Category Archives: Raw

Kiwi Served up Three Ways

Serving up delicious kiwi in three different ways! It was a fun Oogaa challenge, and I definitely plan to do this again with other ingredients. The kids’ favourite produce really depends on the day of the week, but lately we’ve been enjoying kiwi, so I chose this ingredient for my challenge. Raw is a fun way to go, because you can make or prepare your dish within minutes. So I chose to make an ice pop, serve it fresh, and make some chia pudding.

Ice Pop Ingredients:
1 kiwi
7 guavas
1 tangerine
cashew “milk”

Ice Pop Instructions:
Blend all ingredients
Pour into mold
**I used this mold by KiddoFeedo

Kiwi & Chopped Cherries:
1 kiwi cut in half
6 dark cherries cut length ways into four slices each

Kiwi Chia Pudding Ingredients:
3-4tbsp. chia seeds
5oz breastmilk
1/2 kiwi

Kiwi Chia Pudding Instructions:
Peel and chop kiwi into really small pieces
Place ALL ingredients in a container
Seal it tight, and let set overnight
The following day, open and serve
**To prep the chia pudding, I used this container by Innobaby

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NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils

I believe the weaning stage is a time of exploration of new colours, textures and flavours. My milk is still her primary source for nutrition, so we are easing into this stage gracefully, and learning together as we go. I noticed a trend on social media, where parents seem almost forced to choose between serving purees or finger food (also known as baby led weaning). With our children, we have always offered both. One fun way to allow them to dabble in both worlds is with the NumNum Pre-Spoons. They were designed not only to be little spoons for little hands, but also to make the self feeding experience a little easier for them. I will explain.

Photo Credit: NumNumBaby.us

So the NumNum Pre-Spoons are pretty small, measuring at 4″ L x 1″ W x .5″ D. The size is perfect for our little girl’s hands during this fun weaning stage. The heads are flat, and the purpose for this is so that children can hold the spoon handles in any direction and will still be able to retrieve food. No need to scoop the food out as we adults must do. Children simply need to do the dipping motion, and then eat what the NumNum spoons gather. Of course with adult spoons, things won’t be so easy for her, but we’re trying to take things one step at a time. She’ll learn about adult spoons when the time comes.

My favourite feature is definitely the textured surfaces. They make the spoons easy to grip, which is great when slippery food is involved. I’m speaking about you, my dear hand mashed bananas! Easy grip isn’t the only benefit from the textured surfaces, as these spoons are perfect on the gums. Teething was never a huge ordeal with any of our children, but baby girl does have her fussy days. I have noticed lately that after eating with her NumNum spoons, she sits back and eases her little gums by chewing on the rubbery spoon tips. They are also BPA-, PVC-, and phthalates-free.

The GOOtensils set comes with two spoons. One spoon is for food of a thin consistency, while the other is for thicker mixtures. I mostly steam and handmash baby girl’s food, so a thicker consistency is usually what she gets. Even with this being the case, I am following her lead, and I give her both spoons so that she can decide what works for her. Sometimes she eats from both, while other times, she eats from one and chews on the other to ease her gums. I like that each spoon is for another step in the weaning process, but still come packaged together. There is also a less risk of a huge mess, as the food sticks to the spoons. You can imagine how much of a nightmare it is when children use adult spoons and have to rotate them to gather the food. I’m not a fan of those large clean up sessions!

Favourite Features:
•They are dishwasher safe. I put them on the top rack and let the machine do the rest. When items are not safe in the dishwasher, it can be a bit of a hassle to have to wash them separately from everything else. We have three children, so it’s a full house over here. The simpler the task, the better.
•They made baby more confident. You can definitely see the frustration build when little ones struggle to get tasks done on their own. I mean, who could blame them? Imagine having delicious homemade food in front of you, but having poor motor skills keeping you from gobbling it down! Well the spoons collect the food on impact, so that makes life that much easier for the kiddies. It leaves more time to actually enjoy the food, rather than focusing all their attention of trying to retrieve it long enough for it to get in their mouths. Mind you, I do feed her from time to time. Whether or not she self feeds really depends on the day and how she feels.
•They are great for teething babies. They were designed for food, but let’s face it, teething can occur months before the gums are cut. The rubbery end of the GOOtensils is so perfect for baby girl’s itchy gums. Even when she’s not eating, sometimes I just pass one to her to chew on…whatever it takes to ease the discomfort.

Note:
•Quick heads up that my blue spoon faded a little with time. Mine still works perfectly, but it’s now a lighter shade of blue. Our baby obviously doesn’t care about the shade. It’s all about the food, and using a product that helps her do so.

NumNum Online:
Check out the NumNum website for updates on new products, or to order your own set of GOOtensils. Be sure to tag them on social media so that others can follow along on the NumNum adventures!

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/numnuminc/
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***I received the set of spoons shown for review purposes. I have not been compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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Pineapple, Pear, Dragon Fruit & Coconut Water

Keep in mind for this combo that the ingredients are pretty runny, and it will not be very thick. I serve this one to baby girl in a sippy cup rather than with a spoon. It’s not thick like the smoothies we normally make, so I just call it juice!

