There is so much excitement over each new change in a baby’s first year. One of my favorites new stages so far has been starting Everett on solid foods. It was even fun researching what should be a baby’s first foods?? As someone in the food industry, I’ve been asked many times, “Are you going to make your own baby food?” I really didn’t know what would go into making homemade baby food or creating baby food recipes but it was definitely something I wanted to explore. As it turns out, making your own baby food is easy, like ridiculously easy, I don’t even think I can justify saying I make homemade baby food. A more honest answer is – I mash up food and feed it to Everett, or occasionally I stick a half avocado and a tiny spoon in my purse so I can give Everett food on the go. Today, I’m here to tell you – You can do it – Make your own baby food, and here’s how…
The first foods to start with are these:
avocado – mash and serve
sweet potato – bake, remove skins, mash and serve
banana – mash and serve
rice cereal – try Nature’s Best or make your own (more on that soon!)
Then try these:
carrots – steam organic peeled carrots until soft, drain, mash or puree then serve
peas – steam frozen organic shelled peas until soft, drain, mash or puree then serve
pears – steam until soft, mash or puree then serve
green beans – steam fresh green beans until soft, drain, mash or puree then serve
Now you’re starting to get the idea. You’re going to become good at mashing and the blender is your new bff. Here are some recommended products for pureeing – Baby Food Mill, Immersion Blender, Classic Blender. My favorie resource for baby food is Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. She explains all about when to start feeding your baby, what to feed him, and how much/ how often. Here’s a quick reference guide
When to start: Start feeding solid foods at 6 months or when your baby has doubled their birth weight.
What to start with: Start with avocado, then move to sweet potatoes and bananas (stick to the same food for 4 days to make sure there is no allergy)
How much and when to feed: Feed your baby twice a day (mid- morning and mid- afternoon) about 1 -2 tablespoons. Let the baby eat as much as they’re hungry for. The amount will slowly increase to about the size of a jar of baby food.
Naturally, when you make a batch of sweet potatoes, or peas you’re going to end up with more than a weeks worth so I put half of the puree into a jar in the fridge then freeze the other half in ice cube trays (freeze then remove to a freezer safe bag). To defrost just stick the cubes in a jar in the fridge over night and they should be thawed by the next day. This batch should last you a few weeks (alternating meals with fresh bananas and avocado too).
Most of all have fun! It’s okay to let your little one play with their food – then they’ll enjoy eating even more! Take photos and enjoy every new change that comes!!