Recipe: Sweet Potato and Zucchini Fritters

Sweet Potato and Zucchini Fritters

Sweet Potato and Zucchini Fritters

I have quite a few baby food books that I never open because Franci is still content to eat my super-purees.  Most of the finger food I put in front of her gets handed back to me, or she just holds it in her hand while opening her mouth for another bite off the fork.

Last weekend I decided to pick out a couple recipes to try and with a few modifications, this one I liked. Frances was ambivalent and preferred to feed her bites to me rather than to herself, but I think she’ll like them in the future.
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Review: Amazon Mom

Amazon Mom

Amazon Mom

Most of you have probably heard of Amazon Prime, but have you heard of Amazon Mom? It gives you all the perks of a Prime membership (free 2-day shipping, access to the Kindle lending library, and free instant video streaming) plus 20% off Subscribe & Save orders of five or more.

(For those of you not familiar with Subscribe & Save, here’s how it works: Whatever items you’ve subscribed to are delivered by the first of the month at a 5% discount. You can cancel at any time, skip deliveries or have items delivered every two months, or six months, or whatever you decide.  If you don’t cancel the subscription for an item, it is automatically delivered on the schedule you’ve set but you get a warning email with plenty of time to postpone or cancel subscription items.)
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Working Variety into a Baby’s Diet

Banana Again??

Banana Again??

Now that Frances is down to nursing three times a day, the amount of solid food she can consume at one sitting is quite impressive. I don’t know how her stomach can hold so much food!

I’ve been worrying, as only a mother can, about the variety in her diet. Since she’ll eat just about anything, I’ve been pureeing every vegetable I can think of into a thick paste with some sort of meat. I keep a fish version, a lamb version and a chicken version in the freezer and alternate which one she eats each day.
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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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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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Book Review: On Becoming Baby Wise Book Two

On Becoming Baby Wise II: Parenting Your Pre-Toddler Five to Fifteen Months

On Becoming Baby Wise II: Parenting Your Pre-Toddler Five to Fifteen Months

On Becoming Baby Wise II: Parenting Your Pre-Toddler Five to Fifteen Months by Gary Ezzo

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As much as I liked the first book, On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep this one fell short for me. It really shouldn’t be its own book, and I almost feel like the used price I paid (a couple of bucks, shipped) was a rip-off. Why not just append it to the first book, since it’s really more of a pamphlet, any way?
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Stockpiling Update 3

THE BABY FOOD CHRONICLES

Babycook

Babycook

I’m afraid to admit that the deep freeze became even more full this month. Well, I don’t feel too bad about it since September is when the growing season in Nevada reaches its peak. Now that there have been a couple of nights where it threatened to freeze, the harvests are in and I’ve managed to stash away some goods from my parents’ garden.

The main reason the freezer is fuller than it was last month is because I pulled out the Babycook my sister-in-law passed down to us. I know that the Babycook is small so you’re encouraged to make food fresh every day, but the garden produce is getting older by the minute so I’ve been making a full batch of puree every day and then freezing the leftovers.
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Product Review: Mesh Feeder

Now that Frances is in full-on teething mode, she’s been using her Munchkin Fresh Food Feeders every day. I slip in a combination of frozen banana, mango and peach and she obsessively sucks at it until her face is cold and red and her fingers are frozen themselves. If it’s close to nap time, I add a cube of frozen chamomile tea to the mix to encourage sleep.

I’m very grateful that mesh feeders exist, but I have a few complaints about the Munchkin variety. For one, they can be hard to open. I had to use pliers once to get the darn thing open. My biggest grievance is that they are incredibly difficult to clean. Banana in particular doesn’t even come out with scrubbing. Even a toothbrush isn’t that great a cleaning tool, and sometimes I have to scrape it inside out with my fingernail. Where the mesh meets the plastic is an especially tricky spot. And you better clean it immediately after use or you’ll be tempted to just throw it in the trash!
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Does Extended Breastfeeding Cause Tooth Decay?

My daughter has had four cavities in her four short years of life. How is this possible? I can’t say we’re religious flossers, but the rest of our dental routine is pretty admirable. Regular brushing? Yep. Fluoride tablets? Absolutely. Hard candies? Not allowed.

According to our dentist, my daughter’s tooth decay could have been caused by extended breastfeeding. She pointed out that once solids are introduced, bacteria in the mouth can change and breast milk can actually cause cavities.
extended breastfeeding and cavities
After doing a bit of my own research though, I have to disagree. Repeated studies have shown that breast milk has proteins and antibacterial qualities that prevent tooth decay. My older son was also breastfed until well over two years old and has never had a cavity to this day.
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Infant Sippy Cups

We’re still figuring out how this whole solid food thing is going to happen.  We’re leaning towards baby led weaning, since that seems to mean that we don’t cook separate food for her.  My parents rave about the food mill they used when I was little, but I can’t seem to find one that’s any good.  For now, I think I’m just going to smash everything up with a fork.

We have our spoons at the ready, since that was the one thing Franci’s dad registered for when we had a baby shower.  I don’t think we’re going to buy any plastic plates or bowls at this point, which we might regret.  Our kitchen floor is linoleum so everything seems to bounce off it instead of break.
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