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.
Even as experienced parents, we just didn't know how it would
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- 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
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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- 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
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
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