Haus Favorites: NurturMe Organic Baby + Toddler Food [and a giveaway!]

OK, mamas. Let's talk baby food. Before my kids starting eating solids, I had grand ambitions to make all their food at home. Generally speaking (aside from the occasional late-night Wendy's run or pizza splurge), my husband and I eat real food, and I wanted to make sure our kids did, too. 

While I have made a decent amount of homemade baby food over the last couple months, I've quickly realized that I can't keep up with their growing bodies! Despite being such small humans, they sure do eat a lot! For my own sanity, I have to have ready-made foods on hand. On those crazy days when there's not much in the fridge they can eat with only two bottom teeth, when we're out and about or when my blender and I just need a break, it's nice to grab something quick from the pantry. I've also found I'm able to add more variety to my kids' diets with store-bought blends that I wouldn't necessarily bother to make at home.

We recently tried the Quinoa Squares, Yum-A-Roo's, blended meals and reusable eco-pouches from NurturMe, and so far, I'm a huge fan! NurturMe baby and toddler foods are certified organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher, with no added preservatives, sugars or salts. It's exactly what I want for my kids - real food. 

At first, I was a little unsure about the dried blended meals, but my kids loved them, and the little packets make it super easy to bring baby food along when you're traveling. Simply mix each packet with enough water to make it the right consistency for your child. Or, you can use breastmilk or formula for added nutrition.

The Quinoa Squares were also a huge hit with my kids, and I definitely want to buy more of those (they're way more nutritious than many other snack alternatives, too.) I've just started giving my kiddos Yum-A-Roo's in the last couple days, because they were a little too young for them until recently. My daughter likes them, but my son seems to get a little frustrated when he attempts to pick up the little pieces. He tries, but definitely drops more than he eats. So, unfortunately, I can't tell yet whether or not those have unanimous kid-approval in my house. 

The last product we tried was the eco-pouch. Eco-pouches are environmentally friendly, dishwasher safe, refillable pouches that you can fill with NurturMe food or your own purees. Most importantly, they're so stinking convenient, especially when I'm out running errands or need to give the kids an easy snack. There are a few points to note on these, though.

First, they work a little better, at least for my kids, if the purees are the consistency of applesauce or thinner. I tried to put thicker purees in there, and my kids had a little trouble getting the food out. Secondly, they're pretty easy to fill, but I had a tendency to over-fill them the first couple times, which made a mess. They hold a decent amount of food (6.5 fluid ounces), and as long as you don't try to stuff way more in there, you'll have no problem. Oh, and put the cap on before you fill them! You'd think that'd be obviously, but I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten to put the cap on and suddenly the food starts leaking out the top! I blame mommy brain. Lastly, one thing I didn't realize at first was that they're only good for 15 uses. I was a little bummed that I couldn't get more use out of them, but even with 15 uses, they still end up being less expensive and way more eco-friendly than many other alternatives. 

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If you want to know more about NurturMe products, head over to nurturme.com. You can view nutritional information, pricing, order online or find a list of stores where you can purchase their products. You can also check them out on FacebookInstagram and Twitter

(My kids look like they're sharing, but they're more likely stealing food from each other.)

Now for the giveaway! If you've made it all the way to the end of this post, you probably either skipped ahead to find the giveaway details, or you're super interested in learning all you can about NurturMe. Either way, here's the info you've been waiting for!

In partnership with The Homemade Haus, NurturMe is giving 1 lucky winner a gift package worth $55! All the goodies in the gift pack are pictured below. All you need to do is follow The Homemade Haus and NurturMe on Instgram AND tag a friend in the comments of the recent Instagram photo I posted of my daughter (it'll be the photo of her eating from the NurturMe eco-pouch). 

The giveaway contest will only run until Friday at 12pm (CST), so what are you waiting for? Head to Instagram to enter!


Products for review and giveaway were provided by NurturMe. All opinions are 100% my own. I only feature companies and products I truly like and strive to be thorough and honest in my reviews.

