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How to make your baby a foodie

10 ways to elevate baby’s tastes, literally.

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It seems that parents have two choices when it comes to baby food — grab something quick and prepackaged off the shelf, or whip up a time-consuming, customized puree that would make Bobby Flay swoon.

I fully intended to make all of my daughter's baby food riiiiiiight up until the time that she actually started eating baby food. And, well…that determination went out the window. I quickly got overwhelmed with the logistics of teaching a person to eat and gave up, feeling just a little bit guilty and skeptical as I fed her out of the jar. I mean, I'm sure it was fine, but what string bean lasts on a shelf for three years?

But I finally got my hands on Little Spoon, and it's basically the best of both worlds: fresh, nutritious, safe, non-GMO, organic Babyblends that were delivered right to my door.


It's made with HPP (water pressure -- the same thing my favorite cold-pressed juice bar uses!) to maintain the fresh properties of our ingredients which means way more vitamins and nutrients for babies. To top it all off, it's filled with interesting flavors, amazing superfoods and different textures, all of which have been critical to my daughter's palate development.

Of course, making my baby love food took more than a few adventurous baby food flavors. Whether you choose to make your baby's food all by yourself or use Little Spoon to save time, it never hurts to have a few tips and tricks in your back pocket when it comes to mealtime.

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Here's 10 tips to that have helped me create a happy, healthy little foodie.

1. Look for the best ingredients. We are what we eat, right? Whenever possible, try to find fresh, local and organic ingredients, or look for them in your baby food. Organic produce tends to be more nutrient dense and contain less potentially harmful chemicals.

2. Let them feed themselves. Eating isn't just about eating—let's be real, they're going to wear more of it than they ingest at first. Steer clear of squeeze pouches, and choose baby food like Little Spoon that he or she can eat with a spoon. By giving baby a chance to feed themselves, you help them develop fine and gross motor skills. Plus, they develop a healthy mind-body connection to know when they are hungry and when they are full - no over-eating here!

3. Shake it up. Try a bunch of new things. Of course it makes sense to introduce one new ingredient at a time so you can watch for allergies, but don't be afraid to get adventurous and try new things. Take note of the color of a food as it represents a particular nutrient in the food. So if your baby doesn't like carrots, they may like sweet potato instead and can get that valuable beta carotene! If at first you don't succeed, try something else!

4. Pay attention to processing. There's a reason more moms are opting for baby food that's made with HPP. Shelf stabilized baby foods are generally heat pasteurized, cooked at around 500° F. This kills the bad bacteria, but also kills just about everything else including those all-important vitamins and nutrients you want your baby to eat.. Except...

5. Sugar. Sugar is one of the few things that survives heat pasteurizing, and that means that shelf stable foods are usually chock full of it. I found I had an easier time keeping my baby interested in foods if I avoided giving her sweets first. Once they taste all that yummy yummy sugar, it's game over.

6. Keep it cold. Just like the fresh produce it's made from, baby food should have an expiration date that's sometime before college. Little Spoon's baby food is good for two weeks from the delivery date!

7. Spice things up a little. While I wouldn't necessarily recommend starting with sriracha, you can help develop baby's palate by introducing them to new herbs and spices. We love how Little Spoon uses unconventional ingredients like ginger and mint, which are delicious, soothing to the tummy, and have loads of health benefits.

8. Ask the experts. As a parent, you have enough to worry about without figuring out age-appropriate, nutrient-rich, mouth-watering foods for your little one. Whether you choose to whip up your own or buy a pre-made BabyBlend, you can take some tips from the baby food experts, taking the guesswork out of concerns like “when should I introduce chia seeds" or “what kinds of healthy fats should I add to baby's food?"

9. Make it easy. This one is from personal experience. I'm much happier and feel healthier on a particular diet. But when the fridge is empty, it's too late for delivery, or I'm just too tired? Cheeseburger, please! Having healthy options at the ready make it more likely you and your little one will stick to the plan and not end up with cereal for dinner. Again.

10. Make it fun. Being a little bit of a neat freak, I had a hard time letting go at first and enjoying my daughter's attempts at feeding herself. The more I learned to relax around it, the more she wanted to try—and I even let her paint my face with mashed up avocados. Now she feeds herself about as neatly as a two-year-old could be expected, but she loves the process. And you should too!

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Flexible schedules mean more vacation options. 🙌

Looking back now, last winter feels like a lifetime ago. At the time, my husband and I were eagerly planning our summer vacation just as we've done in years past. You know how the next part goes: COVID-19 came into the picture and changed our plans not only for vacationing, but for so much else in life.

In the time since then, we've gained a truly valuable new perspective on what matters—and realized we don't have to look so far to make beautiful memories with our kids. By exploring getaways within driving distance of our home, we've developed a new appreciation for the ability to "pack up the car and go."

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Thanks to the money we've saved by skipping air travel and our remote-friendly work schedules, we're able to continue with the trips throughout the fall.

Here are a few more reasons we believe it's a great time for drivable getaways.

Flexible schedules allow us to mix work + play.

After months of lockdown, my family was definitely itching for a change of scenery as the summer began. By looking at drivable destinations with a fresh set of eyes—and some helpful accommodation-finding filters on Vrbo—we were able to find private houses that meet our needs. (Like comfortably fitting our family of five without anyone having to sleep on a pull-out couch!)

With space to spread out and feel like a home away from home, we quickly realized that we didn't need to limit our getaways to the weekends—instead we could take a "Flexcation," a trip that allows us to mix work and play. Thanks to the ability to work remotely and our kids' distance-learning schedule for the fall, we're planning a mid-week trip next month that will allow us to explore a new destination after clocking out for the day.

We’re embracing off-season deals.

With Labor Day no longer marking the end of our vacationing season, we're able to take advantage of nearby getaways that mark down their rates during the off season. For us in the Mountain West, that means visiting ski-town destinations when the leaves are falling rather than the snow. By saving money on that front, we're able to splurge a bit with our accommodations—so you can bet I search for houses that include a private hot tub for soaking in while enjoying the mountain views!

Vacationing is a way to give back.

If we've learned one thing this year, it's that life can change pretty quickly. That's given us a new appreciation for generous cancellation policies and transparent cleaning guidelines when booking trips. By seeing both of these things front and center in Vrbo listings along with reviews from fellow travelers, I feel confident when I hit the "book now" button.

Beyond that, I know that booking a trip through Vrbo isn't only a gift to my family. On the other side of the transaction, there are vacation home owners and property managers who appreciate the income during these uncertain times. What's more, taking getaways allows us to support our local economy—even if it's just by ordering new takeout food to enjoy from our home away from home.

While "looking ahead" doesn't feel as easy as it once did, I am confident that there will be a lot of drivable getaways in our future.

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