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Aug 18, 2011 - Baby and Child Care    Comments Off

Homemade Baby Food Recipe Plus Other Ideas

While you could head to your local grocery store or wholesale outlet and pick up a month’s supply of baby food, chances are you’ll pay far too much for it. Because baby food is an essential part of any baby’s diet, big companies know that they can get away with charging virtually whatever they’d like for the product. If you’d like to get out from underneath the stranglehold of expensive baby food, we have an easy solution for you. Make your own.

Homemade baby food isn’t terribly difficult to make and with a few simple ingredients that you can pick up either online or at your local grocery store, you can make a healthy and nutritious meal for your infant that’s probably better for your child and less damaging to your bank account than regular baby food. Below you will find an easy to follow recipe as well as some other pointers on how you can make your baby food even better.

homemade baby food Homemade Baby Food Recipe Plus Other IdeasHomemade baby food isn’t terribly difficult to make and with a few simple ingredients that you can pick up either online or at your local grocery store, you can make a healthy and nutritious meal for your infant that’s probably better for your child and less damaging to your bank account than regular baby food. Below you will find an easy to follow recipe as well as some other pointers on how you can make your baby food even better.

Sweet Potato Puree

Purees are the easiest for small children to digest and they’re extremely easy to make. The following process can be done with almost
any vegetable imaginable, and part of the process can be simplified with the use of a blender for vegetables that you just can’t get mashed up with a fork.

  1. First of all, you’re going to need to get some sweet potatoes from your local grocer. Sweet potatoes are recommended as a meal because not only do they have a lot of nutrients in them, their sweet taste makes them palatable to young children who are prone to gag at the smell or thought of mushy vegetables.
  2. With your potato in hand, wash it thoroughly in the sink. Pesticides and bacteria can grow on the potato in the growing process, so scrubbing them off before you cook it is always a good and safe idea.
  3. Poke your potato with a fork a few times so that moisture has a place to escape from. Not poking the potato a few times with a fork could lead to a potato explosion, and that’s never good!
  4. With your sweet potato washed and poked, it’s time to put it in the oven. Preheat your oven to about 400 degrees and place the potato on a baking tray so that if any juice leaks out, it won’t spill onto the oven base.
  5. Bake the potato for 35-45 minutes.
  6. Once the potato is nice and soft, you can remove it from the oven and cut it in half with a sharp knife.
  7. With your halved potato, scoop all of the mushy sweet potato from the skin and voila, you have a ready-made mushy potato puree for your infant to eat. You can flavor the potato however you’d like (say seasonings) or just serve it plain to your child.

As said earlier, you can do the same general process with just about any vegetable or vegetable combination. After boiling or cooking the vegetables so that you’ve boiled away any bacteria, you can toss them into a blender and blend them into a puree that’s ready to eat. Things like broccoli don’t boil into a mush like potatoes and other starches, so by boiling them you’re only making sure they’re cooked and ready to blend.

More Ideas

It’s pretty difficult to keep your mind stocked with ideas for what you can feed your baby every day. Considering one sweet potato is
probably enough for three or four meals, chances are you want to diversify things a little bit so your child doesn’t get bored eating the same thing on a daily basis.

A book that we highly recommend is called Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby. It’s been highly rated by hundreds of Amazon customers and remains our favorite recommendation for what to give to new mothers looking to make homemade baby food themselves.

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In addition to giving valuable advice on what different vegetables and fruits you can feed your child, there is also plenty of information on how you can make the transition from puree food into things like solid food. Also included are tips on how best to freeze any excess food that you make as well as reheat it. And lastly, there are tons of tips on how you can quickly prepare meals that are nutritious and won’t take up hours of your time trying to find the best combination of ingredients for the perfect meal.

Earth’s Best

While making homemade baby food is a lot cheaper than trying to buy all of the food you need for your child at the grocery store, sometimes you may be in a hurry and can’t manage to get a meal put together in time. It’s always a good idea to have some pre-made baby food on hand for those times that you just can’t get a meal put together. We highly recommend a brand called Earth’s Best and their vegetable variety baby food. It’s completely organic and doesn’t contain any added preservatives in the food. Each box comes with 12 cans, meaning that you can buy one or two packs of their food and have it last you quite a while if you’re supplementing only a few meals here and there.

