From the category archives:

Quickie

5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

Baby shower game for hostesses who aren’t crafty

April 23, 2014

Thanks to Walmart.com for sponsoring this Rookie Moms post. At my sister-in-law’s baby shower, we played a new-to-me game that everyone seemed to enjoy. At least, I thought it was a clever way to pass the time with a lot of women I didn’t already know. Bonus points that this hands-on activity didn’t require anyone […]

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Fun with foam, part 1

August 21, 2013

Too wet to go out? Too cold to play ball? (Oh, is that just me and my Summer in the Bay Area? Ha!) Too sick for preschool? This is the ultimate in Drugstore DIY; with a can of shaving cream or a bar of soap, here is lots of good fun that is funny: Microwave […]

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5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

Activity #102: Photograph your baby ALONE alone

June 6, 2013

Chelsea Day and her husband, Nate, have a special ritual whenever they’re alone with the baby for any length of time. They take pictures of their little one alone like alone alone (dare I say abandoned?) and text them to each other. We met Chelsea at the Mom 2.0 conference on a bus and she […]

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Love or Shove? Major League Baseball Moby wraps

May 28, 2013

I received a pitch for this product today from the folks who represent Moby wraps. Available in 24 different team colors with logos, this Moby wrap costs $62. I want to know if you’re into it or not.

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5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

Activity #20: Narrate your day

April 16, 2013

Days at home alone with a baby can be soooo long. On the bright side, he’s a very captive audience and interested in all your innermost thoughts. Tell your baby about what you are doing to him when you change his diaper, lift him up, feed him. Narrate life’s little adventures when you clip your […]

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Love or Shove? “Walk Mee” Training Walker

March 8, 2013

You be the judge. This product is sold online for $29.99, though I saw it on LivingSocial Deal for $15. According to the manufacturer: • Guide your little one’s steps without constantly bending over • CPSIA-compliant product teaches tots to balance and walk naturally • Fully adjustable straps for comfort • Machine-washable, 100% polyester shell; […]

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5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

Tip: bubble wrap for new moms

February 20, 2013

The teeny tiny bubble wrap is perfect as a physical outlet for moms trying not to scream at their kids. (Confession: I have done this dozens of times) This is how it works: Get frustrated or annoyed to the point of wanting to scream. Gently, set baby in crib or other safe place. Walk over […]

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5 ten-minute Valentine’s Day ideas

February 13, 2013

In about ten minutes, you can make someone feel loved for Valentine’s Day. Here are five fresh ideas for you using stuff you probably have around the house: 1. Mix up a love potion Follow the tasty (and fast) instructions from the lovely Marie at makeandtakes. Serve your love for breakfast, snack or dessert. 2. […]

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5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

Activity #204: Microwave a marshmallow

January 9, 2013

For a quick and questionably tasty science experiment, microwave a marshmallow for about a minute and enjoy the results. Wondering what will happen? The marshmallow will puff up to four times its original size like a poofy souffle. It will be a hot gooey mess before cooling into a crispy pancake. Expect smiles and sticky […]

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Activity #222: Shoot ‘em from behind

September 7, 2012

Taking pictures of new standers, cruisers, and walkers is most adorable from the backside. Allow me to demonstrate.

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5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

How to make a long wait fun

April 18, 2012

The following is an excerpt from our new book Stuff Every Mom Should Know. We’re giving you little tastes of the book all week in hopes you will buy one to keep in your purse for just such situations. And one for the car. Increasingly we all have smart phones loaded with apps, videos, and […]

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Activity #487: Treat yourself

April 11, 2012

We got a great tip from longtime reader, Ghanimatrix, about how she squeezes in more me time. She says: The best way for me to find “me time” is to either stay on top of chores so that nap time becomes leisure time, OR to go run an errand when my husband gets home and […]

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