed account of your baby’s development, you can also share their individual developmental path with your pediatrician at your child’s next appointment.

 

Don’t have your copy of 1-2-3 Just Play With Me yet? Pick one up for you, or as a gift and explore why Today’s Parent calls 1-2-3 Just Play With Me a “Product That Will Make New Parent’s Lives Easier.” (Also available via Amazon Prime, in ebook format, and select retailers).

My Family is a WELCOME WAGON

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If there is one thing my family does right it’s babies.  Of course I think there are several things we do right, but this one thing is exceptionally on point.  We celebrate each pregnancy, birth and child as if it was the first in our family for decades (which couldn’t be any further from the truth!).  The excitement mounts for months; cards of congratulations on the news of expecting, multiple baby showers being hosted, visitors at the hospital and anxious relatives who badger the new parents until they show their faces (more importantly the baby’s face) at the upcoming family event.  I guess this all started with my grandmother, she is a matriarch of sorts.  Grandma blessed her husband with 7 children.  From those 7 came 23 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.  AMAZING!  And even after all of that practice, we still get excited!!  In fact, Grandma’s 3rd great-great grandchild is due at the end of January and her 35th great grandchild is due in March and we are all full of excitement and anticipation to meet the newest members of the “Varner Clan”.  Our cups runneth over on a pretty regular basis!

 

So with much practice in baby gift giving, I wanted to share with you all my latest FAVORITE baby shower gift.  Click here to view some of the  most popular baby shower gifts recommended by early intervention therapists and HERE for a list of all things essential (and not so essential) for babies and their parents (hint: what you should (and shouldn’t) include on your baby registry). My latest and greatest baby gift  idea is this…A WELCOME WAGON!  Seriously the cutest thing EVER!  A child’s wagon filled with all that a baby needs: diapers, wipes, onesies, binkies, blankets, board books, rattles and of course, 1-2-3 Just Play With Me!  This gift hits a home run with all expecting parents.  It includes essentials like diapers, wipes and onesies,  developmentally appropriate toys for baby like rattles and board books and 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, 3 years of child development for mom and dad to follow along and appreciate the miracle of their angel and play ideas to help build strong bonds between them and baby.  1-2-3 Just Play With Me is the gift that keeps on giving!  Certainly your wagon can be themed boy or girl if you know the sex of the baby, but can easily be made into a gender neutral gift as well.

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This wagon is chock full of developmental toys perfect for a baby girl or baby boy along with 1-2-3 Just Play With Me.

 

 

And this wagon is perfectly pink for the new princess or your clan.  Packed with diapers, wipes, onesies, a baby doll, rattles and 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, it's sure to make the new parents feel perfectly prepared!

And this wagon is perfectly pink for the new princess of your clan. Packed with diapers, wipes, onesies, a baby doll, rattles and 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, it’s sure to make the new parents feel perfectly prepared!

 

I am so thankful to be blessed with many cousins, aunts and uncles.  And now I am even more blessed with nieces, nephews and children of my own.  Grandma, I can’t thank you enough for the legacy you began years ago when you started our family.  Your example of faith and love inspires us all to embrace life from beginning to end!  You are are the best gift of all!