88 hacks in February 2006

23 February 2006

Parent Hacks on TechTV (Part II)

So, yes! Parent Hacks was indeed on TV! Yesterday, we were featured on the G4/TechTV show "Call For Help." If you didn't catch it, the transcript is available at the G4 website (thank you, kind commenter, for pointing this out). Posts that got special mention: Make your own snow globe...

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23 February 2006

Homemade no-spill snack box

Remember the Snack Trap? Handy Sandy (I'm sure she'll just love that nickname) made her own: If you have one of the smaller 8 oz empty formula tins (Similac tins work better than the Enfamil ones), you can adapt it easily to a "Surprise Snack Box." Take the plastic lid...

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23 February 2006

'Tattoo' your kid with your cell phone number

Michael in Sydney has this tip when you take your kid to a crowded event (or travel): When you go somewhere that will be very crowded and there's a chance one of your kids will get lost (think somewhere with lots of children or big crowds), write your mobile (cell)...

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23 February 2006

Egoless parenting

Stu has this to say about parenting honestly: My hack is simple. Be open about the difficulties of parenting. Be open to other ideas and be supportive of criticism. There is no shame in needing assistance in order to become a better parent. In other words, contrary to popular opinion:...

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22 February 2006

One-minute breakfasts

Head on over to Blogging Baby: Stefania posted a list of her favorite one-minute breakfasts, and several readers have added their own in the comments. Our favorite: yogurt topped with granola. Technorati Tags: Feeding kids

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22 February 2006

Waterproof crib mattress pads as portable diaper-changing stations

Amie (with four boys at home: 1, 4, 7, and 35) should know a thing or two about diaper changing efficiency. My favorite tip to pass on to new parents is to invest in 4-5 waterproof bassinet- or cradle-sized mattress pads. I first started using these at home and keep...

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22 February 2006

Parent Hacks on TechTV tonight (I think)

Good thing I love to scan my referrer log. I'm getting lots of visitors today via the G4/TechTV site, and here's why: Parent Hacks is going to be featured on today's "Call For Help" show, hosted by Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur. Sadly, I don't get the show here, and...

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22 February 2006

China markers are a forgiving alternative to Sharpies

Sara in Austin says: One of the most used tools in my house is the china marker or grease pencil. Low tech? You betcha. Incredibly useful? Definitely. The china marker is great for temporarily writing on plastic, glass, and metal. It goes on easily, isn't permanent, but won't come off...

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21 February 2006

Comfortable floor seating

Considering how much time parents spend on the floor, Alex thought this might be handy: I found this cool low chair which seems like a great thing for mommies and daddies who want to play on the floor but whose backs and butts can't handle it for very long. Technorati...

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21 February 2006

Mr. Hanky en francais

Dad-to-puppies and all-around good guy John, um, passed this on. All I'll say about La Machine-a-caca is that it'll teach you and your kids how to choose good, healthy snacks so you can then produce un beau caca. Set aside several minutes if you click through...you won't be able to...

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21 February 2006

Jack Johnson graces the Curious George soundtrack

I hear the new Curious George movie is cute. But when I found out that Jack Johnson did the soundtrack, I was ready to throw the kids in the car and head over to the theater ASAP. We love Jack's serene voice, and are always on the lookout for music...

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21 February 2006

Parent Hacks admin: Our new Rollyo search box

You can now search Parent Hacks! In the lefthand sidebar, you'll find a nifty, blue Rollyo box ready to take your search queries. Search this site, or, if you don't find what you need, try our "Practical Parenting Tips" searchroll -- a custom search of our favorite parenting sites. Rollyo...

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20 February 2006

'Mamas in Blogland' at Mothers Movement Online

I have two new articles up at the wonderful Mothers Movement Online. In The Blogging Mom Clique: Anyone Can Join, I talk about what it was like to join the community of blogging mothers. Ironically, I began writing the article before I launched Parent Hacks -- at the time, I...

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20 February 2006

Crib mobile sans music

Here's how Mark gets his baby's mobile to stop playing music: My wife and I recently bought a mobile for our 6 week-old daughter Astrid. It's one of the battery-operated kinds that spins around and plays music. Astrid loves looking at it, and we're glad we got it... except for...

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20 February 2006

Store kids' shoes and socks in the coat closet

We keep our kids' shoes and socks (rolled into little, self-contained balls) stowed in a hanging canvas shoe organizer the hallway coat closet. Advantages (as compared to keeping shoes in bedroom closets and socks in bedroom drawers): No dirt tracked through the house when entering or leaving. When we say...

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