From the category archives:

Crafty

Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

Cut up your bra

August 19, 2013

Tip for brand-new breastfeeders: It may sound weird, but I did it and so did my friend Maureen. Take an old tank top or soft cup bra and cut holes where your nipples go. Seriously. Wear this whenever your nipples need to be untouched. Preferably not when your father in law is around. (photo: Circle […]

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Convert a regular bra to a nursing bra

August 6, 2013

Smart tip from a reader! Leah from Brooklyn, NY says that her local nursing bra store will convert any bra into a nursing bra.  It’s a small local store called Your Top Priority. If you buy the bra there, it’s $5.00; if you bring in from elsewhere its $6.50. Leah says that she shops at […]

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Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

Reader did-do: No-sew “Fauxby” wrap

July 25, 2013

Following the instructions we posted on how to make a moby wrap, the blogger behind Bake ‘n Create made one and documented the process here. Have you taken any Rookie Mom challenges from your to-do list to your did-do list? Send us your stories at moms@rookiemoms.com!

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Tech Tuesday: Claim your toddler’s hood with a t-shirt

June 25, 2013

Customized tshirts have never been easier to order. No longer must you be ordering for a whole team to secure an affordable price per shirt. Numerous websites allow users to design and purchase tshirts with their own names or inside jokes. This personalized onesie is from CustomGlamGirl.com, where nine years ago I ordered Heather’s husband […]

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Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

A bajillion things to do with pool noodles

May 31, 2013

Foam noodles are lovely in the pool for kids who are close enough to swimming to use them safely. Older kids can whack them around like light sabers. But did you know that the smart people of the Internet have identified a quadrillion more things to do with pool noodles? Here’s a sampling. 1- Prevent […]

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Superfun gift idea: Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects

May 23, 2013

Mike Adamick is a San Francisco Dad that we’ve known since his first grader was a baby. We featured her doing normal baby stuff for a day, and I still love that post. In addition to thoughtful essays, his blog is stuffed full of creative adventures, crafty projects, and homemade clothing that he makes for […]

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Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

Look what I made: Tie t-shirt for Julian

April 4, 2013

On vacation! Please enjoy this post from 2010. Julian noticed that I have been sewing a few things for Scarlett and asked me to make something for him.  I had hidden two plain Old Navy ringer tshirts in my closet, intending to embellish them in some way for him, but had not yet decided how.  […]

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Easy plastic egg snake for every age

April 1, 2013

If you have a pile of plastic eggs in your house (I do) and a bit of wire or plastic cord or even dental floss, you can make a “snake” like this. Our eggs all had holes in them already, and I hope yours do too. Big kids can do the stringing. Babies can do […]

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Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

MVP baby shower gift: medicine cabinet supplies

March 22, 2013

I’ve seen a lot of baby gifts in the past ten years and many have made me oooh and ahh — and even wish for another baby to wrap in that cute sling — but none have seemed as thoughtful and sensible as a tupperware container filled with medical supplies that I saw given by […]

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First birthday party ideas

March 21, 2013

photo: The Macs Before we get all in a tizzy about first birthday parties and the cuteness you are about to behold, allow me to confess that I think the first birthday party is optional. Parents doing something momentous to celebrate their own first year of parenthood also seems like a fine idea (first overnight […]

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Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

Non-messy finger painting solution

March 19, 2013

I have no idea what I was thinking when I purchased four colors of finger paint. You can see by virtue of where I was storing it, on the top shelf in my unfinished laundry room, that I was pretty keen on my kids using it. Not. Then I had the idea of using it […]

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Tricked out, modified, and hacked baby gear

March 18, 2013

Some of the items we acquire as new parents are truly useful, while some are disappointments. Some have a long shelf-life. (Ask me how long my kids slept with the white noise machine running at night. Eight years.) While some are for only a three-month phase before they’re outgrown. Here are a few inspiring images […]

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