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    Baby’s First Foods

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    Now that Calvin has entered the world of solid foods (and seriously, how did we get here so fast!?) I’m rediscovering what it is like to make baby food and fit another feeding into the day. And the mess — Calvin is the messiest eater because he mostly insists on feeding himself. But it’s easier the second time around too. I have tried and true feeding tools that I love, favorite foods that I enjoy making him, and we are just having fun with it. So I thought I would share some of Calvin’s first foods with you.

    First up was mashed banana. I pureéd a little and mashed a little and he much preferred mashed. After a few bites he tried to take the infant spoon away from me and feed himself.

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    Next up, mashed avocado! This one is his favorite and works out well since we always have avocados on hand. The downside to avocado is the mess that starts out a pale green or yellow later turns a dark brown, much like an avocado does after much contact with air. So basically choosing the white chair pad (with white straps) was a bad idea (what was I thinking!?) Live and learn. But my Munchkin stay put suction bowls help minimize my mess because they have suction on the bottom, making it impossible for Calvin to grab and toss or spill his food. And he definitely tries. And if you serve your baby food right after making it and want to be sure the food isn’t too hot, they have a great set of bowls and spoons that change color and alert you if food is too hot to feed your baby.

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    Another favorite has been sweet potatoes. I pureé them and add a little bit of organic brown rice cereal or oatmeal to thicken the way Calvin likes it. I also do butternut squash this way. I make that too, but I buy the organic pre-chopped stuff from Trader Joes, because it is just as good and saves a ton of time. In fact, I often use frozen organic fruits or veggies and then steam and pureé those to make life easier.

    And Calvin loves to feed himself with the Munchkin fresh food feeder. I actually put frozen banana in it so he could both feed himself and soothe his teething gums at the same time. He loved it!

    baby's first foods | Oh Lovely Day

    Pureéd carrots were not as loved as the other foods, but he definitely had the most fun making a mess with it. That’s why a good bib is so key and the one pictured above is my favorite because it is both long and wide, has a pouch to catch falling messes, and it has an on-the-go storage pouch to keep a food pouch and spoon contained for meals when you’re out and about. You can find it here.

    baby's first foods | Oh Lovely Day

    So far, Calvin is a good eater that pretty much tries anything I put in front of him. I hope he stays that way! Stay tuned for more fun feeding posts, including some healthy foods my picky eater Charlie has been trying — all because he likes them divided out on these cute plates! Mom tricks ;)

    This post is brought to you by Munchkin. Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Munchkin.comTargetBabies’R’UsWalmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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    Oh Lovely Day February Goodies Guide Giveaway

    OLD Goodies Guide Giveaway for February | Oh Lovely Day

    The end of the month is my favorite, because that means I get to share the latest Oh Lovely Day Goodies Guide Giveaway! This month’s includes many items that I’m using and loving with my kids right now and I know you’ll love them all too. Hopefully you’ll find a new product that you love thanks to these guides and giveaways — my favorite part is connecting great companies and brands with fabulous products to all of you parents out there!

    So let’s talk about this month’s loot, shall we?

    1. We’ve got reusable pouches from ReSqueeze, which Charlie loves because he loves anything in a pouch (it’s a great way to hide healthy foods too) and Calvin is just starting on solids so I can make him some pureés and store them in the pouches too. It’s cheaper to  make your own pureés and just reuse the washable pouches than buying those expensive ones at the store! One winner will get a set of both 6 oz and 9 oz pouches.

    2. A diaper pail is a must-have for any nursery, and the diaper pail from Munchkin is such a great odor controller. So much better than a garbage can or many of the other diaper pails on the market thanks to the baking soda cartridge! The winner will get one Munchkin diaper pail.

    3. I’ve used Dr. Brown’s Bottles with both of my babies and now am starting to try a training cup when we feed solids as well. They are the best bottles, especially for things like gas and colic.  The winner will get a set of bottles and training cups from Dr. Browns.

    4. I’ve shared how much I love Zutano‘s baby booties, but all of their apparel is adorable! They’ve got great prints, colors, and styles for babies and toddlers — but the booties and elf suits are my absolute favorites. One winner will receive $100 credit to spend at Zutano!

    5. I love finding products that are super useful and also serve multiple needs. The Sprout Shell is one of those products! It is a great car seat cover, leaving open the handle so you can carry baby easily and also covering the car seat entirely rather than just hanging over it and blowing all over the place. But you can also use it as a nursing cover, a shopping cart cover (so your baby doesn’t immediately put his mouth on that disgusting and germy handle, which they totally do!), and high chair cover. It’s the only cover that does it all and is an essential for any diaper bag or stroller basket to use when you’re out and about.

