From the category archives:

Month 10

Activity #32: Go to bookstore events

August 8, 2011

Don’t miss the opportunity to let someone else entertain your baby. Go to a bookstore during story time. Some will even serve you a latte. This is your 32nd rookie mom challenge. Many of these storytimes happen during the work day but some are on weekends. Use the “search by zip code” feature on the […]

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Activity #129: Make a mini water table

July 24, 2011

Misty’s found a way for her baby to enjoy some summertime water fun: Fill baby’s high chair tray with water for warm weather splashing! I love this activity for hot, housebound babies everywhere (especially those of us jailed by an older napping child). Baby Madeline’s high chair has a very deep lip, enough to hold […]

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Nicole and Reagan’s Very Rookie Summer

August 6, 2010

Presenting the sixth installment of our Very Rookie Summer series. Nicole sent us a photo essay of her walk on the wild side, a hike with baby Reagan in a Florida Nature Preserve. My husband and I took our nine-month old baby girl, Reagan, to The Enchanted Forest (A local nature preserve in Florida) to […]

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A Very Rookie Summer with Alana + Dan

July 9, 2010

Voila! It’s the second installment of our Very Rookie Summer series. Baby S.A. is 9 months old and lives in Nashville, TN with his parents, Alana and Dan, who wrote it to share two summer adventures with us. Swimming at the YMCA outdoor pool. This one seems obvious, but I think a lot of new […]

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Join a playgroup for YOURSELF

May 6, 2010

Call it a Mom’s Group, call it a playgroup, call it whatever you like, but be sure that you’re clear on the objective: connecting with other mothers who you are going to enjoy. If Gymboree is not fun for you, don’t go! It is extremely helpful to have a circle of moms who you know […]

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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 #208: Share lunch

December 1, 2009

Today’s activity: make something for lunch you and the babe can both eat – baked or microwaved sweet potato and cottage cheese with fruit. Less trips to the fridge and sink, right? Related: What to feed a picky toddler, Fix a toddler snack [Photo credit: chelseab]

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Activity #69: Act like Santa Claus

November 23, 2009

While your baby is sleeping, pack up a bunch of toys in a duffle bag for her to discover and pull out of the bag when she wakes up. Julian always unpacked everything to the right so if I acted quickly enough, I could keep refilling from the left. When you’ve tired of that, put […]

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Utilize an object-oriented diaper bag strategy

November 15, 2009

A post from Designing Moms crossed my path just as I was realizing that I need a zipper pouch in my purse to contain all the loose pieces I keep for emergency kid entertainment. Plastic spiders, packaged snack bars, and tiny cars are forever preventing me from locating my keys quickly when I dig my […]

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Activity #357: Wear jeans that fit your new body

May 27, 2009

Mom jeans are not cool. I should know, I’m a mom and I live in Berkeley where I can wear jeans to almost anything (nice dinner? client meeting? yes and yes!). I cling to the belief that the right jeans can make me look like a hot mama. “Because you’re not a woman anymore, you’re […]

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Activity #420: Present your baby with a tasting menu

May 5, 2009

When Julian was a baby, four years ago, we were having lunch in Beverly Hills on vacation one day, and the restaurant happened to have some Squapples – an organic squash and apple puree – on hand. I was intrigued of course, as a newly obsessed-with-all-things-baby mom. I was impressed with the food, and it […]

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Activity #255: Feed your kid on the floor

January 7, 2009

Thanks to Rookie Dad Ryan for this tip. If you’re getting tired of picking up Cheerios that have been flung over the highchair tray, feed your older baby directly on the floor. I noticed that Holden will make a pass under the dining room table and grab anything lingering from the most recent meal. My […]

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