Product Review: Baby Food Pouches

On our recent travels, we found ourselves out of fresh food but still on an air plane. Luckily I had packed a backup meal for Frances: a Peter Rabbit Organics Puree. The 4 oz. serving was a little small for Franci’s appetite, but it was so easy to just squeeze it into her mouth and not worry about spoons or bowls or ice packs.

There are several choices out there for organic food pouches, like Happy Tot, Happy Baby, and Earth’s Best to name a few. Some, like Earth’s Best, have added minerals. Others, like Happy Baby, have ascorbic acid. I chose Peter Rabbit because the only “preservative” used is lemon juice.
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Giving Childhood Back to Children

More than just for fun!

More than just for fun!

Peter Gray wrote an article, “Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less“, that is making the rounds and I think it’s one that everyone should read, not just parents. I thought it was going to be about allowing kids more freedom – to run to the corner store to buy milk or to walk home from school unsupervised – but it was specifically about the importance of play.

Playtime is more than just a way to pass a few hours. Gray’s research asserts that play is essential in all mammals’ development, and the those that have the most to learn play the most. He makes great points about creativity and the fact that we have robots and computers to do many of the tasks that we used to do, so our focus now should be on solving problems and thinking towards the future.
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Book Review: The Underland Chronicles

 

The Underland Chronicles

The Underland Chronicles

The Underland Chronicles: Books 1-5 Paperback Box Set by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here at The Green Baby Guide, we mostly review books for babies or about babies. For those of you with older children or that are kids at heart, you might enjoy these books as much as I did.

I bought this set years ago with the intention of gifting them. The right opportunity never presented itself and, after deciding that the set had been taking up space in my present bin for too many years, I thought I might as well read them myself.
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Vaccines vs. Antibiotics: which is worse?

Get well soon!

Get well soon!

I’ve posted about our decision to vaccinate Frances on an alternative vaccination schedule, and I’m still very interested about the vaccine debate, especially with the recent news about outbreaks of measles due to the lack of herd immunity in communities such as Brooklyn.

I usually just skim the titles, but one article recently caught my eye that is worth a read: Growing Up Unvaccinated. The author was not vaccinated as a child, but has chosen to vaccinate her own children. When faced between letting her child suffer through the measles and the consequences (such as infertility or the use of antibiotics) and vaccinating, it’s a no-brainer. I tend to agree with the author. A very sick child is heartbreaking, and is no fun for the parent either.
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Product Review: Gum Massagers

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Zo-li Gummy Stick

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KidGear The Teethifier II

 

It all started when I noticed Franci was more interested in rubbing her gums with the xylophone wand than using it to make music. I had suspected that her gums were starting to itch since she spent a lot of time with her fingers practically down her throat.

While she is more than welcome to use the wand in whatever way she desires, I thought it might be a good time to try out one of the gum massagers available.  There are lots of different choices, so I narrowed it down to cheap and easy to hold (and hard to swallow).
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Losing a Pet

Stella

RIP Stella

For years I joked that we had to have a baby before our dog died, just so we would have something happy to focus on when it happened. Since our dog Stella was nine years old, we figured that time was far in the future; when she was old and grey and was done swimming and playing tug-of-war and racing after the tennis ball. It turns out that day was Saturday, when an autoimmune disorder took her in 36 hours.

Frances is young enough that she doesn’t notice anything is out of the ordinary. She doesn’t even notice the tears as she pokes my face while I’m nursing, which makes it almost harder to remember to smile. But smile we must, because life goes on. The more joy you have in your life, the more devastating the tragedies can be. We can’t control the worst, but we can certainly seek out big and little pleasures to keep as memories, and to have something to look forward to.
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Stockpiling Update: Year End Review

My freezer four months later

Then

Now

Now

 

 

Happy New Year everyone! It’s time for me to take stock of the deep freeze and see how we did. We didn’t manage to eat all the freezer food, but we came pretty close.  Like most yearly goals, all we needed was another few days!

Here’s the run down: The door used to be full of side dishes and lunches, and now it’s full of breastmilk, so I don’t really count that. The middle shelf has quite a bit of baby food at the moment, but the way Franci eats it will be gone quickly.
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Baby’s First Trip to the Beach

Beach Combing

Beach Combing

We’re headed to the beach next month to enjoy some fun in the sun, and I can’t wait!  I’m excited to watch Frances take in an assortment of new sights, sounds, smells and tastes on her first tropical vacation. I was hoping she would be able to run around on the beach, but I think it will be a more relaxing trip since she is not yet walking. Unless she has a huge breakthrough in the next two weeks, I expect her to spend most of her vacation time sitting.

Which brings me to my question. If I were 10 months old, what would I like to play with on vacation? And no, Mama’s cell phone is not an option. But it better be at least as exciting as all the flotsam and seawater she will be drawn to ingest.
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Product Review: Stacking Cups

Stacking Cups

Stacking Cups

As expected or a 10-month old, Frances favorite Christmas present was the tissue and ribbons that came wrapped around the toys. She spent the majority of the morning tearing the tissue into tiny pieces and, when we turned our backs for the briefest moment, sticking them in her mouth. Now that the tissue and ribbon have been stashed away and only the gifts are left, she’s turned her attention to an actual toy: Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Stack & Roll Cups.

Franci loves the way they sound when she hits them together, and she likes tracing the ridges and bumps with her fingers. If I nest them and put them in front of her, she likes to sort through them. Although she’s not able to stack them herself yet, she likes to knock down the stack I make for her, usually before I can build it all the way up.
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Holiday Guilt

Not at our house!

Not at our house!

I have a confession to make: we do not have a Christmas tree. In fact, of the nine Christmases my husband and I have been together, we have not once gotten a tree. Every year there is a different reason not to get a tree (we’re moving, we’re going to be out of town, the decorations are in the storage unit across town and I’d rather be baking cookies, etc.).

In the back of my mind I’ve always thought that once we had kids we’d have a tree. Well, it’s baby’s first Christmas, and we didn’t get a tree!
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