From the category archives:

Month 11

Visit a farm

It makes me and Ryan feel like Real Parents when we take Julian on outings like Tilden Park’s Little Farm. Animals and their sounds is one of our favorite topics of conversation with Julian. Of course at this age, our babies barely get what’s going on, but showing them the live animals on a farm […]

Activity #182: Try a food 5 times

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 […]

Activity #242: Wish for non-material gifts

the rocket ship at habitot

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 […]

Activity #423: Be a dad for a day

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 […]

Review your nearby playground

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 […]

Activity #169: Start saving for college


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. […]

Activity #270: Get a free lila guide

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! […]

Activity #67: Imitate your baby

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 […]