Favorite Things: volume 1

 

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1.  Graco Pack ‘N Play with Twins Bassinet

  • This huge Pack ‘N Play with bassinets has been amazing.  The babies sleep up top, right next to each other, with a dividing wall that they can barely look over.  Easy to move and just as easy to pack up and take on the road.  Our twins have slept in them for almost six months and we’d be lost without it.

2.  Skip Hop Grab and Go Stroller Organizer

  • It’s a simple pouch for holding anything we need quick access to while using the stroller.  It’s neoprene too, which means you don’t have to be afraid of getting it a little messy.  I can tell you first hand that when you spill juice(or a beer) in the pouch, it can easily be rinsed out, dried, and used again right away!

3. Baby Jogger 2014 City Select Stroller

  • Is there a better stroller for twins that can be used from their infancy to the toddler age?  I don’t think so.  Is there a more expensive stroller out there?  I don’t think so.  Because the seats can be used in so many different positions, it can’t be beat.  And because it’s so narrow, you’ll never have to worry about not fitting through the doorway.  It’s pretty light and easy to fold up.  We could justify the costly price tag because we know it’s the first and last stroller that we will need.

4.  Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus 11-Cup Food Processor

  • This thing is a beast.  Its restaurant grade motor will chop, puree, and mash anything that comes in its path.  And it can be used for way more than just baby food!  Salsa will be so easy!

5.  Skip Hop Grab and Go Double Bottle Bag

  • This little bag is well insulated and not too bulky, which made it perfect for our needs.  I think you’ll feel the same way.

6. Summer Infant Wide View Digital Color Video Baby Monitor

  • A great monitor that we’ve been excited about since we first used it.  It holds a charge for longer than we need and it offers a great wide angle view to watch your baby.  Because of the positioning of the cribs in our nursery, we bought another camera.  All we need to do is press a button on the monitor and we can see the view from the other camera.  The cameras and monitor are small enough to be tucked away and taken with you and they take up very little room in our lives!

7.  Skip Hop Grab and Go Wet/Dry Diaper Bag

  • Dirty, dripping bottles and used pump equipment goes right into the bag after we’ve used them on-the-go.  Wet bib?  Wet outfit?  Throw them in the bag and keep your other stuff dry.

8.  Green Sprouts By I Play 4 Oz. Polypropylene Food Storage Cubes

  • These little containers have been amazing so far.  They refuse to leak, which is all I ask for!

 

 

 

These are must haves for twins

Adventures in Making Baby Food

After getting the green light from our pediatrician when the babies were four months old, we decided to start solids.  Before our twins had even arrived, I decided that I was going to make all of my own baby food, so I know exactly what’s in it.  And honestly, making baby food is easy!

We decided to start with sweet potatoes, because really, who doesn’t like sweet potatoes?  We’ll try it for four days in order to rule out any possible allergies.  After that, we’ll continue introducing various fruits and veggies over the next few months as the babies become more familiar with the spoon and new textures.

I found a few “recipes” online.  All of which were super easy.  If you don’t have a food processor to puree the food, you can just use a blender, or a potato ricer to reach the desired consistency.

After running the sweet potatoes through the food processor, I froze the mash in Green Sprouts food storage containers (only $6 on Amazon).  Once they were completely frozen, I popped the cubes out and stored them in an airtight container in the freezer.

Stored this way, the baby food sill be good for up to three months.  When it’s time to use them, I just have to defrost a cube or two and mix it with breast milk.  I don’t think it could be any easier.

 

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Give a quick scrub to clean the sweet potatoes or yams.

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Wrap each potato in a piece of foil and place on the middle rack of your oven and set it to 400 degrees. Place an extra piece of foil on the rack underneath, just in case some juices leak out.  You really don’t want that sugary mess burning inside of your oven. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the potatoes are soft when squeezed. Let potatoes cool and then peel off skins.

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Slice cooled potatoes into pieces and place in food processor.

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Blend until it reaches the desired consistency.

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Spoon into ice cube trays or food storage trays.

 

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We did the same thing with some frozen peas.  You just boil them in hot water and then puree, mush, or mash until they’re smooth.  And just so you know, frozen peas are just as good as fresh peas, and they’re much more accessible.  In an episode of Good Eats, Alton Brown says frozen peas are fine, which means they’re fine with me!

The baby food turned out really well, and I’m sure that once the babies get used to the spoon and this whole eating-something-that’s-not-coming-from-a-bottle idea, they’ll love it too!