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Decoding the (Nom, Nom, Nom) Food Cravings

By Charlene O'Hanlon

When I was pregnant with my first child, I craved comfort food: grilled cheese sandwiches, roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, homemade soups, rocky road ice cream. Those things obviously didn't help with my waistline, but after coming home from work each night stressed a little more than I probably should have been, the comfort food put me in a place where I could focus on getting ready for baby and adjust to the idea of being a parent.

Cravings during pregnancy are as unique as the parents-to-be craving them, and it's not just the one who's pregnant: it has been documented that some partners take on pregnancy symptoms including mood swings, food cravings and even morning sickness.

But while there's no medical evidence to suggest cravings point to deficiencies in your diet, some theorize they are ways to make sure you're getting what you need nutritionally.

According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, pregnant women should be getting an additional 200 to 300 extra calories daily. But having a bag of potato chips is not the way to add calories-ACOG recommends "nutrient-dense" foods such as lean meats, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grain products.

If your cravings seem excessive or odd (even for a pregnant person), check with your doctor to make sure there's no underlying condition.

Here's a quick rundown of the most popular cravings, and what they could mean:

Ice: Pregnancy makes a person thirsty - aside from keeping her own internal processes humming along, a pregnant woman's body is hosting another human being, which means she needs at least twice as much water daily than non-pregnant people. Craving ice could mean you're not getting enough water: The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink about 10 cups of fluids daily. So enjoy those ice cubes, but be careful not to hurt your teeth. Better yet, grab a glass of water - or two.

Salty food: Your body could be telling you to increase your sodium level, which makes sense: an increase in blood volume during pregnancy raises the need for sodium. Just don't go overboard, or you could find yourself with swollen ankles and fingers.

Sweets: For most, this could be your brain telling you to relax and enjoy your pregnancy - forget the adage, "A second on the lips, a lifetime on the hips." You're pregnant, for crying out loud! You deserve that extra piece of cake. Or piece of chocolate (just remember to include it as part of your daily caffeine intake). Or, for me, ice cream, which I attributed to the body's need for extra calcium. Just don't go overboard, or you could regret all those extra indulgences.

Fruit: Who doesn't love fruit salad (yummy yummy)? Fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals, and it can help quell the craving for sweets. Plus, fruit provides that spike in blood sugar - something I know I needed come 3 p.m. every day.

Spicy food: I did not crave anything spicy - in fact, with my heartburn, I stayed far away from anything that might upset my stomach. But for some, craving for spicy food such as chili peppers is the body's way of cooling down. Spicy foods can make you sweat, which cools the body. And when you're pregnant, keeping cool can be paramount no matter what season it is.

Bottom line: If you're craving something, listen to what your body is telling you. Often it's easy to figure out. And most likely, your body will thank you.

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3 Simple Tips for Making Your Baby Gear Last

Having a great car seat, stroller, high chair and play yard is essential to a baby registry list. Sometimes, purchasing these pieces for your little ones can seem like an investment. I know whenever we’ve bought essential pieces for Soren, my first thought was, “How can I make this last and stay nice not only for Soren but for future siblings?” Because we all know that babies are MESSY. It’s almost a right of passage as a parent to constantly feel sticky, slobbered on, and have stains everywhere. And I’m sure we ALL avoid wearing white and purchasing any white furnishing for our homes! I know I do! ;)

So, how can we keep baby gear clean and make it last from one baby to the next? Check out these simple tips on making your gear look like new throughout the years.

1. Use Wipes for Everything

I use baby wipes for EVERYTHING now. Maybe it’s because they are also within arm’s reach? In any case, wipes are incredibly useful and such a multi-purpose product. I recommend keeping an extra bag of wipes sealed in the car, in your kitchen, and with your stroller. If baby makes a mess, use wipes to quickly get it up, so you prevent staining and dirt build up. Wipe down straps, buckles, trays, and fabric to quickly clean up small messes when you’re on the go! You can also purchase saline wipes. These work great too. I also recommend purchasing a few travel wipe dispensers and keeping them handy as suggested above.

