From the category archives:

Month 9

5 great scavenger hunts to get you + your baby out of the house

August 12, 2009

If you’re running out of ideas and mommy yoga just isn’t doing it for you today, might I suggest a few great scavenger hunts to shake things up? Grab a diaper (and all that other stuff) and hit the road. Go on an alphabet walk: Take a walk with your baby and your camera. Shoot […]

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Give advice to people who want it

June 1, 2009

We have to give props to rookie parents Rachel and Clay who came up with, a web site that enables the sharing of advice from parents to other parents. You can post advice based on your experience, read advice from other parents, and answer the requests for advice that are posted here. Plus, you […]

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Take your baby to a grown-up restaurant

May 14, 2009

Whitney and I both love Picante. But sometimes you want to go to a place that feels a little more grown-up. There are fancy restaurants with linen tablecloths and eerie, romantic silence and there are groovy, funky, cool restaurants that make you feel like an adult again while being a sensory treat for your older […]

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Create a family photo wall

November 13, 2008

Real grown-ups probably have one of these in their house already. I am just getting started. I started working on my picture wall to help Julian learn his grandparents’ faces. Now I use it to show Scarlett who they are before they come. I suggest assigning this task to family members, both to get it […]

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Activity #76: Blow bubbles

October 13, 2008

Let’s stay realistic. Bubble blowing is not something that you can build your whole day around, so it’s the type of thing I usually refrain from posting here. But, watching your baby react to bubbles IS pretty fun. So take them with you in your diaper bag and pull them out whenever you need a […]

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Activity #483: Keep a list of things you swore you’d never do as a parent

December 7, 2007

Nataly, the CEO and co-founder of, an online community for working moms, sent me this one. Oh, the big plans many of us make before having kids: I’m going to make my own baby food. I’m never letting my child sleep in a swing or drive her around in a car to make her […]

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Activity #237: Eat your own dog food

May 7, 2007

For those of you not in the business world, this expression, “Eat your own dogfood” means that you should be willing to use the product you’re selling. You know, like “I’m not just the President of the Hair Club for Men… I’m also a member.” Or in this case: Take your own advice. Heather and […]

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Complete the sentence, “Real moms…”

March 21, 2007

Over at, Rylan’s mommy challenges us to finish this sentence and share with each other. I’ll go first, based on an experience from last week: Real moms wish their kid wasn’t sick so that they could go to daycare. Real moms fear they can’t handle ten hours at home with their sick kid.

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Activity #170: Fake a sneeze

July 7, 2006

Really. Almost always makes a baby laugh… if it doesn’t work the first time, try again and really draw out the “aaahhh aaaahh aaaaah” part before the “choo”! At 13 months old, Holden has a “joke” of his own. He can say “aaah aaah chooo” without being prompted (and usually not when he is prompted!). […]

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Drive and listen

June 8, 2006

If you are a naptime driver, you might want to consider getting some entertainment on board for your daily drives. My friend Sarah was happy with NPR while Gabriella napped, but if you’re high-tech, try some podcasts. If you are low-tech, try some books on tape. I’m a new iPod owner, so I have been […]

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Activity #307: Make wild animal gestures

May 31, 2006

My husband walked into the kitchen once last week to see the tail end of a very special performance. I was caught in the act performing Old MacDonald for my baby by making grand animal gestures and noises. I spice it up by including some rather unusual “farm” animals… like peacocks, rhinoceroses, and snakes. I’ll […]

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Activity #296: Try two spoons

April 9, 2006

Why are two spoons better than one? Now that my baby grabs for the spoon when I’m feeding him, things can get a little messier and a lot slower. Of course I don’t want to discourage his learning process, and some day, I will surely want him to feed himself (exclusively). So, I make sure […]

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