Company: Fresh Baby
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We all know I am a baby food making convert. In my post on making baby food, I share how I was scared to make baby food because of something I read in What to Expect the First Year. But when Kaitlyn was close to a year old, I saw lots of blog readers made their own food, so with McKenna, I made her baby food. I loved it! It was easy and I will never go back.
So I was more than happy to review this Baby Food making kit. What is so special about this kit? I think something that intrigued me about the kit is that it is called the "So Easy Baby Food Kit" and says you can feed your baby by spending only 30 minutes a week. "Quick & Easy."
Well, that pretty much removes any problems for pretty much everyone who is hesitant to make baby food, right? I don't think (I may be wrong) that anyone disagrees that making baby food is better than buying it commercially. I think we have all come to the realization that fresh food is better than pre-made store bought food, whether for you or your children. It also tastes MUCH better. Let me tell you, I can't really eat store bought baby food. But I can eat the homemade baby food--no problem.
Let me also just interject a side note to remind you that I am not completely opposed to store bought baby food. McKenna has had it. Sometimes it is great (like if you are traveling and don't want to worry about keeping the pre-made stuff cold enough). But my preference is definitely home made.
So, people either don't make it because they are intimidated (HARD) or think it will be time consuming. I have told you before that making baby food is easy. Readers have commented on that agreeing that it is easy, many of them sharing that they themselves are no cook, but can make baby food.
Now we have a kit before us that declares you can make it easily.
30 minutes a week? This kit is great at breaking this whole process down and making it easily manageable. The list of tools they give you that you will need in the kitchen are so basic:
- cutting board
- colander or strainer (optional)
- potholders/oven mits
- microwave safe dish and cover (if making in microwave)
- saucepan and steamer basket (if making on stovetop)
- blender or food processor
- rubber spatula or scraper
- ice cube trays (fresh baby trays)
- freezer bags or freezer storage containers
- permanent marker
Let me tell you, I love this kit.
So what is in this kit? (see photo above)
2 Freezer Trays
This method is similar to the Super Baby Food method in that they use ice cubes freezing method. You make the baby food, then put it in the ice cube trays to freeze. Then you transfer cubes to the freezer storage method of your choice.
These trays are nice because they have the covers. Covers aren't a necessity, but they are really great when you want to stack them up. And, let's be honest, sometimes you forget about the tray for a day or two or just are so busy it seems a low priority, so the lids are nice for helping keep the cubes fresh.
This was a pleasant surprise for me. I love information, and I love easily accessible information. This is a laminated card with some quick reference info. It lists 10 Healthy eating habits. It has a table for common baby ailments and the foods to eat and avoid. Does your baby have diarrhea? It lists the foods to avoid as well as the foods that help. What about a runny nose? List for that. It even lists foods that help baby sleep better.
It also lists the best source for certain nutrients. Are you concerned about your baby's protein intake? This quick reference table lists foods that are great for protein for baby. We flip the card over and see a step by step guide for what to do if baby is choking. This is nice. My friend, who works in the medical field, was just commenting last week how she doesn't know if she would remember exactly what to do in an emergency situation. So if you had this card close to your baby's highchair, you could grab it and know exactly how many back blows and chest thrusts to do.
It also has a list for making baby food, along with a list of how to thin, how to thicken, and good foods to mix together for variety. The final thing on this chart is a table of first foods by age.
I think this is the real gem of the kit. We all know how I love information. I think to call this simply a "cookbook" isn't doing the book justice.
First of all, the book is hardback, but also spiral bound. My preferred book cover in life is hardback of course. This means longer life span. The spiral binding is perfect because it stays open on your counter. Now, let's highlight some great sections (this is not every section, just some of my favorites).
The book has a place for some photos, along with your baby's first foods, favorite foods, food milestones, and a list for food reviews. I thought that was fun.
There is a section on instilling healthy eating habits, a section on benefits of homemade baby food, a section on introducing solid foods, and a section on creating a balanced diet (dietary essentials).
