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Month 1

Activity #4: Visit the fabric store

Rookie Mom's Challenge #4: Go to a fabric store

This is our fourth weekly challenge for rookie moms. Take a walk through a fabric store with your baby in a front carrier. If you’re game, pick up something for a fun craft project. If your baby’s gender was not known and you have stack of pale green and yellow clothes you don’t love, buy […]

Activity #3: Join a Mom’s Group

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We cannot emphasize enough the importance of hanging out with other women who are doing what you’re doing. Swaddling, nursing, trying out bottles, using front carriers, swings – these are some of the things you’ll discuss. But there are also the sensitive issues of body image, careers, and relationships. It’s quite likely that you and […]

Activities for new moms: 52 weekly challenges

Rookie Moms Challenges: weekly adventures for new moms

Why these challenges? Our own experience with unstructured time and a small baby tells us that having an activity planned or a project for the day is tremendously helpful in passing the time. When your partner gets home from work or you hop on the phone with your sister, instead of talking about length of […]

Cut up your bra

Breastfeeding tip: Cut holes in your bra to let your nipples take a break.

Tip for brand-new breastfeeders: It may sound weird, but I did it and so did my friend Maureen. Take an old tank top or soft cup bra and cut holes where your nipples go. Seriously. Wear this whenever your nipples need to be untouched. Preferably not when your father in law is around. (photo: Circle […]

Write a Did Do list

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If you’re getting sick of your “to do” list getting longer and not shorter and wondering where the heck is all your time going, try writing a “did do” list. Share it with your baby-daddy at the end of the day and encourage him to be very impressed. The truth is that your time is […]

Encourage Daddy time & relax already

Encourage Daddy-baby-bonding time, it will pay dividends later

According to Mr. Dad, “kids who grow up with actively involved fathers are happier, healthier, smarter, and better adjusted than those who don’t.” Great, sign me up. The added payoff is that I get a break, right? But figuring out how to do it can be a big challenge: I was a super nervous parent, my […]