Ilona Bannister

Ilona Bannister is a mother of two energetic young boys who have dyslexia and ADHD. She is the author of two novels, When I Ran Away and Little Prisons, and she has contributed to The Guardian, Literary Hub, and Moms Don’t Have Time to Write.

Asian millennial mother breast feeding her baby.


When Does Cluster Feeding End?

Cluster feeding can seem like a never-ending cycle of baby feeding and sleep deprivation. Fortunately, it's only a phase and does pass eventually.

Sensory experiences for autistic boy.

Product Reviews, Sensory Activities

The 10 Best Sensory Toys for Autism of 2022

There are many sensory toys for children with special needs that will help develop their sensory systems as well as being fun. Here are a few of the best!

Toddlers sitting on chamber pot and playing with toys.

Potty Training

Potty Training Boys: 6 Strategies That Work

Here are some strategies that should make potty training your little boy a rewarding experience for him and for you.

Mother breast feeding daughter.


Does Breast Milk Stain? Yes! But Here’s How to Remove It

There are specific oxygen-based bleaching products for baby clothes that work on milk stains and claim to be gentle on the skin.

Cute little baby in a stroller outdoor.

Product Reviews

The 10 Best Bassinet Strollers of 2022

The best bassinet strollers are ones that will last through the stages of your child’s development, from newborn to toddler.

Mom changing baby diaper.


Diaper Blowout Basics: Everything a Parent Needs to Know

While there’s no sure-fire way to prevent baby diaper blowouts from happening, you can at least be prepared to handle them.

Baby's legs in jumper.

Development, Parenting

Baby Jumper Age Ranges: The Right Ages to Start & Stop

Jumpers give parents and caregivers a safe place to put the baby for a few minutes while they take a much-needed break or get other things done.

Baby sleeping while held.


How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Without Being Held

It's natural for a newborn to want to sleep cuddled in your arms, but it's also important that they learn to fall asleep independently.

baby sitting on a play mat

Product Reviews

The 8 Best Baby Crawling Mats in 2022

The best baby crawling mats give your baby a safe space to explore and play and a soft place to land as they become more mobile.

kids in daycare

Potty Training

Potty Training and Daycare: A Parent’s How-To Guide

Consistency and open communication are key when potty training a child in preschool, daycare, or with multiple caregivers.


Why Is My Baby Sleeping With Eyes Open? Hint: It’s Normal

Most babies sleep with their eyes closed, but sleeping with eyes open or partially open is normal for babies to do. In most cases, there should be no cause for...

baby in a crib


When to Lower Your Baby’s Crib: A Mattress Height Guide

You’ll know that it's time to lower your baby’s crib when they show signs of sitting unsupported and they're ready to stand.