Baby Essentials

Discover the best baby essentials for your new arrival. From checklists to product ideas to baby must-haves, we have everything you need to be fully prepared.

Amani's First Lovey

Thanks to Disney for sponsoring this post and giving me a Dumbo plush for free.

Let’s be honest: I love giraffes. Absolutely adore them. Ever since my oldest was a baby, almost eight years ago, I’ve always introduced a stuffed giraffe as their first lovey. You know, just until they can form their own opinions about which animal is their favorite. With Amani being my first ever DisneyBaby from birth, it only felt right that we introduce her to the magic of a Disney lovey first.

5 Ways Siblings Can Help with the Baby

Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me Huggies Little Movers diapers for free. 

One of the great things about having two other children around is their desire to help me with Macks. My oldest daughter is always asking how she can help me with her brother. She’s not old enough to do the big stuff, but there is a lot that she can help me with. I love getting them involved with their little brother. Not only is it a great way to help build their relationship, but it also is a great way to teach them responsibility. Check out some of the ways that I get them involved in helping me with their little brother. 

4 Cozy Plush Disney Rattles to Shake Things Up

A couple weeks away from turning four months, Amani has reached the stage where she attempts to grab things. Whatever she does get her hands on, she holds on tightly and shakes it around. Of course she’s not entirely in control of her actions just yet. Even so, this is the perfect time to introduce a plush rattle. Upon holding one, she’ll find that every time her hand moves, the plush will rattle softly. Her brain will begin to make the connection and thus leads into more and more wonderful discoveries to be made.

4 Cozy Plush Disney Rattles to Shake Things Up

9 Mickey Mouse Favorites for Baby

Macks has quickly fallen in love with Mickey Mouse. He has a Mickey Mouse toy that is his absolute favorite and keeps him entertained longer than any other toy we have. I’ve even noticed that he will quickly focus his attention on the television if he notices his sisters are watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in the morning.

As a Mickey Mouse fan myself, I am so happy that he’s found the love of the Mouse too. There are so many cute Mickey Mouse themed toys, books, clothes, and more for babies, that I wanted to share some of my favorites. 

Mickey Mouse Bath Robe

Why I Just Can’t “Let it Go” + Fun Frozen Finds for Your Little One

The thing about a good Disney movie is that you just can’t let it go. Especially if it’s captured the eyes and ears (and subsequently heart) of your little one. One of the things that I love so much about Disney movies is that these beautifully told stories often manage to capture our hearts too. They speak to the inner child in all of us. The part of us that still believes in magic. The part of us that sees parenthood as a multitude of things, among them being a chance to experience the magic of childhood again.

Not since the Little Mermaid and the Lion King has a story spoke to me the way the story of Elsa and Anna did. Perhaps the fact that I am a mother of two girls made it even easier for me to fall for these two sisters. My girls and I have sat and watched this movie several times, and each time they look as their mama’s eyes get glassy. The first time we watched it I wept. Yes. I know. You too?

And despite welcoming an occasional break from the soundtrack (currently in my car CD player) I just can’t let this movie go. It’s found a place amongst my favorites. This mama is moved by a story about sisterhood and love in its many forms.

Perhaps for me, the takeaway, the message that keeps me coming back, is that sisters will always be sisters.

In the end, nothing was a match for the love of a sister. People will come and go, but sisterhood – that is forever. And as I’ve said before, my hope is that my two girls – sisters – will be there to hold each other and love and support one another when their daddy and I no longer can.

At almost two, I don’t think my toddler really understands the significance of a movie that has managed to warm the hearts of many, despite what the title might suggest. But when she looks up at her sister saying, “Hold me sister” — and when the first words that come out of her mouth in the morning are “Sister where are you?” — it’s clear to me that she understands the gift she has in the form of a sibling.

As a tribute to the movie that we still can’t get enough of, here are a few Frozen products currently available for purchase at Disney Store.

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