Posts Tagged ‘baby’

The First GentlyMade Giveaway!!!

I am so happy to announce the first GentlyMade Giveaway, just in time for the holidays! After receiving a very generous donation of some gorgeous sweaters, I decided to pass along my good fortune and stitch up a cozy and luxurious sleep sack for some lucky baby to enjoy. This holly-adorned cashmere wearable blanket is sure to keep your little one warm and festive. This will fit through most of the first year. Pull it up over your baby’s tummy to keep their whole body warm when they are small, and move it down to the waist as they grow.

The rules are simple. “Like” us on Facebook, respond to the post announcing the giveaway, and tell as many people as you can! We are working on the honor system here, so please help us spread the word about GentlyMade as best you can. Oh and I also want to mention that you need not be a mama to enter. This is open to all. So if you know anyone who would enjoy this sweet blanket, please enter on their behalf!

The winner will be chosen by a random number generator on December 4th and announced on Facebook. Happy Holidays from GentlyMade!


Gently Growing Baby and Toddler Movement Classes!!!

Ithaca parents, if you are looking for a great summertime activity for your little one look no further! I am so excited to announce that Baby and Toddler movement classes are open for enrollment! The first session will start June 2nd. These classes will help you guide your baby in their first explorations of their bodies and the world around them. Share precious moments with your little one with songs, rhymes, dance and baby massage. Space is limited so email Garbi at to enroll today!

Baby Cookies

p1010264I love to bake. I love the smells, the feel of the the dough, and thinking up new ways to make nutritious treats. I especially love baking for babies. Something about feeding children is just so satisfying.
As soon as my little one was ready for solids, I started looking for recipes. Baby mum mums were a great occasional treat, but they have so much sugar. Dried mango was another option. He loved to suck on it, but I wanted something better. Something comforting. Something homemade.
So here is my recipe for baby cookies. They can be changed around to fit your baby’s needs and tastes.

What you need:
1 cup baby cereal (plain or flavored)

1 cup flour (white, whole wheat, rice…)

1 cup liquid (juice, water, formula or breastmilk)

2 or 3 TBSPs oil or apple sauce

What you do:

Preheat the oven. More options here. Put the oven on 200 for hard teething buiscits, 350 for softer cookies.

Mix liquid and apple sauce or oil. Add the cereal and mix well. The dough will be sticky.

Grease a cookie sheet. You can drop the dough by small spoonfuls on the sheet. You can roll it out and cut out shapes (use lots of flour on your work surface first). OR you can put the dough into a pastry bag (or a plastic bag with the corner cut off) and pipe the dough into rings or logs.

Then bake until they are done. I know that that is vague, but because the recipe has so many options so does the cook time. For hard biscuits cook on 200 until they dry out. If you want cookies bake at 350 until just brown.
Make sure to let them cool all the way before you put them into little hands. These, freeze really well. In fact I used to give them to my teether still frozen to sooth his gums.

Our favorite combo was plain rice cereal, apple juice, rice flour, and apple sauce. The rice flour makes the cookies dissolve quickly.

The Summertime Challenge

The warm weather is finally making it’s way to frosty Ithaca, NY. The sun is shining, and babies all over town are stretching out their legs, finally free of snow pants. It is time to put forth my summertime challenge.

Most cloth diapering parents can get on board with wool covers. Natural fibers, breathable, recycled… what’s not to love? But when the warm weather comes rolling in, most bail on their woolies. Those sweet little sweater butts lose their appeal when it is 75 and sunny.

I understand, really I do. I mean who would want to wear a wool sweater on a sunny day? Not me. But I’d choose that wool sweater over a trash bag in a heartbeat.

That is the part that is so easy to forget. It is not wool versus cotton. It is wool versus vinyl. So give your woollies a shot. Your baby will thank you. Since wool is so breathable, your baby will not overheat. And look how cute they are!