Socks stop cold water bottles from dripping

Try Ana's smart hack on your next summer outing: At the zoo, it was extremely hot and humid so I pulled out the water bottles we brought to keep hydrated.  Within seconds, the cold bottles, of course, started dripping condensation and it was hard for our three-year-old to keep a grip on his.  Having a […]

Special for Parenthackers: Swap stuff at Zwaggle

Ryan very thoughtfully included all us Parenthackers in an invitation to use Zwaggle! I haven't tried it myself, but it looks fascinating, especially during summer clear-out mode. Thank you, Ryan! There's a cool website, zwaggle.com, and using points instead of money, it allows you to post and get used kids stuff. We've been able to […]

Freeze old teethers for cool boo boo relief

Good thing Sara didn't throw out all those old teethers: Remember those water filled plastic teething toys?  My daughter is well passed teething, but I popped them into the freezer and now when she has a "hurt" I offer her a frozen frog or fish to put on it.  Cold compresses are good for a […]

links for 2007-07-22

How to Photograph a Child’s Birthday Party Darren Rowse of ProBlogger passed this along — he's also a digital photgraphy maven, you know. (tags: parenthacks kids birthdays photography) 10 Tips for Photographing Babies

You’re reading this? I figured everyone’s reading Harry Potter!

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It's the day half the world's been waiting for: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is out, and kids and adults everywhere are holed up in beds, on couches, and in sunny corners reveling in their last few hours at Hogwarts with Harry and company. My son is still a bit too young to read […]

Fill baby’s high chair tray with water for warm weather splashing

Misty's found a way for her baby to enjoy some summertime water fun: We are trying to not use the air conditioning, so things are really starting to get warm.  My daughter is too young to really go swimming or use the water playset hack talked about on your site.  But her high chair has […]

links for 2007-07-20

Nested: Something to Make: Fold-up Crayon Pouch Lovely little sewing project from the new blog Nested: "good stuff for you and your little one." (tags: parenthacks crafts kids sewing) Autism Plays » Display Models as Toys Score! Carl got Best Buy to give his son a display model cell phone to use as a toy. […]

links for 2007-07-20

Nested: Something to Make: Fold-up Crayon Pouch Lovely little sewing project from the new blog Nested: “good stuff for you and your little one.” (tags: parenthacks crafts kids sewing) Autism Plays » Display Models as Toys Score! Carl got Best Buy to give his son a display model cell phone to use as a toy. […]

Geography lessons no one can resist

Michelle (author of the wonderful blog Scribbit) came up with a brilliant way to teach her kids about geography. This would be a wonderful way to build excitement for summer travel. To help teach my kids about the world around them I implemented a trick for teaching basic geography. I scrounged around for the maps […]

Warm bath lotion in the bathwater

Marykz’s daughter’s getting the luxury treatment! My daughter doesn’t like to get out of the warm bath and have to have cold lotion spread on her dry skin.  So, I put the (closed) bottle of lotion in the warm bath water for the last few minutes of bathtime to warm up the lotion.  We have […]