From the category archives:

Month 4

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

Patti Asad wants to help you relax

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 […]

Activity #409: Customglam your baby

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 […]

Get some super fun T-shirts in the mail

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 […]

Activity #542: Rise to the challenge

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. […]

Wrap your baby and stay warm

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 […]

Activity #107: Have some adult conversation

In my house, Alec and I challenge each other to come up with one “outside” topic to discuss over dinner. This could be world news or neighborhood gossip, but it cannot be about the contents of diapers. If you’re really up for the challenge, find THREE topics to bring to dinner… if you’re hanging out […]