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Making Memories – 8 Ways to Capture Your Baby’s Life Beyond the Baby Book

The photos I treasure most from my childhood are a monthly series my father took during the first year of my life. Month one, I am lying swaddled on the bed next to a single marshmallow topped with one unlit candle. Then for each of the next 12 months I am propped up or sitting next to the number of marshmallows that correspond to my age. By one year, there I am, standing next to a tray with a dozen marshmallows and candles, attempting to dump the whole thing. The photos are a wonderful visual timeline of my transformation from infant to toddler.

As a new parent, every milestone your baby hits is cause for celebration, whether it’s a monthly birthday or a first step. And these days, especially with smartphone cameras always at the ready, they are simple to document and save forever.

Sure, there are baby books; I don’t know about you, but my sons’ are only partially filled out, making me feel constantly guilty. Although most parents start out with good intentions to track their children’s continual growth, daily life somehow gets in the way. So here are some simple and fun ways to capture those precious childhood moments and preserve keepsakes of your children's lives and your family history forever:

  1. Monthly photos:
    Track your child's rapid growth the first year with monthly photographs similar to what my father took. Take a photo of baby next to the same stuffed animal or in the same rocking chair holding a sign that announces “1 month,” “2 months,” etc. Frame them in sequence, ending with a photo of baby’s first birthday.
  2. Smile:
    Photograph baby’s gummy smile as each new tooth appears. Later, pair them in an album with similar pictures as baby teeth fall out.
  3. Watch me grow:
    Plant a tree in your yard in honor of baby’s birth. This can be another great annual photo op to mark the passing of time.
  4. Little prints:
    Using nontoxic fabric paints, create a yearly imprint of your child’s hand and footprint on a plain canvas tote bag, sweatshirt or apron. Date each with a colourful fabric pen.
  5. Treasured quilt:
    Save baby’s adorable tiny T-shirts, booties and bibs and stitch them together to make a unique keepsake quilt or wall hanging. You can also collect these and other memorabilia (your first sonogram, hospital bracelet, baby announcement, front page of the paper the day baby is born, etc.) and make a shadow box.
  6. Family dictionary:
    Most babies have their own vocabulary – like calling mittens “glubbies,” or saying “yum yum” when he or she wants a bottle. So why not create your own dictionary? Include family expressions, nicknames and even funny things your growing child says.
  7. Start a blog:
    Instead of recounting all the amazing things your new baby is doing individually to friends and relatives, you can blog it to an audience of your choosing. Create a personal website/blog that is password protected and post photos, videos, milestones and your musings on life with baby. Someday your child will enjoy reading all about his or her beginnings on this online keepsake.
  8. Dear Darling:
    If keeping a daily journal is too time-consuming, consider writing a letter each month of baby’s first year. Thereafter, write an annual letter on your child’s birthday summing up the year's accomplishments. List favourite foods, books, friends, likes and dislikes and reminisce about things that happened in your family and the world.

And lastly, don’t forget, even though you have thousands of photos stored on your phone and computer, it’s nice to occasionally print some out or make a book that you can peruse and talk about with your little one instead of a bedtime story. Sometimes it is nice to be a little old school.

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The Best Job in the World: Inspirational Quotes for Moms and Dads

Being a parent is the most difficult and the most rewarding job in the world. We don’t get paid in dollars; our currency comes in hugs, kisses, smiles and lots of LOVE…worth more than any paycheck, especially when it's doled out by our children.

