Visit a large toy store and let baby try out all the things you aren’t going to buy. Wouldn’t it be great if you could teach your child that toy stores are places we go to enjoy toys and we don’t necessarily need to go home with any? I give my sister-in-law big props for […]
In my house, dinner’s not over till the fat man throws a significant amount of food on the floor. Usually a spoon or bowl, too. I have no idea if this is rejection of the food itself or of the activity we English speakers call “eating.” Anyhow, before you decide that your kid hates sweet […]
No matter how old your kid is when the holiday season starts, you are probably already packed with clutter. Our friend Sunny suggests a few gifts that will not result in more stuff to put away, step around, or sterilize. Feel free to share this post with your parents, and please add your own feedback […]
Holden and I tackled the old-timey carousel in Martha’s Vineyard this summer and it was mostly terrible. But it could also be fantastic!
This activity is courtesy of Photojojo, where we read a tutorial for creating a photo journal that might help you “see your life in a whole new way.” I think this is a great activity to exercise your ability to engage in other interests besides your baby. Or to capture your whole world, and not […]
For any male readers, you probably already are a dad, so you can check this one off your list. For the rest of you crazy mamas, my suggestion today is to take a cue from dads and do something a little different with your baby. Go somewhere different. My husband tends to take Julian wherever […]
Anyone lucky enough to live in Marin County, CA should check out this website. It has reviews of playgrounds, plus listings of rainy day activities such as library storytime and bookstores. The rest of us will just have to count on each other. What playground do you like to visit? Tell us about it. If […]
Well, it won’t keep you super busy all day and it’s not that much fun… but if you haven’t considered saving for college already, I’ll go ahead and suggest a 529 plan. We’re saving up through UPromise so whenever we use our credit card and eat at certain restaurants, money goes into the account automatically. […]
Now that you actually have a baby, you have the power to give advice to others. Here’s a way to make yourself and your brilliant recommendations heard. Rate 10 local baby-friendly outings, hangouts, parks, restaurants, or service providers (or even products that you use every day) and receive your copy of the lila guide free! […]
Does baby love to pull your earrings and necklace? Suck your hair? If so, he’s gonna love it when your necklace is made out of real food. A Cheerio necklace is a fun, educational, and healthy alternative to those candy necklaces you loved as a kid. fun, because slurping on mommy is awesome educational, because […]
Wear a diaper for the day to see what it feels like. No, I’m kidding. Please don’t do that. Do imitate your baby and encourage him to imitate you. When he pats the floor, you pat the floor and say “pat the floor.” Later, see if he can remember. Pat the floor and say “pat […]
What kind of disciplining is age appropriate? Brainstorm on some ground rules to discuss with your partner. In Oakland, Bananas offers classes on topics like “Living with Ones and Twos”. I’ll update this when I’ve taken one.