Up to 70% off selected toys at Amazon

Amazon's having a spring toy sale — if you've got birthday presents to buy, now may be a good time to do it. Up to 70% off selected toys. [Thanks for the pointer, David!]

Record your child’s voice with your cell phone


Andi found a reason to be happy about her toddler's obsession with her cell phone: We all know that our babies and toddlers love to play with our cell phones. They will often babble away on pretend phone conversations for much longer than they would think of speaking under any other circumstance. Most contemporary cell […]

Add prune juice to formula to keep newborns regular

Zac of Baby Roadies on the benefits of Nature's Laxative: When our newborn son Hank was having difficulties keeping everything moving downstairs (if you know what I mean) [oh, we KNOW what you mean, Zac. — Ed.], our doctor recommended an ounce of prune juice mixed in with his formula once a day.  Since then, […]

links for 2007-03-28

Thingamababy: HOW TO: Make a Reusable Tracing Book for a Toddler (tags: parenthacks toddler) Allowances for Kids: Teaching Children the Value of Money ∞ Get Rich Slowly (tags: parenthacks parenting kids)

Athletes: Chocolate milk is as effective as sports drinks

Bill passed along some good news for the little sports fans: A "Healthy Living" article in the March/April 2007 issue of Midwest Living cites a 2006 study from Indiana University that found chocolate milk equal to or better than sports drinks at supplying energy and "refueling" muscles after exercise. It's also cheaper, has more nutrients […]

Making up new rules for card- and board games


Here's how Cathy (Mayberry Mom) and her daughter hacked Uno: My daughter (age 4) and I figured out a new way to use Uno cards. She loves Uno, but wanted to try something different, so we played War. We decided that the skip, reverse and wild cards (the ones with no numbers) always lose to […]

links for 2007-03-25

Best All-Time Children’s Books | zen habits Leo's got another great list! Check it out — it will bring back happy memories of sunny afternoons spent lost in a book. (tags: parenthacks kids) Baby Cheapskate: Where Have All the Formula Deals Gone? Angie's back, this time for money-saving tips for formula buyers. (tags: parenthacks baby)

Save grungy socks for indoor playgrounds

Suzanne's eminently practical use for old socks: Before you throw out your kids' old, dingy socks, let them use them one more time — in those indoor, McDonald's-type playland places. I keep a bag of old socks in my trunk specifically for this purpose. If we're at a play place and my kids don't have […]