2. Remember the Power of a Bib!

Bibs are great for keeping baby’s clothes clean, but they are also great for catching things that could potentially land on baby gear. Whether your little one is snacking on the go or eating a meal in his/her high chair, always make sure to put on a bib. Store bibs on a command hook behind your high chair for quick access, and always keep a few in your diaper bag for on-the-go needs! We especially love these waterproof bibs with the catch-all pockets. They are so easy to clean!

3. Give It a Regular Spring Cleaning

Be sure to set aside time every few weeks/months depending on what is needed to take the padding off your gear and run it through a delicate wash cycle. Let these air dry to prevent any shrinking. Don’t forget to use a high chair/gear cleaner to really wipe up messes and make sure your gear is free of anything icky. Maintaining the cleanliness of your gear day by day in simple ways will make it so much easier to keep up with and clean!

Looking for gear to add to your collection? Check out more Disney Baby gear over here!

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How to Bathe Baby After a Blowout (And Other Messy Disasters!)

I love giving my babies baths. It’s a peaceful end to the day, they love splashing around, and there’s nothing like tucking a clean sleepy baby into bed. But sometimes bath time isn’t so much an end-of-day ritual as an emergency situation after a diaper blowout or a self-feeding lesson gone wrong.

In that moment, what you need is a bath that gets them clean (and keeps you from getting soaked!) ASAP.

Here’s how I handle those emergency bath times (and I’ve dealt with several in just the last two weeks):

1. Undress them in the bath tub

Since their clothes are likely really messy, I like to keep everything contained. I lay my baby down in the empty full-size bathtub and undress her there so I’m not getting the mess anywhere else.

2. Grab a towel and baby soap

Before you start the water, grab a towel, some baby soap, and a clean diaper while your hands are free.

3. Use a baby tub to speed things up

When you’re trying to get a big mess cleaned up, you don’t want it spreading all over the adult bath tub or to wait for the whole tub to fill up. I find using a baby tub makes things much faster because I can fill it up in just a minute or two and it’s much easier to clean out afterward than the big bath tub.

4. Throw the baby clothing directly into the wash

Spray some stain remover in with the clothing to keep it from getting ruined and run it as soon as possible to keep the stains from setting.

5. Enjoy the fact that you have a clean baby when you weren’t expecting it!

While a bath may not have been on the agenda, it’s nice to have a super fresh baby to cuddle with after the fact.

And if your baby is a bath-lover like mine, she’ll probably see it as an extra bonus too!

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The Biggest Signs That Your Family is Complete

After welcoming our fourth baby into the world two months ago, my husband and I have had a lot of discussions about whether or not we feel that we are “done” having babies.

It’s such a foreign concept to me, having had a couple of surprise pregnancies that changed my life in completely wonderful ways, that we could plan such an eventful end. Family planning is such an individualized decision and for me, I’m not entirely sure that I could ever close the door on more babies. I love having a big family, and even when the arrival of our babies seemed unexpected, it always seemed like the most perfect gift once I held them in my arms. How could I ever doubt that?

I’m struggling with any decisions of whether or not we would like more children. We are both young parents and have a lot of years ahead of us where we could grow our family if we choose to do so, but it also feels like a road could be open for us to walk down for growing dreams, careers, or new experiences as well.

Not every mother wavers as much as I do. Kristel Acevedo, a fellow Disney Baby blogger, shared with me her and her husband’s recent decision to move into the next stage of their lives as a complete family of four. “Once [our daughter] Isabel was born, I just knew that was it for us,” says Kristel. “My husband and I are in full agreement that two is plenty for us. It feels like that’s the most we can handle – financially, spiritually, emotionally. We love our two blessings so very much and we feel like this is our family.”

I admit that I have somewhat of an obsession with talking to other moms about how they made the decision on how many children to have. It’s such a personal and widely varying decision. Some mothers have strict ideas about planning their families while other take a more laissez-faire approach and sometimes, the decision is simply out of our hands.