Ingredients:
1 Pineapple
2 Pears
1 Dragon fruit
A little coconut water for desire consistency

Instructions:
1.Rinse, peel and chop your pineapple and dragon fruit
2.Wash and chop your pear
3.Combine ingredients in blender
4.Add coconut water for desired consistency

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Chicco Canada TravelSeat Hook-On Chair

The weaning stage can be such a fun time for children. It’s a milestone in a child’s life that includes the exercising of motor skills, and exploring a new world of flavours and textures with their senses. Weaning is not a stage that is restricted to the home, as some families enjoy eating out, going on picnics and visiting family. In those cases, it can be a hassle to have baby on your lap. Some restaurants and homes have high chairs to accommodate, but to be honest, the combination of germs and my desire to not inconvenience anyone gets in the way. I prefer to bring my own items to do what I need to do when it comes to the kids.

That is where the Chicco TravelSeat comes in. When we travelled to see family and friends in summer, I often brought along our standard travel seat. While it is easy to use at home, it’s bulky and a hassle to carry around. When I first saw the Chicco TravelSeat, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Not only is it compact, but it’s sturdy and strong.

Pros:
•Portable: It’s called a travel seat, so the product name is pretty self explanatory. What I mean by this is not just the fact that you can take it apart and bring it to another location. It fits a wide range of household and restaurant tables as well as park benches
•The 3-point harness allows your child to sit safely in the chair during meal time. Our baby girl is pretty active when she eats. The fact that I can strap her in means less worrying for me, and more safe eating for her. Mind you, children should always be supervised while eating,
•Rubberised Arms: Don’t be shy to take these to a restaurant or a friend’s house. The rubberised arms are designed to fit most tables without scratching them.
•Compact: I can’t stress how useful this feature is. I am a mother with three children and only two hands, so being able to reduce a high chair to a single lightweight bag that I can throw over my shoulders means more room for me to grab a child or two, plus my diaper bag.

Cons:
I don’t have any cons about this product, so I had to browse other product reviews to see what people were saying (I’m a huge snoop!). A few people said they found the seat hard to clean, so I will give my take on that. To anyone who has had this issue or thinks this may be a problem, let me share two tips. First of all, the seat is removable. See the snaps on the side? Yep, those ones! You can (very easily and quickly) remove the padded seat and toss it in the machine for a quick cycle. The other tip I will share is that I often cover mine with a seat cover. Brands like Sproutshell make multiuse covers that you can place over your chair to protect it. In this way, you can preserve the seat for a longer period of time, and not have to worry about running it through the wash too often.

Chicco Canada TravelSeat with seat cover

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***I have received a sample for review purposes. I have not been compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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Innobaby Stainless Storage Containers

By the time I write this, many of us parents have gotten over the hard part of the back-to-school season. The school supplies have been purchased, sleeping schedules have been established, and we are forced to adjust lunch ideas to what our kids’ favourite foods are this year. With all that going on, it helps to have some shortcuts, some ways to make the whole experience pleasurable for the kids, and a tad easier for us. This is where the Innobaby Stainless Storage Containers come in.

Before we began using these, I had the lovely task of rummaging through a mountain of old containers to use for school lunches. Finding tops to match the bottoms was tedious enough, and then there was the issue with using plastic containers to put hot food in them. That never settled well with me. So when I saw these stainless steel leak proof containers, you could say my mood changed with it. I went from lazily preparing lunch the morning of school, to prepping the night before, and enjoying it too. It wasn’t just the fact that I had gone comfortably from plastic to stainless steel, but also the look of the containers. They were durable, insulated, and overall more pleasing to the eye than plastic containers. Let’s not forget that they are better for the environment as well.

Keepin’ SMART™ Stainless Lunchbox
This container is the ideal solution for storing food in an airtight space. I can’t stress how many times I have packed lunch for our oldest in standard tupperware, only to find out his food had leaked into his lunch bag. I don’t mind cleaning up a mess, but a toddler’s lunch experience in school comes with enough interruptions as it is, so any other ways to reduce it helps. Stainless steel means I can wash in the dishwasher. The container comes apart and can be washed quickly by hand, but putting them on the top rack of our dishwasher is usually my backup plan for nights when I am just too tired. I like that I have that option. Another feature that I favour is the fact that there’s a BPA free protective sleeve over the stainless steel. Sometimes I put hot or cold food in plastic containers, and either myself or the children feel the temperature all the way through. With the protective sleeve, you can transport the food without worry.

Keepin’ SMART™ Stainless Divided Snackbox
Both containers together are the perfect pair. One is large enough for a main course, and the other comes with a divider, which makes it ideal for snacks. This works great with our toddler (age five as I type this), because his meal times at school are divided into two sessions. What I love about this particular design is that you get the features of the stainless steal lunch box mentioned above, and also a stainless steel divider. Some children do not like when their food touches other food, and some are visual, and enjoy having ingredients or colours separated to make the presentation more aesthetically pleasing. Whatever the reason, you have room for creativity and versatility with this container.

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Website: http://innobaby.com/
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***I received snack & lunch boxes for review purposes. I have not been compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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