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Successful Breastfeeding from the Start

As a mama of three, I can honestly say that breastfeeding my babies has been one of the best parts of motherhood. It is a gift that I am so thankful I was able to give my girls, and it is something that gave me so much more than I ever could have imagined. That being said, breastfeeding is also one of the most challenging things I have ever done as well. I had to work at it like nothing else, but it was completely worth it each time. If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby, know that there are women all over the world working hard to feed their babies. When the going got tough, I took comfort in knowing that I wasn’t alone. Here are some of my personal tips for successful breastfeeding from the start…

Real Nursery Inspiration: Magnolia's Eclectic Vintage Nursery

Tania is a mama I met through Instagram. She lives in Canada with her husband Dustin, their little boy Henri and new baby Miss Magnolia. I absolutely adore Tania’s style and blog – the girl has seriously fantastic taste – so it’s no surprise that she knocked it out of the park when she designed Magnolia’s nursery.

Here’s what she had to say about the space:

“When we found out we were having a little girl, we knew we wanted to make her space feminine but not girly. We didn’t have the intention to make it look vintage, but with all the sentimental pieces we incorporated (from our grandparents houses & our travels), it ended up looking very eclectic, which we love. We can’t wait for the day that we can share the stories with her of where all the elements in her room came from & what significance they have to us. For each element in her room we found at a large box store, we were sure to match it by introducing something unique & handmade, which made for a very custom & personal feel without the high price tag.

The challenge in a nursery is to the keep the functionality of everything, [while staying] stylish. We had ease of use in mind above aesthetic, which we were then able to customize & make our own both easily & inexpensively. Wish we could credit extensive planning & eye for design on the color scheme of the room, but truth be told, we chose a color we loved for the accent wall & relied on good old trial & error for the rest. We wanted things to ‘go well’ together but not ‘match,’ and the end product flows nicely.

Lastly, we wanted to incorporate the trend of having a reading nook for her to grow into but wanted it to be different. The idea of acrylic ghost shelving that let the books act as artwork on the wall appealed to us so much, but we couldn’t find any shelves in our budget. Finally, we stumbled upon a greeting card display wholesaler online & repurposed them as a library. It may be our favorite part of her room! We hope she enjoys spending time in her space as much as we enjoyed putting it together. We can’t wait to watch her grow up in her there!”

Check out all the lovely details below!

Real Nursery Inspiration: Magnolia's Eclectic Vintage Nursery

Finding The Time To Simply Play

I have been having a really hard time with time. It seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day. It seems like just minutes after we wake up the day has passed and it is time to go to sleep and do it all over again. All this means is, that I am struggling to slow down and find the time to really have special playtime with Baylor. Not that we don’t play but I haven’t been able to make playtime super special like I normally do.

Real Party Inspiration: Huck's Woodland Camp Birthday

This birthday party is maybe one of my most favorite that I’ve shared to date. It was a 2nd birthday party my friend Meghan hosted for her little guy Huck and after seeing just the “sneak peek” photos on Instagram I was begging her to let me share it here at Disney Baby. Meghan went with a “Camp Huck” woodland theme for the party and the party is filled with so many thoughtful details that make it feel special, but not over-the-top and unattainable for less crafty parents (like myself!). All of the food was vegan since their family is vegan and I was impressed with all the great healthy options she was able to come up with – especially for the cake! It’s brilliant! Check out the cuteness! (*More DIY details can also be found at Meghan’s blog Little Figgy Pudding!)

Real Party Inspiration: Huck's Woodland Camp Birthday Party

Why We're Waiting to Potty Train

For whatever reason, there is so much pressure on parents for their children to pass each milestone by a certain age. From sleeping through the night to potty training, there seems to be some invisible race that we’re all in. From my experience as a mama of 2 (soon to be 3!) girls, it seems that NOT stressing over certain milestones is the way to go. Instead of putting pressure on ourselves and our children, staying up in the night to read every single parenting expert book, or gathering advice from all of our seasoned friends, we’re able to enjoy our children and the stage they are at. Ingrid, our youngest, just turned 2. And while many parents start hardcore potty training at this age, we’re not. Here’s why…

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