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Babies Trying Pan Dulce For the First Time is the Instagram Content We Didn’t Know We Needed

There are few things more delicioso than pan dulce. Whether it’s served with café con leche or grabbed as a quick breakfast indulgence, it really is the perfect treat. This variety of sweet bread has become a big part of the Latinidad.

When we’re talking pan dulce, conchas, puerquitos, orejas and empanadas are just a few of the mouthwatering options. No matter which sweet bread is your fav, you can relive your first taste over and over again with every fresh bite.

Thanks to social media, we can also see the adorableness that comes with baby’s first sweet bread. Hashtags like #BabysFirstConcha or #BabySweetBread are where to go to find cute pics of babies taking their first bites of sweet pan dulce.

Here are some super cute pictures of babies eating their first pan dulce.

1. Enjoy your matching concha, preciosa.

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Just like the color pink, conchas are perfect for every occasion. This little preciosa doesn’t hold back as she takes a mighty chomp out of her pan dulce. From the looks of it, this first bite won’t be her last. Enjoy, mija.

2. Matching concha costume = GOALS.

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Pan dulce-themed birthday parties are now a thing — and we really wish they were back when we were kids. What better way to celebrate your special day than to dress like your favorite food. That frosting-covered face confirms how awesome pan dulce birthdays can be.

3. You don’t need teeth to enjoy pan dulce.

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Not having teeth doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying the goodness that is pan dulce. If you’re a babe taking your first bite, just working that sweet treat with the gums you’ve been given is good enough. Just imagine how much pan dulce this cutie will take down once he actually gets those baby teeth in.

4. Just a little nibble for now.

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While some babies might go mouth-first into their conchas, this little lady prefers to nibble. In her matching concha onesie, this sweetie is more proper with her first bite. However, once she gets a taste, there’s no doubt this little conchita will go pan dulce-crazy.

5. That smile says she knows this is going to be good.

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Look at the awe on her face. Look at that little grin. This baby knows she’s got something special in front of her. This pic was taken before the big chomp but that look on her face tells us it’s coming soon.

6. Nothing beats twinning with your pan dulce.

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Can you really claim conchas are your favorite food if you don’t regularly dress up like them. Twinning with your favorite pan dulce is an awesome look no matter what day it is. Top it off with a concha cake and you’ve got a party.

7. Pan dulce: the perfect party food.

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Piñatas and decorations are all well and good, but a real party needs one more ingredient — pan dulce. This little lady knows what’s up as she snacks on her vanilla concha. What’s even better is the absolutely gorgeous photoshoot she had to immortalize her first bite.

8. If you are what you eat, eat lots of conchas

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Have you ever seen a cuter conchita in your life? The answer is obviously no. This giggly little sweet bread is just as lovable as the pan dulce that she’s dressed as. Of course, her happy face could have something to do with all that colorful sugar.

9. Sweet like pan dulce.

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Those sweet, soulful eyes and that face buried into a soft concha are guaranteed to make you say, “Awwww.” This adorable shot doesn’t need any extra props or colorful backgrounds to make us swoon. If you don’t have baby fever yet, you probably do now.

10. Waiting for the sugar to kick in like…

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Her face is telling us a lot. Namely that this little chula is lost in the flavor of her delicious pan dulce. We can admit that this state of pre-sugar high is super relatable. At least baby will be able to enjoy a nice nap after that sugar hits.

11. When you can’t wait to get home to start digging in.

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Sometimes you can’t wait to get home from the panderia before you start digging into the pan dulce. This sweetheart didn’t even wait to get out of her car seat to start snacking. Also, did anyone else notice that this concha is as big as her head? That’s a big project she’s working on.

12. Conchas are serious business.

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Although this little preciosa has a serious look on her face, those puffed out cheeks give away her secret. They’re stuffed with yummy concha. She’s obviously contemplating which piece of pan dulce she should take down next.

13. Go ahead and take a big bite, mija!

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For her “Coco”-themed birthday party, this little cutie has everything from flower crowns to guitars to complete that mood. Of course that means she also has the ultimate treat, pan dulce. We wonder if she waited to blow out the candles before she dug in.

