Have you seen these new baby-food-in-pouches things? Dylan tried some sample applesauces that way awhile back. He was newly excited about drinking from a straw, so drinking applesauce was a big hit. But…. I just couldn’t justify buying them. I could just buy regular applesauce.
Then I got an email about Baby Gourmet. I was offered a free sample 9 pack of flavor combo packs so that I could do this review. I’ve got to say, the flavors are what drew me in.
Have you ever seen the name of a baby food and thought, “Disgusting!” Oh, yeah, pureed peas, let’s get right on that. And then you open the package and it smells even nastier than it sounds? Yuck. I spent a lot of years as a nanny spoon-feeding babies gross food that I wouldn’t dare taste myself.
On the other hand, the Baby Gourmet flavor combos are things like Harvest Pear/Pumpkin/Banana combo, Old Fashioned Apple Crisp, and Juicy Pear/Garden Greens. They actually manage to sound edible! Turns out they are edible. Dylan likes all the flavors, and I even like the tastes of them I’ve taken.
It took Dylan a couple of tries to figure out the pouches this time around. He just wanted to squirt it all out and play in it at first. Now he’s seemed to discover that there’s yummy food in there, and he sometimes doesn’t spill a drop. The pouches are completely easy to eat from and are resealable. The only risk is that squishing will be more fun than eating.
Baby Gourmet has lots of other selling points to set them apart from some other pouch brands. All the Baby Gourmet flavors are organic with no thickeners/fillers, no added sugar, no added salt, and they’re Kosher. But the leading reason to go with Baby Gourmet is the flavors. I’m not a big fan of “hiding” vegetables to trick kids to eating them. These recipes don’t feel like that, though. They seem like genuine creations of delicious combinations. Roasted Squash/Fruit Medley? Orchard Apple/Carrot/Prune? These aren’t sneaky. They’re just tasty.
We’ve been doing baby-led weaning with Dylan. I even bragged in that post that Dylan would never have purees. Well… I know these pouch foods are basically baby food in a bag. And I always said I wouldn’t buy baby food. But… they’re yummy! And Dylan likes them! Hard to say no to that.
The truth is that Dylan is getting a little tricky to feed lately. He’s wanting food instead of breastmilk more and more, and he sometimes gets really hungry. But there aren’t a lot of things that he likes, can eat himself, and can eat fast enough and competently enough to fill him up. So surprisingly, these pouches take on a welcome role in giving him new enjoyable tastes while still letting him be in control of feeding himself.
Have you tried Baby Gourmet or another pouch food with your kids? What did they think? What do you think?
One of my jobs as the parent of a small child is to pay attention to the things Dylan wants to do and declare whether or not he gets to do them.
YES or NO, I decree.
This is a great and heady power.
It would be so easy to default to NO. Chances are, whatever he wants to do will make a mess, risk injury, or bore me to tears.
A casual NO, a default NO, a careless NO has an effect on Dylan. NO is restrictive, controlling, closing off, and NO so easily becomes no no no no no no no no no.
I try to push for YES. I push past my own boundaries, shallow preferences, and reflexive rejection.
YES you can make messes that take me mere seconds to clean but that build a sense of creativity and exploration that will last you a lifetime.
YES you can take some physical risks, because I’ll be here to catch you or to comfort you if I don’t, and that has value, too, while turning away from the risk of life isn’t valuable at all.
YES, I will help you with things that bore me, annoy me, and “waste my time”, because holy shit this time is so short, so valuable, and too amazing to fill it with NO.
If I’m going to say NO, I’m going to have a damn good reason.
Somewhere along the way, I picked up the phrase, “Yes, unless…” The idea is that the answer is always yes, unless I can come up with and state a good reason why not. YES is my default.
That’s the ideal, anyway.
In reality it probably sounds more like my default is, “No. Oh. Well…. I guess so.” It’s just so easy to jump in with a NO, that I still say it a lot.
I catch myself pretty quickly, though, and so we move farther into a life of YES.
(Here’s Dylan doing one of those messy, annoying things. This is the day he discovered the shelf with the flour on it.)
I love writing publicly, which I can easily tell by the fact that as soon as I discovered online writing (LiveJournal, circa: back-in-the-day) I almost entirely stopped my private journalling and have been thinking out loud on the internet ever since. I get a HUGE satisfaction from having an audience, from getting comments, from seeing my stats, etc.
