Minimalista Mama

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

Babies and Slides

I didn’t give the question of how a mini person takes on a slide much thought until my mini person and I started going to the playground. The swings are … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Traveling with Little Ones (a few basics)

Sorry to be off the grid for a few days: I had big plans to pre-write posts for my absence, but packing for our trip with the littlest flower girl … Continue reading

July 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Tummy Time Tips

I was just hanging out with my friend and her baby and discussing tummy time, so I thought I’d share. (We talked about other stuff too. We’re interesting people. Really.) … Continue reading

July 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Birthday Parties

Pages and pages have been written by moms much more organized than I am about how to manage all the birthday parties your child will be invited to and how … Continue reading

July 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Minimalism in a House with Kids

I just ran across Leo Babauta’s post on Keeping A Simple Home with Kids at Zen Habits. It’s a couple years old but not dated at all: great tips for small habits you can … Continue reading

June 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Starting Solids

I was pretty concerned about Astrid’s transition to solids. First of all, I wasn’t a cook. I’m a big cold cereal girl. Providing balanced nutrition – and in the form … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sleep Help

OK, here’s me at eight months pregnant: “I’m not going to go nuts getting my baby on a fixed schedule: we’re social, we travel, and I want her to know … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

What Your Baby Will Wear: Nighttime

If you’re already clear on this, go ahead and skip this post. I thought I was but then, after I looked at the stack of onesies, pajamas, swaddling blankets, Velcro … Continue reading

March 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Dream Feed

I found out about this when Astrid was about three months old and, man, did I wish I’d known sooner. So if you didn’t know about this already, here’s my … Continue reading

March 17, 2012 · 1 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

San Francisco: Seesaw Update

I wrote about Seesaw’s great little cafe and play space a few weeks ago – we’ve LOVED having a place to go with Astrid where we could get great coffee … Continue reading

February 18, 2012 · 2 Comments

San Francisco: Seesaw in Hayes Valley

It’s been raining a lot lately in San Francisco, which means limited activities for the little ones. My search for places to go with Astrid that are not just child-tolerant … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

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

Nipple Confusion

Moms’ confusion, not babies’, that is! How do you know when to move your baby up to the next size nipple on your bottle of choice? Most bottle “systems” come … Continue reading

November 7, 2011 · 1 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

Tips: When to stop swaddling

It would be great to feel 100% certain, but, like lots of parenting questions, when you stop swaddling your baby is going to be a judgment call on your part. … Continue reading

August 14, 2011 · 2 Comments

Minimalist Mama Beginnings: Baby Registry Spreadsheet

Minimalist Mama started as a spreadsheet. For the whole story, check out the About page. Short version: Astrid is our first baby and when I looked around to see what … Continue reading

July 8, 2011 · 1 Comment

Diaper Bags: The Criteria

I’ve ordered and tried a bunch of different bags to replace my Skip Hop Duo Deluxe, but before I go there, I thought I’d offer a quick overview of what … Continue reading

November 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

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