When nursing your baby comes to an endHayden is my third baby I've nursed to a year old. With all three, I exclusively breastfed for as long as I could, and supplemented with bottles of pumped breast milk when need be. When my milk started to run low and pumping got harder and harder, I also supplemented with formula, but in the end, breast milk was always the primary milk supply. Both of my older children self-weaned between 12-14 months old, and at the time, I was good with that. With my third though, he was looking to be on course for a much longer round of extended nursing. Until last week, that is.
If we had been discussing this topic right before Hayden's first birthday in August, I would have said he would be nursing until he was at least two years old, he seemed to love it so much. I have photographic proof in fact of his interest in nursing, with countless photos of me holding Hayden, and him reaching down trying to pull on my shirt, his signal that he was ready to nurse. But this past week, things seem to have
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When nursing your baby comes to an endHayden is my third baby I've nursed to a year old. With all three, I exclusively breastfed for as long as I could, and supplemented with bottles of pumped breast milk when need be. When my milk started to run low and pumping got harder and harder, I also supplemented with formula, but in the end, breast milk was always the primary milk supply. Both of my older children self-weaned between 12-14 months old, and at the time, I was good with that. With my third though, he was looking to be on course for a much longer round of extended nursing. Until last week, that is.Read More »from The Day My Baby Suddenly Stopped Nursing
Are you a Harry Potter fan? I still remember when my mom read the first book aloud to my siblings and me, and how, within one chapter, we were all deeply in love. Of course, one of the things that makes those books so magical is the vast cast of characters, each with their own back story and personality. The books also make a great repository of possible baby names.
I'm not suggesting "Dumbledore" or "Hufflepuff" (is there any baby in the world cute enough to pull off a name like "Hufflepuff"?), but there are plenty of great names in J.K. Rowling's enormous wizarding world that won't raise Muggle eyebrows.
Looking at these names made me want to read the whole series again. Here are 7 of my favorites! - By Janssen Bradshaw
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Yum! Homemade cheddar crackers!My little girls love snacks, and Baby Z is no exception. I'm always on the hunt for quick and healthy bites that can hold them over until it's mealtime or to keep their energy sustained while playing at the park. I try to avoid processed and store-bought snacks as much as I possibly can. Like many others, I believe all the added preservatives, colors, and other ingredients I can't even pronounce, are harmful for my little girls' growing bodies.Read More »from Homemade Cheddar Crackers for Kids
I stumbled upon this recipe and thought I'd give it a try. It uses simple ingredients and seemed easy enough to pull together. My daughters helped along with the entire process which was a great experience to share together. It was nice knowing exactly what went into the making of their snacks and they actually tasted like real cheese! Imagine that.
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• 2 cups, sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
• 4 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
• 1 cup flour
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 tablespoons cold water
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 2:34 PM EDT
Check out these siblings enjoying spending time together!It's been almost two years since we found out we were expecting our third child. We were thrilled and overcome with excitement, but also nervous. When all was said and done, the age gap between our children would be seven and five years apart. We would be starting all over with sleepless nights, dirty diapers and potty training, messy baby food and self-feeding sessions, and the terrible twos. But in addition to that, the age gap between the kids would be quite noticeable. Would our third child be accepted into the fold by the older kids, or would they be so consumed with their own interests and play, they would hardly pay him any attention? And because the first two were born just two years apart, they shared a bond that is inevitable of siblings close in age. Would the new baby be seen as a third wheel, or would he or she be welcomed as the third musketeer? Looking back now, it seems almost silly we had these concerns.Read More »from I Waited Years to Have My 3rd... But it was Worth It
Even as experienced parents, we just didn't know how it would
Understanding the importance of family date night!When you have kids, one of the pieces of advice that you will hear over and over again is to remember to still make time for date nights with your partner. It can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of parenting and lose track of nurturing your relationship. One thing you won't hear about as often is the importance of having family date nights, but they really are wonderful.Read More »from Why I Would Never Skip Family Date Night
Like a lot of families, we work hard. My husband heads off to work everyday and I work from home, and by the end of the day we aren't feeling particularly motivated to do a whole lot. Relaxing at home is great and home is my most favorite place on the planet to be, but getting out and doing things as a family is so important too.
