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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 #131: Decorate baby clothes with fabric paint

January 23, 2014

This picture might look more glamorous than our lives really are, but these are actual bodysuits made for Holden at Heather’s baby shower, which I hosted. My college friend Meg, an advanced mom and author of The Rug Merchant (link provided for those who are looking to read quality fiction that is not about babies), […]

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Activity #88: Whiteboard your baby’s innermost thoughts

January 21, 2014

We admired this adorable idea from blogger Jen Johnson on Pinterest. What a cute way to capture and share baby news. Keep in mind that her lighting is absolutely perfect and unless you live in a photography studio, yours might be less so. I’m not sure about the painted frame around the whiteboard. Looks like […]

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Family Fun Hikes: Expectations vs Reality

January 14, 2014

Recently, RookieDad Alec and I took our two older boys around a two-mile hiking trail in the Berkeley hills. We left the toddler at home to give the big boys some special attention. My oldest, nearly nine, had chosen the path because he knows it well from summer camps and school field trips. As we circled […]

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Trusting a babysitter for the first time can be scary. Duh.

November 18, 2013

When we first started working with our evening babysitter, Holden was 5 months old. Rather than training her in the art of putting him to bed, we had her come to our house post-bedtime so he was none-the-wiser. As a short-term solution, that was great, but as a long-term solution it was not. If your […]

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Unsolicited parenting advice: Give your child a lovey

August 28, 2013

When my babies were about five months old, I gave them soft mini-security blankets to sleep with. It seemed crazy that a baby so young could link an inanimate object to sleeping, but it was so effective that I want to shout it from the rooftops: LINUS WAS RIGHT! HAPPINESS IS A SECURITY BLANKET, CHARLIE […]

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6 “Momtras” of a Triplet Mom

August 5, 2013

Catherine Jones is the rookie mom of two year-old BBG triplets (that’s Boy, Boy, Girl, OMG) named Alton, Baxter, and Charlotte. She offered to share some of her lessons learned in the trenches; these are the calming words of wisdom, AKA her Mom-mantras, that she repeats to herself to get through any given situation. We […]

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How to make the most of your child’s nap

July 29, 2013

In this video, I talk about why you might want to put your computer or smart phone down during your child’s nap. It’s not about unplugging, though, it’s about recharging yourself, using your downtime to refresh your energy level, your social life, or create mental space. I provide different three ways to spend your time. […]

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5 great date nights that don’t require a babysitter

July 24, 2013

I’m a firm believer that new parents need to figure out a way to get out of the house and have some dates. Best case scenario, that’s only one night a week. More realistically, that’s one night a month. Or never. So, what about all those other nights? Here are five fun date-night ideas that […]

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My Year of Rookie Mom Challenges

June 21, 2013

I am so humbled to present this guest post by reader Jenn. A first-time mom in Toronto, she completed the whole year’s worth of Rookie Mom Challenges. And she doesn’t even know us personally. Wow! *** I don’t really know how I stumbled upon the Rookie Moms blog a few days before my due date […]

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Activity #102: Photograph your baby ALONE alone

June 6, 2013

Chelsea Day and her husband, Nate, have a special ritual whenever they’re alone with the baby for any length of time. They take pictures of their little one alone like alone alone (dare I say abandoned?) and text them to each other. We met Chelsea at the Mom 2.0 conference on a bus and she […]

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Put your babe in a mug

April 17, 2013

Follow the hashtag #babeinamug on Instagram and you’ll quickly see that this is a Thing. Thanks to the clever blogger MommyShorts, who composed the collage above, babies and mugs are being photographed with this perspective trickery — and shared on social media. If you are able to capture such a shot and participate in this […]

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