But what I’ve noticed in talking with other moms is that the decision on how many children have isn’t based on advice from a parenting book, or what your neighbors think, or how many children your mother had. It comes down to an inner voice, a feeling of what you and your partner feel is best and learning to trust yourself as a mother. As Kristel describes it, when she and her husband made the decision to be a family of four, she felt perfectly content. “We both feel really at peace with this decision,” she says.

As for me, I am still searching for the feeling of peace, and I’m not sure if I will find it until I hold just one more baby in my arms, but I look forward to what the future may hold for me and my family either way.

What about you? How did you make the decision of how many children to have?

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The Most Helpful Items for 5 Huge Baby Transitions

I always heard parents say, “Time really flies by,” and didn’t think much of it until I had my own kiddos. Turns out, they are right! I can’t believe I now have a 3-year-old and an 18-month-old. My-oh-my, I feel like I just gave birth to each of them a few weeks ago.

With each phase of their lives comes new beginnings, and it seems that they move on to the next steps of life so quickly. I don’t know how I could have gone through all of those changes in such a short period of time without the help of the things on this list.

Check out my list of “next steps” and what we used to help us transition:

1. Bottles to sippy cups.

Bentley is our first little dude who actually likes milk, and we had quite a trying time getting him to give up the bottle — that is, until we got this Mickey Mouse sippy cup from NUK. It has the feel of a bottle and a similar-shaped lid, but the nipple is what sets it apart the most. It has the texture of a bottle nipple and will even fit your existing NUK bottles, but it comes in the shape of a sippy cup spout. This made the transition easier for Bentley to take a hard-topped sippy cup later on, because his mouth was used to the shape.

The NUK cup also has handles on the side so Bentley could learn to hold it on his own. He loves to drink his milk out of his Mickey Mouse sippy cup, and we love that it helped us transition so smoothly.

2. Pacifiers to NO pacifiers.

This one is a bit tricky, because it isn’t always the easiest task getting your baby to no longer take a paci. Both of our boys used them, and Bentley still takes one when he sleeps. I think NUK pacifiers have the best shape for the orthodontic effect on the teeth. Plus, NUK comes in a ton of different sizes for different age ranges.

Truth be told, we got KJ off of pacifiers when he had a fever blister. He couldn’t use one for a few days, so we just took them and put them in a drawer, and he never saw them again. He only asked for them a couple of times the first two days, and then it seemed like it was “out of sight, out of mind.”

And instead of putting a pacifier in his mouth to get him to fall asleep at night, I instead began scratching his back to soothe him to sleep. Now he asks me to scratch his back each night, and I love getting to spend that extra five minutes of quality time with him, helping him to fall asleep.

Reminding KJ that only babies take pacifiers and being a big boy meant that it was time to say goodbye to his pacifier helped us as well.

3. Crawling to walking.

First bit of advice: don’t be in any hurry to get your child to walk. Pushing them to do something they aren’t ready for will only frustrate them more. You can, however, encourage them vocally and with certain items that will aid in the learning process.

The best way to strengthen their little legs is to get them moving! Getting a bouncing activity center like this Minnie Mouse Premier Bouncer is sure to do just that. It has a bounce pad and a seat that spins for endless fun, plus great interactive toys and even a chewable teething toy.

A few months after they start their bouncer adventures, you can move on to a walker, like this Minnie Mouse Bows and Butterflies walker. This helped KJ and Bentley get used to the motion of their legs and feet pushing them forward and backward. It also helped them to strengthen muscles they weren’t using as much while crawling. Plus, it’s loaded with a toy deck to keep their attention. Did I mention how perfect this is to entertain your little one while you cook dinner? And it even has a removable toy tray which is perfect for tummy time!

4. Crib to the bed.

If you’re thinking ahead for this one, then buying a crib that BECOMES a bed, like this Magical Dreams 4-in-1 Crib from Delta, is the right way to go. Not only is it a gorgeous crib, but it converts into a toddler bed and is just as beautiful in each setup.

