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:: I start meal time with the food I expect him to like the least, but that I want him to eat (meat, green veggies, etc). That way, he gets it first, when he's the hungriest and most likely to eat it. When he slows down, I'll add something I know he likes (corn, olives, beans, cheese cubes, any kind of fruit, etc) and then he'll eat the parts he likes plus accidentally eat a few more bites of the other foods too. Maybe everyone was doing this already, but it just recently occurred to me and it works for us.
:: Travel tip: Leaving for a long car trip immediately after breakfast seems to work the best, by far. If you leave right after a meal, it lessens the number of times you'll have to stop for meals on the road. Plus, Barrett is also a much happier traveler in the morning. Also, we only turn on his DVD player halfway through the trip, so he has "new" entertainment when he's bored. He doesn't get to watch DVDs except on long trips for this same reason...trying to save it so it remains novel.
:: It probably goes without saying, but baby proofing is so much easier than following the baby around saying "don't touch" or guiding little hands away from your pretty decorative items. Just take the plunge and install those cabinet locks and clear out breakable stuff. You'll be glad.
:: Whenever I unload the dishwasher and have a set of clean sippy cups, I go ahead and fill them all with milk, so that when meal or snack time rolls around every few hours, I don't have to fix his cup. It's already ready to go. I also keep a cup of ice water (always in the blue cup) or juice (always in the purple cup) ready to grab before we leave to run errands, etc. It's a time saver, but I guess it does take up fridge space. I realized this for the first time when one of my non-mom friends came over to visit. She opened the fridge looking for white wine and found six or seven sippy cups all lined up instead. Imagine her surprise. My, how the times have changed...
Okay, now please have mercy and share some of your tips and tricks to make life a little easier.