Dandelion Update

In May ago I wrote a review of some dishes I won on a blog contest. I was happy that I won, and looking forward to using the products with my baby. She just started eating solid foods a few months ago, and we’ve been using the baby feeding spoons. They’re great!

I’ve been using small ceramic or glass dishes to feed her from. Last week I decided to pull out the corn bowls so that I could let her try feeding herself applesauce from a bowl. I knew it would be a huge mess, but I wanted it to be a safe mess so I eliminated the glass by enlisting the corn. And then this happened:

That happened while removing the packaging, not even during normal child use. I assumed that being a child’s product that it would be able to stand up to being smacked around. I fully expected my baby to pick it up and smack it on her tray within seconds of placing it in front of her. I’m so glad it didn’t get that far, because those edges are sharp! She would have really hurt herself if she’d been holding that in her hands.

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Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods

Last week I won a contest on Cat’s blog, Neo-Homesteading. I won a bunch of kid-friendly utensils made by Dandelion. How awesome is that?

Dandelion makes eco-friendly products for babies, all BPA-free. The forks, spoons, bowls, and plates I received are all made from corn. These are things I can feel safe putting my baby’s food on, things I won’t fret about putting into my baby’s mouth. It’s not just baby food related products they make, either. They also carry toys, teethers, clothes, bags, and books.

I like the company, because they are family owned, and they give back to the community and the world. They contribute to a number of charities, and they’re a member of the Organic Trade Association.

I’m so happy to have won this contest at such an opportune time. In just a few short months I’m going to be transitioning my baby from breast milk to solid foods, and this is just the sort of thing I’ll need. While I’m still disappointed about my inability to use my food processor, I do have a blender that will be perfectly safe. Combined with the Dandelion products, I can be assured that my baby

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Kitchen Aid and BPA

I was lucky enough to win a KitchenAid 9-cup food processor at the Big Summer Potluck in August. I’d never won anything before, and had also never owned a food processor. I was delighted, especially since the potluck took place just 5 days after I learned of my pregnancy.

I think it’s important for things to be natural, which is why I’ve always planned to breastfeed and to make my own baby food. As soon as I saw the food processor I knew I wanted to use it to make food for my daughter as soon as she’s ready to start eating solid foods.

There are a lot of benefits to making your own baby food. One, of course, is that you know exactly what your child in consuming. No preservatives will be eaten without your knowledge, no bad batches of tainted food will make it to her mouth, your kid will learn to like the foods you make (prepared with the same herbs and spices that you cook with just by simply mashing up some of the dinner you’ve made), and no hormone-affecting BPA will be making its way into her system.

Wait, are you sure about that last

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