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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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These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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