Baby Link Roundup #5,984

1. Uberstix — Thinga-reader Anjii pointed out the Uberstix building toy to me, but I didn’t “get it.” Too complex, I thought. Then Jennifer at Eco Child’s Play found the Uberstix ‘scavenger series’ that makes toys utilizing used items such as straws and cups. It holds promise for the Lego years.

2. Parent Hack: decorate Band-Aids with stickers — I gave my 3-year-old daughter some Hello Kitty Band-Aids. A year later she still remembers them every time we walk past Band-Aids in the grocery store. Recently, she suggested I draw pictures on her Band-Aids with a pen. Stickers sound more doable. Should stickers be part of our car’s first aid kit?

3. Vegan Lunchbox Hack: dip those vegetables
— We’ve used this hack for a couple years for carrots and broccoli.
Find a dip that your toddler likes and suddenly yucky foods are palatable.

4. The Crafty Crow blog — Make-it-yourself ideas, and for once, you don’t always need a sewing machine. I have to make some rainbow Jell-O. Uhh, it’s not vegan or even vegetarian in case you’re wondering. Seriously, you don’t want to know where gelatin comes from.

5. Peg Leg Peke — That’s a book about a Pekingese dog with his leg in a cast, told in the style of the Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus series. Read a review by Working Dad Paul Nyhan.

6. Toddler activity bags — Homemade for long airplane flights via the Chasing Cheerios blog.

7. — Buy your hospital bag, starting at just $39.95. It’s interesting to see what they think we need in order to give birth. Look at the contents of the deluxe kit.

8. I am a — It’s an organization for Dads of Daughters Only. But that name was too restrictive, so now it means Only, Occasionally, Often, Originally or Optimally. I’m not kidding. dodo, indeed.

9. Unplug your Kids blog — A
mom with no TV, video games or loud toys proposes a vague theme activity every week. How vague? “Stone” or “Garden” are themes. You then devise an activity and share the results. I find the
blog slow to navigate (cluttered), but your mental mileage may vary.

10. News report: Boy’s radar gun scares speeders — That’s the Hot Wheels toy radar gun previously mentioned here.

11. Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service blog — It’s a sad blog of submissions from parents looking to replace lost blankies and other “lovies.” Perhaps odder is the number of people still posting comments on Thingamababy’s 3-year-old Security Blanket Blues post about adults who are still emotionally attached to their baby blankets. Support group anyone?

12. Camping with extended family — Okay, these are just routine vacation photos, but they were taken by Thinga-reader Carlin in my neck of the woods. It’s been 5 years since we visited most of these locales, and they are just 10 to 40 minutes from us. Hey, just a reminder to explore your own backyard.


4 Responses to “Baby Link Roundup #5,984”

  1. Allison (CodeCrafter) says:

    Ok just had to comment on the labor kit. THANK YOU CARDS?! Seriously? Who are you going to write thank you cards to during or right after birth? If you are going to a hospital to give birth don’t they usually provide you with things like sanitary pads, mesh underwear and peri bottles? Where is the stuff you could actually use in labor? At least a hot/cold pack?

    July 21st, 2008 at 12:31 pm

  2. kelli says:

    There was once an Ed Emberly Dr. Doodles bandage kit which included brightly colored shaped (circle, square, rectangle) bandages, some kind of marker and a little book that showed how to change the bandage shapes into doodle/drawings like in the Ed Emberly books.

    July 21st, 2008 at 3:53 pm

  3. Nancy says:

    Okay, I’m a little confused with the LaborKit, too. Maybe it was just my hospital, but a good many of the items on that list were provided BY THE HOSPITAL – diapers, sanitary pads, peri bottle… even the notepad and pen. I guess it would make a thoughtful gift.

    July 27th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

  4. Jennifer Lance says:

    I’m not sure I would have “got” the uberstix, if it wasn’t for my husband. I don’t have much patience for such things, but my daughter took the ball and ran with it. It was a life saver during the first days of the fires when I was trying to figure out how threatened we were, because she was constantly entertained building with them.

    July 27th, 2008 at 9:15 pm