Parenting A Five Year Old Tips

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Holding on while letting go can be tough for us moms. I’m so thankful to Dreft for sponsoring this post so I can share how I’m trying to best balance helping my little one grow, and still keeping her my little baby.

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My little one is my baby and she always will be. 

At five years old we still call her the baby. I don’t think that will ever change since we called her older sister the baby till she was eight, or in other words the day the new baby was born. I have always struggled with finding the right mix of holding on, while letting go of the girls. I mean some days I feel like celebrating that I can finally sleep through the night and not have to carry a diaper bag everywhere. And then other days I can’t believe she is five. I mean five might as well as be fifty to me because they both mean she is not a baby.


But on my better days I know that I’m doing alright and that growing up is a good thing.

I look back at pictures and her “baby days” seem so far away and yet so close at the same time. And trying to imagine what we did before she joined our family might as well be me imagining a trip to the bathroom by myself, (which I am still waiting to happen 15 years after I became a mom for the first time).

And although the benefits of having an older child (hello no middle of the night desperate pacifier searches) are great and all, some days I’d rather sit back and remember the good ‘ole days when all it took to make her happy was me holding her. The baby memories come out of nowhere for me and they can be triggered by all sorts of things. From a new milestone in her development, like how she just learned to read (which should be really awesome except it also means I can’t spell things to Pete anymore, but I mean it is really awesome!) to the baby smell that we all love!

Once I am under the captivating baby smell the memories come flooding back and they warm my heart as I travel back in time.

And that it totally okay with me! I don’t miss having a baby at home as much as I miss her being a baby. It’s just such a special time that it’s hard to even explain or understand, unless you too are a mom. And if you are a mom, then you totally get how captivating that baby scent is which is why I’m pretty excited about Dreft Blissfuls In Wash Scent Boosters. They provide long lasting baby fresh scent that I can wash into her clothes!  

Because, who doesn’t love and want more baby scent in their life?

I know I do! I want to smell that sweet smell and have those memories come flooding back all the time! And I’m going to enjoy the memories that make me get teary eyed just as much as the one of her destroying my office with all her building blocks, because that is what babies do and even then I knew that I would look back on those memories and laugh!


Isn’t this what life and parenting is all about anyways? Having fun and making memories?

Sock gloves optional.


And so I’m going to live every moment with joy and cherish those memories while holding on to my “baby” and encouraging her to grow up.


But you all know I’ll be stocking up on Dreft Blissfuls because she is only a baby for one year, and Dreft Blissfuls can bring back that amazing baby fresh scent (and all those memories) whenever I want.

What do you miss most about when your kiddos were babies?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • Five is such a fun age. They are still little, but almost not little.

  • I miss everything about when my kiddos were babies. They listened, didn’t fight with each other… They were cuddlers.Lol but I’ve really enjoyed raising them and watching them. Grow!

  • I miss the eyes looking up at me thinking I can fix anything. They believed I could protect them from the big bad world.

  • My youngest is 27 and we still call her the baby! She’ll be getting married next spring, but she’ll always be my baby. I do miss the smell of Dreft. It was the only laundry detergent I used when the kids were small.

  • I loved having a squishy baby around. My boy is almost 4, and it’s a fun time, but I still miss the cuddly little being he was.

  • It was always fascinating seeing our personalities start to rub off on them around that age. They learn so much just just from living with their parents.

  • I remember those days. I really miss them. Those were the days of hand holding and bed time stories. *sigh*

  • I love those pictures. What a sweet face!! I miss my kids when they were babies but they are so fun now too. Growing up is so bittersweet for us parents!

  • Dreft was a favorite for me when mine were little. I miss the snuggles! They grow up and get too big for ’em, and I don’t like it. 🙂

  • Use to use dreft all the time for my little ones but that was a long time ago. They do grow up way too fast.

  • What a great post. I miss all the snuggle time I would get. Now a days it seems like I am lucky to get a hug from my son.

  • My son is two and we still call him the baby. He will be my baby forever!

  • My youngest baby just turned seven this month and I get a little sadder with every passing year. I try to cherish every moment and get my actual baby fixes through my nephew and friends’ little ones.

  • Time really does go by so fast!! My princess is only 3, but I feel like even at 3, she’s not really my baby anymore 🙁 time needs to slow down!

  • wr love draft and it’s all we use! My daughter has food allergies and sensitive skin so it’s the best detergent for her. Plus I love the smell!

  • I miss those mispronounced words. I also miss snuggles. You don’t get them anymore once they hit the teen years!

  • Aww, I love this post. Although my little one is only 2, I sometime think of him growing up and no longer being my baby, even though he will always be my baby he technically won’t. =( Beautiful pictures. Also I do miss the Dreft smell. Sigh memories.

  • Five is a great age. They are not babies anymore but they still aren’t quite big kids. They are becoming independent but still need you.

  • I miss all the sweet snuggle time and breastfeeding. My baby will be 4 soon and he is my last baby. He has grown up so quickly it seems. It’s hard to believe that I was pregnant and very miserable 4 years sgo. I love him so much as I do my older kids. I’m trying my hardest to treasure all the moments because they go by so fast.

  • I do miss when my kiddos were babies. It’s so hard to watch them grow up and it happens so fast. My youngest graduates preschool in just 11 days. 🙂

  • My kids are all grown up and I still call them babies. 😉 I miss the days when they were little and clingy.

  • I can definitely relate because my youngest (the “baby”) is now 4 & 1/2 years old. Good thing she’s still very affectionate because spontaneous hugs & kisses are what I miss most from my oldest who’s now 7.

  • I miss taking walks and sharing the wonders of the world with young kids. An ordinary rock can be a diamond, a tool, a toy, a treasure when kids are young. Somewhere along the line it becomes a plain old rock again. Hang on to the Dreft fragrance to keep the fresh scents of babyhood around a bit longer.

  • They grow up in the blink of an eye… thankful for digital photos and making the process of looking back so much easier these days. We used Dreft for our kids too!

  • my oldest will be 5 in November. lately i’ve just noticed how much she has developed and is not my little baby anymore. i do love watching her grown into her own unique person though. she will always be the one who made me a mom.

  • I miss my kidlets falling asleep on my shoulder or in my arms. They were so snuggly, now they’re like mules when they sleep in our bed!

  • Kiddo came into my life when she was 3 and I can’t have children of my own. So, I missed out on all those baby things. But, that’s ok. We’ve made a lot of our own memories.

  • My 5 year old is about to turn 6 and he’s still my baby… He says only I can call him that. It really does go by so darn quickly.

  • That baby smell definitely needs to stay around much longer! I love this post and how much your love is shown for your girl

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