{giveaway} seriously soft saranoni blanket

saranoni blanket giveaway

We all had that toy, blanket or stuffed animal that traveled everywhere with us as babies, right? I actually still have my “Blankie.” It’s in tatters and hidden in a drawer, but to this day I cannot part with it. Mine was ivory with a silky trim that I used to rub on my nose while I sucked my thumb and fell asleep. Isla, also a thumb-sucker, now has one just like it. Saranoni, the maker of this beautiful blanket, contacted me a few months ago and asked if I wanted to let Isla give one of their blankets a try. As soon as I saw how similar the satin-trimmed blanket is to my Blankie, I couldn’t wait to get it in the mail. It’s hands down the softest blanket Isla has. She loves to rub it on her face, play peek-a-boo with it and recently started rubbing the silk trim while I nurse her at bedtime. It might be the sweetest moment of our day when she reaches for it and cuddles on my lap as we wind down. And because I can’t keep this soft, sweetness all to myself, Saranoni has generously offered to donate one of its blankets for a giveaway! One winner will get to pick from a variety of colors, sizes and textures so be sure to check out Saranoni’s website to find your favorite!

The rules are a little different for this giveaway than others I’ve hosted (you can enter up to five times!) so scroll all the way down to learn more and enter.

saranoni blanket giveaway

saranoni blanket giveaway

saranoni blanket giveaway

Not pictured: dad playing peek-a-boo with Isla’s Saranoni blanket!

saranoni blanket giveaway

saranoni blanket giveaway

saranoni blanket giveaway

saranoni blanket giveaway

 Giveaway Details:

one (1) winner will receive:
Saranoni blanket of your choice

to enter, do any or all of the follow:
1) leave a comment on this blog post telling me about your childhood snuggle buddy
2) follow @reallyrisa on Instagram, then leave a comment here to let me know
3) follow @saranoniblanket on Instagram, then leave a comment here to let me know
4) tweet about the giveaway with a link to this post and mention @reallyrisa and @saranoniblanket, then leave a comment here to let me know
5) follow really risa on Pinterest, then leave a comment here to let me know

1) one comment = one entry (maximum five entries/comments per entrant)
2) your email address must be included in the comment form so I can contact you

I will choose a winner at random (via random.org), whom I will contact directly via email. the winner will provide me with your item selection, name and mailing address. Saranoni will mail the item directly to the winner.

deadline: Friday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m.


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baby-led weaning | part five {seven/eight months}

baby-led weaning at seven months: blueberries

I have a lot of foods for you today!  I’ll be talking about baby-led weaning with blueberries, yogurt-marinated crock-pot chicken, mild cheddar cheese, pecorino romano cheese, organic puffs, yogurt with a spoon, roasted zucchini, egg- and dairy-free blueberry-banana yogurt pancakes, avocado toast and cheesy broccoli bites.

At eight months, Isla is eating a variety of foods at every meal and she’s up to three meals per day. She’s also still nursing five to eight times per day. We haven’t tried a lot of recipes yet, mostly because of the possible egg allergy, but I’m trying to work on that. She’s such a great eater and even though she’s still toothless, she has no trouble gumming meats, breads and a variety of other textures without choking or even gagging. So off we go …

baby-led weaning blueberries

Blueberries. Every single time I give her blueberries she makes the funniest faces. It’s as if blueberries are the most sour food on the planet. I serve them to her either whole or cut in half, though I find the whole berries are easier for her to grab. She mostly gums them, sometimes spits them out once she gets a lick of that tart flavor and then goes back for more. Sometimes she wants no part of them at all. I’ve found she’s like that with all foods. If you give one food too often she gets bored and won’t take it, which is why I try to change things up with every meal.

baby-led weaning at seven months: blueberries

Her newest trick is sticking her tongue out. She does it while she eats or when she’s just being playful. She always does it with blueberries! It’s adorable and I can’t get enough.

