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How to Survive the First 6 Months of Twins

I should probably rename this post to How to Survive the First 6 Months of Twins while caring for a 2 year old since that was beyond hard, but to keep it focused for new moms of multiples, here’s a list of tips that got me through. Barely. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀1. Get babies on same schedule. Yes,… Read More »

Minimizing the Mess with Baby-Led Weaning

How to stay clean while letting your baby self-feed I have a confession to make.  I don’t bathe my babies every day. Or even every other day sometimes. With twin babies and a preschooler, it’s just one of those things that falls behind more urgent and critical things (like feeding the little rascals). So cleaning… Read More »

How to Serve Turkey to a Baby

Turkey—and particularly the dark leg meat—is a terrific food for babies. Loaded with protein, iron, and selenium, there’s no reason not to share this Thanksgiving’s main dish with your little one. How to safely prepare roasted turkey for your baby: 6-9 months old: For young babies very large strips of meat—about the size and length of… Read More »

Can My Baby Have Pumpkin Pie?

Do you want to give your baby some pie this Thursday? I do! There’s only one reason not to serve your baby pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving and that is sugar. The recipe for a standard pumpkin pie calls for ¾ cup granulated sugar. Per serving, that works out to be about 20 grams of sugar… Read More »

How to Talk to Family Members About Baby-Led Weaning

Talking points for family members who are not so sure about your letting your baby self-feed. I don’t know about you, but there are certain people in my family who totally embrace the way I am introducing Adie+Max to solid food and others who think I’m off my rocker. And these worlds tend to collide… Read More »

Babies & Thanksgiving: Tips for Eating Through the Holiday

I love Thanksgiving. Ply me with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie and I’m a happy camper. But to be candid, I probably won’t get more than 15 minutes at the table with three kids under the age of four this year. (Though still better off than last year’s tandem breastfeeding in between courses situation!)… Read More »

Can Gagging Be Good?

When it comes to babies who are self-feeding or baby-led weaning styles of introducing solids, gagging is common and normal. And may actually be good.

Safety First: How to Cut Grapes, Blueberries, and Round Foods for Babies

Almost any food—even those known as high choking risks—can be made safe for babies to self-feed. Unfortunately, many parents and caregivers employing baby-led weaning or finger food first approaches to starting solids aren’t cutting these foods properly. The number one mistake?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Cutting round foods at the equator.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Foods like blueberries, grapes, cherry tomatoes, and baby carrots are… Read More »

10 Steps to Prevent (or Reverse) Picky Eating

When I was a new mom, I made every mistake in the book when it came to food. I catered to my child’s every want. I got emotional when he refused dinner, and I used every prop in the book to get him to just.take.one.bite. What I didn’t realize at the time was that little… Read More »

1,000 Foods with #FingerFoodFirst

Beginning today, I’m introducing 1,000 new foods in as many days to my 7-month-old twins with a focus on finger food first. My goal is to challenge our family to explore new tastes and cultures and to ensure I never get in the rut I found myself in with my firstborn, where I served bananas,… Read More »

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My passion for this endeavor was born out of sheer frustration. It was 2:45 a.m. I had been up all night, searching the Internet for information on how to introduce certain foods to my twin babies. Into Google I typed basic questions like, “When can my baby eat eggs? How common are egg allergies in… Read More »