It's definitely not a list of "essentials" but more of an I or a reader loves/loathes idea; perhaps you have found a chain store to be consistently positive and welcoming towards breastfeeding, or perhaps you bought a bouncy chair that sucks and want to let others know to avoid!
Rather than just the usual baby stuff, I thought it would be nice to extend to toddler/children age too as I know lots of readers have older ones - did you buy something brilliant or visit somewhere as a family you want to share with others?
At the moment I'm pondering children's birthday parties - I want something a bit different to the usual home/crafty affair, but play place parties and suchlike are definitely not for us. The market out there is vast from swimming, bowling or karting parties to street dancing, face painting and even cooking! (I'm going to pretend the dreaded "princess pamper parties" and suchlike don't even exist) With prices ranging widely and then of course there's the whole party bag - to do or not to do, I get the feeling I should have started planning months ago.