Wallet-friendly baby foodI vividly remember being so excited to give each of my babies their first bite of real food. It's not only a rite of passage, it's hilarious - new textures, flavors, and messes to explore. But as their appetites increased, so did our grocery bills. It was a bit of a shock, really. Well, I got the chance to ask Kim Laidlaw, a San Francisco mom and cookbook author (including the soon-to-be released title Baby & Toddler On the Go) for some tips on putting good food in Baby's mouth, without taking too much out of mom's wallet. I hope they help you too!
#1: Make Your Own Baby Food
Making your own homemade baby food is not only economical (it's less expensive than purchasing single package servings), it also lets you choose exactly which ingredients to include in everything you make - keeping food free of unnecessary additives, preservatives, sweeteners, thickeners, and sodium.
#2: Make Meals in Bulk and Freeze Them
If you take the time to make homemade food for the family, why not make a
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Mar 29, 2013 1:31 PM EDT
Wallet-friendly baby foodI vividly remember being so excited to give each of my babies their first bite of real food. It's not only a rite of passage, it's hilarious - new textures, flavors, and messes to explore. But as their appetites increased, so did our grocery bills. It was a bit of a shock, really. Well, I got the chance to ask Kim Laidlaw, a San Francisco mom and cookbook author (including the soon-to-be released title Baby & Toddler On the Go) for some tips on putting good food in Baby's mouth, without taking too much out of mom's wallet. I hope they help you too!Read More »from The Secret Formula: 7 Money-Saving Tips for Feeding Baby
- Disney Baby | Shine Food – Thu, Mar 28, 2013 4:01 PM EDT
We don't really celebrate Easter in our family - although we definitely celebrate the coming of Spring's rebirth and renewal in a traditional Anishinaabe way. We also practice the coming of the Easter Bunny. I mean, obviously.With that comes candy. Treats. So much yumminess everywhere. While I fully support letting one's toddler have a first taste of chocolate or candy in the spirit of the holiday…I also support finding and making sugar-free options to feed our little sweethearts. I'd like to think that babies should be able to partake in the treat having, even if it is in some small way. Which is why I've curated (and made), a selection of recipes to suit a wide array of sweet-tooths and dietary allowances… By Selena Burgess
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Mar 28, 2013 1:38 PM EDT
Quiet time after nappingI know plenty of people who have children that are champion nappers. But I am not one of those people, and my children are not those children. I am 100% certain my toddler will not be one of those children who takes their last afternoon nap the day before kindergarten starts. (This may be somewhat genetic - my mom said all five of her children had given up naps by 18 months. The horror!).Read More »from Crib Notes: How I Get My Toddler to Play Quietly After Naps
Of course, even if my daughter is making progress toward giving up her naps, I am certainly not ready to give up that precious time in the afternoon where all is quiet in our little home and I can get some things done on my own or simply read a book in peace.
And so, we've started instituting quiet time. Right now, she naps nearly every day, still, but often for only about an hour. The remaining time is quiet time, whether that's five minutes some days or more than an hour on others. It helps that she's still in a crib - we'll see how it goes once she's in a bed.
