74 hacks in January 2008

27 January 2008

Threadbanger shows you how to turn an old sweatshirt into a cozy baby bundler

Dare I say it? Anyone with a sewing machine could make this nifty zip-uppable "pod."

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26 January 2008

Toddler-friendly tofu

People forget that tofu is fantastic toddler food. It's white, bland, nutritious, and can "hide" in all sorts of other foods. Here's Kristen's suggestion: Trying to get your baby to eat tofu? Stick it in miso soup! You can buy miso in bulk at most Asian and/or health stores, or...

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26 January 2008

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Friendships: The Dynamics Between Mamas Fantastic discussion going on at urbanmamas about the pressure parenting puts onto friendships old and new. I'm interested to know how dads feel about this topic, too.

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25 January 2008

Sylvania power failure lights do double duty as night light and flashlight

Regina has a great solution to "how do you find the flashlight when the power goes out and it's dark?": Recently, you were asking what we do when the power goes out. For Christmas, my folks gave us a package of these Sylvania power failure lights – they are great...

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25 January 2008

Keep bedside Pedialyte chilled in an ice bucket

From the very resourceful Jess: Our 10 month-old daughter has a nasty bug ... a cough, accompanied by some flu symptoms. So we're giving her Pedialyte. But when she wakes up coughing in the middle of the night, she wants something to soothe her throat. We were running up and...

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25 January 2008

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The Simple Dollar » The One Month Coupon Strategy: A Really Clever Way to Make Coupons Worthwhile I may even try this. Great tip, Stu! BabyCenter: MOMformation » What gets you in the mood? Choreplay or foreplay? CHOREPLAY! That term deserves as much reach as possible. I love it. Let...

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24 January 2008

Use a kitchen timer to simplify potty training

Prompted by recent kitchen timer conversation, Andy shared this wonderful story about using a timer to help with potty training: In the process of potty-training our son, we had gotten stuck for a while at the point where he agreed to take care of business every time we put him...

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24 January 2008

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Jean’s Top 10 Art Materials for Toddlers « The Artful Parent No surprises here, but if you're not the artsy type it's nice to have a place to start. Thanks for the link, Molly! Look out for your marriage » Rookie Moms Rookie Moms share their happy parental marriage tips...the...

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24 January 2008

Toddler mittens: Sew the lining to the mitten at the tip of the thumb

Pam (from New Brunswick, Canada, where it's currently negative zero to the tenth degrees) came up with another toddler mitten hack: I broke out the needle and thread today to fix a problem that's been bugging me for weeks. My 14 month old's mittens have an interior lining that's stitched...

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23 January 2008

Storing girls' hair accessories? Talk amongst yourselves.

Suzy wonders: Have you heard any good hacks for how to store girls' hair bands? They are a tangled mess in the drawers. You can't put up 20 hooks on the walls, right? What can be done? This seems like a great job for an over-the-door shoe organizer with clear...

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23 January 2008

Swim shirt doubles as a winter underlayer

So smart! From Katherine: Don't forget you can get another season's use out of that sun-proof swimming shirt from last summer! Remembering the outdoors-persons' motto "cotton kills," I wanted to put a layer of non-absorbent material against my boy's skin on an extended puddle-jumping expedition, and was rifling through his...

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23 January 2008

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Moewes.com » Using painters tape to secure drawing paper We [heart] painter's tape. Thanks for the link, Chris! GetNetWise An incredible wealth of resources for parents looking to keep their kids safe online. [Via Techmamas.]

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23 January 2008

A trick for getting mittens onto toddlers

David, a former preschool teacher, has had plenty of practice getting mittens onto little hands: Hold the mitten up with it open toward your child so they can put their hand in. Then you tell them to touch your nose through the mitten. They so want to do this that...

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23 January 2008

A trick for getting mittens onto toddlers

David, a former preschool teacher, has had plenty of practice getting mittens onto little hands: Hold the mitten up with it open toward your child so they can put their hand in. Then you tell them to touch your nose through the mitten. They so want to do this that...

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22 January 2008

Kitchen timer: Multi-purpose tool of the gods!

We've talked before about how helpful a timer can be in all sorts of parenting situations. I really liked the way Katy (author of Adventures in Parenting) expanded on the examples, so I thought it would be a great time to revisit the topic. We find the homework routine hard...

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