There is nothing like homemade food. On that note, there is nothing like homemade, yummy, organic baby food!
I started feeding Sofia solids at four months, she was showing all of the signs and being a larger baby (yes, my precious angel is in the 95th percentile!) she just wasn't getting enough from my breast milk anymore. It was so much fun to explore the options of making homemade baby food!
I purchased a small $15 Cuisinart food processor (some day I would like to get a bigger one, but this option works well right now and it definitely fit the budget!) and was given Tyler Florence's Start Fresh cookbook by my good friend Katie. What a great book! Not only is Tyler Florence a huge proponent of starting your baby on homemade, fresh, organic ingredients but he also completely prepares you step by step and includes some amazing recipes to get you off to the right start.
Right now, Sofia is only five months so she is still on single ingredient foods, but even so I am using Start Fresh as a reference book anytime I plan to make a new food.
So far, we have tried: avocado, carrots, apples, pears, peas, green beans, zucchini squash, brown rice and bananas. Sofia loves everything except the peas, green beans and brown rice. So I would say we are off to a great start!
My tips for those of you who are just starting out:
No. 1 - Definitely pick up some literature. I highly recommend Start Fresh by Tyler Florence, it is a great, well-rounded text.
No. 2 - Start with something more bland, if you start with something naturally sweet (i.e. apples, pears, bananas) you are setting the stage with sweetness and nothing will compare.
No. 3 - Make baby food all at once and freeze in ice cube trays, once frozen put into labeled freezer bags. Frozen baby food is good for up to six weeks. Even bananas can be cut into slices and frozen to be reheated for a meal. Yummy perfection!
No. 4 - Many fruits and vegetables come out watery after being defrosted, simply add some organic rice cereal or organic oatmeal to thicken. Not only will it thicken, but it will add much needed iron that breast fed babies don't get from mommy's milk.
No. 5 - Always wait 3-4 days between introducing new foods, if your baby has a reaction you definitely want to know what caused so it can be avoided.
Happy baby food making!