79 hacks in December 2006

23 December 2006

Parent Hacks turns 1

A year ago today, Parent Hacks made its entrance into the world with my little ode to Purell. 1000 posts, over 4400 comments, and about 540K page views later, here we stand, a little older, a little wiser, and hopefully a little more sane. We've formed an incredible community, sharing...

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22 December 2006

3-D snowflake templates

I recently saw elaborate versions of these 3-D snowflakes hanging at our local science museum. WikiHow explains how to make them. [Via Blogging Baby] Related: Cut wrapping paper scraps and seasonal catalogs into paper snowflakes

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22 December 2006

Laundry basket keeps holiday gifts contained

Here's Kirsten's tip for for the inevitable chaos after the presents have been unwrapped: The laundry basket hack reminded me of this one - we get out a laundry basket for each child on Christmas morning. After they unwrap each gift (and examine/play with it) the toy/book/THING WITH TINY PIECES...

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21 December 2006

Nifty gifty: Leapfrog FLY Pentop Computer

Those of you who've been hanging around here for a while know I'm a fan of Leapfrog toys. My kids have enjoyed them starting when they were babies (LeapStart Learning Table) and the love affair has continued (LeapPad, Leapster, and the LeapFrog Explorer Globe which -- I kid you not...

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21 December 2006

Parent Hacks admin: Oh, Canada! Parent Hacks appears in Glow Magazine

Parenthacker Kelly (who wrote up this review of "Ablum" by Duplex) was kind enough to send me her copy of Glow Magazine ("Canada's Definitive Guide to Beauty and Health") because in it was a blurb about Parent Hacks written by none other than Ann Douglas. We've gone all mushy on...

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20 December 2006

Adrienne gets creative with a swim noodle

Through a series of circumstances, hacker-extraordinaire Adrienne of Baby Toolkit was left with "half a noodle to contemplate." The result? Some inspired babyproofing. Tags: Baby, Babyproofing, Parenting, Swim noodles

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20 December 2006

Free, homemade baby and toddler toys

TS passed along this link to The Simple Dollar, in which the author lists some ideas for free, homemade toddler toys, including the always-popular dead cell phone. Tags: Parenting, Toddler, Toys

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20 December 2006

Don't wrap before you fly

And don't rap, either. Seriously, wrapped gifts may be unwrapped by security folks at the airport. [Via Lifehacker] Tags: Family travel, Holidays

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20 December 2006

Babykeeper: Savior or silly?

Anne sent me a link to the Babykeeper with the subject line: "Can't stop laughing at this." She went on: I guess it's legitimate. And I have always wondered what to do with a little baby when I have to go in to pee. We at Parent Hacks have plenty...

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20 December 2006

Homemade tabletop "sandbox" kits

Dana posted her most recent brilliant hack at Mombian: creating indoor "sandboxes" filled with cornmeal or matzo meal. Tags: Parenting

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19 December 2006

Noodle soup = easy pasta for new eaters

Beth's pasta-in-a-pinch hack: When my daughter was branching out to solid food, I found a quick and easy way to fix pasta. I buy Campbell's Kids Shapes soups (Dora, Jimmy Neutron, Batman & Goldfish shapes are available) or regular chicken noodle or alphabet soup. Pull the top (another reason to...

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19 December 2006

Hearing protection muffles teething baby wails

When Adrienne of Baby Toolkit passed along this hack, I admit I snickered a bit. Hearing protection? Really? But, you know? Those baby wails can set one on edge like nothing else, and the more I thought about it, the more I appreciated the idea. I can imagine myself wearing...

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18 December 2006

Brickfactory: for those of us who lose the Lego instructions

Via Blogging Baby comes an excellent pointer to Brickfactory, an archive of scanned Lego kit instructions dating all the way back to 1958. Nostalgia, baby! Tags: Lego, Toys

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18 December 2006

Parent Hacks admin: Welcome Parents Magazine readers!

I just found out from my buddy Amy at Mommytrack'd that Parent Hacks is mentioned in the January issue of Parents as a "site to bookmark." I had no idea, and I'm so grateful when people point these sorts of things out. If you ever see or hear Parent Hacks...

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18 December 2006

Tape the gift receipt to the present before you wrap it

Your friends will thank you. More: Hacks for birthdays and other gift occasions

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