Why we're NOT letting our baby use a pacifierUntil I had kids of my own, I had no idea the number of love/hate relationships I'd have with little pieces of plastic as a parent. In the case of the pacifier, well, it started as a love story.
My oldest son, "Big", didn't take to the pacifier at first. But a couple months in, it was like a little piece of heaven to have something that could help me settle him. As a first-time mom, my nerves were easily frazzled, and I felt like he could sense that. The pacifier became our peace offering to one another. We used it sparingly, and increasing just at sleep time the older he got. But let's just say this love story turned a bit sour as "older" became the issue. A new baby, a surgery, a mom who likes to sleep … the reasons to hang on to our love object just a bit longer kept coming.
The break up, it was bad. Really bad. I could (and may) write a book on what not to do.
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So when my middle child, "Little", became even more attached
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Feb 22, 2013 3:20 PM EST
Why we're NOT letting our baby use a pacifierUntil I had kids of my own, I had no idea the number of love/hate relationships I'd have with little pieces of plastic as a parent. In the case of the pacifier, well, it started as a love story.Read More »from Don't Be a Sucker: Why We're Not Letting Our Baby Use a Pacifier
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Feb 22, 2013 3:19 PM EST
To co-sleep or not to co-sleep... that is the question.Whether or not your baby sleeps in your bed is a hot topic which many people are ready to give you an opinion on. Some will tell you right away not to make the 'mistake' of letting your baby sleep in your bed, while others will encourage co-sleeping and feel it's a wonderful thing to do for baby. I personally feel that you should do what's best for your family and whatever gets everyone a good night's rest…even if that means having your child in your bed for three years.Read More »from Three's (Not) a Crowd: The Pros and Cons of Co-sleeping
When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I were determined that our baby would not sleep in our bed with us. We were ready to have her sleep in her crib and in her own room. After many tiresome nights of late-night nursing sessions, we started bringing our baby into our bed - it was just so much easier to nurse her right in bed and go right back to sleep.
Once our daughter grew older, she had trouble sleeping in her own bed and as a toddler, she would frequently wake in the middle of the night
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Feb 21, 2013 4:35 PM EST
Perhaps the greatest truth and cliche of parenthood is that it all goes by too quickly. In an instant, our newborn babies are walking and talking and driving cars. We try our best to take photos, write down our memories, blog about our babies, and save their sweet mementos, but it still happens too fast. I've heard mothers and fathers begging for time to slow down, to pause, just to savor their time with their littles. Jodi from Che & Fidel came up with the neatest idea called The 52 Project. The 52 Project is a collaboration of mothers, fathers, bloggers, writers, and memory-makers, simply taking one portrait of their children once a week for all of 2013. Here are 7 of the most beautiful portraits we've seen so far! -- Lacy Stroessner
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- Disney Baby | At Home – Thu, Feb 21, 2013 4:29 PM EST
We are currently a one kiddo household, but that doesn't mean that I can't swoon over these oh-so-awesome bunk bed setups for multi-child families who are short on space. There are so many great ideas out there from railings that look like clouds to putting a crib under a loft to let a toddler and infant share a small space. If your kids share a room, you should definitely consider one of these inspiring bunk bed setups. Here are 7 amazing, space-saving ways to use bunk beds in your kid's room. - By Becka Robinson
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Feb 20, 2013 2:30 PM EST
When you have a baby and a mile long to-do list to accomplish, the tasks can seem insurmountably impossible. I know what that feeling is like - I've been there plenty of times. But, over the course of 13 months spent with a baby, I've learned some tricks of the mommy trade that help make accomplishing daily tasks a little easier and I'm here to impart them to you. Here are 7 tips that I've learned over my first year of motherhood that have helped streamline things and make getting things done just a little bit easier. -- By Lauren Hartmann
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Feb 20, 2013 2:18 PM EST
5 reasons to enjoy a baby-free getawayThe last couple years, my husband and I have been lucky enough to travel to wonderful places with his company. While it's easy to say yes to Hawaii, it's not so easy to think about leaving the kids behind. Last year our baby, "Pink", was just 8 months old. This year, she was 20 months old. I worried, worried, and worried some more, but then we went. And here are just a few of the reasons I'm glad we did.Read More »from Fly the Coop: 5 Reasons to Enjoy a Baby-free Getaway
1. Time for Two
While date nights and stolen moments are wonderful, there's something different about going back to being a two-some for a couple days. It's a great time to think back to your time together before kids. When you only had eyes - and time - for each other.
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2. Baby Makes Special Bonds
Whether Baby stays with family, friends, or a nanny, the time that special someone shares with her will be great for everyone. Baby will have yet another person she trusts, and the caretaker will have a new understanding of
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Feb 19, 2013 5:42 PM EST
Looking for some fun, playful decor to inspire your baby's nursery? Go retro with nerdy-chic gear inspired by science fiction and outer space. After all, that sweet little baby is the sun, the moon, and the stars to you, so why not reflect that when you're creating the perfect nursery. Whether you go with a cartoon approach, a modern design, or a far-out artistic point of view, we've got some sci-fi inspiration just for you. Here are 7 out-of-this-world ideas for your baby's nursery! --By Amy Heinz
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- Disney Baby | Book Club – Tue, Feb 19, 2013 5:42 PM EST
Imagining baby names is so much fun, whether you're about to be a first-time parent, are pregnant with your fifth kid, or are just planning for way down the road. In fact, for me, it's way more fun to think about baby names now that I'm no longer feeling immense stress about being just weeks from having a baby and still not having a name. Now I can go back to thinking about names in the abstract, without any pressure! And when I saw that the Diamond Edition of the Peter Pan movie was being released this month, I couldn't help thinking about all the great names that could be inspired by that book and movie. Here are some of my favorites, both traditional and a little more unique! --By Janssen Bradshaw
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Feb 15, 2013 5:09 PM EST
The CharmerOne of my favorite aspects of raising Bee is watching her grow into a mini-human. She is slowly becoming someone with personality nuances, quirks and preferences (which she so urgently alerts us to!). My husband and I often catch glances and hints at what her personality might look like as she grows older, and so far, she's a toss-up between six pretty popular types.Read More »from Character Building: What's Your Baby's Personality-type?
1. The Charmer
We all know The Charmer - the baby that never stops smiling and feeds off the laughter and energy of others. A crowd-pleaser for sure!
The Shy Guy2. The Shy Guy
Most babies have bouts of shyness at times, but The Shy Guy is one who clings to a select few individuals without fail (generally parents or siblings) and prefers to be held close for protection.
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The Sensitive Infant3. The Sensitive Infant
The Sensitive Infant picks up easily on the energy of others and is often startled by loud noises, surprises or frequent changes. Sensitive babies crave
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Fri, Feb 15, 2013 4:55 PM EST
6 ways to help an older sibling cope with jealousyAdding a new family member is a big transition for everyone. If it's your first, you have to get used to being responsible for someone other than just yourself 24/7. Even though I was a nanny for many years before becoming a mother, I still had a pretty significant adjustment period when we brought our daughter Zinashi home.Read More »from 6 Ways to Help an Older Child Cope with Sibling Jealousy
Then when we added baby Elvie to our family, we had to adjust again, but also help Zinashi adjust to having another little person vying for our time and attention. While we'd done our best to teach her to wait and to be considerate of the needs of others before Elvie came, there was nothing that we could do that would truly prepare her. We laid some foundations, and Zinashi was truly overjoyed to become a big sister, everyday life sometimes presents big opportunities for little jealousies to creep in. It's normal for an older sibling to feel a little displaced when a new baby enters the family, and we recognize that. Just a little added effort on our part has made