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6 easy DIY healthy snacks for kids

Have you ever wondered if your kids are eating right? French fries, ice-cream, and store-bought chicken nuggets are so convenient but they simply lack all the good nutrition that your kids need. We have created a list of six simple DIY healthy snacks for kids that are convenient and easy to make. We hope that you can take some inspiration from this and add your own twist to these healthy snacks.

1. PBA (Peanut Butter Apple)

This is a simple twist on the traditional peanut butter and jam sandwich. Kids absolutely love sweet foods and apples are a great source of natural sugars. Apples with delicious creamy peanut butter make the kids go bananas! You could add your own twist to this by adding jam, softened cream cheese, and other fruit dips.  

Peanut Butter Apple and Jar

2. Homemade frozen fruit popsicles

It’s yummy, fun-to-eat, and the most loved of all the healthy snacks for kids. You can make these popsicles with almost any fresh or frozen fruit and try different combinations. It’s fun to get creative with this as you can make the popsicle icy, creamy, and give it different textures based on your kids’ preference. Try using zero sugar fruit juices, coconut milk, Greek yogurt, honey, and other ingredients for added flavor. This is a sugar-free, all natural, anti-oxidant rich, and nutritious homemade snack that kids love!

Frozen fruit popcicle

3. Popcorn with nuts and dry fruits

Popcorn is a must have snack for any family movie night. It’s easy to eat with your hands, can be made in a small kitchen (even just a microwave), and the delicious smell completely overwhelms your kids’ senses. Instead of mixing sugary treats like snacks like candy or chocolate, mix it with healthy snacks like almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, dried blueberry, cranberry, etc. and you will not even notice the difference.  

4. Crackers n cheese

This is an all-time favorite snack loved by kids around the world. Cheese is a rich source of calcium, good fats, vitamin D, and protein which is essential for your growing toddler. If you are a busy parent and worried about making healthy snacks for kids then this is a convenient alternative as most ingredients can be bought readymade in store and the prep time is minimal.  It is generally recommended that you choose low sodium and low-fat cheese for your kids. 

Fruits and Cheese

5. Fruit skewers

These are an easy-to-make DIY healthy snack for kids at home. This is a great snack for any kids gathering and convenient if you are prepping snacks in bulk. Kids love this multicolored snack and it is hard to ignore the healthy nutrition that your kids get from these skewers. To enhance the flavor try adding honey or even Himalayan salt to add some kick. 

Fruit skewers

6. Smoothie

Is your little one extremely picky for what they eat? Look no further as a smoothie might just be the answer to all your troubles. Smoothies are easy to make, highly nutritious, and the kids will believe you when you tell them that it’s a milkshake! It’s like playing Jedi mind tricks on your little one! You can use spinach, kale, carrots, banana, celery, nuts, and other nutritious foods that kids absolutely horrified off.  

 If you are trying to get your kids to eat healthy then start by avoiding processed and packaged foods. Homemade snacks are delicious and much healthier for your little one than store bought. Knowing your ingredients and making healthy choices for your kids will help them stay active and focused. Most importantly, have fun while making healthy snacks for kids at home, get your kids involved, and let them get their hands dirty.

Tips for New Moms – Baby Sleep

New moms: we know you are tired, so we’ll make this quick. It can be hard to get little ones to fall asleep in their cribs and keep them asleep all night long. There are many simple changes you can make to help your baby sleep for longer and make bedtime relaxing and enjoyable for both of you.

7 Ways to Get Baby to Sleep

1. Create a Pre-Sleep Routine

Follow some nighttime rituals to help your little one learn the difference between day and night and naps versus a good nights sleep. Start by turning down lights and keeping your little away from screens. Warm baths, massages, and cuddling help your baby to relax. Try lowering your voice and singing a lullaby to help your baby’s sensory system slow down just before bedtime.

2. Dream Feed

Dream feeding is one of the best ways to help moms stay asleep longer. The dream feed is a feeding given to the baby right before you go to bed. It’s a parent-directed, late-evening feeding in which you don’t wait for the baby to wake up hungry, but instead fill its belly just enough to steal a few more hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Dreamfeed baby

3. Swaddle

Swaddling helps infants fall and stay asleep for two reasons: firstly, your newborn was used to being tightly wrapped in the womb, so being wrapped in a swaddling blanket duplicates the experience which helps them sleep better. Secondly, sometimes babies feel as if they are falling, and this sensation causes the baby to incidentally wake up. Keeping a tight swaddle prevents babies from startling themselves awake, helping the newborn baby sleep both better and longer.

