Having a baby can mean a surge in creativity!One of the bigger surprise souvenirs of babydom for me has been an incredible surge of creativity. Prior to mothering Bee, I'd heard tales of the opposite - the sacrifice and the commitment and the exhaustion. I certainly wasn't painted a negative portrait; I was just offered one where there was a healthy dose of realism and expectation management. But now that I'm eight months into my own journey (and quite enjoying the view!), I'm noticing that motherhood truly does lend itself to a most beautiful burst of imagination and creativity and spark. (Hint: We just have to look for it.) Just in case you're stuck (or are wearing the blindfold of sleep deprivation and teething), here are five ways I've spotted the resurgence in my own life:
1. Sleep deprivation.
Some of my wildest and more imaginative ideas have come from 3am feedings and early morning wake-up calls. And yes, sometimes the sleepy fog lifts and you realize that your idea is frenzied and hair-brained and will likely never
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Having a baby can mean a surge in creativity!One of the bigger surprise souvenirs of babydom for me has been an incredible surge of creativity. Prior to mothering Bee, I'd heard tales of the opposite - the sacrifice and the commitment and the exhaustion. I certainly wasn't painted a negative portrait; I was just offered one where there was a healthy dose of realism and expectation management. But now that I'm eight months into my own journey (and quite enjoying the view!), I'm noticing that motherhood truly does lend itself to a most beautiful burst of imagination and creativity and spark. (Hint: We just have to look for it.) Just in case you're stuck (or are wearing the blindfold of sleep deprivation and teething), here are five ways I've spotted the resurgence in my own life:Read More »from 5 Ways Your Baby Makes You More Creative
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 1:38 PM EDT
With my first born I didn't do a newborn photo shoot so the second time around I decided it was a must. I wanted to capture my sweet girl while she was still able to fit in newborn size clothes, when she would spend most of her day sleeping, and when the place she found comfort was on my chest beside my heart. While ideally newborn sessions take place in your home, we decided for various reasons that it would be best to go to the photographer. This reduced the need to clean the piles of baby stuff, put the dog outside or clean because, I will be honest and admit, there wasn't a lot of cleaning happening between the time my water broke and we returned home. I wanted to share some things with you that really helped me get through (and enjoy!) my baby's first photo shoot as well as things that would have helped me. If you also have some tips I'd love it if you shared them. By Krishann Briscoe
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 1:35 PM EDT
Spring has finally spring for us here in the Canadian north. And this mama couldn't be happier about it. I've never really enjoyed winter. Does anyone really? Truly? All the extra gear that we have to stuff our little ones into - the short days and just never enough sun… But we won't talk about all of that. Let's talk about all of the wonderful things that we can do with our babies and toddlers now that the snow has melted, the buds are in bloom, and the warmer weather is creeping its way in! By Selena Burgess
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Apr 9, 2013 2:03 PM EDT
Last weekend we thought it would be fun to take Lola to the Disney Baby Store so she could experience a small taste of Disney magic. If you are ever in the Glendale, California area I recommend going. The staff is very friendly and they have darling products for the littlest of Mouseketeers. Now that she is bigger shopping trips involve a lot more than me peeking in the stroller to see if she is still snoozing. At 7 months not only is she most often wide-awake but she wants to play, babble with us, and be a part of the action. It has been at least 7 months since I've taken a "quick trip" to the store but I wouldn't have it any other way.Some of my favorite errands to run include shopping for my girls. Because shopping for baby while with baby tends to be a regular occurrence for us mamas I thought I'd share some tips that have made it a bit easier for me. If you also have some tips to share please do! By Krishann Briscoe
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- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Tue, Apr 9, 2013 1:44 PM EDT
Springtime is picnic season!Now that the sun is out, I've been feeling a lot more motivated to come up with fun activities to do with my daughter and it's inspired me to do a recurring series called "Fun For Little Ones"! I'll be sharing fun activities and outings that are child-friendly on a regular basis and will make sure to include details (what to bring, tips to make it go more smoothly, etc…) to make it fun for everyone. Today's activity? A picnic in the park!Read More »from Fun with Little Ones: 5 Musts for the Perfect Family Picnic
Here are some ideas for a fun picnic outing with your little ones:
1.Invite your friends
While a picnic with just your immediate family could be cool too, I have the mindset of "the more the merrier". We planned our outing with our friends and their kids as well, which made it more fun for the littles and more fun for the grown-ups too. BONUS: we could all take turns chasing each other's kids so we could actually eat some of the delicious food we brought!