14. We know that feeling, baby girl.

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That feeling when the pan dulce hits that sweet craving just right. This little cutie looks like she’s experiencing just a bit of euphoria with that first bite. The matching concha tee and pink tutu really complete this adorable look.

15. Her face says it all.

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As perfect as pan dulce is, it’s also pretty messy. However, that mess is just proof that you’re thoroughly enjoying that sweet treat. This baby isn’t at all worried about the sugary mess on her face; she’s got her eyes on the prize.

16. Never too young for pan.

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While many babies have pan dulce parties for their first or second birthdays, this little lady just couldn’t wait. As a celebration for her nine month b-day, she not only had a taste of delicious pan dulce, she also had a little photoshoot to commemorate it. After all, you’re never too young for this sweetness.

17. Now that’s a mouthful!

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Some babies nibble, some take a practice bite before they jump in. This baby isn’t afraid to take the plunge and go at it with a big ol’ bite. We hope he approaches every challenge in his life with the same bravery and commitment.

18. La Princesa de Conchas.

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First of all, we LOVE this look. Secondly, this little princesa looks absolutely in love with that sweet bread. No doubt, this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship between conchas and this little cutie pie.

19. The look of true love.

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This sweet smile can only mean one thing: this little one is in love with pan dulce. The sweet simplicity of her first bites is what this list is all about. It’s a reminder of what pan dulce is all about: sugar, bread, and all things good in this world.

If You Want To Raise Your Child To Be Bilingual, Here Are Some Easy Tips To Make It Happen

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If You Want To Raise Your Child To Be Bilingual, Here Are Some Easy Tips To Make It Happen

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One of the biggest challenges faced by migrant families is deciding how to better get their kids to speak both languages. In the case of the Latino population in the United States and other Anglo countries, these idiomas are Spanish and English. Parents face the life altering decision of either fully embracing English at home or keeping the mother tongue alive. The choice might seem easy, but it involves a variety of factors. You might want your kid to be fully fluent in Spanish but don’t want them to feel left out when they go to school and their English is not there yet. You might be alone in the country and want your kids to fully assimilate, even though you don’t want them to lose your language and eventually forget your heritage. They say language shapes worlds and that is totally right: we use words to make sense of reality, to explain who we are to ourselves and to others.

Good news is, kids are really como esponjas, todo lo absorben. Children have an amazing capacity to assimilate words and concepts, and can easily switch from one language to the other if you give them the time and space to learn the difference between the two. By the time they are 18 months old, kids start categorizing the world: that is when they learn shapes, simple concepts like open/close and in/out, and also when they can start differentiating between languages. Like anything when it comes to parenting, there are no cookie cutter solutions or formulas, but here are some tips that can help out. 

No baby talk, ever.

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It is tempting to do baby talk with your little one. But it does them no good. Babies need to hear clear words, and going goo goo ga ga is not helping them. A good technique is to describe your actions: “I am changing your nappy, I am throwing it to the trash can, I am wiping your butt”. Or, the alternative: “Te estoy cambiando el pañal, ahora lo voy a tirar a la basura y te voy a limpiar las pompas”. Even if you are not raising a bilingual kid, this is the first rule: just dump the baby talk, porfas

Be proud of your heritage.

Children are much more intuitive than we give them credit for. In the current political climate, it is easy to fall into the trap and feel like being bilingual is shameful rather than something to be extremely proud of. Give racist gringos the metaphorical finger, chin up, speak up and show pride. If you are afraid of speaking Spanish your kid will be too. It is easier said than done, but establishing the richness of multiculturalism is the only way to make society more inclusive, poquito a poco

One parent speaks English, the other speaks Spanish.

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This is an approach that is easy to take if one of the parents is a gringo. Kids can quickly understand that a parent talks to them in Spanish and the other one in English, and as they are learning to talk and bulking up on their vocabulary, they can categorize words. This is much clearer than saying “agua, water” while pointing to glass, as it might be too much information that is not put into the Spanish or English mental drawers right away. Also, it creates a great sense of complicity between parent and chaparrito

Spanish only con los abuelitos.

