From the category archives:

Month 4

Activity #30: Turn your sleeping baby into art

The Real Princess Was Yawning by Adele xx

The other day Milo fell asleep in his car seat, and I took his picture. Then I put a few props around him and shot a few more. I stopped at a stuffed pig and Whitney called me the under-achiever version of Mila’s Daydreams. (Or a G-rated version of PutStuffOnHerBadMother.com) Have you already heard about […]

Go to the drive-in (movie)

let sleeping babies lie

Rookie mom, Emily, suggested hitting the drive-in movie as a great baby-on-board date night. The last time I went to a drive-in I was driving cross-country with my pal, Rachel, and we actually watched the movie Twister (in which a drive-in theater is decimated by a tornado). I only wish the drive-ins near Berkeley were […]

Activity #373: Get more out of Goodnight Moon

gnightmooon

When we first added Goodnight Moon to our bedtime ritual, I thought, “This book is sort of boring.” After a few months, I thought “This book is painfully boring.” One day, my friend Sunny said, “I see new things in that book every time I look at it.” Um, what? So I started paying more […]

Activity #188: Cook and freeze

casserole

When you bother to cook, double it and freeze half. Make sure to freeze in portions that you’ll want to use because nothing bums me out faster than trying to defrost the entire basketball-size brick of beef stew because I can’t snap off a portion for me and Alec. Ideas for meals to cook and […]

5 Super green baby activities

picnic baby

You know how everyone wants you to buy green stuff in order to do your part for the Earth? Well, being green is more than just buying more crap we don’t need, it’s also getting our hands dirty planting a garden, annoying your family by turning out the lights when they’re still in the room, […]

Activity #300: Be in love

love collage

Scrounge around for some pictures of you and your mate together from when you first started out dating and wooing. Make a collage and put it on the fridge to remember your pre-baby lives. It can be as easy as tacking up a few old favorites that have been sitting in a drawer (bungee-jumping, wine […]

Read books for baby

At this point, four months, you’re pretty much obligated to start a reading ritual with your baby. I have honestly been shocked at each stage to find how much they really do like books. Also, when I ran out of things to say to my immobile blob of human offspring, reading from a book was […]

Wear the baby

By the time I took this picture, Julian was to big for this fleece sling, so I was thrilled to wear Heather’s baby Holden in it. If you don’t already have a sling, consider it. Wearing your baby keeps him happy, especially if he’s the type that likes to be held all the time. Instead […]

Activity #14: Model new outfits

Continue to try on all the new outfits you got as gifts, no matter how silly you think they are, and photograph him in the clothes before he outgrows them. Remember to take pictures when outfit is fresh (it took me 3 tries on this outfit and I finally dressed him in the living room […]