Regardless of whether your crib converts, or you purchase a new bed for your little one, I highly recommend making it a BIG deal when you get it all set up with its mattress and new bedding. We told KJ that he was getting a big boy bed, that we were so proud of him for being such a cool kid, and that we couldn’t wait for him to see how awesome his new bed would be. That way he was really excited when we got it all set up.

You could even redecorate the room with a new theme. Anything that makes it seem like a big deal will help with the excitement of the transition. And good news: Now you can snuggle your little one while you read stories to them at bedtime. It’s a win-win for your little one and for you!

5. Diapers to the potty.

Don’t fret, this transition takes a while and has many layers. We started by buying Pull-Ups for KJ so that he could get used to the pulling down and pulling up motion when it was time to use the potty. They also have designs on them that are more similar to the designs on underwear so the appearance of them introduced KJ to what underwear would look like.

Our next step was to purchase a potty just for KJ. We actually have two, one at our house and one at Grandma’s house so that he always has somewhere “special” to use the restroom. I love this Jake and The Never Land Pirates potty because it has a comfy seat, removable potty bowl, and a flushing handle on the side. The handle teaches him to flush and gets him used to hearing a noise after he potties. I was always afraid of the sound of a flushing toilet, and although the potty sings a song, it still reminds him that you need to flush and to expect a noise afterward.

Once we got the special potty for KJ, we also bought a potty seat so that he could safely and comfortably fit on top of regular-sized toilets. If you’ve ever attempted to put a toddler on a normal-sized toilet, then you’ve seen the face they make where they stiffen up and think they are going fall in. This potty seat allows them to use any regular-sized toilet while giving them handles to hold onto and a comfortable, smaller seat to sit on. And don’t forget about the step stool so they can climb up to the potty. It can also be used at the sink when it’s time to wash their hands or brush their teeth.

Then, we bought some potty toppers so that he could have a clean toilet seat to sit on when we are out at a restaurant, at the mall, or even at Disneyland! They easily fit in a diaper bag or purse and ensure that your kiddo will be sitting on a clean potty.

As quickly as time flies by, we have to be ready for each stage with our little ones. I am so glad I thought ahead about some of the stages that were coming so that we were prepared as parents to help our little guys along. And I’m definitely happy that KJ is now 3 years old and potty trained!

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Mom performing yoga with baby in her lap

Exercise with Baby

Beginning a doctor-approved postpartum fitness routine (as early as six weeks post-childbirth) may feel daunting, but research suggests that the numerous benefits of regular exercise—weight loss, increased energy, and reduction in the risk of developing postpartum depression—outweigh any initial discomfort or fear associated with getting back in the proverbial saddle. Make fitness a priority while spending quality time with your little one by engaging in these four effective workouts:


Your health care provider may advise you against jumping right into a high intensity fitness routine, but don’t let that stop you from moving. Lace up your sneakers, secure baby safely in the stroller, and hit the pavement for a 30-minute daily walk at a moderate pace. Not only will you improve your cardiovascular health by strolling, but you may also relieve stress and encourage more restful sleep. As you build up your endurance, add in a series of walking lunges and side kicks to tone your legs, using the stroller handles for stability.


Fitness should be fun, so grab your pint-size dancing partner—properly fitted with a Huggies® Little Snugglers Diaper that will help keep your newborn’s perfect skin clean and healthy—and pump up the music. Dancing is an ideal light cardiovascular exercise for new moms, as it targets all of the body’s major muscle groups, improves balance, and elevates your mood. At first, place baby in a front carrier to support his or her body, but as your coordination improves freestyle with baby in your arms.

Strength Training

Activate your muscles by performing a modified weight-training routine—the repetitions and number of sets may vary by person—using your baby as resistance. To ensure baby’s safety and comfort, wear proper footwear, take extra care while slowly performing each move, and change his or her Huggies® Little Snugglers Diaper before you begin to provide a cushiony layer of protection between your baby’s skin and any future mess. Lovingly hug your little one as you squat and return to a standing position. Sit in a supportive chair, hold baby underneath his or her armpits, and press your arms above your head before returning him or her to your lap. Lay on your back, sit baby on your abdomen and grab both of his or her hands before performing a set of hip thrusts. Alternate the strength training exercises as your fitness improves and baby grows.

