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  • 7 Natural Baby Foods Babies Love

    Natural Baby FoodsThe baby food market is known for buzzing about being organic promoting healthy growth. Regardless of the brand, here are culinary champions straight from nature that you can guarantee nutritional benefits from. Here are 7 of our favorites for baby’s diet.

    1. Squash

    Plain old squash straight from mother earth acts as an excellent source of vitamins A and C. It’s creamy consistency and natural sweet flavor makes it perfect for babies! Serving squash with garbanzo beans is one of our favorite combinations. You’ll find that you love squash too when you discover all the great dinner ideas!

    2. Yogurt

    This beloved classic snack is known to boost the immune system while aiding the brain and heart’s health. Yogurt is also an excellent source of vitamin D and calcium! There are ton of yogurts on the market, but they are not equal. When choosing a yogurt for baby, opt for plain organic choices with no sugars added. We find that yogurt works well with mandarins other fruits. There are countless ways to serve yogurt, so be creative!

    3. Avocados

    This rich source of “good” fat is similar to the composition of breast milk. Because avocados are an unsaturated fat, it is safe for baby and offers some benefits toward his development. You can mash avocados with other foods of your choice but we love the combination of avocados and apples spread on toast!

    4. Mandarin oranges

    Antioxidants and vitamin C contents are high in this delicious fruit. The size of mandarins makes them super easy for babies to eat in pieces as finger food. If you choose to buy canned mandarins, be sure to purchase brands that house the fruit in water rather than sugary syrup.

    5. Lentils

    This inexpensive legume is packed with more nutritional power than you could imagine. Lentils are an excellent source of protein, and are known to increase energy,  and encourage both heart health and digestive health.  Combined with veggies and your favorite assortment of seasonings, lentils make a great dinner for growing babies. We love lentils with a bit of oregano.

    6. Blueberries

    The flavonoids in the bluest of blueberries are excellent for your baby’s brain and eyes. Serving these mashed, warm or along with yogurt can make blueberries easy for baby to enjoy. The anthocyanins are even said to have benefits for the urinary tract as well.

    7. Spinach, Kale & Collard greens

    The high contents of iron and folate found in dark leafy greens are great for both you and babies for many reasons. Babies particularly benefit from the vision, iron and bone health advantages. Pureeing and steaming these greens make them perfect for baby consumption.

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    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

    Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

    Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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