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Review: Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker

As a mom of three, it is my mission to organize my household tasks in a way that saves me time. Keeping the children engaged throughout the day is a task in itself, so I can’t afford to spend hours in the kitchen, despite the fact that I enjoy it so much! I’ve been making homemade baby and toddler food for a few years now, and while I absolutely enjoy the health benefits of making their food myself, it can take up a considerable amount of time. Then, in comes Baby Brezza‘s One Step Baby Food Maker. I have been using it for the last few weeks and I have lots to share about it and my experiences with it.

The Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker provides parents with a way to prepare homemade organic baby food without the fuss of standing in front of a stove while it’s cooking. At the push of a button, you can steam and blend a combination of ingredients to create gourmet masterpieces for your little ones. The bowl holds 2.5 cups and the machine only weights 3.3Lbs!

The second I put it down on the kitchen counter, I realized that it had little suctions at the bottom. This means that it won’t slide around, which is essential when handling hot food. The Baby Brezza One Step is straight forward and easy to use. Add your water, wash and cut ingredients of your choice, add them to the bowl, set the timer and the machine does the rest! It’s pretty user friendly. The kids helped me prepare my first batch and we all had fun. It’s not as loud as our conventional blender, and the blending process is fairly quick.

It makes me sound lazy to say that life is easier when everything is at the touch of a button, but in all honesty, having kids requires much of our time and energy, and any device that allows you to get work done with minimal attention is a great help.

Pros:
•At only 3.3Lbs, this compact machine is easily portable, which makes it perfect for travel. Take it on vacation and use in your hotel room, bring it with you while seeing family or friends. Not only is it convinient, but might just encourage someone else to make their own homemade baby food someday.
•It beeps before switching from steaming mode to blending mode. This feature seems simple, but it’s more useful than you think. Last week I was preparing food with it, and baby fell asleep. Once the beeping began, I was able to jump up and stop the second stage from taking place. Baby slept soundly for another two hours, and I was able to blend the food at a later time that day.
•BPA/phthalate free and easier to clean than my larger size blender
•A regular handmixer works fine for making baby food, but if you’re looking for a machine that does everything for you, this is the way to go.
•Compact space helps the food steam faster

Cons:
•Many parents are gravitating towards glass and silicone products that are designed for baby feeding. While the Baby Brezza One Step bowl is made of plastic, it’s also BPA free.
•Keep in mind that the bowl is NOT leak proof. If you prepare food and want to store some for the same day, it’s best to store it in an air tight

Notes/Tips on the Product:
•Although the Baby Brezza One Step is marketed as a tool for making purees, I noticed fairly quickly that it’s useful even after the early weaning stages. You can prepare steamed veggies, fish and more for both children and adults. Prepare tasty smoothies, applesauce and more with it. The possibilities are endless.
•Do you prepare your baby food in advance and freeze for later? Many parents are reluctant to use a microwave to defrost frozen food. The Baby Brezza one step allows you to defrost your homemade baby food.
•Afraid of overcooking or undercooking? Keep their cooking guide handy.

Video credit: Baby Brezza on Youtube

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*****I have received a Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker to try out. I have not been financially compensated for writing this review. All opinions are my own.

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Sweet Potato & Mushrooms on the go

Baked sweet potato mixed with cooked mushrooms, dragon fruit, blueberries, kiwi and pumped mommy’s milk to drink. We still nurse full time, but we have a bit of a milk stash in our freezer, so I offer it to her in a sippy cup just give us a little break.

Bus platter Innobaby
Stainless cutlery Kiddo Bloom
Stainless cup SipSnap
Silicone universal top SipSnap
Straw SipSnap

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Salad, Dragon Fruit and More!

I took more photos than usual on this day because that head band looked so darn cute on her! Plus, she’s now a year old (wow!!!) and I find myself just watching in aww.

Her plate contained apricot, dragon fruit, strawberries, grapes, salad (lettuce, onion, black sliced olives, ground flax sprinkled on top and pink hummus). You’d be really surprised at what a child can consume without teeth. They have strong gums (ever been bitten by a gummy child?), and I believe our daughter breaks food down with her saliva by sucking on it before chewing. She definitely does that with apple slices quite frequently.

