If you have a little one or multiple little ones in your house, you know all too well that cooking a meal or even making a snack is no easy task. As parents, we all become masters of doing things one-handed, but sometimes you just need both hands. Cooking is one of those times. Luckily, the Ergo gives us the option to have both hands free and have our little one snuggled up against us.
Here are my tips for cooking and babywearing:
- If you are going to be doing any sort of cutting you will want the baby in the side/hip or back carry positions.
- The front carry position works best, in my opinion, when doing simple, everyday things in the kitchen like making sandwiches for lunch, mixing a batch of cookies, making smoothies, etc.
- Use caution when cooking on the stove top, as grabby hands and heat don’t mix. Consider putting baby down for a period of time if you are working over a hot stove frying or sautéing. It’s just safest and keeps all limbs and hands out of reach of anything that could burn.
These frozen chocolate banana bites are an easy recipe to make to begin with and are a good way to get comfortable cooking and babywearing. If you have older kids, this is also a recipe they will love to help with.
Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 large bananas, sliced about 1/2″ thick pieces
2 tablespoons milk
- Arrange the banana pieces on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- In a small saucepan, heat the chocolate chips on low to medium-low heat. As the chocolate begins to melt, add the milk and stir continually until it is evenly melted. You can add more milk if you would like to thin out the chocolate a little bit. (Either use a microwave or put the baby down if using a saucepan!)
- Pour a spoonful of chocolate on top of each banana slice. Place baking sheet in freezer for 10-15 minutes minimum, this will harden the chocolate. You could eat them now, or if you prefer the bananas frozen, you will want to leave them in the freezer for a couple hours or up to overnight.
You and your children will love these as a snack or dessert to have on hand. We try to keep a container of them in the freezer to munch on after dinner, although it is hard to keep them around for too long because they are so good!