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Introducing solids to your baby can be both exciting and challenging -- at times it's emotionally exhausting, others, extremely satisfying. If you are well equipped with the best direction and ways to overcome the challenges, I promise you this will be a rewarding time in your parenting journey.
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As your baby begins solids, they are opened to a whole new world. It's an adventure of taste and texture -- from basic first cereals to complex puree blends. It's also significant because it's when your child's palate develops, forming a foundation for good eating.
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Buy Halloween candy a couple days before the big night. How many parents see Halloween candy in the stores early October and think they should stock up? Buying Halloween candy early only promotes the craziness. It goes into your cupboard and poses temptation not only for the kids, but also anyone looking for a sweet treat.
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When I decided I was going to make all of my daughter's baby food, I read everything I could on the topic -- how to introduce foods to baby, the best ways to prepare them for texture, and which foods to introduce when. But the real learning came from old-fashioned trial and error. After years of cooking for my kids and running my own baby food company, I'd like to share some of my tips for making baby food.
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The breakdown is simple: 80 per cent of the time you focus on eating healthy and clean foods, and 20 per cent of the time you can look the other way and enjoy life's indulgences. I love food and have always felt when you deny cravings, you can set yourself up for a lifelong struggle with food.
I would usually end up eating baby food leftovers. But that wasn't going to work for everyone else. I started spending time creating recipes I could make for the whole family. Take one recipe, and find a way to make it baby-, kid- and adult-friendly.
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If your family has not adopted healthy eating already, the time when baby starts solids is the perfect opportunity to do so. If baby grows up among a family where fresh, nutritious foods are readily available and eaten at every meal, chances are that those habits will become part of their routines and expectations.
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A baby's relationship with food begins with their first bites. What babies eat early on has a profound effect on how their eating habits develop as they grow up. Exposure to a wide variety of flavors and textures develops their palate for good food.
I was inspired to do this post for two reasons. First, because of all the kids cooking competition shows that have popped up over the past couple of years and secondly, who doesn't want their kids to learn how to cook gourmet meals for them?
One of my favourite things while building my business feeding babies over the years has been the constant surprises, inspiration and feedback I get from moms. With that in mind, I decided to share the top five fun (and bizarre) uses I've come across for baby food.
I'm frequently asked questions about all the glorious obstacles we are faced with when it comes to feeding the most important members of our family, our children. First off, I start by telling moms to "do what works for them." With this being said, I decided to take a few of the common questions and share my responses, because at some time or another, one of you readers may be faced with the same issues.
Jennifer Carlson Broe is the founder and president of Baby Gourmet Foods Inc., an organic baby food company specializing in nutritious and delicious packaged food for babies and toddlers. At the age of seven, the entrepreneurial bug bit Jennifer. The right idea finally came along when she started experimenting with healthy and tasty food recipes for her young children in her kitchen.