Sassy Baby. Grow up Cups and More Favorites.

BurritoBuzzSassyGrowUpCups.jpgIt is no secret that BurritoBuzz moms are always on the lookout for new sippy cups. We generally don’t like them. They are always leaking, or molding, or even better yet breaking. Its so annoying!  I really wish companies made made baby products better, but alas they are made to last for a short time. I have been introduced to my new favorite sippy cups and  I am already throwing out others to replace them with the NEW Sassy Baby Grow Up Cups! Sassy Baby has a whole new line of products and I am excited to share some of my favorites with you!

GROW UP CUPS 

The best way to transition to an open cup with no lid is a cup that doesn’t have a spout at all. Sassy has created a cup my little girl calls her “big girl – no lid cup” and gives me the ease of actually having a lid to keep all those messes trapped. BK#2 was so intrigued that he actually started giving up his bottle! YESSSSS!!

About the Grow Up Cups.

  • Revolutionary 360° design – sip 360° around the rim with no spout or straw!
  • Available in 7 oz., 9 oz. and 12 oz. sizes
    • Both the 7 oz. and 12 oz. sizes are available in a single pack
    • 9 oz. cup is available in convenient double packs
  • Easy grip handles (sold with 7 oz. cups) can be removed and used with each cup size! > I wasn’t super impressed with the handles because they didn’t snap in or stay on the cups very well. They are adorable and work great, but made the cup a toy because BK#2 spent his entire time with the handle just playing with it.img_2998
  • BPA Free & Phthalate Compliant
  • Pediatric dentist preferred over spouted cup
  • The lid is easily taken apart into three pieces to make cleaning easy!
  • Lids are interchangeable within cup sizes! I love that you don’t have to even look to see if they match or anything. Snap the membrane on the lid, twist, and off they can go! img_2996
  • Silicon valve automatically seals when your child stops drinking to eliminate messes
  • Slender enough for toddlers to grip with one hand.
  • Grow Up Cups come in MANY different colors and prints, slogan cups, and even a fruit infuser cup with a little carrying handle!
    • The Infuser Cup is a natural way to flavor water. About 1/4 cup of fruit can put placed in the removable fruit infuser.
  • Price – A 9oz or 7oz  2 pack retails for $10.99 (Currently on sale on Amazon for $7.17!)  and one 12oz cup retails for $5.99.

These cups are awesome and super functional! Although they aren’t completely leak proof they definitely are leak resistant! If your child drops them and leaves them laying they might drip a little, or if they shake them up-side-down, yes they will leak, but sitting in their chair drinking at a normal they did not leak on them! The only real time i had an issue with the Grow UP Cups leaking was when BK#2 shook it playing. Really, most “sippy cups” leak when shook.

 

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  • Ergonomic shaped bowl offers a variety of single-handed grips for the caregiver
  • 2 divided compartments keep foods separate.
  • Snap-on lid for portability. – I wish the lid fit better. I trust it to keep foods cold in the fridge, but I would not put it in the diaper bag for travel out of fear it would pop off.
  • Includes  soft silocon-like Sassy Transitional Feeding Spoon
  • Assorted boy/girl colors
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I cant express how much I wish I would have had this when BK#1 was an infant! The little spot for the spoon to sit is an amazing way to hold it when you’re feeding a child of any age! When BK#1 was a baby I lost track of how many times she would knock the baby food out of my hand! With this bowl you can hold it more securely. Its seriously the best design for a bowl that I have seen in a LONG TIME!

 

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  • Travel case keeps child-sized utensils clean in diaper bag!
  • Properly sized for little hands. The curved handles make it so easy for little hands to get the food in their mouth without dumping it first. IMG_2973.jpg
  • Assorted blue and pink cases available
  • Price – $4.99 for the set. 

My little ones did great with these utensils and the spoon is my favorite specifically, because it is so easy for babies to use on their own. The fork is very rounded and doesn’t stab tougher food that well.

 

 

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  •  The bathtime pals are a set of 5 squirt and float characters
  • Characters offer a variety of colors and textures
  • Sized for little hands to grasp and squirt
  • Unlike some squirty bath toys theses are almost a soft silicon material!
  • The pull&go boat has a silicon character as well with a plastic and string pull to make the 2 paddles zip through the water.
    • Available in pelican or penguin characters
    • No batteries required
  • Price- Bathtime pals are on sale for $6.54 and the Pull & Go boat is $7.33

My littles LOVE bath toys. When I told them that I had new ones for them they were SO EXCITED! These toys inspires imagination and works with their fine motor development. Win-win in my book!

We are so happy with Sassy Baby and cannot wait to see what else they come out with. Sassy Baby products are a must have for any baby registry!  This company is coming out with new products all the time and they really do have your family in mind when they are creating! Be sure to visit them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Youtube. They will have a new shop open on their website very soon at www.sassybaby.com. Be sure to check it out for some awesome new product. I will be sure to share when it is up!

~Amanda

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences with a product and we never guarantee a positive review.**

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BurritoBuzz Mom Approved: Ella’s Kitchen

We want the best for our babies. When it comes to food, I try to make sure my 6 month old is getting the best possible nutrition. Some say the best way to know what your baby is eating, is to makek_logo_good_bluestrap_rgb_painte their baby food yourself. Well, I don’t have the time or patience to make her food. I know it’s not that hard, I just don’t want to. So how do I know that my little one is being fed the best possible food for her little sensitive belly? Ella’s Kitchen!