Family dates are a great way to focus on one another without the distractions of being at home - particularly for families where one parent stays home (or works from home) while they other is gone at work. Because I am home all day with our daughter we get to do a lot of fun things
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 3:19 PM EDT
Easy ways to make dining out with a toddler easierMy husband and I love to get a meal out with friends. Having a baby has definitely complicated that, though. Here are a few tricks over the last year or so for keeping our son happy and entertained at the table.Read More »from 5 Ways I've Managed to Dine Out with My Toddler in Peace
1. Booths Are Our BFF. Booths are the best, because you can use a booster seat or let your little one climb around in a fairly contained area that is padded. When we are out with friends, we put him between us in the booth.
2. Part of Our World. Our son hates to watch everyone eat if he can't be a part of it. So we try to order something off the menu he can nibble on. Rice, beans, bread, fruit… most restaurants will have a good option. Then we give him his own plate so he feels like he's part of the group. We also pack a bunch of finger food snacks from home we can give him.
3. Toy Central. A lot of restaurants have little crayons and coloring sheets and toys for kids, but we still pack our own to occupy him in case he starts to get fussy or bored. We also bring our tablet
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 3:07 PM EDT
5 tips for new 2nd time moms for closely spacing siblingsHaving children born close together in age can be chaotic. A chaotic, magnificent collage of madness and beauty.Read More »from 5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me as a Second-time Mom
At least it has been for me. In remembering back to when I had my first baby, even before - especially when I was pregnant - I had more than a few lofty ideals. Some of which evaporated soon after I was in the thick of being a new mom, and most of which disappeared or became altered after the birth of my second.
While I'm definitely no parenting expert, I surely do have nearly four years of experience in parenting little ones close in age and not losing myself in the process. My biggest feat has been steering clear from swallowing buckets of guilt over how I parent.
The tips below won't be for everyone, but they've definitely helped me along. Which is really a large part of what this blogging thing is about. Sharing our stories and experiences as parents, with the hope that others will be able to relate. That we find camaraderie; develop a community and empower/inspire one
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Sep 23, 2013 3:35 PM EDT
How I managed to feel like Becoming a mom has been hands down the most amazing experience of my life.Read More »from 10 Ways to Get Your Groove Back After Having a Baby
That said, it has also been one of the most challenging experiences of my life. Having a baby changes you in so many ways, and it happens so quickly that it can be easy to lose yourself a bit in the process. In those first six months postpartum I experienced a bit of an identity crisis because of this. I felt so firmly rooted in my new identity as a mother that I sort of neglected the other parts of myself that were also important, and I just didn't feel like myself anymore. Over time I figured out how to reconnect again with those parts of myself that I had missed and finally got my groove back. I thought I'd share some of the things that helped me in the hopes that they will help you too. Let's get that groove back, mamas!
1. Get back into a fitness routine
A big part of the reason I didn't feel like myself for so long postpartum was because my body looked and felt completely different and I didn't enjoy the
Unusual can be good; in fact in most cases it's interesting, intelligent and completely "out of the box." The same could be said about unusual baby names. Chances are, many of you are looking for a baby name that is different. Something that is out of the ordinary, unique, one-of-a-kind, and yes, perhaps even a little unusual.
A couple of days ago, I set out on a quest to find baby names that you don't forget - in a good way. Click through for 7 boy and girl names that are all unusual, yet very appealing! - By Nadia Carriere
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- Disney Baby | Fashion – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 2:36 PM EDT
Being a new mother is at times complicated, overwhelming and full of emotions and questions. Since I blog about style on a regular basis on my personal blog, and I'm a nursing mother, I get lots of questions about what to wear when nursing, especially when out in public. Which styles work best, which offer the most discreet and easy access, and even what brands of nursing gear I like the most. The number one tip I like to tell friends and readers is to not limit yourself when nursing. Just because you're nursing, doesn't mean you can't wear dresses or pretty things; it just means you have to be a bit more strategic and thoughtful when picking your outfits in the morning. Here are some of my most basic tips of what to wear, and what not to wear when nursing. -By Andrea Howe
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