51 hacks in August 2007

16 August 2007

Record your own storytelling CD

Sarah's hack would work well for bedtime, sleepovers, travel, or road trips: For a cool bedtime (or anytime) CD, record yourself, grandparents, siblings, etc. reading your child's favoritie books. They can even tell stories they made up or (especially for the grandparents) stories from their own childhood. You can record...

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16 August 2007

Let baby "finger paint" with baby food in restaurants

Christy's hack may give you a few precious moments of quiet at a restaurant: When my first child was about 8-10 months old and we wanted to go out to a restaurant for dinner she was always too finicky to sit still and would fuss unless one of us was...

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15 August 2007

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Z Recommends: Food Week Gadgets: Fit & Fresh Food Containers Because lunch packing is right around the corner. (tags: kids storage)

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15 August 2007

Track medicine dosage right on the bottle

Excellent hack from Kristi: Perhaps it’s “Mommy Brain,” but I sometimes forget where I am in the dosage schedule of my son’s medicine. I found it helpful to use a Sharpie, which I have on hand anyway for all the things I need to label for daycare, to write the...

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14 August 2007

Oversize long-sleeved shirt as parental snot guard

Jodi at The Mom Tech Review passed along this decidedly low-tech tip. Parents of snotty toddlers rejoice!

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14 August 2007

Encouraging the next generation of hackers

From Sara: I suspect that many Parenthackers, like me, have their antenna constantly up for "how can I teach my kids to love computers like I did when I was a kid" (for me, that mostly means programming). Since Josie's less than 2, I think I have some time to...

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13 August 2007

Custom silicone bracelet as preschooler travel ID

With the summer travel season upon us, it's a good time to revisit the ways in which we can make our lost kids "findable" in crowded places. We published a hack last year suggesting rubber bracelets as ID, but Dawn's hack points to a company that prints small quantities. (Erin's...

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12 August 2007

Pureed vegetables disappear into more easily-accepted foods

Liz is doing what she must to get the vegies in: My one-year-old is going through some sort of regression that only permits him to eat macaroni & cheese (with homemade cheese sauce I learned from Parent Hacks, thanks!), yogurt, applesauce and crackers. I was having a nervous breakdown because...

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11 August 2007

Pipe cleaner party hats

Jill's got a great idea for your next birthday party: I saw a fun idea I thought kids might enjoy for a birthday. The party "hats" consisted of five sparkly pipe cleaners per person. They could be made into any form of hat, crown, glasses, necklace, etc. that each person...

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10 August 2007

Blowout damage control: pull the onesie off down over the legs

Hedra has just caused me to say, out loud, "WHY didn't I think of this when my kids were babies?" If you're one of the lucky parents whose infant has those ghastly blowout diapers where the poop shoots up their back, take advantage of the crossover fold shoulders on most...

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10 August 2007

Alarm clocks work for early-waking babies, too

Lisa's hack is fascinating -- an incredible reminder that babies are capable of a lot more learning than we think: I read a hack not too long ago about a toddler (about 3 yrs., I think) that used to wake up way too early until the parents started using a...

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09 August 2007

Clean the bathroom while your kid's in the tub

Leslie's practical "get it all clean at once" hack: My hack came about as we were supposed to have someone come over for dinner and I really needed to clean the guest bathroom. But with two kids (18 months and 3 months) time is precious and I never got around...

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09 August 2007

wallOVERs: Web-based kaleidescope fun for preschoolers

Thanks a lot, Vincent. I just spent 20 minutes distracted by your hack. We recently spent an afternoon at a local children's museum. My three year old spent a good portion of that time enthralled by a Mac running an application that generated kaleidescope-like creations called wallOVERs. I'm not embarrassed...

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08 August 2007

Danger Rangers DVDs teach kids about common safety pitfalls

Through action adventure storylines and songs catchy enough to be labeled "brain worms," the Danger Rangers work toward their real mission to battle the 90% of childhood injuries which are preventable through education. Season 1 also covers a vast array of safety topics ranging from animals to caves to medicine...

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08 August 2007

"This Little Piggy," the extended version

Duane's kids get extra tickle time with a song that never gets old (for them, at least): You know, "this little piggy went to market" gets to be a pretty boring game for everybody but the baby. Wanna bet? My two older girls are 3 and 5, and I can...

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