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.

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When Do Toddlers Stop Napping?

How do you know when your toddler is ready to drop naps? We tell you everything you need to know about your toddler’s transition away from daytime naps.

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When to Transition to One Nap From Two

If your baby is ready, we’ve got everything you need to know about making the shift to one nap from two. Checkout our nap transition guide to make the switch.

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Potty Training, Product Reviews

Our 5 Favorite Potty Training Apps of 2023

Potty training apps can be fun and educational for toddlers and helpful potty progress trackers for parents. Here are the best apps around for potty training success.

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Feeding and Eating

9 Healthy Baby Breakfast Ideas for Hungry Munchkins

Whether you’re using traditional or baby-led weaning, these healthy baby breakfast ideas will give your hungry little one a great start to the day.

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When Is It Time to Stop Using a Baby Monitor?

The decision to stop using a baby monitor is personal for each family. We share some advice to help you decide when to leave the baby monitor behind.

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Baby Swing Weight Limits and Age Ranges: A Safety Guide

Baby swings can be great for parents and babies as long as they’re used safely. Check out our guide for baby swing age, weight limits, and other safety tips.

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Bassinet vs Pack N Play: What’s the Difference?

Yes, there is a difference between a bassinet and pack n play. We help you decide which one your family needs and will give you the most value for your...

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What Are “Baby Leaps” and Are They Real?

We decode the baby leaps of the popular Wonder Weeks book to see if this theory might help you and your baby get through those fussy times.

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Montessori Parenting: Raising Your Child the Montessori Way

Montessori parenting is a gentle parenting style that brings Montessori principles for early childhood education into your home environment and family life.

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Is There a Best Age to Start Daycare?

Find the optimal age for your child to start daycare, whether you’re working, need child free time in your day, or want your toddler to socialize.

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Product Reviews

The 10 Best Co-Sleepers and Bedside Bassinets of 2023

Are you looking for an easy and safe way to co-sleep with your baby? We’ve rounded up the best co-sleepers and bassinets for you to choose from right here!

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Daycare vs Montessori: The Difference for Your Child

Good daycare programs and Montessori preschools will be staffed by caring adults who prioritize your child's safety every day.