For this plate, she chewed the lettuce and spit it out, then ate small portions of everything else. Normally she wouldn’t finish a plate this big, plus we nurse before she has solids. But I like to offer a variety, and lots of it. They’re more likely to try new things voluntarily this way (our kids at least).

Silicone plate and spoon are by Oogaa

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Potty Training With Reusable Training Pants

It’s that time again! Yes friends, we are back into potty training. After going through it once some years ago, and now going through it again with our second child, I have definitely learned a few things. The tips and techniques from experts are useful, but nobody knows your child better than you do. Please keep that in mind when time comes to choosing a potty training technique.

Choose a Technique That Works For you:
Each child is DIFFERENT. Weaning techniques vary depending on the child. Teaching techniques vary with each child, and it’s only logical to think that potty training techniques may be adjusted to fit the child as well. Our first born began to speak later than most children, and he was a very quiet and shy toddler. So the technique that worked well with him, was to wait until he was almost age three, and to go cold turkey. It took less than a week for him to start using the toilet on his own.

Potty training our second child is a whole other ball game! He began to speak really early, and is far more charismatic and adventurous than his brother. I realized quickly that my approach with his brother would not lead to the same results. It was then that I decided to go from our cold turkey method to putting him back on diapers, which he would randomly remove himself to use the toilet on his own. He expressed a difficulty in removing the diapers in time to use the toilet, and this is where our Bambio Mio potty training pants come in.

About Bambino Mio:
I’m not a fan of disposable diapers because although they’re convenient, they contribute to A LOT of waste on our precious earth. Disposable training pants are the same, and on top of that, they’re more costly. It’s for those reasons that I kept it going with the diapers and went straight to underwear with our oldest. Bambino Mio carries reusable potty training pants, and I was so excited to find out. I didn’t know these existed until this point. The patterns and colours make children excited to try them, and the soft cotton material means optimal comfort. Did I mention that they have extra padding in the crotch area to catch little spills? These absorbent inner pads make life easier for everyone. I wouldn’t say that they absorb the contents of a FULL pee session, but at a stage where a toddler understands the whole concept and really wants to practice going on their own, these make that happen. The best part is that when they have finished and possibly made a small mess, you get to teach them about the importance of reducing waste, and leading by example, as these training pants are washable. They are made from 80% cotton and 20% polyester.

If you go for the potty training bundle, it includes a reward chart, as well as stickers to mark the journey. We taped ours to the bathroom cupboard for easy access, and our toddler has loads of fun adding his choice of stickers for the times he went on his own. This milestone in their lives may or may not be overcome easily, but if we make an effort to make it fun and light, it can be one without stress on the part of both parents and their children.

Other Features I Love:
•Very soft material. Our middle child has eczema, and it’s worse on his arms and legs than anywhere else. His skin is fairly sensitive to some material, and the fact that he gives these training pants by Bambino Mio a thumbs up, means that they are suitable for his skin condition, and that means a lot to me.
•They’re machine washable. Anyone who has read my previous reviews knows that I’m a sucker for dishwashers and washing machines. If I can toss them in and let the machines do the work, it makes my life easier.
•They have concealed inner pads to absorb small leaks.
•Check out the cute designs! Nothing makes a toddler happier than the feeling of independence they get from making their own choices. So when it’s time to put his training pants on, I ask our toddler which prints or colours he wants to wear. This choice alone is enough to distract from the fact that we’re weaning him off the comfort blanket that is a diaper. I’m so sneaky!

Other Points to Share:
•They do not hold a full pee session’s worth of urine, but they do protect our son’s pants from accidental dribbles while on his way to the bathroom, and they hold poop very well.
•If there is poop inside, I simply empty the training pant contents into the toilet, rinse it by hand and then toss it in the washing machine with the rest of our laundry.

Bambino Mio Online:
Website (potty training): www.bambinomio.com/usa/potty-training
Website (main): www.bambinomio.com/usa
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/bambinomio
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bambinomio/

***I received sample product 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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