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5 Healthy and Delicious Wintery Food Recipes for Baby

Are you looking for wintery recipes to warm up baby or to create a special menu for your little one to enjoy alongside friends and family?

It can be fun to try a new twist on baby’s favorite foods, and your little one will enjoy the variety.

Recipes for baby often center on familiar foods that are easy on the palate, and it’s always a good idea to branch out slowly as you learn your baby’s likes and dislikes. Many recipes call for pureeing ingredients to create a texture and consistency that is easy to swallow. Make life easier by using One Step Baby Food Maker Complete to cut down on prep work and cooking time. This amazing tool steams and blends food in a push of a button!

Here are some popular choices for baby recipes to craft a meal that the smallest member of your family will love.

Souper Star: Carrot Ginger Soup

For a winter recipe that will warm your baby’s tummy and tickle the taste buds, whip up a batch of Carrot Ginger soup.

This tasty recipe for baby uses carrots and a dash of fresh ginger to create a soup that is full of nutrients, and good for digestive health.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Ingredients:

1 lb carrots, sliced
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp unsalted butter
1 onion, chopped
1 to 2 tbsp fresh grated ginger (start with 1tbsp and increase to taste)
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup whole milk or light cream
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook until tender and translucent.
  3. Add carrots and ginger to the pan and stir.
  4. Pour in 1 cup of chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Then, lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the remaining 1 cup of broth, and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Then, remove cover and bring to a boil.
  6. Remove from heat and blend with One Step Baby Food Maker.
  7. Before serving, add milk and stir, then add parsley.

Main Event: Brown Rice Turkey & Peach Stew

Make your baby a main course that combines a popular protein with the tangy, sweet tastes of peaches in this simple stew recipe for baby. It’s easy to prepare, especially if turkey is already on the dinner menu for the rest of the family!

Brown Rice Turkey & Peach Stew

Ingredients:

½ cup of cooked, chopped boneless turkey meat

¼ cup of cooked brown rice

1 ripe peach, peeled and steamed

1 tbs milk

2 tsp wheat germ

1 tbs of juice – peach, white grape, or apple (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in One Step Baby Food Maker, food processor bowl, or blender.
  2. Puree and serve.

Very Veggie: Baby Green Bean Casserole

Who doesn’t love the creamy taste of green bean casserole?

Give your little one a taste with this easy “casserole” mash-up recipe.

Baby Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients:

1 cup green beans, steamed

1 cup cooked brown rice

½ cup of water, formula, or milk

¼ tsp dried sage

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in One Step Baby Food Maker, food processor bowl, or blender.
  2. Puree and serve.

Recipe Note: For babies just transitioning to solid foods, be sure to strain out any stringy green bean remnants.

First Spinach with White Yams

Spinach is full of vitamins and can serve as a good backdrop to a variety of other flavors – in this case, to seasonal winter yams. Blend up this green puree and serve alongside a tasty meal like Brown Rice Turkey & Peach Stew.

First Spinach with White Yams

Ingredients:

½ pound of fresh spinach, washed and stems removed

½ pound of yam (white, if available), peeled and diced

1 ½ cups water or low-sodium vegetable stock

Directions:

  1. Place yams and water or stock in large pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the spinach and cook until spinach and yams are tender.
  3. Cool mixture and place in One Step Baby Food Maker, blender, or food processor to puree.

Recipe Note: White yams are harder to find, but make for a beautifully green puree. Orange yams will yield the same tasty results, though.

Sweeter Selections: Apple Pear Butter

No list of recipes for baby would be complete without a sweet finish, like this easy-to-prepare apple butter using seasonal pears.

Apple Pear Butter

Ingredients:

1 apple (sweet varieties like pink lady or gala are a good choice), peeled and cut into cubes

1 ripe pear

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Steam apple in One Step Baby Food Maker or other steamer (and pear, if it isn’t ripe and soft).
  2. Combine apple, pear, and cinnamon in One Step Baby Food Maker, food processor, or blender.
  3. Puree and serve.

