0-1 Year

A baby! You've got one, either in your arms or on the way. Congratulations!

We've got a ton of hacks to help you through your first year of parenthood, including:

...and more! Scroll down for our most recent tips.

Don't forget to check the All Ages archive for more great hacks.

07 November 2011

Piddle Pad protects car seat from diaper blowouts

In response to a hack suggesting disposable changing pads as car seat poop-protectors, @Heatherikki pointed out a smart non-disposable solution.

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10 October 2011

Childproof a switch cover with recycled plastic

"The kitchen sink in our new house is on the island, which means that the disposal switch is at a height of three feet, begging my son to play with it. What could be a worse idea?" Here's one way to babyproof it.

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09 September 2011

Strap the car seat to rolling luggage to "tote" toddlers through the airport

A clever hack for traveling solo with little kids, or for simply lugging the car seat through the airport.

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19 July 2011

Hack request: Biking with baby

Send us your best "biking with kids" tips! Summary to follow.

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15 July 2011

Amazon TODAY ONLY: Fisher-Price Infant to Toddler Swing 50% off

This is one of those simple, inexpensive items that will make your kid(s), future siblings, visiting friends and neighborhood children very happy for years to come. A swing hanging on a tree in the front yard invites families to come together. In fact, I met a good friend for the...

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09 June 2011

Amazon deal: Chan rubber teether (by the maker of the famous Sophie the Giraffe) 20% off

Sophie the Giraffe came along after my kids were past teething age, so while I haven't experienced the phenomenon myself, I've spoken to parents who have. They lovingly liken Sophie -- a soft, natural rubber teething toy --- to "baby crack." Comments such as NOTHING SOOTHES MY BABY LIKE SOPHIE...

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06 June 2011

One simple maneuver for cleaner diaper changes

Stacy has been changing diapers for seven years. That's a LOT of diapers. And she has just discovered a simple change in technique that keeps her baby's hands out of the "poop zone."

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20 May 2011

How to find downtime when your kid won't nap

The religion all parents practice: the Worship of the Nap. Naptime equals quiet time, get-

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04 May 2011

"Paint on" diaper cream with a makeup brush

Cristina's solution to sticky diaper cream-covered hands: To keep hands (and thus everything else) clean during changes when we have to apply rash cream, I bought an inexpensive foundation makeup brush. The gloppiest cream can be applied liberally this way and the clean diaper put on without all the cream...

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03 May 2011

Potty training inspiration: make custom underwear decals!

Becky titled this hack "Inspiring underwear." I say: inspired underwear for those who are looking to motivate beginning potty-trainers: They say you should let your potty-training child pick out some big-kid underwear at the store so that he/she is inspired to keep them dry for potty training. But when I...

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29 April 2011

"Childproof" kitchen cabinets by hiding the knobs behind towels

Did your childproofing standards change when you had more than one child?

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27 April 2011

The Happiest Mom giveaway winners!

My son is taller than I am. Okay, that's not saying much, as I'm barely five feet. The point is, he's growing up. I remember, when he was a baby and a toddler, feeling like my life would always be a crazy blur of hormones and nursing and frenetic toddler...

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26 April 2011

Review and giveaway: The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood

There was a time when the title -- even the premise -- of this book would have tripped my skepticism alarm. "What can a parenting 'expert' tell me about being happy, especially in ten little steps?" Harumph. I'm now older and more experienced, and I know better than to pooh-pooh...

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12 April 2011

Feed your baby in the baby bathtub...in the sink

Jen's feed-then-wash the baby hack: Feeding baby food always seems to be so sticky and messy. Once you're done, you need to clean the chair AND give the baby a bath. Seems logical to consolidate the process and confine the mess by feeding the baby IN the bathtub! My bathtub...

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12 April 2011

Collapsible baby wipe packages work better than travel wipe containers

Lisa says lose the travel wipe container! When I was a new mom and carried a big diaper bag with every possible baby supply, I used a plastic, portable-sized and refillable baby wipe container. The problem was that I was always worried that I would run out of wipes, and...

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