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).

Maternity Leave Outings with Baby That Are Fun for You, Too

When I have a long stretch of unstructured time, I just about lose my mind. My first maternity leave was like that, but compounded with hormones, a little one, and a lot of self-doubt. To find my new normal, I … More »

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3 Things on My Mother’s Day Wish List (That I’m Still Waiting For)

My very first Mother’s Day I was not yet a mom. I was practically bursting with my nine-months-pregnant swollen belly and matching ankles; but I didn’t have a child. My husband, Alec, and I had walked to a neighborhood cafe … More »

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5 Super-Fun Backyard Ideas for Kids (That You’ll Love, Too)

Yay for spring and summer, where we can all run free in our own backyards with bare toes wiggling. (And BOO for nasty bee stings, splinters, and mommies yelling, “No! Don’t touch that!”) Long have I had the fantasy of … More »

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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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