Dr. Sarah Davis and Evie Granville, M.Ed., are authors, parent educators and podcasters. They’re real-life best friends who worked together to create what they call “the Solar System Parenting Framework,” which helps parents learn how to balance their own needs, their child’s and everyone else’s.
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Boba X Baby Carrier
"Baby wearing is an excellent way to bond with your baby and make them feel secure. Plus it keeps hands free so you can multi-task. But often baby carriers are bulky, hot, or difficult to put on. The Boba has easy straps, thin but strong fabric, can be used for children up to 45 lbs, and has a little hood to protect them from the sun."
$150 at Amazon
Kalencom Potette 2-in-1 Travel Potty
"This product is a game changer during potty training and beyond! When your young child is worried about the size of big public toilet seats, pop this on there to make a child size spot. But the toilet also folds into its own portable toilet, to be used in the car or wherever else you may have a potty emergency. The best part is that this toilet can even be used as kids get older- it can live in the car for toileting emergencies. Purchase the bags to go with it- click the legs into place, slide the bag on the potty and you’re good to go!"
$15.25 at Amazon
JaxoJoy Foam Building Blocks
"If you’re looking for a forever toy for your child, look no further. This STEM toy is a bit pricey but completely worth the investment. Children as young as three can safely play with these tiles and kids will continue to find them challenging and stimulating for years to come. The tiles are colourful, come in different shapes and have magnets stored inside. Kids can build 2-d and 3-d shapes as the tiles connect easily with magnets. They encourage problem solving, math skills and for younger children can be excellent for shape and colour recognition."
$119.97 at Amazon
"Toy purchasing is all about versatility. What can this toy be used for? In general, blocks are imaginative, help kids problem solve and will grow their creativity. So what’s special about these? They are lightweight, quiet (if a toddler throws one they won’t break anything!) and can go in the bath for some really fun water sensory play. They also come in super fun 3-D shapes to help with more advanced shape recognition."
$30.63 at Walmart
The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Stroller
"Who wants a lightweight stroller that can fold up with a flick of the wrist, hold your child comfortably until age 5-6 and has a sun shade, bottom storage and add on accessories all intended to make your life easier? Yes, this is the holy grail of strollers. They also come in adorable colours. We used them for years."
$249.99 at Baby Jogger