Practicing Yoga

Incorporating the ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practice of yoga into your daily routine will help to strengthen your body, burn calories, and center your breathing. Layout a yoga mat onto your living room floor, place your baby on his or her back, andbegin a yoga sequence that will allow you to slowly transition from one pose to the next. For guidance onhowto include your little one,popin a mommy andme yoga DVD orlook for a local class that specializes in the total mind-body workout.

Use these exercise ideas to help you get motivated to move with your little one, but remember to always consult with your health care provider before starting this, or any, postpartum fitness program.

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How to Be a Supermom Even When You’re Supertired

By now, you have probably seen the picture of the “supermom” seen `round the world, the now famous sports medicine doctor who carried her three-year-old daughter on her back to work when her babysitter canceled. Oh, and she’s 35 weeks pregnant. 

She’s been lauded as a “supermom” and a hero and all sorts of other inspiring things and while on one hand, I 100% support that and am genuinely happy for her and think it’s awesome and she’s awesome and yay moms … on the other hand, let’s be real:

Not all of us feel like supermoms. Heck, not all of us even want to be a supermom like that. 

So if you’re like me and just feeling downright tired right now, tired from motherhood and trying to juggle everything, and tired from some hidden hurt and pain in your life right now, and tired from pregnancy or not being able to be pregnant, or tired from having multiple kids instead of one that may or may not be strapped to your back, let me just say, I feel you. I feel you so hard. 

We can give major props to the supermoms in our lives and heck, we can even give major props to all the times we have been supermoms. Because I believe we all have our moments. But there are also moments when we just have to put down our capes for a little while. And that’s OK too. If you’re having one of those moments, keep this in mind:

It’s OK to let your guard down for a minute

I don’t know about you, but as a mom, I often feel like if I relax for even two seconds our worlds will come crashing down. Like if I don’t keep up on the school paperwork it will drown me, or that the laundry might come alive and eat me in the middle of the night, or that if I don’t plan all the nutritious meals my kids will have horrible health consequences. But everyone needs a break sometimes and, for moms especially, I think that break sometimes needs to be just a mental one, where we stop trying to plan everything so perfectly for 5 seconds, you know? I think we forget sometimes how much emotional energy we spend just keeping life running for everyone else and it’s important to honor that exhaustion when it happens. 

It’s OK to spoil your kids

I’m not talking about sending them to Disney or buying them toys or showering them with presents. I’m talking about just enjoying them. I know I worry so much about doing all the right things for them that sometimes I forget to just sit down and do a puzzle with them or forget the screen time rules and just snuggle and watch a movie. Spoiling them with love is not going to hurt.

Just focus on one thing you can do well right now

In the seasons when you’re super tired, don’t beat yourself up for everything you’re not doing because it’s so overwhelming. Focus on the ONE thing, even if it’s literally just one thing like holding your baby all day to keep him content, that you are doing well. Because you and I both know there is something you are doing well and right now that can be enough. 

Let yourself off the hook now as an investment in the future

I’ve spent a lot of time worrying about things in the moment, like how much a babysitter might cost or how awful it is I can’t keep my house clean or how ridiculous it is to be so tired all the time. It can be so hard to remember the fact that everything is a season in parenting. Letting yourself off the hook in the survival seasons is an investment in the future when you will be more well-rested or have more energy (or have time to shower). For the love of all that is good, don’t beat yourself up about not being able to do all the things all the time. Because that’s just how life works right now. 

If you are rocking life as a supermom right now or if you’re super tired with your supermom disguise on like a cape, it doesn’t matter. Because you’re still rocking motherhood. 

What tricks do you use when you’re feeling anything but super as a mom?

