Baby & Kids

What is Baby-Led Weaning?

Thursday, April 27, 2017 By Sarah Bederman
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Baby-led weaning (BLW) is a gentle, commonsense, and fun way to introduce solids to your baby. While continuing to breast or bottle feed, babies are allowed and encouraged to feed themselves real, whole foods–when they are ready. Babies have the autonomy to experiment and discover food at their own pace, developing “chewing skills, manual dexterity, and hand-eye coordination” (Rapley & Murkett, xiv). Participating in family meals, they discover a wide range of healthy foods and learn important social skills, while choosing what, how much, and how quickly to eat. Babies freely explore a variety of new tastes and textures without pressure…


6 Tips for Fighting Toddler Mealtime Mutiny

Thursday, March 30, 2017 By Cheyenne Bell
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Baby Chick™ has received these products from Innobaby as a trial in exchange for an honest review. Read our policies page for more information. Ah, the family dinner. Picture it: mom and dad sitting down with little Janie and Johnnie to a nice, hot, nutritious meal. Everyone is smiling and happy to be eating such a delicious feast together. Pleasant conversation ensues and all is well with the world. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? I’m sure every mom envisions some semblance of that happy family mealtime picture when she has kids. I know I did. It doesn’t take long, however, for that idyllic image…


My Toddler Won’t Eat: Toddler Nutrition 101

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 By Amanda Davies
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After my son’s first birthday we started to really push the transition to solid foods, and I did not know what to expect. At 18 months he was eating only one or two meals day and refusing most meats and vegetables. He was still drinking about 24-30 ounces of whole milk per day. As a Registered Dietitian I was comforted knowing that he was getting an acceptable amount of protein via his milk intake, but worried that he wasn’t acquiring a taste for nutrient and fiber packed vegetables or protein rich meat, poultry, and fish. I started experimenting with new…


Toddler Approved: Summer Inspired Recipes

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 By Sarah Ring

There are SO many things to absolutely love about summer, but cooking over a hot stove in a warm kitchen is just simply NOT one of them. I’m making meal time with the littlest members of our family easy this season by using fresh ingredients that require minimal cook time. In an effort to do just that, I’ve rounded up some deliciously cool recipes that are not only simple, but have also been toddler tested and approved! Let’s start with the most important meal of the day: breakfast! Breakfast A parfait is about as close as you can get to having…


Farmer’s Market Play Date

Friday, June 17, 2016 By Sarah Ring

Recently my little family ventured out to our local farmer’s market for a unique shopping experience that the whole crew could enjoy. We sampled, explored, and renewed our appreciation for wholesome foods that are available right in our own backyard! My first born son is the absolute pickiest eater, but even he was excited to smell, touch, taste and try new fruits and veggies that he had previously turned up his nose at. The market vendors were so happy to answer his sweet little questions, and it was genuinely enlightening to hear about the growing process, even for us adults,…


Pregnancy Bites: Taking the Mystery out of “Eating for Two”

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 By Jessica Tomes

I am not a registered nutritionist, nor am I a highly trained chef. I have a few recipes (mostly basic items) in my repertoire, that I tend to repeat over and over — much to my family’s dismay. The first time I ever cooked dinner for my husband — whole wheat pasta with fresh spinach, tomatoes, basil, and garlic sautéed in olive oil — he looked at me like I was crazy and asked, “where’s the meat?” It’s safe to safe he and my toddlers share a similar palette when it comes to food. Married for almost five years now,…


Easy Breakfasts for Busy Mornings: Breakfast Cookies

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 By Jessica Tomes

Adapted from I’m not going to lie, mornings are hard. Especially when you have toddlers you have to get to school, and dance, and music lessons — and whatever other extracurricular activities you’ve foolishly signed them up for that begin before lunch. (If I had it my way, I’d sleep until at least 7:30 a.m. every morning, and drink a minimum of two cups of coffee in peace before anyone spoke to me.) Getting out the door on time is a daily struggle in the Tomes household. We’ve discovered that we have to be highly organized, and always plan…


School Lunches | Beyond Peanut Butter and Jelly

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 By Jessica Tomes

I will confess, I am a total newbie when it comes to the school lunch thing. My oldest started Pre-K3 in November (after I finally got her potty trained). You can imagine my confusion when I found out I could not send her to school with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich everyday (as my mom had done with me), because it was against the rules. No, not the mom rules — though we will get to those. Her preschool is “Tree Nut Free.” I didn’t even know that was a thing. Did you guys? But apparently it is becoming…


Zoodles & Avocado Cream Sauce Recipe

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 By Lanie Towsley

Seasonal Cooking Challenge! Recently my husband and I challenged ourselves to cook seasonally. We did this for a few reasons; 1) we wanted to make a more conscious effort at eating locally and supporting the small farmer, 2) we wanted to get out of a veggie rut and try new recipes, and 3) we wanted to work towards reducing our carbon footprint in some way. At first I thought this is EASY. We eat veggies all the time! But as I looked at the images and charts of seasonal veggies, I realized that starting this challenge in summer would perhaps…


Easy Homemade Popsicles Recipe

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 By Lanie Towsley

This past week Fischer and I headed out to the beautiful Texas Hill Country to visit my parents (Nonny and Poppy) and my niece, T. T and my sister live in the Pacific Northwest and this is the first year that T is old enough to fly on her own so she’s staying with my parents for two weeks. Despite the 4 year age difference between T and Fischer, I was so excited to get the two of them together and create some great memories! 5 action-packed days later…mission accomplished. T really wanted some popsicles as a late afternoon treat…