Recipes for Baby to Warm Up to All Winter Long

Expanding your baby’s menu to include winter favorites may be your favorite part of the season. As you find new tastes and textures that your baby loves, you can feel good about serving up a meal that will help your little one grow and thrive.

Which of these recipes for baby are you most excited to try?

Grab your One Step Baby Food Maker and whip up a new meal tonight!
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Guide to Introducing Foods & Avoiding Allergens for Baby

Introducing your baby to a wide range of foods and tastes is an exciting part of parenting. It can be both fun and interesting to see what flavors and textures your little one enjoys. But how can you safely introduce potential allergens to your baby?

We’ve put together a simple food guide for quick reference when you’re whipping up a recipe or trying a new snack for baby. Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with your child’s pediatrician if you have questions related to health and diet.

Baby Food Guide

If you’re ready to put down the bottle (at least for a few minutes) and start offering your baby other options, follow the food guide below.

Babies Aged 4-6 Months

Stage: Baby can hold up his or her head, sit in a high chair unassisted, and move food to the back of the throat. 

Pro Parent Tip: The AAP still recommends that babies get their nutrition from breastmilk or formula at this stage – so don’t throw out your baby bottle just yet! But it’s ok to start getting baby used to the feeding process with solid foods.

A word of caution: If you introduce baby to sweet fruits before veggies, you may accidentally create a sweet tooth in your little one. Try to focus on green vegetables and less sugary fruits before moving onto sweeter choices.

Common Choices: 

  • Rice cereal (less likely to be an allergen than other grains, such as wheat)
  • Green beans
  • Butternut squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Peas
  • Avocado
  • Apples
  • Bananas

How to Prepare: 

At this early stage, you want to make sure that anything you offer to your baby won’t pose a choking hazard. Be sure to puree all solids for easy swallowing.

The Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker can make quick work of steaming then blending any veggies or fruits you want to serve to baby. Just fill the bowl, select your settings, and let the machine whip up a smooth blend of tasty food for your little one.

Serving Suggestion: 

Use a spoon to offer small bites to your baby. If they refuse, don’t force the issue. At this stage, it’s all about slow introductions. It may help, though, to awaken baby’s appetite with a little breastmilk or formula, and then offer a few bites of puree.

Babies Aged 6-10 Months

Stage: Your baby is swallowing purees and his or her appetite is increasing. By about 9 months, your little one is probably eating 3 meals a day along with a snack or two.

Pro Parent Tip: Don’t feel like you have to follow a rigid order of food introductions – instead focus on making sure that whatever you give your baby is the appropriate texture and consistency.

Experts recommend waiting at least 3 days in between introducing new foods. This window of time will help you to better identify any foods that cause an intolerance or allergic reaction in your baby.

Common Choices: 

  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Beets
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Pasta
  • Toast
  • Tofu
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Pork
  • Beef

These are just a few of the many options now available to your baby. Many nutritionists say that you can really start to expand your baby’s palette during this stage – as long as you monitor the texture and match your baby’s abilities with the foods you pick.

How to Prepare: 

Pureed foods are still the staple of your baby’s diet at this point, but the texture your baby can safely eat may be slowly thickening.

Since your baby will be eating more frequently, be prepared with healthy, ready-to-go meals in convenient Baby Brezza Reusable Baby Food Pouches. Store them in the fridge or freezer until your little one is ready for a meal or snack. Clean-up is easy, since the pouches are dishwasher-safe. 

Baby Brezza’s Reusable Baby Food Pouches will also save moms money compared to store bought food pouches – upwards of $100 a month!

You can’t beat that!

Serving Suggestion: 

As your baby starts to use their thumb and forefinger to pick up pieces of food, you can begin introducing lumps of food. Keep a close eye, though, on the size of each bite and the speed at which your child chews it up to avoid choking hazards.

