Los Angeles has a new House at Pooh Corner: The first-ever Disney Baby store, which was unveiled on Thursday (September 6) with a grand opening party attended by some of Hollywood’s most glamorous parents and their kids.
The Biggest Loser star Alison Sweeney and her children, Ben, 7, and 3-year-old Megan (dressed as Cinderella) were the first to enter the new shop, where they admired the wide array of Disney-themed nursery essentials: clothing, furnishings and toys.
But the event’s real guests of honor were nearly two dozen expectant military moms invited by the non-profit support organization Operation Shower, who were serenaded by Kenny Loggins and his new band, the Blue Sky Riders. Each of the military moms was given a $250 Disney gift card to spend in the new store.
“Disney is such a classic brand, and as a mom myself, I am excited to celebrate the launch of the first ever Disney Baby Store,” Alison told Celebrity Baby Scoop. “I am so happy to share this magical moment with everyone, especially the military families who serve our country and make us proud every day.”
Allison also spoke about how her daughter’s favorite character is Cinderella and she insisted on dressing up in the beautiful blue costume for the event.
Ali Landry remarked about how everything in the store was perfect for her 10-month-old son Marcelo, and she couldn’t wait to come back do some serious shopping.
Celebrity Baby Scoop caught up with Jennifer Aspen, from the TV series, GCB. The new mom confessed that the show’s cancellation made her cry — but that blow was softened by the arrival of her baby daughter, Charlotte, who is now 3-months-old.
“She’s a Disney baby, because I was working on the Disney lot when we began the adoption process,” Jennifer said.
Jennifer went on to say she’s enjoying every minute of new motherhood.
“I’m not working yet, but looking,” she said. “And I know it’s going to be hard because I know I’m going to cry the first time I have to leave her. I’m not looking forward to those days when we shoot for 16 hours.”
Scout Masterson and Bill Horn (a.k.a. The Guncles) were also there with their 2-year-old daughter Simone. We wondered how Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood’s Guncles are dealing with the challenge of juggling work and raising a happy, healthy child in Hollywood.
“We didn’t apply to be on a TV show or to try to become ‘famous,’” Scout said. “It’s just that when Tori and Dean started their show, we’re very close with them. I mean, we’re part of their family. So it’s just natural we would be on there.”
“We have celebrity friends who are celebrity moms and dads, and we see how they handle it, so we didn’t have to overthink it,” Bill added.
Scout said the couple have learned a lot from observing how their friends are raising their children. But there were a few things about parenthood that took them by surprise.
“I think what surprises is that it is truly exhausting. When they say it’s exhausting, it’s not just somebody saying oh, I’m exhausted, like — it’s exhausting!” he shared.
Bill nodded in agreement at the memory of those first few months with a newborn.
“I understand why they use sleep deprivation as a torture device, because when you’ve got that fourth or fifth time up and it’s 5 o’clock in the morning, it’s bad,” he said. “And you don’t understand from the outside why anyone would be that grumpy.”
Both dads are thankful that the sleeplessness of the newborn stage has passed and they now have an established routine.
“We’re very hands-on dads,” Scout said. “My mom comes and helps us out. She’s our Granny Nanny. But we don’t have like a hired staff of people. So it IS tiring to work 50 or 60 or 70 hours a week or more and also be there. You know, we never miss a moment with Simone.”