Be a farmer for a day

What child wouldn’t love to be a farmer for a day? Depending on where you live, it could actually be a reality for your kiddo! If you live in Vancouver, Maplewood Farm located 20 minutes outside of the city offers children the opportunity to “be a farmer for a day” this fall! Your child would learn how to collect and wash eggs, groom horse, feed the animals, and more!

If you live in California, this opportunity is available at McClelland’s Dairy Farm in Petaluma. Midway Farms offers this event in Oregon. Wherever you live, simply type “farmer for a day” and your city into a Google search and hopefully you’ll be able to find this opportunity at a farm near you! It sounds like a really fun experience for your little one. Try it out and send us a photo of your kiddo and we will feature it on our site.

xo
~ Delighted Child

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One for mini, one for mama

The weather is changing, summer is drifting away and fall is rolling in. It’s time to pick up some new clothes to stay warm. The fall is our favorite season. It gives us an excuse to wear cozy scarves and cute hats. We have some adorable recommendations for you today- an outfit for the mama and an outfit for the mini.

For the Mini :
    

    

For the Mama:

   

For the Mini: Hat  Sweater  Dress  Leggings  Mary-Janes
For the Mama: Jacket  Top  Necklace  Pants  Wedges

After a long day, change into some cute mama & baby pajamas, snuggle up with your little one and read a good book together. Have you read this book yet?

xo
~ Delighted Child

A dinner trick

During dinner time, do you ever have trouble getting your kids to eat their vegetables? We have a little trick to share: serve the vegetables as an appetizer.

Tell your littles it’s dinner time and to sit down at the table (or wherever your family eats dinner). Have an empty plate sitting in front of them, alongside their beverage and cutlery, and serve the veggies first. After the vegetable appetizer is served, continue with preparing dinner and let your child feed themselves.

When they first sit down for dinner, that is when they are the hungriest. They will start eating the veggies first simply because they are hungry. We’re not talking about a few lonely carrots plopped down on a plate, but a nicely presented plate of steamed broccolini with a small drizzle of melted organic cheese, or a bowl of shredded carrots with a vinaigrette dressing.

I know what you’re thinking, “but what if they don’t like carrots with vinaigrette dressing?” Not to worry, mom. We believe that it’s beneficial to experiment with different ways of serving veggies. That way, your child can try a variety of options and decide which recipe works for them.

The message we are trying to share is that vegetables, full of fiber and vitamins, are one of the most important staples in a child’s diet. We want them to love veggies from the start and when presented with the option, to always reach for that celery stick!

We have a few different vegetable appetizer recipes to share in case you are looking for some inspiration:

No. 1~ A bowl of shredded carrots and celery in a light vinaigrette dressing
No. 2~ Slices of roasted beats accompanied by goat cheese and arugula
No. 3~ Oven roasted asparagus pieces, drizzled with warm honey
No. 4~ “Ants on a log”~ celery stalk pieces filled with organic peanut butter , topped with organic raisins
No. 5~ Caprese salad~ tomato chunks, basil pieces, & small mozzarella squares, mixed together with a light vinegar dressing finish

A great snack option: Kale chips~ wash kale pieces, dry completely, lay flat on a baking sheet, preheat to 350 degrees, drizzle with olive oil and sea salt. Bake about 10-15 minutes, or until crispy. A terrific alternative to potato chips.

Give these veggie appetizers a try and let us know what your kids think!

xo
~ Delighted Child

Simple Jumpers

            

The Little Seed, an eco-friendly and organic children’s brand from Los Angeles, has designed the most simple, delicious baby jumpers. They are made from super soft 100% raw cotton and use low-impact dyes. The jumpers come in 16 gorgeous colors, designed with the perfect cut that would look adorable on any child. Paired with some Chevron Booties and you’ve got yourself a great little outfit for your little one.

xo
~ Delighted Child

Cutest toothbrush that ever was

This banana toothbrush for babies 6 months-1 year is the cutest darn thing ever. What a fun way to introduce oral hygiene. Because of it’s shape and size, littles can hold it on their own. Some kiddos like using it as a teething toy, too.

Once your child reaches 1 year old, it would be a great time to introduce a spin brush. It’s easier for kids to use a spin brush over a regular toothbrush and it works better as an oral cleaner. A great all-natural toothpaste to pair with the spin brush would be The Green Beaver Company toothpastes. They have many different flavors that are free of sodium laureth sulfates and fluoride.

Oral hygiene is an important part of a child’s night time routine. Good habits are learned young!

xo
~ Delighted Child

What fruit is your baby?

