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+.

Welcome to the World Baby Number Two!

If it seems like I’ve been a little scarce here at Disney Baby this month, it’s because our family has been a bit preoccupied with getting to know it’s newest member! Our little family of three became a family of four on June 8th with the arrival of our little Clive.

Welcome to the World Baby Number Two!

Creating a Cozy "Calm Down Area" for Your Toddler

Toddlers are so much fun! They are learning and growing and changing at every turn and seeing them take on new skills is one of my favorite things about parenting. That said, toddlers are not without their challenges, and one of the biggest challenges can be tantrums and behavioral issues. Toddlers are still just learning about the world and their emotions and frustrations are inevitable, but there are ways to help and a “cozy calm down area” is one of them! Keep reading and I’ll explain…

Creating a Cozy Calm Down Area For Your Toddler

7 Things I Forgot About Newborns

There’s this crazy little phenomenon that happens when you’re a parent, where you learn something and then as soon as your baby leaves that stage of development you quickly forget about it so you can take in new information. For example: a friend of mine had her second little boy around the time that my daughter was 4-months-old. Her son older son was two, so you can imagine my surprise when I would get texts from her asking me (ME?!) newborn questions. I wondered how it was possible to forget these things, but now that I’m on the other side, starting over with a newborn of my own, I totally get it. There are so many little things I forgot about when it comes to newborns and I have to say that most of them have left me pleasantly surprised.

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You Know You're a New Mom When...

There is something about new motherhood that is such an unparalleled experience. No matter how hard you try to explain it to someone who hasn’t experienced it, you’ll probably still fail. It’s just one of those things that you truly can’t understand until you’ve gone through it, and once you have, you’ll be able to recognize the telltale signs of new motherhood when you see them in others, because it’s pretty unmistakable. Here are just a few ways others will be able to tell you’ve reached “new mom” status…

You Know You're a New Mom When...

7 Everyday Activities That Can Become Teachable Moments For Toddlers

Before I was a mama and a writer and a wardrobe stylist I was a preschool teacher. I have a degree in Child and Family Development and spent nearly a decade working alongside children and families in various capacities before following a different path. Even though I don’t have a career working with children anymore, I still use a lot of my training and education as a parent. One technique that has stuck with me and that I continue to use with my own daughter is the idea of teaching through everyday moments (AKA “teachable moments”). Once you become more aware of these moments on a daily basis, you’ll be able to find ways to help your little one learn and grow in a way that is fun for the both of you and that doesn’t require flash cards. This is the type of learning that truly makes a lasting impression and it’s never too early to start. Here are a few ways I sneak teachable moments into the everyday with my little one. Maybe a few of them will help to inspire you!

7 Everyday Activities That Can Become Teachable Moments For Toddlers
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