Making Baby Food Ain’t Rocket Science

Parents complain all the time that baby food is so expensive and the question I need answered is, “Why do you buy it?” I have no sympathy for you when you are choosing to buy something you could make yourself. 

Why do people buy baby food?

  • Convenience
  • No idea how to make it or what to put in it
  • Lack of time

I hear you on the above reasons; however, unless you’re buying organic baby food, keep in mind that you could be serving your child preservatives, additives, BPAs, and pesticides.

Let’s tackle these one at a time…

Convenience:

Yes, grabbing a pouch or package from the pantry, or having a few handy in the diaper bag (or purse) are fab options for when you’re on a time crunch and you’re out of options. I’ll admit I’m likely to keep a few from Plum Organics or Happy Baby on hand, but it can be just as convenient to have your own pouches pre made.

Get yourself:

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Remember that breastmilk has EVERYTHING baby needs for the first year of like. There’s ZERO need to supplement with solids if baby is feeding well. They’re also getting a great oral workout by nursing so there’s really no need to introduce “real” food unless your supply is dwindling or you’re just worn out from nursing.

What do I use to make it?

Food processor:

For new foodies, they need things super soupy. Add water or breastmilk to foods and puree the hell out of them until they’re soupy. Then, as babies graduate to firmer textures you can reduce the liquid added until you’ve got something similar to greek yogurt consistency, but still soft. Sooner than expected your baby will be eating soft solids without them needing to be pureed or softened at all.

What do I put in it?

Whatever you’re eating at home should suffice! If you’re a junk food junkie then obviously this doesn’t apply to you, but for those of us that eat a well balanced diet, you should have what you need on hand.

First: root vegetables (sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, pumpkin, beets, peas)

Second: Nonacidic fruits (pears, plums, bananas, avocado)

Third: Get creative! Apples, mangoes, prunes, grapes, berries, quinoa, oatmeal, barley, chia, hemp, egg yolks (hard boiled)

You can use water, goats milk, breastmilk, yogurt or almond milk as liquids to soften

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Lack of time:

(I don’t buy this one at all! Multitask.)

While you’re cooking dinner for yourself or the family, toss a handful of peas, a spoonful of quinoa, and a few slices of avocado into the processor with whatever liquid you’re using. Or, even easier once they graduate past the beginner foods, throw some leftovers into the processor and store it seperately for lunch. Macaroni & cheese, lasagna, shepherd’s pie, etc can all be appropriate for your older baby once they’ve proven they’re not allergic to anything.

Avoiding allergies:

Introduce 1 new food every 3 days and keep a diary. If you see any reactions, cross that sucker off the list and alert your pediatrician. Once baby gets the “all clear” the sky is the limit.

Avoid these for the first year:

  • Egg whites
  • Cow’s milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • too much salt or sugar
  • Anything too spicy
  • Peanut butter (until 1 year)

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Many babies jump straight from breast to solids, skipping the spoon or pouch. They just might be more independent. These babies can feed themselves applesauce, yogurt, salmon roe, and tiny bites of berries, bananas, avocado, or quinoa. I like to sprinkle feta into quinoa to flavor it for new foodies.

The secret to making baby food is not to overcomplicate it! Realize that the sooner baby eats what you eat, the happier the whole family is, and the happier your wallet is!

HOT NEW ITEM: The Swaddle Swing

I discovered this gem last year at the ABC Kids expo in Vegas and have been waiting on pins and needles for it to hit shelves! I’m thrilled to finally introduce you to…

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Most new parents share the same common fears:

Will we ever be able to leave the house again?

What if they’ve been crying for hours and we have no idea how to calm them?

What do we pack with us when we’re going out?

Ugh, will our house be taken over by baby equipment?

I’m worried about their safety?

Well, the Swaddle Swing, invented by a new dad, addresses all these fears! Dr. Harvey Karp, famed pediatrician and “baby expert” teaches new parents The 5 S’s for Calming Fussy Babies. By implementing the 5 S’s, parents (and anyone, really) can calm a fussy baby in a matter of minutes! Swaddling, Side lying/Stomac lying, sucking, shhhing, and swinging. With the Swaddle Swing, parents can effectively do 4/5 S’s wherever, whenever, to effectively (and safely) calm their fussy baby.

  1. Place baby in the swing
  2. Strap him/her in securely
  3. Give pacifier for sucking (optional)
  4. Start swinging!

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Watch in awe as baby is gently lulled into relaxation and hopefully dreamland!

Necessity is the mother of invention?

“Soon after bringing his new daughter, Cora, home from the hospital, new father, Scott Krass, realized that babies tend to cry…a lot. Desperate for a way to soothe his fussy baby, he tried everything. One day while Cora was lying on a small blanket, Scott picked up the four corners of the blanket, which created a type of baby hammock. Cora was instantly calmed by being gently swaddled in the blanket and once Scott started to swing her in it, she absolutely loved it! A few prototypes later, and the Swaddle Swing was born – the world’s first truly portable and packable baby swing that helps any baby sleep anytime anywhere”. TheSwaddleSwing.com

“That Girl” loves the Swaddle Swing because…

  • It coincides with the 5 S’s for calming
  • It’s portable for moms/dads on-the-go
  • It’s safe AND effective
  • It’s guaranteed for 30 days or your money back!
  • It’s even proven to work with colicky babies?!
  • Requires no electricity, batteries, assembly, or installation (hallelujah!)
  • It fits neatly in a diaper bag, purse, backpack, or stroller caddy

Can I get a “hell yeah!”