We think this fruit & veggie comparison to the size of your baby while being pregnant is awesome! It gives insight into how big your child is while you are in different stages of your pregnancy. Can you believe at 4 weeks your baby is just the size of a poppy seed? At 12 weeks the babe is the size of a lime, at 23 weeks you’ve got a mango baby, and at 35 weeks you’ve got yourself a honeydew melon! This would be a fun thing to share with any friends who are pregnant right now so they can track the different produce stages of their pregnancy.

The “D” Word

What is worse than your child having diarrhea? It’s unpleasant for them, unpleasant for you- just all around…. unpleasant. Did you know there are certain foods you can feed your child to help them overcome the bout of diarrhea? These foods will help firm-up and bind your child’s stools when diarrhea makes it’s unfortunate appearance, and is referred to as the “BRAT diet”.

Bananas, rice or rice cereal, apple sauce and toast comprise the BRAT diet. These foods consists of insoluble fiber and potassium which will help stop diarrhea and also relieve constipation. It is important to make sure your child is well hydrated, whether will breast milk/formula for babies or water for the older kiddos. Keep in mind that dairy products can cause diarrhea, and maintain dry bottoms to prevent bacteria from causing a diaper rash or a yeast infection.

Although diarrhea is inevitable for children, providing a well-rounded and healthy diet can help lessen the chances. Keeping your kiddo well hydrated is essential is preventing dehydration, so keep them bottles comin’!

xo
~Delighted Child

The Honest Company

Have you heard about The Honest Company yet? We are quickly becoming big fans of this company. Co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, The Honest Company created eco-friendly, non-toxic, chlorine-free, sustainable and plant-based materials. Their products range from diapers to wipes, training pants to swim diapers, bath & body products, and cleaning products, all made for children and all chemical free. We also love the assortment of diaper patterns, options including stars, skulls, anchors and more. It’s really neat that parents now have a choice in the diaper department- the days of chemical-based diapers with boring patterns are over! Hooray!

The Honest Company offers a free trial, and sells products in bundles for your convenience. Try it out and report back about your experience. We hope other companies follow in their footsteps and start creating more natural products too!

xo
~ Delighted Child

Toss the cereal, and scramble something!

Of course cereal is the easiest choice for breakfast in the morning for our children, but do we really know what’s in cereal? If we knew, would we still reach for that cardboard box each morning? Cereals are full of unnatural ingredients like niacinamide, yellow 5, butylated hyroxytoluene, dried glucose syrup, fructo-oligosaccharides, dextrose, refined sugar and trisodium phosphate. We could be wrong, but last time we checked, butylated hyroxytoluene didn’t grow on a farm. Let’s cut back on the processed cereals and replace them with fresh, farmed raised { organic? 🙂 } EGGS!

Eggs are full of protein, which supply many of the essential amino acids kids need. These amino acids are the building blocks for the skin, tissues, hormones and more. The reason why they are considered “essential” is because our bodies cannot make these amino acids on it’s own, but instead get them from the foods we eat. Eggs are easy to digest so our bodies are able to absorb the protein well. Not to mention, eggs contain choline which aids in brain development.

So scramble up those eggs and let’s feed our child’s mind and body!

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Delicious Egg Recipe

*For under 1 year old, mix one egg in a bowl and add a splash of breast milk/formula. “Grease” the pan up with a splash of warm water, then add the egg/milk mix into the pan. Heat on medium+ until the egg is fluffy.

*For kiddos over 1 year old:
You will need: two eggs, one quarter sweet yellow onion, one quarter tomato, one quarter yellow pepper, milk, 1/4 cup warm water
Step 1: beat two eggs in a bowl and add a big splash of milk
Step 2: finely chop the onion, tomato, and yellow pepper
Step 3: “grease” the pan with the water, heat on medium+
Step 4: add the onion, tomato, and yellow pepper to the pan, let cook for 2 minutes
Step 5: add the beaten eggs, mix with the vegetables, cook together until eggs are fluffy – and serve!

{Food for thought: some recommend waiting until your child turns eight months to one year before introducing eggs. It’s your choice, just wanted to communicate all options.}

Bon appetit!

xo
~ Delighted Child

H&M Kids

We are totally crushing on the H&M kids line. Their kids stuff is so cute, and affordable! Not only do the clothes look like they are made well, but the materials seem soft and comfortable. Those darling elbow patches are super cool and the chunky sweaters just kill us. We need to see a baby in the bear hat STAT! What do you think?

          

          

           

xo
~ Delighted Child