From the category archives:

Having 2+ kids

Twins, baby bunching, third baby, middle child. If you have more than one rookie baby, this section is for you.

Two kids in a room. Or not.

July 24, 2014

We are at a conference for the rest of the weekend, so I am re-posting this one from a couple years ago. Heather and I both live in Berkeley where houses are small, and expensive nonetheless. Our neighboring city Oakland is pretty much the same.  If you’ve seen the show Parenthood, which is set here, […]

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How I taught my children to go to bed and stay there

April 2, 2014

If you’re a new babysitter or the generous host of a sleepover, I might sneak over and give you a tip for managing my sons at bedtime: remind them of their Sleep Rules. Apparently, the ritual in my house is not the norm in every house, so Whitney asked me to explain the what, how, […]

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Twins, baby bunching, third baby, middle child. If you have more than one rookie baby, this section is for you.

Glorified playdates make the best 2nd birthday parties!

February 21, 2014

We’ve gone on the record as saying that two-year old birthday parties are the ones you can just skip. A two-year old doesn’t know or care about such matters, so spare yourself the headaches of herding the kittens. My big caveat is when there are older siblings around because you don’t want them to think that the […]

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Does Santa travel when you do?

December 25, 2013

HO HO HO. Merry Christmas. If everything went according to my plan, Santa Claus visited my children at two different houses last night. We traveled to the Grandparents home on Christmas Eve so my plan was to sneak back into the house after everyone was buckled in the car seats for the airport and play […]

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Twins, baby bunching, third baby, middle child. If you have more than one rookie baby, this section is for you.

Share your (realistic) New Years Eve ideas for parents

December 17, 2013

I’ve heard about many different families traditions on ringing in the New Year and I want to move that discussion over here so I can revisit it as my children grow older. As a little kid, I remember listening to the annual countdown of the top music of the year and watching Dick Clark drop […]

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Rookie Santa tip: Team up for stocking stuffers

December 5, 2013

Friends, nine Christmases into this parenting thing and I have a useful tip to share: You can and your friends can go in on stocking stuffers. Here’s how: Mentally assemble your friends with similar age kids and share this post with a little note saying, “This! I want to do this for Christmas.” Gather up […]

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Twins, baby bunching, third baby, middle child. If you have more than one rookie baby, this section is for you.

How to conquer the intimidating task of giving two babies a bath

October 14, 2013

When I became pregnant with baby #2 (the one we now call Milo), Whitney asked our friends and scoured the Internets for baby advice for me. The best one about bathing a baby (when you have two under two or even two under three) is “Just bathe the dirtiest one.” We used that tip for […]

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How to put newborn twins in a Moby wrap. Sort of.

September 27, 2013

I don’t typically have patience for long videos on the web, but this tickled me because it represents such a funny moment in time. First, although this new dad barely knows what he’s doing, he felt compelled to make a “How to” video to show off his skill. Again, he’s not a master of this […]

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Twins, baby bunching, third baby, middle child. If you have more than one rookie baby, this section is for you.

Books for preparing toddlers for a new sibling

September 23, 2013

You know what a lot of people do about two years after they have a baby? They have another one. Is this — or was this — your plan? Making siblings is powerful stuff. Before Scarlett was born, I took a little class helping toddlers prepare for a new sibling. The instructor shared a book […]

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How I get my preschooler to make his own breakfast

August 23, 2013

This is how I attempt to both empower my child’s independence and my own rest by making self-service food prep a reality. Let’s start with breakfast. I strongly encourage my big boys to make their own cereal in the morning by putting the milk on a low shelf in a container they can easily pour. […]

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Twins, baby bunching, third baby, middle child. If you have more than one rookie baby, this section is for you.

6 “Momtras” of a Triplet Mom

August 5, 2013

Catherine Jones is the rookie mom of two year-old BBG triplets (that’s Boy, Boy, Girl, OMG) named Alton, Baxter, and Charlotte. She offered to share some of her lessons learned in the trenches; these are the calming words of wisdom, AKA her Mom-mantras, that she repeats to herself to get through any given situation. We […]

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Best carriers for 2nd babies

July 26, 2013

We love baby carriers to keep parents’ hands-free. Period. But there’s something about a second (or subsequent) baby that takes things up a notch. Not only should the baby be held securely by the chosen device but also: … a toddler may need to be chased, wrestled, diaper-changed, or strolled. … the carrier should be […]

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