Eventually, she'll do nothing but
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Mar 27, 2013 2:04 PM EDT
One of the best things about having a little one is having an excuse to make holidays extra special and just because your child is still a baby, doesn't mean you can't get a jump start on those traditions. Even though your baby may not yet be able to participate in all of the holiday traditions, it can still be fun to begin celebrating them and there are definitely plenty of fun traditions that your little one can enjoy already! By Lauren Hartmann
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Mar 27, 2013 1:52 PM EDT
Babies learn their world through all of their senses, even when it comes to words - hearing, seeing, touching. By teaching a simple, straight-forward vocabulary, you can promote more positive communication experiences with your little one. I was lucky enough to talk to Erika Cardamone - the licensed speech and language pathologist behind the insightful blog TheSpeechies.com - to get some insight into simple, effective first words. Erika explains that since babies are fascinated with faces, they'll be watching your eyes and mouth intently when you speak. These 7 words are "visual" sounds - sounds you can see (like "m," "p," and "b"). By Amy Heinz
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Mar 26, 2013 5:04 PM EDT
Whether you intentionally choose a name for the meaning, or choose a name you like first, and then confirm the meaning, picking out baby names is one of the most fun, challenging, and exciting things you can do as a new parent-to-be. For both of our first two children we chose the names months in advance, and with our third we just couldn't decide, and in fact, Hayden was baby boy H for the first 36 hours of his life! In the spirit of the upcoming Easter season, I compiled a list of boy and girl names inspired by the holiday. Including both spiritual and seasonal names, the list contains 10 names both common and uncommon! By Andrea Howe
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Mar 26, 2013 3:33 PM EDT
Aiden and me.Read More »from No Going Back: The 5 Ways Motherhood Changed Me Forever
Your life before baby vs. your life after baby. Your life before and after. The days of not taking yourself incredibly seriously, being a bit immature, having less responsibility & living for only yourself. Then you welcome a sweet little one into the world and you realize the transaction that has taken place. The magnitude of what has occurred.
And we wouldn't change it for anything.
There is no way to describe to someone the love they will experience as they welcome their new little person into the world. There is nothing more magical or more powerful.
Related: 10 life lessons I've learned from my child
I might be trading girl's nights for early-to-bed nights and diaper changes. But the love and sacrifice is a fair trade for what these little ones give to us.
Even stopping at the grocery store or running a few errands changes after baby. But who doesn't love having a little one smiling at you in the buggy when running to pick up a quick loaf of bread!
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Mar 25, 2013 4:29 PM EDT
5 things every new parent should knowAfter having three kids in four years, I can't help but look back at everything that has changed. Specifically, I've been looking at the things that stressed me out as a new mom and why they don't worry me anymore. So much has changed in four years. As a new mom I was nervous, I second-guessed myself, I had little confidence in my decisions and most of the time I felt like I was asking all of my mom friends for advice & help. The third time around it is a whole new ballgame. I want to encourage you new mamas. You new dads. It gets so much easier! As time goes on you will settle into this new role. You will be confident that you are the mama and you know what is best for your child. Here are 5 pieces of advice that will make every new parent's life easier.Read More »from Words from the Wise: 5 Things Every Stressed-out New Parent Should Know
1. Remember that you know your baby best
You will get so much advice as a new parent. When I was a new mama, I didn't anticipate how overwhelmed I would be by the the advice! Slowly I started to realize that I am the mama and I know
- Disney Baby | At Home – Mon, Mar 25, 2013 4:27 PM EDT
I'm so glad the spring season is finally in full swing! I don't know about you, but knowing that winter is officially checked off the calendar (at least for awhile) is enough to make me do giddy somersaults down the driveway in my flip-flops. Today's agenda includes deep cleaning my boy's bedroom, and maybe even freshening up the decor with a simple seasonal makeover. While shopping Etsy for some inexpensive art, I found a few super fun bunny-themed prints that just might do the trick. These would make a perfect last-minute easter gift that your kids could leave up all year round! Here are 8 of my favorites. - By Emily Elling
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- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Fri, Mar 22, 2013 5:22 PM EDT
5 ways to entertain your baby on EasterEaster can be sort of a letdown for the under-20-pound club, right? Our sweet babies are not yet mobile enough to hunt and gather eggs from the back lawn, and the concept of an Easter basket surprise is mildly lost on them. Yet the good news is that there are plenty of springtime activities your baby will love if you can get creative enough! Here are a few we've been indulging in around our own home. Happy Easter, babies!:Read More »from Hatching Some Fun: 5 Ways to Entertain Your Baby on Easter
1. Get puzzled
If you have older kids, chances are you already own your fair share of foam shapes and puzzles. If not, craft your own Easter egg puzzles out of colored paper and watch as your baby enjoys mixing and matching (and yes, "tasting!")!
2. Get bubbly
I spotted these egg-inspired bubbles around town, but any bubbles will do! Babies will marvel at the shapes and motion as they float through the air with delight.
Related: 25 children's books to teach your kids about Easter
3. Get messy
Babies love the texture of Easter grass, so why not make a basket for