Ella’s Kitchen is 100% USDA certified organic baby and toddler food and drinks that is handy for mom and dad. Ella’s Kitchen makes food that appeals to all of the senses of little ones, from the texture, colors, taste, the packaging, and even their names. Made with natural ingredients, Ella’s Kitchen shows that food can be both healthy and yummy, even for the pickiest of eaters! You can even do a product search on their website for special diets; gluten free, lactose free, and vegetarian products can be searched for here. Ella’s Kitchen also takes care of our planet. You can send back your used pouches and capsella, and they’re then made into unique products and of course the cardboard boxes can be recycled. 

Ella’s Kitchen offers foods for babies from 4 months (Ella’s 1) and from 6 months (Ella’s 2) to toddlers 1+ year and Big Kids. There are no baby food jars, just easy and convenient pouches. Baby foods are made with all kinds of savory fruits and vegetables. There are so many combinations available for baby food, toddler snacks, and drinks, there are too many to list! Check out what Ella’s Kitchen has to offer here!

My almost 7 month old loves everything she has tried from Ella’s Kitchen and my toddler loves their delicious nutritious drinks and shakes and dev41f41c19c7dbee85307d6fcf40f8d043ours their toddlers snacks. I love knowing that both my girls are eating healthy and that they love what they’re eating.

I am so glad I found Ella’s Kitchen and that my family loves it. And while it costs more than Gerber or Beechnut baby food, you know that your little one is getting certified organic food and getting the best for his/her little belly. Check out your local grocery store or find out where to buy here. Your little one will love Ella’s Kitchen, and so will you!

Don’t forget to follow Ella’s Kitchen on Facebook and Twitter!

– Casey

**BurritoBuzz received these products at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

FunBites: Making Mealtime Fun

Toddlers are picky. I think it’s just ingrained in our DNA that when we’re between the ages of 1 and 5, we’re picky little turds. My almost four year old is beyond picky. The one and only food that she is guaranteed to eat is potatoes: french fries, mashed potatoes, tater tots, potato-filled pierogies and hash browns. That’s it. It’s really hard getting her to try
new foods or to eat anything other than potatoes. I’m guessing (hoping) it’s a normal toddler thing. I set out to find IMG_6803
something to help me get her to eat different kinds of foods and found FunBites. I reached out to FunBites and they were awesome enough to send me one of their Bite-Sized Food Cutter Sets.

FunBites is the first and only food cutter set that creates bite-sized fun for little ones! Each set included a patented curved, little finger safe blade cutter with matching popper (to easily pop the food out). It’s BPA free, dishwasher safe and made in the USA (which we love)! It’s CPSC children’s product compliant, making it safe for little ones 18 months and older. You might have seen FunBites on Shark Tank in 2015, too! I now remember seeing their pitch and thought it was genius!

We were sent Jackie the Dreamer, the orange triangle set. There are several designs available: squares in green or yellow, hearts in pink or red, triangles in orange or blue and limited edition Minions goggles! Once I got the cutter out of the box, I explained to my daugher what exactly it was. I said it cuts food, like sandwiches and fruit, into triangles. She immediately asked for a peanut butter sandwich and I happily obliged (remember, she doesn’t eat much of anything). I washed the cutter and made the sandwich then put the cutter directly onto the sandwich and rocked it back and forth, to make sure each part is cut all the way through. Once rocked enough, IiIMG_6805ned up the popper, pushed it down and popped out the triangles. It was so easy! I placed the triangles on a plate and my little one devoured them. She actually asked for two more triangle sandwiches! What?! She ate every single piece! I will be ordering the other shapes as well to make more creative dishes for her and her little sister once she’s old enough.

 

If you’re looking to spice up mealtime and get your picky eater to actually want to eat, try FunBites and get creative! They’re perfect for kids, parents, grandparents, schools and daycares, anyone who wants to add some fun to mealtime! You can even get your kids to help you in the kitchen and have them create a little masterpiece to eat. I give FunBites a 5 out of 5 stars. The price is right at $9.99, although I think a bundle of two or three cutters at a discounted price would be great to offer.  It’s easy and gets kids to eat. What more could a mom ask for?FullSizeRender (100)

Follow FunBites on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on sales and new designs!

– Casey

**BurritoBuzz received these products at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

The snack struggle is real…

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Having an infant. Constant bottle feeds. Every two hours (sometimes more). Cluster feeding. It’s all such a mess. But in all reality, I didn’t realize how easy it was when I just had one thing to do: feed my child.

As my toddler son has grown, I’ve introduced more and more foods into his diet. However, I’ve found myself feeding him the same things over and over at times, because I couldn’t think of what else to give him. Toddler foods should be nutritious, but also bite-sized (or really, in my son’s case, take that bite-sized piece and cut it into 8 pieces or he’ll gag and barf everywhere. Cool, right?)

So when I finally get sick of the snacks I’m feeding him, I find myself on Pinterest or visiting forums for finger-food ideas that are also healthy.

logo (1).pngEnter NurturMe Yum-a-Roos, an organic toddler snack. 100% real fruits and veggies with no added salts, sugars, or preservatives, and they are dissolvable.

