From the category archives:

Month 7

Activity #31: Go out for just dessert

August 1, 2011

I am assuming that I am not the only rookie mom for whom leaving my child to be put to bed by a babysitter for the first time was scary. My kid never took a bottle, so I pretty much had to be there for a bedtime nursing for the first ten months. This feeling […]

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Activity #29: Upgrade your own “crib”

July 18, 2011

You probably did nice things to your baby’s room to get it ready for him. How about your own bedroom? Make a small change that will make you happy in your sleeping space. Move a piece of furniture, hang something on the wall, or get rid of a clutter pile. (I didn’t say clean up […]

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Activity #27: Go swimming

July 4, 2011

Taking the baby in the pool is both scary and funny. A kid’s gotta stick his toe into the water at some point, right? Buy a package of disposable swim diapers or a reusable one, and plan your outing. This is our 27th rookie mom challenge. If you are alone, think carefully through the logistics […]

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Activity #55: Feed your baby pumpkin

October 14, 2010

Simple, cheap, healthy baby food nominee of the month: pumpkin. The fall fruits and vegetables provide a ton of great choices for easy baby food. With all the whipping and mashing, we are pretty much all eating baby food this time of year. One of my favorite go-to, easy peasy options is pumpkin. Just open […]

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Jessica and Holden’s Very Rookie Summer

August 13, 2010

Voila, the seventh edition of our Very Rookie Summer series! Jessica is a rookie mom deep in the middle of her first year in Alabama. Her sidekick is six-month old Holden (great name!). She chronicles their adventures at her blog, Mother of a Homegrown Kid. As a new mom getting the baby out of the […]

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Activity #253: Give your baby a pickle

May 25, 2010

What?! Yep, a pickle spear for a baby. I discovered this little trick while Holden was sitting in my lap and I was trying to eat a slice of pizza. I handed him the pickle spear figuring he’d lick it, make a face and get on with grabbing for my lunch. Well, he loved it! […]

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Reader Did-Do: Monthly chair photos

April 8, 2010

A local-to-us rookie mom, Jen, told us “The monthly shot (now on 2nd kid, too) with the same toy in the same chair is still going strong at now 33 months. (No, we haven’t figured out when we’ll stop. Kindergarten? When she rolls her eyes & flips us off every month?)” I asked her to […]

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Activity #442: Make a conversation heart

February 3, 2010

‘member those candy hearts that say “Me Too” or “Love Ya”? They’re called conversation hearts. A few years ago, Rookie Moms reader, Veronica, suggested that we use our babies to make cards with this Valentine’s Day theme for our family members this year: Pay homage to the throwback days when you made Valentine’s for every […]

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Commit to a sexual resolution

December 31, 2009

Our friend and once-rookie mom Kristen Chase, aka The Mominatrix, has challenged moms across the nation to participate in a 30-day program during which we’ll have one new task per day, all aimed to improve your sex life and self confidence. Tomorrow’s challenge? Wear a thong. And make sure your partner knows it. I think […]

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Activity #401: Master your household tasks

November 4, 2009

When I am queen of the universe, I will never ever have to do another dish. Nobody in my house will leave the cap off the toothpaste or leave a wet towel on the floor. And if, by chance, I ever do it, someone will pick up immediately after me without any judgment or dirty […]

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Activity #163: Set the timer for 15 minutes

September 22, 2009

Having trouble motivating to clean the house? Me too! It seems like every time I manage to pick up all the plastic crap, some little person chucks it around again. And don’t get me started on the laundry situation. One idea that I like when the messes are particularly out of control is to set […]

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Make your own baby food

May 19, 2009

photo by Wendy If you think we are over ambitious granola moms for even suggesting this idea, I totally get it. There is nothing wrong with jarred baby food. I personally found making food this way fun, so there’s that. Please just click a link to the right to find an article that better suits […]

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