When I had Brett I was so excited to start feeding him baby food that as soon as he hit 4 months I had everything ready. He was actually ready and LOVED his first bites. My whole family thought it was hilarious because every bite he took he would say, “Hmmmm”. I know I recorded his first bites but I looked through all my hard drives and I couldn’t find it. Boo. Here is a picture of little Makenna instead.
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Makenna is just about 6 months and I’ve been in no rush to get started. She actually just started eating last week. After much debate, I decided to go ahead and feed her rice cereal first. I posted a link on Facebook a while back asking for opinions about feeding babies rice cereal and lets just say a lot of people are very opinionated on the subject. After much thought, reading a few unbiased articles, and talking with my pediatrician I decided to go ahead and use it.
So now it’s time to start making some baby food. I have always loved making baby food and have done so for all my kids. Not because I think that the stuff you buy at the store isn’t any good or anything but simply because it’s so easy to make. I traditionally start out with veggies like squash, green beans, carrots, and peas. I made the mistake of introducing fruit to one of my kids too soon and I think that’s why he’s never been a good veggie eater. Who really knows though? So for now I’m just going to make veggie baby food and I’ll eventually start giving her mashed banana with oatmeal in the mornings.
Always use caution when making or handling baby food. Cook foods throughly, do not use the steam water from cooking, do not leave out at room temperature for more than 1 hour, do not freeze for more than 1 month, reheat in microwave only. See more food safety tips here.
I recently got a bountiful basket(if you’ve never heard of these quickly check to see if it’s available in your area because it’s awesome!) that had both carrots and acorn squash so I’m going to make that along with some green beans. Green beans I find are easiest to pickup in the frozen section(make sure no salt is added). Simply steam your vegetables without adding anything extra (salt, butter, etc.) and then blend it up! No fancy baby bullet or baby food jars needed. If you’re having a hard time getting your foods to blend add some breast milk, formula, or water.
Pour blended foods into ice cube trays and freeze for a few hours. Remove from tray and keep in freezer bags for easy use.
Don’t get me wrong, buying baby food is probably a lot easier but you’re missing out on some fun and a feeling of accomplishment when you don’t make it yourself.
Like I said, I have nothing against boughten baby food. Here is my stockpile of baby food pouches I got couponing for about .07 each a while back. These will be perfect for summer vacations when no cooler is available to keep my homemade food cool.
Do you make your own baby food? I’d love to hear your babies favorites in the comments below!
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