These come in resealable bags and NurturMe offers a variety of snack options. The snack that we elected to try was the pea+banana+pineapple combo. These are freeze-dried so they can be toted along without having to keep them cold.

They are USDA organic, gluten free, and offer a quick, nutritious snack for your little ones on the go.

I am by no means the perfect mom, but I do try diligently to offer my 1.5 year old healthy snacks whenever possible and as a busy parent, this allows me to do just that.

My son loves these snacks. I’d recommend only giving them to children that have a good number of teeth. My son still struggles with the dried peas, but the other fruits and veggies he does really well with!

Thanks to NurturMe for providing a good treat for my toddler!

– Katie

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of product review. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

 

The Cibo Placemat {Product Review}

I never thought I would be so thrilled about a placemat but this product is awesome!

Free of Phthalates, BPA and harmful dyes catch-all placemat comes in four adorable colors and sticks to virtually every hard surface, making it versatile for at home and for travel.

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I first asked myself how in the heck this thing was going to stick to my table and actually stay in place, but I decided that it’s simply just magic, because my 3.5 year old couldn’t make it budge during breakfast time.

The menu today included scrambled eggs with ketchup, raisins and sausage links. Usually 1/2 of the eggs end up on the floor for my 4 legged vacuum cleaners to clean up, but not today folks. Not today.


Go figure, I whip out The Cibo and he eats like a saint and drops next to nothing. However, direct your attention to the eggs in the tray that were caught and didn’t end up on my floor! After breakfast, I grabbed the whole placemat, tossed it in the sink and sprayed it off. It makes for a super easy clean up. The flexible silicone allows for easy roll up for storage and travel as well.

My only complaint is the cut out for the plate. Maybe if I put him in a booster it would work better, but it was simply too far away from him to reach his plate, let alone becibo-logo.jpg able to eat. If I pushed him in further, his chest/tummy folded the catch tray closed. Obviously, I just moved his plate onto the mat (as you can see).

And it’s good for so much more than meal time. K enjoys Beado’s, but if you drop one of those little buggers during the making process, they either bounce erratically all over or they simply roll off the edge of the table. The Cibo mat helped with this as well as the tray caught any stray beads that were dropped or rolling away. The possibilities are endless with this product! The price point may be high for those who enjoy sweeping and mopping after every meal and snack, but for me, $24.99 is well worth it. You can find yours here!

Amy, the creator of The Cibo, also donates a percentage of sales to charities that help eradicate hunger! Listed on her website are some of the charities she donates to, be sure check out the list here. I give The Cibo 5 out of 5 stars! Great job Amy!

Follow Amy and The Cibo on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for sales and new releases!

– Kirstyn

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of product review. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

 

SiliKids Silicone Bags + Spoons {Review}

Silikids

Silispoon – Spoon + Teether $9.95

The SiliSpoon – a very different design from a normal spoon. It’s more of a scoop, with a larger and flatter surface area than a typical spoon. The handle is easy to grab for little ones due to the texture. The colors are fun and they hold up really well in the dishwasher.

My son struggled to eat with these. Anything that isn’t dense enough will fall off. Soup won’t stay in this spoon for sure. We tried a few different foods and I found them to be too wide. Perhaps when my son is a little older, he’ll be able to use these spoons.

He did love them for teething. He’s getting his molars right now and happily carried these around and chewed on them for hours. Even with him chewing on them, they’ve held up quite well.

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• Encourages independent eating habits
• Textured handles stimulate tactile experience
• Wide head makes it easy to scoop and holds food in place
• Great for soothing gums and little teethers
• Comes in 2 pack
• Dishwasher safe
• 100% silicone

Silibags – Reusable Silicone Snack Bags $11.95

Silicone bags – these are a great  idea. We are all looking for ways to reuse things so that we don’t have to buy plastic sandwich bags. However, the theory of this bag is much better than the execution. This is only good for dry snacks that are a bit larger, everything liquid or even smaller solid foods will fall out of the openings. These bags do not fully close, but instead have small hole closures that don’t work very well. In addition, they are so difficult to properly wash and dry. I hand washed mine a few days ago and getting them to stay open enough to fully dry was actually impossible.

While they can be warmed up in the microwave, I’m not sure that you’d need to as it doesn’t hold anything other than larger snacks. They do store flat, but overall I was unimpressed and would not use these over a standard sealable Tupperware container.

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• Stores flat
• Gusseted bottom allows the bag to stand up for easy snacking
• Food can be warmed up directly in the microwave
• Can be written on with washable markers and pen
• Replaces disposable plastic bags
• Comes in 2 pack
• Dishwasher safe
• 100% silicone

– Katie

**BurritoBuzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Baby in Tow: Spoon Cocoon {Review}

Hey Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and caregivers of all kinds – have you ever been super frustrated out in public when it comes time to feed the little one in your life? I know that I have, on multiple occasions. I either can’t find my feeding utensils in the depths of my big, dark diaper bag, they have fallen on the ground in the process of finding them or I just forgot to bring them altogether. I’m about to introduce you to a product that will make feeding our little one out in public a little less aggravating. It is the Spoon Cocoon from Baby in Tow.

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Spoon Cocoon is an infant feeding spoon that comes with a caterpillar-shaped travel container. It is such a neat little product and it can be used with most all other infant feeding utensils, even your child’s toothbrush! The caterpillar case also do71Rvd7CVnQL._SY679_ubles as an adorable little toy for your little one.

