Introducing Solids - Homemade Baby Food
When Penny turned six months, we began introducing solids into her diet. I wanted to start her on just pureed foods for a few months, just until she gets the hang of this chewing business. I decided to make all of her food since I could make a bunch in bulk and freeze most of it. I bought this baby food maker which makes it very easy to steam and blend in one. It's also very easy to clean, and to me that is money well spent!
*Of course, you can also boil the food on the stove or even roast in the oven. You can also make all of your baby food in your crock pot or pressure cooker and then put in a blender to puree it.
Making baby food does not have to be time consuming or stressful. It's actually a lot easier than a lot of people think!
When you go grocery shopping, just pick up a couple of extra pieces of fruits or vegetables to make your purees.
Once I have my fruits and veggies that I plan to cook, I steam them up, blend them and then portion the food into these handy jars for the fridge and freezer. I usually portion about 1-2 tablespoons per jar.
On food prep day, I will put a few jars in the fridge to use that day and the next day and freeze the rest. I have been putting her lunch and dinner meals in the jars since they can go from the freezer or fridge straight into the microwave as I typically like to heat up those meals just a little. Each night, I'll pull a couple of jars from the freezer and pop them in the fridge to defrost overnight. The next day, I'll warm the jar in the microwave for about 15 seconds. I originally purchased these silicone trays, which I pretty much use for excess puree. The jars ended up being a bit more convenient for me.
For breakfast, I put the frozen fruit in these rubber mesh feeders which she loves since it feels good on her gums. I found these ice cube trays to put the fruit purees in to freeze. The trays are great because when you pop one out, they are very easy to immediately mash up with a fork and scoop right into the feeder. So far, I have used banana, avocados, blueberries, pears and peaches or a mix of two of these.
I typically give her a mesh feeder with fruit in the morning. For lunch and dinner, I give her a fruit and/or vegetable served warm and just spoon feed her. She isn't crazy about food at this point, but it is good to keep offering the foods, as it can take a baby some time to get used to the taste and textures. Food before a year is just for fun, so don't stress about it too much and just have fun with it! It's an exciting time for your baby!
Good luck on your baby food journey!
1.) A great baby food cookbook I received as a gift that I am loving!
2.) These are fantastic spoons from Avanchy. The long, slender bamboo handles make offering the food so easy! They also come in these fun colors.
3.) Another teether/feeder I am trying with some blueberry puree that was frozen in one of the ice cube trays.
4.) Pureed lima beans, frozen blueberry stick, frozen avocado and pear sticks.