From the category archives:

Month 2

Paint my baby’s footprint on a tile {Rookie Moms Challenge #6}

February 11, 2014

It’s amazing how “You haven’t done ______ with your baby yet?!” from even a passing bystander can sound a lot like “You are a failure as a mom”. Sheesh, talk about escalating quickly. In this case yes, it was “You haven’t done your baby’s footprints yet?!” which has caused me to lay awake many a […]

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Activities for new moms: 52 weekly challenges

February 2, 2014

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 […]

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Activity #215: Find a mentor mom (that’s just a little ahead of you!)

November 11, 2013

My friend Samantha (mom of twins) said to me, “The valuable mom is the one who is six to eight months ahead of you in parenthood; any bigger gap than that and they’ve forgotten what you’re going through.” As a new mom of a little wobbly baby, I woulda thought 2 to 3 weeks max. […]

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Tech Tuesday: Start a rookie-mom meetup

July 30, 2013

Somewhere in Connecticut, totally unbeknownst to us, a pregnant Jessica Rich started looking for some peers and pals having babies around the same time and created the first ever Rookie Moms Meetup. By the time she had her baby, she had gathered 18 moms to be her tribe. These new mamas got together for strollercize, […]

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How to get a breastfed baby to take a bottle

July 1, 2013

My two children never would take a bottle, and it wasn’t for any lack of trying on my part. When our friend Crystal asked about any magic strategies that would get her third baby to accept a bottle, I sent her a list of ideas in hopes that at least one of mine would be […]

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I’m embarrassed to be embarrassed about nursing

June 12, 2013

It’s all been said before: breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we should be able to do it whenever and wherever baby is hungry (except in a bathroom, if baby gets hungry in a bathroom, baby should wait a minute). Consequently, I am embarrassed to be embarrassed about nursing. I offer a few anecdotes to […]

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Learn baby massage

May 29, 2013

Whether you’re a naturally zen mama or a skeptic, I highly recommend learning a few techniques of infant massage (besides, nobody has to see you doing it but a small person who doesn’t speak). You can enjoy some quiet time and get to know your baby’s tiny developing body AND often get the kid to […]

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Activity #89: Get drive-through service anywhere

April 22, 2013

If your baby likes to sleep in the car seat, count your blessings. Better to have a car-sleeper than a car-screamer. You’ve also got the perfect excuse to patronize nearby drive-through businesses as a destination. My favorites were the slightly-far In-N-Out and the not-very-close drive-through Starbucks. The real magic can happen when you’re creative and […]

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Returning to work: Stockpiling your breastmilk

April 10, 2013

This post is part of a series sponsored by Philips AVENT in support of the launch of the double electric Comfort Pump. Pumping breast milk was still a mystery to me as I made secret lists of baby names and notified my boss of my pregnancy. I learned about it when my co-worker Mimi, newly […]

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Book report: Your Fussy Baby

January 11, 2013

If you have the book Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth then don’t be a sucker and buy Your Fussy Baby like I did. YFB is entirely included in HCHB. And I know this because I read both of them cover to cover when I had a super fussy baby. When my […]

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Activity #243: Start a ladies poker club

October 9, 2012

My very good friend, Crystal, lives in Chicago as a writer with her two sons, Harry and Max. She wrote about starting a Ladies Poker Club when Harry was an infant. Harry is a mere one day younger than Milo and sadly they’ve never met in person. We fully expect that one day they’ll be […]

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Makin’ it: Organic baby wash

July 23, 2012

Toxic goo in the baby bubble bath? WTH?! It drives me CRAZY to learn that our baby body wash has bad stuff in it. When I searched the Internet for recipes to make my own homemade baby soap, I was disturbed by the suggested ingredients. Lye?! No thank you. In fact, I believe that when […]

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