More perks:

  1. BPA Free!
  2. PVC Free!
  3. Environmentally friendly for more than one reason. 1. The Spoon Cocoon is made of recycled plastic. 2. I know I used plastic bags to carry utensils for my kids when we went out, so this product eliminates that waste!
  4. Caterpillar-shaped case twists on and off with ease, but not too easily. It feels tightly closed and secure when it’s twisted on.
  5. The case and bright color makes finding the spoon in the bottom of the diaper bag so much easier.
  6. The green color is gender neutral! Baby in Tow plans to release additional colors in the future.

Our family gives this product 5 out of 5 stars. It is super sweet and simple, but a necessity for on-the-go parents and caregivers. It would be a perfect registry item or shower gift for any mom-to-be. You can purchase it on Amazon here: Spoon Cocoon.

Be sure to check out Baby in Tow’s website to learn more about the Spoon Cocoon.

– Megan

 

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Ingenuity SmartClean ChairMate High Chair {Review}

ingeniutybb1Gone are the days of huge bulky high chairs. I don’t have space or patience for them anymore! I shared a while ago about how I downsized my baby gear to accommodate having two under two.

I hated our big & bulky “fold away” high chair. It was something like this one. I can’t even find the original one that we had anymore. It was a gift, so  NO COMPLAINING here! But I will tell you what made me crazy! Obviously it was large, and took up so much room! Sure, I could fold the legs together, but that didn’t do too much as far as storage goes. It was super hard to clean! It had so many little crevices that you couldn’t take apart to clean, leaving you scrubbing with a tooth brush, and just grossed out after a peanut butter & jelly!  I just couldn’t imagine having two. We switched BK#1 into a simple booster seat like this : Fisher-Price Healthy Care Booster Seat, Green/Blue, and then I went searching for a chair top high chair. I found this Ingenuity one and purchased, because of the ability to completely dismantle it to clean it!

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Pros: Sleek design. There isn’t any fabric to wash or that can get stained.

Can sit on any chair, and has a very large base to insure that your child isn’t going to tip backwards.

The height is adjustable, so you can push it up to any table.

leanbb1Reclining seat. I love this for when I feed little babies who cant sit up on their own just yet. There is no worry of them flopping forward, and you know they are comfortable.

ingenuitybb2The headrest portion can completely be removed to turn it into a booster seat for a toddler.

5 Point Harness. The straps on high chairs always make my DH nuts, but I am alone a lot, so it is definitely a safety feature I appreciate! I can walk away without worrying that my 10 month old is somehow going to get out of his chair. (He can climb out of just about anything that doesn’t have a strap!)

Super soft foam on the seat and head rest.

The tray has a removable top, to make clean up really easy!

Both pieces of the tray, the foam seat, and the foam head rest can be put in the dishwasher! Parents don’t always have time to scrub every nook and cranny of baby gear; I love that it can just be put in the washer, and you know its going to be clean & sanitary! dishwasher safe bb

 

 

Cons: The removable tray doesn’t always sit flush. The front edge pops up and creates a gap.It’s not a huge deal, but definitely something that I wish could be fixed.IMG_20160604_141903

Also not a huge deal, but I wish the seat itself sat a little higher. My LO has just about zero room to grow with this seat. Unfortunately, it is sitting pretty close to his lap, and I’m not sure what we are going to do if he has a big growth spurt.

Overall we really do like this chair! It has saved me a lot of time cleaning, and we now have a lot more room in our dining room.

4 stars, and a great registry item!

I hope to see some adjustments in the future. Ingenuity makes a lot of products, and I had never really heard of the company, so I will be sure to share if we purchase anything else!

~Amanda

Bambino Bib {Review}

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I recently purchased a few Bambino bibs, after being frustrated with the bibs that I had. Now that my son is eating mostly finger foods, he’s dropping bits and pieces all over the place. I was getting pretty tired of picking pieces of food off the floor, out of the crevices in the high chair, and even pulling pieces out from the inside of my son’s shirts. 

While my son still throws food all over, this bib has really solved my problem of the food pieces ending up in his lap during meal time. The bib has a large area for catching food that stays open (a problem I had with other bibs was that the “catcher” portion didn’t hold its shape and often ended up flush against the bib.. 6193trVL6sL._SY355_doing very little good for its intended purpose.

The Bambino bib has a silicone pocket, but the top portion is comfortable because it is made of nylon, a huge improvement from bibs that are silicon the entire way up.

The back closure is Velcro, but I was absolutely amazed by the quality. It isn’t the sort of Velcro that is raised and easily scratches skin. Instead, it is a flat and soft Velcro that won’t hurt your baby should it brush up against their skin.

It also rolls up for travel. This is ideal for a restaurant where, as a parent, I don’t want to be the person cleaning up the high chair and floor for 30 minutes after my family has finished eating. The bib contains the mess, and you can quickly wipe it out and be on your way.

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It currently comes in four colors: pink, yellow, green, and blue.

A two pack retails $24.45 on Amazon. For me personally, this is a steep price point. Purchasing it on sale helps (currently $19.45 on Amazon.) Realistically, you’d spend this much on a week’s worth of cloth bibs that need washed every day. Instead, this gives you the option to purchase two that can be quickly cleaned and reused day after day. Still, the price is the only hindrance I see in this product. They would make for a great registry add on item.