We asked some of our readers for their best words of wisdom and heartfelt emotions about being parents. Here’s what they had to say:

  • “Nothing makes you feel as special as your child's arms around your neck. Your child's smile when you lay them down to change them is all the appreciation you need for being a great caregiver.” – Andrea Adams-Miller, CEO, TheRedCarpetConnection.com
  • “No word makes me happier than the word ‘Daddy’ uttered by one of my children. In terms of wisdom, to be honest I feel like I'm learning a bit more every day, and my aim in fatherhood is to create a better example for my son to grow up in, with the belief that he's going to follow my example, not necessarily my advice.” -- Han-Son, blogger 
  • “Lead your kids and shape their values, then sit back and enjoy the ride as they explore the world on their terms. Let them lead you places you never thought you'd go. Meet their friends. Listen to what they have to say. Watch them turn into amazing people.” -- Susan Helene Gottfried, freelance editor
  • “When your child asks you to lay in bed with them and snuggle; do it. You'll never have another chance to share that moment and some of the best conversations come from just stopping and listening to what they have to say. If you make the time to listen to your children you will realize that they are taking the time to listen to you.” – Aaron Kreais, director of an egg donation and surrogacy agency
  • “When I think that I can't handle life with children, I take a deep breath and remind myself that they can't stay young forever. I know that I'm going to miss so much, including the tiny hands that fit so perfectly into mine. I love when I pick them up from school and they run into my arms as if I’ve been gone forever, even though it was only six hours. So I try to savor every moment, even the messy fingerprints and naughty things they get up to." -- Leora Lambert, writer
  • “Having just recently lost my Mom and this being the first Mother's Day without her, I can share this: There is not one single greater, unconditional love than that of a mother. Cherish her. Make time for her.” – Sandra Loznjak, jewelry designer

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From Bump to Baby – Creative Ways to Document Your Changing Body During Pregnancy

Congratulations! You’re pregnant. If it’s early, you may hardly be showing, but your body is already changing in ways you never imagined. Soon you’ll have a tiny bump; then before you know it, you’ll “pop” and it will be obvious to the world that there’s a baby in there.

It’s never too early to begin documenting your pregnancy journey with belly photos. Not only is it a fun way to watch mom and baby grow together, but it will be a nice memory to share with your child someday when recounting the story of his or her beginning.

Here are some ways to document your bump:

  • Photograph your belly.
    While it’s traditional to photograph your body in profile, you can also use a backlit silhouette for a nice effect. Or why not take regular photos from above and watch your feet disappear.
  • Get your husband and even your pet in on it.  
    Joelle Caputa of Hiawatha, NJ, took weekly profile photos of her expanding belly with a sign counting up the number of weeks she was pregnant. Her husband and dog joined the fun, holding signs counting down the number of days until the baby was due. They compiled all of them into a photo book that now sits on a shelf in 1-year-old Genevieve's room. “I can’t wait to share it with her,” says Caputa, who blogs at Chipped Polish and Patty Cake. “It captures such a special time in our lives and will be so fun for her to look back on and see how her mommy and daddy were pre-parenthood! My husband complained each week when I made him pose for pictures, but once he saw the end result, he was so happy that I took the time to do this.”
  • Get your older kids in on it.
    If there’s a big brother or sister in the house, get your firstborn in the photos holding a sign stating the in-utero age of  his future sibling. That way you can watch the growth of your big boy/girl and belly all at once.
  • Make a time-lapse movie.
    Try the CineMama app created by the March of Dimes. Take belly photos daily, weekly or monthly and the app compiles them all into a movie, complete with titles and soundtrack. Watch the incredible growing mommy right before your very eyes! 
  • Show the world how big your baby is in utero.
    Take photos of your changing belly while holding a piece of fruit that corresponds to the estimated size of your developing baby. It’s fun to imagine your little one is the size of a grape one week and soon will be as big as a cantaloupe.
  • Start a bump blog.
    Danyelle Faust of South Florida wrote about her pregnancy at Ok, Dani. “I was so over the moon about being pregnant (after a doctor told me it couldn’t happen!) that I documented it all, week by glorious, pukey, tired, awesome week. I took photos and did weekly bump updates noting my cravings and how much weight I had gained.” Open the blog to the world, or keep it private and password protected, just for friends and family.
  • Don’t forget to document baby number two, three or more.
    With her first pregnancy, Sarah Prince’s husband “wanted a profile picture almost weekly,” says the Salt Lake City, Utah, blogger. The second time around she didn’t take many bump photos, and with her current third pregnancy, sadly there are even fewer, she says. “I feel I've done a disservice to not only my boys, but myself too.”  

