Erin Loechner

Juggling an active Internet career with writing, speaking, designing, and styling, Erin Loechner can be found daily at DesignForMiniKind.com, a one-stop resource for loads of pint-sized inspiration, the latest-and-greatest products, and a daily dose of mom-friendly design. She also pens DesignForMankind.com, an art/design website honored by The London Times as one of the top 50 design sites in the world. Her latest project? A newborn daughter nicknamed Bee -- her favorite design yet. Erin lives in the midwest with her film-editing husband, Ken, two adorable pups, and of course, little Bee. Follow Erin on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.

Establishing Traditions with Your Baby

I had a handful of traditions I lived and loved throughout my childhood – summer adventures with watermelon-dripped tank tops and bare feet, pizza sleepovers with cousins, donut holes on Sunday mornings. And although it will be a few years before Bee is ready to start her own traditions, I treasure the idea of setting a few in motion while she’s still young. Here are a few we’ve incorporated into our family days:

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A Greener Home for Baby

The products mentioned in this post were provided free of charge by Disney Baby; all opinions are my own.
It wasn’t until I became a mother that I began consistently reading product labels, searching for hidden toxins and chemicals I couldn’t pronounce. It’s an exhausting task at times, sifting through dozens and dozens of “green” or all-natural products, only to find a list of questionable ingredients littering most brands in the marketplace.

Naturally, I rely heavily on companies that take the guesswork out of the process, namely Baby ECOS. Here are a few of our favorites that have recently entered our household (and are here to stay!)…

The Beauty of Traveling with Babies

Our wee family of three just recently landed home after a two-week trip overseas and although we’re fighting serious bouts of jet lag (I’m writing this at 3 a.m. and Bee is up and at ‘em!), we’ve returned nothing short of inspired…

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How to Entertain Babies on a Plane

Our tiny trio is headed to Singapore this week and we’ve got a full 28 hours of travel time ahead of us (22 of those hours on a plane!). The last time we flew, Bee was just over 1 years old, and now that she’s a few months shy of 2, the game has certainly changed! Today I thought it might be fun to share a smart packing tip we’ve learned to entertain babies on loooooooong flights!:

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Our Play-Doh Afternoons

As a working mother who spends her morning in a corner table at the local coffee shop – plugging away on emails and article deadlines and post edits – my most savored time of day is the afternoon. Although I love my work and feel so grateful to have found a balance that works for me and my family, I can’t help but look forward to my quiet afternoons with Bee: just me, our tiny craft table and a few tubs of Play-Doh…

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