We read The Sh!t No One Tells You in 2016 while we were pregnant with our baby girl, Sydney. It became our go-to baby bump gift and the title inspiration for our list of sh!t that did (and didn’t) work for our baby, our nursery and our life as new parents.

This blog does not feature side-by-side product or service comparisons, as we’re solely reviewing the apps, books, goods and services we actually used during our prenatal months through Sydney’s toddler years. We do not guarantee that the sh!t that worked for us will also be the sh!t that works for you; however, if you’re seeking consumer information and user-based opinions about any of the sh!t we tried, we hope our journey can inspire yours (or save you from wasting your own time and money).

Katie & Carlyle

Katie is on hiatus from corporate Manhattan to dedicate some time to motherhood. She is blogging about the sh!t that is helping new parenthood seem less chaotic for her family at Sh!t That Worked for Us and sharing ideas on how to organize all that sh!t on MOMganized, the latter of which is slowly evolving into an ode to The Container Store. Her previous blog, Blog-By-Bike, chronicled her 50-day cycling journey from Oregon to New Hampshire in 2010. And prior to that, she created Becoming A New Yorker to write about (spoiler alert) becoming a New Yorker. Though she is currently a stay-at-home mom to Baby Toddler Sydney, she is not one of the heroic mothers who battles through her days alone. Grandma Julie, her live-in mother-in-law, is instrumental in Sydney’s daily caregiving and is Katie’s drinking partner at night.

Carlyle does not know how to blog, but he is incredibly handsome and is a super engaged father when he’s not out winning bread. Having amassed one of the largest privately-owned parenting self-help libraries in their home, he also likely holds the record for the most pregnancy and baby apps on an iPhone. While a pregnant Katie was still submerged in corporate life, he would prep her on what to expect next as she stood, baby bump-length from the bathroom sink, preparing for the workday. While the views and opinions expressed on STWFU and MOMganized are those of the owners, readers should not expect that Carlyle has actively composed or formatted any of these posts. He does, however, bring Katie wine while she types.

Neither one of them are experienced parents.

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Photo Credit: Christine Jean Chambers