55 hacks in September 2007

25 September 2007

Cut the snaps off the shirts of potty training toddlers

Ellie said "I'm sure this is too simple to send in," but it most certainly is not. It never dawned on me while I was potty training my oldest...I struggled with snaps all the time. Duh. I am potty training my two year-old and was having the hardest time finding...

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25 September 2007

Store extra diapers and wipes on a media shelf

Mama J's organizing hack: Like many parents I know, we buy wipes and dipes in bulk, but storing them was always a challenge. I got an inexpensive media storage shelf, and now they are all stacked and tucked away in a small corner of the baby's room.

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25 September 2007

links for 2007-09-25

Z Recommends: Music Week More kid music reviews than you can shake a stick at. My contribution: more gushing about Captain Bogg and Salty. Ask Moxie: Q&A: allowance and chores Read dem comments! Baby Toolkit: Stop the Madness: A Toddler-Proof Electronics Quick Fix Duct tape to the rescue...again!

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24 September 2007

IKEA: Real furniture kids can build

From the Obvious department: IKEA recently came to Portland. Cause for city-wide celebration! Free child care! Swedish meatballs for less than a buck! And (oh yeah) cool, cheap furniture! But there's more. My almost eight year-old son is always looking for nails to hammer, screws to turn, and things to...

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23 September 2007

Rubber band pant legs over sockless baby feet

Shirky McLazy's little sock hack: We went out and the baby lost his socks. I pulled his pants over his feet and rubber-banded the ends closed. Tada! Warm feet! Speaking of lost baby socks, the only thing that ever kept socks on my kids' feet were Robeez booties. Not really...

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22 September 2007

Keeping delicate fruits unbruised in lunchboxes

We're making the most of late summer fruit with a peach or nectarine going to school in someone's lunch almost every day. Problem: ripe fruit often gets mushy and bruised from the inevitable roll around the lunch box. Solution: place the whole fruit inside a small plastic food storage container...

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21 September 2007

Arrange groceries in the cart so cold and frozen items get bagged together

Teri's good-thinking grocery hack: When I go grocery shopping with my toddler, I keep the cold or frozen items together in the cart and at checkout. That way, I end up with nicely sorted "cold" bags. (The items keep each other cold as a bonus.) If my little guy needs...

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21 September 2007

Best bag for toting diapers and laptops? Talk amongst yourselves.

We've all got our own ideas about what makes for an ideal diaper bag. But when you add a laptop into the mix (as many of us Parenthackers have) the requirements change. Tricky to store electronics and juice boxes in the same place. Sarah (author of In Need of Chocolate)...

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21 September 2007

Simplifying the toddler soap-and water wipedown

Carly's tip for destickifying a toddler: We bathe my daughter Lucy, 15 months, every other day. The days between we always wash her face and hands with soap and water, but it's been a struggle to hold her dangling over the edge of the sink -- she wants to dive...

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20 September 2007

FM Fall Shopping Guide: Smart Homes

My next FM Fall Shopping Guide post is up: Smart Homes, about labor-saving gadgets that eliminated some of the hassle of getting in and around my house. Also: Sweetney demonstrates how to turn kid art into home decor, and the Craftzine folks talk about dressing up walls with leftover fabric...

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20 September 2007

Another way to stir natural peanut butter

We've discussed how best to stir natural peanut butter before, but Nathan's got another idea: If you are into buying all-natural peanut butter (ingredients: peanuts, salt) you know that there is a half inch or more of oil at the top of the jar that is impossible to mix all...

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20 September 2007

links for 2007-09-20

Brown Rice Crispy Bar Recipe: Recipes: Food Network With flax seed oil no less! Via Ask Moxie. (tags: recipes kids snacks) Education: Learn a Foreign Language with Mango - Lifehacker Free online language courses. Greek, anyone? (tags: learning) Mind Flush: Turn a baby washtub into a stain removal center Because...

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20 September 2007

Intercoms as baby monitors

Nothing like multi-use gadgets. From Jason: When I had an office in the basement, my wife and I bought a pair of intercoms at Radio Shack so we didn't have to shout back and forth. It turns out that these intercoms have a "transmit lock" feature that makes them perfect...

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19 September 2007

Upside-down kiddie pool as makeshift trampoline

Leta's still getting some use out of the blow-up pool: Our rectangular blow-up kiddy pool was upside down in the yard after being cleaned out. My 3 year-old discovered that it was as much fun to jump on it like a trampoline as it is to swim in. Now that...

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19 September 2007

links for 2007-09-19

Crocs, kids and escalators a bad combination? - CNN.com Watch those toes, everyone. Thanks to Peter and May for the pointer. (tags: kids crocs safety) Aardvark Adventure Stories "Where kids star in their own adventure storybooks." (tags: kids reading books) 10 Essential Packing Rules when you're Traveling with the Kids...

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