Chad Carter

Chad Carter is the husband to an amazing woman and new dad to a 14-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 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.

Packing For a Week at Grandma & Grandpa's

My wife and I will soon be traveling alone without our son for just the second time since he was born. The trip is partly business and partly vacation all wrapped into one. Which means he’ll be staying with grandma and grandpa for a week while we’re away. They are ecstatic about having him come visit and I’m sure he’s going to have just as much fun but packing for the week is a big undertaking.

Why We Love Our Son's "Lovey"

Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me a Disney Baby Piglet Blanky for free.

Sleep dominates the talk in the first year or so of having a new baby. New parents commiserate over sleeping habits of their babies and the questions from others are usually focused on the nighttime hours.

“How are they sleeping?” “Are you getting any sleep?” “How many times is Baby waking up at night?” “Are they sleeping through the night yet?” That’s why we love having our go-to item to help make sleep (almost) a guarantee.

How We're Teaching Wyatt to Help Clean Up

Cleaning up. As parents we probably spend more time collectively doing this than nearly any other activity. At least it feels like it! With Wyatt now nearly 16 months old, we’re having him help us put away his toys and learn the importance of helping. Some days he’s excited, some days he’s not.

Either way, for us it always starts with a song.

How We Found a Babysitter While on Vacation

As I mentioned before, we spent the week before Christmas in Whistler, Canada on a ski vacation with family. While we were excited to tackle the slopes, Wyatt just isn’t old enough to be strapping on skis and flying downhill. Since he was too young for the ski school or the daycare, we had only one other option if all the adults wanted to ski together.

Allow a stranger to babysit.

4 Essentials That Made Our Long Road Trip Successful

The week before Christmas we packed up the house (at least it felt that way), loaded the car, and set off on a road trip north for a weeklong ski trip to Whistler, Canada. A beautiful winter wonderland with a drive that’s almost as stunning. It’s turned into somewhat of an every other year excursion for us, and this year was the first time Wyatt got to come along.

Traveling with a toddler is never easy. The stuff, the bulky cold weather clothes, the car activities, all had our car packed to the brim. We set off for the nine hour drive early on a Sunday morning wondering exactly how well Wyatt would do stuck in a car seat for so long?

Here’s how we succeeded.

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