baby-led weaning at seven months: yogurt marinated crock pot chicken

Yogurt-marinated crock pot chicken. I was pretty nervous about introducing chicken. I was afraid if it was too chunky she would choke. I needn’t have worried at all. The crock pot was a great way to introduce chicken because after several hours of cooking the breasts just fell apart. It was a bit dry for my liking, but she shoveled handfuls into her mouth. I served it with steamed broccoli. (recipe below)

baby-led weaning at seven months: yogurt marinated crock pot chicken

Yogurt-Marinated Crock Pot Chicken: place two chicken breasts in a bag or bowl and coat with whole milk plain yogurt until each breast is covered. Marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours (the longer the better). Pour chicken and yogurt into crock pot, add any additional seasonings (I used garlic cloves) and cook on low heat for 3-4 hours (I cooked it for 4 hours and it was a bit over done). When the chicken is cooked through (not pink on the inside) and easily pulls apart/shreds, it’s done. Serve as handfuls of shredded chunks.

baby-led weaning at seven months: roasted zucchini

Remember when we unsuccessfully tried to introduce yellow squash a few weeks ago? Well, lesson learned. This time, I roasted a zucchini in the oven with a little pepper and olive oil and it was a big hit. I kept the skin on and cut the zucchini into strips for easy grabbing. She pretty much just gummed each “finger” and ate the meat off the skin. I think next time I’ll sprinkle a bit of parmesan and homemade bread crumbs on there for even more flavor.

baby-led weaning at eight months: chunks of cheese

I feel like I say this about every food but I wasn’t quite sure about introducing cheese. Mostly I was concerned about the dairy and possibility of choking. So I bought mild white cheddar and served it in thick slices. I gave her maybe only two slices total the first time just to be sure her stomach could handle it and because cheese is salty. Once again, she is really good at gumming it and breaking it apart into manageable pieces. It’s now one of her favorites. We sprinkle it on steamed broccoli and other veggies, too, which she really likes.

Baby-led weaning mild cheddar cheese

Before trying the cheddar, I sprinkled pecorino romano (sheep’s milk) onto Isla’s steamed broccoli one night. Next thing I knew she had two red spots on her face again. I immediately took the food away and wiped her face and it went away within a few minutes. I’m not sure what the issue was, but we’ll be avoiding that for a while.

Baby-led weaning at eight months: eggless blueberry-banana yogurt pancakes

In case you missed my post last Friday, I wrote all about our attempt to make egg-free blueberry-banana yogurt pancakes.

baby-led weaning at eight months: avocado toast

Avocado toast is a new favorite. In truth, anything with avocado on it could be considered a favorite, but she really did enjoy the bread itself. I picked up whole wheat bread from Whole Foods, spread avocado on it and served it to her in strips. She devoured it. Something to look for: a lot of breads have honey listed in the ingredients even when it isn’t mentioned on the front packaging. I was really surprised to see that so if your baby is under one I would check ingredients very closely.

baby-led weaning: eight-month-old baby eating homemade broccoli cheesy bites

And finally, our latest addition: cheesy broccoli bites. These were easy to make and so good I might have eaten more than Isla, though she ate a bunch, too (like four or five!)! I used a recipe from the baby-led weaning site, but I made my own breadcrumbs and had some other thoughts on it so I think this one deserves its own post. Be on the lookout for that next week.

baby-led weaning blueberries

Some final thoughts … We’ve started giving Isla Plum Organics puffs. I try not to give her too many, but when we’re on the go or her meal isn’t quite ready yet, they’re make for good snacking.

This is pretty much against the rules for BLW, but we often spoon-feed Isla yogurt. She really really loves yogurt and until she can handle a spoon on her own, this is the best way for us to feed it to her. She has no problems telling us when she’s full (we’re also working on sign language) so it’s working for us.

Next up: baked apple, applesauce as an egg substitute, cream cheese toast, potatoes, peas, ground turkey and maybe, just maybe, pasta with tomato sauce! Any recipe suggestions are always welcome!

Are you doing baby-led weaning? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments section!

For more about our journey with BLW:
BLW week one | BLW part two | BLW part three | BLW part four
Instagram (hashtag #BLWwithIslaBee)

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