Questions to ask a potential babysitterBeginning the search for a nanny or babysitter can seem daunting.
Establishing a rapport and trust with someone to care for your most precious commodities is no easy task. As a mama who used to be the neighborhood block babysitter to coming full circle as a woman with her own children on a quest for the best babysitter she could find…take it from her (me), this is your complete list of questions to ask potential babysitters for those of you with babies and toddlers.
1. Describe your previous babysitting experiences.
You want to hire someone with experience, or who has at least volunteered working with kids, or who has younger siblings. Everyone has to start somewhere, so use you discretion and trust your gut!
2. What is your mode of transportation?
This one is mainly for the teens, but important to ask the adults too. Some families share a car, and not everyone uses a car for their transportation. We set up an arrangement to pick up and drop off our two current babysitters, but this may
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- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Fri, Sep 13, 2013 3:36 PM EDT
Questions to ask a potential babysitterBeginning the search for a nanny or babysitter can seem daunting.Read More »from 24 Most Revealing Questions to Ask Potential Babysitters
Lessons learned as a WAHMWorking from home while taking care of my baby has been an amazing experience.Read More »from 10 Things I've Learned as a Work-at-Home-Mom
Not knowing how long all of this would last, I have tried to make even more of an effort to soak up every moment. The beautiful moments, and the ones that don't necessarily feel beautiful but in the end are, because they make up this gift called life. Each day I find myself taking photos, writing things down and taking mental pictures in hopes to remember my children exactly the way they are now and to remember the joy that has inhabited every crevice of my heart. While we all may not always remember the moments that fill our days I am most certain we will never forget the feelings.
Last month we celebrated my baby's first birthday. I found myself shocked that we made it this far. If you asked me if I saw myself working from home and taking care of my baby I would have told you, no. Not because I didn't want to but because it didn't seem possible. And to be honest, it hasn't been all that easy from a
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Sep 12, 2013 2:36 PM EDT
6 Ways to Teach Your Toddler GentlenessNow that Elvie is in full toddler mode, she has become incredibly enthusiastic about both exploring things and asserting her will.Read More »from 6 Ways to Teach Overzealous Toddlers How to Be Gentle
Both have left her with ample reasons to use physical touch, and it was no surprise that the little girl we jokingly call Baby Godzilla wasn't very gentle with other people, animals, or fragile things. It's not that she is mean spirited - she just needs a little guidance to learn to develop the motor skills necessary to be gentle and to know when she's hurting someone.
While some babies and toddlers seem to be naturally gentle, I'd venture to guess that most, like Elvie, need a little direction when it comes to controlling how forceful touch is and learning what might hurt someone or something else. Here are six things we've done to help Elvie learn to be gentle, that you can try with your toddler, too.
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1. Use Gentle Touch and Tone When Correcting
If your toddler is being a little too rough, use a gentle voice
You know you're a new mom when...With August as the statistically most popular birth month in the United States, there's a pretty good chance you're a new mom reading this list right now!Read More »from 10 Unmistakable Signs that You're a New Mom
Even with a tiny baby in your arms, sometimes it's hard to believe you're a new mom at all… but you know you are when you encounter these 10 signs on our list.
1. You Get Over Baby Messes Really Fast
Dirty diapers? Spit up? Leaks and accidents? Meh. You're over it! Baby makes it through the day with only one outfit change? Now that's something to get excited about!
2. You Can Pack a Diaper Bag Like It's Your Job
Not only are you packed and prepared for anything, you can restock a diaper bag in under two minutes if you have to.
3. You've Considered the Workout Benefits of Rocking Your Baby
It's two in the afternoon or two in the morning and you're doing that side-to-side shuffle and you've thought to yourself… "Surely this works out my core, right? Right?? It must."
4. You Can't Remember Anything Without Writing It
10 simple tips for making mom life easierI don't know about you, but I'm always up for streamlining and simplifying.Read More »from 10 Easy Ways to Automate Your Mommy Routine
If I can find a way to make my life easier, I'm all about it! As moms we are juggling a lot of things to do, things to remember and things, things, things. Here are 10 tips to make mom life easier that help me every week!
1. Have a pre-packed essentials bag on the ready.
We keep a diaper bag filled with extra diapers, extra swim diapers, wipes, powder, a toy, a paci, and an outfit change. Then when we need to run out the door, we just toss in some snacks and drinks, and we're ready to go. No packing required!
