With the surprise early arrival of our son while I was traveling out of state, I thought I would have more time to pack my hospital bag - but our son had other plans! The most important piece of advice I have to offer any mom-to-be - especially if she's in her third trimester - is to pack your hospital bag early and keep it with you. With my limited amount of clothes and toiletries, here are the 8 must-have what to pack items I wish I'd had in my hospital bag. - By Keiko Zoll
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Jun 6, 2013 4:01 PM EDT
With the surprise early arrival of our son while I was traveling out of state, I thought I would have more time to pack my hospital bag - but our son had other plans! The most important piece of advice I have to offer any mom-to-be - especially if she's in her third trimester - is to pack your hospital bag early and keep it with you. With my limited amount of clothes and toiletries, here are the 8 must-have what to pack items I wish I'd had in my hospital bag. - By Keiko ZollRead More »from 7 Hospital Bag Must-Haves... That I Forgot to Pack!
If you check the annual Top Baby Name list as a general What Not To Name My Baby reference - as many modern parents do - then this is the list for you. You're looking for a baby name that's cool and usable, but you'd prefer if your child wasn't one of many Jessicas/Michaels/Sophias in school - destined to be identified with a last initial. You moan and groan when your favorite formerly unique names (Henry, Penelope, Oliver) creep up into the "popular" zone, and you take your naming seriously. And so, I give you some of the coolest baby names that haven't hit the Top 1,000…yet! - By Michelle HortonRead More »from 7 Coolest Baby Names OUTSIDE the Top 1,000 List
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Jun 5, 2013 3:55 PM EDT
Photo courtesy Amy HeinzWedding season is officially here! While I love going to weddings, I know they can be particularly challenging when a baby is in the picture - especially the ones out of town. Last weekend, we traveled out of town with our girls for a wedding and it was quite the adventure! While it certainly may be easier to leave your little one at home, that's not always an option. Here are some tips & tricks I've collected from my mama friends for surviving wedding season with a baby in tow.Read More »from 10 Things You Should Know Before Bringing a Baby to a Wedding
1. Make sure your little one is invited!
First off, make sure your little one is invited. If your invitation was addressed to just you, chances are littles aren't welcome. If you are uncertain, always ask the bride to be sure.
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2. You don't HAVE to bring the baby to the ceremony.
If you can, leave your little one with family or a sitter during the ceremony, then pick them up for the reception! (This is especially great for daytime weddings!)
Every mom needs I am the first person to say that it's important for mom to be happy and healthy in order for the babes to also be happy and healthy. But, I'm kind of falling behind - everyday life takes over and mama time and TLC takes a back seat. For instance, despite putting it on my to-do list every single day, I have yet to get out and exercise and - why yes! I will have that Coke Zero for breakfast. I know! Terrible, but its the reality of a busy mama.Read More »from 10 Unusual Ways I Manage to Get Some "Me" Time
With all that said, you can image that having ME time is nearly impossible. I work straight through the day then it's dinner time and well… you get the point. So I've learned to sneak in ME time in very unusual and creative ways.
Here are 10 ways I sneak in some relax time - I take what I can get!
1. I wait until my husband gets home and I go to the supermarket - ALONE! I know, its not fun and it has to be done, but going alone is like being on vacation in Hawaii for me. I walk up and down the aisles, singing along to Michael Bolton or whatever soft
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Tue, Jun 4, 2013 3:58 PM EDT
My little Monet.Let's face it, once your itty-bitty baby enters oh-so-opinionated toddlerhood, life changes. Most of it's outrageously fun - the discovery, the vocabulary, the interactions, the independence. But every now and then, these little people decide to dig in and show us who's boss. Having been through this a few times myself, I've learned that sometimes it's really as simple as using our words. By adjusting your perspective, you'll adjust your toddler's too.Read More »from 3 Ways to Talk to Toddlers so They Won't Freak Out
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Here are a few examples.