All images in this post are my own, except the final image of the gift pack, which was provided by NurturMe.  

Haus Favorites: 7 Practical Items to Give Parents of a Newborn

My husband and I have been asked a few times since we had our kids, "What did you guys find you really needed those first few months?" or "I want to bring so-and-so something they really need. What should I get?". I'm definitely no expert in the realm of motherhood. However, I do have the benefit of not having to look too far back in my memory to answer those questions (I use the word "memory" loosely, of course). 

I'll qualify this post by stating the obvious: every mom is different and every baby is different. As much as you try to prepare for your little one (or little ones), you'll never end up using things you thought you'd love and you'll find other items surprisingly indispensable. I will also say that this list is obviously not comprehensive. These are simply a few gifts and supplies that were incredibly helpful for my husband and me after we had our twins. If there existed a "new parent version" of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, these items would be level one (at least for me).

So what are a few things we really needed those first few months? Here's my answer: 

1. Dynarex Disposable Underpad. No, these weren't (primarily) for me (I won't go into the postpartum details here). I honestly don't know why these aren't on every single baby registry imaginable. I guess it's kind of a weird thing to buy someone, but my sister got these for us when we came home from the hospital and six months later, I am still thanking her (thank you, Jenn!). We've used these mostly on the changing table. When you're a new parent and your kid seems to constantly pee or poop as soon as you take their diaper off (baby boys are especially guilty of this!), these underpads are priceless - especially at 3am. No changing sheets, no wiping down a changing pad. Buy these for a new mama and she will thank you. 

2. Diapers and wipes. Giving diapers and wipes is about as practical as it gets! Need gifting ideas for cloth diapers parents? Add another cloth diaper to their stash (more diapers means laundry less often), or buy other diapering items like flushable diaper liners. (Note that especially if you give disposable diapers, include a receipt so parents can exchange them for a different size or brand if needed.)

3. Breastfeeding accessories and/or baby formula. As a breastfeeding and pumping mom, I needed things like breastmilk storage bags and nursing pads. For formula feeding parents, giving a can or two of formula is incredibly helpful. (Again, include a gift receipt on this because parents and babies may prefer certain brands over others.)

4. Laundry Detergent. The amount of laundry you have as new parent is ridiculous. You can't go wrong with gifting a huge jug of laundry detergent (try to get a natural, fragrance-free version to avoid any skin irritation for newborns). If you know the new parents are using cloth diapers, give a cloth-diaper friendly detergent.

5. Restaurant gift cards, grocery store gift cards and homemade meals. If you can make a homemade meal for someone, do it. We had meals provided for us for about three months. It was absolutely incredible. After the first round of meals was used up, we had a stock of items in the freezer that family and friends had provided. After that, we had restaurant and grocery store gift cards to use. We were given gift cards to Trader Joe's, take out places and our favorite restaurants for date nights. It was awesome. 

6. Amazon gift cards or big box store gift cards. It's nice to have a gift card or two to buy baby supplies you still need or random items you never thought of but are so thankful you can find on Amazon or at Target. 

7. Coffee. I think since having twins, our coffee consumption has increased exponentially. Give the gift of (good) coffee and sleep-deprived parents will be grateful. My suggestion, as always, is FreshGround Roasting beans. You can even buy new parents a coffee subscription for a few months so they're well caffeinated after too many sleepless nights. 

There's a lot more I could say, and there are a lot more products I could talk about (and probably will in a later post). This is just a starting point. And if the thought of giving a pack of diapers, wipes or a gift card sounds boring to you, there are fun ways to do it. My neighbors combined forces and gave us a basket stuffed full of assorted baby necessities and a super generous pile of gift cards. It was thoughtful, useful and wrapped adorably (yes, we have the world's best neighbors). 

Whatever you decide to give, know that it's appreciated. The support and encouragement shown through gift giving is powerful!

What practical items would you add to this list? I'd love to hear in the comments!