65 hacks in June 2008

19 June 2008

Snap a bib over the park baby swing for a clean(er) teething surface

Janette's got a great playground hack: While in the baby swings at the park, my 7 month-old (teething) daughter kept chewing on the edge of the swing. I snapped a bib over the edge and through the leg holes and she happily chewed on her bib while swinging. It moved...

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19 June 2008

Family camping hack: Take 'em fishing!

Jon's camping hack: fishing! Buy a few rods for $20-40 at a local Walmart. If you don't know how to fish, Kids Turn Central is a good place to start. To add to the fun, cook up your catch for a shore lunch! I've you've got tips for taking kids...

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18 June 2008

Six-pack carton as car snack caddy

Katte's tip for transporting vittles and drinks to and from the car: I have 3 kids of different ages and they always want to take something to drink or eat whenever we get in the car. Instead of juggling 5 different drinks and snacks I put them in a 6...

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18 June 2008

Family camping hack: Block ice lasts longer than cubes

Jaimie, AKA Travel Savvy Mom, offers this ice chest tip: Block ice lasts so much longer than those silly bags of cubes. This hack got my family through the National Parks of Utah in the summer! If you can't find it in your local grocery store, make your own before...

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17 June 2008

For siblings, buy cheapie toys of the same color

From Angeline of Mom Style News: Whenever my kids receive a cheap toy (plastic shovel, $2 hockey stick and ball, funny glasses) they always fight over who gets which color. Also, when one child wants to play with his, but we can only find his brother's, we spend far too...

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17 June 2008

Plastic play slide works in the kiddie pool, too

Here's how Duane upped the fun quotient on the kiddie pool: In the market for a new kiddie wading pool this season? Instead of getting one with a teeny little slide built in, get a regular one and then get a standalone slide, like the sort from Little Tikes. Position...

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16 June 2008

Serve drinks in an espresso cup to keep kids happy at restaurants

My daughter would love her own little demitasse. From Christy: On a recent trip to a restaurant my family discovered a hack for my 2.5 year old daughter. I asked for cream with my coffee and they served my fresh cream in a straight-sided shot glass. My daughter immediately claimed...

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16 June 2008

Family camping hack: Start in the backyard (plus, how to make an outdoor movie screen)

Several of you wrote in saying "start simple." Melissa's camping hack keeps everyone close to home: My favorite camping tips? Camp in the backyard. Three years ago there were three of us were pregnant and as an extended family, we felt it would be easier to camp in Grandma and...

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16 June 2008

Family camping hack: The first time, keep it simple, make a list, borrow what you can

Preparing for a family camping trip doesn't have to involved spending hundreds on gear. As Gregory says: Start off simple and cheap. Borrow (or post on FreeCycle for) any equipment you need. Take it from there. Organization is the key. Rose does it the old-fashioned way: with a list: I'm...

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15 June 2008

links for 2008-06-15

HOWTO make easy ice-cream cupcakes - Boing Boing Thanks for the pointer, Nicole! Lazy Mama Designs: Keeping the kiddy crafts corralled Ikea has cheap plastic trays. Cookie sheets work well, too. Permissive Parenting: Why Kids Need to Hear No | Bohemian Revolution JetwithKids.com All about plane travel with kids. Thanks...

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15 June 2008

Happy Father's Day, Parenthackers

One of the things I most love about Parent Hacks is that the conversation includes both moms and dads. This fact surprises many (really? dudes talking about parenting?) because most online parenting communities are powered by moms. I am so thrilled that Parent Hacks is a place where everyone feels...

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15 June 2008

links for 2008-06-15

HOWTO make easy ice-cream cupcakes - Boing Boing Thanks for the pointer, Nicole! Lazy Mama Designs: Keeping the kiddy crafts corralled Ikea has cheap plastic trays. Cookie sheets work well, too. Permissive Parenting: Why Kids Need to Hear No | Bohemian Revolution JetwithKids.com All about plane travel with kids. Thanks...

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15 June 2008

Take a phone picture of your kids to show in case they get lost

Happy travels, Elana! We're doing some international travel tomorrow, and I'm going back over the hacks I've read on here in the past. Sharpie our phone number on their arm? Yep. Business cards in pockets? Yup. Allergy information in their backpacks? Mmmhmmm. Then I realized that our littlest (18 months)...

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15 June 2008

Happy Father's Day, Parenthackers

One of the things I most love about Parent Hacks is that the conversation includes both moms and dads. This fact surprises many (really? dudes talking about parenting?) because most online parenting communities are powered by moms. I am so thrilled that Parent Hacks is a place where everyone feels...

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14 June 2008

links for 2008-06-14

Growing A Life: Last-minute Father's Day craft, or, A card no one throws away Nice!

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