My friend Jeanine once told me there’s lots of fun time to be had with a baby at an outdoor store like REI: you just set up a sweet pad in the display tent with several of the Thermarest mattresses, chirping bird toys, and bright colored water bottles and have a blast. The first […]
My friend, the very creative Wendy Copley, created a clever advent calendar for her children and unknowingly changed the course of my own children’s holiday traditions. Whoa, right? Before I tell you that my family is only altruistic and kind, I will have you know that we usually also supplement with a LEGO advent calendar (prices […]
Traveling with babies and toddlers at the holidays is different from other vacations. Add family stress, higher prices and big crowds to the regular joys.
Today is the debut of the new Supergirl television series on CBS — or the internet for those of us without regular TV. I don’t know if it’ll be any good, but I doubt any of your preschoolers are up watching anyway. What matters is that a whole new genre of super-girl costume is ready for […]
I am one lucky mother. Tomorrow, I’m expecting an appliance delivery which means one important thing: we get HUGE BOXES to create forts. As a kid, I could just about live in a refrigerator box with small windows cut out. The following guidelines to build a totally sweet indoor fort (for those of you not […]
Frozen costumes for kids are great for Halloween and all year long, amirite? Why should kids only wear their costumes once per year? Kids Character Jackets – 2 Styles! – $14.99 Retail Price: $49.99 You Save: $35.00 Who doesn’t want to be Elsa every day? Or at least wear it at your own FROZEN birthday […]
One of Heather’s clever “homemade” baby food cheats is to open a can of organic pumpkin and feed it to a baby. Adding pumpkin to rice cereal or oatmeal makes a fancy fall breakfast, like something you could order at Starbucks, but without whipped cream. Experiment with cinnamon, nutmeg, and or ginger to help your […]
Whoever invented refrigerator magnets must not have minded their children blocking access to the refrigerator. I don’t get this. I like to take the magnets off the fridge. Put them in muffin tins or on a cookie sheet. Lots of fun and much more portable than the fridge. The stuff (you probably have most […]
A breakdown of guidelines for world travel with your baby or toddler. Baby Laz has been to 12 countries in his 2.5 years, so his folks know some stuff.
I was way into football in high school and college: face-painting, dating the quarterback, the whole nine yards (which might actually be a military metaphor rather than a football metaphor, but whatever!). Since moving to San Francisco from America’s heartland (and marrying a man more interested in triathlon than touchdowns), my interest has waned. But […]
When Joanne’s son was a toddler, she sent me tips on how to cope when baby doesn’t nap. Treat yourself kindly and avoid the power struggle.
If your plastic containers are not stored on a bottom shelf, rearrange things to make it easy to give your baby access. Sit on the kitchen floor and let him pull everything out of the shelf and bang it around. If you have a mish mash of containers and are happy with it — yay […]