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Why does the Swaddle Swing rock your world?

Rob W. – Riverside, CA

“My baby will be screaming her head off! Doesn’t want daddy to hold her, doesn’t want a bottle…but a few minutes in the Swaddle Swing and bam! We have a quiet, happy baby! Thank you!!!”

Lauren L. – Hemet, CA

“It is like an OFF switch for my crying baby!”

Greg W. – Dana Point, CA

“My wife and I like to eat out and the Swaddle Swing has saved us so many times at so many restaurants. Seriously, we never leave home without it!”

Uri I. – New York, NY

“Our baby was very colicky the first few months of his life. Nothing seemed to calm him down except the Swaddle Swing. Our fancy electric baby swing just sat in the corner collecting dust while we used our Swaddle Swing. Highly recommend this for anyone with a colicky baby.”

Scott Krass, founder and inventor of the Swaddle Swing is offering 10% off to Whole Heart fans with code WholeHeart10

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Get yours NOW

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Can be purchased via the above links, ShopWholeHeart.com,  TheSwaddleSwing.com, or Amazon

Essential Oils for Pregnancy & Labor

PREGNANCY & LABOR AND ESSENTIAL OILS

Becoming a mother is an emotional roller coaster. From trying-to-conceive to bringing home baby, a woman’s emotions and hormones can be all over the place! Many women are leaning towards a more natural way to help support their bodies through their healthy pregnancies. Essential oils have been a proven method to aid with occasional morning sickness, help prevent stretch marks by moisturizing the skin, help with “baby brain”, support the immune system, and support the body through a normal and healthy labor.

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• OCCASIONAL MORNING SICKNESS – PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
Occasional morning sickness can range from feeling nauseous with the just smell of toothpaste to not being able to look at or talk about food at all. Peppermint Essential Oil helps to support a healthy digestive system and tastes amazing with a drop in your water. Flavored water is a great, healthy, and convenient way to stay hydrated during pregnancy, as well.

SUPPORT HEALTHY SKIN – FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL
Some women are lucky and have the perfect little baby bump and can wear a bikini while 9 months pregnant with their skin looking flawless. However, others can look like a tiger attacked them at the half-way mark! Frankincense Essential Oil can be used all throughout pregnancy by putting a couple of drops directly on the belly or in a tablespoon of coconut oil or even organic Shea butter. This helps to support healthy skin during pregnancy so that stretch marks don’t occur or are much less severe.

HELP WITH “BABY BRAIN” – LEMON OIL
What’s that word… it’s the thing that goes across… in the car…. yes, SEATBELT! “Baby brain” is real and can start before the baby even gets here. I’ve heard that as your baby is growing, it slowly sucks away the mom’s precious brain cells and transfers them to the baby. Whether that’s true or not, common, everyday words that used to be in your vocabulary become lost in the abyss of mommy-hood. Lemon Essential Oil is an emotionally uplifting, zesty and invigorating oil that may help with cognitive function*. This oil’s aroma not only smells incredible, but it gives your body the boost of energy it needs to help you think clearly! It also tastes refreshing in your water, just make sure you drink out of a glass bottle, not in a plastic or styrofoam cup. NOTE: Citrus oils are photosensitive, which is one of the reasons that Lemon Essential Oil is labeled as a dietary supplement. If someone chooses to put this on their skin, then it’s recommended to keep that area of skin away from direct sunlight for 24-48 hours.

• SUPPORT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM – THIEVES
Since many over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs are not safe while pregnant, it is so important to keep your immune system supported well. While exercising and eating healthy are recommended while pregnant, there are other ways you can support your body’s healthy immune system. Taking a great quality vitamin with folate is one way (Young Living’s Master Formula Vitamins have Folate in them instead of the inferior and synthetic Folic Acid), but also using an essential oil blend called Thieves. Thieves Essential Oil is highly regarded for its ability to support healthy immune systems. It is a unique blend that contains five different essential oils: clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary. Thieves Essential oil is labeled as a dietary supplement and while you can take it in a capsule, it tastes wonderful in a cup of warm tea.

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SUPPORT A HEALTHY & RELAXING LABOR AND DELIVERY

LAVENDER AND “PEACE & CALMING”
While it is always recommended to talk to your OB or mid-wife before starting anything new during pregnancy, many moms feel very comfortable using essential oils that are top quality to support a healthy pregnancy. Lavender Essential Oil and Peace & Calming Essential Oil are two oils that can assist the body when adapting to occasional stress and relax and calm for restful sleep. You can use a few drops of these oils in the diffuser for a calming atmosphere–for both new mom AND new dad!

NOT ALL OILS ARE CREATED EQUAL

The purity of oils is important because you’ve got to know exactly what you are putting in your body — especially when growing another human being! Young Living in the only oil company that has a Seed to Seal® guarantee. “Young Living is proud to set the standard for essential oil purity and authenticity by carefully monitoring the production of our oils through our unique Seed to Seal® process. From the time the seed is sourced until the oil is sealed in the bottle, we apply the most rigorous quality controls possible to ensure that you are receiving essential oils exactly the way nature intended.” (www.seedtoseal.com)

I chose Young Living because of the Seed to Seal® guarantee mentioned above, as well as all the help and support I received when I first got started using essential oils. I signed up as wholesale member by getting the Premium Starter Kit (PSK) which includes 11 essential oils (Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Copaiba, Frankincense, Thieves®, Purification®, R.C.™, DiGize™, PanAway®, and Stress Away™) PLUS a free home diffuser.

To get the PSK, or for more information on essential oils by Young Living, click here

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