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.

15 October 2010

Avoiding bed bugs in used clothing

If you're a buyer of second-hand kids' clothes, a lover of the "free bin," or a garage sale or thrift store shopper, you need to be wary about bedbugs. Bedbugs are making a comeback across the United States and can stow away in furniture, mattresses, clothing...just about anything. I'm not...

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15 October 2010

Swap Halloween costumes at ThredUP

Clothing swap site ThredUP is hosting an online Halloween costume swap! List and send your costumes for free, and get costumes for a $5 flat rate plus shipping. Go to ThredUP for details.

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14 July 2010

Bandaids as temporary outlet covers

Ah, the creativity that comes from necessity. Amy's travel babyproofing hack: We rented a little cabin in very rural South Dakota over the holiday. Because it was so far away from any town we packed our food and most every thing else that we needed except...outlet covers for little fingers!...

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30 June 2010

Cover healing umbilical cord site with a cotton nursing pad

Kim calls this the "rising moon." When I saw her hack in my inbox, I thought it had something to do with Twilight mania! Then I remembered the book is called New Moon, and that I'm not as connected to pop culture as a few other people I know. (Hey,...

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29 June 2010

Strawberry huller cuts table food into bite-size bits for baby

Becky's hack for new eaters of "people food:" We now have an 11 month-old boy and he is learning to eat table food. To quickly cut our food into small, evenly-sized bites, I used a strawberry huller (the kind that looks like a stubby set of tweezers). It works really...

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19 May 2010

"Head Snuggler" keeps sleepy baby heads from flopping

via www.yoyomama.ca Sherri passed along this link to a review for an "oddy but goodie": a stretchy thingie that keeps your sleeping baby's head from flopping around in the stroller. Hm. Read the entire review at Yoyomama.ca.

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26 April 2010

How to Make a Cheap, Low-Profile Wooden Bed Frame

via www.instructables.com Eric Wilhelm made this simple low-to-the-ground bedframe so his baby daughter could sleep on the bed without a long fall (if it ever came to that). Great idea for a toddler bed as well!

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26 April 2010

Backwards cardigan or fleece jacket makes a cozy car seat "Snuggie"

It was only a matter of time till the Snuggie made an appearance at Parent Hacks. For the pop-culture humor if not for the practical value. Erika's Snuggie-like hack makes the in-and-out of the car seat so much easier, especially during the variable Springtime weather.

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24 April 2010

Best of Parent Hacks: Gardening with kids

Kids and gardening! There are so many reasons to get your kids growing things, digging in the yard, or even sprouting a few seeds in a pot on the front step. Here are our best "gardening with kids" tips to get you started.

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12 April 2010

Amazon today only: $100 off Britax Marathon Collegiate car seat

I admit, it's silly. But it's $100 off a Britax car seat, so I'm sharing it anyway. The Britax Marathon is a fantastic car seat -- one of those big-ticket baby items I actually think is worth the money. It will last you for years, and the quality is fantastic....

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09 April 2010

Paint-on sunscreen!

Peace's sunscreen mishap turned into a wonderful hack! Keep this in mind as sunny weather (or Spring snowplay) approaches: While vacationing in Costa Rica we paid quite a bit for some spray-on sunscreen for my little ones. After only one day of use, we dropped and cracked the bottle and...

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01 April 2010

Tape + Sharpie becomes easy-pull labels for bottles, jars and cups

Margie's simple system for labeling sippy cups, lunchbox containers, water bottles... I tried a couple of different labeling systems for pumped milk when I went back to work, and none were easy to put on and take off or re-label. I finally figured out a go-to method that works for...

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04 March 2010

Momversation: Sexual abuse: how do you talk to your kids about it?

Thanks to Jen for broaching the topic, and D for expanding upon it in the comments of this post, my topic for Momversation this week is talking to your kids about sexual abuse. I wanted to be able to open up the amazing conversation we've been having here with a...

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02 March 2010

Life Scoop: Favorite iPhone Games for Kids

I have an arms-length relationship with my iPhone. In fact, it isn't even mine, and it isn't even a phone. It's my husband Rael's cast-off, and I use it with no phone plan (just as a wireless device to sync my contacts, Google Calendar, and to use the to-do app...

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08 February 2010

Contain small-parts toy play with a tray, cookie sheet or roasting pan

Kobie's hack solves two problems at once -- mess and babyproofing: My daughters have recently discovered the delight of playing with HAMA beads (also known as Perler beads or fuse beads ). This is small beads that you stack in a pattern and then iron to form a picture. When...

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