Sunday, February 5, 2012

Homemade baby food

Of course I can go to the store and buy jars and jars of processed baby food and just chunk the jar in the trash, plus finding somewhere to store all of these jars in my pantry (no thanks). Spending the money on that makes it worth the convenience and ease, right? OOOOORRRR, I could just shove a banana into a processor and pop out the baby spoon (maybe dilute it a little with some breastmilk, only do this for the first few feedings until baby's tummy becomes accustomed). That seems pretty easy too. Plus I know exactly what my baby is eating and not wondering about mystery ingredients or factory handling (i keep hearing from all over "never trust a label"). There are so many wonderful ways to feed your baby homemade baby food without making it a big hassle. I DO recommend some sort of a food processor. Whether you have a fancy baby food maker or just a regular kitchen aid.

I personally feel that the age between 5 and 6 months is the perfect time to introduce solid food, after baby has been on infant cereal for about a month (again this is only MY personal preference). Starting baby off with only one food at a time is the safest way to determine any food allergies that may occur and is easier on babies stomach to try and digest one new food at a time. Too many different types of food may cause some upset tummies.

Veggies to start with:
Artichokes
Carrots
Corn
Green beans
Parsnips
Peas
Potato
Spinach
Squash
Sweet potato
Zucchini

Fruit to start with:
Apple
Applesauce - unsweetened
Apricot
Avacodo
Banana
Peach
Pear
Prunes

Washing, peeling, cooking and processing (even all the fruits with the exception of the banana and avocado) are a really important before feeding to baby. Starting baby off with more veggies than fruit at first is key, that way baby does not want the sweet stuff over the healthy stuff.

The baby food phase doesn't last too long, before you know it, in a couple of months, baby will be sitting at the table eating spaghetti with the family. So for this reason, I want to cherish the few months that I can determine every little thing my baby eats.

Keeping a food diary is probably helpful. That way you know what baby ate, when and how much. This may be beneficial if any allergic reactions occur or baby has an upset stomach, etc. You will know to hold off on those foods for a while.

THE BEST PART: You can take 20 minutes to wash, boil, and process a bag of frozen carrots and now you have enough carrots for 2 weeks worth of meals! Divide it up into food trays, pop it in the freezer. Grab one out when it's dinner time! How cool is that! SAVES YOU A TON OF MONEY! Plus, not throwing a bunch of jars and lids away and wasting potential baby food that could have been used. You can divide up YOURSELF exactly how much you think your baby is eating.

Storing: I suggest storing your babyfood in the freezer. You can divide it up into trays with dividers and lid, or put into freezer safe bags. You can purchase a few freezer trays to keep forever so you don't have to throw the bags away every time (wasting more money and adding more trash).

Aubrey's First Real Food: Banana


Processed:

The Supplies:
This kit cost about $20. It's the Kid Co 123 Baby Steps. Totally worth the money. It comes with 2 types of processors, 2 storage trays, an on the go meal plate, and a complete HOW TO guide!

First Taste! LOL

It's actually really fun to do this! You learn so much about food and organic food along the way!

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