BambinoCo baby bibs (free of BPA, phthalates & bPVC) are FDA approved & safe. Machine-washable. I have even put mine in the dishwasher and it’s held up great.

I love this bib, and I definitely give it five stars!
Grab your own here:
Pack of 2 BambinoCo Soft Silicone Bibs – Easily Adjustable & Comfortable Roll up Silicone Pocket Baby Bibs – Soft, Hygienic, Durable & Machine Washable – Attractive Blue & Green

-Katie

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EZPZ Happy Mat {Review}

 

category-happyI’ll admit it: I’m a Shark Tank addict.

I had no idea that EZPZ was on Shark Tank until I saw their website. They’ve really run this thing from the ground up, which I so admire as a founder of this website!

This idea was totally new to me, and I was pretty excited to try their trays with my (very) messy toddler.

 

My trays arrived quickly, and I was impressed with the sleek design and truly high-end quality of the silicone. The mat is heavy, so even though my toddler had an interest in picking it up, he wasn’t successful.

I quickly chopped up all of his favorite fruits and veggies for lunch, threw them in the tray, and set it down. He loved the compartments and that his food was all separated. The tray didn’t stain, even with the biggest culprits blueberries and blackberries. It has held up so well in the dishwasher, and literally looks brand new each time it’s washed.
The best part for me? When my toddler decides he’s done eating, he usually starts tossing food off of his high chair tray. By utilizing this mat, I can quickly grab the entire thing away from him and he’s left with a clean tray. Win-win for everyone.
The price is a little steep for the product, at $24.99. In all honesty, I’d love to have three of them for those particularly chaotic days when I can’t wash it fast enough. I’d love to see a multi-pack or a price break as the company grows. They also have a mini-mat for high chairs and travel, which I plan on reviewing soon. Overall, a great purchase and I plan to use it daily! Thanks to EZPZ for making my life a little easier!
To buy it, click here:

ezpz Happy Mat – One-piece silicone placemat + plate (Blue)

 

UPDATE!

So, I loved this mat so much that I ended up purchasing the bowl and the mini mat. I have no regrets! I’ve had them both for about a week now, and I can tell you that I’m getting a ton of use out of them.

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The bowl
is ideal for snack time in our home. My son has a toddler table, and I set the bowl down and leave it there most of the day. It suctions to the table, so my son can’t toss the bowl like he does with his standard bowls. I periodically add snacks to it throughout the day, and he loves it! He’s running to his table non-stop to grab a handful of the latest treats. At the end of the day, I simply toss it into the dishwasher to clean it for the next day.

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The mini mat: this is what I really was looking forward to trying. My son still needs the 5 point harness on the highchair, so I wanted a mat that would fit on his tray. Not only did this mat accomplish that, but it has a nice little travel bag for going out to restaurants/travel. It suctioned to his highchair tray, and when he decides he’s done eating I can quickly take it off and dump the contents and toss it into the dishwasher (seriously, what would we do without dishwashers? The thought of not having one gives me anxiety.)

Again, the price point of $19.99 for either the bowl or mat is a little high for the typical consumer, but I can say I’m a total fan of EZPZ now and am using all three of my mats every day that we’re home.

For an EZPZ Bowl:
ezpz Happy Bowl – One-piece silicone placemat + bowl (Lime)

For an EZPZ Mini Mat:
ezpz Mini Mat – One-piece silicone placemat + plate (Coral)

-Katie

Food Ideas for a 1 Year Old

My 14 month old, Lucas, loving his food!
 
My one year old is finally getting some teeth, which means he can enjoy some of the many foods that we eat! Also, he’s very recently started to hate spoon feeding and is enjoying his independence. In finding healthy finger foods for him, I really struggled after a few weeks to give him variety. I’m blessed with a child that eats (nearly) everything I put in front of him; and I owe it to him to give him nutritious options instead of filling his little system with junk.

*Babies and toddlers should ALWAYS be seated and supervised when eating.*

Here is my ever-expanding list of good first foods, all of which are broken up in to dime-sized pieces or smaller. Feel free to add your suggestions in to the comments!

Whole grain breads, oatmeal English muffins (toasted or not)

Pastas (preferably wheat or whole grains)– We prefer spiral since they are easy to break up and provide plenty of area for breathing if it gets stuck in their throat.

Crackers (wheat, grains)— we avoid crackers with seeds since he doesn’t digest them well yet.

Cheerios (all flavors)

Graham crackers

Bananas

Avocados

Sweet potatoes

Peas

Steamed carrots

Squash/zucchini steamed, skinned

Sweet potatoes

Pears

Peaches

Strawberries

Blueberries

Raspberries

Kiwi (I remove the center and most seeds)

Cooked, shredded chicken and pork

Soft cheeses, cut into tiny cubes (I buy block Colby or string cheese)

Healthy meat cuts/slices broken up

Eggs (egg whites until 1)

Pancakes or pancakes with fruit mixed in.

French Toast

Beans and lentils (cut anything round in half)

Small pieces of broccoli, cauliflower, sweet peppers

Pasta salad mix

Mac N’ Cheese

Morningstar Meat Crumbles (soy often is not good for babies. Keep it to one small portion if you’re going to add soy in to their diet. I am a vegetarian, so I’ve tried to add a few vegetarian options in to my son’s meals. Quorn is a good soy-free option.)