Babies Aged 10-12 Months 

Stage: Your baby is eating several meals a day, with a wide variety of foods included. They’re picking up pieces of food and increasingly wanting to self-feed. 

Pro Parent Tip: Aim to give your baby a variety of foods to avoid a picky eater and for the best possible nutrition.

New Additions: 

  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Cow’s Milk
  • Citrus
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Honey (Do not introduce until baby is at least 12 months)

How to Prepare: 

Your baby is likely eating more and more solids by this point and enjoying small bites of food.

You may still be softening some tough-to-chew foods, but experts encourage parents to have babies eating various textures by this point to avoid developing a gag reflex.

Serving Suggestion: 

Your little one should be mimicking your healthy, well-balanced diet at this stage (you didn’t forget about the food pyramid for yourself, did you?).

For your baby’s meal plan, aim to include six servings of grains, two or three servings each of vegetables and fruits, two servings of protein, and three servings of milk.

Note about Peanuts: 

Peanuts may be one of the most feared food allergies. The National Institute of Health recently advised parents to begin introducing peanuts to babies at high-risk of developing the allergy at 4-6 months. For babies without any risk factors for the allergy, they recommend freely introducing peanuts in an age-appropriate form.

Follow the Food Guide – and Your Parenting Sense – for a Healthy Baby

Make mealtime fun as you introduce new foods and fun textures. Keep going even when it doesn’t go as planned – and you end up with pea puree splattered on the wall.

While a food guide can be a great tool to quickly check on age-appropriate foods, remember that your parenting sense is a big help too. After all, you were born to do this!
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Holiday Gift Guides for Moms 2018

The Holiday season is almost here and that means it’s time to start shopping for your loved ones!

For those of you lucky enough to have a new mom in your life, you’re probably scratching your head over gift ideas. While you may be struggling over what to get her, thankfully, there are tons of amazing gifts out there that any new mom is sure to love!

So there’s no need to worry! We’re here to help you figure out just what gift is best for that special new mom in your life.

And the best part about shopping for new moms is that there are so many things you can get that they’ll value. It’s no secret babies require a lot of time and love, so any gift that saves a new mom a few minutes will be greatly appreciated!

Easy Gift Ideas for New Mommies

Magnetic Baby Clothes

Changing baby can be a strenuous activity, especially if baby made a particularly large mess, which happens all the time!

Baby clothes that use an over the head design can prove exceptionally difficult too, causing baby to wake up more than needed during late night changings.

Also, most baby clothes use Velcro fasteners, which can scratch baby and cause redness on their delicate skin.

But there’s good news!

There exists a thing called magnetic baby clothes. Magnetic baby clothes are awesome for so many reasons!

First off, the magnets are sewn inside the clothing, so baby will only feel soft fabric against his or her skin, leading to less discomfort and crying, which means less stress for mom.

Magnetic clothes are also much easier to work with, so mom can change her little love quicker and more efficiently. Plus, companies like Magnetic Me design all of their clothes to open in either the front or back, so you never have to struggle with over the head clothing again!

New moms will love this!

Baby Bottle Prep Station

Perhaps the most oft-repeated task for new mother is baby bottle preperation. The repetition of each step can be enough to frazzle a tired new mom.

That’s why we here at Baby Brezza created the Formula Pro baby bottle preparation station.

The Formula Pro is a great way to free up some time for new moms. No more measuring, dispensing, mixing, and temperature monitoring. The Formula Pro does this all for you!

Simply, stock up the device with water and formula powder and step back. With the push of a button, you can prepare a bottle within seconds that has no air bubbles. With the Formula Pro you can choose from 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 oz. of formula. The machine also works with all bottle sizes and most major formula brands.

The Formula Pro is a must-have for all new moms bottle-feeding baby.

Silly Pacifiers

We know, we know, new moms need stocking stuffers too!

