100 hacks in April 2006

26 April 2006

Homemade "dryer" for your hydration pack

Scott recently waxed poetic about his Camelbak as a solution to his kids' never-ending thirst. The only problem: ours takes a long time to dry out, and sometimes smells a little...funky. Solution, a la Make: Blog: a beautifully simple Camelbak dryer. Tags: CamelBak, Parenting

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26 April 2006

Morning and evening routines

Carissa created illustrated lists to help her kids with their daily routines: I recently got tired of searching for Skitty, Magic Bunny, Jojo and other stuffed friends who were MIA when bedtime rolled around. Everyone would be tucked in bed and we'd be ready for the lights out countdown when...

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25 April 2006

Cold washcloth helps teething

Crissy found a way to entertain her baby and help his teething at the same time: In the morning I usually have a wrestling match with my 10 month-old when it comes time to get dressed. He is also teething and I have found the perfect trick. While I sponge...

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25 April 2006

Babies and dirt go together just fine

A recent study suggests that early exposure to allergens strengthens babies' immune systems and protects them from allergies and asthma later on. Read Dr. Parker's entire "Healthy Children" post on the topic (there are a couple caveats), then throw away your antibacterial soap, give the feather duster the day off,...

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25 April 2006

How to create a family photo blog with Blogger and Flickr

Parent Hacks readers notwithstanding, most families are still getting comfortable with the idea of using a blog as a family newsletter. PH reader Chris has been good enough to write up a simple family-blog-with-photos tutorial for all of those people who visit your blog and ask "how do you do...

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24 April 2006

It's TV-Turnoff Week (cringe)

April 24-30 is TV-Turnoff week, and I find myself feeling a bit desperate at the thought of no tube. Not because I watch -- I hardly ever do -- but because TV plays a pivotal role in my 5pm get-dinner-on-the-table routine. My kids watch a TiVo-enhanced hour of something while...

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24 April 2006

Preserve kid art in decoupage

Simone uses her kid's art as an ingredient in her own art project: If you can't get yourself to toss your budding artist's projects and have run out of 8.5 X 11 wall space, turn it into decoupage. Select artwork for the project. Select surface to be covered with said...

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24 April 2006

Teaching kids to use chopsticks

Sara and I both noticed these cute chopstick "hinges" at Babygadget a while back. We also both wondered if there's a cheaper, easier way to teach kids to use chopsticks. I bought inexpensive trainer chopsticks (attached at the top with a springy bit of plastic) at a local Asian market....

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23 April 2006

Homemade LED "throwies" as caravan car markers

Andi came up with a brilliant application for these little homemade glowies: I stumbled across a tutorial to make LED "throwies" and thought that these would be great to stick to everyone's cars for group road trips. When I was a Girl Scout, and then later when I was manager...

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22 April 2006

Apple as baby teether

From Tim: Our one year old daughter has found a favorite way to sooth her sore mouth when she's teething. We buy small apples in the grocery store, peel them whole, and then our daughter grabs the whole thing and sucks and chews on the apple. She is a finicky...

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22 April 2006

Make setting the table fun

If you have a roll of kraft or butcher paper around, have the kids make a tablecloth. Cut a piece of paper a little larger than the size of your table. Then, let them go to town with crayons, markers, stickers, glue stick, and construction paper. When it’s done, you’ll...

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22 April 2006

What to put into a toddler's craft box

Nice post today on Blogging Baby on the ideal contents of a toddler's arts and crafts kit. Lots of good reader comments, too. I have to second Jennifer's pipe cleaner inclusion -- we have so much fun with pipe cleaners around here. Our local dollar store sells big bags of...

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22 April 2006

Low-tech babyproofing: keeping doors shut

Here's how Amie keeps toddler fingers safe from pinchy doors: When we did our babyproofing we were unable to install commercial door handle latches because most require removing the doorknob/handle, and ours are very difficult to remove. Our cheap, easy solution was to place folded-up washcloths in between the door...

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22 April 2006

Freebie Finder via RSS

Who doesn't love free stuff? Freebie Finder lists a bunch every day. Recent family-friendly finds: a free Scholastic book, free Astroglide personal lubricant (that's about as friendly as it gets, wouldn't you say?), free Eucerin "Calming Cream," and a free 7-ounce pouch of Tyson Premium Chunk Chicken Breast. Free chicken,...

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21 April 2006

Handy book for when you're trekking in Nepal with your kid

Tiffany has traveled all around the world with her son, and, in fact, just got back from a solo trip to Nepal with him (he's six). Here's her reference book advice: What altitude is too high for a one year old? How can you spot Dengue Fever in a toddler?...

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