Even though in parts of the country it still feels like summer, we are getting into the fall spirit. If Costco already has Christmas decorations out, we can at least start thinking pumpkin patches, apple picking and comforting fall recipes, right?
One of the best things about the changing seasons is that it means our farmers market will be stocked with all sorts of new, in-season produce. When introducing your infants or toddlers to new foods, we always recommend using what is in season and local (if possible). Why? Not only is it healthier, it tastes SO MUCH better. Not sure why your little one hates squash in April? Or Asparagus in November? True, they may just not be a fan, but set yourself up for success by choosing in-season produce at its peak. We have really noticed a difference.
Be sure to check out our recipes for Fall favorites like Lauren Kelly’s pear applesauce. This stuff is fool proof and you can make a big batch in the crock pot and freeze it right in your pouches. Or maybe a hearty beef stew for older babies? Think outside the normal purees to expose those little palets to as many different flavors as possible. And don’t be afraid of spices. Check out this article on adding spices to baby food. Maybe steer clear of crushed red pepper and cayenne, though.
What are you serving your family this fall that’s going from farm to pouch?
Having kids shouldn't mean you have to stop going out to eat. Taking the kids out to eat at a young age teaches them manners and responsibility and exposes them to new flavors and textures. Plus it gives you a break in the kitchen. Below are our top 5 tips for a successful dining out experience with kids.
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- Choose the right restaurant. While Chuck-E-Cheese doesn't have to be your only restaurant choice, it is important to choose a family-friendly establishment. Taking your toddler to a you-could-hear-a-pin-drop white tablecloth restaurant without another kid in sight will only stress mom and dad out. A stressed parent leads to a stressed toddler, which leads to meltdowns. Restaurants with outdoor seating are great because it is easier for the little ones to get up and walk around without bothering other guests.
- BYOP (Bring Your Own Pouch). We are all for ordering off the kids menu for little ones, or even off the regular menu. But actually getting the food to the table takes awhile. If your toddler is already hungry, that can lead to a toddler meltdown. Bring a small snack of yogurt or apple sauce in a Really Little Green Pouch to take the edge off. We know better than anyone that being "hangry" isn't good for anyone.
- Do not go tired. A good nap makes for a good dining out experience. If you take your tired little one out to eat, you are setting them (and yourself) up for failure. Plan your timing around naps and try your best to not throw your normal schedule completely off.
- Come prepared. We like to keep a stash of silent toys and props that are just for restaurants. Silent is the key. Think puzzles and sorting toys that can fit on a high chair. We steer clear of electronics because that takes away from the experience. While we don't expect the kids to be engaged in our conversation the whole time, we don't want to lose them completely to a game or movie, either. Along with coming prepared with toys, be sure to bring anything else you might need and be prepared for Plan B. There is nothing wrong with cutting your losses and skipping dessert or taking your meal to go if you need to.
- Order quickly. Choose your dishes as soon as you can so you have as much time to actually enjoy eating your meal as possible before a potential meltdown sets in. Review menus online ahead of time to arrive even more prepared.
Dining out with toddlers doesn't have to be torture (for you or your toddler). It just takes planning and preparation, like anything else with little ones.
We want to know...what are your tips for eating out with toddlers?
To celebrate the launch of the Really Little Green Pouch, we are hosting a give-away all about homemade baby food. The Really Little Green Pouch is perfect for tiny hands—babies love eating homemade baby food from our squeezable, refillable food pouches. It's a natural transition to self feeding and—bonus for you!—super low mess.
So we’ve put together a great homemade baby food give-away with some of our favorite products (including Really Little Green Pouches of course!) to make it easier to prep, store and serve homemade baby food to your little one.
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When Melissa’s baby girl Parker was ready for some Real Food purees, we knew it was time for Little Green Pouch to get even littler. At 3.4 ounces, our Really Little Green Pouches are great not only for early eaters, but also for travel.
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