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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Jul 19, 2013 1:54 PM EDTWe took our first camping trip last week, to Yosemite National Forest, and had the best time. We had been camping there once before, and I was really, really nervous about going this year with a baby in tow. In fact, I almost backed out of the trip just a couple of days before we were supposed to leave! But after some gentle cajoling from a friend, and a day spent prepping, packing and shopping for supplies, we were ready to go and ended up having a great time. Here are some of the absolute essentials we were glad we brought along on our camping adventure, with baby. Oh, and one thing I don't mention in the slideshow, but I cannot stress enough, is to bring PLENTY of baby wipes! The whole family used them all throughout the trip and they saved the day many times! - By Andrea Howe
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Jul 18, 2013 8:34 PM EDT
5 toddler friendly finger foods you can find almost anywhereSome days, things just take longer than expected. This happens when I am on my home turf and when I travel. While I always take plenty of diapers and a fresh sippy cup to keep my toddler happy, from time to time we run up against mealtime, and we have no plans for a toddler friendly meal.Read More »from 5 Toddler-Friendly Foods You Can Grab Anywhere in a Pinch
While those of us who are older than seventeen months can understand that food will come if we just wait a bit longer than usual, for a toddler this makes no sense, and pretty soon we're on the fast train to Meltdown City.
We need a toddler-friendly meal, and we need it fast, and we need it to come without fuss. No need for forks, spoons, or knives. Particularly when this scenario presents itself when we're driving somewhere, I often show up in the nearest convenience store with no idea just what to look for. I can't see the finger food forest for the snack trees all around me. So I've come up with a short list of what to look for and grab that can make a toddler-friendly meal in a hurry. Detour to
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Thu, Jul 18, 2013 8:21 PM EDT
You deserve it, mama!How often do you hear of pregnancy rewards? Not often enough. Although, there is that less-than-lovely term, 'push present', of which I am not a huge fan. Not alone in that either. But I digress. Suffice it to say, pregnancy can be an emotional and hormonal whirlwind. One ripe with questions; an abundance of physical changes and ailments for many.
Most soon-to-be-mothers get caught up in the preparation of their baby and often forget about themselves. Growing a baby is hard work. Work that changes our bodies and our hearts forever. Thus, It makes sense to me that there should be more of a focus on the mother; not just all the things she needs to buy for her baby, or fixing up the nursery.
These are the 12 stages of pregnancy as they roll out through the 3 trimesters of pregnancy most of us are familiar with. The rewards that I speak of? They aren't all of the monetary variety either. (But of course some are, who am I kidding?) Click through to discover some fun ideas on how to nurtureRead More »from 12 Ways to Shamelessly Reward Yourself as a Pregnant Mom
- Ever since I was a little girl, watermelon was always one of my favorite treats. I remember sitting on my grandma's patio many summer afternoons filling my cheeks and covering my shirts with the sweet juice-filled treat. During my pregnancy with Lola, it was one of the few things I could stomach during the earlier part, and later it became one of the few things that I found to be a source of refreshment. Each week, my husband would go to the store buy watermelon and cut it up into small bite sized pieces. I would eat it on the way to work, at work, and even during the middle of the night. Knowing how easy it was on my queasy stomach, I imagine many of the watermelon recipes I am featuring here today would have done the same - provided me with a refreshing treat that could carry me through the summer.
Now that Lola is older, it has become evident that she loves watermelon too. We've already enjoyed it several times this season and look forward to eating more of it. Even so, I plan
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Wed, Jul 17, 2013 2:23 PM EDT
Dining out with baby Dining out with baby can be tricky, but there's no need to limit yourselves to take-out for the rest of the baby stage. If you love eating out but aren't sure how to tackle the logistics, consider these 5 tips for visiting your favorite restaurants, baby in tow!Read More »from Bringing Baby to a Restaurant? How to Handle it like a Boss
1. Pay attention to the schedule.
Heading to grab dinner as a family right before bedtime or an afternoon nap isn't the best idea. Instead, opt to dine out when baby is well-rested and lively. He/she will enjoy the excitement of watching her surroundings, and you won't be dealing with over-tired fussiness.
2. Consider the establishment.
Does the menu offer baby-friendly and healthy foods, like fresh fruit, rice or veggies? Is the ambiance family-friendly? Is the service quick? Is there easy access to a back patio or quiet room in case baby is overstimulated and needs a break? Consider your baby's personality and the surrounding environment and prepare accordingly. A good rule of thumb? If the establishment doesn't offer high
- Ramadan is the most significant month of the year for over 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. What makes Ramadan so special is that it is the month that the Holy Qur'an, or the Muslim Holy Book, was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel. During this month, Muslims all over the world fast from dawn until dusk to achieve a higher level of God consciousness. Acts of charity, increased prayer and supplications, repentance, and forgiveness of others take place. Children and pregnant or nursing women are exempt from the mandatory fasting but are encouraged to participate in the previously stated acts.
Ramadan is based on a lunar calendar. Because of this, Ramadan typically falls 10 days earlier than the previous year. This year, Ramadan begins either July 9 or 10, depending on the sighting of the new crescent moon. - By Amnah Ibrahim
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 2:37 PM EDT
Call firstThere really is nothing like the arrival of a new baby. There is so much happiness and joy and celebration from family and friends. While new moms and dads do want to celebrate their new bundle with the world, some of it can be overwhelming and even stressful, especially during the first few hours and days of the baby's life. Having two girls myself, I can say that I learned some of this the hard way! The next time you are off to celebrate someone's new baby, make sure to consider these 12 dos and don'ts for making your visit easy on the parents:Read More »from Visiting a New Baby? Here's How NOT to Be Obnoxious
1. Call first
Before you visit the hospital or the home, make sure to call. An unexpected visitor can be really stressful for new parents!
2. Be quick
Don't over-stay your welcome. Visits should be quick - like 15-20 minutes. Unless you have been invited to stay longer, make it brief.
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3. About gifts
Yes, a new baby is a great reason to give a gift. But make sure to bring that gift to the home
- 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!
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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