Hanukkah Treats for Babies and Toddlers


Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the re-dedication of the Holy Temple after it was reclaimed from the Syrian-Greeks more than 21 centuries ago. Fried foods are traditional fare during Hanukkah, commemorating the miracle of the Hanukkah oil that lasted eight days when it should have only last one.

Here are delicious Hanukkah recipes your toddler will love.

Toddler Treat: Potato Pancakes

2 medium Russet potatoes
2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 egg
2 Tbsp. flour
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
¼ tsp of each salt and pepper
Dash of nutmeg
Perfect Applesauce (see below for recipe)

Wash, peel and grate potatoes (for grating use a box grater or a food processor). In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat the egg, scallions, flour, salt, pepper, nutmeg and egg. Add potatoes and mix thoroughly.

Pour oil into a large, frying pan. The oil should cover the bottom of the pan about 1/8-inch deep. Heat oil on medium high heat. Using about 1/3 cup, drop the potato mixture into hot oil and flatten with the back of a spoon. Fry 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and keep warm in low oven until serving time. Repeat until all potato mixture is used.

Makes about 8 potato pancakes. Serve warm with applesauce

Perfect Applesauce

Cooking apples (such as Golden Delicious or McIntosh)
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1/3 cup water
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon

Wash, peel, and remove the core from the apples
Place apples, butter, sugar, water and cinnamon in a heavy pan.
Cook on low heat until apples are soft and mushy, about 25-30 minutes.

Make about 3 cups, 6 servings

About the author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food and the new book So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.

Christening Gift Ideas


Guest Post by Rebecca Jensen.
Rebecca is a blogger and freelance writer who loves writing about sewing, baby fashion, faith, and preserving memories. She currently writes for the handmade christening gown christening gown supplier cristeninggowns.com.

A baptism or christening is a special and significant event, marking the entry of a child into the path of faith. As per usual with such events, the child and the parents are presented with gifts to celebrate this milestone in their lives, and for friends, family, and well-wishers, the question becomes: What do we get them? As with any gift, what you choose will depend on both what the recipient is like and on your budget and preferences, but here are a few ideas—traditional and not-as-traditional—to get you started.

Children’s Bible, Children’s Book of Bible Stories: This kind of gift is by far one of the most popular for this particular occasion. The baptism has just taken place, symbolizing the entry into a life of devotion to God; what could be more fitting than to give a gift that helps foster that devotion? Bibles and books of Bible stories geared toward children can be very visually appealing and help the child learn lessons from the word of God even when they are very young.

Christian Jewelry: Sterling silver jewelry is a classic choice because it can be personalized and serves as a beautiful and lasting keepsake of the event. Popular choices include bracelets with the baby’s name (these can be for mom too!), cross pendants, or other jewelry with charms of religious significance. Keepsake boxes are also bought in addition to jewelry to help keep track of it until the child is old enough to appreciate it. Depending on the religious denomination, a child’s rosary might also be a fitting gift in this category.

Memory book: A memory book is not necessarily christening specific; it can be a wonderful gift for any occasion. Friends and family can write letters to the child and memories of their special day, and later the parents of the child can add pictures and keepsakes to complete this customized and cherished gift.

Keepsake toys: Silver rattles are a popular choice. Plush toys, like soft lambs or bears, are a softer and more cuddly option. Of course, when choosing plush toys, check for any parts that may fall off (or be chewed off) that may pose a choking hazard. Make sure the toy is wire-free, sturdily constructed, and washable, if possible, to endure lots of hugging.

Photo-related items: Photo-related items are a given for any memorable occasion. Photo frames and albums give the parents of the child a way to preserve and display memories of this special day. A picture of Jesus to place in the child’s room might be a thoughtful gift as well.

Shadow box: Shadow boxes are another form of memory gift that have limitless possibilities. A shadow box can be a beautiful way to display the christening gown and other mementos from the christening day.

Savings bond: Presenting a savings bond to the parents for their child is more practical than sentimental, but can be of lasting value and symbolizes your concern and care for the child’s future and seeing him or her through life.

There are many options available for christening gifts, but whatever you choose, remember that if you present it with thoughtfulness and love, your gift will be appreciated by those who receive it.

