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Baby Food Rut Solution - Yogurt

Okay, this is a confessional. I'm currently in a rut when it comes to feeding my babies solids. I think stage 3 foods are a ripoff so I'm not interested in buying them. I think the babies are ready for finger foods but my ideas seem to be limited to puffs, bananas, toast and yogurt melts. I'm sure the girls have outgrown purees and I try to give them fork-mashed foods instead but I don't know what to mash

Mama's definitely in a rut. The only food I'm cool with right now is baby  yogurt. I love giving it to them and they are always enthusiatic eaters. Once the tub of yogurt appears, little legs start kicking and little arms start flaling in exitement. This is the only solid food that they can eat 4oz of at a sitting.

I'm in a baby food rut and baby yogurt is the only thing that works for me.

Linking up to works for me Wednesday.

The People in Our Neighbourhood

One novel experience that I've been having since November is the "Out with twins" thingie.
Woman + 2 young 'uns in double stroller = public spectacle.
Like any twin mom, I've had more than my share of absolute strangers come up to me and do/say strange things. There's
Miss Round-Eyes: They have that emoticon round eyes thing going on while staring at me. Almost like I have two wings and a tail to go with the double strollerThe Oh family: "Oh how cute!", "Oh how adorable" "Oh it's twins!"Ms Hitchcock: Sister to Alfred Hitchcock. She starts off like she's from the Oh family and once you make eye contact, she moves in for the kill. She proceeds to tell you some horror story involving twins that she knows. Like her poor sister-in-law who's twin baby was so high up, the mother had to have vaginal and CS delivery at the same time. Or the time her godson's twin cried all night and there was nothing wrong with him and then…

Book Review - Raising Twins

Raising Twins by Shelly Vasiri Flais

Before I start my review, a word about the author: Shelly Vaziri Flais is a pediatrician mom to four children including a set of identical twin boys. She also happened to have 4 children all under 4 years old at some point in her life. When I read that, my respect for her went up a few notches.

I saw this book in the library and I was about to pass on it as I thought it was another survival-guide-for-the-first-few-months type book. When I saw that it covered topics up to the twins being 4 years old, I decided to give it a shot. I wasn't expecting much but I ended up being pleasantly disappointed.

I thought I read a lot of books before having the babies, but I still wish I had read this as well. In reading it, it quickly becomes obvious that it IS written by a mom who's "been there done that". The book's tone is very helpful without being preachy or wordy. It's an easy read sectioned by age from the pre-baby days to pre-school…

Of Wrestling and Elephants

Last week I was worried about Spice. Sugar was crawling on all fours and Spice was fairly immobile compared to her sister. My source of worry was Sugar's penchance for climbing on her sister and pinning her to the ground with the skill of a  Hulk Hogan apprentice. Pinned and unable to move out of harm's way, Spice cried helplessly.

But.... a week is a long time in babyland. Long enough for the script to be flipped. Ms Spice has demonstrated two developmental milestones in the last few days. One is that she started army crawling - no longer the slow-moving victim. Second is that she has the memory of a baby elephant.

What do I mean?

Let's just say that right now Sugar is regretting picking on a baby a good pound heavier than she is. Payback is an 18lb baby who has perfected the gedo-clutch pinning technique.

Reviewing Diaper Rewards Programs

On the subject of baby rewards programs, do you know about the diaper rewards programs? The diapers come with codes that you input on a website and with enough points, you get to order some little doodah. The two biggies both have their programs. There's the Huggies Enjoy the Ride program and the Pampers Gifts to Grow program.

While I was on maternity leave, I had enough spare time to actually enter all my codes on their websites. Since starting work, I've had less time so I decided to redeem my points and say goodbye to the program. In redeeming my points, I saw that both programs had a few differences in their prize catalog. Here's how it worked out:

Pampers Gifts to Grow vs Huggies Enjoy the ride

After 3 months of diapering twins in size 3 Pampers Baby Dry and Cruisers; you can redeem a $5 promo code for from the Gifts to Grow catalog

After 3 months of diapering twins in size 3 Huggies Little Movers, there are as at today, 7 different rewards that can be redeeme…

Baby Products that Offer Rewards

A few baby products have loyalty programs for parents and caregivers. Being a parent is a rewarding experience that can cost you over $400,000 in 18 years and $10,000 in the first year alone. Well, since we parents are ever so generous, here's a list of products that return the love in their rewards programs
Huggies Diapers - Buy diapers, earn goodiesPampers Diapers - another buy diapers, earn goodies programFisher Price diapers - buy diapers and get discounts on toysYoBaby yoghurt - feed baby yogurt and get coupons for organic foods etcBeechnut baby food - eat baby food and get coupons for more baby foodBaby Einstein products - Get goodies while "smartening" your babySimilac - No purchase necessary. Register and receive periodical emails with benefits and discounts. I've received a couple for Shutterfly.comEnfamil - No purchase necessary. Register for coupons and free samplesSeventh Generation - Strange program. You do activities and get coupons for diapers and other…

