Kale, Green Peas & Eggplant

Ingredients:
1 large eggplant
1/2 cup frozen green peas
1 handful fresh kale
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions:
1.Bring a pot of water to a boil
2.Add the peas and boil for 3 minutes or until soft
3.Drain peas and set aside
4.Heat up a pan with a little olive oil
5.Chop your eggplant and kale
6.Stir fry them until eggplant is brown
7.Blend all ingredients together
8.Let cool and then serve

**I froze the remaining portions in my silicone @kiddofeedo tray.

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Veggie Puree & Finger Food


Full Plate Details:
Orange slices
Strawberry slices
Steamed broccoli
Salad (chopped raw zucchini, chopped tomato & chopped onion)
Veggie puree (egg plant, okra, zucchini, spice to taste)

Product Details:
Chair cover Sprout Shell
Bus Platter Innobaby
Silicone dipping spoon ChooMee

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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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Avocado & Mango

Ingredients:
1 Mango
2 avocados
2oz pumped breastmilk or cashew milk

Instructions:
Blend ingredients and serve immediately, as avocado may turn brown once it has been in contact with the air for too long. It’ll still be safe to eat, but this process changes the flavour slightly. I froze the remaining portions in my silicone @KiddoFeedo tray.

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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/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/numnuminc/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/numnuminc

***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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