1. Consider avoiding the word "no."
Let's say your toddler decides her body is a canvas (obviously this one isn't too hard for me to imagine). While, upon discovering you have a little Monet, you may be inclined to react with a "No!", I've found that only fuels the fire - or marker, in this case. Reminding her, instead, that a marker draws on paper not bodies, or hands are for hugging, not hitting, empowers your toddler to be the boss the next time around. Because
Fresh Fruit Finger Jell-O
Ever since my mom made a batch of jJell-O for our 4th of July party last summer, my kids have been obsessed with making and eating Jell-O for snacks and after dinner dessert. And I get it, I truly do. It bounces, it jiggles, and it's fun to play with. Oh, and it's super sweet to eat.
So I thought to myself, what if there was a way to make a batch of this yummy goodness that was both simple and a bit more nutritious than the conventional box method of preparation? Jell-O that my little ones loved to eat, and I didn't mind serving up because it was packed with fresh fruit?
It took me a couple batches to play around with, but I think we have a winner.
Fresh Fruit Finger Jell-O:
Makes enough to fill a small shallow baking dish (8″ x 8″). Or in our case, the bottom of an ice cube tray.
- 1-1/2 cups fresh berries (a combo of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries work well)
- 2-1/2 tablespoon gelatin
10 Reasons To Love Tummy Time!
Put Little L on her tummy and she starts to grunt, swing her arms, hold up her head then finally lets out a WAIL! I immediately turn her back over and call it a day. Despite being a second-time mama, there are things I didn't particularly master the first time around - this clearly being one of them. When I was at the pediatrician two weeks ago, she reminded me to give her plenty of "tummy time" and teach her how to love it. I said, "Oh she doesn't like it" but the doctor assured me it was good for their development and that is a learned habit.
I did skin-on-skin from the second she was born, but haven't since her first month. Now we are back to tummy time here at the very busy casa - even my four year old says "Mami, don't forget to give Little L tummy time!"
Here are 10 reasons to love tummy time with Baby!
1. Start Early And Start Slow!Keep the skin-on-skin tummy time going beyond the first few weeks (not like I did) and it becomes a comfortable and learned habit. If youRead More »from 10 Reasons to Love Tummy Time!
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Jun 3, 2013 3:09 PM EDT
Me, as a first time mom 8 years ago on my first Mother's DayI went on a little vacation with a couple of girlfriends and our families recently. We've been friends for almost 15 years and while I was the first to enter motherhood over 8 years ago (and 3 kids later!), my two girlfriends are still new to the gig, having just become moms less than 3 years ago, and both with only 1 child. While we experienced moms always have a thing or two to learn as our first borns get older and enter new stages, when it comes to babies, we tend to feel pretty competent and think we know all there is to know (at least I do). Well I was reminded once again, that us experienced moms could always learn a thing or two from fellow moms, and especially from first time moms. Here's why.Related: Muscle mama! 10 ways to get toned with NO extra effort
I was discussing teething remedies with one of my girlfriends and mentioned how I was using the same old remedy tablets I had been using since my first born began teething 8 years ago, and I was shocked to hear thatRead More »from The Advice I Didn't Expect from a Less Experienced Mom
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, May 31, 2013 3:25 PM EDT
What I really do with my time
Each of us makes our own choices for how we will mother and what is best for our children and our families as a whole. For our family, we have chosen to have one stay-at-home parent, and that's me. I care for the needs of our family and home during the day and do my writing work at night, after my littles are in bed. It's working well for us, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have this choice for our family. It's not always easy, but it is always worth it.
When I was a kid, I remember thinking that being a stay at home mom couldn't possibly that hard. Didn't moms just get to read magazines and tell their kids what to do all day? Judging by my stack of magazines, many months high, that I've yet to even glance at, the answer is no. Fellow stay at home moms, this one's for you and the hard work you do. Here's a little glance at where all my time goes. Where does yours go? Is it dinnertime before you realize it? Every day I wonder, "Where did the day go?"
These 15Read More »from What I'm REALLY Doing All Day as a Stay-at-Home Mom
Isn't it true that for every decent photo you capture of your children, there are literally hundreds that need to be deleted? This past weekend I took some time to clean up and organize the photos on both my computer and my smartphone. The process was tedious, and I think my pointer finger got a blister on it from hitting the delete button over and over again.
And while the bulk of the outtakes got instantly trashed, I noticed a select few really captured the true essence of what our daily lives look like. - By Emily EllingMORE ON DISNEY BABY
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