Book Review - What to Read When

What to Read When by Pam Allyn, Founder and Director of LitLife
As a child and as an adult, I've always been a ferocious reader. I was the child who ate with a book on my lap and read books under the covers after lights out. Suffice to say, I love reading. My love for books is one gene in my DNA that I really hope that my daughters got. I can't wait to see the delight on their faces when they read books that transport them to another world. Of course, to grow a reader you have to start early; but I didn't know where to start that is until I saw this book in the library and borrowed it.  
The book is divided into three parts: The power of reading aloud, What to read aloud at every age and The emotional when: 50 essential themes. I really borrowed the book because of Part 2: What to read at every age. The section gives a list of books to read aloud to children from birth to 10 years old.

For the stage we're in - birth to 2 years - the book recommendations include Black and …

Super Nine

The girls were 9 months two days ago but I wanted to wait on the official weights from the doctor's visit before posting our stats

SpIce aka Twin A Weight             18lbs 3oz (Almost no change from last month) Dress size        9 - 12months
Diaper size       Size 3 

Sugar aka Twin B
Weight             16lbs 15.5oz (Again, only gained 2oz) Dress size        9 - 12 months
Diaper size       Size 3

No major change to the feeding and sleeping schedule. Early morning bottle around 6am. Breakfast is  still 4oz of solids at 8:30am in the daycare. Lunch is 6-7oz bottle of formula followed by 3oz of solids between noon and 1pm. Afternoon snack is a 6-7oz bottle at 330 PM and dinner is 6-7oz bottle plus 2oz solids or finger foods at 600pm. Bedtime is 7:30pm

We started on stage 3 textures this month. One reason for the lack of weight gain is that both girls have dropped their formula intake. Spice really dropped hers and takes around 24oz daily while Sugar takes 28oz. Doctor says there's…

Reading Baby Food Labels

I have never scrutinized food labels in my life, until I had babies. Since then, I read and compare and analyse and drive myself crazy in the middle of the grocery store. Like every other thing in this country, knowledge is power. The more you understand about food labels, the smarter your choices can be - especially for your little ones.
Here's a few tidbits I've gleaned from reading and understanding nutritional labels on baby food. Serving size: The label is always based on serving size. Check what makes up a serving. Is it more or less than what baby will eat at a sitting?Calories: Check for calories per serving size. The typical milk-based baby formula contains 20 calories per ounce (this is government regulated). On any food, I mentally convert the calories per serving to calories per ounce. I have no issue with it being higher or lower than 20, just need to know if I need to supplement with more calories or less. Calories: Babies require around 52 calories per lb of body…

Introducing Baby to Nigerian Foods

My plan was to introduce the girls to Nigerian food flavors before they turned 9 months and I started doing that 2 weeks ago. The foods I chose to introduce them to are plantains and african yams. Here are the purees I made
Plantain puree for baby Thanks to NIL for the suggestion to make baby food purees a third carbs, a third protein and a third fruit or vegetables
Ingredients and preparation Organic mixed vegetables from Costco: Steamed  Plantains: Cut off top and bottom. Slice skin lengthwise but leave on. Cut into 2 or 3 pieces. Boil for 20 minutes. Drain and leave to cool. Remove skin - the skin will fall off easily from the part that was previously sliced.Boneless chicken thighs. Spiced and prepared as normalOnce everything was cooled, I pureed together and froze in ice cube trays.
Baby Verdict: Eaten with no complaints.

African Yam Baby Food Puree
Yams are always one of the first foods babies in Nigeria are introduced to. The yam is boiled and mashed and fed to baby with butter or eg…

Storm in a Sippy Cup

I know I waxed all lyrical about the Green Sprouts Sippy Cups last week, but something happened last night that I am compelled by the federal authorities to disclose to you.

Yesterday evening, Sugar (darling, energizer bunny-like child o' mine) discovered that if you shake Mr Sippy Cup really really really hard, you can make the water in it jump up and come back down onto your face, your chair, mommy's carpet etc. And so she did. And so mommy reaches another milestone in self-feeding with a side of rainmaking.

I'm glad the cup only had water in it but little Miss Rainmaker will be getting a sippy cup with a valve in it pretty soon.

Comparing Baby Yoghurt Melts

Happymelts Strawberry flavored yogurt melt vs Gerber Graduates mixed berries yogurt melt

Ease of finger feeding: The concept of baby melts is that they melt on contact with moisture and somehow my babies always have moist palms. So one melt gets stuck in their palm and they can't see it, eat it or shake  it off. This is not an  issue at this stage because they are not self-feeding pros yet.

