“Old school” wipes: damp washcloth in a plastic bag

Sharon’s (dad’s) hack is convenient, saves money, and minimizes paper waste: This is a hack I’m borrowing from my dad, a 70’s single parent. Before the advent of disposable wipes, he would carry with him a damp washcloth in a plastic bag for wiping food off of faces, cleaning up sticky hands, random spills on […]

Baby powder helps Robeez shoes slide on more easily


Melissa! I could have saved a year of baby foot-jamming had I figured this out myself! Robeez rock, as I’m sure we can all agree. However, they are a bit of a pain in the butt to get on the baby’s feet (which, no doubt, is why they stay on!). I’ve found that sprinkling a […]

Cut waffles with a pizza slicer


James has yet another brilliant use for the versatile pizza cutter: My toddler daughter enjoys having a toasted waffle for breakfast, but she’s not skilled enough to cut up the waffles herself. For a while, I cut them up using a fork, but that wasn’t very efficient. Then I had a brainwave: Use a pizza […]

Silly food presentation: what do you do? Talk amongst yourselves.


Let’s start with Duane’s example: This hardly counts as a hack but I thought you’d find it cute. We’re trying to get better at enforcing the "nobody gets down from the dinner table, nobody has dessert until everybody is finished with their dinner" rule in the house, which means attention must be paid to the […]

Trim fingernails during bathtime to minimize cleanup


Jenn’s practical bathtime hack: The other day I had the kids in the tub and upon closer inspection, saw that they needed their nails clipped. I decided to trim their nails right then and there, in the tub. Not only were their nails softened by the water, but the bits of trimmed nails went right […]

A dash of cinnamon helps the milk go down


Here’s how Whitney (one of the Rookie Moms) makes milk more palatable for her non-milk-drinking daughter: My 14-month old daughter does not like to drink milk. My pediatrician suggested offering chocolate milk and then to slowly reduce the amount of chocolate I add. Somehow, I just can’t get comfortable giving my baby chocolate milk. (Plus […]