Lauren Hartmann

Lauren is a former preschool teacher, turned wardrobe stylist and blogger, living in Portland Oregon with her husband and high school sweetheart Craig (together 11 years and counting!), her daughter Fern and their German Shepherd Marley. She likes pretty things, funny things and a million other little things, and writes about them at The Little Things We Do. Read even more from Lauren at Babble, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

Reminding Myself To Let Them Be Little

I am the type of person who thrives on an accomplishment. Seeing a task or a project through to completion is something I live for. I enjoy turning chaos into order…organizaton…schedules. So, what happens when someone like me who longs for quantifiable results and having a method to the madness becomes a parent? Well, honestly, the answer is quite often frustration and impatience.

Reminding Myself To Let Them Be Little

How We Deal With Our Baby's Separation Anxiety

Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me the Monsters, Inc. security blanket rattle for free.

My oldest, a little girl, has always been an independent, little thing. From the time she was a wee babe, she’s had no qualms about us dropping her off with the grandparents so we could have a date night, or about leaving her for an hour-and-a-half in a Sunday School class while we were in church. We were a bit spoiled in never having to deal with separation anxiety. But, my son has been a completely different story. He’s a total mama’s boy and clingy as can be. As such, leaving him has been a bit more challenging. Now at 7-months though, things have gotten much better and we can leave him for longer stretches at a time. There are a few things that have really helped us in this process as we figured out how to deal with our baby’s separation anxiety. Here’s what worked…

How I Make One-On-One Time for Baby Now That I Have Two Kids

Finally! A Sippy Cup That Works for Us

Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me the NUK Disney Learner Cup for free.

When it comes to sippy cups, I’m not easily impressed. As evidenced by the entire kitchen cupboard that I just purged, full of sippies that didn’t quite make the cut during my daughter’s babyhood. They all failed me for one reason or another — especially the ones that leaked all over my purse and ruined things in the process. Definitely less than ideal.

So, now with my little Clive ready for his first sippy, I was at a loss for what to try. He was never willing to take a bottle, which made things even tricker, but luckily I’ve found the sippy cup of our dreams. This one is seriously fantastic.

Our Favorite Chew-Proof Baby Books

Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me the Dumbo Soft Book for free.

When I was pregnant with my daughter, the very first purchase I made was a little vintage children’s book from a cute downtown boutique. I couldn’t wait to read it to her and eventually she arrived and I did read it…over and over. That is until she reached the age where she could grab things, because then all she wanted to do with that lovely, little, vintage book was shove it in her mouth and give it a good chew. Not ideal. Since then, I’ve discovered the importance of having chew-proof baby books.

A Few of Our Favorite Chew Proof Baby Books

New Year's Resolution: Finding the Magic in Playtime With My Baby

Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me the Monsters, Inc. quilt for free.

When it comes to parenting we all have our strengths and weaknesses. I tend to excel most in the practical side of parenting. Making meals and tidying up after my kiddos…packing a mean diaper bag? Those things are kind of my jam. But, when it comes to actually sitting down and playing with my babies? Well, let’s just say it doesn’t exactly come naturally.

Finding the Magic in Playtime With My Baby
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