Aug 11, 2011 - Baby and Child Care    Comments Off

How To Buy Baby and Child Care Items Without Breaking The Bank

Children are expensive to take care of. That’s an unavoidable fact. What’s worse is that many times grocery chains exploit that fact by increasing the prices of their baby and child care items because they know that they’re necessities and people can’t avoid buying them. You can go without cookies for a week, but diapers are something that always have to be in stock.

If you’re a new mother or father and want to save a little money by buying in bulk or from retailers outside of traditional grocery outlets, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Below we’ll dive into all of the different products that can be found cheaper online and how you can take advantage of sales and offers directly from distributors to best save money each month.

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Diapers

Obviously, diapers are one of the best ways to save money on your grocery bill each month if you buy them online in bulk instead of heading to the local store. Another benefit of buying line is saving on shipping costs. At last check, both Walmart and Target had
additional shipping costs when purchasing certain types of diapers.

If you’re a Huggies fan, Target often offers free shipping on online purchases of $50 or more worth of Huggies products, but if Huggies diapers aren’t your thing, then chances are that special is worthless to you. Walmart on the other hand has tried to compete with both Diapers.com and Target by charging a flat $.97 shipping fee. While tempting, their diapers are still a little overpriced compared to other retailers. The key to saving money on diapers is finding the right balance between shipping costs and the quantity you’re purchasing. Shopping around is the only way to ensure that you get the best price.

Our personal favorite at the blog by far is ordering Pampers Dry Diapers through Amazon. For right around $50 you can get right around 200 diapers sent directly to your door. And if you’re an Amazon plus member, you can get free 2 day shipping in case you’re in a hurry with a baby emergency!

Baby Formula

Another wildly expensive thing kids need is good baby formula. Who woulda known that they’d need to be fed all the time?! I joke.

It’s easy to get lost in the maze of baby formula bottles as they all look the same but have wildly different ingredients in them that parents become convinced their
children need. The best advice you can get would be from your child’s pediatrician who can tell you exactly what your child needs to stay healthy and well. If you’re not worried about discovering the perfect baby formula for your child and would instead like to go with a simple and well rounded meal instead, there are plenty of options available online. They may not be sold by big name brands such as Gerber, but many times these third party baby formulas are much more nutritious and come at a cheaper price than the big name brands.

It only takes a quick glance at the benefits and reviews of Similac Nutrition formula to see how well it’s been received by customers. The nicest thing about the jumbo pack linked above is simply how much formula you get for the money. Six 1 pound tubs of the formula should last you a few months with your child. This particular formula is designed for hypoallergenic children, so it may not be advisable to feed it to your child unless recommended by a doctor.

Child Care How To Buy Baby and Child Care Items Without Breaking The Bank

Tip: It may be worthwhile to note that if you have a recommendation from a doctor that your baby needs a particular type of baby formula or dietary supplement to stay healthy, you can often get coverage for the food from your employment company. Baby products are quite expensive, so if you can make a claim with your company for allowance for them to pay for most, if not all of your baby’s food, it could be well worth it.

Essential Baby Reading

While you could try and guess what it is your baby needs, there are always great resources available that can guide you along the way to parenthood. If you’re unsure of which type of diapers are best for your child, or which type of formula you should be considering for your newborn depending on how old they are or what stage of pregnancy you’re in, we recommend reading a book aptly titled, “The Baby Book.” It’s chock full of ideas and tips on how to keep your baby healthy for the first two years of their life. The book is written by a nationally recognized pediatrician, making it not only helpful but also factual.

Aug 8, 2011 - Baby and Child Care    Comments Off

Why Your Child Needs Protein Rich Food + Recommendations

Finding the perfect nutrition for your little one can often be a challenge. With so many vitamins and minerals to keep track of, if you don’t have a plan in place things can get out of hand. When it comes to protein for your baby, there are plenty of things you should know before you start them on a protein rich diet.