Super small bits of apple (or, large chunks that they can chew on)

Pieces of green bean

 

It’s particularly important to find fiber rich foods for their systems, because up to this point their diets have been mostly liquid and puréed.

Also, my son seems to pick out the brightly-colored foods first, which is great because these are usually nutrient-rich! Raspberries, carrots, and blueberries are his favorite.

 

-Katie
 

Kizingo Kids Self-Feeding Spoon Review

12011185_178572435809128_5459133675561276659_nTeaching your child to self-feed… easy enough, right? Not usually. It’s a slow process, and often takes teaching over the course of many months. My son is just now 13 months, and started self-feeding quite a bit around 8 months. He has great motor skills at this point to use his pinchers with both hands to grab foods. However, he’s really lacking teeth so he’s still eating a decent amount of pureed food.

I wanted to start getting a spoon in his hand. I know that most littles don’t really “self feed” with a spoon and fork until about 18 months and up, but being proactive never hurt anyone!

12208727_198398983826473_5718110090488828307_nThat’s where the Kizingo spoon comes in. They were kind enough to send me a trial spoon in “kiwi” (the spoon comes in a variety of colors.) The design of this spoon works so well to help babies get the right angle to actually get food into their mouths. I particularly liked that the spoon itself wasn’t a deep spoon, because my LO seems to have some issues getting food off of spoons that have a deep cup.

I started putting things onto the spoon that are thick and would stay on (peanut butter and cream cheese were great for starters.) My son did so much better than I expected! With some coaching, he got this into his mouth a few times on his own. I’m sure he’ll continue to improve as the months go on.

Kizingo Kids uses #whykizingo and explains that self-feeding is essential in helping to avoid childhood obesity. “Of children aged 2-5 years old, nearly 23% are overweight or obese. Among those that are, there is a 60% chance that they will stay overweight or obese throughout childhood, and into adolescence. There is a large and growing body of research that show that the period of time when kids are learning to self-feed – when they are transitioning to solid foods – is a crucial period when food habits are established.” fg

I’ve often wondered if I’m ever under/over-feeding my LO. I really let him guide me in when he’s hungry or had enough, and that seems to have worked well. As he starts self-feeding more and more, he’ll be able to learn his limitations on his own. Having a good tool for him to learn to self-feed will no doubt help this process. A standard straight-handled spoon certainly wouldn’t work as well for him as this curved spoon has.

So thanks to Kizingo for a product that seems very feasible! Can’t wait to see these on the shelves. For now, you can purchase them here.

-Katie

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences with a product and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Product Review: Easie Eaters Fork and Spoon


C is a lefty. It’s very apparent, especially when he’s eating. He was having a rough time initially with hand to mouth coordination using a straight spoon and couldn’t grasp the “turn your wrist” concept. This resulted in more food messes along with him getting frustrated that he kept dropping his food.  I decided to look into left-handed utensils and found these.

Pros:

  • Thick, textured handle-wonderful for tiny hands
  • Lightweight
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Bright color
  • Fork actually stabs into food (unlike most children’s plastic forks)
  • Angle is perfect.

Cons:

  • Spoon is shallow compared to the My Spoon Left Handed Spoon
  • Price ($6.25+$5.25 S&H) is a little steep, although this is sold as a set.

Overall I would give the Easie Eater Fork and Spoon a 4 out of 5 stars with my main concern being the depth of the spoon. Definitely worth the purchase as we have significantly less mess and less frustration during meal times.

-Kirstyn

My Picky Toddler

Just when I thought breastfeeding was one of the most challenging things I would do as a parent, I was wrong again. Ever since our little girl was around 18 months old, she has become one of those picky toddlers I never in a million years thought she would be. As an infant, I nursed and bottle fed her breast milk until she was around 15 months old. I started solid foods with her around 5 months and she was always so great at everything! I never had trouble with transitioning her from breast to bottle. She loved oatmeal cereal, veggies, fruits, combinations – you name it, she ate it. I used to love making baby food for her because she would try everything. She made it fun. I didn’t care if she made a mess because she seemed to enjoy it! I remember telling other parents how awesome of an eater she was and being so proud. I thought I was doing everything right.

And then it was as if a switch had been flipped. It’s hard to even pinpoint exactly when it happened because we just kept saying, “It’s a phase.” Or, “maybe she will eat better the next time.” That “phase” lasted a few days, then a few weeks and months, and now here we are, a year later. She is still that picky toddler and I have no idea why. Now, we’re left feeling like one of the worst sets of parents in the world. It’s so frustrating.

Are we really doing it all wrong?

She has never been a child that tells us when she is hungry. She doesn’t snack or eat junk food and only drinks milk and water. That’s okay, right? We try to make sure she eats a variety of foods, covers all of her food groups, but some days after an hour in the high chair for a meal, it just has to be enough. I feel like she has just two types of food most days – fruits and noodles. The only vegetables she eats consistently are pickles and olives. Does that count? She doesn’t fight with us when it comes time to eat. She sits in her high chair as content as can be and just doesn’t eat much. Instead, she will do just about anything else except eat.

