86 hacks in September 2006

30 September 2006

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

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30 September 2006

Panasonic camera + phone = video baby monitor

Michelle at AmericanInventorSpot.com 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...

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29 September 2006

Tomorrow is 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

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29 September 2006

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...

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29 September 2006

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...

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29 September 2006

Silent Light phone sensor tells you someone is calling when the ringer is turned off

The Silent Light phone sensor alerts you to incoming calls while the ringer is turned off -- ideal for families with napping children, or late-calling teens. Available (where else?) at One Step Ahead. [Via Caron, my Gizmodo spy]

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28 September 2006

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...

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28 September 2006

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...

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28 September 2006

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...

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27 September 2006

Another (smart) mom's take on how to deal with picky eaters

I love Chris's practical parenting blog In the Trenches of Motherhood. One of her commenters described her as "the big sister who knows all the answers." Now she's talking about what to do with the picky eater (which I can't help but say to the tune of "What shall we...

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27 September 2006

Print your own photo calendar

Amy, author of the wonderful babies-and-digital-photography blog Shooting the Kids, wrote up her experience creating a free photo calendar with the help of FD's Flickr Toys. (Blogger trivia: "FD" is none other than John Watson, the blogger behind Flagrant Disregard.) Tags: Parenting, Photography

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27 September 2006

GoGo Kidz Travelmate on sale today only at Onebabygoodie.com

New woot!-like site for parents, Onebabygoodie.com, is offering the GoGo Kidz Travelmate on sale, today only. I saw this car seat cart in use in an airport once, and was fascinated (here's my review). A great time- and back-saver, and it works with a bunch of different car seat makes...

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27 September 2006

In-the-car-with-crying-baby-desperation rattle hack

From Scott: First time dad here, so Iā€™m not sure if this hack is known by all veteran parents. My wife and I were in the car with our 3 month-old son. He wanted out of the car seat and begin telling us quite vocally all about it. We had...

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27 September 2006

How do your kids address adults? Talk amongst yourselves.

David's quandary got me thinking about how children should address adults. My kids address the parents of their friends by their first names (because that's how the parents introduce themselves), but I insist that they use "Mr." and "Mrs." with elderly people and adults they don't know well. It gets...

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27 September 2006

Free coffee shop diversions

Ever want to sit and have a coffee with a friend only to be interrupted by your bored baby or toddler? Forget all her toys at home? No problem!

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