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Another good strategy is to have the grandparents speak to the child in Spanish, which also creates a special bond with the child. If you are lucky enough to have your Spanish-speaking parents or in-laws in your city, program regular play dates slash Spanish lessons. This can also give you and your partner some time alone, or some relaxing me-time if you are a single parent. 

Language is fun, so don’t make it too serious.

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Play games in your native language. For example, ‘I spy’, bingo or memory, key activities for incorporating new words into your little one’s vocabulary. You can also play a good old-fashioned LOTERIA. 

Turn life into a lively musical!

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All kids love, love, love music. You can sing songs, dance and play music in Spanish. What about a daily dance session with La Sonora Santanera or Los Angeles Azules? Melody is a great way to help them remember things, as new information sticks to their tiny and amazing brains by repetition. You can also play English and Spanish versions of their favorite songs… Let it go, let it go…..! Libre soy, libre soy!

Never underestimate the importance of numbers.

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One of the first forms of abstraction that human beings learn is numbers. As your kids start counting, introduce both languages. There are some fun activities that you can do, such as taking them to the park and counting each push of the swing, first in English up to ten, luego hasta el diez. You can also get them to count characters or objects in books as you read to them at night. 

Teach them the Spanish version of key introductory phrases.

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“My name is…”, a key phrase that establishes a child’s individuality. There are such phrases that make social life possible. Teach your kids the Spanish formulation. 

Listen to the radio.

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Listen to radio programs in Spanish, including popular music programs and channels for kids. Thanks to services like Spotify it is easy now to listen to stations from all around the world. 

 Playtime!

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Organize playtime with other children who speak Spanish. This will be key for building lifelong friendships. Parenting can sometimes be isolating, so this will also be beneficial for you, as you will be able to express yourself in your mother tongue, which sometimes makes for more intimate and lasting friendships 

No te rindas.

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Like all things concerning parenting, raising a bilingual will involve plenty of patience on your part. Some days it might seem like your chiquito doesn’t want to say hola. However, just hearing you speak your native language will help your child learn it.

Yeah, sometimes your kids end up watching TV.

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But you can make the best of it in those times in which you feel you are the worst parent on Earth because you need to do the laundry or some work and your kids end up watching TV. Streaming services like Netflix provide the opportunity to change the language settings to Spanish, so the next time they watch PJ Masks or Paw Patrol they can actually learn some new words. Because dialogue in cartoons tends to be very descriptive, this will help them associate images and palabras

Attend cultural events in Spanish.

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Many communities in the United States organize events in Spanish, such as playtime, mother’s and father’s groups and concerts. Attend as many as possible, show your kid that your language is awesome, something that will open doors rather than close them. 

READ: This Bilingual Children’s Book Will Teach Little Ones About The First Latina Who Went To Space

For Frida Kahlo’s Birthday This Is An Ode To All Of The Cakes Made In Her Honor

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For Frida Kahlo’s Birthday This Is An Ode To All Of The Cakes Made In Her Honor

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo has long been one of the most recognizable global icons to come out of Latin America. The fierce Chicana was a deep poet and woman with an uncanny ability to communicate the many pains and joys of life through painting. Her life was full of struggle and love: she was sick for as long as she could remember, and her love life was repleted with ups and downs revolving around her relationship with fellow painter Diego Rivera. 

Throughout the world and the decades, she has inspired other painters, writers, filmmakers, and musicians to continue with her aesthetic legacy, which combines purely Mexican elements with fierce and unapologetic femininity. But she has also inspired bakers who create cakes that feature our great Frida and that encapsulates her philosophy: Viva la vida. Long live life! 

1. “I love you more than my own skin”, Frida told Diego, and we are sure he thought her skin was as sweet as this cake

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This cake’s autumn colors are cozy and also echo the deep orange hues of mamey, the most Mexican of fruits. We love it! 

2. If we were to title this beauty, we would use one of Fridita’s quotes: “I was a child who went about in a world of colors… “. This cake gives us all the childhood vibes. 

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Just look at this cake: it looks like a canvas splattered with oil during a crazy night of mezcal and fandango. Oh, yes!

