Motherhood

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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Perfect Toddler’s Popsicles

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Introducing solids to Maia was a somehow difficult. At first, with patience we both managed to get used to solid foods. Initially, Maia was picky and she seems to love our food even though she never tasted it. For this reason, at that moment I tried different ways to get her to eat. Now, she loves everything and she always says yes. If you have been following us for a time now, you probably know we love to try new things. Today, we are trying the perfect toddler’s popsicles.

Not to mention, we live in a hot weather so we gave a little twist to baby puree. So today, I decided to create popsicles to refresh Maia in these hot days. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little hesitant. But for my surprise Maia did enjoy them. They were perfect after a day playing and getting all sweat. In fact,they are super easy to make. 

You can choose whatever flavor your baby likes and you can create different recipes with them. While having fun prepping a fun recipe and looking the face of your little one enjoining it as a result, they are learning and preparing to chew. After all, your baby will enjoy it and you will love it too.

Popsicles for Toddlers
Serves 4
A delicious treat for hot days for your little one learning to chew.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 packs of 5 oz of Baby Puree
  2. 5.3 oz Yogurt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fill each popsicle mold with Baby Puree
  2. Insert popsicle sticks.
  3. Place in frezeer for 3 to 4 hours or until completely frozen.
  4. Eat up!
Notes
  1. For creating a marbled popsicle, layer each popsicle mold with a spoonful of yogurt and a spoonful of Baby Puree. Repeat until all molds are filled.
  2. Wait until the popsicle is a little melted to serve to baby. That way the baby doesn't need to force to eat the popsicle.
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