During the first two years of a baby’s life, their nutritional needs are one of the primary concerns of almost all parents. You want your child to have the safest and healthiest nutritional choices available, right? However, reading labels and deciphering the promotional gimmicks is not only exhausting, but incredibly confusing. Isn’t there a better option for feeding our babies? Well, guess what? There is! The best part about this nutritionally sound option is that you have all ingredients you need in your refrigerator.
No one can argue with the convenience that canned baby food offers, but it is just as convenient to make your own baby food while preparing meals for the other members of your family. Need proof? Here are some good reasons to save canned food for the pets and begin the journey of creating soul food for your baby.
Advantages of Homemade Baby Food
- Making your own baby food is budget-friendly. You pay extra for all the packaging that is included with the pre-made jars and cans. Saving money is a huge advantage to taking a little extra time to whip up your own creations.
- Early experiences with food set life-long eating habits and patterns. When your baby eats the same food as the rest of your family they become accustomed to the taste of that food, even if it is in a pureed form. This will cause less stress for your baby when, he or she, transitions to eating table foods.
- Homemade baby food is easy to make and the choices are unlimited. You can create a unique food experience for your baby by making pureed versions of the fruits and vegetables your family enjoys. Your baby can experience a greater diversity of food, which encourages their taste buds to try new foods as they grow into toddlers.
- With fat- laden junk food and the obesity crisis that is consuming our world, making your own healthy creations at home sets a positive example for the whole family and you always know what your baby is eating. There are no artificial colors or added preservatives.
Why All-Natural and Chemical Free is the Best Choice for Baby
Did you know that over-the-counter, jarred baby food is often deficient in vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy development? Most parents do not realize that in order to kill any bacteria present, baby food must be cooked and processed at higher temperatures, stripping the food of vital nutrients. This process actually leads to weakened immune systems, which means more doctor visits. Making your own food allows you to know EXACTLY what your baby is eating. Stay pesticide free by choosing local or organic ingredients. You can never go wrong when feeding your baby nature’s best!
Homemade Baby Food Tips and Tricks
It is easy to get started making your own baby food. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.
- Wash, peel and scrub all fruits and vegetables prior to putting them in the food processor or blender.
- In order to make the vegetables and fruits puree better, briefly steam, bake or roast them first. You can even microwave them to speed up the process.
- For young babies, make sure you puree the fruits and vegetables to a smooth texture. You can add a little bit of liquid, such as water or breast milk, to help attain the super-smooth consistency. As your child gets older and can handle a more textured consistency, you can simply mash up the food.
- Store all of your purees in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve your food to your baby, just warm up the food to room temperature and watch you baby laugh and giggle with delight when they taste just how great your cooking is!
One word of caution – When you begin feeding your baby homemade purees make sure you use natural fruits and vegetables. Avoid canned fruits and vegetables, as well as, canned soups. These products, especially the soups, can be over-loaded with sodium. If you are avoiding canned baby food do not use adult versions of canned food products, otherwise you may be unintentionally sabotaging your plan to provide your baby with a preservative-free, all-natural food experience.
Homemade Baby Food Makes Sense
Preparing your own homemade baby food is not challenging, nor incredibly time-consuming. With proper planning, you can prepare a month’s worth of meals on a Sunday afternoon. Choosing to take greater control in what your baby eats is not an inconvenience. It is a necessity and a choice that will ensure your baby has a healthy, head start in life.
Did I do a good enough job explaining how well Baby Butz cream works? I had 5 min to pitch…we all did.
There were about 40 businesses represented by their inventors/owners. Some really interesting ones, some not so interesting…but then again…what makes diaper rash cream interesting?
I wonder if I was entertaining enough to capture their attention. Was my story compelling enough?
Pictures would work, but if I were to show pictures of Demitri’s poor butt the way it used to look like raw hamburger, I would be classified as a bad mother. As much as I want to show people how well the product works I certainly don’t want to stop using this cream just to take those pictures in fear of repeating the days of pain and misery for my child and me.
So, while it would be awesome to get called to do the pitch in front of the Dragons and get national exposure, it’s just as awesome knowing that Baby Butz cream is being used in Hospitals NICU wards, Pediatricians are recommending to their patients, moms are talking to moms and that it’s helping so many people.
Even if I never sold another jar of Baby Butz cream, I would still be making it for my son.
Have you stopped to think about where the products are made that you purchase?
There have been many times lately where people have made reference to buying locally or supporting brands who support local businesses. What we have found is that there are many products that most of you would assume were made in Canada or the United States, but in fact they are made in China, India, Taiwan or Mexico.