So start documenting your bump now, even if no one else can tell you are pregnant. You have a lot of growing to do and you want to capture every milestone. Someday your child will get a kick out of it …no pun intended!

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5 Easy Fall and Winter Accents for your Nursery

Decorating the inside or outside of your house for the fall and winter holidays is a great way to celebrate this festive time of year. When adding those decorative touches to the interior of your home, don’t forget to include baby’s nursery in your plans. There are many easy ways to add some seasonal cheer to your little one’s room without investing lots of time or money.

Go for garlands

One of the simplest ways to add a whimsical seasonal touch to baby’s nursery is by using a garland. Garlands can be affordable to buy, but if you want to DIY there are many sites online offering easy instructions and ideas. For a festive fall look, try making or buying a felt ball garland featuring rich autumn colours such as orange, brown, red and dark green. To add a touch of winter, pick up a garland of white paper stars or snowflakes. Of course, you should never hang garland on, or anywhere near, baby’s crib.

Add meaningful light

Light plays an important role in many cultural and religious holidays that take place during the fall and winter seasons. The symbol of light is present in Diwali, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations. By framing the nursery window with a simple strand of white lights, you can add a soothing and symbolic glow to baby’s room that can last through both fall and winter. If you celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, you can safely add a battery-operated menorah or kinara to baby’s room.

Get whimsical wall decals

Peel and stick. What could be easier? Wall decals are a wonderful decorating option for adding seasonal and holiday cheer to baby’s nursery. Larger decals can also be used to dramatically change the look of your little one’s room without a major makeover. Decals of trees, autumn-coloured leaves, acorns or woodland animals can help spruce up the nursery for fall. When it comes to winter, you can try a holiday decal or choose snowflakes, skiing images or even words or sayings that help create a winter theme.

Try branching out

For a look that can bridge both fall and winter, turn to nature. Incorporate real, bare branches into your decorating and you’ll have a unique and natural accent that will get noticed in the nursery. To create a shelf or dresser display, gather various branches and then glue on felt or paper leaves before placing them in a vase. 

Add an art gallery

Pick up some inexpensive picture frames at a thrift or discount store and create a fall or winter themed art gallery in baby’s nursery. You can print your images or recycle old magazines, calendars, catalogs and holiday cards. After framing, you can create a mini seasonal art gallery by grouping all the pictures together on a wall or shelf. 

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Easy Autumn Gender Reveal and Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Autumn is the season for bountiful harvests, crisp nights and gorgeous foliage lighting up the landscape. If you’re having an autumn baby, embrace the colours and special qualities of fall to create a unique pregnancy announcement or gender reveal that will delight your friends and family.

Few things symbolize fall as distinctly as a pumpkin. While pumpkin flavoured everything fills the grocery store shelves and coffee shops, you can seize on the pumpkin theme by crafting a clever announcement showcasing the new little pumpkin in your expanding family (and belly!). Whether using a pumpkin shaped announcement or integrating pumpkin artwork and wording in the card, using a pumpkin is sure to be a cute way to announce your new pregnancy. 

Want to create a gender reveal with pumpkins? You could paint small pumpkins pink or blue and place the winning gender alongside the larger mommy and daddy pumpkins, or get in the Halloween spirit by carving “girl” or “boy” into the pumpkin and lighting it from within for all to see.

If you have a local pumpkin patch with a corn maze you can plan a fun autumn outing with family and friends and place your blue or pink pumpkins at the end of the maze to surprise your guests when they finally arrive at the end.

When the leaves change colour from green to fiery reds, yellows and oranges, you can collect them and incorporate these natural elements into a pregnancy announcement, pressing them between wax paper to create a bright, autumnal base layer for a card that’s easy to pop in the mail. If you're artistic, paint a family tree on a canvas or foam core using real leaves to decorate the branches and reveal the newest branch when your guests arrive at your home. Frame it after your reveal and hang it in the nursery. Everyone loves playing in the fallen leaves that gather on front lawns and backyards, so set up a scavenger hunt using piles of leaves as a pathway. The final pile can hide a box with a boy or girl painted pumpkin inside.

