Melanie Edwards

Melanie Edwards is the founder and editor of ModernMami™.com, an award-winning lifestyle blog, and owner of Ella Media. Married 9 years, she is the proud mother of an energized 6-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy, who are being raised in a bilingual, multicultural environment. Originally from Puerto Rico, Melanie now resides in Orlando, Florida. Connect with Melanie on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

Exploring the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally Appisode with Toddlers

My two-year-old baby boy has been playing with our iPad since he was barely a toddler. Ever since he could move his little finger across the screen (since around the age of 1), he’s been able to navigate his way through the iPad. Amazingly, he could get himself to our movie streaming app and load his favorite TV shows. It helped that he observed his older sister using the iPad to read books, draw, play games, and watch shows. He quickly learned!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally appisode

7 Baby-Friendly Lent Recipes for Celebrating the Lenten Season

The Lenten season officially began last week with Ash Wednesday kicking off seven weeks of Lent, leading up to Easter at the end of March. It is common for families who observe Lent to practice meatless Fridays as one of the Lenten traditions. Of course, that means lots of Lent recipes include seafood and vegetarian dishes, which can make for a great opportunity to expose your baby to wonderful (and different) food! Check out these 7 baby-friendly Lent recipes – one for each week of the Lenten season!

7 Baby-Friendly Lent Recipes for Celebrating the Lenten Season

Baby-Friendly Lent Recipes

Moms Speak Out: I Never Knew I'd Fear...

I have realized there are certain things I now worry about that I didn’t BEFORE. Things I know were never a concern for me in the past, but after becoming a mom, they are now an issue. I suppose it’s normal to feel that way – after all, we now have lives we are responsible for and that depend on us…daily! For me, a big parental fear is that I won’t be (or do) enough in the eyes of my children.

I figured I wasn’t alone in this, so I asked a few friends and found out what they now fear as moms that they did not fear prior to becoming a parent. Do you share their parenting fears?

Moms Speak Out: I Never Knew I’d Fear…

Moms Speak Out: I Never Knew I'd Fear...

Real Moms Share: Did Your Baby Sleep in Your Bed?

Whether or not your baby sleeps in your bed is a hot topic which many people are ready to give you an opinion on. Some will tell you right away not to make the ‘mistake’ of letting your baby sleep in your bed, while others will encourage co-sleeping and feel it’s a wonderful thing to do for baby. I personally feel that you should do what’s best for your family and whatever gets everyone a good night’s rest…even if that means having your child in your bed for three years.

When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I were determined that our baby would not sleep in our bed with us. We were ready to have her sleep in her crib and in her own room. After many tiresome nights of late-night nursing sessions, we started bringing our baby into our bed – it was just so much easier to nurse her right in bed and go right back to sleep.

Once our daughter grew older, she had trouble sleeping in her own bed and as a toddler, she would frequently wake in the middle of the night screaming – we now believe she was experiencing night terrors. The best way for all of us to get some rest, was to have her sleep in our bed. After trying many things, we gave in and eventually, after she was three-years-old, she did move to her own bed in her room and has had no issues sleeping since then!

Our second child is now two-years-old, and though he’s had far less trouble sleeping, he does often climb up into our bed in the middle of the night. We let him, because again, it allows for all of us to get a good night’s sleep. That’s what it comes down to for us, we just want to sleep!

I asked a few parents if their baby ever slept in their bed (or currently does) and what their thoughts were on having babies sleep in your bed. Here’s what they had to say!

Moms share: Did your baby sleep in your bed?

Potty Training Essentials for Your Toddler's Success, with the Help of a Little Disney Magic!

Potty training a toddler is something you either look forward to doing or dread. I haven’t started actively potty training my two-year-old yet, but we do have a potty chair out for him in the bathroom, which he occasionally sits on. He has shown some signs that he’s ready for potty training, but isn’t quite ready yet. So, we encourage him to sit on the potty and let him go through the process as if he did use the potty, but we’re not rushing him. Whether you’re in the very early stages of potty training your baby or are preparing to do so in the near future, there are some essential potty training products you’ll need and some that will make potty training your toddler more fun. If you add a little Disney magic with fun Disney characters, then you’ll be even more on your way to potty training success!

Potty Training Essentials for Your Toddler’s Success, with the Help of a Little Disney Magic!

Potty Training Essentials
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