From the category archives:

Silly

Get on the ground and play at your baby’s level… or perform something so silly you hope nobody will see you!

Activity #27: Go swimming

July 4, 2011

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 […]

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Activity #308: Hit the casino with a bambino

June 29, 2011

When we have new babies in our lives, it’s easy to go into a self-imposed exile or quarantine, reading only sleep habits books and looking only at the baby. Of course, Whitney and I think that mama needs to leave the house and thus this site was born. I read the story of how Vicky […]

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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!

Formula, you have met your maker, and it’s electronic.

June 16, 2011

Surely you’ve seen those coffee makers that use little pods for individual servings of coffee. Now, there’s a drink machine just for your baby. From the website MinuteBuzz.com: Swiss mums have a new labour-saving device to add to their armoury with the advent of Baby Nes — the equivalent of the cult Nespresso coffee machine, […]

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Activity #22: Play in another kind of nursery

May 30, 2011

Your weekly challenge is to enjoy the rainbow of colors at an outdoor plant nursery. Let her touch/listen to the wind chimes on display, tour the orchid hot-house, and watch the koi in the water garden pond (the bright-colored fish swarm up to greet kids because they expect food). A baby carrier is perfect to […]

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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!

Activity #80: Let your infant dress himself

May 18, 2011

I used to see 3-year olds around town dressed in wild combinations of stripes, gingham, rainbow tights and superhero capes. I wondered when my baby would look that creative and charming.* Then it dawned on me and I began to create wild combinations and increase the creativity in my infant’s wardrobe. If your baby is […]

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Activity #17: Act like Julie from The Love Boat

April 24, 2011

It’s time to make your own fun. Plan out your week and write up the schedule. Pick an activity and a time and tell everyone who might be available that they are welcome to join you. Be brave and invite folks you hardly know. Or send out an email with your whole week to get […]

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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!

What’s your baby name for the Other Gender?

April 6, 2011

Tomorrow I’ll be having some tests to determine our baby-to-be’s gender. I don’t know how soon we’ll get the results, but probably sometime in April. I’ve tried to avoid daydreaming about names until we know for sure. But, Whitney can attest to the fact that I’ve been earmarking “my third son’s name” for years now. […]

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6 things to do before you’re six, guest post from Holden

March 25, 2011

For my birthday last week, Holden wrote me a terrific note. Do you see that? I’m ossum. Whitney challenged me to eek a guest post out of my son. She suggested I interview him and co-write “6 things to do before you’re six.” Great idea, in theory. I took a short-cut and made my own […]

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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!

Self-portraits in cupcakes

February 21, 2011

Heather and I went to a 2-day conference in San Francisco to meet up with our Babycenter colleagues. It’s been several months that we’ve been writing weekly posts over there, but this was the first time we met most of the other contributors in person. We spent hours in a conference room, but our hosts […]

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Activity #515: Track your new mama milestones

February 9, 2011

When we look back in 25 years, we will marvel that our babies have become adults who drive cars and earn their own paychecks. (Here’s hoping!) You probably have a baby book to track your bambino’s progress through the first year: sitting up, crawling, first tooth, and so on. But how will you remember your […]

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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!

Baby names inspired by J.Crew

February 4, 2011

My daughter, Scarlett, is one of two Scarletts in her 3-year old ballet class. While the color scarlet is spelled differently, her name does evoke a deep red image for me, and I hope that as she grows older, she develops an affinity for red as her signature color. As I’ve met an increasing number […]

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Activity #75: Fake ‘em out

February 2, 2011

When Julian was a little guy and I needed to remove my cell phone from his little paws, a decoy cell phone was the way to avoid a mini-tantrum. Save old sunglasses, cell phones, remotes and key chains that are no longer needed in a drawer. To keep le baby busy: pull them out one […]

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