Gerber Lil’ Bits

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Are you an old-school mom who chews baby’s food for them? I know my friend’s mother did it for her, but I’m not too crazy on the idea. For some reason (hand sanitizer anyone?), I am a germaphobe, even when it’s coming from me to my baby. Now that baby is getting ready to chew and being offered bites from a-hem sister’s plate, I’m in the position of figuring out what can be chewed and what shouldn’t be at this stage.

Gerber 3rd Foods are really helpful in this area because they are specifically made to help with learning to chew. To be technical, it’s baby mushy food with “Lil’ Bits” thrown in to introduce chewing. Instead of sister throwing a chip at baby, I can have her help me feed him with these ready to go foods. Gerber 3rd Foods are specifically made to help with learning to chew.

Gerber Lil Bits

As much as I like to be the do-it-all mom and make all of the food, finding the right mixture of chunks at this stage is difficult and time consuming. If I pulse the blender too much, I have to start over again. This mixture really helps take out the guess work of things. Not to mention, if I made a whole batch of it and he didn’t like it I wasted money and a lot of time. This way, he can explore a world of flavors without breaking the bank. I love their flavors too… sweet potato, apple, carrot, & cinnamon. I ALMOST want some. 🙂

Lil’ Bits comes in convenient plastic tubs that come with their own lid which is perfect for busy mamas! With different tastes and flavors for baby to explore, I can get him ready for table food – from his OWN plate. 🙂 If your little one is in between mushy food and table food, look for Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits at your local store and visit here for more information.

Gerber 3rd Foods Lil Bits Recipes help babies learn to chew and ease the transition to table food.

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Innocence, Honesty, and Sprout Organic Baby Food

Kids on Firetruck

My grandmother and great aunt are visiting me this week.  We’ve had so much fun together!  I was very close to them when I was growing up and I cherish any time my kids can spend with them.  Oh, how I wish they didn’t live so far away!  Today, we all went shopping.  My daughter’s favorite part of shopping with my family is the quarter rides.  I never buy the rides for them…because my grandmother taught me better than to waste money on such things…but apparently, she has forgotten this. 🙂  My daughter has enjoyed their generosity for a few years but this was my son’s first trip to this store.  Check out his face in this picture!  He’s overjoyed and they didn’t even add the quarters yet!

I hope my kid’s will always be so innocent and enjoy the simple, pure, and little things in life.

I love pure and simple things.  Books.  Sunshine.  Fruit.  Organic food.  We’re not a strictly organic family, but I do enjoy knowing that family is eating wholesomely. I heard about Sprout’s Organic Food years ago before I had kids and checked into it.  From what I read I was hooked.  Natural, pure, ingredients.  I wanted this for my kids.  Today we were running low on baby food so I headed to Harris Teeter to grab some more Sprout pouches.  Harris Teeter is one of Sprout’s retailers, so if you head out to Wal-Mart you sadly won’t find it there. It’s worth the special trip for me because 1) Harris Teeter has amazing sushi and 2) because caring for my family is essential.  Besides, their shopping cards are a-maz-ing!  Build in cup holders – you know they added those for moms who are juggling multiple kids while simultaneously sipping something caffeinated, shopping, and preparing a week’s worth of menus in her head!

Harris Teeter

I went to the baby food section and found my favorite baby food there…the holy grail of baby food, some might say.  It was easy to locate.

Sprout Organic Baby Food

Sprout touts (did you like that intentional rhyme?) USDA certified organic ingredients and non GMO. The flavor names are honest because they actually match the ingredients lists. Shocker. And it’s the only baby and toddler food brand that doesn’t use acid preservatives that can upset baby’s system.  Which is huge for me since my sweet son is allergic to so much and I don’t want food to adversely affect him in any way. Also, A biggie for me – the packaging is free from BPA. I hate the stuff.Sprout Baby Food

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sprout® Organic Baby Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

Do More With Levana Keera 2 Camera Video Monitor

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.

Maybe I’m a helicopter mom but I’m okay with that.  I want to know at all times if my sweet cherubs are safe.  It’s hard to take a nap myself if I think my oldest is climbing the curtains in her room.  Okay, okay, so a nap is far fetched really but it’s hard to focus on anything if I constantly have my ears peeled for noises.  That’s why I’m glad the Levana Keera 2 Camera Video Monitor came into my life.

Levana

Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t gone without a monitor up to this point…but this one is just, well, better!  I went exactly one day without a baby monitor with my first and out to the store I went my husband went.

The Keera digital baby monitor is so practical. The actual meaning of the name Keera means “dark.” It get’s this name because it can monitor even in the dark… up to 12 ft distance in night vision. The battery is also really helpful because it last 24 hours (unlike my other one *cough*cough*).  I love that I can actually see the baby sleeping or playing quietly in the crib and not just hear him.  It’s so much more comforting to see what position he’s in or what he’s playing with. SO. COMFORTING!  …and if I’m honest, it’s nice to check and see what in the world he’s doing sometimes when it sounds like grown men are upstairs duking it out.  He’s usually kicking the wall but it’s comforting to know he’s safe and hasn’t managed to climb out of his crib.  It’s truly remarkable how much noise those little feet can make!

The Keera 2 is digital and it took only moments to learn how to navigate around.  Oh and the home screen is customizable!  It’s the little things that make me happy.

This monitor has what’s called a PEEP mode, so when your kid makes a “peep” the monitor leaves sleep mode and turns on. This is really great when I’m busy or sleeping myself. Plus, it will stay in PEEP mode for 10 hours straight without a charge.  All night!  I couldn’t do that with my other monitor.

OK – stop traffic and pay attention.  This thing has a recording/photo feature!!!  I’ve taken numerous pictures of my old monitor and sent it to my husband and work.  With this monitor I don’t have to do that!  It has room for an SD card that I can save photos and videos too.  Never again will I miss out on those cute morning moments when they wake up.  I can record them!  I’m in love with this monitor for this reason alone.

Here’s a video of my daughter showing you the play back video feature.

I can also talk to my baby when he’s upset…or to tell my preschooler that I’ll be there in a minute. This thing is a walky-talky too. It’s lovely.

Probably my second favorite feature (second only to the recording feature) is the mute function. Honestly, I don’t want to hear every tummy gurgle when the kid’s sleeping. Am I right, or am I right?  Okay, maybe the first month I did but after that, nah.  The mommy screen has a color coded indicator that tells me if the Jr. is at low volume (perhaps singing to himself) or on super scream. Very convenient for date nights.

I love this thing. It will even play the baby a lullaby if I tell it to.

Levana’s tagline is “Do More Knowing Your Child Is Safe.”  I can rest better and do more when I know my kiddos are safe.  Here’s a list of things I can do when I know my babies are out of harms way.

1. Talk to ya’ll – aka blogging.

2. Take a bath – yes, everyone’s happy about that!

3. Cleaning – quietly, of course.

4. Reading – even outside if I want because I can take my monitor with me!

You can enter to win one here or if you don’t want to chance the odds you can buy the Levana Keera 2 for yourself or as a gift for any mom with youngin’s at home!

It’s on sale now (click here) for only $149.99 (from $219.99) but I don’t know how long the sale will last.  You can also follow Levana on Facebook.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.