4 Nutritious Foods for Baby and Toddlers

The food market has been making a big buzz about all organic everything in recent years. 

The organic boom is for good reason. People are becoming more and more conscious of what they feed their families, and how they treat their bodies and our environment. If you want to bring your babies and toddlers on the healthy food bandwagon with you, you’ve made the right choice.

You know fruits and vegetables are the way to go, but some are better for babies and toddlers than others. There’s a lot to learn, so we figured we’d give you a place to start.

Ingredients you sourced yourself are generally safer than store-bought meals and farm raised ingredients. The fresher the better. Here are some things we keep stocked in our kitchen for our children and ourselves.

1. Yogurt

This classic snack has amazing immune boosting properties! It’s also known to help with your brain and heart health. But not just any yogurt will yield these outstanding results. Opt for plain organic yogurts with no sugar added for optimal results.

You can jazz this snack up to be kid approved with your favorite fruits and granola. We love to add mandarins to ours. There are so many ways to get creative with this yogurt.

2. Lentils

This legume is packed with more nutritional power than you would ever think. These legumes are great for boosting energy and encouraging your little one’s digestive health. Lentils are an excellent source of protein and mixed with the best of veggies, it makes a meal perfect for your little prince or princess.

3. Squash

Because of its natural sweet flavor and soft texture, babies love this one. Toddlers can appreciate the subtle flavor of squash as well. Squash is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. We like to serve squash with garbanzo beans for a quick healthy meal. If you don’t already love squash yourself now, you’ll find you may take a liking to it too!

4. Avocados

The avocado is the epitome of “good’ fat. It actually has a similar composition to breast milk which of course makes it really good for you. The unsaturated fat in avocados make it safe for babies and toddlers. Kids absolutely love the combination of apples and avocados on toast. Equally tomatoes with avocados are amazing too.  

We want to see your favorite recipes for your toddler that use these ingredients. Show us on our Facebook page!

Written by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventors of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and everyswaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

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