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:
Fruit to start with:
Applesauce - unsweetened
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
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!