46 hacks in July 2007

21 July 2007

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....

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20 July 2007

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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...

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20 July 2007

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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...

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20 July 2007

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...

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19 July 2007

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...

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19 July 2007

Snug-fitting foam plugs the gap between bed and wall

Jonathan solved a the bed gap problem like this: After our 2 1/2 year old transitioned from a crib to a real bed, my wife and I started were woken up several times in the middle of the night with our son in our room in tears. It turned out...

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19 July 2007

Egg coddler as baby food storage

Surely you've got egg coddlers in your kitchen collection, right?

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18 July 2007

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The Hunger Strike Smoothie | GNMParents More interesting to me than the smoothie recipe is the author's problem-solving approach to the toddler-not-eating problem. (tags: parenthacks toddler) Wise Craft: mobile making (with found objects) Lovely craft idea, rain or shine. [Via Strollerderby.]

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17 July 2007

"No tattling zone" helps parents relax during park playdates

From Sara: Kara and her local playground moms sit at a picnic table while the kids play. Around this table they've drawn a circle in the dirt. Why? Well, the circle is the "no tattling zone". Brilliant, isn't it? It is, for those kids that understand the concept of tattling....

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17 July 2007

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2007 State Sales Tax Holidays for Back-to-School Shopping Two readers passed this along -- thank you, McWhorters and spy monkeys! Oregon is a sales tax-free state, so I'm off the hook, but this could save all you non-Oregonians good money. Does the phrase "back to school" give anyone else the...

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17 July 2007

Getting your toddler to drink water

Abel's found a clever way to encourage his son to drink water: My wife and I always have problems getting our 1.5 year-old son to drink water, especially from a sipper. But I have a method that has never failed to work. Here's what we do. We use a normal...

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17 July 2007

Give 'em Popsicles that match their shirts

Nothing says summer like a kid with a purple Popsicle mustache and tongue...and, most likely, corresponding purple stains on her shirt. Here's Maura's suggestion: Most young children will drip their Popsicle on their clothes while eating it, especially on a hot summer day. If you give them a Popsicle that...

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16 July 2007

GeekDad: Watch live bugs under a blister microscope

I've got a new post up at GeekDad about the fantastic blister microscope -- our new gadget for spying on live bugs.

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15 July 2007

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The Babblepedia Contest - BabblePedia Babble has just launched a new parenting wiki, Babblepedia, and is ready to pay $1000 to the person who posts the most entries there by July 31. Have at it! (tags: parenthacks babble parenting) Lunch in a Box: Building a Better Bento » Freezing unsauced...

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14 July 2007

Kids learn, work, and have fun at "Camp Mom"

Look what veteran Parenthacker Jill and her kids are up to this summer: We've implemented "Camp Mom" here and I'm putting them thru the paces every morning. After breakfast they both do a work paper at the table (if I can get my 3yo to color for a few minutes...

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