100 hacks in March 2006

31 March 2006

Sassy bathtub appliques

In the category of "toys that get played with all the time," Paul nominates Sassy Count n' Spell bath appliques: Our kids love these -- foam letters and numbers that stick (when wet) to the bathtub and tile. They invent endless games, from building and sounding out words to stacking...

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31 March 2006

Spa-ing on the cheap

Olivia shares her pampering secret: I love me a great massage or facial at a chi-chi spa. I even love a quality wax job at the chi-chi spa. Hanging in the spa just tells me: "I am important enough to spend big bucks to make me beautiful", even though I...

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31 March 2006

Popsicle in a Dixie Cup

Sara passed along this Lifehacker tip: minimize drips by placing popsicles inside a Dixie-cup "collar." Technorati Tags: Feeding kids

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31 March 2006

'Bad or worse'

We've talked before about the wisdom of giving kids (especially toddlers) reasonable choices instead of simply saying "no." On his blog, Patrick documents his version of the "give them choices" mantra. Technorati Tags: Discipline, Parenting

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30 March 2006

Scrapblog: does this mean I don't have to do a baby book?

My son's in kindergarten, and I haven't yet finished his baby book. My daughter...I haven't even started hers. Shameful, I know, and I'm wracked with guilt. Could there be a solution, even an imperfect one, in Scrapblog? Scrapblog merges online photo sharing, blogging, and scrapbooking, which sounds great for those...

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30 March 2006

'Amelie'-style bangs

Finally! Instructions for cool bangs. Thanks, Sara. After reading someone's bad experience getting their baby's haircut at a "kid's cut" sort of place, I decided to try to cut my daughter's bangs myself (her first haircut, too, no less). I was very pleased with the results, even though I inadvertently...

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30 March 2006

Parent Hacks admin: Tag your Flickr photos as 'parenthacks'

Amie had an excellent suggestion: if you submit a hack that has an accompanying Flickr photo, tag the photo as parenthacks. That way, anyone who wants to can browse all photos associated with Parent Hacks (such as Amie's diaper caddy, which appeared here a while back.)

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29 March 2006

Crucial baby gear

There's a great conversation going on at urbanMamas about what baby gear you really need. Technorati Tags: Baby, Baby gear

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29 March 2006

Kid-built furniture

The premise behind imadethat is irresistible: furniture kids can make themselves! [Via Babygadget, although I should have known about this long ago -- it's a Portland company!] Technorati Tags: imadethat

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29 March 2006

Portable room-darkening strategies

Rookie Moms Whitney and Heather suggest this nap hack: When you need your child to nap in a strange place, such as the Pack and Play in your parents' well-lit guest room, pick the darkest room available, or the one with the least windows. Then (here's the hack part), cover...

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29 March 2006

Cut baby's fingernails while she's in a front carrier

Sara passes along a tip for easing fingernail trimming: Cutting our baby's fingernails was the one of the more scary tasks we confronted as new parents: squirmy baby, sharp pointy things, restained limbs. It literally took 4 hands, and even then was challenging. Eventually my husband decided he would cut...

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28 March 2006

No more pacifier poking while in the front pack

Megan solved the pacifier/sternum problem: We found while using the Baby Bjorn (or any carrier where the infant faces in), our baby's pacifier would poke at my chest and hurt after a while. We bought a pacifier that's flat on the front so it doesn’t poke anymore! Technorati Tags: Pacifier

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28 March 2006

LeapFrog discount for Parent Hacks readers

In her other life, Rookie Mom Whitney is the head of Digital Marketing for LeapFrog, maker of what I think are the best electronic educational toys. She noticed the Leapster link in the "Things We Like" sidebar and was thoughtful enough to send along a discount code for Parent Hacks...

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28 March 2006

Administering eyedrops to kids

Found this in the March 2006 issue of Parenting magazine. Would have been handy when Luke had pinkeye last year. "To give my kids eyedrops without the hassle, I have them sit up and I very gently pinch each lower eyelid to form a small pouch to drop the liquid...

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27 March 2006

Make a cheat sheet of baby's clothing sizes

Christy figured out a way to remind herself when her son "grew into" a new outfit: When my first child was a a baby it happened frequently where I would go put him in an outfit that he had outgrown without wearing it even once. Mostly this happened because their...

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