3 tips for taking your baby outside on a cold winter dayEvery year I loathe winter. At first it seems kind of fun to have an excuse to stay inside under the covers and eat comfort food but after about a week I'm wishing for warmer days. I knew this year would be especially challenging now that I have a busy baby who loves nothing more than being out and about. So this winter I've decided to make a conscious effort to go outside every day where the temperature is above freezing. A little bit of vitamin D and a little bit of exercise is cure for cabin fever.
Here's three tips on how to make getting out of the house with baby easier:
1. Have the Right Equipment
Knowing fair well that we'd have Denver winter ahead of us, I knew I wanted a stroller that could handle less than ideal terrain.Knowing I have a good stroller makes it easier to get outside for a little walk. Thank goodness we haven't dipped too low on the thermometer yet.
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2. Check the Temp and Bundle
I try and leave at the warmest
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- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Wed, Jan 9, 2013 4:26 PM EST
3 tips for taking your baby outside on a cold winter dayEvery year I loathe winter. At first it seems kind of fun to have an excuse to stay inside under the covers and eat comfort food but after about a week I'm wishing for warmer days. I knew this year would be especially challenging now that I have a busy baby who loves nothing more than being out and about. So this winter I've decided to make a conscious effort to go outside every day where the temperature is above freezing. A little bit of vitamin D and a little bit of exercise is cure for cabin fever.Read More »from 3 Things to Know Before Going Out in the Cold with Baby
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Jan 9, 2013 3:52 PM EST
With my daughter's birthday rapidly approaching this next week, my brain has been filled with all things birthday parties. I've been searching out inspiration across the interwebs to make her day extra special. Obviously a birthday hat or crown was a must and after all my searching, I decided on a DIY crown that will be simple and perfect for her party. But, even though I've already made my birthday headwear decision, that doesn't mean I can't share more designs with you! Here are some of my favorite birthday hat and crown DIYs for those of you who are planning your own little one's birthday celebration! - By Lauren Hartmann
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Jan 8, 2013 4:22 PM EST
About 7 years ago, I took my first interactive parenting class. It was led by a Child Development Educator who, along with a group of about 15 fellow moms, discussed anything and everything we were experiencing as parents. Although the class was generally unstructured, each semester we discussed our family goals. As we discussed them, we got new ideas and inspiration, and at times even disagreed with each other. It was always a wonderful time to reflect on what goals were important to our family. As my kids get older the goals change, but each year I still think of a new goal for our family. This year, I asked 8 fellow moms to share their family's goals for 2013... and their answers were so inspiring that I just had to share them here! - By Andrea Howe
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Jan 8, 2013 4:21 PM EST
While the holiday season may be over, it's still the season of snow and cuddly sweaters. If you're scheduled to give birth this winter, I love the idea of choosing a first or middle name for your baby that is inspired by the season. You could either embrace the winter wonderland with a name directly related to snow or cold weather or give a nod to the upcoming warmer months and new beginnings with a springier name. Here are 8 seasonal names I love for your winter baby. - By Becka Robinson
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5 must-haves for nursing momsIn 2010, I read 200 books. I don't say this to brag, but rather to give you an idea of HOW MUCH NURSING I did with my first daughter (also, before she was born, I was commuting an hour a day and my husband was traveling for weeks at at time, so it was the best year of reading I've ever had).Read More »from 5 Must-have Items for Nursing Moms
Ani, happily, is a much faster eater so I'm not spending the same insane amounts of time sitting on the couch every day. Since she's my second child and I have a toddler who wants attention, I feel supremely grateful for this.
Still, whenever I sit down to nurse, I bring a book. And, as is generally the case with babies, a whole slew of other things too. Here are my nursing necessities:
1. Nursing Pillow
I know some people think nursing pillows aren't necessary, but I find it so handy for keeping my baby in the right position and also for resting my book or phone on. (Also, watching my toddler haul it around - it's almost as big as she is - makes me laugh).
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Make these delicious cookies with leftover candy canesEveryone has it - lingering holiday candy. If you're as ready as I am to get it out of the house for the new year (and to keep those new year's resolutions), gather it up and make one last treat. This project is super easy, and the kids can help too! With just a few simple items you'll be on your way.Read More »from A Post-holiday Treat: Leftover Candy Cane Cookies
Leftover candy (peppermint candies and candy canes work well)
Oreo cookies (or something similar)
Parchment or wax paper.
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1. Unwrap and crush the peppermint candies in a food processor or blender.
2. Melt the white chocolate in a bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds at a time. Stir the chocolate after every 30 seconds so that it doesn't burn.
3. Dip the cookies in white chocolate and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Sprinkle the crushed peppermint on top. Repeat until you have dipped all of your Oreos.
Don't move the cookies until the white chocolate has cooled and hardened.
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Jan 4, 2013 3:55 PM EST
3 things I wish I didn't stress about as a first-time momI was your typical worry-filled first-time mom - reading the books, calling the doctors, having internal (and external) debates. Things that were never important before, suddenly became the center of my world - like the color of poop, and my milk supply. And those same things so quickly disappeared from my main focus in life, just as fast as they rose to top priority.Read More »from 3 Things I Wish I Didn't Stress About as a First-time Parent
The phases of motherhood - especially in those first months - are consuming, yet fleeting. Before you know it, those major ground-shaking issues (sleep training! teething!) are just tiny blips in your memories. Mere road bumps.
If I could go back in time and have a chat with my frenzied self, here are the 3 things I'd say to go easy on myself for - because the stress wasn't worth it:
I never wanted my son to have a pacifier in the first place, and I regretted it every single day. Not because the pacifier was causing any immediate problems - in fact, just the opposite; the pacifier was a source of comfort
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Fri, Jan 4, 2013 3:55 PM EST
7 moments that make my husband feel like the best dad everWe all have our own little moments where we feel like we're really getting it right as a parent. For me it's things like enjoying a homecooked meal as a family, reading to my kids in bed, and taking long nature walks outside together. And yet, when I talk to my husband, he has a totally different list of moments that make him feel like a great parent. Here are 7 things that make my husband feel like the best dad ever.Read More »from Big Daddy: 7 Things that Make Me Feel like an Awesome Father
1. Showing her neat or useful tricks...
Like walking backwards and how to count with her fingers.
2. Making up endless stories for her entertainment
Such as the most recent one about two hippos, one of whom was actually a flamingo that thought he was a hippo, and their adventure being chased by a dog who just wanted to be friends.
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3. Sticking to the rules once they have been set
We make sure to set reasonable rules with a purpose and really do our best to stick to them. The whining is not hard for me to
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:21 PM EST
One of my favorite name trends for the new year is using non-names as baby names. I love the idea of choosing a word with personal meaning and making it a part of your baby's name. My own child has the middle name Winter which was chosen because she was born on the first snowfall of the year and we thought it would be a sweet reminder of that wonderful day. Because I love them so much, I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite word that would make great baby names. Some of them I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be brave enough to use myself and some are a little more common. I'm curious to know if any of you have a little one with a name on my list! - By Lauren Hartmann
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:16 PM EST
Hey guys! It's Fern Winter here, (almost) one-year-old extraordinaire, and I've just been looking back at some of my favorite moments from 2012 ... so I thought I'd share a few of them with you! It's been a pretty great year. Yeah, okay, I know I've only had one year so far, but I can just tell this was an extra special one. Here are my top 10 favorite memories from my first year, 2012. - By Lauren Hartmann
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