Ode to why I’m a better mom because of the bouncy seat: I’m fun, I have hands, I don’t stink, I cook, I have friends, and I eat food.
Rolling over (and rolling with it). Not that we want to boss you around, but by now you're probably getting used to having a baby at home but running out of ideas sometimes? That's cool, you have to check out the library, make full use of your bouncy seat, and try these classes on your kid.
Why these challenges? Outings with a baby? Our own experience with unstructured time and a small baby tells us that having an activity planned or a project for the day is tremendously helpful in passing the time. When your partner gets home from work or you hop on the phone with your sister, instead of […]
I’m a firm believer that new parents need to figure out a way to get out of the house and have some dates. Best case scenario, that’s only one night a week. More realistically, that’s one night a month. Or never. So, what about all those other nights? Here are five fun date-night ideas that […]
A valuable list of very simple things every rookie mom needs to know are included in the new book Homemade Play by early childhood educator Kim Lyons. These are not life-saving skills like how to treat a high fever, but rather revelatory concepts, such as things you can do with a kitchen sponge to entertain […]
How to help your 4- to 6-month old baby find a baby sleep schedule and eating and play too — presented by Nicole from BabySleepSite
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, […]
My friend Jeanine once told me there’s lots of fun time to be had with a baby at an outdoor store like REI: you just set up a sweet pad in the display tent with several of the Thermarest mattresses, chirping bird toys, and bright colored water bottles and have a blast. The first […]
One way to make sure you get out of the house with your baby is to make a commitment to be somewhere. Taking a class can do that to you.
Finding the ideal classes for your baby depends on your (and baby’s!) temperament and schedule more than anything I can write here. For me and Baby Holden, a regular drop-in swim class with perky teenagers leading “Motorboat Motorboat go so fast” was ideal; I could attend or not based on nap schedules and hunger. I […]
I did this project and wrote the post for the first time when my now ten-year old was as pictured above, after being inspired by tinyhappy who displayed before and after pictures of her tshirts made into pants. Now, let’s celebrate my success, people. I took this long-sleeved t-shirt belonging to Ryan, and while Julian […]
My parents were divorced before I was in preschool; I want an epic marriage that last for 70 years (long after my diaper-wearing boys are out of the house).
You know how everyone wants you to buy stuff in order to do your part for the Earth? Well, being green is more than just buying more crap we don’t need.