Our little dude is growing like a weed and nearly a month ago, at his four month appointment with the pediatrician, she advised getting started with solids.
There are mixed opinions among professionals about the ‘right’ time to start solids. Ours is in the “The Sooner, The Better” camp, explaining that studies are suggesting food allergies may be preventable if we start introducing our little ones to solids sooner.
I was given 3 rules with introducing foods:
1. no honey until age 1
2. don’t let him choke
3. introduce eggs before peanut butter (but don’t wait until age 1)
We didn’t waste any time and introduced rice cereal that night.
He LOVED it!
Now that we are through a handful of foods, ruling out any reactions, I’ve started making my own.
Now, hear me, making homemade baby food or choosing to purchase at the store are both equally great options. Not everyone has the time, resources, or desire to tackle this task at home. I will have a small supply of store bought in our cupboard in addition to what I make in my own kitchen. And really, I’m more an advocate for “Feed The Baby” than specialized rules for how and what you should feed the baby.
I’ve chosen the homemade route simply because I always imagined that I would, because it’s more cost effective (my cost for this first round was 17 cents per oz for organic baby food compared to about 32 cents per oz when purchased at the store), and because I then know exactly what’s in those little colorful jars of baby food.
This first round of baby food making I chose organic spinach, apples, blueberries, and bananas. I also picked up avocados but they weren’t quite ripe enough so I’ll be blending those up later this weekend.
Spinach isn’t a store-bought baby food option (unless it’s mixed with something else, and getting started that’s not the best idea) but it’s super high in iron which is super important for little ones brain development. After we give it an initial test drive for reactions I will combine it with homemade cereals/grains (which won’t be fortified with iron like store bought varieties are) and probably a sweet fruit to make it a bit more yummy.
Homemade baby food is actually quite simple, if you have the right supplies on hand.
Here’s what I used:
-3 oz baby food cups with lids that are BPA free, freezer and dishwasher safe
-Food Steamer (for this project I used my wok and steaming baskets simply because of the size)
-Spatula, Cutting Board, Knife
My efforts resulted in 77 oz of baby food in the freezer in less than 2 hours (start to finish, including all clean-up)