Aside from lots and lots of chocolate, another great stocking stuffer idea for a new mom are silly pacifiers.

There are tons of hilarious pacifiers for sale on Amazon to choose from. These are great because not only will they soothe baby, but they will make mom and dad laugh too!

Here are a couple of our favorites:

Moustache

 

Wacky Teeth

Offer to Baby Sit!

The last item on our list may be the greatest gift you can give a new mom (and dad!), which is, of course, an OFFER TO BABY SIT!

While new moms love spending time with their little bundle of joy, they too need the occasional night out.

If you’re looking for a great and affordable gift for a new mom, simply give her a coupon for one night out, complemented with a gift card to her favorite restaurant.

You’ll be her favorite person ever! 

Happy Holidays from Baby Brezza!

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Top 5 Ways that You Can Save Time as a New Mom

There just never seem to be enough hours in the day – especially as a new parent! You want to spend as much time as possible with your little bundle of joy, but it seems like there is so much work to be done!

You may be struggling to balance late-night feedings, early morning diaper changes, piles of laundry that seem to multiply on their own, and time spent with family and friends – let alone work, house cleaning, and many other routine aspects of life.

What’s a busy mom to do?

Don’t worry – Baby Brezza is here to help! Here are some of our top tips to save time (and sanity) as a new parent.

Tip #1: Lighten Your Laundry Load

Before baby, you may have sorted everything into color-coordinated piles that would impress Crayola. Now, however, you have so many tiny onesies piling up that the laundry situation seems hopeless.

Forget your days of meticulous color-matching, and start washing things in cold water. Because you won’t need to be as particular about sorting, you will save tons of time and can group together more items, which results in less loads, another timesaver.

Tip #2: Schedule Errands with Purpose

You might start to feel a little trapped in your own house, thanks to the many schedule demands of a new baby. When you do get out, your mind might feel like mush as you try to make sense of which errands need to get done and the best route to go.

Plan your errands with purpose. Make a list at the start of the week and figure out which stores you need to visit for what, and the most efficient order to visit each one. You might have been driving to these local stops for years, but writing down each place with a list of what to get will be a lifesaver for your tired brain.

Then, pick a day to run your errands. If necessary, ask a friend or family member to join you for help with the baby or to be an extra set of hands during grocery shopping.

Tip #3: Use the Right Tools in the Kitchen

When it comes to bottle prep or making homemade baby food, there are numerous ways that you can save time as a new mom.

For babies that are formula-fed, a real timesaver is a bottle-maker like the Formula Pro. Instead of waiting for water to heat, testing the temperature, measuring formula, then shaking or stirring to the proper consistency, this one machine does it all with the press of a button.

The water tank and formula dispenser will hold enough to make 20 8-ounce bottles and the machine only takes 30 seconds or less to complete the task. We especially love this convenience during 3 a.m. feedings or if you have multiples! Having twins or triplets means that there are two or three times the bottles to be made - making this tool a real lifesaver.

If you’re making homemade baby food, then investing in a one-step baby food maker that automatically blends after steaming is another kitchen timesaver. Instead of having to steam baby’s food then transfer it to a blender, do everything in one appliance – automatically.

Simply put the food into the baby food maker, choose your settings, then let the appliance go to work while you tackle other tasks. Once the machine is finished, pour the food into pouches for later, clean the dishwasher-safe bowl, and meal prep for baby is done!

Tip #4: Make Cleaning Quick and Convenient

As a new mom, you probably are looking for the easiest ways to keep everything clean and tidy around the house. Make routine tasks faster by keeping wipes and sprays in convenient spots for quick clean-up. A bottle of cleaner and a roll of paper towel under each sink is perfect for touch-ups. A sweeper with cleaning cloths is a good way to keep floors clean in-between vacuum sessions.

