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If you are really in Philly, then scoot across the Ben Franklin bridge to Howard Hill unpainted furniture -
We have a 3-drawer pine dresser that we bought 6 years ago for our oldest, and are now using with our almost 2-year old. The top is the perfect size for the standard curved foam changing pads. It was bright yellow for our first, and is now a light green for the second. It's been very sturdy.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Info on Dresser Quality & Durability?
3/27/09 01:52 PM

I have the Skip Hop Duo and don't like it at all - not enough room - the bag is so slim that the interior pockets are worthless. I end up piling all kinds of stuff in the bottom of the stroller and can never find anything in the bag. And because my stroller (a Peg Perego) has two separate handles, the bag is contantly falling down into the back of the seat, which interferes with the seat reclining.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Best Diaper (or Non-Diaper) Bag?
3/19/09 03:44 PM


I saw this last night in the Hanna Andersson catalog, it might work for the baptism.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Open Thread 57#comments#comments
4/24/08 10:59 AM

Just a note on the magnetic chalkboard paint - we painted a section of wall in our kitchen with it for our son - and even after 8 coats, it is only marginally magnetic - it works with strong magnets holding a photo or single sheet of paper but that's about it. We got it so he could use his alphabet magnets but they aren't strong enough! And - be careful with clean-up, the paint contains iron filings so if you wash out your brushes or trays in a sink it could mess up the pipes.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Look! Customized Storage Bench
1/18/08 11:35 AM

I already thought that Consumer Reports had an ax to grind with the green movement before I read this article - like Sister Rae I thought the last article about kitchen remodeling went out of the way to trash green products with vague, non-specific complaints (they were really negative about cork floor for instance but they had only tested one product from one low-budget manufacturer), and in the past they have also written pretty snarky articles on hybrids and ethanol.

Apartment Therapy - Blogging Consumer Reports: It's Not Easy Buying Green
11/29/07 09:51 AM

Get a lot of advice - but take it all for what it is - the personal experiences of whoever is giving it. Babies and moms have different temperments, needs, schedules and environments. Just try and think realistically about how you are going to use your gear and what the realities of your life are, and buy accordingly. Expensive does not equal quality and cool-looking doesn't equal useful.

Apartment Therapy - Good Questions: Which Crib and What Stroller?
11/1/07 12:34 PM

lb - I agree that this article seemed to have an anti-co-sleeping bent. The other thing I thought was interesting was that this article focused on co-sleeping as a by-product of low-economic status vs. the NYT article which was more about families choosing co-sleeping for philosophical reasons. Maybe there is a greater danger in the reluctant/occasional co-sleeper group. If you are choosing to co-sleep every night then you most likely create a permanent safe environment in your bed, but if your baby/child just ends up there sporadically are you are less likely to have created a safe environment? Perhaps that is why SIDS deaths are lower in cultures where co-sleeping is the norm.

Apartment Therapy - Blogging The New York Times: Shhh...My Child Is Sleeping (in My Bed, Um, With Me)
10/30/07 10:00 AM

My first son slept with us for 6 months - and then in a crib in our room - and didn't sleep through the night until he was 10 months old (and by through the night I mean maybe 11pm-4am) Today, at 4, he is still a terrible sleeper. Our five month old never slept with us and has been sleeping through the night (11 hour stretches) in his own room since three months. I don't know if this is just differences in temperment or because of their early sleeping, but it is still my four year old who prevents me from sleeping through the night, not my infant.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the potential dangers of co-sleeping. There was an article last week with some scary statistics in Philadelphia-
This article seems to lump co-sleeping in with sleeping in other non-crib environments but still the number of deaths was frightening.

Apartment Therapy - Blogging The New York Times: Shhh...My Child Is Sleeping (in My Bed, Um, With Me)
10/30/07 07:33 AM

From the company's website...."Let your child's imagination soar with this enchanting Victorian mansion playhouse. Will she be a princess or a lady? The possibilities are endless with Victorian mansion"

Wow - she could be a lady OR a princess. Those really are endless possibilities.

