From the category archives:


Activity #9: Go to the theater where crying is allowed

April 7, 2014

Baby-friendly theaters? Yes, please. We sure love our DVRs and Netflix, but refuse to give up on going to the theater. Did you know some theaters also have special showings for new parents? These showings have different names in different cities, but the idea that yours will not (most likely) be the loudest baby in […]

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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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Spend a week in Chicagoland with kids

July 5, 2012

This guest post is from Sarah Parisi from Toddling Around Chicagoland, who has put together 7 days worth of activities for families living or visiting the Chicagoland area. Museum Monday – Visit the Museum of Science and Industry to explore a real plane, train, and submarine. Learn about the science of storms, examine the giant […]

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Activity #363: Do Music Together

May 20, 2010

Yes, I’m endorsing a product/service here. No, I am not being paid to do so.  It’s called Music Together and two past experieinces made me decide to recommend this activity. Several of my friends had done Music Together for three consecutive “semesters” and then decided to skip a semester. During that period we met at […]

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Spend another week in Chicago

August 7, 2009

Lisa Hazen is one of our very best online friends that we had never met (until we went ahead and met her a few weeks ago when visiting Chicago). She’s friend-of-friends with each of us many times over and she wrote one of the first ever guest posts of RookieMoms when our site was a […]

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Activity #582: Start a business with your baby

May 22, 2009

Shawn Hazen is a Chicago-based designer whom I’ve never met, but I have been emailing with his wife Lisa ever since she became a rookie mom. When she told me last month that her husband and their rookie baby Finn, now three, started a t-shirt company, I developed a crush on him. I think this […]

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Spend a week in Chicago

May 12, 2009

Hey Chicago moms! Is our week in Chicago too touristy for you? Let us hear from you and we’ll feature your ideas next! Jeff Pfaller is the rookie dad and blogger behind He published all 365 posts into this this eBook, 365 First Time Parenting Tips: Infant Edition, for other first-time parents. Jeff is […]

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Activity #449: Wake up and go to IKEA

November 15, 2007

Before I let Andrea tell you how much she liked taking her 18-month old twins to IKEA, I want to mention her new business, little uni. She is selling handmade baby clothes that are simple and sweet, with modern appliques. Her babies Mira and Will are modeling for us in these pictures. Andrea lives in […]

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Activity #461: Compose a picture with your other babies

May 1, 2007

When I saw the web site of Janet Moran, a photographer in the Chicago area, I immediately fell in love with this image. Assuming that this family values their piano, I thought that it was a brilliant idea to include your first baby in a portrait along with your new (real) baby. Whether your first […]

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