In the kitchen, you may start to feel like you’re cleaning and sanitizing baby bottles ALL the time. Make the task simpler with a bottle sterilizer and dryer in one. This handy device can sterilize bottles, removing up to 99.9% of bacteria. Add an optional drying cycle to have clean, dry bottles ready for baby’s next feeding. The best part? The sanitation process only takes 8 minutes and bottles stay sterile for up to 24 hours in the un-opened container.

Tip #5: Let the Small Stuff Go!

The truth is that there will always be one more task or to-do item on your list. But your baby’s first few weeks, months, and years of life will go by so fast. Don’t let the small stuff distract you from baby’s big moments.

Baby Brezza is here to help make the ordinary tasks easier, so you can enjoy the special moments longer. Keep these five tips in mind and you’ll find that life with baby will become easier, though it might not ever get less busy!

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The Ultimate Guide to Baby Bottle Maintenance in 2018

If you’re a new parent or just new to bottle feeding, then you have likely been reading up on how to make sure your baby gets the most from each bottle. A key is regular baby bottle maintenance.

Clean, sterile bottles will keep your formula or milk contaminant-free, and your baby healthy and happy! Though it may seem daunting at first, baby bottle maintenance will soon become second-nature.

After all, you were born to do this – and with helpful products from Baby Brezza, we can do wonders!

Baby Bottle Maintenance: Phase One – Clean Everything

The first and most obvious step is that every part of the bottle needs a good old-fashioned cleaning. Break out the soapsuds and get to work scrubbing the bottle.

If you’re using a traditional bottle, you’ll need to wash the nipple, ring, bottle, and cap. If you’re keeping it simple and using a Baby Brezza bottle, then you’ll cut down on your scrubbing and only need to wash the nipple and bottle – since our bottles are uniquely made with a two-piece construction.

Give careful attention to scrubbing away old formula or milk from the soft inside of the nipple, or the rings of the bottle where the nipple attaches. You may find it helpful to squeeze soapy water through the nipple for a thorough cleaning.

A bottlebrush, such as our Bottle Cleaning Cloth is an effective way to make sure that you’ve cleaned every crevice of a tall bottle. With our cleaning cloth, you simply stick your fingers inside the cloth’s pouch and scrub. Plus, the built in nipple cleaner makes it easy to reach those small crevices.

Baby Bottle Maintenance: Phase Two – Sanitize

Removing any trace of past feedings is an essential part of baby bottle maintenance, but sanitizing the bottles is important as well. Without the use of a baby bottle sanitizer, you’ll find yourself concerned with keeping the bottles in a sanitized state from cleaning to feeding.

Airborne contaminants can dirty your clean bottles, and some baby bottle maintenance guides even mention using sanitized tongs to handle the sterilized bottles once you’ve finished handwashing them.

We like to do things the simple way, and no doubt you do too. That’s we developed the One Step Sterilizer Dryer. This easy-to-use machine takes care of four important aspects of baby bottle maintenance in one handy device.

Simply place your cleaned baby bottles with nipples into the sterilizer and choose from Sterilize, Sterilize and Dry, or Dry Only modes. The sterilization process is super fast - it only takes 8 minutes to have a rack full of clean, sterilized bottles ready for use.

But most sterilizers leave you with wet, dripping bottles. The Baby Brezza One Step Sterilizer Dryer will also dry your freshly sterilized bottles, with a 30, 40, or 60-minute drying cycle.

Once the bottles have been sterilized and dried, you can leave them on the rack without opening the lid and they’ll remain sterile for up to 24 hours.

You Can Master Baby Bottle Maintenance!

In the beginning, you may feel like you’re constantly making bottles, cleaning bottles, and sanitizing bottles. But over time, you’ll master the routine of baby bottle maintenance.

As parents, we know that the right tools make the difference. Invest in easy-to-use and easy-to-clean equipment – like our wide-mouth, two-part baby bottles and a One Step Sterilizer Dryer.

If you do, you’ll cut down on your baby bottle maintenance routine and have more time to spend on capturing those special baby moments!

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