Category Archives: Toddler Friendly

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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***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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Peach Banana & Strawberry Ice Pop

1 peach
2 bananas
5 strawberries

1.Peel and hand mash bananas
2.Fill up each @kiddofeedo compartment halfway
3.Remove stems from strawberries & chop
4.Peel and remove pit from peach & chop
5.Hand mash peach and strawberries together
6.Add to @kiddofeedo compartments to top it off
7.Insert spoons of popsucle sticks into tray compartments
8.Freeze for at least four hours of until frozen

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Carrot & Ginger Juice

6 carrots
1 lemon
2 oranges
1 pear
2in piece of ginger

1.Wash, peel & cut ingredients
2.Juice ingredients
3.Serve immediately

*It’s really the carrot and ginger flavours that pop. I didn’t taste the pear at all, but it’s a great addition for nutritional value. I froze the remaining portions in my silicone @kiddofeedo freezer tray for our eight month old. I offer 1-2oz in a day. Her primary source of nutrition and hydration is still my milk at this stage.

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BluTaylor: A Must-Have for Baby Girls

Our first two children are boys, and while we were excited to welcome them into the world, I had never been too enthusiastic about dressing them. I always looked for solid colours and basic prints to make matching quick and simple. Things changed once we had our first daughter last year. It’s safe to say that I could easily spend a hours in the little girls section picking out clothing and accessories for baby girl.

You could probably understand how excited I was when I came across the BluTaylor brand. Their hats grabbed my attention because they are stylish and simple to put on baby. I am lacking when it comes to fashion sense, but I feel like wherever I lack, BluTaylor compensates. It’s so easy to jazz up outfits now, and protect her hair as well. I had the privilege of trying their lovely head pieces, and would love to share my experience with you.

Who is BluTaylor?
BluTaylor (formerly BabyTurban) is a brand that designs handmade hats for both children and adults. I was amazed at how quickly I could put them on baby, and I loved the attention she got from wearing them as well. Most people commented that they loved her head wrap, and asked what technique I used to put it on her, and that is part of the magic. These hats give the illusion of a head wrap, but they are put on the same way you would any hat. They pull up in the center, so they will not get into baby’s eyes, and the stretchy fabric means you get extra wear out of them without them getting too tight for baby too quickly.

My Experience
BluTaylor hats come in a wide range of colours. I chose basic red and a white one, because it’s really easy to match with most of her outfits. I absolutely love patterns, but I tend to go with simple basic colours to make it easier for me to assemble matching outfits and accessories to compliment them. I like that I have that choice, because many brands are too limited when it comes to their fabrics, and it leaves me second guessing what I choose to pair their items with in terms of style.

BluTaylor™ Preemie Program
As mentioned on their website, BluTaylor is a missioned business. I love brands with a deeper cause (besides the obvious and justified need for profit). Now don’t get me wrong, we need to make living. What I mean when I say this is that when you invest both mind and heart into a project, and when you are able to impact a person’s life in ways I am about to mention, the products tend to also have sentimental value, thus making them that much more special.

If you or someone you know has recently had a preemie baby, check out this submission form, and fill it out to receive your custom hat for your little blessing. Delivering a baby early can lead to an emotional time for a couple, and BluTaylor understands this, and wish to give these parents a little support and reminder that they are not alone.

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

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Friends, Meet Milton!

In our home, Milton has become a household name within a matter of hours. It was that easy. The box arrived, I called out “Milton is here!” and the kids’ attention had been caught. We opened our box to find our new friend, Milton, along with a Meet Milton book. Before using Milton, I ran him through the dishwasher that night, and sat with the kids before bed to read the story about him and his adventures. The book is pretty fun to read, as it features images and text that describe Milton’s story and how he got to this point. It’s a cute story, and after reading it, I felt that the kids were set up to use him the following day.

Our Uses for Milton:
The creation of Milton is one of those situations where a simple concept does far more than the obvious. Of course the boys were excited to offer Milton some food, but that is not the limit to his capabilities. Here are a few other ways we use Milton

•Milton keeps his mouth open nice and wide to help me show the boys how to care for their teeth. I am able to show them that with brushing after meals and flossing each day, he is able to avoid cavities!
•Milton is a great bath time companion. He loves feeling the water from the shower head on his bald little head, and has a blast in the bathtub as well. No tears over here!
•He’s a great chew toy. Milton is a sweetheart. He doesn’t complain when our seven month old girl eases her sore gums by nibbling on him throughout the day.
•He is our snack sitter. When the boys have not finished a snack, they have Milton guard their plates or bowls while they run off to play until they are ready to finish eating.

Favourite Features:
•Milton is easy to clean. Simply squeeze the sides to pop his mouth open, and use a baby bottle cleaner or sponge to clean him. This is a great way to get toddlers to practice helping in the kitchen as well. What greater way to teach responsibility than to have them clean their own mealtime companion after meal time? He’s also dishwasher safe in case you’re not in the mood for hand washing.
•He’s safe for children to play with. Most of our tableware and utensils for the kids are made of silicone, so you can imagine my joy when I discovered that Milton is made of 100% food grade silicone, making it BPA free, phthalate free, and PVC free. He’s a squishy little guy, making him a great companion for our youngest, who will chew on anything in sight.

•This isn’t really a con, because it’s not about the product itself, but I will leave this header to attract attention. On their FAQ page, the website mentions that the Meet Milton book is not just to introduce children to their new mealtime companion, but also serves as a user manual for parents. This is true in my experience. What I would like is to see their website place a bit more emphasis on the book, because its role is a bit underplayed. I found it informative, the kids had a blast reading it at night, and it motivated them to try new things even before they had Milton join them at the table. It’s too awesome to not brag about! I would love to see more focus on the book within their website, so that visitors can get as excited as I did after reading it.

Milton Gives Back:
Here’s a great fact about Milton that I learned from the website. For every Milton made, $1 is donated to Feed My Starving Children to support their “mission of feeding children hungry in body and spirit”. It’s one thing when a brand comes out with a fun hip product that works well with the kids, but the fact that the makers have made it a point to give back (on a quarterly basis) shows that they also have heart, and it doesn’t get better than that! Click here for details on how the folks over at Sixty LLC give back.

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For the month of August, use discount code “kidfoodideas10” to get 10% off your purchase! Free shipping to addresses in the USA!

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

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