Michelle Horton

Michelle Horton is the founder of EarlyMama.com — a site that encourages and inspires anyone who started families on the "earlier" end of the parenting spectrum — and is a regular contributor to Babble.com, including their Family Style and Being Pregnant blogs. If she's not writing articles or testing out baby gear, she's most likely wrapped up in her toddler's imaginative role play. She lives in New York with her husband and son. Follow Michelle on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Goodbye to Disney Baby

Hello, friends.

I’ve so enjoyed my time here on Disney Baby, and I’ve been thrilled to watch it evolve from the very beginning. And while I’ll certainly be lingering around the comment sections — visiting in with the incredible bloggers I’ve met — I’m stepping to the sidelines for now.

Adventures in Solid Food

When my sister (named Nicole) was a baby, my parents called her “Nicholangelo” for the way she liked to paint with her food. She’s always been a picky eater — straight from the womb — and it seems that she passed on that genetic quirk.

I present you with my nephew Benjamin, in Adventures in Solid Food: Playtime Edition

10 Reasons I Love Being a Young Mom

There might not be a universal “best” age to have a baby, but as an unmarried pregnant woman with a freshly printed college degree and no job, I was pretty sure that 22 was not the best age.

With a little help from my surrounding culture, I was convinced that I’d never be successful, never have money, and never have a long-lasting relationship with my then-boyfriend (now-husband). Everything I ever envisioned for myself was quietly fading, leaving me alone, scared, with absolutely no certainty in life.

Except for the fact that I had a child growing in my body.

Yet now, looking back, I realize how perfect that timing really was. It taught me more about myself, about life, than I ever thought I needed to know — and it also made me realize that becoming a mother at any age comes with positive perks. Here are 10 reasons I love being a younger mom:

What's the Best Age to Have a Baby?

Once upon a time, it was the social norm to settle down and start a family in your early 20s — typically with a support system of new-mom friends and extended family.

Yet due to a series of medical and social advancements (the Pill to IVF treatments), we’ve extended the age at which women can choose to start families — with the age for first-time moms climbing up around the world. The road to motherhood has more routes than ever before — some less traveled than others.

Even though we can start having babies at a later age (and even though many young women are very happy to do so), there’s still the biological pull to put those maternal instincts to work. A lot of my childless 20-something friends are starting to wonder: What’s the best age to have a baby?

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A Motherhood Quote for All Parents

Sometimes a quote comes along that punches me right in the gut — and, as a mother, those quotes almost exclusively focus on parenting/motherhood/children.

And this quote from Catherine M. Wallace is the perfect example:

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