Frog Pod scoops up and stores tub toys


Our friends at Cool Mom Picks have discovered another winning bit of baby/toddler gear: the Frog Pod. The frog’s back detaches to scoop up the bath toys, and then hangs back up to let the toys drip dry. Tags: Baby, Bathing kids, Parenting, Toddler

Panasonic camera + phone = video baby monitor


Michelle at alerted me to the wonders of HotSpotMama, who keeps an eye out for blog-worthy kid gadgetry. This combo, in particular, appealed: the Panasonic 5.8 GHz FHSS Gigarange Expandable Digital Cordless Camera (whew), when coupled with a compatible Panasonic phone, works as a video baby monitor. Read her full review, and while you're […]

Tomorrow is Museum Day!

Museum day

On September 30, 2006, museums across the country will be offering free admission as part of an event organized by the Smithsonian. More details on Mombian, and the event site. Thanks for the heads-up, Dana! Tags: Family travel, Museums, Smithsonian

Keychain hacks

From Melissa of Suburban Bliss and Melissa's Buzz Off, just in time for carpool season: Charlene at Crazed Parent offers a Sharpie keychain (for quick labeling of anything she needs) and a clip for her keys she can snap onto her pants while at the park. My husband uses the clip but just to take […]

Help stop discrimination against parents in the workplace


Cooper Munroe, of the Been There Clearinghouse, recently wrote an article for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shedding light on the practice of "maternal profiling." In Pennsylvania, and in dozens of other states, it's still legal to ask during job interviews if one is married or has children, and then to deny the candidate the job based […]

Oatmeal bath soothes serious diaper rash

Sore bottoms, rejoice! Note Lisa's subtle use of puns: This hack is for those babies with majorly red little bums from diaper rash. I was literally painting my baby's butt white with Desitin at each diaper change, but(t) it wasn't enough. Our daycare provider advised me to take an old stocking, fill it with oatmeal, […]

Create video playlists using YouTube


Moe Berg may just be the coolest dad ever: after two years or so of listening to the wiggles, sesame street, et al in the car, i couldn't take it anymore and started making mixed cds of real songs i thought my twin boys might like. two years later, i have a pair of 4 […]

Crunchy, dehydrated peas are a great kid snack

Whitney of Rookie Moms wrote to me about an ideal toddler snack food I had been planning to write about myself: I can't promise this will work for everyone, but I have been giving my toddler "Just Peas" as a snack. These organic dehydrated peas are easy to store and serve. Put them in whatever […]