Next time you are at the store take a few minutes to check out the items that you buy, compare the brand names with the off brand names you might just be surprised. Here are some items that we have heard about.
- Pickles with the Presidents Choice label and the No Name yellow label from Superstore are made in India
- Hose attachments at Lowes were made in China
- Colgate toothpaste made in Mexico
- GE Lightbulbs made in Mexico
- Bick’s Pickles made in Mexico
- Some of Avon products are made in China
- Del Monte is packaged in Taiwan
- Dole is product of China
Made In Canada:
- Home Hardware hose attachments
- Crest Toothpaste
- Everyday Value bulbs from Wal-Mart made in Canada
- Equate products from Wal-Mart made in Canada
- Ravine canned mushrooms made in Canada
- E.D. Smith made in Canada
- Baby Butz diaper cream made in Canada
If you know of other products please let us know. Choosing to purchase locally will help to save jobs and strengthen the economy. This list of products is only a guideline, and we suggest that you personally check the labels of all the products that you are interested in purchasing. The job you save may be your own or your neighbour’s'! (Your children & grandchildren, also.)
Hi all, I just want to share my experience with Baby Butz cream, if you are thinking about trying it, don’t wait, this stuff is great!!! , I put it on my grandson, at the diaper change, he had a slight rash beginning, so I put a good dose on that spot and just normal everywhere else, several hours later at diaper change time, I take his diaper off , and Baby Butz had left like a white protective barrier on his little bottom, I wash him well and low and behold, the spot where the rash was starting, was gone… but what I was impressed with was the barrier that was left on his skin,, I literally had to wash it off….it did not wipe off. this cream worked the whole time from diaper change to diaper change , protecting him from further rash and healing the one he had….. I love Baby Butz , it’s the greatest!
Many people don’t realize that their baby products may actually contain harmful toxins, and it is really important to try and limit the amount of harmful toxins that your baby comes into contact with. Here are some interesting facts about children :
- Their skin is actually much thinner than ours and therefore they are more susceptible to the harmful effects of the toxins.
- Their central nervous system and immune system is under development and therefore can not handle the types of toxins that we can.
- They actually have about twice the surface area of skin than adults do and therefore there is more room for those toxins actually introduced into their system.
- Babies and children also breathe more air-per body volume than we do as adults so with airborne toxins they’re going to consume way more than we would as adults
With all this data I’m sure it makes sense to you that you would want to use products on your baby that are both safe and effective.
There are three different ways that products can be labelled and I will be talking about each of them so that you will understand what they each mean.
The first label is the DIN number. The DIN number stands for drug identification number. This will tell you that there is a medication inside of the lotion or product. If this cream is considered a drug it must have a DIN number in order for it to be sold on store shelves. A DIN uniquely identifies the following product characteristics: manufacturer; product name; active ingredient(s); strength(s) of active ingredient(s); pharmaceutical form; route of administration.
The second type of label is the NPN number. The NPN number is given to a product that is considered a natural product. Once Health Canada has assessed a product and decided it is safe, effective and of high quality, it issues a product licence. This number lets you know that the product was reviewed and approved by health Canada. All NHPs must meet specific labelling requirements All Canadian manufacturers, packagers, labellers, and importers of natural health products must have site licenses. Good Manufacturing Practices make sure proper standards and practices for the testing, manufacture, storage, handling and distribution of natural health products are met. Good Manufacturing Practices for NHPs cover:
- product specifications
- sanitation program
- quality assurance
- sterile products
- lot or batch samples recall reporting
We are also required to monitor all adverse reactions that are related to the product. There are clinical trials that need to be done and the products must always be tested using human subjects. In order to get an NPN number there are many things that have to be reported to the government in order to make sure that your product is both safe and effective.
The last label is the “no label”. The problem with purchasing products that don’t have an identification label is that you really don’t know what you’re getting. When you buy a product of the DIN know that inside that product is a drug that the Canadian Government as approved and said that it’s okay to use. When you buy a product with an NPN number you know the product is something that the Canadian government has said is safe and effective and you know that it is made from natural products. When you buy a product that doesn’t have a label at all, you have no idea what you’re getting. These types of products are considered cosmetic products, and therefore do not require either a DIN number or an NPN number. When something is a cosmetic product they can choose to do whatever they want with the contents of the product there are no regulations and nothing to stop them from putting things in there that could be harmful to you or your baby.
The first thing to do when you are looking at purchasing a product that you’re going to be using for your child or for yourself is to check and see if it has either a DIN number or an NPN number. Without either of those labels you’re buying a product that you cannot be sure of what’s inside.
