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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.

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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.

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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.

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Keeping Your Toddler Occupied On Sick Days

By | Health, Parenting

Sick days: they happen to even the healthiest of children from time to time. You’ve given them medicine and let them stay home to recover, but how do you keep them busy the whole day through? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep your toddler occupied on sick days, while still ensuring they get the rest and recovery they need. Read on for some helpful hints on making the most of sick days with your toddler.

Reading Time

Grab a stack of beloved books, curl up with blankets and stuffed animals, and start reading! Older children can help read along, while younger ones will be soothed by the sound of your voice and their favorite stories. If your child wants to participate but hasn’t quite mastered reading, let them tell you some stories! The two of you can make them up together for a fun time that will get their imagination going.

Set Up Play Time

Create a play-station for your little one that will keep them entertained for hours. You can set up different stations throughout a room, each with a different theme. You can put their stuffed animals in one spot, coloring books and crayons in another, and interactive toys (like this Pink Floyd Play Mirror) in another. It just takes a few minutes to set up, but can keep your child happy and occupied for hours during sick days.

Go Camping

Enjoy all the fun of camping without ever having to step outside! Instead, set up a campsite right in the middle of your living room. You can make ‘tents’ out of blankets and pillows, have outdoorsy snacks like chopped veggies or trail mix, and sit around telling stories. You can watch a nature-themed movie together, and even make microwave S’mores if your little one is feeling up for something sweet.

Start Cooking

If your child loves food and cooking, now’s the perfect time to encourage it! If they’re feeling up to it, you can help them make easy treats (there are tons of great YouTube tutorials). Kids will love tasting things they’ve created, and be distracted from feeling unwell.

If your child is feeling especially unwell (or you don’t want to risk spreading disease), put on a cooking show for them! You can channel your inner Julia Childs and show them the ins and out of creating a delicious snack while they relax with their Pink Floyd sippy cup. Your little one will love learning how to make simple, delicious snacks with you, and might even learn a few things along the way!

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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.