Lauren Hartmann

Lauren is a former preschool teacher, turned wardrobe stylist and blogger, living in Portland Oregon with her husband and high school sweetheart Craig (together 11 years and counting!), her daughter Fern and their German Shepherd Marley. She likes pretty things, funny things and a million other little things, and writes about them at The Little Things We Do. Read even more from Lauren at Babble, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Independence in Toddlers

Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me the Mickey Mouse Dress and Play for free.

As our babies begin to grow and change and slowly become little toddlers full of personality and spunk and opinions, it can be hard to know when to step back and let your little one figure things out for themselves and when to hold them tighter…part of the growing pains of parenthood.

For many parents, raising an independent and responsible human is a big goal, and while getting there will look a little different for every parent and child, there are a few small things you can do to help things along.

Here are just a few ways you can facilitate and encourage independence in your toddler.

5 Simple Ways To Encourage Toddler Independence

7 Simple Things You Can Do to Make a New Parent's Day

I was recently reminded upon visiting some friends and their brand new baby that being a new parent is no joke. Those early days of getting to know a new baby, figuring out their likes and dislikes, and discovering what soothes them can be completely exhausting and overwhelming.

But, the thoughtfulness of friends and family can go a long way toward making this transition much more smooth. Here are a few simple ways you can make a new parent’s day…

7 Simple Things You Can Do To Make a New Parent's Day

7 Simple Things You Can Do To Make a New Parent's Day

6 Ways Parenting Is Easier the Second Time Around

I spent a good portion of my second pregnancy gripped with fear concerning the prospect of having two children. There were plenty of days with one child that felt overwhelming, so the idea of adding another child on top of those overwhelming days felt nearly impossible. But of course, my son was born and almost right away I realized that these fears were unfounded. While it’s true that life has definitely gotten busier and that there it takes a bit more of a juggling act to find balance within our family, it hasn’t gotten “harder” really…just different. And in some ways I’ve actually found parenting to be a lot easier the second time around!

6 Ways Parenting Is Easier the Second Time Around

7 Sweet Disney Lullabies I Sing To My Baby

One day, when I am an old woman looking back upon my most favorite memories of my life, singing my babies to sleep will be at the top of the list. There is something about lulling your baby to sleep with the sound of your own voice that is just beyond words. I have quite a few songs in my lullaby arsenal, but some of my absolute favorites are Disney songs. Disney just gets childhood like no one else and their songs create a sweet nostalgia like nothing else can. I hope one day my children hear these songs and remember fondly the countless hours I spent singing them to sleep. Here are a few of our favorites…

7 Sweet Disney Lullabies I Sing To My Baby

6 Sweet Months of Clive

You know how everyone tells you to enjoy this time with your baby, because it will fly by? Well, it’s even more true when it’s your second baby. Life is so much busier now and these past six months went by so quickly, it almost feels like a blur! So this is me pausing to keep track of these sweet moments with my little Clive Clarke. And now for a few fun facts about these past six months…

6 Sweet Months of Clive
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