2. Write it down when you think of it.
Whether you have a planner in your purse, a smart phone app, or a little piece of paper you carry around, write down the things you need to remember when you think of them. Make little lists so that those things can stop stressing you out -- and having them written down means you'll be able to find them and remember them later when you need to.
3. Master the art of
10 Old Wives' Tales About PregnancyWhen I was pregnant with both of my girls, I would get comments from friends (and sometimes, even strangers) about the things they knew to be true.Read More »from 10 Old Wives' Tales About Pregnancy & Childbirth
"You are carrying low. It's for sure a boy!" and "Oh you have bad heartburn? So did I, and my baby had TONS of hair!" These old wives' tales are funny and often debunked by those in the medical profession. Although, many women swear by some of these "truths" when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. Read through and see what you think!
1. Gain a child, lose a tooth
Funny, even my dentist told me there was a little truth to this one! I had some dental problems after one of my pregnancies. What about you?
2. Heartburn? Baby's got a full head of hair!
I can personally attest to the truth behind this one. I had terrible heartburn with both girls and they were both born with tons of hair!
3. Carrying high? It's a girl!
Is your little one bunched up right under your ribs? This old wivestale claims it's a girl!
4. Carrying low? It's a boy!
- Disney Baby | Fashion – Tue, Sep 10, 2013 4:23 PM EDT
Maternity clothing is expensive, it doesn't always fit correctly, and you know you'll only be wearing it for a finite period of time, so it's not exactly investment clothing.
But most of us don't have a lot of other options - it's not like you can just choose to opt out of maternity clothing (unless you are one of those very lucky few who can make your regular clothing work the entire pregnancy with only the help of a rubber band).
Fortunately, the Internet is bursting with ideas for ways to make your own maternity clothing, whether out of pieces you already own or something in a larger size snatched up at the thrift store and altered to fit your pregnant belly.
Here are 7 fantastic pieces you can make yourself, ranging from jeans and skirts to dresses!
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Sep 10, 2013 4:12 PM EDT
Traveling with a baby can be scaryA girlfriend and I were chatting a few weeks ago about the importance of travel - how it changes your perspective and challenges your comfort levels and broadens your horizons.Read More »from Why I've Been Terrified to Travel with My Baby... Until Now
(Fresh from a life-changing trip to Ethiopia, I couldn't agree more.) There's just something truly transformative about being plucked from the familiar and placed into a new setting entirely - ready to tackle adventure and exploration. But here's the thing:
I'm terrified of traveling with Bee. I know it's a bit irrational, my visions of frustrated plane passengers and screaming fits and lost baggage. And as much as I love the idea of teaching Bee to embrace travel, the concept leaves me paralyzed with fear. So until I'm ready to tackle the adventure myself, I've been slowly challenging myself with baby steps I like to call "starter vacations" - outings to summer festivals, solo trips to the park, long walks through outdoor concerts.
And you know what? It's working. Taking mini starter vacations where the
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 4:01 PM EDT
Recently my husband and I have been talking more about when we might start trying for Baby #2. And while I'm not sure I'm quite ready yet, one thing I am looking forward to is the prospect of getting to name another little one. My husband actually threw out a name suggestion the other day for if we have a little boy next time around, and it has literary roots which I really liked. I'm not telling you what the name is just in case we decide to use it one day (*note: it's not on this list!), but I did want to share some other names with literary ties that I love. Here are 7 great baby names all inspired by famous writers. See if your favorite author is on this list and if not, let me know in the comments! - By Lauren Hartmann
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- Disney Baby | Shine Food – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 2:57 PM EDT
Delicious homemade apple pie topped wafflesApple season is here, and there are bunches of apples ready to be picked.Read More »from Delicious and Easy Homemade Apple Pie Topped Waffles
Apple cobblers, apple sauce, apple cider, apple muffins, candy apples… there are so many delicious options for the abundance of apples! One morning an apple pie craving hit and I decided to try a simplified twist on classic apple pie.
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It was only about 8 a.m., and making an entire apple pie was not an option. I essentially decided to create a simple apple pie filling and used it to top my homemade buttermilk waffles. The following is an "un-recipe" as it's not precisely exact, but more of a general guide.
Note: 1 apple yields about 2 servings (enough topping for two).
Apple Pie topping via Little Life of Mine (used for waffles, pancakes, French toast, oatmeal)
1 green apple; peeled, cored, and sliced
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Sprinkle to taste: cinnamon
Dash: ground nutmeg
1. Peel and core your