Of course, fall is also apple season. Create candy apples by dipping them in pink or blue melted candy coating and reveal the coloured apple for your girl or boy for dessert after a brunch. Make a fall version of a King Cake. Bake an apple pie and place a tiny porcelain baby girl or boy in the pie. Slice the pie and serve it to your guests and celebrate when one of them gets the mystery piece that reveals your baby’s gender.

Planning a gender reveal or pregnancy announcement in autumn means celebrating during a season full of delicious, comforting food, spectacular natural surroundings, and thankfulness. Invite your friends and family to join you on this exciting journey by planning an event that blends the best of fall with the joy of a new baby on the way. 

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10 Unique Diaper Cakes

Celebrate baby’s impending arrival with your family and friends by indulging in delicious food, participating in amusing games, and unwrapping thoughtful gifts that your baby will soon enjoy. Of course, no baby shower would be complete without a decorative diaper cake, and no diaper cake would be complete without Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers that help to keep your newborn’s perfect skin clean and healthy.

Classic Confection

The traditional three tiered diaper cake can serve as a great base for numerous creative designs. Here’s how to build it:

Gather at least 6 dozen (depending on the size of your cake) diapers, both small and large rubber bands, a flat circular cardboard base, a large bottle of baby powder, and a small toilet paper roll (stuffed with paper towel to ensure stability).

From front to back, roll 10 diapers individually and secure them with a small rubber band. Place the baby powder in the centre of the circular cardboard base and vertically stack all of the diapers around the bottle; secure with a large rubber band. Roll enough diapers (approximately 35) to create two more ring layers that will be stacked and secured around the previous layer(s), but be sure that the outermost layer is big enough to cover the edges of the circular base.

Using a hot glue gun, secure the toilet paper roll to the top of the baby powder bottle to create the next tier. Roll 8 diapers individually and vertically stack them around the bottle to create the first layer of the second tier; secure with a larger rubber band. Roll 14 diapers to create the second layer and secure with a large rubber band.

Roll the remaining diapers to create the top layer of the cake, using one rolled diaper as the centre, and secure with a large rubber band. Place this tier in the centre of the second tier. Hide the rubber bands around each tier with ribbon, and then get creative with the decorations. Here are 4 ways to transform the classic diaper cake into a beautiful baby shower display:

Bella Ballerina

Secure pink tulle around each layer with double sided tape to resemble a ballerina’s tutu. Place a decorative ballerina figurine, similar to the one that you’d see in a jewelry box, in the centre top layer for added elegance. Find a small music box that plays Tchaikovsky’s “ Swan Lake” theme song (a standard music box tune) and hide it within the bottom layer of diapers, making sure to twist it occasionally throughout the celebration to entertain guests.

Tasty Treat

Trick your baby shower guests into thinking that they’ll soon enjoy a slice of gourmet cake by decorating the classic diaper cake with an array of plastic flowers and ribbons to hide the materials. They’ll be amazed when you reveal that the three-tiered artwork is actually made of Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers, which are mom-preferred over Pampers Swaddlers†.

Chilly Snowman

Ideal for a winter baby shower celebration, create a snowman diaper cake by first building the classic diaper cake structure, but stop at two layers. Craft the head out of a Styrofoam ball and decorate with cut out paper eyes, nose, and mouth; or secure edible sugar cake decorating facial features to the Styrofoam ball for a more realistic touch. Place small, fallen branches or brown pipe cleaners on each side of the second diaper layer to resemble arms, top the head with a baby hat in your color of choice, and pin jingle bells in the centre of the diaper layers to serve as buttons.

