make your own baby foodI know how messy it can get when you’re feeding a baby, or two, or even three! The type of food you put in your baby’s bowl can make it easier for them to learn how to feed themselves. Soft and creamy foods can be made at home and are best for easy feeding. You also save money by making them at home. This let’s you be absolutely sure your baby is eating healthy. Here are 3 recipes every parent should know.

1. Easy Applesauce

Applesauce is a great first food for little ones. Always choose organic applies that are firm without blemishes. Babies love the sweetness of Red Delicious apples. First, wash and peel the apples, then core and chop into little pieces. Boil for 10 minutes, drain, and rinse for 3 minutes. You can puree them in a food processor until creamy smooth.

2. Rice with Apple and Butternut Squash Puree

Slice apart your squash and scoop out the seeds. Place the halves face down in a pan and cover with an inch of water. Bake for 40 minutes at 400 degrees. Once cooked, place it in a food processor with cooked rice and applesauce. Add water as necessary for consistency.

3. Traditional Oatmeal Cereal

Throw 1/2 cup old fashioned oats in a food processor until it’s as fine as you can grind it. Boil a 1/2 cup of water and sprinkle int 2 tablespoons of the oats and a bit of cinnamon for flavor. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then every so often to keep it nice and smooth for your little one.

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non slip baby bowlGuest blog by Barbara Schantz, Mom and Inventor of the Baby Dipper Bowl

The Baby Dipper bowl was invented by mom of two sets of twins, Barbara Schantz, a stay-at-home mom who faced the daunting task of feeding her twins at the same time. She became frustrated with the bowls she already had and searched everywhere for a better solution. She knew that she needed to find a bowl that would let her use just one hand to feed a baby. Disappointed with the baby bowls on the market, Schantz soon envisioned the Baby Dipper bowl and after much learning and hard work she was able to finally bring her vision to life. This innovative, mom-invented bowl is designed to stay put without the need to hold the bowl. It makes mealtime fun, easy and clean!

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