In the following paragraphs you’ll find a bit of information of how protein helps your little one grow up to be big and strong as well as some food ideas you can try to help introduce more protein into their diet.

What is Protein?

The first topic we should tackle is what protein is exactly. Many people thing of body builders when they think of protein. While it does aid in helping people bulk up, it also serves a multitude of other functions that often go overlooked.

Protein Rich Food Why Your Child Needs Protein Rich Food + Recommendations

Firstly, protein is a set of amino acids that have been linked together. Out of the 22 amino acids the body uses every day to function properly, it can only naturally produce 13 of them. The rest need to be taken in through food. Protein in the diet helps introduce those other amino acids into diet so that your baby can grow up big and strong.

How Much Protein is Enough?

It’s often unsaid, but getting too little protein in the diet is an extremely uncommon problem. In the western world, most people receive enough, if not too much protein in their diets on a daily basis. In your baby’s first few months in the world, his or her main source of protein will come from breast milk or milk formula. Both provide more than enough protein for your baby to build strong bones and a healthy diet.

From breast milk, it’s a good idea to start introducing solid foods that will provide protein as well. Vegetables and things like cereal will provide the protein needed to continue living healthy.

The only time that it’s a good idea to introduce protein rich foods into your baby’s diet is if you’ve been instructed to do so by a doctor. Since protein cannot be stored in the body, every time it is consumed it must be broken down into by products. If the protein needs have already been filled, the excess protein byproducts are flushed out in your baby’s urine.

Since your baby’s kidneys will be the ones handling any excess protein you throw their way, if your child is still growing, the extra strain on the kidneys is never good. Pushing the kidneys too hard can result in kidney failure, which would be terrible!

My Doctor Said My Child Needs More Protein

If you’ve talked to your child’s pediatrician and they’d made a recommendation that you should start introducing more protein into their diet, there are a few things you can include in their diet to make it better rounded and higher in protein content.

Dairy Based Formula:

If you’re not breastfeeding your child, chances are they aren’t getting enough protein. Buying a dairy based formula such as this one from Baby’s Only, you can give your child the extra protein they need without flooding their body with protein rich foods like beef or chicken which could put unnecessary pressure on their kidneys or body. All Baby’s Only products are organic and are produced free of pesticides, making them completely safe for your baby to consume. In addition to protein, they also come with quite a few other essential vitamins and minerals to help your baby grow to their fullest potential.

Whey Protein:

This next item is not for baby’s that have already popped out into the world, but instead are still in the womb. It’s not uncommon for mothers to be short on their protein intake when they’re nursing, which is why it’s sometimes a good idea to take a protein supplement so that the child they’re nursing receives enough protein as well. One of the most highly regarded whey protein brands is Optimum Nutrition. They’ve been in the business for years and have built a reputation for themselves as being the best whey protein powder on the market. Their chocolate whey protein is easy to digest and doesn’t taste gritty or bitter like other supplements. As directed by a doctor, it’s a good idea to have one or two scoops of protein daily to ensure that not only you, but also your child, receives all the protein they need while you’re nursing.

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Why Would Babies Have a Protein Deficiency?

Protein deficiencies come from many different places, but most commonly arise because of an illness or infection. When the body gets sick, it uses all of its energy to fight the disease and get it out of the body. To compensate for all of the energy expended and to repair the tissues and cells that have been damaged because of the infection, extra calories and protein need to be taken.

Since children are the most susceptible to illnesses, it’s easy to see why in some cases children aren’t getting everything they need to fight off future infections. If your baby is ill, talk to your doctor about what could be the cause of the disease and how you should change your child’s diet to compensate for the lack of nutrients currently in their system. Adding protein and calories can help a baby recover faster and fend off diseases more easily in the future.

Aug 8, 2011 - Baby and Child Care    Comments Off

Buying Wholesale Diapers – How To Save a Lot of Green

Diapers are by far one of the most expensive parts of having a child. Many retail stores realize that mothers don’t have a choice when it comes to baby items, so they purposely increase the price of things like diapers and baby food on their shelves to maximize profit. Luckily, if you’re smart about where you buy your diapers, you can get huge discounts.

