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- I get asked pretty often just how I am able to get so many good photos of my 17-month-old, since well…she's 17-months-old which is typically a very wiggly stage where it's basically a miracle to get a non-blurry photo. I don't have one specific secret, and I can assure you that my child is not any better at following directions than any other on-the-go toddler (if anything, she is on the more active side), but over time I've developed quite a few tricks that help me capture those super cute shots. Here are 7 simple tips that will have you on your way to taking better toddler photos in no time! - By Lauren Hartmann
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Jul 15, 2013 5:19 PM EDTThe Social Security Administration recently released a list of the most popular baby names by state! So, I made my own little roundup of the top three most popular baby girl and baby boy names for each state. See how your baby's name stacks up against the big winners like Sophia, Emma, Liam, and William. And see which states favor Isabella and Mason. - By Becka Robinson
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Easy summer fudge pops (with hidden fruit inside!) Summer is here ya'll! With temperatures breaking the 100-degree barrier this week across the country, I think it is safe to say that the season of sunshine and popsicles is upon us! This is a recipe I made last summer that was a huge hit in our house. It's mostly fruit, but you'd never know by just tasting it. So feel good about letting the littles enjoy these chocolate-y treats, they're actually eating bananas!
Related: 50 hot summer-inspired baby names
This recipe is pretty much a popsicle version of the banana ice cream recipe that has been making its rounds on the blogs and Pinterest, except that for these, you add coconut milk and take out the peanut butter. (Although you could leave the peanut butter if you want!) They are so good, and perfect for cooling off in this crazy summer heat. Plus, with mostly fruit inside, you can feel good about letting kiddos enjoy them!
- 6 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 can (roughly 1 1/2-1 3/4 cups) light coconut milk
- 3 ripe, frozen
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Jul 12, 2013 4:04 PM EDTIs your baby-to-be an MVP already? With the MLB All-Star Game just around the corner, here's our all-star roundup of modern, unique baby names inspired by baseball! Whether you're looking for boys, girls, or unisex baby names, these famous baby names are sure to be a home run! - By Keiko Zoll
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Jul 10, 2013 6:52 PM EDT
We've got a bun in the oven!For both of my pregnancies, my husband was with me when I took the test, so there was no need to think of a clever way to tell him.Read More »from 13 Genius Ways to Tell Your Partner You're Pregnant
But if you do find out on your own and want a great way to break the big news, here are some fun ideas. Of course, the beauty of a pregnancy announcement is that, even if you just say, "We're having a baby!" it's still thrilling.
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1. (Literally) Bake a Bun in the Oven
The bun in the oven is classic. Plus, you can celebrate your news by eating it afterwards!
2. Set Up the Crib
Whether it's in your room, the future nursery, or even the entryway, this is a great attention-grabbing announcement. Bonus points if you fill it with balloons or hang streamers above it.
3. Text an Ultrasound Photo
You very likely won't have an ultrasound photo at this early stage, but it's easy to snag one off the internet. Send it in a text message and wait for your phone to ring...
4. Make a Coupon
"Good for One Baby: To
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Tue, Jul 9, 2013 9:29 PM EDT
10 things pregnant women do better!Pregnancy has its downs, for sure, but there are plenty of silver linings to get you through the 9 months.Read More »from 10 Things Pregnant Women Do Better Than Anyone Else
In fact, there are certain things that pregnant women do better than anyone else. Pregnancy perks, if you will.
Here are 10 things that pregnant women do better…
1. Command a Room
People tend to gravitate toward pregnant women - whether it's the maternal aura or simply the belly. Whatever it is, people take notice; they pay attention. And pregnancy is certainly an easy ice-breaker in a crowded room.
2. Table? Who Needs a Table?
You have a built-in plate holder, right there on your belly. You're good.
Related: 8 reasons I love having a little boy
3. Do You Smell That?
While it might be a curse during the morning-sickness phase, it's probably the closest thing to a super power you'll ever have. Super Preggo: With the Power to Smell Anything, Near or Far.
4. Stopping Traffic
There's nothing that'll stop traffic like a 9-month pregnant woman rushing across the street. You might even find a kind
First time leaving baby with a sitter
Little L is five months now, and I haven't really left her with anyone other than my husband and my mother. However, a week ago I found myself needing a last minute sitter when no one else could, and I panicked! My husband and my mother both have experience with babies, and I know they would both know what to do in an emergency situation and how to read Little L's signs - when she's hungry, tired, needs to be changed, or just wants to be held. But someone new?
Granted, it was a friend of my mother's who runs a daycare from her home and has experience with babies - but still, it is always a bit unnerving. The night before I was supposed to take her to the sitter, I was "planicking"…planning and panicking at the same time. Okay, so it wasn't so much panicking as much as it was nerves. Even so, I grabbed a pad of paper and started writing, describing Little L's habits, what she liked, what she didn't like, etc. I ended up writing on four sheets of paper, and even so, I still felt I hadRead More »from 4 Things Your First-Time Babysitter Should Know
Fun with gender prediction tests.One of my best friends is 16 weeks pregnant, which means that we are just a month away from getting to find out the gender of that little nugget - and I am not going to lie, I'm kind of dying with anticipation. When I was pregnant, I was so excited about finding out our baby's gender. It's a big moment in life, and if you decide to find out, it is a really exciting guessing game leading up to the big appointment. Tonight my friend and I decided to look up some old wives' tales about gender prediction and see what they predicted for her. Have you tried any of these fun games?
Related: The most popular baby names by state!
There are a lot of old wives' tales out there. Some of my favorite gender prediction tests are the ones we did together tonight. Here is a list of them and how to find out more about them for yourself if you want to play along. Remember, these are just for fun!
1. The Chinese Gender Calculator
Legend says this test is over 700 years old!
2.The Carrying Wives' Tale
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Jul 5, 2013 3:01 PM EDT
My talking 4-month-old
I know - call me crazy, but I swear Little L, my 4-month-old, is talking! Just hear me out. These are not your regular gurgling or cooing sounds - she actually repeats words back!
My son didn't speak until he was nearly 3 years old, and before then he was pretty silent, only uttering and mumbling (later we found out he had glue ear and couldn't hear properly) so having a talking baby was new to me.Related: 30 baby names inspired by Old Hollywood
Two weeks ago, my husband and I were watching TV when she looked up from her Minnie Mouse Bouncer and said, "Hellooooooo." It was more than just a noise - it truly sounded like she was greeting us. My husband looked at me and said, "Did she just talk?"
We both looked at her and we said "helloooo" again. Little L smiled, threw her arms up in the air, and then focused on us and said it again. Coincidence or not, my baby girl was talking to us!
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I grew up with a lot of estrogen in my life -- a sister, female cousins, a gaggle of aunts. The world of a little boy was foreign, and so my childhood visions of motherhood included tea parties and dance recitals. It's all I knew.
But then I got pregnant way younger than I ever expected (22 years old), and the thought of having a little girl sent me into a panic. Well - maybe not a panic. Brainstorming baby girl names and imagining a wardrobe of tiny dresses was always appealing. But I was barely a woman myself - how could I raise a little girl to be the confident, healthy young woman I was still hoping to be?Related: 35 "little old man" names for your baby boy
Of course I now know that I would've been just fine raising a mini-me, and I certainly have moments of mourning for the daughter I may never have, but I'm grateful for my little boy in so many unexpected ways. Here are some of the (many) reasons I love having a little boy:
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