Taylor Hengen Newman 

Taylor Hengen Newman is an Austin, Texas-based freelance writer, massage therapist, and mom. She enjoys writing about peaceful parenting, food politics and green urban lifestyles. In addition to contributing regularly to Disney Baby, Taylor has written for BabyZone.com, WorkingMother.com, and other parenting web sites. She blogs professionally on Parenting.com’s Natural Parenting blog, and recreationally on her own web site, Alt-Mama. Taylor’s passions include cooking, yoga, photography and entrepreneurship. She hopes to inspire others, through her work, to live consciously and creatively, and to enjoy the everyday moments of their lives.

A Guide to Bathing Baby

Brush up on baby bathing basics here before diving — make that dipping! — in to ensure bathtime is relaxing and fun for both you and your baby.

Mom Bathing Baby

The Real Story about Reading to Babies

It’s never too early to start coaxing your baby to be a book lover. Read on for tips from the pros on reading with babies big and small in ways that keep Mommy and baby engaged and entertained.

Conversations with Little People

Following months of non-stop gibberish, your tot’s first words mark a major milestone on her journey to Chatterbox Junction. These useful expert tips will get your conversations started, and keep them going strong, as you encourage your new talker’s developing language skills.

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New Mommy Mantras

Motherhood brings about unconditional love, abundant joy and — let’s face it — total chaos. Read on for real moms’ mantras and mental notes-to-self that keep them focused on what matters (cue love and joy) in motherhood’s toughest moments. Repeat aloud as many times as necessary.

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