August 31, 2011 (4:20 pm)

Baby Kamea’s Vegan and Raw Filled Snack Tray

by Kristen Suzanne

I’m always asked about what I feed Kamea other than powerful, nutrient rich breastmilk. So, let’s take a peek at what she has awaiting her today.

I like to give her choices and I found myself putting a few different things in a bowl, where they would ultimately end up getting mixed together. Not a big deal, but I wanted to keep them separate so she could see them better. I went on the hunt for the perfect feeding tray and I found it! I found a couple of things actually (and I’ll blog about the others in the future), but this is the one we’re using at home the most. It’s a BPA-free plastic tray with lid, shaped like a pineapple with tiny compartments perfect for filling with little baby bits of food.

Today she’s gobbling up the following organic vegan and raw snacks…

  • soaked goji berries
  • black beans (not raw)
  • diced prunes
  • raisins
  • pine nuts
  • diced mango with complete protein hemp seeds
  • orange bell pepper

She’s one happy baby!

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June 30, 2011 (9:21 pm)

Kamea’s 1st Birthday – No Cake For Us!

by Kristen Suzanne

Over the weekend we celebrated Kamea’s first birthday. WOW! What an experience that was. It was a day filled with emotion as I thought back on the day of her birth. I knew it would be a special day, but honestly, I didn’t know how awesomely special! It was really cool… my baby is now ONE! :)

In preparation for her birthday, I was asked, mostly by family, “Will you be having a birthday cake?”

My response, “Why would I give her a sugar filled cake?”

Kamea has been primarily consuming breastmilk for the past year, exclusively breastfed for the first 8 months. Since then it’s primarily breastmilk along with some pure and healthy whole foods, many of which are raw, introduced slowly to taste and play with. It’s only now, around 12 months, that she actually takes a few bites of things. We’re more or less following Baby Led Weaning so I make things available. Sometimes she’s interested and sometimes she’s not. There is one thing she seems especially fond of… my delicious nutrient filled smoothies. Read More »

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June 18, 2011 (7:57 pm)

Reader Question About Feeding Baby

by Kristen Suzanne
I was emailed the following recently and thought I’d answer so others could read…

I am not a raw foodist, but our family eats mostly organic. I would value a video post from you that shows you preparing (what products to use that don’t have plastics, etc., making it, storing it, and feeding it to your child. I don’t believe in microwaves and I can’t imagine taking the time to toss a frozen food cube in a saucepan every time. Can you help with any pointers to make the process, fast, easy and healthy.

Answer: Actually, I breastfed exclusively for so long that she’s at an age now where I usually just share what I’m eating with her, while getting the majority of her calories still from breastmilk. At that young age, you could start with simple raw organic foods like peeled apple, banana, or avocado. I’m more or less following baby led weaning. Even with that though… I still keep pieces uber small because she only has a few teeth. She’s not using sippy cups or anything like that. When I share my smoothie with her, I use a spoon or a teeny tiny cup (the kind you might use with mouthwash, it’s BPA free)

I also recently wrote a blog post for Raw Moms discussing a bit about our practices. It should be on their website on July 1.

Do any of you moms have additional advice?

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May 16, 2011 (4:10 pm)

One of Kamea’s Favorite Raw Recipes – Cinnamon Apricot Prunes

by Kristen Suzanne

Kamea is 10 1/2 months old, and while she isn’t eating many solids (what can I say? She loves her mama’s breastmilk!), there is one recipe of which she actually eats a few spoonfuls. For the most part, she nibbles on an apple slice once in a while, she does the same with cucumber. But, most days, she’s still just tasting and experimenting with solids. Some gets on her face, some gets on her clothes, and a lot gets on the floor. But, once in a while… a little makes its way into her mouth. She also sprouted a few new teeth over the past week!

I’m glad she likes her Cinnamon Apricot Prunes because it’s loaded with iron and nutrients (mama and daddy love it, too! The cinnamon combined with the sweet apricots and prunes is yummers!).

Cinnamon Apricot Prunes

4 prunes
2 dried apricots*
Water to soak
pinch of ground cinnamon

Put the prunes and dried apricots in a bowl and add enough water to reach the top of them. Let them soak like this for an hour or so… you want them plump. Transfer the prunes, apricots, and soak water to a blender (I’m loving my Tribest Travel Blender for making Kamea’s purees lickety-split!). Add the cinnamon and blend to a puree. She doesn’t eat the entire thing in one sitting. What she doesn’t eat I store in the refrigerator if I don’t eat it myself. ;)

* My favorite place for dried apricots is Blue Mountain Organics. OMG! It’s like eating candy they’re so deliciously sweet!

Question! I’ve read that sippy cups are a bad idea because they can cause speech development problems and to use a sippy straw cup instead. Thoughts?

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March 14, 2011 (2:21 pm)

Introducing Solids To Babies: Kamea’s First Foods

by Kristen Suzanne

I’m very excited and proud that I exclusively breastfed Kamea for so long. Over 8 months. But, the time has come and it feels right (last time I wrote about timing and introducing solids here). My little baby isn’t so little anymore. She cut her first tooth at 8 months, she started crawling at the same time. She’s big time! I’m a tad sad… lol… but excited, too. Geez, if I’m this way because she’s tasting solids, how will I be when she goes to college?

Kamea tinkering... aren't her feet so cute?!

Kamea is a little over 8 1/2 months now. For the past week or so, I’ve been introducing tastes to her. For example, when I’m eating an organic apple or pear, I let her lick it after each of my bites. She really likes that! I made a green juice with mostly cucumber, some celery, and a bit of swiss chard… I gave her a little tiny spoonful of it. Some made it into her mouth and some went on her shirt. Oh yeah… put a bib on me, mom! ;) But, I wouldn’t consider those examples to be eating solids. After all, her poop didn’t change.

Then, I tried to officially introduce her to smashed organic banana with breastmilk. We decided to use our new high chair (I scored a great deal on it at MamaBargains.com) – more on that below. We used her little wooden bowl and spoon. We took the camera out. I thought this would be a big day! Read More »

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