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Unsolicited parenting advice: Give your child a lovey

August 28, 2013

When my babies were about five months old, I gave them soft mini-security blankets to sleep with. It seemed crazy that a baby so young could link an inanimate object to sleeping, but it was so effective that I want to shout it from the rooftops: LINUS WAS RIGHT! HAPPINESS IS A SECURITY BLANKET, CHARLIE […]

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What it’s like to have a nanny

August 26, 2013

For the first year and a half after my maternity leave, I had what we call around here a “nanny share”, which means two babies from different families and one caregiver. The cost is a little more than half of having ones own nanny, and a nanny share is a common childcare solution for working […]

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Discipline and the 22-month old

August 13, 2013

Toddlers are delightful creatures when they want to be. But as their baby cuteness gives way to limitless curiosity and newfound mobility, it is time to say “No” once in a while. But what does it mean to discipline a barely verbal three-foot-tall person? There are many answers, and maybe one of these styles will […]

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How to meet other new moms

August 12, 2013

Photo Credit: HoboMama via Compfight cc Moms need other moms. Without a network of mom friends, we get critical information about motherhood a little too late. When, four weeks after giving birth to Julian, I confided to my friend Julie that I was still wearing maternity clothes, she said I would be wearing them for […]

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Tech Tuesday: Watch tv shows with friends

August 6, 2013

One of my favorite people that I’ve never met is Laura Case. She found our blog when she was pregnant with her boys Nate and Alex, and we’ve been following each other for the past six or seven years. She is the author of a guest post that offered great comfort to twin moms, and […]

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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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Worth reading: Getting your sh*t together

July 23, 2013

On my desk is a pile of papers that includes a will, drafted five years ago, that documents what should become of my children and my assets in the event of my death. There’s one for my husband, too. We took some of the important steps: decided who should take the children, notified all the […]

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My perfect first birthday party (guest post by Jen Latch)

July 19, 2013

Thanks Jen, for offering to share your veteran mom wisdom with the rookies! I always feel a little deflated after birthday parties. A lot of work, a few meltdowns from kids, messes, and don’t even get me started on the cost. You do all that work and then it’s just… over. I think there is […]

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Night One: Operation Three Kids Sharing A Room

June 24, 2013

Our older sons, now 6 and 8, have been sharing a bedroom since the little one was 5 months old. Though their nighttime whispers break my strict “NO TALKING” policy, I think that their relationship is stronger for it. [See From nursery to big boy room] And then we had another baby. First Sawyer slept […]

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15 things to do while you’re pumping

June 20, 2013

I have heard some crazy stories about where people have pumped: driving down the highway (hooray for hands-free pumping bras!); on an airplane; in a multi-stall bathroom at work surrounded by young 20-somethings who had no freaking idea what you were doing or why, only that it was weird. Ok fine, I was the young […]

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Try this with me: Asked and Answered to end little kid nagging.

June 13, 2013

Do your children ask you the same question 80 times in a row? My 5-year old does, and sometimes I think it’s due to her age — distracted, impatient, excited, forgetful, enthusiastic — and sometimes it’s because she’s hoping for a different answer. “Can I have a snack?” “No. We’re having dinner in 20 minutes.” […]

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How to make a long wait with little kids not quite so terrible

June 3, 2013
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When I was a kid I spent hours and hours traveling between my mom’s house and my dad’s house. They lived 200 miles apart, which meant that every school vacation and 3-day weekend began and ended with a four-hour car ride for me, from age 4 until about 14 when I started having my own […]

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