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15 Things You Can Do During Your Baby’s 15 Minute Nap

Before your little one was born, you probably heard the advice that you should “sleep when the baby sleeps” over and over. But what the advice givers probably didn’t address is what to do if you have a short napper for a baby. If you’re the proud parent of a little one who gets by on 15-20 minute naps throughout the day you probably feel a little overwhelmed. Most parents count on naptime to get things done and keep up with housework, as well as to relax and regain their composure. 15-20 minutes is both short enough that it’s tough to get big things done and long enough that you probably feel bad that you’re not getting anything done. If you want to be more productive during your baby’s short naps, check out the list below of 15 sanity-saving or list-checking things you can do in 15 minutes or less. 

1. Unload and load the dishwasher 

2. Organize this week’s mail 

3. Chop vegetables for tonight’s dinner

4. Sweep three rooms of your house

5. Read one magazine article

6. Do a ten-minute work DVD or online workout

7. Call a friend whose baby also doesn’t sleep to talk about how tired you are

8. Write a thank-you note or birthday card to a friend or relative

9. Step outside, feel the sunshine on your cheeks, and listen to a few of your very favorite songs

10. Make a real sandwich with a real side to eat once your baby wakes up

11. Color a page in your relaxation-themed adult coloring book 

12. Read your favorite blogger’s most recent post

13. Journal about your baby’s most recent milestones 

14. Go through baby’s clothes and pull out any that no longer fit

15. Take a five-minute shower and put on a fresh outfit

Good luck out there mamas! May your baby’s naps get longer and your to-do lists get shorter. 

What do you do while your baby naps?

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5 Easy Meals for New Moms

The first few weeks after your baby is born are a blur of midnight feedings, continuous rocking, and monotonous diaper changing, all while wearing the same pair of yoga pants and quite possibly with at least one breast hanging out of your nursing top (because you forgot to put it back — yes, that’s a real thing.)

In taking care of a brand new life, a new mom will often neglect to take care of the person who brought that life into the world: herself. I remember going hours without eating, or having a bowl of cereal just because I knew I had to eat something. Luckily, I had great friends and parents who took care of me. My former boss and his wife brought a ton of gift cards and dinner to me one night after the birth of my son, and my mom (who was fortunately living nearby during my second pregnancy) helped with meals nightly — and clean up, too. That’s part of it, right?

If you’re not as lucky, or just want to be in control of your nutritional situation, you will have two saviors during the first few mind-numbing weeks of newborn life — your freezer and your crock pot. Here are five quick, easy and delicious recipes to feed your belly and lift your mood after your bring your baby home.

This savory and sweet creation will make you feel like you’re on an exotic island, instead of sitting in a glider in your infant’s room for 18 hours a day. Chicken thighs, soy sauce, pineapple chunks and juice and garlic are all parts of this tasty dish. This crockpot meal can also be frozen for easy prep when you’re ready.

Ready now? You can get instructions here.

I don’t know about you, but I love Mexican food. It doesn’t get much easier than this easy make-ahead chicken enchilada meal. A pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the market and a few extra ingredients quickly come together to make a delicious meal. You can easily throw it all together during morning nap and keep it covered in the fridge until dinner time rolls around. 

See the full instructions here

Beef stew is one of my comfort foods. As we’re heading into the winter months, this easy crock pot stew would be perfect for new mamas who are stuck inside with a new baby and going a little bit stir crazy. This can be fixed in advance and frozen for your crock pot. The recipe includes beef, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and a little brown sugar to give it some zing. It can be eaten as a stew or served over rice (with a thick slice of french bread, naturally.) Full recipe can be found on Ring Around the Rosies.

Cheese. Chicken. Ham. Pasta. If that doesn’t fuel a milk-making mama, I don’t know what will. This easy casserole can be prepared beforehand and frozen in a throw-away casserole dish for easy clean up. You’ll need chicken, diced ham, onions, alfredo sauce, swiss cheese and penne pasta, among other ingredients. Cook the pasta, chicken and veggies, then put them all together in the pan with the other ingredients. This casserole can stay in your deep freezer until you are ready to eat it! Full recipe found here.

