I know you didn't ask, but...Last week I was in the waiting room at my OB's office for a yearly check up, and I found myself doing exactly what I try not to do. I mean, I wasn't the only one. Oh no. Moms, and dads alike, were chiming in right alongside me.
Yes, there was a new family - a mom, a dad, and a 4-day-old baby boy. 4. Days. Old.
Mom and Dad, well, they looked a bit frazzled. They were trying to figure out how to carry the car seat, diaper bag, and baby with only four hands between them. One insisted it was time to feed the sweet, sleeping baby. The other insisted he shouldn't be woken. They both admitted they'd had very little sleep - especially after a 3-day labor. (Yes! She was in labor almost as long as she'd been a mom.)
It started with a, "Oh my goodness, I can't even remember when my baby was that little."
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Next someone else chimed in with, "Sleep, who needs it? No, no, it will be fine. This stage of mixed up nights and days fixes itself. In like
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Apr 18, 2013 3:28 PM EDT
I know you didn't ask, but...Last week I was in the waiting room at my OB's office for a yearly check up, and I found myself doing exactly what I try not to do. I mean, I wasn't the only one. Oh no. Moms, and dads alike, were chiming in right alongside me.Read More »from The Unsolicited Parenting Advice I Couldn't Help but Give
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Apr 17, 2013 2:58 PM EDT
5 Things You Should Do After Having a BabyCongratulations! Your little one is finally here! It's thrilling and exhausting and emotionally overwhelming and it is everything all rolled up into one. You probably have a thousand Facebook notifications waiting for you and tons of people asking to visit. What do you do first? Here's my list of top 5 (not-at-all-scientific-or-medical) things you should do when you have your baby, based on my own experience!Read More »from Top 5 (Not-at-All-Scientific-or-Medical) Things to Do After Having a Baby
5. Take some moments to yourself! I know you're probably bursting to Instagram a photo of your most beautiful baby in the world, and your friends and family are nervously waiting for the news. But this is a HUGE moment in your life that deserves to be honored. Take some time to cuddle as a family and just enjoy and soak in the precious first moments together. Okay, now take a picture.
4. Don't exclude your partner. It is natural to feel extremely protective and want to be in control of every millisecond but don't exclude your partner during this precious time. This is a HUGE
If you mamas are anything like me, you're always on the lookout for fresh, new ways to entertain your baby. The weather is still fairly chilly here in the Midwest, so we've been making the best of these dreary days by maximizing our playtime indoors and doing our best to explore hidden treasures in our own home. Below, enjoy a few activities that are keeping us happy, active and entertained! Tell me, what are your favorite go-to games and toys for your own little ones? As always, I'd love to hear! By Erin Loechner
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- Disney Baby | At Home – Tue, Apr 16, 2013 4:13 PM EDT
I think there's a common misconception that the moment a child joins a family, stylish interior living goes downhill. Their toys and messes take over the house and there's no way you're going to own anything nice because they'll surely destroy it. But I love parents who turn that notion on its head and still have beautiful homes that work with the children, not against them. I love when the homes looked lived and loved in, where there's evidence that children live there. So this home tour that was featured in a recent Land of Nod catalog caught my eye. It's the home of Trina (the lady behind La La Lovely), her husband and four kids and it's amazing. See for yourself. By Melanie Blodgett
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Apr 16, 2013 3:56 PM EDT
Kick to PickSure, there's a lot about having a baby that takes researching. But pregnancy? That only lasts nine months (or ten, depending on how you do the math). Diapers? A couple years, if you're lucky. A baby's name? Well, that lasts a lifetime. And you want it to be just right. My husband and I agonized over our three kids' names, but with these apps, the process is a lot more fun. Happy baby naming!Read More »from Stop the Agony! 5 Apps to Help You Choose the Perfect Baby Name
This free app is packed with 30,000 names. When you pull up a name you like, you can turn your phone sideways to see a popularity graph. You can search by origin, popularity, gender, meaning, "starts with", and - my favorite - all of them combined. To check it out, click here.
Nametrix: Doctor or Dancer?