Wacky Water Fountain

Assemble a classic three-tiered diaper cake and then secure a sheet of paper that is the same height as the largest layer to it with double sided tape. Tape or hot glue small rocks all over that sheet of paper to resemble the base of a water fountain structure. Cover the rubber bands securing the middle and top two layers with a small white ribbon and double sided tape. Grab two dozen (if not more) blue pipe cleaners and twirl them beginning in the middle of the pipe cleaner. Stick the twirled decorations all over the middle and top layers to resemble water spray from a fountain. Add a decorative drawer handle or brooch to the top layer to serve as a water fountain finial.

Made to Move

Tricycle

Perhaps one of the harder diaper cake to build, you’ll need approximately 100 size 1 diapers, 2 receiving blankets in your choice of color, one pair of baby socks, 2 bibs in your choice of color, one plastic baby bottle and decorative ribbon. Create three circular stacks of the same size using the typical layered diaper technique and then secure with rubber bands; hide rubber bands with decorative ribbon secured with double sided tape. Make a hole in the centre of each stack using your fist, and then insert one tightly folded receiving blanket into two of the circular stacks, before pulling them forward to insert and secure with safety pins into the remaining stack (tire) that should be centred in front of the two rear stacks (tires). Fold the other receiving blanket tightly and feed it through the front tire. Lay the bib on the front stack with the neck of the bib facing the rear of the tricycle. Place the plastic baby bottle on top of the bib to resemble a headlight and tuck the nipple end into the blanket. Bring both ends of the second blanket up and over the bottle, and be sure to secure with a large rubber band. Create handle bars by putting one baby sock on each end of the blanket, and then add another bib to resemble the seat with the neck of the bib facing the handle bars. Finish the trike with a decorative bow in front to hide the rubber band.

Tractor

Create three stacks—one smaller circular stack and two larger oval stacks—using the typical layered diaper technique and then secure with rubber bands. Hide the rubber bands by covering them with yellow or green decorative ribbon. Hold the two larger stacks upright and connect them with a wooden dowel to allow for a sturdy base for a Huggies Natural Care® Wipes box, which will serve as the cab of the tractor, to securely rest atop of it. Tape or tie the smaller circular stack to the dowel to resemble the front tire. Hang a stuffed animal off the back of the wipes tractor cab to man the wheel and secure with double sided tape.

Special Delivery

Diaper Wreath

Purchase a cardboard wreath form (to ensure stability, a heavier weight form is preferable) and use it as your base. Roll up at least 22 diapers (depending on the size of your wreath form) individually, secure with a rubber band, and then cover the rubber band with a thick decorative ribbon using double sided tape. Place a drop of hot glue in the centre of the decorative ribbon wrapped around the diaper and gently secure it to the form; continue until all diapers are secure. To amplify the look, add additional ribbons and embellishments, or secure a small stuffed animal in the lower centre of the wreath form. Hang the wreath on your front door—to serve as decoration and a house marker for your baby shower guests—by strongly securing a ribbon on to the back of the form.

Stork

To create this whimsical diaper cake, fold a large receiving blanket horizontally into fourths and lay it flat on a table. Build a triangle of diapers within the walls of the blanket by rolling at least 8 diapers (wrap each individually with a rubber band to ensure shape) and securing them flat to the blanket with double sided tape. Add another layer of 6 diapers (making sure to secure them with double sided tape) on top of the first layer and then continue by adding a layer of 4 diapers, and then a layer of 2, and finish by securing 1 diaper to the top of the triangle. Gather the ends of the blanket and tie them together in the centre with a decorative ribbon. Purchase a stork that can be stuck into the top, or create your own using different coloured paper stock.

It’s a Zoo

Owl

You’ll need approximately three dozen diapers, two large plastic flowers with embellished centres, a bib (color of choice, depending on gender of baby), a baby blanket, ribbon, pipe cleaners, and a washcloth. Use a circular cake pan or hat box cover to layer diapers to create a circular pattern, and then secure them together with a large rubber band. Create eyes with two small circular stacks of diapers made using the same technique and a smaller circular mold. Lay the larger circular diaper stack flat and then place a bib half-way over it to hide the centre of the stack. Place the smaller circular diaper stacks (the two eyes) above the larger stack, and secure the entire owl (body and eyes) with a large decorative ribbon. Fold a receiving blanket into a thin strip and drape it over the entire structure, securing it with a thin ribbon underneath the bib to keep the blanket in place. Fold the baby washcloth into a triangle and tuck it in between the two smaller circular stacks to create a hawk-like beak. Finally, tape the flowers onto the centres of the smaller circular stacks to give the illusion of eyes.

