Summer was just a few weeks away when I gave birth to Amani on May 7th. I knew it was going to be a very laid-back summer as I took time for my postpartum recovery. I was looking forward to easygoing outings with my daughters that were both fun for them but simple enough for me to handle with my now four children! We took short and manageable trips that included a lot of sweet “firsts” for Amani.
I first heard about babywearing when I became a mother almost eight years ago. I knew there were many benefits to carrying my baby close to me. The top benefits that really drew me in were: the baby crying less, constant interaction, and convenient hands-free movement.
I tried slings, pouches, and front carriers. I had limited success with each one. Either my daughter was really fussy — I thought, isn’t the baby supposed to cry less? — or my back would really hurt at the end of the day. Frustrated, I put away my carriers and stuck to toting them around in their car seat and strollers during outings. Then Amani came along and changed my babywearing experiences completely.
Thanks to Disney for sponsoring this post and giving me a Dumbo plush for free.
Let’s be honest: I love giraffes. Absolutely adore them. Ever since my oldest was a baby, almost eight years ago, I’ve always introduced a stuffed giraffe as their first lovey. You know, just until they can form their own opinions about which animal is their favorite. With Amani being my first ever DisneyBaby from birth, it only felt right that we introduce her to the magic of a Disney lovey first.
Once upon a time, just a few months ago, a sweet little girl met her baby sister. It was to be expected that it would be love at first sight, as the little girl had been anticipating the arrival of said new baby sister for a long time. She had heard a baby was coming, though perhaps she didn’t fully understand what that meant. After all, in her world, she was still Mama’s baby.
A couple weeks away from turning four months, Amani has reached the stage where she attempts to grab things. Whatever she does get her hands on, she holds on tightly and shakes it around. Of course she’s not entirely in control of her actions just yet. Even so, this is the perfect time to introduce a plush rattle. Upon holding one, she’ll find that every time her hand moves, the plush will rattle softly. Her brain will begin to make the connection and thus leads into more and more wonderful discoveries to be made.