From the category archives:

Sleepy

Ideas for getting baby to sleep or just enjoying the down-time

Activity #306: Photograph a day in the life

February 23, 2011

Create a photo series to capture your baby’s hobbies and routines (eating and sleeping!) at three months, six months, and nine months. They may seem like mundane moments to whip out the camera now, but that’s exactly why it’s a good idea. I wish I had had this idea when Holden was “little”… at the […]

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Go to the drive-in (movie)

June 14, 2010

Rookie mom, Emily, suggested hitting the drive-in movie as a great baby-on-board date night. The last time I went to a drive-in I was driving cross-country with my pal, Rachel, and we actually watched the movie Twister (in which a drive-in theater is decimated by a tornado). I only wish the drive-ins near Berkeley were […]

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Ideas for getting baby to sleep or just enjoying the down-time

Activity #373: Get more out of Goodnight Moon

May 3, 2010

When we first added Goodnight Moon to our bedtime ritual, I thought, “This book is sort of boring.” After a few months, I thought “This book is painfully boring.” One day, my friend Sunny said, “I see new things in that book every time I look at it.” Um, what? So I started paying more […]

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Put your Stander-Upper down for a nap

April 15, 2010

Spend a little extra time putting your active monkey down, and see if it pays off. When Julian first started standing in his crib, I was at a loss for how to get him to nap. After listening carefully to Ryan’s procedure for putting him down, I realized I was trying to do it too […]

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Ideas for getting baby to sleep or just enjoying the down-time

Committed outdoorsman: A rookie dad sleeps on the porch

March 11, 2010

An exciting email recently circulated amongst my extended family. My second cousin Emily and her husband Will were going to be on Oprah. “Set your DVRs!” read the email. I’ve met Emily once and never met Will, by the way. (Our grandmothers were sisters.) If you watch Oprah, and apparently bazillions of women do, you […]

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5 Travel sleep tips with a baby

February 17, 2010

A huge thank you to Nicole Johnson, sleep coach and owner of The Baby Sleep Site, who offered these sanity-saving travel tips just as I’m beginning to obsess about sleep issues and toddler jet lag! In addition to being a sleep expert, she is also the mom of two boys (one of whom never let […]

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Ideas for getting baby to sleep or just enjoying the down-time

Activity #224: Take picture of sleeping baby

December 11, 2009

Sometimes young babies make annoyingly weird faces when you’re trying to take a picture to prove to the world how cute they really are. In the first couple months, I found that Julian was actually a very good model while he slept. He didn’t cry or cross his eyes or make a rooting face. He […]

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Activity #189: Trick baby into napping

September 16, 2009

When Holden was six months old, we were still doing about 3 to 4 naps each day. But once in a while, Holden would have an I-hate-Mondays and I-won’t-nap-for-you protest thing. After the requisite nap routine (dim lights, cuddle, story, milk), fussing, talking, diaper “situations”, I often gave up and played with him for a […]

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Ideas for getting baby to sleep or just enjoying the down-time

In the case of a failed nap, treat yourself kindly

August 29, 2009

My very smart friend Joanne actually used to report to me. Now she is both a mama and the sole proprietor of her own online store, PenelopePoet.com, and sells beautiful jewelry. (Click here to see my favorite item.) Joanne just emailed me her take on “how to cope when baby doesn’t nap.” There are days […]

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Host a FRESH movie screening

July 3, 2009

Last week I saw this eye-opening documentary, Fresh, about our overly-complex food system and I wanted to share. My favorite story from the movie was about the woman who figured out how to get grocery stores in her area to label Fresh and Local products so it is much easier to support our local farmers […]

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Ideas for getting baby to sleep or just enjoying the down-time

Spend more time in bed

March 24, 2009

For Stay at Home Moms, focus one day this week on getting more rest for you. Don’t get out of your PJs in the morning, and as soon as your baby’s first nap starts, jump back in bed. If you can’t fall asleep, read a magazine. During his/her next nap, take a shower and then […]

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Mitten up

January 25, 2008

Is that an expression? Well, if button up is… I figured I could use it. Anyway, when Holden was a few days old, Alec tried to give him is first manicure. This innocent ritual ended with snipping off the end of his little thumb and us putting mittens on him for the next three weeks. […]

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