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Zucchini Fritter Recipe for Toddlers

My son recently decided that he can feed himself. This is great. I’m all for independence and getting back to feeding myself at dinner. But it means I can no longer load up his purees with all the nutrients he needs for the day. I need to figure out how to provide him with healthly finger food.

I tried out this zucchini fritter recipe which I adapted from a baby/toddler cookbook I received as a shower gift. It was listed in the 18+ month chapter and my son is 11 months.

What You Need
2 zucchinis (shredded and drained)
2 tablespoons baby cereal (rice, oatmeal, etc.)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp paprika
1 egg
salt and pepper (optional)
oil
plain full fat Greek yogurt (for dipping)

Mix together zucchini, cereal, baking soda, paprika, egg and salt/pepper. Feel free to experiment with seasonings. Heat a couple tablespoons of oil in a pan. I used vegetable oil. Drop teaspoon sized balls of the mixture into the pan and lightly press them flat.

Here’s what it looks like:

zucchini fritter recipe for toddlers

Zucchini Fritters

Cook them for about 2 minutes on each side. Then let them rest on a paper towel before serving.

Plate of Zucchini Fritters

Plate of Zucchini Fritters

I broke them up into smaller pieces for my son since he is still only working with two teeth. He was hesitant at first, but when I added a dollup of yogurt (his favorite) on top he went crazy for them. This does add to the mess but I’ve already resigned myself to the fact that dinners are going to be messy for awhile.

If your baby has a favorite finger food, please share in the comments!

Win $15 in Enfagrow Coupons #Giveaway

When I had my son I didn’t put any pressure on myself to nurse for a specific amount of time. I knew I wanted to try it but I didn’t want to commit to a certain amount of time and then feel like a failure if I couldn’t do it.

I’m now approaching 11 months of breastfeeding. I plan to quit at 12 months – or at least start weaning at that time. I’m happy with my decision to nurse through the first year. But let me tell you, it was not easy. There were many times that I wanted to throw in the towel. Deciding to supplement with formula helped take the pressure off.

I keep a container of forumla at daycare so if my little guy drinks all the breastmilk I send along and he’s still hungry, they can make him another bottle. I can’t even tell you how much of a stress relief it was the day I made that decision.

So, to help other new moms out there, I’m giving away three $5 coupons for Enfagrow by Enfamil. Enfagrow is designed to meet the nutritional needs of children 9 months and up.

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Ends 3/29/13.

Just Between Friends Recap

Well, I completed my first Just Between Friends consignment sale experience as a seller. I did better than expected – better than I could’ve done had I arranged my own garage sale or gone to a second-hand store with my items. And of course, a big reason I sold anything was to be able to shop early.

I scored some wins in the shopping area: a new play kitchen still in the box, four pairs of shoes including some Robeezfor $3.50, a few pajama sets and a couple small toys to include in my baby’s Easter basket.

Here are some of my key learnings as a seller and shopper.

Donate as much as you can
I had no ambition to drive back to the sale on Sunday night to pick up my items. I wish I would’ve just designated everything as “donate” if it didn’t sell. So unless you live really close to the sale, or feel very strongly about getting a certain price on something, save yourself the time and just donate. You’ll also receive a donation receipt.

Get in line early
Before the pre-sale I thought I was too early so I sat in my car for a bit. Little did I know, a line was forming inside.

Use your phone to look up prices
I looked at a few items that weren’t on my original list but I wasn’t sure if they were priced well. Make sure to bring your phone along so you can do a quick search.

Bring a stroller or wagon
If you plan to do a lot of shopping, bring something that you can wheel your purchases around in so you don’t have to carry it all. They do move the large items to a “hold” area so you don’t have to worry about those. But the weight of toys and clothes also adds up quick.

Just Between Friends Drop-Off Complete

I previously wrote about how much I love shopping at consignment sales. Today marks my first time as a seller. I signed up as a consigner for a local Just Between Friends sale. I’ll give you a run down of how things have worked so far.

I started tagging my items a few weeks ago. This was a longer process than I expected. They are strict about only taking items in good condition, in-season, etc. so I wanted to make sure everything looked great come inspection time. This is nice for buyers because you don’t have to worry about junky items.

My diligence was rewarded! When I unloaded everything at the sale and brought it through for inspection, they only held back one item. This was my fault – I tried to sneak in a sleeper with a snowman on it. I’ll save that for the fall sale.

I did my drop-off over my lunch break and I was a little worried about how long it would take. But everything was run very smoothly. There were carts available to wheel in your items. Here’s a picture of mine.

Just Between Friends Sale

Just Between Friends Sale

Then you sign a waiver and someone scans one of your tags to make sure it is working properly. Next was inspection and then I was off to set out my items. You are responsible for placing your item in the appropriate area. All in all it took about 45 minutes.

I have to say, I was starting to get the itch to shop as I walked passed the rows and rows of strollers, toys and clothes. A benefit of selling is that you get to shop before the sale opens to the public. So I just have to wait a couple more hours!

Can You Have it All?

There’s been a lot of attention by the media lately about women balacing work and family. A couple high-profile companies (Yahoo and Best Buy) recently announced that they will no longer allow people to work from home. Many say this impacts women and their work-life balance more than men. Maybe that’s true.

I have a full-time job and I’m able to work from home once a week. I love it and I love that I work for an organization and a boss who provide that option. I have an extra hour of time on my work from home day since I don’t have to commute, shower, do my hair, etc. It is a lifesaver. I can use that time doing laundry, getting groceries, walking our poor neglected dog, or maybe even take a nap. It is a bright spot in my week.

CNN posted opinions from 10 different women on Our Struggle to Have it All. It’s interesting to see how people approach it differently.

How to Increase Breast Milk Supply

My breast milk supply started to decrease at about the 6 month mark. I was in a panic and I kept finding unhelpful advice like “you will produce what your baby needs.” Guess what, not true. I called my nurse and she was equally unhelpful so I scoured the Internet for answers. Here are the tips that actually helped me.

More Milk Plus by Motherlove
This is an herbal supplement containing fenugreek which helps you make more milk. I found it at my local coop near the prenatal vitamins. To really see an increase I had to double the suggested dose. The downfall is that it’s expensive.

Mother’s Milk Tea
I found this tea by Traditional Medicinals at the regular grocery store for $2.99. It also contains fenugreek. This actually helped me more than the supplements. I would use one tea bag at work in the morning and then just keep adding hot water throughout the day so it is also much more cost effective.

Oatmeal
I was skeptical about this one. But to my surprise, I did see an increase after eating oatmeal. And what’s the harm in regularly eating oatmeal for breakfast? Or my favorite, keeping a supply of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on hand.

Power Pump
This is where you pump for 10 minutes and rest for 10 minutes and keep doing that for an hour. Not the most pleasant way to spend an hour but it does work because you end up with multiple let downs (the surge of milk you get at the beginning of a feeding). Try doing it once a week. No need to torture yourself.

Add a Pump Session
Many women continue to wake up at night and pump after their baby starts sleeping through the night. I say, that’s crazy! You need your sleep. But I did add a pump session right before I went to sleep. Sometimes I would only get a couple drops, but sometimes I was able to get another ounce.

If you have other tips that helped you increase your milk supply, please share in the comments.