Activities for Baby's First 0-12 Months

Excerpted from The Rookie Mom's Handbook

E-mail Your Baby.
Let's face it: Handwriting in baby books is old school. Screen-based communication is what our kids will expect. That's how their lives will be documented.

Sign your kid up for an e-mail address so you can send messages to her future self. All those things you're not writing in the baby book are candidates for a note sent to your child's future inbox.

  • Dear Julian, Today you threw a tantrum like none I have ever seen. You have impressed me.
  • Dear Holden, Today you said "Mama" in a way that told me you knew exactly how to use that word.
  • Dear Julian, I'm on my first business trip away from you, and it's not half-bad.

If you're committed to the paper-based method, check baby's inbox from time to time and print out your messages. Or just wait. When these kids are old enough to open their inboxes for themselves, they can read all the notes you sent them when they were too young to understand. And hopefully they won't see your name in the "From" line and click "This is spam."

Let Your Baby Use the Phone.
"Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry, my baby just called you." Don't you wish you had that excuse in college when you were drunk-dialing your ex-boyfriend? Well, now you do! You know it's going to happen sooner or later, so give your baby a thrill and hand over the phone. As long as she doesn't press 9-1-1, it's all good, and you never know just who you'll end up reconnecting with.

While she's distracted by the phone, you can focus on something you want to do, like setting up TiVo. To get the phone away from baby, you may need to be ready to trade for the remote.

Share a Milkshake. There are a couple things about milkshakes that small people really like. Drinking with a straw is one of them. Watching Mommy make it is the other. There are a couple things moms like about milkshakes, too. One is the opportunity to feed their young cubs both milk and the magic superfood blueberries at the same time. Another is that none of it—well, less of it—ends up on the floor because baby is so captivated by the whole straw experience.

The key to an easy, quick smoothie is a stick mixer, also known as an immersion blender. This tool is helpful for all baby-food making. There's no setup and, when you're done, it takes 2 seconds to clean.

 

The Rookie Mom's Handbook is available at Quirk Books.

 

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