Below is a list of tips you can implements, as well as a few places you can look to buy diapers online so that your little one’s needs don’t break your bank every time you head to the store.

Change of Brand

One of the easiest things you can do to cut back on price is change the brand of diaper that your child uses. Some pediatricians will recommend specific diapers to use, but in most cases the big name brand diapers are the same, and sometimes worse than the third party competitor. You can snag great deals if you’re willing to go for cheaper and less fancy diapers and diaper packaging.

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One such example of switching brands would be moving from a popular brand made by Gerber to your local grocery store’s brand. While there’s still a significant amount of markup in the diapers, they won’t be nearly as expensive as the brand name equivalent.

Bulk

It goes without saying that buying bulk of anything usually ends up with each individual item being cheaper. Diapers are no different. If you have the money to spend in advance (and the space to keep all of the diapers you buy), many companies offer diapers in packs of 200 or more. Buying in bulk makes it easier to save cash and ensure that you get much closer to the actual wholesale price of an individual diaper than if you were to buy them all separately or in packs of 20 or so.

Bulk items can easily be found in the stores like Sam’s Club, BJs, or Costco. If you don’t have a membership to any of these clubs though, and you’d like to save a little bit more money than normal, by far the best place to buy wholesale diapers is online. Sites like Amazon have plenty of competitors and retailers looking to sell diapers cheaply and in bulk, meaning you’re guaranteed to snag a deal if you spend some time looking around for exactly what you want.

Products to Consider

If you’re not one to try and hunt through Amazon for a few hours looking for the best deal you can, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done some research and have found the best deals we could on diapers through Amazon. Each pack has its pros and cons, and depending on what type of diapers you need for your child, not every option may be appropriate. Children need different diaper sizes at different stages, so stocking up too much on one particular size may be detrimental in the long run!

Pampers Baby Dry Diapers:

One of the most basic options we’ve found are these Pampers diapers. Although we said earlier on that avoiding name brands was a good way to save money, in some cases wholesalers will sell name brand diapers for the same price as third party brands. These diapers have a snug fit and come with 3 layers of protection to keep your little ones clean until it’s time to change them. One of the nicest (if not advertised) features of these diapers is definitely the packaging. It can be frustrating to try and pry open diaper packaging when you’re out and out. To eliminate the frustration, these diapers come in “frustration free” packaging, making them extremely easy to pull out of the package when you’re busy.

Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers:

For those that are environmentally conscious, these Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers are a comfortable alternative to traditional diaper packs. They’re made from organic cotton on the outside and are coated with a very small amount of vitamin E aloe to keep your baby’s bottom nice and soft as they waddle around for the day. These particular diapers are designed for babies that weigh a bit more than newborns (12 to 18 pounds). Other organic diapers are available in different sizes as well if you’d need them.

Pampers Swaddlers:

Pampers Swaddlers Dry Max Diapers Buying Wholesale Diapers   How To Save a Lot of GreenPossibly the cheapest option of all three, these diapers are the true definition of wholesale. If you’re a member of Amazon, you’ll be able to save even more money on shipping, making the price of these diapers much cheaper than if you were to go into the store to purchase them. While they’re only 2 ply in thickness, many moms find that if they’re frequent enough with their changing, 2 ply is enough to keep leaks from happening during the day.

Things to Keep in Mind

If you’re still unsure, it’s a good idea to talk to a pediatrician about any allergies your baby might have to a certain diaper brand. Because they’re made from many different materials, it’s easy to end up with a diaper that could affect your baby’s health. While rashes and allergic reactions may not be too severe, they’re definitely uncomfortable and unwanted. If you’re not sure what your baby may or may not be allergic to just yet, you can talk to your doctor and find out.

Also, in some cases you can buy baby food and certain types of diapers with the help of your insurance company. Depending on your plan, you may be eligible to purchase diapers at little or no cost if your insurance company will pick up the tab. Be sure to talk to them before you start buying the most expensive diapers around though!