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Baby Food On The Go!

I’m still in the honeymoon phase with my first child, which means I gruelingly (yet lovingly) make his food everyday from only the finest organic ingredients. However, as I discovered on our recent trip to Austin, Texas, without a Vitamix on hand, I’m a little at a loss in the baby food-making department (no, I don’t carry around my own personal food mill…yet). So, when we arrived and were out for dinner, I found myself in a desperate situation.

No way was I going to give my little angel GMO, chemical-laden foods (those are for my consumption only and boy, did we enjoy some Tex Mex), yet I couldn’t revert only to BM (parents ‘in the know’ only use acronyms) for the entire trip since he is used to some solids everyday.

Whole Foods saves us from this!

Whole Foods saves us from this!

In comes Whole Foods and the answer to all my woes. As a new mom, I was not aware of all the new foods on the baby market, but I was delighted to find these non- BPA packets of all organic, no weird junk added, super tasty veggie and fruit delights. As Austin is this perfect blend of Yuppie and Hippie (Yuhippie),

My favorite Yuhippie™ baby food brand

My favorite Yuhippie™ baby food brand

there were about a million brands to choose from, including my favorite that adds basil, sage, amaranth, lavender, and tons of different herbs and spices to acclimate the little one to new tastes. An added bonus – the baby can also suck the food right out of the top. They even sell screw-on spoons, so the kiddos can squeeze the bag and fill the spoon with the food before eating it. Plus, the most important factor, it tastes delicious! I am a firm proponent of only feeding the baby food I would enjoy myself, and I had to consciously refrain from gobbling up his little 4 oz meal.

I actually considered going on a baby food diet and eating ten of those little packets a day, but then I was distracted by Amy’s ice cream and made a quick pit stop. Still, it’s on my bucket list – I’ll let you know how it turns out.

So, if you are on the road, stock up on these little packets of liquid gold to ensure your baby still eats healthy without a blender on hand. My only real problem now is forcing myself to return to the kitchen when those oh so tempting meals are only a grocery store away.

 

Baby Monitor on the Go

As a nomadic family, we do our best to limit how many devices, toys, distractions that we have to cart around. That is why I was THRILLED to discover there are baby monitor apps!

Not only do typical video baby monitors cost around 200 bucks, but they are extra devices that you have to remember to pack, buy adapters for if traveling internationally, and are simply one more thing that you might lose on the road. We had been debating on whether to buy one for a few weeks (since we co-sleep it hasn’t been necessary) and almost did before I found out that there are a few apps out there that are cheap and do an amazing job of creating your own little digital baby monitor wherever you are. We have so far used it at home, but will obviously use it whenever we travel or if the little one stays with family members at another house.

Baby Cloud Screensaver

We are currently using cloud baby monitor, which works wonderfully. For 7 dollars, I bought the app on my Mac, downloaded it also on my iPhone, and it worked immediately. You can also use an iPad as one of the units. I set the computer as the ‘child unit’ and face it toward my sleeping angel. I set my iPhone as the ‘parent unit’ and carry it with me around the house. It can work on multiple Apple devices and there is even a function to watch more than one child. The only hitch is you need an internet connection (3G, Wifi, Bluetooth, etc) on both devices, which isn’t always available when traveling abroad. Some of the features the app includes are preset lullabies that you can play remotely (you can also add your own songs to the list), a button that allows you to talk to the baby, a screensaver with moon and stars to set on the ‘child unit’, and a nightlight button. Considering this is 20 to 30 times cheaper than a normal video baby monitor, it is essentially risk-free to try.

There is also a newer app out called Baby Monitor 3G, which has similar functions. I would have happily tried this one, but because I didn’t see any reviews yet, I opted for cloud baby. Additionally, there are similar baby monitor apps like Dormi and Baby Monitor.

So, before you invest a bunch of money in yet another device, try these out and get more out of the devices you already have. Plus, you can put the money you save towards another trip!

 

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