This is a delicious twist on the traditional stuffed pepper! The recipe calls for 2 pounds of ground beef, two large green bell peppers, onions, tomato sauce, rice, beef broth and a few other spices and seasonings. Pre-cook the ground beef, onion and bell pepper. This can be frozen, then mixed with other ingredients when you decide to cook the meal. Find the full recipe here.

What are some of your go-to crock pot meals?

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Preparing Your Toddler for Baby’s Arrival

When many moms find out that they’re pregnant the second time around, their thoughts often turn to their toddler. Will their bond with their first child be interrupted? Will their children get along? Will their toddler feel left out when baby makes their appearance? As exciting as it can feel to give your little one a sibling, it can also be a little bit nerve-wracking. Check out the tips below to help prepare your toddler for the transition of getting a new sibling.

1. Read, read, read

Most toddlers and young children love to listen to stories. Pick up a few books about kids getting siblings and integrate them into your regular reading list. As you read, relate the story back to their life. Over time, they’ll begin to understand that just like their favorite new character they’re going to be getting a brother or sister soon.

2. Give your tot a doll

To prepare your child to be gentle with the new baby (and to feel excited and included in caring for the baby) get them a doll and help them practice now. Many toddlers love to “change diapers,” give their baby a bottle, and tuck it into bed. As a bonus, once the baby arrives they can take care of their baby while you take care of yours.

3. Take a hospital tour

To prepare your little one to visit you in the hospital after delivery, take them on a tour now. Many hospitals even offer special sibling tours that are geared towards young children and include fun activities to help your child get excited about their sibling.

4. Plan how you’ll maintain consistency

Think about the things that are important to your toddler’s routine and work to create a plan that keeps those things at the center of their life. If they do best with a morning cuddle and story right when they wake up, perhaps plan for your partner to head into work half an hour late for the first few weeks to make sure this happens. If they like certain foods for lunch, go ahead and prepare them now so they won’t have to miss them in those tough few weeks after your baby arrives.

5. Let your tot shop for baby

Taking your toddler to the baby store and letting them pick out an outfit or two and help them feel connected to their sibling before they even arrive. Once your baby arrives, make sure you point out just how much they LOVE what your older child picked out for them.

6. Plan for the transition

No matter what you do, helping your toddler adjust to their new sibling is going to take time. Just as life will have changed for you, it will have changed in major ways for your toddler as well. Ease the burden by making a plan to keep them engaged and entertained (and feeling special) in those first few transition weeks. Whether that means spending a few afternoons per week with a grandparent or carving out special one-on-one time with one parent each day, make a plan and once your little one arrives, make sure you stick to it! 

How do you help your toddler get ready for a new sibling?

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Our Points Structure Has Changed

We are changing our Rewards Points structure so that we can improve our Huggies® Rewards program to offer you more ways to earn points. So, we are multiplying the cost of Rewards items by 10. But don't worry, your points balance is also multiplied by 10!

Our Points structure has changed

See How Rewards Has Changed

Watch this helpful video to learn more about all of the great improvements made to the Huggies® Rewards program.

Say Goodbye to Rewards Codes

You asked, we listened! Introducing two new ways to get your Huggies® Rewards Points when you buy: submitting a receipt and loyalty card linking — exclusively for Huggies® Rewards. 

Huggies Rewards Submit Receipts instead of Rewards Codes

Submit Your Receipts

There's a faster way to get your Huggies® Rewards Points! Earn points by uploading and submitting a photo of your receipt for all Huggies® Diapers and Wipes. You'll even get 2x the points for your first receipt submission! 

Huggies Rewards Submit a receipt for points

Get More Points!

Now there are more ways to earn points! From reading articles, to taking surveys, to sharing on Facebook & Twitter. More ways to earn = more ways to love Huggies®!

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New Huggies® Rewards App

Get the most out of your Huggies® Rewards experience. The new Rewards app has all the same great features as the website, right at your fingertips. Available in the App Store® and get it on Google Play™.


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