Get tips from the trenches with this information-packed blog from the authors of The Rookie Mom’s Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know, Heather Flett and Whitney Moss.

Parent Talk: Best of 2012

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As we head into the new year, we’re looking back at the most popular posts from each of our columns from 2012. Our been-there, done-that moms Heather and Whitney have tips for you on topics like birth announcements, DIY Halloween costumes, gear that will last for years, throwing a modern baby shower, starting solids, and more.

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10 REALLY Creative Birth Announcements
There are so many lovely, modern stationery companies that will allow you to create gorgeous custom birth announcements in a flash, but we dug a little deeper than Tiny Prints and the others to find the next generation of adorable ideas for announcing your adorable baby.

5 Halloween Costumes to Make from Everyday Baby Clothes
Even if you don’t have the crafty gene, Halloween may inspire you to get your hands dirty with art supplies to make your infant a super adorable and incredibly easy costume. Ok, how about just scissors? A Sharpie? Here are five costumes you can make in under an hour out of an everyday bodysuit.

Gear That Lasts and Lasts
Babies grow so quickly that many of the adorable items we might get at a baby shower are outgrown before the first year is over. But I have a few favorite items that last and last.

4 Ideas for a Modern Baby Shower
One person’s Lilly Pulitzer-themed country club brunch may be another woman’s personal hell. Here are a smattering of baby shower concepts that are unbridled by tradition.

Getting Ready For Solids
Moving beyond breast milk or infant formula toward a full menu of foods is quite a process. Though babies continue to get most of their nutrition and calories from milk or formula for the whole first year, learning to enjoy different tastes and textures is a foundation for a lifetime of eating. No pressure or anything, huh?

About Whitney

After becoming a mom, Whitney Moss joined forces with her BFF Heather Flett and they began writing down hundreds ideas for fun things to do – with babies in tow. The result was their book, "The Rookie Mom's Handbook: 250 Activities To Do With (and Without!) Your Baby" and website, RookieMoms.com, which has been on babble.com's list of Top 50 Mom Blogs twice.

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