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Wash Pacifiers and Breast Pump Parts in the Dishwasher Using a Lingerie Bag 

It’s a well-known parenting hack to put baby socks in a zippered mesh lingerie bag before tossing them into the washing machine and dryer. This prevents them from getting lost or—gasp—eaten. But I never thought about using the bags in the dishwasher, too. Commenter BigPharmaSkeptic shared this tip on our post about …Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Keep Your Toddler Occupied With Cheerios 

You need to throw together something for dinner, but your impatient toddler won’t let you. I’ve been there. If only you could give her a project, something that’ll occupy her a good 12-16 minutes. Hey, what’s that you see in your pantry? A box of Cheerios? Oh, yes. This will do. Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Pack a Boppy Pillow Cover When Flying With a Baby 

When my kid was an infant, I found myself in a deep relationship with something called a Boppy. A ubiquitous baby product, it is a pillow designed to help nursing moms breastfeed—you basically wear it around your body like a four-year-old going swimming. Though its functionality extends beyond that. The Boppy saved…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Stop Your Kid From Pushing Down the Car Seat Chest Clip 

The correct positioning of a car seat chest clip is at armpit level, right between a child’s nipples. This isn’t a suggestion, but a non-negotiable. Car seat safety advocate Heather Starr explains why in this Facebook post showing the chest of three-year-old girl after she was in a car accident. There’s some bruising,…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Keep Kids Entertained With Painter’s Tape

Forget fancy toys. If you have kids, keep them busy with painter’s tape. Yes, painter’s tape. Here, we show you how the versatile item can provide endless family entertainment—children can design roads for toy cars, create a game of hopscotch or make a hallway spiderweb. For parents, the best part is that it’s all…Read more… […]

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Teach Your Kid to Be a Good Sport

Everyone who has a child in a competitive hobby knows the types: the boy who disputes every call the referee makes, the parent who hurls invective from the sidelines, the girl who can barely bring herself to shake hands after her team loses. Playing sports and games is hugely valuable for child development: They learn…Read […]

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The Carabiner Clip Is a Versatile Tool That Parents Need 

Rock climbers have long hailed the beloved carabiner, a tool unmatched in versatility. But did you know it’s also a baby registry staple? About 10 years ago, some marketing genius took the ubiquitous metal clip and rebranded it with a terrible name: The Mommy Hook. What it is: Uh, still just a large carabiner clip.…Read […]

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Try the ‘Cheerio’ Method to Easily Teach Your Kids to Tie Their Shoes

My seven-year-old son is not keen on learning to tie his shoes. He doesn’t have any problems with dexterity … he just gets easily frustrated doing things he’s not already good at (which is a lot of stuff, when you’re seven). So I’ve been coaxing him to practice with me, patiently waiting for him to […]

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