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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Online doctor’s appointments are my new favorite thing (Sponsored)

April 15, 2014

Thanks to American Well for sponsoring this Rookie Moms post. Waking up and realizing you have pink-eye/strep throat/a bladder infection is immediate license for a pity party, right? Not only am I suffering from some horrendous malady, but seeking treatment looms as an obstacle that will derail my whole day. That’s the first scenario in […]

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Bring my baby to the indoor farmer’s market {Rookie Moms Challenge #20}

April 4, 2014

The Challenge: Visit a farmer’s market with my baby One of the words I teach my students is extemporaneously; coming from the Latin tempus, meaning time, it is defined as doing things on the spur-of-the-moment. Know what goes out of your life when you have a baby? The idea of doing anything extemporaneously. Which is […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Activity #6: Paint your baby’s feet

March 17, 2014

Our challenge for you this week is slather your baby’s feet with paint and commemorate their tiny size. Many paint-your-own-pottery places know how to help you get cute baby footprints on plates and mugs. This is your sixth challenge. We made trivets because the cheapest pottery available was a flat tile. I recommend tackling the […]

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Activity #1: Pretend you’re in Paris

February 10, 2014

This is an outing for beginners: go to your favorite coffee/tea venue. You have about five more months to enjoy cafe culture. For your sake, I hope that some of this includes the warmer months. Once your baby crawls, she will not tolerate your fondness for people watching or spacing out, so live it up […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Take baby to the grocery store {Rookie Moms Challenge #5}

February 4, 2014

The Confession I have a confession to make: My son is nearly five months old and I’ve never been in a public place alone with him. I know, crazy, right? Truth be told, the whole endeavor freaks me out, because the thing is this: it’s not just me and my adorable cherub adventuring the world […]

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In praise of the bathroom stool: one small step for toddler-kind

January 17, 2014

We’ve had a stool in front of each of our bathroom sinks for so long that I can hardly remember life without them. I’m constantly sliding them out of my way with my foot, have banged my toes on them more than once, and am counting down the days until my younger child is old […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Never give your toddler food coloring

December 3, 2013

I’ve been sitting on this “toddler friendly” art print project for YEARS because I wanted to test it before giving it my stamp of approval. Instead — holy cats, people! — I learned the hard way: NEVER GIVE A TODDLER FOOD COLORING. Let me back up a bit. The following activity was suggested to me […]

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5 activities to make long bad-weather days bearable

December 2, 2013

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… For parents of stir-crazy kids, I think the atmosphere inside the house is more frightful. Sure we could sit on the couch and watch six movies, getting up only to refill our water bottles, but that would not burn off any energy the kids need to use up, and […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Activity #120: Try Potching

November 27, 2013

I read about this creative activity for toddlers on Flexible Parenting and my stepmom (aka Grandma Leslie) introduced Julian to the kitchen counter at her house, way before it would have occurred to me. Bring a stool to your empty kitchen sink and let your toddler climb up. Fill the sink with warm soapy water, […]

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Gender-neutral alternatives to a pink, plastic dollhouse

November 15, 2013

The dollhouse above, aka Mrs. Goodbee, is pretty great. It has two sides so more kids can play at once; it features audio effects (my daughter loves the toilet flushing sound); and, it was designed to teach manners. After the toilet flushes, a voice calls out, “Wash your hands!” But my kids don’t play with […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Activity #275: Put the child in a container

October 29, 2013

This suggestion came from my friend Sunny on a rainy day. “You put a boy in a small bucket and see how long it takes for him to get himself out,” she explained. “In this case, he wanted to stay in there.” In fact, he has a history of squeezing his way into several other […]

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A recipe for at-home date nights

October 7, 2013

When I had the chance to make a video telling parents how to make “date night” happen at home, without paying for a babysitter, here’s what I said: Since then, I discovered a couple of other cool resources that may inspire you, especially if you’re not ready to leave your baby with a sitter; or […]

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