DISCLOSURE: I was provided product samples by the Happy Family brand for this post and giveaway, but this really is something Brielle enjoys at home regularly! I only promote and share products I personally use and recommend! To learn more, please review my disclosure policy here.
At 4 months the pediatrician suggested we start introducing solids along with our breastfeeding routine. While Derek and I are not the greatest eaters (I admit we can go a few nights without eating a vegetable) I wanted better for Brielle. I began doing some research on baby foods online and in stores, paying more attention to the ingredients list in those easy to serve pouches.
(photo credit: Happy Family)
After some research, I came across Happy Family Brands and their lines of organic baby food.
I liked that the ingredients list was a short list of all recognizable fruits and veggies, on super cute packaging, I might add. They also provide a whole slew of nutritional resources right there on their website! (This is also where I learned that things like PURPLE carrots exist in the world!)
Brielle started with the stage 1 foods and after some practice getting used to a new consistency and taste that wasn’t mom’s milk, she happily moved into stage 2 combination flavors. It seemed that the broccoli, peas and pear flavor was a favorite! Because I love me some “before and after” photos, above you can see her trying out the bananas and kiwi flavor (and how much is actually worn on her face and bib)!
Here’s a tip for other first time moms out there that will probably make me look really stupid but I’m typing it anyway! When feeding your baby, who is sitting in front of you, push food onto the spoon AWAY from you and towards baby within the bowl. This will make the food sit on the side of the spoon near baby and easier to get it in their mouth. Before having her, I had only ever fed myself, so it was natural for me to spoon the food towards me at first. Learn from my dumb first time mom mistake and start the right way! 🙂
At 7 months, we began to introduce finger foods to help her develop her next milestone – the pincer grasp (using her thumb and index finger). A favorite food to help practice this was the HappyPuffs, which were solid enough to pick up but dissolved fairly quickly once put into the mouth. (I know, because I tried one!)
Once she gets a little bit older, I plan to try out some of the Happy Tot level of foods, since you know this mom is probably never going to make butternut squash or beets. Overall, I’m happy to have found this healthy solution for her first introduction to solid eating!
I’m happy to announce that the awesome folks at Happy Family have generously offered one Spot of Tea Designs reader a Happy Baby Package valued at $25!!
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This package is a selection of their most popular products for ages 6 months – 18 months, as well as additional coupons, educational resource cards and a reusable Happy Family tote bag! You can see some of the flavors listed above, but know that the flavors you get may vary.
Enter to win this package by May 5th using the Rafflecopter widget below!