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Real Simple's special Family edition posed this question to moms back in the Fall issue, and we've been thinking about it for a while. These days dark chocolate, red wine, and freshly brewed coffee top our list. Other moms in survey answered everything from their Blackberry to the BabyBjorn carrier.

Also on the list:

• A timer to set so that a child knows when it's five minutes until bedtime and that's that. See our previous post on timers.

• Audiobooks for long books and long car trips.

• A camera for capturing all of those special moments.

• A sense of humor- no explanation needed.

Parents- what can't you live without?

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