Proud to Be A Mama Gift Giving

Proud to Be A Mama Gift Giving
By Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD and Mom


Are you in need of a last minute gift? Two weeks ago I found these great finds at the Citibabes Holiday Shopping Event. So read on to support moms and I am sure you will be known as one of the coolest gifters this season.

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Moms Are Rocking It. Here are five great companies with entrepreneurial moms and one with a dad that have great products worth gifting this season. So support other moms and give a healthy gift.


The Poncho Baby Nursing Cover – OMG this soft cover is amazing for private breastfeeding in public and can double as a stroller cover. This is the best baby shower gift or holiday gift for those expecting!! And the covers are made in the USA!! Such a cool concept for progressive moms in a big city!


Kalulu Kids – Just love this Brooklyn mom and her beautiful tunics for both boys and girls!! They are soft, super cool and versatile. I asked mom Milbert to make one for me. I love them so much that I want to wear them!!  Oh, they may look French, but these petite garments are proudly made in the USA and do not have a pretentious price tag!!

Little Duck Organics – Okay, so a dad of three started and runs this company. LDQ are cute and healthy snacks, but my favorite thing about this product is that the cups of grains come in a container that converts to a garden complete with seeds. After baby eats the cereal, plant the dish in some soil, water and watch it grow. Superfragilisticexpialidocious! Stuff stockings with these snacks or gift to new moms!!

Bitsy’s BrainFood – Want smart children? Want healthy kids? Two moms, Maggie and Alex have created the first educational cookie that contains omega 3 fatty acids. The cookies are letter shaped for education and contain omega 3 fatty acids for brain development. These intelligent moms got it right, because they put the correct form of omegas – DHA from a fish source in their cookies. And did I tell you they contain ½ serving of fruits and veggies? Yup! I am such a fan that I have now become their spokesperson!! Check out the educational and interactive site and look for my blogs in the grown up’s section.

Atolya – Another brilliant mom just started this brilliant company about two months ago. She is selling the most beautiful Turkish bath towels. Sima, mom and founder of Atolya is originally from Turkey where they use very soft but thin linens. So they absorb the water quickly but dry even faster. The towels are multipurpose!! They can be used for bathing, sun bathing, as a sarong or even as a throw. And they are super light so ideal for beach days or traveling. They are the perfect gift for a new home, a new couple, or a traveling family.


The Pursuit of Happiness and Health

This time of year is crazy for me, as I’m sure it is for many parents. There’s the holidays, both boys’ birthdays, volunteer work, Mom dinner nights (where all the classroom moms go to dinner), and of course, the never ending effort to feed our kids healthfully yet moderately through the holiday season.

Herein, a glance at some of the recent accomplishments and challenges on the home front.

Thanksgiving (without turkey)

So I decided not to bring any food for my boys to my sister’s house on Thanksgiving. This year, they would eat a Thanksgiving dinner or nothing at all. As expected, when it came time for the turkey, Bobby asked for mac and cheese. I held strong and said no, I will not make mac and cheese.

After careful consideration, he instead asked for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Damn, he is clever! I stood my ground though and told him to ask his father. So much for that plan; my husband then asked me.

Not wanting to create a scene on Thanksgiving, my husband eventually caved and made both boys a good old PB n’ J for Thanksgiving dinner. To be clear, while the rest of the family (and country, for that matter) scarfed down turkey and stuffing, my boys ate PB n’ J.

As a dietitian, this is an obvious dilemma. As a mom, though, I know that I have to pick my battles—a tactic that, this time, definitely worked. Bobby showed his effort to participate in the family meal by eating a small piece of cucumber. (Thank goodness for my one lick rule!) And Billy, without being prompted, asked to try a bite of pumpkin pie. See? Miracles do happen. J (By the way, Billy didn’t like the fresh whipped cream and wouldn’t eat the crust, but he did enjoy two forkfuls of pumpkin pie filling.)


Clementines are back in season, and I absolutely love them. I added a few segments to the boys’ plates, and this is what happened. Bobby licked his clementine and approved of its taste. Still, he didn’t end up eating it because he hated the texture. Billy, on the other hand, licked his clementine and immediately gave up. For now, he’ll stick to dried mango.


Two years after first tasting (and enjoying) one, Bobby informed me that he likes strawberry smoothies. He specifically recalls liking the one he made in nursery school two years ago!

Naturally, I immediately went out and bought frozen strawberries to make smoothies. Voila! It seems that both boys love eating strawberries—so long as they’re pulverized into a thick, icy drink. Turns out my kids have issues with the textures of certain foods. C’est la vie.

So as you see, while the boys may not have munched on turkey slices this November or fully swallowed a slice of Clementine, they, along with their picky palates, are beginning to expand. For now, flavors of foods are more easily accepted then certain textures (see above: Clementine), but it remains a work in progress.

I wonder what we’ll discover at their big birthday party this weekend! Stay tuned!