From the category archives:

Month 4

Activity #14: Model new outfits

November 12, 2009

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 […]

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Activity #429: Practice yoga in the face of a crying baby

October 8, 2009

When Patti Asad from YogaWorks contacted us with some ideas for yoga poses for rookie moms, I had a few very specific goals. Rather than focusing on a lengthy yoga session that I’d forget or screw up, I asked her, “Is there one particular yoga pose that’s great for calming [yourself] when your baby’s screaming […]

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Act the way you want to feel

April 9, 2009

Have you already heard about the Happiness Project? Gretchen Rubin took a year to test drive every happiness principle, tip, theory, and scientific study to try to see if any of them really worked. In her memoir (now available for pre-order) and blog, she goes into great detail about how each experiment fared in her […]

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Activity #58: Shop on the cheap

April 6, 2009

When I found out I was having a second boy, at first I was shocked. Not that I didn’t want a second boy — I was still totally afraid of little girls (having been mean to my own mom until … ummm, now) — but I grew up in a boy/girl house and I just […]

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Activity #447: Keep in touch

February 23, 2009

Meagan, who is a rookie mom to Soren, wrote to us with this suggestion for how to be better about connecting with your friends. I love that is in the true spirit of a geeky girl’s approach to motherhood: As my very understanding friends can attest, I have never been good at keeping in touch. […]

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Activity #409: Customglam your baby

February 3, 2009

Ok, I realize this post doesn’t meet any Rookie Mom goals. It’s not cheap, free, or crafty. It doesn’t get you out of the house or help you socialize with friends. It doesn’t liberate your body from baby-holding for a chunk of time so that you can do what you want to do. It doesn’t […]

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Get some super fun T-shirts in the mail

December 5, 2008

I don’t know about you, but none of my prepregnancy shirts seem to fit right. Too short, too tight. You get the idea. I think that right after stepping out of your ill-fitting jeans, the next best thing you can do is find some fun T-shirts. Our friend Karen started a website that will send […]

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Activity #559: Use Bumbo seats for a photo shoot

November 4, 2008

How cute is this picture, right? I guess my friend Jennie’s postpartum yoga studio has a bunch of Bumbo seats, and Lukas, Mattias and Bianca couldn’t be more gorgeous models. If you can scout out a place with multiple Bumbo seats, or have a Bring Your Own Bumbo playdate, don’t miss the opportunity to take […]

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Activity #542: Rise to the challenge

August 25, 2008

An enthusiastic reader of this site and our book, Sam, who lives North of the border and blogs at, is hosting a weekly challenge on her site. She has acknowledged that being a new mom of two is just as intimidating as being a rookie when it comes to getting out of the house. […]

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Honor yourself with a Mama Merit Badge

July 3, 2008

Today I saw an infant carrier whose plastic parts had been stickered by an obviously much older sibling with punk rock and skateboard stickers. The upholstery had a patch sewn onto it, Beastie Boys proudly displayed just above the infant’s head. Very cool, I thought, a car seat with “flare”. Then, I spotted these on […]

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Activity #262: Host an after-hours fondue party

February 7, 2008

What could be better than molten chocolate, some close friends, and very little cleanup? Precious few things, I tell you. I stumbled upon this idea on the Student Cook website and decided it would be a fun time for at-home, once-baby-is-down-for-the-night socializing. We hosted the other Rookie Family for chocolate fondue and games not too […]

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Wrap your baby and stay warm

December 11, 2007

Kendra from ShoppingForTwo sent this suggestion to us last year. She wrote: Keep yourself and your baby snuggly warm this winter by making your own baby carrier. I learned how to make this just a week before my baby was born and not only is this the most comfortable baby carrier, but it’s also the […]

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