Tips for Picky Eaters

Posted on September 04, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 1 Comment

Tips for Picky Eaters

Be patient: Serve new foods along with your child's favorite foods, if they refuse the item or don’t like it it’s ok.

Reintroduce foods: Your child might need repeated exposure to a new food before they take the first bite, try again in a few weeks or months.

One polite bite rule: As kids get older, instill manners that teach them to try at least one bite. Discourage behavior of disliking food like saying “that’s gross” or “yuck”; it’s not polite.

Let kids help: At home, encourage your child to help you rinse veggies, stir batter or set the table.

Ignite sensory perception: Encourage your child by talking about a food's color, shape, aroma and texture.

Smaller portions: Serve small portions to avoid overwhelming your child and give them the opportunity to ask for more.

Make it fun: Serve a variety of brightly colored foods! For baby making airplane noises is a tried and true tactic for getting them to open wide! For older toddlers, cut foods into various shapes with cookie cutters.

Routines: Set specific times for eating and snacking. Don’t allow your child to fill up on juice or milk throughout the day as this might decrease his or her appetite for meals. Serve only water between meals and snacks.

Sneak attack: It’s ok to be sneaky when getting babies or kids to eat healthy. Blending pureed veggies with fruit usually works. Never add sugar or salt to baby food. There are lots of cookbooks that can help you disguise veggies into older kids’ foods. Genius.

Choices: Give them a choice of what you approve of. Instead of asking what would they like to eat. Give them two choices of healthy foods to choose from.

 

 

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Baby's First Foods

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 0 Comments

Baby’s First Foods
All foods should be given to baby one at a time. All foods (except Avocado and Banana) need to be steamed, boiled or baked. It is recommended that you wait 3-5 days between introductions of new foods to ensure there will be no allergic reactions.

Apple - Nutritious and gentle on tummy; high in fiber.
Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium 

Avocado - Very nutritious, smooth and creamy; easily digested and well tolerated by most babies.
Vitamins: A, C, Niacin, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium

Banana - Creamy, sweet, nutritious and helps aid in digestion.
Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Magnesium, Calcium

Pear - Gentle on tummy, popular first choice for baby.
Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Butternut Squash - Packed with nutrients and perfect texture for baby.
Vitamins: A,C, E, K
Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus

Carrots - Very popular first food, easy to digest. Supports good vision.
Vitamins A, C, Folate
Minerals:Potassium, Sodium, Phosphorous, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium 

Sweet Potato - Sweet and very nutritious, good texture for baby.
Vitamins:A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Calcium

Plum/Prune - Sweet, nutritious, sodium free, high in fiber; natural laxative.
Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Peach - Yummy, sweet and juicy. High in fiber and a natural laxative.
Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Green Beans - High in Calcium, gentle on tummy and rarely cause allergies.
Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron

Peas - Very high in protein, easy to digest.
Vitamins A, C, Niacin, Folate
Minerals:Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Phosphorous, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc

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Help Baby Sleep with Consistent Bedtimes and Routines

Posted on August 22, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 0 Comments

 

Help Baby Sleep with Consistent Bedtimes and Routines

• Give your baby time to settle down. Bath time is a wonderful time of bonding with all that skin on skin contact. Remember to add relaxing scents like lavender to prepare baby for rest.

• Dress baby in snug, footed pajamas for safety and warmth.

• Create the right bedroom temperature and humidity. Set the thermostat at about 65-70 degrees.

• Nursing baby before nap time or bedtime will ensure that baby will sleep more soundly and not feel hungry. Make sure to burp baby before laying them down.

• Relieve teething pain. Even though you may not yet be able to feel baby’s teeth, teething discomfort may start as early as three months and continue off and on all the way through the two-year molars.

• Darkness in the bedroom will usher in a better understanding of “it’s time to rest” and also lowers the optic signals to the brain which, in return increase melatonin, our natural sleep aid.

• Sounds to sleep by. Repetitive sounds that lull baby to sleep are known as white noise, such as the sounds of a fan, air conditioner, or even tape recordings of womb sounds. Also, try lullabies on a continuous-play tape recorder. Or leave quite.

• Rocking or walking down. Try rocking baby to sleep in a rocking chair, or walk with baby, patting their back and singing.

• Lay down drowsy, awake and on their back will teach them to put themselves to sleep without you.

• Use pacifier to comfort baby, suckling is a necessary instinct all babies have to soothe themselves.

 

 

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Increase Your Breast Milk Supply!

Posted on August 06, 2014 by Shanit Khachi | 0 Comments


Foods To Help Increase Breast Milk Supply

In honor of Breast Feeding Week we want to support all mothers that are giving their babies the most nutritious and beneficial foods to start off with. We also understand that sometimes our bodies are unable to produce adequate amounts of breast milk. After some research we came up with some of the best choices for you to try to increase your breast milk supply if you are running low.

In addition to including these foods into your diet, we offer supplements to help with nursing.

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Cotton Farming: Non-Organic vs. Organic Infographic

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 0 Comments

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