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Picky Eater | Daphyl's Iconic Rock N' Roll Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Lauren Saccone is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Who’s Hungry? 3 Tips For Getting Picky Eaters To Try New Foods

By | Health, Parenting

Who’s Hungry? Tips For Getting Picky Eaters To Try New Foods

You want the best for your child, and that includes giving them healthy and delicious meals that leave them feeling great. But what happens if you find yourself dealing with a particularly picky eater? Luckily, there are some fast and easy ways to help your little ones try new foods and have fun at the same time.

We’ve rounded up some of the best tips for getting picky eaters to try new foods. Read on, and get ready for your kid to get excited about exploring new culinary treats!

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Make It Fun

You can turn breakfast, lunch, or dinner into an exciting adventure your children will look forward to but making every meal a special event. And it’s easier than you think! Provide your child with fun tools to consume their food, like silly plates or crazy straws. Your little one will be willing to try a healthy smoothie in their Grateful Dead sippy cup, while rocking a stylish and fun matching bib. It helps to make the meal extra special and leaves your child excited to try whatever you’re serving up.

Have Them Help

What better way to get your kids interested in food than by having them help out in the kitchen? You can work together to pick out nutritious recipes that appeal to everyone — then it’s time to get cooking! Your child will love helping you prepare a meal, and be proud watching everyone dig into their culinary creations. Once you’ve demystified what goes into dinner, your little one will be much more inclined to taste it for themselves!

Turn It Off

Technology is great — but not at mealtimes. When your picky eater is sitting down to dinner, make sure the television is turned off, phones are away, and all screens are shut down until everyone is done eating. That will help your child to focus on food, and not get distracted by everything going on around them. And make sure your kid eats their meals in the same place as often as possible; this allows them to concentrate on eating and spending time with family members. It’s a great way to encourage them to eat their meals, and can lead to great memories for everyone involved.

Editor’s Note: Lauren Saccone is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Smoothies for Babies | Daphiyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Smoothies for Babies

By | Health

Safe And Delicious Smoothie Ideas For Babies

You love smoothies, but did you know you can make them for your babies too? Just make sure that they’re baby-friendly. Here are some easy and delicious recipes that pack a nutrient punch, and they’re a great way to ensure your babies eat their fruit and veg.

Fancy making a vegetable smoothie? It’s probably a good idea to add some fruity flavors to the mix to ensure that your babies will like the sweet taste of them. Another alternative is to add some spices to the mix for flavor, such as vanilla and cinnamon. Seeds or nuts can also be a tasty treat addition to fruit or veg smoothies, but make sure you finely grind them up first – and be careful of any nut allergies your baby might have. As for honey, which is a nice sugar punch, be sure not to give your baby honey until he/she is one year old, as Kids Health states.

Here are three delicious and healthy baby-safe smoothies to try.

Apple And Cinnamon Smoothies by Stonyfield Organic

This recipe gives smoothies a lovely apple pie flavor! You’ll need the following ingredients to make it:

¼ cup plain whole milk yogurt (avoid if your baby’s younger than 18 months as dairy can cause intestinal bleeding. Avoid other milks too, such as nut and rice milk.)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup of applesauce

Simply pop the ingredients into a jar that has a lid, close it, and shake it to achieve the smoothie consistency.

 

Cherry And Beetroot Smoothies by Baby Foode

This creative recipe is really easy to make, and contains a lot of tasty ingredients your baby will love.

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted cherries
½ beetroot that’s been peeled and chopped
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
½ cup of ice
1 cup milk (avoid if your baby’s younger than 18 months)
1 tablespoon of honey (avoid if your baby’s younger than 12 months)

Blend all the ingredients together for about two minutes, before serving it up!

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How To Make Your Smoothies Deliciously Creamy

What’s a smoothie if it’s not creamy and, well, smooth, right? If you’re giving ingredients such as dairy a skip because your baby’s too young to consume them, it doesn’t mean your smoothies have to lack creaminess. Here are some tips to follow:

  1. Add ingredients such as mashed banana or papaya to the smoothies. These fruits have a nice satisfying and plumping effect to make the smoothies much creamier.
  2. You can use baby formula to punch up the consistency of your smoothies.
  3. Oatmeal is another clever idea to bulk up smoothies, and it works with any flavors of fruits and veg that you want to make.

Serve your smoothies in a pretty and colorful sippy cup to make them even more appealing! You can find some lovely ones in our our shop.

 

Sources: Kids Health, Stonyfield Organic, Baby Foode

Editor’s Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

When to Let your Baby Drink Water | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

When Is It Safe For Babies to Drink Water?

By | Health, Safety

Although adults are always told to drink lots of water every day, this rule doesn’t apply to babies! In fact, it might surprise you to discover why you need to tread carefully when giving your baby water. Here are the rules to follow.

