Author Archives: Heather

About Heather

Heather Gibbs Flett co-founded RookieMoms.com to inspire moms to have more fun after her own challenges with rookie motherhood. Together with her BFF Whitney Moss, she also wrote "The Rookie Moms Handbook" and created a local site for parents in the Bay Area (510families.com).

How to Make Bedtime Stories Magical (and Still Get Your Kid to Sleep)

As the parent of a baby myself, the moment just after bedtime is one of my favorite parts of each day. Whether I’m feeling the sweet relief of being finally DONE or the warm afterglow of our cuddling, it’s all … More »

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Tales from the Potty Chair…

My little guy is in the early stages of potty training now, and this phase has already lasted six months. But believe me, I’ve been through it all before. Here are the stages as I define them: Consideration, Ticking Time … More »

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Discovering Your Own Family Traditions

It continues to surprise me how much of a free-for-all this parenting thing is. It probably starts right when the hospital lets you take the newborn home. (“What?! I get to keep him,” I remember thinking with bemused dread.) And it … More »

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Winter-Ready Essentials for Little Ones

The weather outside may be frightful—and I may be speaking in Christmas music and other cliches—but bundled up babies are so freaking cute! Seriously, is anything more adorable than a toddler in a full-on snowsuit who can’t put his arms … More »

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Fun Fall Foods for Toddlers

I love autumn—the way it looks, the way it tastes… and I am so excited to share the season with my toddler. That said, he is the pickiest darn eater you ever did meet. But I’ve managed to find a … More »

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Heading Back to Work after Maternity Leave? You Can DO It!

If the prospect of returning to work after a few months of baby bonding has you freaking out a bit, I’m here to tell you: You’re doing it right. If you weren’t losing your mind a little, I’d be worried … More »

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Best Apps for New Moms & Moms-to-Be

I am not exaggerating when I say that the smartphone is the best thing to happen to moms since the baby carrier. (Okay, so maybe I am—but just a little.) Having an iPhone handy when my baby was born meant … More »

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3 Parenting Must-Reads That Will Save Your Marriage

If you ask me, parenting is the ultimate team sport. Luckily my husband is completely cross-trained and can do anything that I can do at this point. Heck, now that breastfeeding days are behind us, my only distinction is probably … More »

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3 Ways to Prep Like a Pro for Your Family Vacation

The good news is, summer travel with kids is easier than winter travel for one important reason: less to pack! Hooray, for swapping out snowsuits and fuzzy buntings for swim diapers and sunscreen. The primary rule for traveling with babies … More »

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Making the Most of Your Hand-Me-Downs

I love to give and receive used kids clothing. LOVE.  I suppose it all started when my son Holden was a newborn and my BFF Whitney brought over a few pajamas that her five-month old had recently outgrown. When my … More »

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