We think you’ll also enjoy:
Gift Ideas from Momscape’s Great Gifts Blog
Baby Shower Gift Ideas
Gift Ideas for New Moms

Cool Baby Things: Nap Nanny Chill + Coupon

NN Chill Green with Baby

Does your baby seem to sleep best in her car seat?

She’s not alone. Many babies sleep better when inclined, and now there’s a comfortable and safe little infant recliner designed just for them.

Created by a mother of two, the Nap Nanny Chill is much like a car seat in design – featuring a 30 degree angle for incline and support –  but it’s soft like a blanket, and stable like a mattress. Plus, there’s a safety harness to keep your baby right where she’s supposed to be.

The Nap Nanny Chill is lightweight and portable, and can be used when your baby is sleeping as well as when she’s eating. playing or just checking out her world.

(Note that you’ll want to stop using the Nap Nanny Chill for overnight use once your infant starts to sit up and becomes more active, usually at around 4 months. As with any baby product, you’ll want to make sure to observe all of the safety guidelines for your Nap Nanny Chill to keep your baby safe.)

You can find this new cool baby thing at specialty retailers across the United States, as well as at Babies R Us, buybuyBaby, RightStart and at www.napnanny.com

Nap Nanny chill in Safari

The Nap Nanny Chill in Safari

All you have to do is choose the color and fabric for your washable cover:  blue minky dot, camel minky flat, giraffe, lavender minky flat, pink minky dot, sage minky dot, oatmeal minky flat and platinum minky flat.  (Additional covers sold are separately for $49.99)

Nap Nanny Chill Coupon

Now here’s the exciting part:

The folks at NapNanny.com have generously offered to give Momscapers a discount: for the next three days, use code MSJJ913 at NapNanny.com to save 15%!


Cool Things – Wittlebee Kids Clothing Club + Wittlebee Coupon

Wittlebee Kids Clothing Club

Here’s something that can help you save money on kids’ clothes, and keep you out of the mall: Wittlebee Kids’ Clothing Club.

For $39.99, Wittlebee will ship you a box of new kids’ clothing items. Each box has a retail value of right around $100, so it’s a great way to add to your child’s existing clothing supply with some fun new items. (And who doesn’t love to get a box of goodies each month in the mail?)

Naturally, as your child grows, so can the sizes of the clothes you receive in your monthly box.

To get started, all you need to do is fill out a style profile, then you can talk with one of Wittlebee’s stylists so you can be sure your boxes will be properly customized (based on your personal preferences in terms of gender, sizes, color, and geographic location.) Each month, you’ll get 6 brand new items, which focus on the essentials: onesies or t-shirts, dresses, leggings and solid color items.

Wittlebee ships your boxes for free, you can cancel (or pause) your service at anytime, and the clothes are yours to keep. And here’s something else we know you’ll like: One for Onesie is Wittlebee’s social good program. For every box shipped, they donate a onesie to a child in need.

Learn more – or sign up here.

Wittlebee Coupon

We always like to have a coupon code or special offer to go along with the Things We Love, so….

Click this link to get $10 off your first month with Wittlebee! (Ends 12/31/12)


Cool Baby Things – gogo Kidz Travelmate Car Seat Stroller


I just saw this on the pages of Budget Travel magazine and immediately wished I’d had this when my kids were wee.

Available online from BabyEarth.com, the gogo Kidz Travelmate Car Seat Stroller is a convenient and safe attachment for your car seat. Instead of carrying your car seat and child through the airport, you can wheel them!

Check out this toddler and mama just cruising through baggage claim…


gogo Kidz Travelmate Car Seat Stroller
gogo Kidz Travelmate Car Seat Stroller
This thing is a must-have for parents traveling with toddlers. Because the FAA strongly recommends children under 40 lbs. be seated in a child car seat on an airplane, parents have had to haul their car seats through the airport, straining their backs, arms and patience. The gogo Kidz significantly lightens the load of parents on the go with toddlers and all their gear. Plus it eliminates the need to rent or borrow a car seat at your destination. It’s easy to mount and lays flat in the trunk or backseat of the car when not in use.

You might also want the carrying case, also available from BabyEarth.com:

gogo Kidz Travelmate Storage Bag
gogo Kidz Travelmate Storage Bag
The black, non-woven, drawstring bag folds up small when not in use.

And here are BabyEarth Coupons, when available.