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Get on the ground and play at your baby’s level… or perform something so silly you hope nobody will see you!
His first Easter, four-month old Julian slept through the whole thing, but once he got his first taste of modern American celebrations of this holiday the following year as a determined toddler, he never looked back. Since he is not actually Christian, his experience of Easter was limited to the hunting of plastic and hard-boiled […]
Keep your Pottery Barn Kids table and chairs pristine by finding a place outside your home for your small one’s artistic messes and creative exploration. In the East Bay, we are so lucky to have a few options: The Oakland Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) is free for gallery visits and has an awesome Drop-In Art Studio […]
I am driving from Yosemite back to my house in Berkeley, suffering a little case of family-gatherings-mostly-take-place-indoors-especially-when-you’ve-rented-a-cabin-in-the-winter, so I bring you a few thematically linked posts. All intended to help fight the Stir Crazies. Fussy newborn? Bounce it out. Or just get out of the house. Place baby in front carrier, zip jacket around her, […]
Thoughtful reader and not-so-rookie mom, Tanyetta, shares this tip for entertaining a gaggle of energetic toddlers: Get a strip of bubble wrap, roll it out in the middle of the floor and watch the kiddos have a ball making their own unique type of fun! Inspired by Tanyetta’s suggestion, I unrolled some large bubble wrap […]
If your plastic containers are not stored on a bottom shelf, rearrange things to make it easy to give your baby access. Sit on the kitchen floor and let him pull everything out of the shelf and bang it around. If you have a mish mash of containers and are happy with it — yay […]
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week — yes, it’s a thing! — we want to celebrate feeding babies by sharing this silly, fantastic, creative, laugh-til-you-spray-milk book: The Places You’ll Feed! In a house or with a mouse? In a supply closet or the front seat of a minivan with your legs squished by the steering wheel? […]
When Julian was a toddler, entertaining him in the afternoon was best done outside. Inside he was totally crabby from about 3 to 6 pm. I discovered outdoor toys and activities that kept him busy, and was lazy enough to just put them all in the backyard at once so that he could roam from […]
As much as I’d like to use my remote control to PAUSE then REWIND some challenging moments with my kids, the technology just doesn’t work like that yet. When we start to spiral into the whine-yell-hit-your-brother-scream cycle, we need something external to stop the seemingly neverending loop. Often one of us will ask for a “Do […]
We really did this when we had infants. If you have a little baby (or nutty toddler), permission granted to do the same! Three easy steps to a super cheap (FREE + GREEN) thoughtful gift: THINK about your friend. Really think about them. What does she need? More time away from the kids? Time to […]
Are you ready to see some big smiles? Or looks of horror? Be prepared for either. Our babysitter taught us the following method for putting Julian on the slide when he was too young to slide sitting up: Put baby on tummy, feet down, mid way up the slide. Place his hands up near his […]
Taking the baby in the pool is both scary and funny. A kid’s gotta stick his toe into the water at some point, right? Buy a package of disposable swim diapers or a reusable one, and plan your outing. This is our 27th rookie mom challenge. If you are alone, think carefully through the logistics […]