After we finally settled with the fact that the “phase” we were in with our picky toddler wasn’t going to end anytime soon, it was time to just deal and accept it. We had to embrace it. We are always offering her different foods, but also trying not to overwhelm her with options.  We try to compromise with her sometimes. We’ll say, “If you eat three greens beans, Mommy will give you some popcorn.” Some days she buys it. We have just learned to go with it and not to stress about it. I have full faith that she will eat if she is hungry. I also believe that if we make a big ordeal of her not eating, she will probably eat even less.

We had to accept that it’s not our fault and we aren’t doing anything wrong. We had to stop beating ourselves up about it. Kids are kids. Some kids are great eaters and some kids aren’t. Just because she eats like a bird now, doesn’t mean she won’t grow up to be a lover of all types of food later in life. She’s a kid. They are unpredictable little beings. She might start to enjoy food tomorrow, maybe not, but we will know that we did the best we could and she will still be a happy, healthy little girl either way!

Below is an awesome picture from NewBornBabyZone.com that has some helpful food ideas for our kiddos at each age group.

 Healthy Foods That Babies Like Most (Infographic)

-Megan

Product Review: NUK Gerber Graduates Rest Easy Spoons

imageOk you’re thinking, “This is a silly thing to have a review on. It’s a spoon” and you would be someone who has never had a bad baby spoon. Because they are out there. The ones that are way too heavy on the ends and you set them into a baby-sized food container and then *whoosh* food goes flying everywhere because the spoon fell over. As if dinner time with a baby isn’t messy enough!!

I’m seriously obsessed with these spoons. No need to do pros and cons because there are only pros. The most important thing to me was that they were evenly weighted so they don’t go flying out of the food container (are you getting the feeling that this has happened to me on several occasions? Oh, good because it has).

They are called “rest easy” because they have a genius little stand built in that allows you to set the spoon down in a hurry. So during the roughly 39 times your child will try to imagesmoosh the peaches in her hair and you have to throw down whatever is in your hand to catch her, the mouthpiece won’t touch the table. This is great for going out to restaurants and you don’t trust the tabletop to be the cleanest.

I also love the squared edge. This makes it easy to scrape the smooshed peaches off of little cheeks (or ears, or necks) more easily than with a rounded edge. They also have rubber detail on the handle making them great for gripping when baby starts to feed themselves.

The best part, they’re only $2.99 for a 5pk at Target!! You can also grab them at Babies R Us. On the NUK website you can snag a coupon making them even cheaper.

Seriously you need these spoons. Save yourself the sanity and put them on your grocery list right now. Add them to your friend’s baby shower gift for a cheap add-on she doesn’t even know she has to have.

-Chelsea

Making Your Own Baby Food- Way Easier, Way Faster Than You Think!

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Seriously, it is I promise! When I was about 5 months pregnant I decided that I needed to create enough baby food to last my child her entire life. I really went a little nuts with how much I made, but when the time came for solids, I was so glad I had everything prepped and ready to go! One less thing for my new mom brain to worry about.

I am really not a crazy organic/all natural person. Will I choose something that is GMO-free and all natural ingredients 9 times out of 10? Sure. But I’m not shopping at Whole Foods on the regular. I’m a sahm and military spouse, ain’t nobody got funds for that. I buy what is reasonably priced and what works for my family. When it came to my LO, I looked at all the prepackaged options out there and was just disgusted. It looked nasty, it sounded nasty and the price was outrageous. I started doing some research (thank you Pinterest) and realized that it is super easy to make your own baby food that can sustain freshness for months in the freezer. So I decided to get to work…

STEP ONE: Buy Food

Fruits, veggies, grains, you can even get a little wild and try meats. Fresh, frozen, canned…it doesn’t matter. Here are some recommended starter foods that most babies generally like (until they become toddlers of course) and are safe for baby tummies:

  • STAGE 1 (4-6 months old): Carrots, Avocados, Sweet Potatoes, Bananas, Peas, Apples, Pears
  • STAGE 2 (6+ months or when you and your pediatrician think your LO is ready for thicker purees and textures): Squash, Brown Rice, Blueberries, Chicken, Spinach, Lentils, Yogurt, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Rice, Mango

STEP TWO: Prep and Blend

Pick an afternoon (really you could do it in an hour) and gather a couple things together:

  • All your fruits, veggies and grains
  • Ice cube trays
  • Freezer Bags
  • Sharpie
  • Blender

Steam any fresh or frozen fruits or veggies so they are good and soft. Obviously canned goods are ready as is. Make sure everything has cooled before you start blending.

baby-bulletWhen I did my foods, I used a Baby Bullet. I registered and received one as a gift at my baby shower. Loved it. All of the accessories and storage containers are super helpful. I especially love the grinder attachment that allows you to grind grains, nuts, etc. to add to your baby foods (read: make your own rice cereal!). Is a Baby Bullet completely necessary? Not at all. Any good quality blender will do.baby food trays

Now you’re ready to blend all of your ingredients. I started simple. Carrots and sweet potatoes together, bananas, and peas and avocados together. You can also blend in rice cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, whatever other additives you want to your mixtures. I was too scared to try meat but I know you can easily blend meat and freeze as well. After everything is blended to a very smooth texture, pour the mixture into ice cube trays.

STEP THREE: Freeze, Label and Store

Pretty self explanatory. Once everything is frozen, pop them out, place into freezer bags and clearly label and date. If you have a deep freezer, this is optimal to ensure your baby food stays the freshest for the longest amount of time. Different foods vary in how long they keep while frozen. A simple google search will tell you how long each food you chose will keep.