I can't get over the coolness of this $.99 app. It's the proof that there's far more than popularity and meaning to a name. Their software has analyzed millions of real people to paint a sociological picture for each name. For instance, it turns out Julias lean toward filmmaking,
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Mon, Apr 15, 2013 3:56 PM EDT
No Shame in My A younger, possibly more stylish and non-parenting friend of mine recently made a comment to me basically calling me out for wearing what she referred to as a "mom uniform". In a nutshell, she thinks I virtually wear the same thing every single day, with slight modifications and rotations within my closet.Read More »from 4 Things that Make Up My "Mom Uniform" (and Why I Have No Shame)
She went on to claim that every time she runs into me and the kids, I'm basically wearing exactly what she saw me in last time we met, just in a different color or style. The four same wardrobe pieces, OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
And the thing is, she's totally right, and I didn't even really notice the trend until she mentioned it. Aside from dressy occasions like church, date nights, and special events, I do wear mostly the same type of outfit almost every day.
And you want to know what? I like they way I dress and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
My "mom uniform":
- ponytail and light make-up.
- fitted t-shirt with zip-up hoodie on top
- skinny jeans on the bottom
- flats on my
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Apr 15, 2013 2:32 PM EDT
Were you a "flower child" or were your parents part of the whole hippie era? During the mid '60′s, hippie fashions, names and values were a huge part of our American culture and took everything from music and television to fashion and baby names (yes baby names) by storm.
Flower, Storm, Ocean, names inspired by nature or those having a very carefree, earthy feel to them were popular and I've noticed that quite a few of them are beginning to make a comeback. Celebrities are notorious for choosing unique names for their little ones and more than several have chosen bohemian names for their child.
Looking for something a little groovy baby? Click through for 10 of the most bohemian-inspired names for your little guy or girl. By Nadia Carriere
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Apr 12, 2013 1:31 PM EDT
Back in 2012, I used a mixture of baby name stats and pop-culture know-how to predict which baby names might be the future Sophias and Aidens. (Watch out for Harper and Penelope, and don't underestimate Declan and Asher.) Yet the name experts at Nameberry.com did their own charting and analyzing to come up with their own list of unique names on the upswing. A list of names that are getting popular at a faster rate than the norm. Whether they signify a temporary trend or an eventual rise to the tippy-top - well only time will tell. By Michelle Horton
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Apr 12, 2013 1:30 PM EDT
Should we drop the morning nap?Gasp, I know. I think I've officially lost my mind, but I'll say it now and I'll say it again:
My 15-month-old baby sleeps too much and it's starting to cramp my style.
I am ready, and I am impatiently waiting. Baby Paul needs to drop his morning nap and sync up with his brother's afternoon nap ASAP.
My sleep deprived mommy friends have told me to bite my crazy tongue, but hear me out for one moment.
For discussion purposes, let's review Paul's current sleep schedule:
- Wake up at 6:30 AM, which is perfect because that's when the whole family gets up in the morning.
- Nap #1 - back to bed from 8:30 AM till 11:30 AM.
- Up again from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
- Nap #2 - back to bed from 4 PM till 5:30 PM (and I have to wake him up for dinner, or he would just keep sleeping)
- Tucked in again for the night at 7:30 PM (which is great, because that's when we put all 4 kids to bed for the night)
Sounds like a dream, right? But hereRead More »from Call Me Crazy: Why I Actually Want My Baby to Nap Less
Hey introverted mama: It's ok!I'm an introverted mama with four extroverted children and an extroverted husband. And on countless occasions, I've beaten myself up trying to live the social, extroverted lifestyle my young family craves.Read More »from 7 Signs of an Introverted Mom (and Why It's OK!)
Feeling sad because I'm not "fun mom". Wondering if there's something wrong with me because I don't get excited to host play-dates, attend birthday parties, or crave alone time away from my children. I often felt extreme shame about my introverted personality, and have worked tirelessly to fake being an extrovert.
But most recently, I've come to realized that who I am is who I am, and I have nothing to hide. I am an introverted mama, and it's not a bad thing (in fact, I think it's an amazing thing).
Here are a few things I used to shame myself over, but now refuse to feel guilty about.
1. It's OK...
To every once in a while hire a babysitter so you can leave the house for a few hours to recharge. Dine out alone, shop a bookstore, or go for a solo jog.
2. It's OK...