77 hacks in February 2008

29 February 2008

Babycape: Easier and more versatile than a jacket

Most of us are still in for plenty more cool weather. But now that Spring is around the corner the on-and-off nature of kid jacket-wearing is already full swing. Too hot! Too cold! Take it off to buckle into the car seat! Put it on again! Annoying for all involved,...

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29 February 2008

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Postcards Traveling The World | Moewes.com A postcard pen pal network. Looks like fun. Decorate a room with paper and string » Rookie Moms So easy and cute.

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29 February 2008

Underbed box under the clip-on highchair catches dropped food

Debbie's hack is sure to make us all slap our foreheads and wonder why we never came up with this ourselves: Our one year-old daughter eats in a clip-on chair attached to our kitchen island. We put a large plastic "underbed" storage box under her chair to catch what she...

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28 February 2008

CD rack as board book shelf

M's storage solution: A CD shelving unit is the perfect depth for board books. In a regular bookshelf, board books can get pushed back too far, are hard to see when mixed with regular books, are often too small for use with clip-on bookends, etc. When we put board books...

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28 February 2008

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Alpha Mom™ - Zero to Forty Weekly Pregnancy Calendar Written by Amalah, here's a week-by-week coundown that will educate AND entertain AND make you so glad you're pregnant during the Internet era. (tags: pregnancy babies) DeliciousBaby Journal | Advantage Rent-A-Car's Frightening Car Seats Debbie may have just changed the world...

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28 February 2008

Tie a ribbon around the doorknob to help out a forgetful Tooth Fairy

Suzy's come up with the perfect way to assist the Magical One with her dental "work."

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27 February 2008

Parenting: No amount of practice makes perfect, nor should it

In response to my guest post on Zen Habits yesterday, Bee left the following fascinating comment: …just please, please, please leave gaps in your shiny optimised parenting to get wrong and messy. Teaching kids how to surf on the crest of chaos and anarchy, is one of the most useful...

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27 February 2008

Baby washcloths as "green" mealtime napkins

Susan's come up with yet another use for baby washcloths (they're surprisingly versatile).

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27 February 2008

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21 Tips on Keeping a Simple Home with Kids | Zen Habits We're on a Zen Habits roll! Thanks for the pointer, Sara! Thingamababy: Review: Revolving Toddler Shoe Tree Mmmmmm. Looks nice. (tags: toddlers, home organization) Baby Toolkit: Come on in My Kitchen: Win a Copy of Annabel Karmel's delicious...

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27 February 2008

Lower the highchair so your toddler can play the electronic keyboard

Raven's going to have a two year-old maestro in the family: My 16 month-old loves to play around on our electronic keyboard . With all of the different instrument and style options available, who doesn't? Up until now, I've always held her on my lap to let her play since...

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26 February 2008

Video game addiction. Talk amongst yourselves.

We are the happy owners of a Nintendo Wii. We fit the demographic to a T; the kids play a bit in the afternoon, and then Rael and I fire up Guitar Hero after hours. (I made a full confession on mywiistory.com.) All in good fun, right? The dark side...

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26 February 2008

Parent Hacks: The Zen Habits Collection

As part of our guest post swap, Leo Babauta asked me to choose twenty of my favorite tips and write them up as a post for Zen Habits. "Favorite" is impossible to capture because there's more wisdom and good will on this site than any list could cover, but it...

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26 February 2008

Rain pants work for cool-weather beach visits

Debbie's got a great tip for off-season beach visits (a wonderful time to go): We sometimes head to the beach when it's too cold for swimsuit (or when we're headed off somewhere else after). I pull the kids' rain pants over their clothes. The pants keep them warm and dry...

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26 February 2008

When one twin gets medicine, the other gets apple juice

Kristin's got the opposite "problem" many parents have -- her kids want to take medicine! When one of my 2-year-old twin boys are prescribed medicine, it's inevitable that the non-sick boy will pitch a fit for medicine too. So...I have two dispensers ready to go, one with the real medicine...

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25 February 2008

Tie video game time "currency" to chores

Rich put his kids on a point system where they earn points for chores that can be "spent" on video game time.

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