Use baby wipes to clean DVDs

Violet's tip may salvage your too-well-loved copy of Finding Nemo: If you have a DVD that is smudgy or lightly scratched, use a baby wipe to clean it. It'll play again. Related: Uses for baby wipes

Bungee cord “leash” helps pull novice bike riders over bumps


I’m lucky to live in a neighborhood where there’s a mix of single folks, families with kids ages 0-17, empty nesters, and retirees. As such, I get a parenting education each time I walk out the door. Someone’s always around to either offer some neighborly advice or ask for mine. My four year-old daughter got […]

links for 2007-09-26

Official Gmail Blog: Tips from a Digital Mom – How managing emails can be like picking up toys Via Techmamas.

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 shirts without crotch snaps for […]

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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!

IKEA: Real furniture kids can build

IKEA instructions

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 assemble. Usually this means he's […]

Rubber band pant legs over sockless baby feet

Robeez booties

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 necessary for the non-walker, but […]