Baby Bear

Stack diapers horizontally inside a onesie (from one side to another) to create the body of the bear, and then snap the onesie closed at the bottom. Roll up two diapers and place one in each arm hole. Additionally, roll up two diapers and place one next to each leg hole on your designated display surface (as you won’t want to move the bear following this step). To create the head, start with one diaper rolled tight and then create a swirl around that diaper using other diapers laid over it. Secure the diapers to the onesie or diaper body using safety pins. To finish the bear, roll up two diapers to serve as the ears, decorate the face, as desired, and place a pacifier in the bear’s mouth to increase the cuteness factor.

Whether you’re looking for ideas on how to create the perfect diaper cake to add whimsy to your baby shower decorations or to gift to your favourite mom-to-be, make sure to always start with Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers.

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Top 10 Must Haves For The Nursery

Mobile

Hang a safe, exciting mobile over the crib and keep the little one happy and content as she falls asleep. Try a black-and-white one during the first few months as she learns to follow high-contrast shapes and objects. Some mobiles even have clips where you can change out the cards or insert family photos.

Glider rocker

Whether it's a large, overstuffed chair or a simple rocker, a quiet, comfy spot is important for breastfeeding, bottle feeding or just rocking the little one to sleep. Pick a comfy one — you'll be spending a lot of time here.

Changing pad and diaper caddy

You don't need to invest in an expensive changing table or dresser with a top — just find a functional changing pad for diaper time. Most are waterproof, with removable covers that are easy to wash. And, you can use a simple wicker basket with a handle as a portable diaper caddy. That way you always have easy access to diapers and wipes.

White noise

Capitalizing on the fact that babies find white noise soothing, many companies make machines that produce sounds such as a rainstorm, a babbling brook — or even the sounds the baby heard inside the womb. Some look like small radios, while others are tucked inside cute stuffed animals. Be careful not to rely completely on these magic wonders, because some children become addicted to the noise and cannot sleep without it. Use only when needed, and you will understand why these are so popular.

Ceiling fan

Overhead fans have been promoted as helping to prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) when installed in a nursery. You don't have to run it at full speed to keep a nice breeze moving throughout the room.

Trash can

Whether you choose the Diaper Genie or a simple receptacle with scented garbage bags, you will appreciate the proximity of this item to the changing table. When the trash cans nearby, it's easy to toss out diapers, wipes and other items to keep the nursery clean.

Temperature with control

Babies need to sleep at a different temperature than adults, and they're not able to regulate their own body temperatures. A thermostat just for the nursery helps you keep a handle on the situation and ensure that Baby has an optimally healthful environment in which to snooze.

Play mat or rug

Tummy time is very important for newborns. Buy a mat or rug on which your baby can lie in the beginning months while playing with family members. Later on, you can set his toys out on the rug, which the baby will learn is his special spot.

Books

No matter the age of the baby, the benefits of reading to her are incredible. Read often to the baby, and she will learn to cherish and look forward to this time with you. Knowing this, you can never have too many books (you probably received many as shower presents). Find an accessible space to store them, and in doing so, show her that books are an important part of her world.

Calming colors

While many parents want to go wild with bright green or fire-engine red in the nursery, such choices can keep a baby awake or make her anxious. Soft, calming colors are far better for a baby's sleeping area. Paint stores offer low-VOC paints that are almost odorless, are non-toxic and come in a variety of pastels and soothing colors.

