Chad Carter

Chad Carter is the husband to an amazing woman and new dad to a 9-month-old in Portland, Oregon. One thing is for sure, he never imagined he’d be writing for Disney Baby, but dreams do come true! He’s the co-creator of dadswhodiaper.com and the Dads Who Diaper podcast, focusing on dads who are more active in child rearing than ever before. He started writing on a whim and hasn’t stopped since. As a former TV journalist, sharing stories apparently are just a part of him. You can follow him on Twitter at @ChadCarterPDX or follow his website on Facebook at Dads Who Diaper.

Capture Picture Perfect Moments with This DIY Photo Station

We just don’t take pictures like we used to. With cell phones, selfies, and social media, we’re often looking for that quick snap instead of a planned photo. So with our recent party, we tried to fix that by giving our guests a place to create a perfect photo op.

Take a look at how we built our custom Sailboat Photo Station. [slideshow]

Magical 1st Birthday with Nemo & Friends

Thanks to Disney Baby and Cakes.com for sponsoring this post and for giving me the Finding Nemo DecoSet for free, as well as to Albertson’s for decorating our cake.

We are officially parents of a one year old! I mean…how, when did that happen? I still remember bringing him home from the hospital, the EPIC first night we had at home, and all the tired and sleepless nights that were the first year.

But now we have this handsome, soon to be walking on his own, interested in everything little boy. It’s the most satisfying and wonderful feeling I’ve ever experienced. To celebrate his first year, we threw a “sail”-ebration backyard birthday party complete with an amazing Finding Nemo cake.

The Secret to Enjoying the Party as Host

It’s almost here! All week, I’ve been sharing about the lead up to Wyatt’s 1st birthday. With everything to do, it’s easy to get distracted trying to have everything juuuuust right for the party. As someone who likes to make sure everyone is having a good time, I can often forget to relax and enjoy the festivities myself. That’s why this weekend — I have a secret I hope to remember.

Why the Birthday Boy is the Best Gift of All

We’re just a few days away from Wyatt’s first birthday! It’s exciting, slightly stressful, and a bit emotional. (How’d it happen so fast?) Approaching the day, we’ve been considering gifts, and we’ve had family and others ask us for ideas. It made us think about something we originally hadn’t considered — planning for what’s to come rather then just right now.

How We're (Trying) to Plan a Stress-Free 1st Birthday

This week kicks off what we’re affectionately calling “Birthday Week” in our house. Not so much in the sense that we’re celebrating all week, but we’re prepping for Wyatt’s first birthday this coming weekend.

First birthdays come in all shapes and sizes, from large events to small celebrations, but no matter the size, they can be stressful to plan, organize, and enjoy. Though they (hopefully) don’t have to be.

Here’s what we tried to remember to plan a stress-free 1st birthday.

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