10 Ideas for Dates with Your BabyLike most women, during my first pregnancy I spent a lot of time imagining what motherhood would be like. At the time I was working full-time outside of the home and how I'd spend my days on maternity leave was something of a mystery to me. Would I pass the hours glazing gleefully at my baby as he slept? Would I learn to knit or take up scrapbooking or make pasta from scratch like my mother-in-law did? As it turned out, it was a definite no to all of the above. My baby had colic and when he slept I was most likely deciding between taking a shower and eating my first meal of the day at 3pm. I was also not one for hobbies, being as exhausted as I was. When I think back to that time of my life, the new-mommy period I'd thought so much about, the one word that describes my experience is this: isolated. With the exception of the occasional visitor I spent much of my days alone, except for my child. Looking back I wish I'd gotten out of the house more instead of staying stuck in my new-mommyRead More »from Mommy and Me: 10 Ideas for Dates with Your Baby
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After I had Beck and received so much help from friends, I resolved that I would offer that type of support to anyone else who had a baby. I know 20 women giving birth this year so I've got some work to do. From cleaning up to hosting their older children at your house, there's a lot you can do to help out your sleep-deprived friends. Check out these 7 ideas on my list. - By Melanie Blodgett
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It's like Jonah and the belly of a whale. Only it's random stuff and the mouth of a baby. Well it's almost like that. I mean, unlike Jonah, this stuff wasn't in Luke's mouth for 3 days. More like 3 seconds. Okay, fine. 3 minutes. Tops. But seriously, it's not like it's our fault. Because this kid puts EVERYTHING in his mouth. It's almost like his entire mission on this planet is to see which of its random articles can indeed fit inside the confines of his sparsely toothed tongue cave. Honestly it's all we can do to stay on top of it. But stay on top of it we must, which is why we're regularly fishing things out of Luke's mouth. So without further ado, the 7 random things we found in Luke's mouth in the last week. - By John Cave Osborne
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5 Things You'll Miss About Being PregnantLet's face it: pregnancy comes with its ups and downs -- and some women have more downs than others. Whether you're feeling apprehensive in the beginning of your pregnancy or you're counting down the weeks until the almighty Due Date, take a moment to recognize the parts of pregnancy you'll miss when it's over.
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1. The kindness and attention
The smiles from strangers as you pass on the street, the doors that are consistently being held for you, the subway seats that are given up for your front-heavy frame, the parties thrown in your honor -- a girl could get used to it. (And soak up the attention now, because soon you'll be second fiddle to the little person in your arms.) I vividly remember making a last-minute Babies 'R Us run during that first postpartum week -- waddling into the store with a giant maxi pad between my legs, breasts leaking under my coat, eyes bleary from sleep deprivation -- and I felt a
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:14 PM EDT
8 Tips for Parenting on the FlyNot every outing with your new baby can go as planned. That's why every mom quickly learns to parent on the fly and adapt to new situations. Whether there's absolutely nothing even slightly resembling a changing table or your baby is crying in a crowded restaurant, parenting in these sticky situations is a special skill. Check out my 8 tips for parenting on the fly and feeling confident while doing it.Read More »from 8 Things to Pack Before Leaving the House with Baby
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1. Pack an extra blanket and a pair of your baby's pajamas
In my experience, bringing extra day's worth of clothes in the event of a blow out is pretty pointless. Having the right combination of articles of clothing, plus ensuring they match, is difficult! Pajamas are cuddly, come in one piece, and are usually weather appropriate
2. Pack an empty plastic baggie for stashing soiled clothing
Trust me, you'll need it.
3. Balance your diaper-wipe ratio
When they're small, it's impossible to bring too many diapers. As they get
It's truly amazing how babies understand what you're saying and communicate back to you. But sometimes they can't quite express themselves as they'd like, and they (and we) get frustrated. Sign language can be a huge help -- and here are 5 simple ways to teach Baby sign language! - By Amy Heinz
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Aug 3, 2012 1:33 PM EDT
What to Expect When You're Not Expecting to Be ExpectingIf you've looking for some familiar comfort in the midst of a very unfamiliar (and unexpected) experience, know that you're not alone. I, too, was shocked to see a faint second line on a reluctantly taken pregnancy test. And that doesn't make me a bad person -- and it certainly doesn't make me a bad mother -- although it did make for a challenging pregnancy. And when almost 40 percent of births in the U.S. are from unintended pregnancies, there are plenty of us out there. Keep reading for 6 things to expect when you're not expecting to be expecting.
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No matter what you're feeling right now - denial, confusion, nervousness, and even regret - it's normal. Your darkest thoughts? Normal. For me, it felt like my body was being invaded - my life over-taken - completely out of my control. And why wouldn't someone have conflicting emotions about that? The most important thing you can
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Aug 2, 2012 12:21 PM EDT
5 Chores Even a 1-year-old Can Do
My 19-month-old has started being quite the handy helper these days. He is showing interest in helping us with various chores and tasks around the house, and hey, who am I to stop him? Granted, sometimes his help is more of a hindrance, but his excitement is hard to turn down. Plus, this is prime time to let him learn about pitching in at home and get him used to being part of the team. Check out these 5 chores that even a 1-year-old can do!
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My baby boy loves to drag cloths around. He will often grab a washcloth and start wiping it on the TV stand or nightstand. I figure if he can do that, then I can give him a duster and he can dust some of the surfaces in our house.
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Similar to dusting, if I give baby boy a wet rag, he can sort of wipe down our dining table. I have to go behind him and finish the job, but he has fun wiping down parts of the table and using the
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7 Reasons I Fell More in Love with My Husband During My PregnancyBeing pregnant is such a crazy experience. But one thing a lot of women agree on is that pregnancy makes you fall even more in love with your husband in ways you never imagined. Here are the 7 things that mad me gaga over my man during my pregnancy.Read More »from 7 Ways Pregnancy Helped Me Fall in Love with My Husband All Over Again
1. The way he touched my belly
(Which normally would never come out of my mouth.) But when I was pregnant he would gently rest his hands there and it was like our whole family was cuddling.
2. The way he looked at me
The tenderness and sweetness in his gaze conveyed his awe every day. Not gonna lie, it made me feel like a rockstar.
3. How he would anticipate my cravings
That man would get me bagels whenever I wanted and would come home with ice cream just because.
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4. How he got excited about random baby things
While he didn't care too much about which color stroller we got or which blanket I added to our registry, he would find random baby things that we
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Aug 1, 2012 2:55 PM EDT
The fact that I was born in Puerto Rico and lived there until the age of 8 means that Spanish was my first language. However, since I am married to an English-speaker and living in the United States, my kids don't get much exposure to it besides through me. That's why I try to incorporate it into our daily lives whenever possible. Board books are a great help since they provide kids with a visual when hearing the words in Spanish. Bilingual board books in English and Spanish are even better because then anyone in the house can read them to Baby! Here are the 7 best bilingual board books to help you raise a Spanish-speaker. - By Melanie Edwards
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