There is of course also a section on how to make baby food. I think it is important to note it is only three pages long. It is comprehensive, but not verbose. It gives you the info you need. I think that is an important step in making the process "easy." Then there is info on serving the food.
There is also a "to go" section that I think is fabulous. It lists the different places you might go and what you need to take with you to feed baby. There is even a checklist in table form at the back of the chapter so you can quickly look and make sure you have everything you need.
There is also a time management section.
Now for the cook book section. There is a separate page for each food. Each page includes how to select, how to store and ripen, how many to buy, how to cook, how to store, and how to serve. It also has a list of foods that go well with that food so you can mix it up for baby (once both foods have been introduced). It also has a list of spices that are good with that food, and a list of the nutrients in that food. With each spice, it tells you what age it is safe and what age you introduced it. It also has a list by the food combos where you can note if baby liked that or not. At the bottom of the page, you can note the date you introduced the food to baby and any notes you have about it. Oh, and it also gives you how much prep time each food takes.
What a great book. This book is so easy to read and very easy to scan. It is full of tables and bulleted lists--I love bulleted lists. Very user friendly. This adds to the "easy" factor.
Okay, but not everyone is a "learn by reading" type, right? This DVD is a short 22 minutes long. It tells and shows you the basics of what you nee to know about feeding your baby. This is great for those who are intimidated by the process and/or those who learn best by watching and listening.
So there you have it! It is a great kit. And Fresh Baby is giving one kit away to a lucky winner! Ready to enter? Here we go.
Oh, wait, as a side note, they also have a Toddler cookbook, which I haven't tried, but plan on checking out after seeing the baby cookbook.
For Your First Entry:
Become a follower of this blog. Then leave a comment. If you are already a follower (the thing where your cute face pops up with all the other cute faces of people following), comment telling me so.
I am a follower!
For Your Second Entry:
"Like" Fresh Baby on Facebook. Once you have done so, come back and leave a comment saying you are a fan.
I "like" Fresh Baby on Facebook!
For Your Third Entry:
Follow Fresh Baby on Twitter. Once you have done so, come back and comment saying you have done so.
I am following Fresh Baby on Twitter!
For Your Fourth Entry:
Go to both the Fresh Baby website and the Fresh Baby blog and look around. Once you have done so, come back and tell me so.
I looked around!
For Your Fifth Entry:
Blog about the giveaway with a link to this post! You need to have a blog in order to blog about it. Once you have posted your blog, leave a comment with a link to the blog.
Blogged it! valscreations.blogspot.com
For Your Sixth Entry:
Change your status on Facebook to talk about the giveaway with a link to this post. Leave a comment saying you did so.
I changed my status!
For Your Seventh Entry:
Tweet about the giveaway. Then comment saying you did so. Include your twitter ID (not mine)
I tweeted it! @valplowman
- You must leave a comment in order to have an entry.
- You must leave a separate comment for each entry. This is not so I can get lots of comments--it is because it makes it a million times easier to choose a winner. It takes less time, and less time is good.
- You don't have to do all seven entries...for example, if you just want to follow Fresh Baby on Twitter but don't want to enter through the other methods, you can just do entry three.
- One entry per comment.
- Up to seven entries per person.
- You must fulfill the rules of each entry for each entry to count. If I see the entry is not valid (did not meet entry requirements), I will remove your entry. Trust me, I check.
- Entries will be accepted until 11:59 PM Sunday, August 1 Mountain Standard Time.
- The winner will be randomly selected at random.org
- The winner will be announced Monday, August 2.
- If you would like, you can add your email address to your entry. If you are the winner, I will email you to let you know. You do not need to add your email address in order to win. I understand not everyone wants to share their email addresses with the world. I will announce the winner on the blog, so you can check the blog Saturday to find out if you won.
- Once the winner is announced, you will have one week to contact me or another winner will be chosen.