Family traditions are a huge part of most families. Starting your own family presents an opportunity to create traditions that are all your own by either meshing family traditions brought in by you and your partner, or creating brand new ones.  

We asked our lovely ambassadors and the moms and dads here at Bambo Nature to share a favorite family tradition of theirs.

Celeste Wright (Instagram: @celeste_wright)

Celeste is a huge fan of Easter. Growing up her mom “treated Easter like the Christmas of spring” and she wanted to carry on that tradition with her own daughter. This past year they participated in a total of four Easter egg hunts and participated in her sister’s Easter tradition of throwing confetti filled eggs at one another following the egg hunt. To prep her daughter, Lila, for the Easter egg hunts, Celeste would hide large golden eggs around the house with small treats. She says, “She loved finding an egg and we had so much fun doing this together; it added a little bit of magic to our everyday routine.”

Jess Oakes (Instagram: @positively_oakes, Blog:

Jess celebrates Christmas Eve by making “a giant bed in the living room and watching movies together until it's bed time” which sounds pretty fun to us, too! She also loves teaching her son, Blake, the importance of giving back. “Every year around Thanksgiving/Christmas we pick one family to take presents to and it's a blast.”

Dani Marie Krum (Instagram: @danimariekrum, Blog:

Although simple, Dani's tradition with her family is something they look forward to every week. "On Saturday mornings when King wakes up, he comes into bed with Zach and I and we all snuggle, have tickle fights, and laugh until our stomachs ache. While it may seem silly to some, this is one of our favorite things that we do together as a family. I love that we start the weekend out with laughs, and time together."

Amanda Pahls (Instagram: @amandapahls, Blog:

Baking and cooking is something the Pahls family loves to do! "There's just something about being in the kitchen and getting to spend time as a family that I love so much!  My husband and I love the holiday season and wanted to start a special family tradition when we got married. We decided that Christmas morning we would wake up early and make each other whatever the other wanted. We go grocery shopping the week before and make sure we're stocked up to make each other whatever the other wants.... Sometimes we even start talking about what we want months before. Once our daughters were old enough to choose what they wanted, they too got to be included in the tradition! We want Christmas to be a day where we look forward to getting to celebrate and serve one another and spend time lavishing one another with something as simple but so very special as a meal we can all enjoy together!"

Jasmine Jones (Instagram: @Motherinfromwithin_)

Jasmine has started several traditions for her family, but her favorite involves a matching red bracelet. "The three of us always have on our red bracelets, usually on our left wrist unless it breaks on its own. When it breaks, I'm quick to hurry and get it back on. Wearing of the red bracelets is very common in a lot of religions and cultures. For us there's no religious or historical cultural reason, minus or own family culture we are creating. It simply means the best intentions, good luck, blessings and protection against the evil eye, those who don't wish us well, and the best blessings getting through situations that aren't the best. Lucas and I took a trip to Asia over the summer. While we were in Cambodia we visited Angkor Wat and a monk there did a flushing blessing on us (prayed and tied red bracelets on our wrist). It was very special to us, and he also blessed one for us to bring home to Alexander. For our little family it's something that ties us together even when we aren't physically together, it's a tradition we've started and are so happy to continue it for generations to come. Its sentimental, it's it's special to me and we will do it forever."




Tom Royster, Director of Sales at Abena North America

Our director of sales created a tradition out of love for a favorite TV show and of sports. "In my best ode to Seinfeld, I created “Festivus Trips” for my boys once they were old enough in a way to see the country and take in some great sporting venues.

Pigskin Festivus – This was the original annual trip that I put together that I take my boys and my father on.  We try and travel to at least one away Auburn game each year and they have been able to experience LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and will get to experience a Miami/FSU game this year.  Missouri will be on the schedule for next year!

Baseball Festivus – This came shortly after as a post-Memorial day trip to start the process of my boys seeing each baseball stadium in America.  They’ve now been able to see 11 of the ballparks and we have the rest scheduled out for the years to come.

Hoops Festivus -  This one began in 2014 as a Christmas time trip to visit NBA arenas and other cities that might not make it on the other trips.  We’ve visited New Orleans and Oklahoma City so far with Boston on the schedule for this year."


Nick & Roxanne Morganti, Controller at Abena North America

Nick and his wife Roxanne have created a very special tradition that has been since passed down to their adult children. "On each of my children's birthdays , I tell them the "story" of their birth day. It's the same story, year after year... but they both love it and feel special that I take the time to repeat it! My daughter, who is now 35 and is the mother of a two year old, has decided to continue this tradition. It's fun to remember all the details of each birth and repeating it yearly keeps the memories alive forever!"

Looking for more ideas? Try some of these:

  • Birthday Handprint  – Every year on your child’s birthday, paint a canvas any color you choose, grab a second color for the handprint, dip your little ones hand in the paint and place on the canvas. Add the age or date and watch as their handprint grows.
  • A Yearly Memory – Collect one item each year that resonates with a memory. It can be their favorite toy, a souvenir from a family trip or a book you read together.
  • First Day of School Jitter Juice – Give the kids a special yummy juice on the first day of school each year to help them calm their nerves. Draw a cute label for the bottle for an extra fun surprise.
  • Back to School Fairy – Have your kids leave their book bags outside their bedroom door the night before school starts. Fill up their bags with cute new school supplies and goodies with a note from the Back to School Fairy.
  • Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to show your kiddos some extra lovin’! Try covering their bedroom door with butcher paper and writing all of the things you love about them. Extra points for cute doodles!
  • A Family Gratitude Jar is a great way to teach your children to be thankful for every small awesome thing in their life. At the end of every day, before bedtime, have everyone write down one thing they’re grateful for that day and stick it in the jar. Have a big fancy dinner at the end of the month and pass the jar around reading the cards out loud.

