Minimalista Mama

Only what you need for your baby. Really. (OK – and some fantastic things you don’t that are pretty cool.)

In the Town All Year ‘Round

If you have a small child, you need this book. It takes the same set of scenes and people through a year of seasons. That’s it. Not a complicated concept … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Spinning Lights

In honor of our Independence Day, I’d like to suggest a toy that is anything but minimalist and definitely made in China, i.e. very American! The LED spinner or whatever … Continue reading

July 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Books: Butterfly Butterfly

We found Butterfly Butterfly at our local library last month and Astrid loved it. It’s your classic love story – girl plays with butterfly, loses butterfly, finds a bunch of other bugs, … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Matchbox 20

In my grandmother’s town, where I spent my summers as a kid, there was an ancient toy store run by an even more ancient man where he still sold individually … Continue reading

June 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Fire Trucks

Fire trucks are awesome. What’s not to love? I got a ride on one once. The firemen were heading out, I came by on foot wearing something fetching, and voila: … Continue reading

June 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

First Doll

I wasn’t keen on raising our little girl to just like dolls and kitchens, so I got her a red car about the same time as I got her her … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Travel Placemat

I’m kind of a tidy freak. Not like, “Clorox for everyone!” but still pretty into the orderly. Astrid is too. She asks for a napkin to clean up spills. It’s … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chronicle Books: Taro Gomi collection

I came across Taro Gomi’s beautiful board book My Friends at the Academy of Sciences playroom one day last year and immediately went home and ordered a copy for Astrid. The … Continue reading

March 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Eat Your Veggies

Let’s face it: if you’re cooking dinner, your child is too. They like you, these kids of yours. So if you’re in the kitchen dicing vegetables, chances are, they’ll want … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Lift the Flap Books

Why am I a big pop-up book fan? Because they’re awesome, that’s why. Awesome for me, that is. Not so awesome for curious small children. Correction: awesome for them too, … Continue reading

March 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Self-Checkout

Note to self: the self-checkout lane at the grocery store is not for you. Not with a nearly-two-year-old, it’s not. The beeping, the stacking, the inevitable delays because you foolishly … Continue reading

March 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Snack Cups

A mom came up to me in Seesaw this morning and asked about Astrid’s snack cup. She was trailing after her one year old carrying the little girl’s snacks in a … Continue reading

January 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bath Toys: Tea Set

Awesome bath toys have been hard to find, but I totally killed it the other day by grabbing a floating tea set as I zoomed through the bath aisle at … Continue reading

January 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Gruffalo: The Movie

We received The Gruffalo as a gift from a lovely neighbor when Astrid was about one. She was too little to stick with the story and it’s only now that she’s … Continue reading

January 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Babo Botanicals Detangling Shampoo

When Astrid’s toddler curls came in, we were up against detangling her super fine, perfect but, let’s face it, slightly matted post-bath hair. The shampoo/body wash combo from Burt’s Bees … Continue reading

December 11, 2011 · 1 Comment

Tip for Pacifier Lovers

Some babies won’t take a pacifier. Some suck their thumbs. But some babies love their pacifiers. And some of us parents didn’t follow the sleep training advice to get them … Continue reading

December 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

Books: First 100 Words

There are so many board books for little kids purporting to introduce colors, numbers, letters, animals and on and on and on. As usual, the ones I thought would be … Continue reading

December 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Toasty Warm

If you get any kind of winter chill where you live, the Angel Dear Fleece Hoodie is a great addition to your little one’s wardrobe. A friend of ours got … Continue reading

November 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

Kitchen: M Cups

We are TOTALLY getting these! They’re kitchen measuring cups built like Russian nesting dolls and are $9-14 worth of awesomeness for a toddler at loose ends in the kitchen. A … Continue reading

November 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Parents’ Groups: San Francisco

I just – finally – pulled together a list of San Francisco parents’ groups for some pregnant friends of ours, so I thought I’d share the information for those of … Continue reading

October 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Learning Tower

So your baby can stand up – yay! It’s a key step in evolution, so go you for getting your own personal little one to this billions-of-years-old milestone! One of … Continue reading

October 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Gap Baby / Kids

Did you see Crazy, Stupid Love? You should. It was funny. It’s hard not to pull for Steve Carrell. Ryan Gosling (well, his character) takes Steve’s frumpy, middle-aged dad under … Continue reading

October 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Music Boxes

I loved music boxes when I was a kid. The little machine inside – OK, yes, I broke one in half to see it – was like magic and the … Continue reading

September 20, 2011 · 1 Comment

Best Books: My Friends

I came across the board book of My Friends in the play area at the California Academy of Sciences and loved it. The pictures have little details for little eyes … Continue reading

August 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

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