2. Plan ahead
We coordinated with our friends to figure out what to bring
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Mon, Apr 8, 2013 1:28 PM EDT
Videochatting is fun!We live quite far away from most of our family, including all of our children's grandparents. So we feel very lucky to live in an age where videochatting is possible. Our parents get to see our girls grow up and our girls know them as more than a tiny face on a photograph.Read More »from Keep in Touch: 8 Ways to Make Family Video Chats Work with Squirmy Toddlers
But it can be tricky to get a toddler to spend more than just a few minutes watching the computer or tablet screen, and helping them to interact with someone who isn't physically present can be a challenge.
Here are some tricks we've learned to help our toddler stay engaged with her grandparents on the other side of the camera (these would also work well if parents travel for work or live apart.
One quick suggestion first: Try to get everything set up before you bring your child over. It's frustrating for very small children to wait twenty minutes while you get your camera working, figure out new software, or actually make the connection.
2. Show and Tell
Little children tend to love a captive
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Apr 8, 2013 1:23 PM EDT
Avoid these 10 things when you're As mamas of young children, we all have our moments where we are so tired that nothing makes sense. Do you know what I mean? It's when the baby has been up eight times in the night, for so many nights you can't even keep track anymore, or when your toddler is teething (again) and needs to be carried everywhere, every single day, and you fall into your bed in a heap before you can brush your teeth at night. Chances are, if you're a mom, you've been there, and you'll probably be there again. I find that I can wade through the tired feeling and keep my kids safe and mostly happy even when I am utterly exhausted, but there are a lot of things that I just shouldn't do. Here are ten of my don'ts for those super tired days.Read More »from 10 Things You Should Never Do when You're "Mama Tired"
1. Trim your bangs
Maybe you've walked by the mirror and noticed that in your exhaustion, you'd forgotten how long it had been since your last trim. Stop right there. Do NOT get the scissors. This will only end in a painful bang-growing-out period.
2. Trim your child's
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Apr 5, 2013 1:55 PM EDT
It's no secret that food can be one of the most problematic areas that parents face. Picky eaters and defiant toddlers can sometimes make it hard on moms and dads, especially when parents are trying their best to feed their children a nutritious diet. As a mom, I have certainly had my fair share of struggles with feeding my daughters, but after a couple of years I finally feel like I have a few good tricks up my sleeve. My kids eat a variety of foods - things that can certainly benefit their health, and things that I didn't even try until I was in my twenties. By Lacy Stroessner
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Apr 5, 2013 1:50 PM EDT
Baby asleep on our latest trip.Last night my family of six rolled back into town, surviving a 20 hour (one way) road trip to sunny Florida all the way from gloomy Indiana. It's a trip I've personally taken yearly since I was a small girl, and over the years it's become a tradition my husband and I have passed down to our family. The only "negative" is that because of our family size and the cost of airline flights, we must drive instead of fly.Read More »from 7 Ways I've Mastered Road Trips with My Family of Six
And while it's a marathon of a drive, I don't really dread it. In fact, with a little prep and planning, it can be actually fun! We manage just fine, because I always come armed with an arsenal of tips and tricks up my sleeve.
A few tricks I use when road tripping with my small children:
1. Leave before the sun rises.
I've found it makes the trip feel shorter if we can get a few hours down the road before anyone is begging for snacks, needs entertainment, or has to go potty.
2. Pack lots of fresh fruit.
For us, avoiding the junk food keeps the sugar highs (and lows) at
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Apr 4, 2013 1:47 PM EDT
Top baby essentials.I like to be prepared. When we found out that Elvie was going to be in our family, I started making lists of things I'd need. I'd nannied many babies, so I was familiar with what a baby would need in addition to having my own preferences for things to buy and things to skip. It felt like quite a rush to get Elvie home, and I did my best to get everything we'd need, but there were some surprises. While we had plenty of most things for the very beginning, once she started eating more and moving more, it didn't take long to realize that there were some things I need more of than I ever thought possible. Here are the five things I wish I would have known I'd need more of.Read More »from More, More, More! 5 Things I Should Have Stockpiled Before Baby Arrived
1. Burp Cloths
I knew I'd need a lot, and I thought I had plenty, but when I started needing to do laundry every day just for burp cloths, that's when I realized that my stash wasn't as big as I thought.
At first, bibs are good for spit-up, and then they're good for drool. I had about five, and it was not even