Mango & Brown Rice

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This sweet and savory combo is a great option for babies who are finger-feeding themselves, and works best with very ripe mango. If you prefer, stir in a little coconut milk for creamier consistency. We also like it with a mix of brown and wild rice.


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 peeled and diced mango
  • 1 lime
  1. Stir the rice and mango together in a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze the lime over the rice mixture, and stir to coat. Serve!

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Silly Hats

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At 11 months old, you’ve probably noticed your baby has quite the sense of humor. So play it up with some silly “hats”!

I collected a pile of items, none of which were actually hats: a colander, a soft book, a pair of shorts, beach buckets, and a box.

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One by one they went on my head. You can see from her expression that she knew mom was being silly. Here’s a big grin for the book.

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She tried it on next, to lots more giggles. Oh Mom you’re so silly: there’s a bucket on your head!

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The colander was a favorite.

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She kept handing me this one over and over, as if demanding a repeat performance. But wasn’t so sure she wanted it on her own head…

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The shorts got lots of laughs…

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…as did a soft purple box.

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She even seemed to want me to pile objects one on top of the other (because we all know moms wear many hats). What else could be a silly hat in your house? A tambourine?

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Something even sillier? Have fun with this one!

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Display Shelf

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It’s hard to believe, but my baby girl is almost 1 year old! That makes this a nice time to take stock of what’s in her room, the treasures she’s accumulated in one year, and to set up a surface that can become her sort of personal “museum” moving forward.

First, I just sat down to go through a few special items with Veronika. Everything from baptism gifts…

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…to music boxes…

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…to heirlooms from grandparents and even great-grandparents.

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It was a trip down memory lane for me, too, remembering back to her first few weeks and visitors. Meanwhile, Veronika just seemed delighted by all the items as I talked with her about them.

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Up on the shelf they went for display. My goal is to add to the shelf over time, including special framed pictures of Veronika and things that she’ll make or find over the years.

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What would go in your baby’s “museum”? Please share in the comments!