Getting Toddlers to Sit at the Table for Dinner, and the whole "family dinner" thing. Learned something new: kids don't fully understand the whole "manners" thing until around age 5 (that's also a very psychologically crucial I mean crucial time for kids and foreshadowing adulthood, but that's a whole other blog post in itself...stay tuned). So how 'bout that. I can relax a bit on that one I guess. I'm sure she'll start to catch-on to the set of common "rules," but I won't expect her to understand too much until she's older. We as adults have plenty of time be "well-mannered adults," don't you think? Let babies be babies already! The article talks about how it's okay to let toddlers bring toys along to the dinner table, or I guess to any place where they are forced to do "adult things." The toy, or teddy as is given in the example in the article, becomes their friend or foil. So cute. I'm not mad at that.
"Dirty Dozen." This means they are the least contaminated by pesticides and that has to do with the fact that they have a thick peel protecting them. So you can take the avocado and banana and mash them together in a bowl with a fork and add a little bit of breast milk (under 12 months) or whole milk (11+ months), depending on what stage your baby's in, and viola! So so yummy, I can almost guarantee your baby will eat it up and say "mmmm!" And remember to always have plenty of water available when feeding solids so baby doesn't get dehydrated or constipated. Insert: one unhappy bambino/a. Oh, and don't forget the teddy bear! "Baby appétit!" :-D