Taste to mommy: The Gerber melts are crunchier and taste milky. The Happymelts have a more yogurty taste. The Happymelts texture was softer and there was a chalky feel that I did not like

Taste to babies: They loved 'em

Verdict: Strictly on taste, Gerber takes the cake.

Nutritional facts table

Things to Buy for Baby Twins and Multiples

This is a list for moms pregnant with twins as I share the things that were "good buys" for me - I have twins too. There's so much noise out there on what you need because afterall, the baby industry is a $2.9 billion industry and that money has to come from somewhere!
This is the list I give to any new mom asking me for advice on what a baby needs. Tune out the noise and get this as a minimum for the first couple of months. 3 months into this motherhood business, you'll have a pretty good idea of what will work for you and your baby and what won't.

Every baby needs for the first few months
1. Conveyance from the hospital: A car seat. Regardless of where you buy, take a trip to Babies R Us and test the different brands in your car to see which installs best
2. A place to sleep: Parents in temporary accomodations or planning to move before baby's first birthday, get a pack and play with a bassinet area. Get 2-3 quilted bassinet sheets and you're set. A mini-c…

Needing Room Decor Tips

I live in an apartment with 3 rooms - master bedroom, guest room and baby room. The baby room is approximately 100sq.ft large and currently has like 12sq.ft of free floor space. The rest of the floorspace has been taken over by office desk (converted to changing table), office chair, mountains of clothes and toys. I can't take it any more. It's driving me crazy this clutter

So this is an SOS from me to you! I need ideas. In the next 2 weeks I plan on getting rid of the pile of clothes, toys and doodahs in the girls' room. The next step of course will be for them to get their own room back. I hope to transition them to their room (hopefully second time will be the charm for us) by their first birthday and I need help.

Specifically I need  decorating ideas for a little girls/toddler room. Nothing too frilly - this mama does not do frilly. If they want frilly, they'll have to get it themselves in say seven ten years.

Pictures - should it be them or family members? Canvas or …

On Fire

Since I decided to spend the week posting my comments to the blogs that Mr Google and company won't let me, I was tickled pink to see that Andrea had me picked out for the Blog on Fire Award. Her's is another favorite blog of mine that I try to comment on and end up have to log into blogger like ten times. Andrea is also one of the nicest bloggers you can ever have reading your blog, and she's got some mighty fine BG twins. 
Thanks for the award girl. Now here's the part where I tell you 7 things you don't know about me. Where to start? I'll tell you 7 firsts I've had in my life I had my first white christmas in Pittsburg/Atlanta two years agoI am yet to hear my first Justin Bieber song (thank God)2008 - My first time in a casino, wherein I discovered there's a little gambler in my DNADecember 2004 - My first visit to Disney. I went to the one in Paris and confirmed what I'd always suspected. I'm just a big kid playing grown-upI got my first Barbi…

Finger Foods at Eight and Half Months

This is turning out to be the longest comment in the history of blogging. With regards to finger food, here's what's worked for us and what didn't
Worked. Mild cheddar snacking (not thin) slices from Target. I cut in strips and in cubes. Sugar still has a raking grip but can get both strips and cubes into her mouth and enjoyed the cheese. Spice's pincer grip is coming up nicely, but she doesn't have much patience with finger food for now. Worked. Toasted bread cut in stripsWorked. Baby MumMum. I confess I had a moment of hesitation in buying this when I saw that it was made in China. Then I gave myself a good scolding for presuming that any one country had the market cornered on the issue of food safety and recalls. This really melts in their mouth and is easy to hold. I keep a pack in my bag to stave off hunger in case we run into traffic on our commute home. Disclosure: It is possible that I've eaten a lot more MumMums than the girls. I get hungry in traffic t…

Self Feeding at Eight and Half Months

I don't know if it's my computer settings or what, but I have been struggling with commenting on a number of the blogs that I follow and it irks me to no end. To compensate, I'll be blogging my comments this week.
So last week, Ms Megan was talking about "Sippy cups and self feeding". As our daughters were born one month apart, I really wanted to comment on her post. Here's our self feeding report card:
Sippy Cups - With the sippy cups, I may have been in a rush, but babies can never be rushed. I have to step back and let them do things at their own pace. My plan is to get them accustomed to drinking from a spout, learn to tilt the cup and finally hold their own sippy bottles and drink a 7oz feeding without drama. Easier said than done.
I have a cupboard full of different configuration sippy cups, but our most successful has been the Green sprouts sippy cup.

It was love at first sight for me and this particular sippy because it met all my requirements for a sip…