Don’t Give Water To Babies Younger Than Six Months

There are quite a few reasons for this, as Baby Center explains. First, giving your baby too much water can disrupt his or her body’s absorption of breast milk or formula, as well as the nutrients found in those. Second, water can be filling, which can cause the baby not to want to eat, thus making him or her lack nutrients from food.

There’s also the danger of water intoxication. This can happen if you give your baby too much water. Although rare, this condition is when too much water dilutes the sodium and nutrient content in a baby’s body, causing tissues to swell. It can result in seizures, coma, and even death.

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Be Careful With Water When Baby’s Older

Your baby loves his or her Daphyl’s sippy cups that are full of fun and bright colors. These help your kids stay hydrated. But, don’t keep filling them up with water. Even when your baby’s hit the six-month mark, you should still avoid giving him or her too much water. A few sips here or there are fine. Limiting how much water your baby drinks is to prevent a lack of hunger that occurs from sipping too much of the beverage. Water can also give your baby a sore stomach.

 

Babies Don’t Need to Drink Water – No, Really!

As The Daily Mirror reports, babies receive all their fluids through milk, whether formula or breastmilk, and this is what keeps them hydrated. They will only start needing water on a daily basis once they hit the age of one. As Healthline reports, CHOC Children’s Hospital states that at the age of one, babies will need approximately an eight-ounce cup of water daily. This amount will increase a bit every year.

Sources: Baby Center, The Daily Mirror, Healthline

Editor’s Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Green Lifestyle for Your Baby | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Here’s Why Your Baby Needs To Follow A Green Lifestyle

By | Health, Parenting, Safety

Go Green With Baby This Year By Avoiding Toxins

If you haven’t started greening your baby’s lifestyle, it’s a really good idea for a New Year’s resolution. Infants are especially vulnerable to toxins, even more so than adults. This is due to how they have greater exposure to chemicals for their body weight when compared to adults. As Health Affairs states, a six-month-old baby will drink seven times more water per pound than an adult, and children will absorb three to four times more calories per pound than adults. So, when they come into contact with toxins, they’re going to absorb more of them.

Let’s be practical for a second: it’s not always economically viable to replace all your baby’s items and foods in one go. That’s okay. You can slowly fade out chemicals from your baby’s life by focusing on the most important elements first. These include food, skin products, clothing, and toys, since babies use these on a daily basis.

Where to start? Let’s identify some of the most common chemicals found in baby products and figure out how to eliminate them so that your baby can live a healthy and green lifestyle – from today.

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Common Chemicals Hiding In Baby Products

There are some common toxins that are found in baby products which are best avoided for a green lifestyle because of their risks. These include:

Fragrance:

The ingredients in fragrance aren’t required by law to be listed on products, but often a group of chemicals found in fragrances is phthalates. These are endocrine disruptors that can contribute to a variety of conditions, such as birth defects, infertility, liver and breast cancer, and diabetes. Avoid any and all products with fragrances.

Petroleum-based ingredients:

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) states that up to 40 percent of baby lotions and baby oils contain petrolatum. This is made from crude oil and it coats your baby’s skin, not allowing it to breathe. When skin pores are clogged in this way, the skin can’t eliminate toxins from the body, which causes them to affect the body’s cells. Avoid all petroleum-based skincare products.

Preservatives in baby skincare products:

These go by various names such as DMDM hydantoin, 2-bromo-2 nitropropane-1,3-diol, Diazolidinyl urea, Imidazolidinyl urea, and Quaternium-15. They cause allergies and irritation, but also release formaldehyde which is a neurotoxin and carcinogen, as Green People reports. Other preservatives, such as parabens, are also worth giving a skip. Read product labels!

BPA in food and clothing:

BPA is found in plastic, so you want to avoid using plastic containers for food – and especially heating them in the microwave as this can release BPA and other harmful additives. Choose BPA-free food storage containers. Beware of bottled baby formula that can contain BPA, as well as plastic toys.

Phthalates:

These are found in a range of products, such as skincare items (where it’s found in fragrance, as mentioned earlier). It’s a softening agent that’s also found in plastic toys, but it’s linked to reproductive problems as well as being a known carcinogenic. Your best bet is to avoid all plastic toys that release chemicals such as phthalates. An online store that offers healthier and eco-friendly alternatives, such as The Eco Baby Store, is a good idea to check out.

Chemicals in clothing:

When clothing is treated, such as to be stain-resistant or waterproof, a lot of chemicals have been used to make it that way. Avoid such clothing items that release toxins. Choose natural fibers instead, such as cotton, wool, and bamboo. Try to buy locally-produced clothing as much as possible. Clothing made in the USA is often less chemically-treated than clothing made overseas where few regulations exist, as reported by Clear And Well.

Now you’re making great green lifestyle progress! The amazing thing about going green and eliminating toxins from your baby’s life is that once you start, you’ll want to do more and more as time goes by. Knowing that you’re keeping your baby healthy and happy is definitely worth it.

Sources: Health Affairs, Best Health Magazine, Green People, Clean Label Project, Clear And Well

Editor’s Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.