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    Five Favorites: Board Books For Babies

    Five Favorite Board Books For Babies | Oh Lovely Day

    I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this one, so this Friday’s Five Faves are Calvin’s favorite board books. These are actually the ones he seems to respond to, reach for, and laugh at the most, not necessarily my favorites to read (although I do love them as well). Some of them were Charlie’s favorite at this age too, so I’m thinking your babes would also love them. Happy reading!

    Five Favorite Board Books For Babies | Oh Lovely Day

    1. Hello, Bugs: This one is very visual with lots of graphic black and white patterns for baby’s vision. There’s an animal version too.

    2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear: I don’t know what it is, but both of my boys freaking love this book as babies.

    3. Peek-A Who: This one is fun, and interactive. Calvin loves the mirror at the end of the book.

    4. In My Tree: This one has a puppet-like interaction that both of my boys loved.

    5. Charlie Monkey is our number one favorite – the funny animal faces always get lots of laughs and love.

    Keep in mind, these are the board books my babies seem to love the most. I have my own favorites as well, but these cross over a bit. And I love all of the Sandra Boynton books and am going to introduce those to Calvin soon too.

    What are your favorite board books for babies?

    PS – My five favorite novels to recommend to others.


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    Packed Lunch for Littles

    My Favorite Things for Packed Lunches for Littles | Oh Lovely Day

    Since today is National Pack Your Lunch Day (there’s a day for everything isn’t there!?) I thought I would share my favorite packed lunch goodies for littles, which in my house means Charlie. Charlie uses these for his lunch every day, depending on what I make for him. I hope it helps you pack healthy homemade lunches for your littles too!

    1. Munchkin Miracle 360 Cup: This version of a sippy cup eliminates messes and spills, and supports your child’s dental health too. And easy to clean too!

    2. PlanetBox Rover Lunch Box and PlanetBox Bottle Rocket Water Bottle: I love this lunch box (although it’s still a little big and heavy for Charlie’s daily preschool use – we’ll use it more for kindergarten or when we travel). It’s a great way to pack a variety of healthy things in your kid’s lunch. And the water bottle is a new favorite of Charlie’s for water transport.

    3. Zoli Baby Dash Insulated Water Bottle: This is my favorite insulated straw water bottle. I send one to school with Charlie everyday so he can get a drink out of his cubby rather than waiting for a teacher to help him pour water. And it’s great for car rides, playground trips, and diaper bags – it’s never leaked on me (unlike his thermos brand water bottles).

    4. EasyLunchboxes Bento Lunch Box Containers: These are what we use for Charlie’s lunch most days, as they fit into his lunch box and are easy for him to carry, open and close, and hold the perfect amount of food for him at his age. And they are BPA free and affordable too!

    5. Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie Insulated Lunch Box: I just love these little lunch boxes! They are cute and fun, insulated, large enough to hold the lunch box containers we use but not too big to get to heavy for little ones to carry, and easy to clean. And they match the larger Skip Hop back packs if your child wants a matching set.

    6. Zoli Dine Vacuum 12 oz Insulated Food Jar: I love using this to send food that needs to stay hot or cold. Charlie loves for me to put yogurt or mac n cheese in this for his lunch at school. It works great, he can open and close it, and it is easy to clean. And it fits in his lunchbox (mentioned above).

    What are your favorite tools for packed lunches?

    PS – Baby’s First Foods

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    Baby’s First Foods

    baby's first foods | Oh Lovely Day

    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 ;)

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