Mary Lauren Weimer
There was a lot of excitement surrounding the births of my children, and my recovery room in the hospital was often filled with visitors. Relatives and friends didn’t just stop by: they set up camp. As a new mom I was thrilled to have them — after all, I wanted to show off my baby and witness the love that overflowed.
With these visits came a lot of noise. My baby was constantly being held and cuddled by one grandparent or another, wrapped and unwrapped, patted and talked to. When the lactation consultant stopped by for our appointment and our visitors filed out, the first thing I noticed was the silence.
She sat at the edge of my hospital bed and spoke calmly and softly, her gentle nature evident from the moment she walked in the room. During my time with her that day, she gave me the best newborn advice I’ve ever heard.
It wasn’t long after the birth of my third child that a well-meaning friend of my husband’s made the comment we’d come to hear again and again: “You’re outnumbered now. You’ll have to switch from man-to-man coverage to a zone defense.” He chuckled knowingly under his breath, himself a father of 4.
I’m not much of a basketball fan but I picked up what he was putting down. And while sometimes I feel like parenting is a contact sport where I play the role of defense AND referee, I see the positives in being “outnumbered.”
It’s no secret that I have a total girly girl, and with two older brothers, how could she not be? My daughter loves tea parties, playing dress up, and taking expert care of her baby dolls.
There’s another thing she loves: playing “beauty shop” with all of her hair accessories. Each day before preschool I let her pick out a bow or headband, and it’s a great way to give her the ability to make some decisions.
We recently went to Disney World, and although I didn’t dress my kids in character clothes, I did purchase a few new hair accessories for my daughter to wear on our trip. She was thrilled!
Here are some of my favorites!
Winnie the Pooh, that much-beloved bear with a weakness for honey, is one of the most popular themes for all things baby.
Maybe it’s because of the gentle illustrations in the original books by A.A. Milne, or perhaps it’s the message that childhood is a time to be cherished. Winnie the Pooh is a character that endures through generations of children everywhere, so why not celebrate an upcoming birth with him in mind?
It’s wonderful because it’s gender-neutral for those not finding out the baby’s sex, and shower guests of all ages will love its vintage feel. Who knows? Maybe they’ll be transported back to their own childhoods, imagining themselves on great adventures with Pooh and the gang through the Hundred Acre Wood.
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At about 10 months old, my daughter could not get enough of playing peekaboo. She’d squeal with delight every time I placed her blankie in front of her face, asked “Where’s baby?,” then removed it quickly and said “There she is!” As she got older she started initiating the game herself, and I can still remember her silly belly laughs— even though we’d played peekaboo so many times before.
We think of play as a way to keep babies happy and entertained, but it has another important role as well: enhancing critical developmental skills that serve as a foundation for growth in all areas of their lives. I may have grown tired of playing peekaboo, but for my daughter and all children, play never gets old.
There are so many ways to have fun with your baby and still encourage their growth and development. Disney Baby has just the tools you need to do it! Here are some great ways to get started.