Apartment Therapy - Hot or Not?: Sara Mansion
10/26/07 10:51 AM

I don't know why anyone would criticize the idea of trying to make standard recipes more nutritious - this is something I always try to do - not just for my son's benefit but for all of us. Substitute some whole wheat flour for white. Add oatmeal to the waffles or pancakes. Stir in bananas to brownies. Sometimes my creations work out, sometimes they don't - but it's fun to experiment. I'm not doing this as a substitute for serving vegetables, just as a little extra. I don't think this book has a lot of new ideas, but not everyone feels comfortable messing with a recipe on their own - they need to follow a recipe word for word and not just look in the fridge and improvise. And for those folks, this book, and the many others like it, is probably helpful.

Apartment Therapy - Jessica Seinfeld's Cookbook
10/23/07 05:30 AM

I use vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean in my bathroom and whenever it's a little "funky" I just spray a little vinegar water and wipe something down - hey the sink always needs cleaning anyway! And with myself, the husband, and two boys using the one windowless bathroom this is pretty much a daily occurance. I don't really mind the smell of vinegar...but sometimes I do put the vinegar in a jar with a bunch of lavendar leaves and set it in the sun for a few hours before diluting with water. This takes away most of the vinegar smell. Undiluted - I use that same lavendar vinegar for the laundry.

Apartment Therapy - Good Questions: Odorize or Disconnect?
10/19/07 05:23 AM

I have such fond memories of a book I had when I was growing up called "Make and Do" I think it was part of a series...the cover was purple..anyone in AT land remember this? I'd love to have such a resource for my two boys.

Apartment Therapy - Thursday Giveaway: DIY Kids
10/18/07 12:50 PM

Just looking at this makes 'my' spine hurt. Love your books, don't use them as decorating props.

Apartment Therapy - Sean Yoo's Opus Shelving at DWR
10/18/07 12:48 PM

Congratulations - Why not use a backpack as a diaper bag - that will help keep your hands free. And depending on how old the baby will be when he/she arrives get a front or hip carrier for the baby. Invest in the best umbrella stroller you can afford - Maclaren's are great for the city, fold compactly, and aren't too heavy to lug up and down the stairs. Also, I really recommend the Skiphop portable,folding changing pad - all the supplies fit in great and it locks shut so nothing falls out and it can clip to your bag or stroller.

Apartment Therapy - Open Thread 30
10/17/07 05:57 AM

bohemiangirlpdx - well, they are plastic so they do feel like plastic - but since they are woven you really feel more of the texture of the weave (sort of like a jute rug) which feels nice on your feet. They are not at all clammy or sticky feeling - even in the hot sun. You might have issues with slipping depending on what's underneath it.

Apartment Therapy - Mad Mats
10/9/07 12:32 PM

We have an old deck that needs to be refinished - but in the mean time I put down a large Mad Mat so that my son could play out there - We LOVE it. It has a great feel and is reversible. When we bought it they said it would last one season but we've had it out there for three summers with just a little bit of fading. We bring it in once it starts to ice and snow. One question though - when I do need to replace it - do you think I can recycle it?

Apartment Therapy - Mad Mats
10/9/07 06:43 AM

I wonder what parents who choose not to vaccinate, or delay vaccination, do about school? Even to get my son into daycare we had to have proof of up-to-date vaccinations. If you choose not to vaccinate does that mean you also home-school?

Apartment Therapy - Blogging MSNBC: Vaccines Not Linked to Kids’ Neurological Ills
10/4/07 06:20 AM

Over-ripe bananas are also great mixed into pancakes, waffles - and most-recently I discovered - brownies!

Apartment Therapy - Kitchen Keeping: Don't Throw Away...?
9/27/07 07:34 AM

Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius

Apartment Therapy - Survey: What is Your Guilty Pleasure?
9/24/07 11:05 AM

The Mighty Magnets are very cool - but also VERY child-unfriendly. Small and very easy to swallow and very dangerous inside your child's intestines - multiple magnets can clump together and cause life-threatening blockages. Magnets of this strength and size are the reason many toys have been recalled recently. This is a case where design can't trump safety. I'm sticking with my uncool plastic alphabet magnets.

Apartment Therapy - Good Question: Fridge Magnets
9/24/07 10:56 AM