From the category archives:


2 Toddler busy bag projects from popsicle sticks

February 25, 2013

Do you already know about busy bags? They are super-awesome-contained kits of amusement for little people. [Related: 5 preschooler busy bags] Our guest contributor, Jennifer Marshall Pesetsky, has two new ones to share today. Plane rides are perhaps the most stressful thing for me to prepare for. Since we don’t fly frequently, and because my […]

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Best gifts for a one-year-old

January 31, 2013

One year olds will make anything a toy — like that tube of butt cream or disposable coffee cup you keep trying to throw away — but since those don’t make the best birthday presents, we have some ideas for you. Here are our favorite go-to best gifts for a one-year old: If you want […]

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Help, I need baby sleep tips for travel!

January 18, 2013

This post is based on a real-life facebook query we received: Dear Rookie Moms, Our 8-month old baby refuses to sleep in a pack n play and is too little for a regular bed. She is way too active to cosleep with us. The city where my family lives doesn’t seem to have any crib […]

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Activity #70: Fly solo (or how to fly alone with a baby)

December 18, 2012

We originally ran this guest post SEVEN YEARS AGO thus the babies in this story are now in 2nd grade. Even if this isn’t an activity you’ll do today, you might find yourself on an airplane sometime this year. Before turning one year old, Holden had flown cross-country at 3 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, […]

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Travel with kids? Baby at a theme park!

December 4, 2012

Just because we had babies doesn’t mean we stopped loving roller coasters and fast rides. For parents of babies under the age of expressing their own favorite TV character, this is a perfect time to hit an amusement park. Why spend your time in the kiddie zone when you can do what you want to […]

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Travel with little kids? Yes, says Travellin’ Mama

November 30, 2012

I have to admit that I’m intrigued, bordering on obsessed, by parents who travel with their very young children. As a travel LOVER, I aspire to leave the country every year someplace other than a Disney cruise. But somewhere between my good intentions and the realities of airfare and car seats, I freeze in my […]

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Because you’ve got your hands full

November 28, 2012

Sponsored by our partners at giggle This month on our column at giggle, we had two posts to show you how much we love and want to help — while still affirming that you’re already doing a great job following your own instincts. As we gear up for more family trips, I shared 8 been-there-done-that […]

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Traveling internationally is better with a baby

November 20, 2012

Our friends, Karen and Ross, just returned from an amazing voyage with their eight-month old. We begged for all the dirty details. Once Karen shared them with us, our new travel series for rookie moms was born. I hope you enjoy her trip and tips too. My husband and I are no strangers to adventure: […]

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5 strategies to put HAPPY in your holidays

November 14, 2012

Reposted from the wayback machine because it’s that time of year! Generally speaking, my extended family on my husband’s side (AKA in-laws) are a wonderful bunch of people that we don’t see nearly enough. Because we live clear across the country, we’ve grown accustomed to our own way of doing things so getting together involves […]

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Surprise kids, we’re going to Hogwarts tomorrow!

August 29, 2012

Having dropped my kiddos off at their first day of school, Kindergarten and 2nd Grade, I’m back at home plotting a huge surprise while baby Sawyer naps. We are about to embark on a cross-country vacation adventure, packed with highlights that just might blow their little minds. A couple weeks ago, Jyl invited my family […]

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5 real-life uses for my travel crib

July 20, 2012

When I first unpacked my portable crib as a rookie mom, images of global travel danced in my head. Our shared wanderlust was so important that my husband and I almost wrote it into our wedding vows. Instead, we named the tables at our reception after each of the destinations on our around-the-world honeymoon itinerary […]

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Baby sleep tips for Summer

July 9, 2012

Many thanks to Nicole Johnson, sleep coach and owner of The Baby Sleep Site, who shares these sanity-saving summertime sleep tips for babies and toddlers. In addition to being a sleep expert, she is also the mom of two boys (one of whom never let her sleep). Summertime is special; days are long, sunny and […]

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