3. This cake rinde tributo to Frida’s own favorite assets: “The most important part of the body is the brain. Of my face, I like the eyebrows and eyes” 

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The iconic eyebrows defied notions of Western beauty and have become an iconic visual element in Latino popular culture. 

4. “I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you”… and she left us her sweet spirit as a source of baking inspiration

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Frida loved animals. Diego and her kept xolos, traditional Aztec dogs, and monkeys. This cute design celebrates her love for all living things. 

5. A soul that was full of wisdom: “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” And a slice of nice cake can help us celebrate one more year, eh?

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Besides her self portraits, this is perhaps the most iconic Frida image that exists. A photo that captures her defiant, yet wise attitude towards life. What a great way to use it on a cake. 

6. “I paint flowers so they will not die”, she said, and this cake is like spring on a plate

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Red lips, black eyebrows and the flowers that Frida adored in life: nothing else is needed. 

7. “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”, said Frida, and this mariposa monarca does her philosophy justice

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We love the monarch butterfly that crowns this cake. It reminds us of how Frida personified personal transformation. 

8. Viva la vida! 

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This cake features the iconic blue house in which Frida and Diego created a universe of passion, occasional jealousy and passion for the arts.  

9. We take this edible Frida figurine over a gringa Barbie anyday

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Simple, and perhaps not the most elaborate design, but it has a rustic quality that we adore. We are sure that the birthday girl was so pleased. 

10. Look at that cute face: mischievous like our glorious painter

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This cute iteration of Frida gives us all the feelings. Ideal for a little girl’s party!

11. “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone because I am the person I know best”, said Friducha, and this cake le rinde tributo

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This is a bit uncanny…. un poco raro, but we love the David Lynch quality of the cake, the figurine and la festejada

12. Katerine is one lucky birthday girl: can we just eat those pearls already?

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Those edible pearls really give this Frida cake an elegant touch. We would love to enjoy a slice of this baby with a bottle of bubbly!

13. Papier mache and Frida: yes, porfis 

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Papel mache is one of the key elements of Mexican handicrafts, and this cake uses it to create an amazingly vibrant headpiece that screams “Fiesta!”. 

14. Look at this beauty, a huge floral arrangement that reminds us of a night in Oaxaca listening to huapango

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One of our favorites. The red hues remind us of Oaxaca, a region that Frida adored and that is home to some of the most famous Mexican painters of all time, such as Francisco Toledo and Rufino Tamayo. 

15. What about this cute and very Mexican creation? We are not sure if we wanna eat it or cuddle with it

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This is like a mix of Day of the Death and Frida aesthetics, a sort of Frida calaverita. We just want to sink our forks and teeth into it! 

16. We adore this minimalist design, elegant purple and the eyebrows that have inspired generations of Latinas

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Those cejas preciosas again! And those golden edible earrings… hope the celebrado got to eat them! 

17. Oh, such a sexy cake, almost as sexy as Frida’s thoughts on carnal pleasure: “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit”

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One of the most unique Frida cakes we found, The bouquet on top makes the cake worth it by itself, but the red cheeks spell all kinds of delicious. 

18. This cake for 100 guests is the best culinary representation of what Frida thought about what mattered in life: “Nothing is worth more than laughter”

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Can you imagine the faces of pure delight that the 100 people that ate this cake saw this beauty being cracked open, revealing its chocolate and Nutella, lemon and berries interior? Drooling! 

19. A Frida cake and books, doesn’t get better than this. She was an intelligent, fierce, independent woman who said: “I am my own muse”

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We can almost smell el cafecito de olla being brewed for the celebrada and the guests, and the smell of books and wood on a cold, rainy afternoon, 

20. Last, but certainly not least, our favorite… just look at that fierce woman and this piece of fine culinary art

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This is such an elegant design, inspired by pop art and featuring the deep eyes of Frida Kahlo, a woman like no other, a woman who contained multitudes. The eyes of a woman who said: “I must fight with all my strength so that the little positive things that my health allows me to do might be pointed toward helping the revolution. The only real reason for living.” The world would be much better with more individuals like her. 

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