Exploring New Foods and Textures with Baby


Thank you to Gerber for inspiring this post!

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Meal Time With Baby

Having started solid foods with 5 babies now I can tell you that there is no magical age that they are ready. Like the best health organizations I too recommend waiting till 6 months before starting solids. Some babies are ready then, some babies need even more time! I don’t think there is any perfect way of starting but we like starting with blended up avocado and of course bananas. Check with your babies pediatrician for their recommendations! Some mamas make all their own baby food, some mamas provide baby with what they are eating that meal more or less, and some moms like me use a wide range of feeding options including premade baby foods from companies like Gerber.

My beautiful chunky monkey loves food! Unlike some of her other siblings she isn’t really picky though sometimes textures take her a bit of getting used to. I love baby food blends as I often don’t have time to get all those fresh ingredients together and have time to make them into baby food. Not like I can cut up raw sweet potatoes and and hand them to her, a lot of the flavors I want her to have need to be cooked and with 5 kids and homeschooling I don’t have much time in the kitchen. So this is where this recipe came from! Don’t be shy about mixing foods you make with ready to serve baby foods!

 

   Recipe: Slow Cooker Steal Cut Oatmeal for Baby (and the whole family)

Ingredients:

2 Cups Steal Cup Oats

2 Cups Milk (or milk alternative or just use all 8 cups water!)

6 Cups Water

1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar

2 TBS Butter

1 TBS Cinnamon

1 tsp Salt

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1. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick spray or your choice of oil. Coconut oil is great!

2. Combine ingredients together and add to crockpot at bed time set to 8 hours on low.

3. In the morning add a baby food your baby really likes as a topping to the oatmeal for added flavor and nutrition!

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Your whole family will like this recipe!

I specially love adding Sweet Potato Apple Carrot And Cinnamon Gerber Lil’ Bites as it tastes like FALL to me and goodness we have waiting and waited for the crisp cool weather with the warm yummy flavors. For a great sweet light flavor for baby try Pear Apple Berry Gerber Lil’ Bites. Lil’ Bites is made with babies who are crawling that are 8 – 12 months old. This kind of food is great for introducing baby to different textures and flavors. Lil’ Bites has small bites of food to help baby learn to chew and eat solids. No added starch, no artificial flavors or colors.

 

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Picking an Instrument to Learn Based upon Body Type

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Helping your child choose an instrument can be one of the most important decisions of their life. If they have the talent and desire, music could stay with them for a lifetime. If you and your kiddo don’t know where to start, consider their body type. Though this may change after puberty, choosing an instrument that fits their body is important for now. Another thing to keep in mind is cost; music lessons and instruments are not usually cheap, so finding the right “fit” becomes even more important.

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Taller kids will be able to master larger instruments at a younger age than their smaller classmates. Instruments like the bassoon, the cello, viola, trombone, or tuba are great choices.

Small Lips

If your child has lips that are on the small side, consider the trumpet, French horn, or flute. The mouthpieces for these instruments are on the smaller side, so a small mouth is required to get the perfect sound.

Large Lips

On the other hand, if you child has larger lips, you could suggest the tuba. They will be perfectly suited for creating the intended sounds on a tubas mouthpiece.

Large Hands

Children with long fingers and large hands would make great piano or bassoon players. The fingering configurations for both of these instruments require large reaches, so kids with small hands might struggle, whereas kids with large hands should excel.

Long Arms

If you have a long-limbed kiddo, suggest they try the cello, bass, or bassoon. These large instruments require longer arms to reach around them, so a child with that feature would feel most comfortable playing them.

Strong Lungs

Kids who are really physically fit, especially swimmers, would excel at the flute or tuba. These instruments require the most amount of air to play, so kids with strong lungs or large lung capacities could play them without feeling uncomfortable.

Good Hand-Eye Coordination

If your child has strong hand-eye coordination, they would be great at playing the flute, trumpet, guitar or oboe. These instruments require intricate, fast fingering techniques that can get complicated for more awkward kids. Kids who are into sports or video games often are good at these instruments because they hone their coordination skills more often.

 

 

 

As you can see from this list, many of the instruments that work for specific body types are strings and brass. Most percussion and woodwind instruments are versatile and work for people of all shapes and sizes. If your child can’t choose, suggest something like a saxophone, clarinet, or drums to start.

 

These are just points to consider if you are overwhelmed by instrument options. Ultimately, allow your child to explore and experiment with any instrument that interests them. Even if it doesn’t work out, they tried! Many musicians also play more than one instrument, so trying different ones is a great place to start.

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This guest post contribution is courtesy of Your Music Lessons, which helps teachers and students connect for lessons all over the US. From piano lessons to bass lessons to saxophone lessons to flute lessons, we will help you find the instruction you need.

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