Baby Bottle Sling

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:40 am on Friday, August 2, 2013

I’m fascinated with this Bottle Sling, which will hold the bottle for you during that brief period where the baby is too weak to hold the bottle himself.

(Obviously, you would not want to leave the baby alone with this device.)

I admit, this would have been handy to have awhile back, although I’m not sure it’s worth it for $40.

What do you think?

From Pillow Case To Baby Outfit

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:23 am on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Here’s a tutorial on how to turn a pillow case into a baby outfit. Looks perfect for summer.

Jazz Up Lunch With Star Bread

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:20 am on Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Here’s a cute idea: take two pieces of different kinds of bread, use a cookie cutter to make shapes in the bread, then swap the shapes for different holes. So in this case, the wheat star is in the white-bread hole, and visa-versa. What a fun and easy way to jazz up a kid’s lunchbox.

Reusable Baby Food Pouches

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:22 am on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

While I make most of my baby food, sometimes I buy baby food in pouches out of convenience when we’re out and about and my son needs to eat. Well, as we all know, convenience costs. The pouches run about $1.39 each, which adds up when you are buying two or three at at time.

A clerk at a grocery store told me about these reusable baby food pouches. The idea is that you fill them with your own baby food and then wash them out and reuse again later. If you plan ahead and have these ready to go in the fridge, they can be just as convenient for when you’re on the go–plus homemade baby food tastes better and is often more nutritious.

These particular pouches, while cute, costs $18.49 for four, or $4.62 per pouch. I think that’s a little pricey. So I also found these, which cost $9.99 for three pouches, or $3.33 per pouch. I wonder if there are some even cheaper ones out there…

Zebra Rocker

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:35 am on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

This Zebra Rocker is pretty cute. But expensive for $269. Maybe you can make you own, like this rocking camel instead.

5 Reasons Why Kids Should Garden

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:32 am on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

When I was 4 years old, my parents gave me the job of planting the carrot seeds in the garden. I was given the packet full of seeds and told to put the seeds in the row. Somehow, the packet got away from me and I spilled some seeds to the side. I guiltily pretended it didn’t happen and finished up my chore.

Later, I came back and I noticed that the seeds I had spilled had sprouted the same way the ones in the prepared row had sprouted. Suddenly, I understood what a seed was. It wasn’t a process my dad came up with–it’s a germ of life. I have always found seeds kind of magical since that day.

Vegetable gardening is one of the most valuable things you can do with your kid. Here are five reasons why:

It Teaches Them About Food–Let’s just say it: Americans are obese. One of the reasons for this is that we’re disconnected from our food. Seeing food grow as a child short-circuits this disconnection. It teaches them what plant-life actually is, and once they know that, they will always have something wholesome to reference when eating a fast food taco made out of Doritos.

It Teaches Them About Nature–You can teach about plants and seeds on the chalkboard, but it’s not the same as putting a seed in the ground and watching it grow. Gardening teaches children about plant life, insects, birds, light, water, fruiting, birth, and death–plus about a dozen other things I’m not thinking of right now.

It Gives Them Fresh Air and Exercise–We all know kids aren’t getting enough of that, right?

It Gives Them Autonomy–Gardening is a valuable life skill. No matter how bad things get, you know how to feed yourself. There’s that old saying, “Feed a man to fish, you can feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you can feed him for a lifetime.” That applies to gardens, and kids, too.

It Gets Them To Eat Vegetables–Studies show that when kids grow vegetables, they are more likely to eat them. This makes sense. After all, what gardener doesn’t want to eat the things they grow?


Make Your Own Baby Swing

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:26 am on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Make Your Own Baby Swing so your newborn can swing on the porch with you. One Sassy Housewife built her own for $27, much cheaper than the $135 swings she found online.

Holiday Overkill

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:11 am on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I enjoyed this post on Rage Against The Minivan about “Holiday Overkill.” It starts out with Kristin, a mother of four, discovering that someone at school had told her kids that on St. Patrick’s Day, you set out a trap for leprechauns and then there are gold coins in it the next day. Yeah, I had never heard of that either. As Kristen put it:

Gold coins? A leprechaun trap? Is he serious? When I was a kid we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing something green. THE END.

She then goes on to say:

Yes, I’ve turned into a bit of a grinch, but SERIOUSLY WITH THE HOLIDAY OVERKILL. As if Christmas wasn’t already hard enough as a parent, someone also decided that we have to move an Elf around every day, into creative tableaus? And then someone else decided that the Advent Calendar was A Thing beyond a simple religious observation and now involves some kind of gift each day leading up to Christmas?

And less than a month after having survived that whole mess, we’ve got Valentine’s Day which has became The New Halloween, because God forbid you send a simple store-bought card. You’d better include some candy or your child will be shunned. Shunned! … And do not even get me started on what Easter has become. When I was a kid my mom went to the store and bought us a new dress and a pre-made plastic Easter basket for $8.99. THE END. There was candy and we loved it. Maybe we would die some eggs from a kit sitting in the check-out lane at Target. They would look like crap. Now we’ve got to leave footprints from the Easter Bunny and make artful, Pinterest-worthy eggs with stencils and ikat prints and probably some that are hombre.

Pretty funny stuff, plus she makes some good points in her rant. She calls it a “We’re all in this together, let’s simplify!” manifesto. Read the rest here.

What do you think about holiday overkill?

A Brief History of 7 Baby Basics

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:13 am on Thursday, March 14, 2013

The baby monitor came out of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping in the 1930s.

Henri Nestlé, as in Nestlé chocolate, came up with the first baby food.

The first disposable diaper “consisted of two parts: a strip of inexpensive, cellulose-based gauze as an absorbing pad, and a nylon outer shell that held the pad in place, made from an old parachute.”

Read about this and lots of other interesting facts in A Brief History of 7 Baby Basics.

Make Your Own Stroller Cup Holder

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:28 am on Monday, February 18, 2013

My stroller doesn’t come with a cup holder, which has been kind of annoying. We looked into buying one in the store, but I didn’t like the designs and I had a problem with spending $7-$15 for yet another plastic thing.

I don’t know why it never occurred to me to make my own until I saw this tutorial for a stroller cup holder. It’s a simple fabric cylinder with a flap that folds over the stroller and snaps in place. Looks like it works!

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