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Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Diapers at Disney Parks

Going on a Disney vacation with your baby or toddler is an exciting time for many parents — but as you might imagine, taking your child’s usual gear and routine on the road can be a little tricky! One part of that daily routine is, of course, diaper changes. Where will you change Baby? What do you do if you need supplies quickly?

Luckily, we’ve gotten the scoop on all things diaper at the Disney parks, and there are lots of options. Walt Disney World and Disneyland make the process logistically easy, in order to help families through every diaper contingency.

Where to Change Your Baby

For routine diaper changes, it doesn’t get much easier than at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The Disney parks and Disney resort hotels provide so many readily accessible places for a quick diaper change. You’ll never have to walk any farther than the closest bathroom to find a clean and convenient changing table. There is at least one (and usually more) in every bathroom. Consider packing your own changing pad to keep things clean and comfy for Baby.

Want even more changing table space with other amenities for diaper changes? Head to one of the Disney Baby Care Centers. There’s one in each park at Walt Disney World (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) and at Disneyland (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park). At the Baby Care Centers, parents will find a number of additional changing tables plus plenty of baby supplies for purchase. Plus, they have quiet spots for nursing, pumping, or bottle feeding.

Purchasing Diapers in the Parks and Hotels

If you need diapers (and are in a park) simply head to the nearest Baby Care Center. The Baby Care Centers stock a limited supply of wipes and Huggies® diapers in a few different sizes. Not every diaper size will always be available, but there is always enough variety to work in a pinch. The most popular sizes — 3, 4, and 5 — are the most commonly found.

Alternatively, you may be able to find diapering supplies in regular bathrooms too. Select bathrooms in the Disney parks sell diaper-changing kits in wall-mounted vending machines for about $1.50. Those quarters you packed for pressed penny machines could do double duty for meeting your diaper needs.

One last on-property location where diapers are commonly available is gift shops. Larger shops, in places like Disney Springs or in the Disney hotels, commonly stock Huggies® diapers in several sizes just like in the Baby Care Centers.

Headed to a water park or pool? Disney has thought of that as well. There are Huggies® Little Swimmers® available for purchase in the gift shops at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach as well as swim diapers in most Disney hotels for use in the pools.

Off-Site Diaper Supply Options

If you need a larger supply of diapers, there are plenty of other options short of packing a suitcase full of diapers for your Disney vacation. Consider ordering diapers from an online retailer and shipping them ahead to your Disney resort hotel. Put your name and check-in date on the box and the hotel will hold it for your arrival. Or, you could look into one of the grocery delivery services in Orlando or Anaheim. Thankfully, diapers can be delivered just like any other essentials your family might need.

For Those Unexpected Moments

Bring a change of clothing or two along with you in your park daypack for any unexpected diaper messes. Pack whatever you might need to clean up Baby, your stroller (and even yourself). Also, if you need a clothing change, Disney gift shops are always nearby ready to sell you either baby or adult clothing that can double as an outfit change and souvenir.

Potty Training at Disney Parks

If your toddler is potty training, keep in mind that the Disney Baby Care Centers and select resort hotels and gift shops stock Pull-Ups® Training Pants in addition to diapers. The Baby Care Centers also are the only place you can find smaller kid-sized toilets. Disney certainly makes it as easy as it can be for little ones who are potty training!

Some of the information in this post may have changed after this writing. Please visit Guest Services online at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, or ask Disney Parks Moms Panel to confirm current policies.

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Co-Ed Baby Showers Honouring Both Mom and Dad

Who says baby showers have to be for women only? Guys want to have fun, too, since they're just as excited about the little one on its way. Some couples may split up and do his and her showers, but others join forces and have co-ed celebrations, inviting fathers, brothers, uncles and male friends, too.

