From the category archives:

Month 7-9

Learning to crawl

What to do if your baby or toddler wakes up too early

May 6, 2014

Waking up before 7 am is total BS. Here’s how to shift the schedule when your little one doesn’t know how. I received so much positive feedback when I shared how I get my children to go to bed and stay there, but I asked baby sleep expert, Nicole, because I do not have the answers on […]

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Making baby-painted greeting cards {Rookie Moms Challenge #6}

March 26, 2014

When I saw Activity #6, Paint Your Baby’s Feet, I knew I could put my own spin on this for my husband’s birthday card this year and have my son, Eli, make it. A little backstory: When we were dating, my husband and I were pretty big gift givers. Everything from skydiving to sleigh rides and […]

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Learning to crawl

Activity #13: Hit on another rookie mom

March 25, 2014

Making other new mom friends is vital. And, yes, a little bit scary. Are you too shy to meet a possibly interesting person? While that’s totally and completely NORMAL, we want you to go for it anyway. Today’s assignment is to approach someone else with a baby. Your own baby is a social lubricant. Check out […]

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My baby meets live animals {Rookie Moms Challenge #37}

February 20, 2014

Minnesota winters are tough. Below zero temps, whiteout snowfalls, and a wind that cuts right through even the puffiest puffer coat make it tough to get out of the house – let alone with a baby in tow. But every single time I make the effort, I find it’s completely worth it. Particularly if I […]

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Learning to crawl

Activity #94: Send a message via diapers

February 12, 2014

I love ParentHacks.com; the site offers tons of clever suggestions from readers with kids of all ages. This is one of my favorite parent hacks, and I think it’s a sweet, simple Valentine’s Day gesture: Pass secret messages on diapers. The parent/hacker who submitted it wrote: The other day after “school” I was surprised at […]

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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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Learning to crawl

Dangerous baby photo inspiration from Someday I’ll Learn

September 2, 2013

I am excited to share more fun photos to share with you from Chelsea and Nate Day. I call these the Danger Baby series. Degree of Difficulty = EASY Baby driving a car, just add parked car.  Degree of Difficulty = Medium Baby as football, just add strong arm Baby flying, be careful. Degree of […]

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Activity #21: Cook dinner after dinner

August 15, 2013

Since becoming a mom, I have been experimenting with many different ways to get dinner on the table with minimal fuss. I was a freakin’ industrial engineer in college and I’ve been a management consultant for over ten years. Why is this still so hard for me?! Apparently during those working-sans-baby years, I was just […]

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Learning to crawl

Activity #137: Split your movie date

July 18, 2013

Between the high price of a babysitter and movie admission prices, it can be hard to imagine a cheap evening date. So, follow the example of rookie dad Edwin and his wife: Go see a new-release movie while your partner stays home with the baby; return home and then stay with the baby while your […]

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Activity #221: Run Mommy run

June 26, 2013

Before my first pregnancy, I trained for triathlons with The Half-Asses, a subset of my now-husband’s club, Team Bad Ass. Right now, I have a loose routine to run with a preschool parent-friend after drop-off twice per week and it works pretty well with neither of us wanting to let the other one down. She […]

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Learning to crawl

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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Banish your mommy guilt

June 10, 2013

My caring husband bought me the book Mommy Guilt as a not-so-subtle hint for me to lighten up and have more fun when our firstborn was a baby. The subtitle, Learn to worry less, focus on what matters most, and raise happier kids, was appealing enough; and my commute and daily visit to the pumping […]

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