92 hacks in May 2008

29 May 2008

"Finger bowls" help toddlers clean their own hands at the table

Molly's got the most civilized toddler I've ever heard of: I always have a difficult time getting my 2 year-old cleaned up after meals. He likes to wash his hands, but there are lots of walls, chairs, tables, etc. between the dinner table and the sink, and they often end...

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28 May 2008

Rotating toothbrush relieves teething pain

From Joyce: My son is 6 months old and has two teeth and is working on two more. He's at that age where he explores everything by sticking it in his mouth. He was curious while I was using my rotary toothbrush, so I rinsed it out and let him...

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28 May 2008

links for 2008-05-28

Mind Flush: Landscaping for the Lazy "Since the play equipment is going to kill off the grass anyway, put it where you want to eventually have a flower bed. You won't have to mow there for a few years, and you won't have to use nasty chemicals to kill off...

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28 May 2008

Rotating toothbrush relieves teething pain

From Joyce: My son is 6 months old and has two teeth and is working on two more. He's at that age where he explores everything by sticking it in his mouth. He was curious while I was using my rotary toothbrush, so I rinsed it out and let him...

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28 May 2008

links for 2008-05-28

Mind Flush: Landscaping for the Lazy "Since the play equipment is going to kill off the grass anyway, put it where you want to eventually have a flower bed. You won't have to mow there for a few years, and you won't have to use nasty chemicals to kill off...

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28 May 2008

Reading aloud as a family

We're reading a magnificent book: The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This book isn't exactly a graphic novel, but to call it "illustrated" doesn't really do it justice. The pictures do more than amplify the text -- they actually help tell the story. As for plot, here's what the author, Brian...

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28 May 2008

Um, can I be your hero? Your BlogHer hero?

Has Parent Hacks improved your life, your outlook, or, at least, your afternoon? If so, may I humbly ask a favor: would you consider nominating me as your BlogHer hero? BlogHer and Wiley have teamed up for this contest, and the winner gets a free trip to the BlogHer '08...

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27 May 2008

27 May 2008

Pop-up winshield sunshade keeps car seat cool

My least favorite thing about summer is the inevitably burning hot car seat. Those tender little legs, that superheated metal...ugh. Here's Dana's solution: Straight from the state of Florida...we keep our baby car seat cool with one of those foldable popup windshield sun shades placed over the seat. They fold...

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27 May 2008

Six things about which you may not realize you need reminders

I'm working hard on getting as much detail and detritus out of my brain and into my organizing system as I can. My calendar/to-do list combo (for me, on the iPhone) is working well enough that my mind is clear enough to detect other, less obvious details I've been forgetting...

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26 May 2008

Disposable changing pads keep car seats dry after pool time

Allison's post-pool tip: We were leaving the pool with wet suits and wet towels. Living one mile from the pool, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to deal with changing clothes at the pool. The towels were too wet to sit on and actually keep the seats dry but...

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25 May 2008

links for 2008-05-25

Drinking water can hurt babies under 6 months: msnbc.com Good to know (despite alarmist headline). Thanks for passing along the link, Soni. Print-and-fold comic book characters and superheroes Wow! Thanks for the pointer, Matt! My kids will go nuts over this. Pook and Bug: I don't do "bored" Start your...

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25 May 2008

Bubbles in the car improves everyone's mood

I want to run errands with Julie. Here's why: An instant mood lifter to a crying baby or toddler in the back seat of your vehicle while going on errands...set a 'fully loaded' bubble wand in front of the ac vent in your car and a multitude of bubbles blow...

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24 May 2008

Boxer shorts and cotton undershirts make cheaper summer PJs

Susan's saving money on summer sleepwear: This is probably a “duh” moment for some Parenthackers, but I thought I’d write just in case. I was in the store (Target) the other day bemoaning the idea of having to buy summer pajamas for my kiddos. They’re not cheap, and here in...

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23 May 2008

My Plate-Mate winner!

Thank you for the great snack ideas in the comments of the My Plate-Mate review. I always love to hear what other kids are eating (call it voyeuristic feeding...I've got two extremely picky children). Our giveaway winner is Courtney of the Black Beans! Congrats, Courtney -- email me your mailing...

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