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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Activity #120: Try Potching

November 27, 2013

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, plastic cups, utensils, etc. Let your toddler pretend to make something or […]

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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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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Learn baby massage

May 29, 2013

Whether you’re a naturally zen mama or a skeptic, I highly recommend learning a few techniques of infant massage (besides, nobody has to see you doing it but a small person who doesn’t speak). You can enjoy some quiet time and get to know your baby’s tiny developing body AND often get the kid to […]

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How to: Romance after birth

April 25, 2013

We put this little tip at the beginning of The Rookie Mom’s Handbook because as discussed earlier this week, it’s easy to put your love life on hold when you have explicit instructions from the doctor to do so.  But remember: Dr. Obgyn never said you couldn’t make out. The Rookie Mom’s Handbook is available […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Put your babe in a mug

April 17, 2013

Follow the hashtag #babeinamug on Instagram and you’ll quickly see that this is a Thing. Thanks to the clever blogger MommyShorts, who composed the collage above, babies and mugs are being photographed with this perspective trickery — and shared on social media. If you are able to capture such a shot and participate in this […]

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Activity #196: Shake it at the gym

March 23, 2013

The Berkeley YMCA used to have a post-partum hip hop aerobic dance classes where babies watch and participate. It is mesmerizing for babies who never knew mom could be so cool (or, in my case, so uncoordinated). The class is best for pre-crawlers, but if you want to add some chasing to your dance moves, […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Activity #158: Get on the dance floor at Baby Loves Disco

February 7, 2013

Last year, Heather and I had the pleasure of teaming up with Baby Loves Disco, the providers of kid-friendly dance parties around the country. They had a 10-day mini-tour in the Bay Area and we hit two of the parties in partnership with our hyperlocal blog, 510families.com for East Bay parents. When our first babes […]

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Set yourself up on a day-date during naptime

January 28, 2013

Daytime dates are appealing because we are not tired. (Ok, if you have a baby who doesn’t sleep, you might always be tired, but at least at noon, your odds of being alert are better than at say 9 pm.) I have been inspired by friends who had a sitter on Saturday afternoon so that […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Tech Tuesday: How to exercise without leaving the house

January 22, 2013

We all know what jogging strollers were invented for, but that doesn’t mean we feel inspired to use one. Even if it’s outfitted with an insane attachment that promises to increase the efficiency of the workout. (Love Handles run $99.) Maybe it’s -2 degrees outside; maybe your toddler is sleeping; or maybe you simply cannot […]

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Save your crib mattress to create a reading nook

December 30, 2012

As my kids have grown, we’ve been lucky to always have someone who was in need of the mattresses and bed frames they were leaving behind. (In fact, just last month, our old toddler beds were picked up by a couple who was adopting FIVE children!)  If that wasn’t the case, however, I think holding […]

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