Many times products such as those without a product number contained ingredients that you would not normally want to put on yourself or your child, but because it is sitting on the shelf in a store to buy we just assume that it must be an okay product. Unfortunately many times these products have things in them that we are not even aware of or that may cause adverse effects for both ourselves and our children
So next time you’re at the store and you’re looking for something new to try, take a minute to check the labels.
If you have been following me for a while you have probably heard me talk about my son Demitri and the problems that we have faced. He was born with a rare syndrome that will leave him in diapers for the rest of his life. Part of our daily ritual involves feeding him slowly over several hours through a tube in his stomach. This process is done while he is sleeping. Every night while he sleeps he is being fed, and as you might well imagine that is when most of his excretions happen. We used to have to get up several times at night to change his diaper while he was sleeping/eating to try to avoid him getting diaper rashes. No matter how many times we would get up it was impossible to keep the diaper rashes at bay. This also meant that we were not getting the sleep that we needed to function properly during the day.
As a mom it is difficult to bear the idea of your child being in that much pain. It was heartbreaking to look at his poor bum and not to be able find a way to help him. I became determined to find a solution to this issue, I couldn’t take it anymore.
I was also aware that a lot of the creams on the market were full of chemicals and toxic ingredients. I was definitely NOT going to put that on my child’s skin. This was going to be something that he was going to need for the rest of his life. I was appalled at the fact that products that were in the market were not only allowed to be there with their toxic chemicals but that they also had cancer-causing agents in them and no one was batting an eyelash.
Well known companies are among those responsible for putting toxic chemicals in baby products that everyone thought were safe. I was outraged! These companies continue to market their cancer-causing products to unsuspecting parents, and all the while millions of babies are being exposed to these horrible chemicals. Our baby’s skin is so tender and so sensitive why would we knowingly introduce toxic cancer-causing chemicals to their bodies?
I tried different natural creams and I didn’t have any success. That is when I knew I had to find someone to work with who could develop something that would work.
Baby Butz Diaper Rash cream was developed with the help from a Research Chemist. My focus was to not only create a cream that I could use on my son that was going to actually help protect his precious little bum, but for it to also be free from chemicals and other things that could potentially harm him. I wanted to make sure the product was safe, and effective.
Once I began using this cream on Demitri, his doctor was amazed at his results, and she began telling me that I should take this cream to market. I had never thought of that, I was just trying to solve Demitri’s diaper rash. Her words to me were mind blowing, “Why shouldn’t all the children benefit from this wonderful cream?” There are many children who are also in diapers 24/7 and probably having similar diaper rash problems. How can I ignore their needs if I have the solution?
That was the moment Baby Butz Diaper Rash Cream began to a life all its own. I knew that the product was safe and effective, so I submitted the formulation to Health Canada for their review and approval. This process took much longer than I expected, but we have now been provided with a Natural Health Product Number through Health Canada.
The best part of the cream is that Demitri has not had a diaper rash in over 8 years, and we can all sleep though the night. Baby Butz Diaper Rash Cream protects him so well that we don’t need to get up in the middle of the night to change him anymore. Let me assure you that it is not a pleasant diaper to wake up to, but, because we cover his bum with Baby Butz Cream at every diaper change, he will never suffer with a diaper rash ever again!
Baby Butz Diaper Rash Cream Now Available at Sobeys!
We are excited to let you in on our latest edition!
We have been working in the background to make Baby Butz Diaper Rash Cream more available for you! Sobeys has agreed to join us in getting this amazing diaper rash cream in your neighbourhoods.
For those of you who have been struggling to find a local place to purchase Baby Butz cream we have been working on finding solutions for you. This is one of many things to come, and we will be looking forward to bringing you more additions moving forward.
When you go to your local Sobeys look for Baby Butz Diaper Rash Cream. If you don’t see it on the shelf please ask for it by name they might not have received their shipment yet. It will let them know that you are interested in the product and it could speed up the distribution to your area.
We have other distributors that we are working on as well and we need your help. We would like to serve you better by making sure that your children benefit from never having a diaper rash ever again. Please fill out this quick survey on Facebook and let us know where it would be convenient for you to purchase Baby Butz.
Thank you so much for sharing your opinion with us.
Baby Butz is a fabulous product and would recommend it to any mom as an essential to have. We tried numerous creams to no avail as they all came off as soon as he wet his diaper, but this cream remained on and protected his new sensitive skin. I came upon it by chance, but will not use another cream now.
Danielle H – From B.C.