    6. If you follow my mom/baby posts on this blog, over on Momtastic, or on instagram you already know how much I love the Ollie World swaddle. I credit it and luck with Calvin sleeping through the night starting at a young age with no sleep training. It made those first 3-4 months so much easier. I’ve recommended it to every new mom I know. And now someone is going to win one! (and you can see my review of it here if you’re into that short of thing.)

    7. If you haven’t heard of Bitsy’s Brain Food yet, it’s time you did. Charlie is obsessed with their “letter cookies” and I love that he thinks he’s getting a treat when they’re really filled with fruits & veggies and packed with vitamins, minerals and Omega-3, DHA, and folic acid. They are a great snack for good eaters and picky eaters alike. And they make a cereal too! The winner will get a variety of Bitsy’s Brain Food goodies to try.

    8. Do you have a teething baby or one that scratches or claws at you or himself when nursing? Mine does both and our teething necklace from The Vintage Honey Shop has become a staple in our house. Anytime I nurse or babywear I put it on and Calvin has something to gnaw on or hold onto. Plus, they are so cute! Someone will win their choice of one teething/nursing necklace.

    9. My favorite and most-used baby item right now is the Ergobaby 360. It’s a lifesaver, cuddle-enabler, and great for getting out and about. There are things about the 360 that make it even better, for me, than other Ergo carriers and many other brands as well (which I talk about more here.) And one of you is going to win one!

    So who’s excited about all of these goodies!? Enter below in the widget box (if you don’t see one, give it a minute to load — especially if you are on a mobile device.) Giveaway ends 2/28/15 at 8pm PST. Winner will be notified by email and displayed in widget box below sometime on 3/1/15, so check back to see who won.

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    *This post contains sponsored inclusion and/or some affiliate links. If you click on a link (especially if it is an amazon link or reward style link) I may earn a small commission if you purchase that item. It does not cost you more because you clicked an affiliate link. This is one of the ways I’m able to keep this blog up and running. I appreciate your support of Oh Lovely Day and it’s sponsors. None of the items I select for the guide or giveaways, or recommend or post about are items I would not or have not used myself. If I love it, I share it. If I don’t love it, I don’t accept sponsored content regardless of payment.

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    Valentine’s Day Gifts For Your Littles

    Love for Littles Valentine's Day Round Up | Oh Lovely Day

    While I meant to share this in time to buy these goodies for your littles for Valentine’s Day, a series of sicknesses kept me and one of my littles in bed for nearly two weeks instead. But I think we all need a little more love in our lives all year round. So, here are my favorite goodies from some of my favorite small businesses that are perfect for Valentine’s Day, and all year through too!

    Cupid cloud mobile + Heart print

    Friday I’m In Love Tee + Love Your Guts tee

    Je T’aime onesie + smiley heart tee

    gold heart bib + pink heart sweatshirt

    heart of gold onesie + all love needs is you tee

    heart teether

    love your face banner

    love where you are wall hanging

    heart blanket

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    Oh Lovely Day January Goodies Guide Giveaway

    Oh Lovely Day goodies guide giveaway | ohlovelyday.com

    Remember those mom and baby giveaways I did last year? Well they became so popular that they inspired a new element to Oh Lovely Day. I’ve got something exciting in the works – think a guide to all of my favorite mom and kiddo brands, products, and shops – all in one place! And I decided to bring the giveaways back, but in 2015 I’ll be having one monthly giveaway dedicated to all of those goodies I have become obsessed with: those momma lifesavers, the adorable kiddo clothing, baby gear I can’t live without, cool gadgets, and so much more. And boy do we have a good one to kick off the new year! Because, you see all that ridiculously good stuff up there right? Yeah, one of you is totally getting it all. (this giveaway is now closed) Read More »

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    Adjusting to Being a Mom of 2

    Adjusting to life as a mom of two | Oh Lovely Day

    I don’t know how it happened, but suddenly I’m 5 months into my whole “mom of two” experience. I have to tell you, it is flying by! Adding a second baby definitely is a game changer in many ways. While there is chaos, a lot of juggling, and sometimes tears, there is also so much love and joy. And the moments when Charlie just wants to entertain or love on his baby brother, and I see Calvin look at him with so much wonder and love, my heart bursts and I stop and think “this! this is what it is all about!” Read More »

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