Baby sleeping

4. Form an Association between Crib & Sleep

As convenient as it may be to let your little pumpkin snooze in their car seat while you’re on the go, or cuddle in your arms while you relax, you should try early on for your child to always sleep in their crib. The more often you put them to sleep in their crib, the better association they will create between being in their crib and sleeping. This will be very helpful on nights when they are more active or awake – once you do put them in their crib, this association will come into play and help them understand that it’s time to sleep.

5. Lay Baby Down Sleepy

Every mom has gone through the frustrating cycle of having their baby sleep in their arms to only wake up crying once you let go of them! They can wake up from the difference in temperature, brisk movements, or from being in a different position. The best way to avoid this problem and teach your baby to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own. If you notice that your baby is sleepy, put them in their crib before they fall asleep. This will help them create an association between a crib and sleep (step 4) and falling asleep independently helps your baby drift back to sleep in case they wake up. Ultimately this will help your baby sleep better in the long run.

baby sleeping on mothers arms

6. White Noise

In the womb, your baby was used to constant sounds of your beating heart and other noises of your stomach. White noises can be especially relaxing to for your little one as silence could actually be startling. Using a white noise machine, playing a relaxing-sounds playlist on youtube or even using a fan can help your babies sleep better.

7. Let Baby Cry

The hardest part for any new parent is to let their little munchkin cry! Make sure that the basics are covered (hunger, comfort, diapers, etc.) and pause before rushing in if you hear them making a fuss. As hard as it is to listen to cries, tough it out and see if your baby can work it out themselves. If the crying continues, intervene in the least direct way, like using a calm voice or patting their backs. Only pick them up as the last resort. With this difficult step, your baby will remember a little sooner that crying doesn’t produce results.

baby crying

Every new mom knows what it’s like being tired. Just remember that sleeping is a habit that can be taught to your baby just like anything else. In the book “Winning Bedtime Battles: Getting Your Child to Sleep”, author Charles Schaefer mentions that most babies begin to sleep through the night between 3 and 4 months.

These tips will help you create triggers and cues for your baby which they will identify with sleeping. Developing these baby sleep habits will help you and your baby sleep tight.

How to get back in shape after pregnancy in 5 simple steps

Chocolate, ice cream, pickles, potato chips, spicy food, and all those tasty snacks get the best of us during pregnancy. The heightened sense of smell during pregnancy makes the yearning for these foods almost uncontrollable! Because of these cravings, most of us put on more fat than what the doctor recommends. This leaves most new moms wondering what post pregnancy diet to adopt and how to get back in shape after pregnancy?

Here are 5 simple tips to help you lose your pregnancy weight and fat

1. Drink a lot of water: There are numerous articles and research papers that emphasize the importance of keeping our body properly hydrated, especially post pregnancy. Water has zero calories, no sugar, and is easily available. Making simple changes like drinking water over soda, sugary juices, alcohol, and other carbonated drinks can help speed up your fat loss journey.

Drink a lot of water

2. Meditation: Being a new mom is stressful on your body and your mind. Your life changes the moment your baby is born, and so does your schedule. Meditating for as little as five minutes first thing in the morning takes your mind of all the stress and gets your ready to tackle any challenges that come your way.

3. Light Exercises: Back pain is one of the most commonly reported pains of new moms. Something as simple as lifting your baby from the crib, and picking up toys from the floor can cause back pain over time. It is highly recommended that you spend 5-15 minutes every other day doing light stretches, yoga, or even some floor exercises. One small step each day will get you ready for when your little ones are not so little anymore.

Light Exercises

4. Eating a healthy balanced diet: Now that the cravings are no longer there, finding the best mix of eating the right amount of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and fiber is the key to get back in shape after pregnancy. It is highly recommended that you consult with your doctor as your baby gets their nutrition from your feed. Having that right mix is not only important for you but equally as important for your baby’s health.

5. Get enough sleep: We know that getting proper 6-9 hours of sleep with a newborn is nearly impossible. However, it is a very important part of our health. Our body recovers during sleep and if you are well rested, you will automatically make healthier lifestyle choices. Some benefits of sleep include faster resting metabolism, enhanced physical activity, a clearer mind, and it helps prevent insulin resistance which is key to any successful body transformation.

We highly recommend that you consult with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your lifestyle, as your baby’s health depends on the choices you make. The bottom line is that making healthier lifestyle choices will help you lose the baby weight.

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4 Nursery Ideas Inspired by Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle has always been seriously stylish. In her new role as Duchess of Sussex, Meghan shows that her elegance and great taste are not just applicable to clothes, but all aspects of her life. Inspired by Meghan’s royal style, we have come up with 4 accessible nursery ideas.

