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Sweet Relief
June 7, 2010 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Can you imagine how it must feel for teeth to literally erupt through your gums? And being a helpless little tyke to boot? YOWCH! Many babies' are in the throes of their teething woes come 9-12 months of age, and exhausted, frustrated parents are left scrambling for ways to ease their pain.

To further complicate things, it's been widely reported that certain teething toys are made out of plastics containing phthalates, an ingestible, toxic substance that can leach into their saliva and be swallowed. Dental experts also say that biting on hard toys can sometimes damage a babies incoming teeth.

The good news? We've come up with a cool and nutritious way, in keeping with the spirit of the summer season, to safely soothe babies' painful, swollen gums -- a homemade smoothie pop!

"With all the ongoing discussion about the fear of teething gel packs erupting, and toxics in plastics, a frozen pop made with a proper mold can be a nutritious way to soothe an older baby's teeth," says Jennifer Perillo. "It's a positive way of literally providing comfort food. Plus, it's a great way to get them to eat fruit and even sneak in some veggies."

And all you have to do is gather the necessary ingredients, plug in your Cuisinart Blender, blend and freeze!

Take a gander at Jennifer's easy-to-make recipes for teether pops and offer your lil' one some sweet relief:

Feelin' Groovy Teether Pops
Most any berry will work, so feel free to experiment until you find a flavor combination your little one loves. You can swap carrot juice for orange to lower acidity and up your baby's veggie intake.

To make these pops, we advise you to use pre-made ice pop molds found in many large home supply stores and boutique culinary supply stores. Babies are much too young to handle a pop made in an ice tray with toothpick at this stage.

Off to the Tropics
Makes six 2-ounce pops

1 whole banana, peeled and cut into three chunks
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup mango, cubed
1/2 cup orange juice

Place banana, raspberries and mango in jar of your Cuisinart Blender. Add 1/2 cup of juice and blend to smoothie consistency. If mixture is too thick, add more juice, one tablespoon at a time, until smooth and pureed. Divide into ice pop molds and freeze until solid.

Berries n' Cream
Makes six 2-ounce pops

1 whole banana, peeled and cut into three chunks
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries, stems removed
1/2 cup milk

Place banana, blueberries and strawberries in jar of your Cuisinart Blender. Add milk and blend to smoothie consistency. If mixture is too thick, add more milk, one tablespoon at a time, until smooth and pureed. Divide into ice pop molds and freeze until solid.

TIP: Not sure how many ounces your ice pops hold? Fill one with water, and pour it into a measuring cup that has ounce markings printed on the side.

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