What are some of your favorite family traditions? Leave us a comment below or tweet us at @BamboNatureUSA to share yours!

So you’re ready to introduce baby to food? Nervous? Excited? Maybe even a little sad about how quickly time has gone by? Whatever you’re feeling, introducing your little one to new foods is a fun and eventful experience; especially when you’ve decided to make the food yourself.

Photo credit: @kimberlynoelhildebrand,

Some important things to keep in mind:

  • Always introduce one food at a time. You want to give a minimum of 48-72 hours before introducing a new food. This will allow you to learn about any side effects or food allergies your baby may have.
  • At first your baby may not seem to enjoy any of the foods you introduce. Their pallets are new and inexperienced. Try a new food 4-10 times before completely cutting it out of their diet.
  • Sometimes babies may not like a particular food by itself, however if you mix it with something they enjoy (after you have eliminated the possibility of a food allergy) they will gobble it up. Different foods can bring out different tastes or disguise other foods. Have fun experimenting and trying new recipes!
  • The food may taste bland to you but never add seasonings to your baby’s foods.

The first step is figuring out what your baby is ready to eat.

4–6 Months Old

  • Some people choose to introduce pureed foods to their children around 4 months of age; most decide to wait until 6 months.
  • If your baby is able to hold their head up with no assistance and sit on their own, talk to your pediatrician about whether it’s a good time to introduce foods.
  • A common first food for babies at this stage is baby cereal. However, these commonly cause constipation, as they tend to be thick and a little heavy
  • Some easier foods to digest are common, bland fruits and veggies
  • Some vegetables to try: sweet potatoes, green beans, squash, corn, peas, carrots
  • Some fruits to try: apricots, peaches, apples, bananas, avocados, plums, kiwis, grapes
  • Remember to puree the food extremely well and test one food at a time, allowing a few days in between new foods to test for any allergies.
  • Also keep in mind that your breast milk or formula is still an incredibly important source of nutrients for your baby and should continue to be the main source of food, especially if you are introducing foods as early as 4 months.

6–8 Months Old

  • After baby’s body has grown accustomed to fruits and veggies, it’s a safe time to introduce some grains.
  • Oatmeal, rice, and quinoa are good places to start
  • Try mixing some oatmeal in with their fruits for breakfast in the mornings and rice or quinoa with their veggies at lunch and dinner.
  • Remember to introduce one at a time and never at the time you are introducing a new fruit or veggie – food allergies are common and you want to recognize any weird symptoms, including constipation (which can be a common side effect of grains or a common side effect of a gluten intolerance or even celiac – be sure to keep your pediatrician in the loop and never be afraid to ask questions).
  • After your baby has successfully eaten fruits and veggies, as well as gotten used to the grains, they will be ready to try meats (still pureed).
  • You will want to first introduce meats mixed in with vegetables, as a way to avoid shocking their system – avoid meats on their own at first.

8 Months Old

  • Around this time your baby may have started teething or even have a few teeth showing prominently! If so, you may start trying out finger foods, rather than just pureed foods.
  • Be sure each piece of food is nice and small – they aren’t able to completely chew food at this stage and will most likely be swallowing the pieces whole
  • Continue to offer a variety of different foods at each meal, even though they are finger foods now. Throw in some shredded chicken, pieces of avocado, some steamed carrots, and a little rice. 
  • Let them make a mess. This is an incredibly fun and important stage in their development – both physically and mentally.
  • Talk to your pediatrician about introducing egg yolks (not egg whites just yet – baby’s system is still too sensitive for some of the things in egg whites) – this will be a great source of protein in your baby’s diet.

9-10 Months Old

  • At this time your baby should be eating extremely well on their own and have been introduced to an enormous variety of fruits and veggies.
  • You may now begin experimenting with herbs and spices – again, this is very different from seasonings – no salts, nothing that you shake out of a bottle.
  • Try mixing in fresh rosemary, mint, parsley, basil, etc. with your baby’s meals.
  • If certain spices are common in your household, discuss them with your pediatrician before introducing them to your little one’s system.

10-12 Months Old

  • This is a common age to begin introducing yogurt, cottage cheese, and regular cheese to baby’s diet.
  • Remember to stay away from soy if you are a vegan household or still avoiding dairy products at this stage, unless otherwise instructed by your pediatrician.
  • The same rules apply with dairy based products as with fruits and veggies – one at a time with space in between to check for any allergies.
  • Breads and batters are great for baby at this time as well – pancakes, waffles, and toast are great starters and easy to make in gluten free form, should your mini-me have a sensitivity.

Photo credit: @positivelyoakes

Teaching your baby how to eat table food and learning their preferences is such a fun time in each of your lives. Don’t’ be afraid to try new and different things. Eating around the same time as your child, or even just sitting them at the table with you is a great way for them to learn through watching and socializing. Eating is a great developmental milestone in your baby’s life on a multitude of levels, so enjoy the mess and chaos of this time. Remember that your pediatrician, friends, and even social circles online can be a great resource and venue for tips and advice.

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