Meghan describes her ideal interior style as elegant, chic, modern, cozy and inviting. These select Storkcraft and Graco inspiration rooms demonstrate how Meghan’s style is achievable with some simple decorating tips.

Stylish Nurseries for any little Duke or Duchess

1. Keep it Neutral

A great way to ensure a room looks cohesive and chic is to mix earthy neutrals. Meghan regularly wears outfits mixing beige, tan, camel, warm grays and browns. Using different textures such as natural materials, upholstery fabrics and glossy wood adds more interest. We love this room which mixes natural woven colors and to create an earthy and relaxed look.

neutral nursery room for your babyGraco Remi Upholstered Swivel Glider

2. Pops of color

Meghan loves wearing dark pieces with one bright color to keep an outfit simple, but still making a bold statement. She has regularly been spotted wearing an all-black outfit with a bright red lip and red nails. We reimagined this combination for the nursery, using grey for all the furniture pieces to keep the look grounded, and pops of blush pink to add brightness and fun. Other nursery ideas include using blue or yellow with all white furniture, for a more gender-neutral nursery.

colorfull nursery roomStorkcraft Eastwood 3-in-1 Convertible Crib and Storkcraft Steveston Upholstered Rocker

3. Everyday Luxury 

Meghan makes every outfit look luxurious with her careful attention to detail. Special details make ordinary items stand out, and combining these pieces together creates a luxurious space. In a nursery, details like upholstery, tufting, and wood paneling on cribs, dressers, and gliders create a luxe look.

nursery room for your babyGraco Linden Tufted 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

4. Timeless Pieces

Meghan once said, “when you invest in a great piece, you’re going to [use it] again and again.” An elegant and simple design is what makes an item timeless, and those are the types of items that she chooses. Convertible cribs and modern dressers can be continuously used and repurposed as your little one grows. Choosing timeless nursery items ensures that your child’s room will always look good.

Storkcraft Nestling Convertible Crib (Coming Soon)

The key to emulating Meghan’s style in these 4 nursery ideas is to “keep it simple.” Color themes with either bold or neutral colors will keep your nursery looking elegant and modern. Carefully crafted details like tufting add luxurious touches. Timeless pieces give you more value in the long run and keep your nursery in style.

Image of Duke and Duchess of Sussex via Flickr.

5 Activities for your Baby’s First Halloween

It’s never too early to start forming traditions with your little one. With Halloween around the corner, we’ve thought up some fun activities to do with your baby to get into the spirit of the holiday. These ideas make your baby’s first Halloween a special occasion for the whole family.

Spirited activities for the whole family

1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch 

Head out of the city and spend some time in the mud with your little one. Many farms host pumpkin patch events, with games, photo ops, and Halloween decorations. This is a great chance to enjoy the outdoors with your little one, and start creating fall traditions together.

BabyFirstHalloween-pumpkin-patch

2. Hand out Candy Together

With many years of trick or treating ahead, enjoy this Halloween night by staying in. Handing out candy is a great way to connect with the community and enjoy the energy of this holiday. Add to the excitement by dressing up your little one, and showing them off to all neighbors and kids that come to your door.

BabyFirstHalloween-hand-out-candy

3. Decorate Baby’s Nursery

We decorate our front yards and entryways for Halloween, so why not baby’s nursery? Babies learn quickly and love exploring. Adding new decorations will create new stimulations in the nursery, allowing your child to learn new shapes, words, and colors. Decorations like pumpkins, bats and colorful ghosts keep the nursery from getting too spooky. If you have neutral nursery furniture, this is a great way to change up the colors and bring new excitement to the room on your Baby’s First Halloween.

BabyFirstHalloween-Decorate -baby-nursery

4. Decorate Mini-Pumpkins 

Have fun together and help your little one learn motor skills by decorating a pumpkin. Permanent markers and stickers are perfectly mess-free and easy to use. Paint can be used for handprints or footprints, finger painting, and other designs. The fun and abstract pumpkin created together will make any guest at your home smile.

BabyFirstHalloween-Decoratemini-pumpkins

5. Host a baby Halloween with Friends

The only thing cuter than a little one in costume is a group of little ones in costumes! Invite other new moms and dads, babies, and toddlers to your home for a baby’s first Halloween event. Touches like snacks for kids and parents, decorations and toys will make for a great get-together.

BabyFirstHalloween-halloween-with-friends

Having a newborn is all about memories and create new traditions. And what is the best way of creating new memories than celebrating your baby’s first Halloween? Any idea is valid to make your baby laugh and to add new pictures on the family album, but we wanted to make your life a little easier and give you 5 Activities for your Baby’s First Halloween. Hoped you enjoyed and… Happy Halloween 🙂