“Lifestyle” bloggers, the sort of niche-less catchall category into which I fall, are the ones I see mocked most often (well, there’s the scrapers, but I don’t even count those). We’ve got big egos, I hear. We just like the sounds of our own voices. We think we’re awesomesauce. Well, yeah. I agree with all that. I DO love the sound of my own voice, and I DO love my own writing. I blogged for years with none-to-few comments. I love knowing there’s an audience out there, but I don’t require a ton of feedback. I do, in fact, just love talking about myself.
Many of the things I write are advice, which is a certain kind of writing. It’s a kind that must, by definition, involve a receiver. Someone must be being advised. I definitely appreciate it when someone enjoys my advice or finds value in it or makes changes based on it.
But another awesome thing happens as well. Since I like my writing, and I like my ideas (obvs!), and I work so hard to get my ideas down into manageable chunks, I am able to give myself advice.
Because, you see, I’m not always the same person from day to day. My moods change. My priorities shift. Especially as a person with depression, I can forget things that are really important when I get lost in Everything Sucks Land.
Just this past couple of weeks, I’ve had a really hard time with Dylan and with sleep. He’s been nursing almost constantly through the night. I was tired. On good days, tired is okay. On depressed days, tired turns me into cranky, bitchy Issa, which is not a great combo with a sweet baby who just wants to be close.
Fortunately, I had just written the post Good News and Bad News About Childhood Stages, and it was fresh in my mind. I’m able to tag back to that advice in my mind and take my own word for it that this stage will be over before I know it.
I have other bloggers and writing I look to for advice, as well. There’s a yahoo group I belong to that really improves my parenting. Ariadne at Authentic Parenting writes amazing posts that are just what I need.
And it’s also just really nice to have this own record of my own thoughts so I can be there for myself when I need to be reminded of what I think matters.
I like Cheerios. I like Multi Grain Cheerios. Apparently, Multi Grain Cheerios doesn’t like me. Cheerios thinks that there should be less of me. They dislike me and how much of me there is so much that they’ve made it their slogan.
Multi Grain Cheerios: More grains. Less you!
That’s their slogan. With the exclamation mark and everything.
Here’s a recent ad:
My favorite part is where the neighbor is all like, “Ooh, whole grains?!” as if she’s never heard that eating whole grains is good for you. No, that’s not my favorite part. Because, seriously. Everyone has gotten the whole-grains-fruits-veggies message by now. My actual favorite part is how the ad starts with one woman checking out the ass of the other woman.
Like the ad, my box of insulting breakfast cereal makes a claim: “People who choose more whole grain tend to weight less than those who don’t.”
That may be accurate (I can’t tell; there isn’t a reference to back it up). But even if it is, Cheerios is clearly hoping that you’ll conclude that eating Cheerios will help you lose weight. And that’s what we call a correlation/causation error. Just because people who eat more whole grain tend to weigh less doesn’t mean that if you begin to eat more whole grains you will lose weight.
The back of my box of offensive Multi Grain Cheerios has a silhouette of a woman wearing Cheerio clothes. The full text is:
“I love looking my best. That’s why I lead a healthy lifestyle and make Multi Grain Cheerios cereal a part of my sensible diet. People who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don’t.
With 20 grams of whole grain and 110 lightly sweetened calories, Multi Grain Cheerios is a delicious way to help me look fabulous!
More Grains. LESS YOU!”
What a mess. They’ve taken “healthy lifestyle”, “sensible diet”, and eating whole grains and mixed it up with “looking my best” and weighing less.
As long as we’re just saying whatever comes to mind, let me say that Cheerios has not made me weigh any less. Cheerios is my most frequent breakfast food, and all those whole grains are not making less of me. I mean, I eat a lot more than 110 calories of them, because what the fuck? But surely it’s obvious that eating more whole grains would make me even skinnier! What’s that you say? It doesn’t? It’s almost like we’re not doing science here!!
How about this? How about when I want to look my fabulous best I put on my favorite dress and do my nails. And how about when you want to sell me a cereal you just sell me a cereal instead of trying to sell me some idiotic diet crap?