December 12th, 2011
*These brands are not affiliated. I’ve packaged them together as two of my favorite baby food making products.
You didn’t think I’d do 12 days of giveaways without focusing on homemade baby food, did you?! This pair of my favorite baby food making tools—a Baby Bullet system and copy of Feeding Baby Green by famed pediatrician Dr. Greene—is for all you mamas and papas embarking on an eating adventure with your little one.
Those of you who have been reading since the very, very beginning know that my own adventure started before the first Hungry Boy began eating. When he was only 4-months-old, I develop a frozen organic baby food brand, ChowBaby foods. The idea behind ChowBaby was to offer parents a product as close to homemade that would also encourage an adventurous appetite to inspire a lifetime of healthy eating.
While ChowBaby never launched product (long story), the process of researching; working with a nutritionist, nutritional anthropologist, FDA lawyers and other experts; interviewing moms; doing lots and lots of recipe development; and bringing it all together with my expertise in child development made me the family food advocate that I am today. The lessons I learned while developing ChowBaby—and the ones I continue to learn—are what I pass along to you. And, funnily enough, one of them is to skip baby food all together, opting instead to share with your little one the healthy foods that you make for yourself.
So then why baby food resources? Because learning to cook in a way that’s healthy enough for baby and also delicious for you takes some adjustment. And the two products in this giveaway will help.
This ’12 Days of Yum’ package includes:
* The Baby Bullet system, which comes with the Baby Bullet blender (including milling and blending blades), spatula, cookbook and tons of cups and storage containers for the blender and fridge or freezer (all BPA-free)
* A copy of Dr. Alan Greene’s book Feeding Baby Green
Dr. Greene is a preeminent “green” pediatrician with, among other things, a rare and much needed focus on feeding. The truth is that pediatricians do not typically get a lot of training on when and how to feed baby in a way that is safe and also lays the foundation for healthy habits for life. Instead, many tend to rely on old standards and outdated traditions (e.g., start feeding with bland cereal). Dr. Greene, a clinical professor of pediatrics at Stanford University (and too much more to list), is the exception, with an up-to-date and eco-friendly perspective on feeding.
In his must-have book Feeding Baby Green, Dr. Greene explains the importance of introducing flavors beyond the sweet and salty that dominate processed baby food during critical windows of development. The book is full of info, advice and ideas, all written in plain language and the warm tone of a trusted neighborhood doctor. It will change the way you think about feeding your baby—and maybe even yourself.
I love that the Baby Bullet system helps you make baby food without much trouble or the fuss of having to clean all of your full-sized kitchen tools. But what I love even more is that you can easily keep the Baby Bullet on your counter and just plop some of what you’re cooking for yourself into it and press, press, press to puree into the right consistency for baby. That’s how I used my baby food making tools the second time around and I cannot tell you how much easier life was without having to make batches upon batches of special purees that only the baby would eat. Either way you use it, having the right tools like the ones that come with the Baby Bullet system are essential to feeding baby the healthiest way possible.
To be eligible to win leave a comment here by midnight on Friday, 12/16 sharing one reason why you’re committed to homemade food for your littlest one.
*This prize package is valued at about $112.00 plus shipping and will be provided directly by Baby Bullet, a company for which I freelance, and Dr. Greene, whose blog I’ve contributed to in the past, to a winner in the U.S. selected by Random.org. This is not a traditional sponsorship in that I reached out to the participating brands—not the other way around. The brands/products featured in this bundle are not affiliated in anyway. I have not received anything for free in relation to this post/giveaway series and all opinions are strictly my own, thank you very much!