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+.

10 Simple Ways to Get More Sleep with a Newborn

Newborns are pretty much one of the cutest things on the planet, but they sure don’t let you get much sleep! Sleep deprivation is probably one of the most challenging parts of new parenthood, simply because it makes all the little challenges feel so much more amplified. A crying newborn seems a lot more overwhelming when you’re running on three hours of sleep. That said, this is a relatively short season of life. Even though it may not feel like it in the moment, I promise your baby will sleep eventually, and there are definitely some things you can do to help you get a little more sleep in the mean time. Here are 10 little tips that helped me get more sleep when my daughter was a newborn…and I promise “sleep when the baby sleeps” isn’t one of them!

10 Simple Ways to Get More Sleep With a Newborn

30 More Baby Names That Aren't Really Names

If there’s one thing I love, it’s word names! Names like Verity and Lark and West just really appeal to me. Awhile back I did a blog post featuring 30 Great Baby Names That Aren’t Really Names and ever since I’ve been finding more, so I thought it was time for an addendum including some more that I really like. I realize that using a word as a name might seem a little odd to some people, but even if you’re a little less adventurous, a word name could make a great option for a middle name! Check them out and tell me what you think! Would you be brave enough to use any of these?

30 More Baby Names That Aren't Really Names

Babies"R"Us Mealtime Sale!

If there is one thing you can never have enough of, it is mealtime supplies…especially bottles and sippy cups! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gone to get my daughter something to drink or gone to make a bottle only to realize that we were totally out of bottles or cups. Washing a bottle while you have a kiddo crying nearby isn’t exactly the most fun ever. I do dishes a lot, but it never fails that we still run out from time to time. Little ones go through these things so quickly! But, thankfully Babies”R”Us has got you covered so you can stock up!

Babies R Us Mealtime Sale!

My Little Swimmer and Our Water Fun Essentials

Ever since her very first summer, my daughter has been a water baby. My husband and I joke that her love of water stems from the fact that I had a water birth and she was born in a tub, but whatever the case, the girl is a fish. Once the weather warms up just enough we are finding ways to enjoy the water. She loves oceans, lakes, swimming pools, wading pools, fountains, sprinklers and even just playing with buckets of water in the front yard all with equal vigor. Obviously this means that we have to be well-stocked when it comes to water play essentials and here are a few of our favorites…

Huggies Little Swimmers // @ Disney Baby

A Love Letter to My Maternity Clothes

If you were to search the world wide web with its vast knowledge of pretty much everything under the sun, you would find a great many articles about how to avoid wearing maternity clothes or how to make your non-maternity wardrobe stretch throughout your pregnancy. This is not one of those articles. After having gone through nearly 18 months of pregnancy, I have to say that maternity clothes are pretty fantastic…so fantastic that I felt they deserved an ode…a love letter to make up for all the posts in which people try to avoid them. So here goes…

A Love Letter To My Maternity Clothes
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