STEP FOUR: Serve

To defrost, I simply place one frozen piece into a microwave safe bowl and put it in for about 15 seconds at a time until it was completely thawed but not too hot.

That’s it! I told you, simple! Not only is making your own baby food wayyyy cheaper, but you also have the peace of mind in knowing exactly what is going into your LO’s belly. This is also a very effective way to track any allergies or sensitivities your child might have. Starting with one food at a time for a few meals before introducing a new one will help you pinpoint the cause of any reaction very easily.

Now I’m no doctor, but I swear making my own baby food helped my LO be a more tolerant eater as she grew into toddlerdom. Her favorite food is still peas. She is much more likely to try new things as finger foods because she is used to eating all sorts of colors and textures as baby foods. We were also very lucky that she has had minimal food sensitivities throughout her transition into solid foods. Every child is different. In my opinion, what do you have to lose? Do yourself a favor, save the future new-baby-no-sleep-going-crazy you a little sanity and plan ahead.Especially if you are planning to return to work, this will be a lifesaver. It’s not rocket science and trust me, you’ll be so thankful you did!

-Chelsea

A Teal Pumpkin for My Porch

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I keep seeing all of these random Facebook posts telling me I need a teal pumpkin this year so I finally got curious enough to do some research. Turns out, the motivation behind the Teal Pumpkin Project is pretty awesome and will help many of our BurritoBuzz families with LOs that struggle with food allergies.

imageWe have been so fortunate to have only experienced mild food sensitivies with our LO thus far. So naturally the fear that my child will be receiving treats during Halloween that could trigger an allergy simply hadn’t crossed my mind. But I’ve come to find that so many of our friends and family have had to experience the heartbreaking moment of taking your child’s Halloween bag and removing half of the treats that could be potentially harmful to them.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is on a mission to get as many homes as possible to offer non-food treats this Halloween. Leaving a teal colored pumpkin on your porch lets other parents know, hey we’ve got treats here that won’t harm your kid. It’s quickly becoming a symbol of relief for parents that live with the constant fear of “what if she accidentally eats something with nuts (or gluten, or dairy….)?!”

So what is a safe treat? The Teal Pumpkin Project recommends staying away from candy or food completely and offering a fun alternative (like our kids need one more piece of candy this holiday anyways) Here are some ideas that would be super easy to find:

  • Crayons
  • Notepads
  • Pencils
  • Toothbrushes
  • Stickers
  • Bracelets
  • Fake tattoos
  • Bouncy balls
  • Silly putty
  • Bubbles

Any of these would be inexpensive to pick up in bulk and a great alternative that kids would still be excited to get while out trick-or-treating.

I love any initiative that keeps kids safe and lessens the sugar-high insanity that becomes my early November. You’ll be seeing a teal pumpkin on my porch this Halloween!

-Chelsea

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Don’t Bullshit a Bullshitter.

Jane-in-Role-Models-jane-lynch-11352323-853-480One of my favorite movies of all time is Role Models. Which, I know, makes me quite the embodiment of what a good parent should be (sarcasm.) If you’ve ever seen this movie, you know it’s full of all kinds of nonsense. One of my favorite scenes is when Jane Lynch is telling the two main characters that they aren’t going to get away with anything, and not to try to “bullshit a bullshitter.” It’s hysterical, and Jane Lynch is amazing.

I had an experience recently with a customer service rep at Gerber that made me think of this phrase over and over. I try SO hard to feed my baby organic foods, and up to this point I’ve been pretty successful. More expensive? You bet. But if getting him the best food means I have to get one less Chipotle bowl a month, I’ll make it happen. My frustration comes from food labeling, and the ambiguity in all of the wording. Anything labeled “organic” is certified organic. BUT, you will come across food labeled “all natural”. HUH?! Honestly, I didn’t think there could be much of a difference. Wrong. So wrong. I contacted Gerber to ask what the difference was. The rep beat around the bush and gave me the most vague answer; that essentially their “all natural” products met strict standards. Well great, but why wouldn’t all of your food just meet the absolute best standards? These are babies we’re talking about here.

After quite a bit of research, it’s evident that “all natural” doesn’t mean what it says at all. All natural means GMOs, unconventional farming methods, and the difficult part of this is that the “all natural” products aren’t regulated as well as the organic ones are. Organic products must meet strict criteria, whereas adding the word “natural” onto a product just means minimal processing and additives, to an unknown degree.363f8569da3f967b514bdb9f1d987339

It’s frustrating. Frustrating that there is an option at all for us not to feed our kids the best, and that baby food labels are misleading. In my perfect utopia I’d just like to see 100% organic baby food on the shelves, with a larger demand so that it’s more affordable for everyone.

So to the companies intentionally misleading customers, shame on you for not just laying it out. Don’t give me the run-around and try to convince me that your products are much the same. And to the companies that only offer organic solutions? Bravo. I’m only buying your products, and thank you for being concerned about the well-being of these babies.

So, parents, here’s a breakdown:

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Some brands that I love:

  1. Plum Organics
  2. Earth’s Best
  3. Ella’s Kitchen

All of these can be somewhat difficult to find, depending on what you have close by as far as shopping goes. I have the most luck at Babies R Us and Target. Most big chain grocery stores have a pretty poor selection of organic baby food.

Good luck, parents!

-Katie