For the best outcome, ask your better-half if he wants to join in and then come up with a theme that works for you both. You may want to stay clear of anything too “girly” and some of the traditional shower games if there will be guys attending. Not to worry, there are plenty of activities that work for mixed genders and can be just as muchif not morefun

Here are some party ideas to get you started:

  • Literary Lunch: Have everyone bring their favourite children’s book to start baby’s library off right. Ask them to write a special message to baby inside instead of a card. Print up quotes from some of the most popular kid's books and let the guests guess which title it’s from for great prizes.
  • Backyard Baby-Q Bash: A perfect co-ed theme for your bun in the oven is a barbecue – or Baby-Q -- with burgers on the grill and a special bun in the oven. Do a toppings bar with everything from mustard and ketchup to chili, shredded cheese, sautéed onions and peppers, sauerkraut, and more.

Instead of spending hours opening presents, Mike Mohammed and his wife Ana played lots of games at their party. “We were very competitive and played guess the baby food, place the egg in the ovary (like pin the tail on the donkey) and how big is mama’s belly,” says Mohammed, a new dad who wouldn’t have expected anything but a co-ed baby shower before his son was born. After all, he too was becoming a parent, not just his wife, he says. “We did a BBQ with lots of food, beer, tunes and fun games we all played together.”

Here are some other games to play at a co-ed shower:

  • Have a relay where teams have to diaper a baby doll, open and eat a container of baby food and dress a doll in record time.
  • Open a bag of Huggies and have guests add their own message with colourful permanent pens. New parents will get a laugh at the jokes and advice when it’s time to change baby, especially in the middle of the night.
  • Instead of the Newlywed Game, play a Parenting Guess Who with questions about the new mommy and daddy. Whose belly is bigger? Who got to name the baby? Who weighed more at birth? Everyone fills out an answer sheet and the one with the most correct answers wins a prize.
  • And then there’s a classic: have everyone bring a baby picture of their own and try to figure out who’s who at the party.

The secret to a co-ed bash is just to have fun honouring both mom and dad. “I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” says Mohammed, of his co-ed festivity.

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Nursery Design: It’s All About the Details

Baby will soon be here, so let the decorating begin. You’ve bought the core pieces for the nursery – the crib, changing station, dresser and rocker – and now it’s time to add the details. Have some fun with touches of your personal style, bright splashes of color, elements that reflect the baby’s gender if you know it, or even some of your own childhood favorites.

After all, a baby’s room is much more than the essentials. It should be a warm, comfortable space to welcome baby home. Here are some ways to personalize the space for your little one:

Walls

Think non-permanent. Baby grows so fast and so will his or her interests, so make it easy to adapt the art and decor. Accent the walls with removable peel and stick wall decals and borders, like those from WallPops.com. Choose from adorable animals, trees, alphabet letters and nursery rhymes. 

Floor coverings

Rugs are a great way to add color, pattern or theme to a room. Babies are messy little creatures so choose one that’s stain resistant and easy to clean. Rugs may harbor less dust and allergens than carpets, plus, they have a shorter life span and can be moved around or replaced easily if your décor changes. Be sure to add nonslip padding underneath for safety.

Bedding

Choosing sheets is a great way to focus the color or theme of baby’s nursery. If you know baby’s gender, you may decide to go pink or blue; if not, go with a more generic palette of turquoise, yellow, white or a mix of primary or pastel colors that work for both. The best thing about sheets is that you can change these often and thus change the highlight of the room. You may also want to choose window treatments, rugs and other elements that pick up some of the same colors.

Storage

This is the key to an organized room that feels comfy without being chaotic. Use open, color-coordinated storage cubes for quick cleanups at the end the day. Find fun shapes and sizes that become part of the room’s design.If you use a toy chest, be sure to follow CPSC guidelines to protect children from getting stuck inside. Choose one with a detached lid or a lid support device to hold the lid open in any position, has ventilation and no latch. With other storage units, be sure they cannot topple over and can be attached to the wall for safety.

Personal touches

It’s nice to add some family history to baby’s room. Perhaps you have something special saved from your childhood…a collection of your favorite Dr. Seuss books, a well-worn stuffed animal, or even a photo of you as a child that you can hang or put on a shelf. You can also blow up photos of relatives and put them in colorful frames so baby will get familiar with his or her loved ones.

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