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Maia’s Baby Top 5 Products

Baby Top 5 Products

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I’m always looking for new and great products to fulfill Maia’s needs. I look for the best products available and always doing a background research. I am very concerned of her delicate skin. Today I want to share with you Maia’s Baby Top 5 Products. These are my favorites and the ones I will totally buy again.

Johnson's Baby Wash

For bath time I use Johnson’s extra moisturizing baby wash. I love this wash because is really creamy and I can use it all over her. It is really is mositurizing and hasn’t dry out Maia’s skin. I love that is tear free. The wash I used first with her wasn’t tear free so I had to be extra careful. 

HIP Peas curl tamer

For her hair I use Hip Peas Curl Tamer. Maia’s hair is curly so I want to take care of her beautiful locks. I use this balm because is paraben, sulfate and petrochemical free. It really maintains Maia’s curls tamed and hydrated. 

Jack n' jill toothpaste

For teeth brushing time I use Jack N’ Jill Natural toothpaste. It is a fluoride, preservatives free and all natural ingredients toothpaste. So it is safe to swallow. Maia loves this and in fact if I let her she could just eat it. As I manage how I could brush her teeth, I know she enjoys this time.

Organic Healing Balm

Because I use cloth diaper I can’t use any type of healing balm. I used Honest Diaper Rash Cream first, which is great but had to changed it because sometimes it may stain some diapers. This organic healing balm is light but yet so powerful. A little goes a long way. It really works at healing any rash.

Baby Tous

Last but not least is this Oh so good perfume. This was actually a gift from her grandmother and it smells so great. It it very light nothing powerful. There is alcohol free version which could be great to little babies. Not that you should apply directly to their skin, I apply this over her clothes.

I hope you enjoyed our baby top 5 products and try them. What are other products you love or loved using with your little ones?

xo, Yulissa

Fine Motor Skills for 1 year olds

                    

As a mom of a one year old I am very concerned about her development. I want to involve her in educational activities where she can develop different skills. It is so easy to just giver her the smartphone at let her watch videos. But, I have seen how she just love to do only that. I am afraid she soon will loose educational activities so important in her development. So, that’s why today I want to bring three early fine motor skills activities. Which involves a yummy treat: Gerber Lil’Beanies

Is so amazing waiting for the milestones of crawling, standing and walking but it is equally important that our babies learn to use their hands. Let’s remember all babies develop different but there are milestones they should reach at a certain time frame. By starting early fine motor skills we are preparing our babies for future learning tasks like holding correctly a pencil.

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Maia and I decided to get a delicious treat today. This way Maia learns and eat at the same time. One of our favorite snacks is Gerber Lil’Beanies. This new baked snack made from navy beans are a hit for baby and mom too. My favorite or should I say Maia’s favorite is White Cheddar and Broccoli. I have to say yes more than one time because Maia wants more. I love to see her enjoy Lil’Beanies and I feel so proud when she feeds herself.

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This leads us to our first activity for Fine Motor Skill Development. One of the most significant fine motor accomplishment is the pincer grip. This is the ability to hold objects between thumb and index fingers. Lil’Beanies is the perfect snack to encourage pincer grip. I love when Maia pick ups many time a Lil’Beanie. When Maia grab objects like that always makes me smile. This way she learns to sophisticated grab and drop objects. Foods like Lil’Beanies encourage the use of pincer grip.

Fine Motor Skills

Our second activity is practicing how to hold crayons, pencils or something similar. I recently bought some crayons and chalk to introduce this object to Maia so she can get used to them. Toddlers use their arms to color and that’s totally normal. But by the time they will change their grip and is important to later change to smaller crayons. 

Our third activity is turning pages. Maia has a lot of cardboard story books and turning pages help your little one with their fine motor skills. If they love stories this is going to be a natural one. Help them to open the book, turn a few pages and then turn only one page at a time. I love seeing Maia turning the pages of her favorite book Dada.

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We went to our local Walmart and found Lil’Beanies in the baby food aisle. Maia now enjoys rides in the shopping cart at our trips at Walmart. Head to your local Walmart and try these delicious snacks for your baby. While you do that take advantage of an Ibotta offer. If you buy Lil’Beanies at Walmart you will get a cash back from your purchase through Ibotta. And that is a Win Win! 

References:

Hand and Finger Skills: 1 year oldsHand and Finger SkillsThe Development of Motor Skills in 1 year olds

Fine Motor DevelopmentFine Motor Skills, About those crayons

 

Gerber’s Breakfast Time with Lil’Bits

Gerber's Breakfast time

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When I started solid foods with Maia, I was a scared. In the first place, I didn’t want to introduce the wrong food at the wrong time. I waited until she had the readiness signs. As a first time mom, I didn’t want to make it wrong. Not to mention, baby puree are the easiest way to introduce solids to babies. Because, that way they get used to textures and tastes. Together with Maia we present to you our Gerber’s Breakfast Time. 

To begin with, I remember when my mom and grandmas made me for breakfast cornstarch creams or what we boricuas call “maizena”. This was my favorite! First, because it’s creamy texture and second, because of its sweet taste. Now Maia loves it too. So, today we decided to spice it up a little and we added Gerber Lil’ Bits in flavor Island Fruit Blend.

Additionally, Lil’ Bits is design to help your little one learn to chew. I love the lil’bits in it, giving a surprise to your baby while eating. This helps Maia to start loving her favorite fruits like for example: apple and mango. For instance, we chose to try today Island Fruit Blend. Maia loved the apples lil’bits in it. That is to say, Gerber’s Lil’ Bits eases transition to table food.

So, Today I share with you our Gerber’s Breakfast Time recipe. First of all, this recipe is super easy to make. You can choose any Gerber’s Lil’ Bits flavor. And have fun while doing it!

Speaking about Gerber’s Lil’ Bits, I invite you to visit your local store and try with your baby this new way to transition to table foods. Then visit Gerber’s nutrition basics to know hot to properly feed your crawler. Learn more about Gerber’s Lil’Bits here. And have creating this yummy recipe for your little one! 

Cornstarch Cream with Lil'Bits Topping
Serves 1
A sweet and delicious cream for breakfast time with Gerber's Lil' Bits as topping.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup milk
  2. 4 teaspoons Cornstarch
  3. 2 teaspoons Sugar
  4. 1 pinch Salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon Butter
  6. 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla (optional)
Instructions
  1. Dilute the cornstarch in milk in a small saucepan before turning the heat on.
  2. Combine sugar, salt, butter, and vanilla.
  3. Turn heat on.
  4. Stir without stopping until the cream thickens
  5. Remove from heat and top it of with Gerber's Lil'Bits
  6. Eat up!
Notes
  1. Wait until warm to serve baby
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