I’ve gotten a few questions about making my own baby food for Bud so I figured I’d just write a post about it. Whether you like it or not!
First off, it’s not as hard as you think! It’s actually pretty dang easy. It’s cheaper than buying the food in the store and you can make it in batches and it lasts you awhile! Bud watches me while I do it and I talk to him about the different kinds of food (I’m sure he knows what I’m talking about… right?)
Have you read Super Baby Food by Dr. Yaron? If you haven’t, I’d highly recommend it. It has everything you need to know about feeding your baby solids. She has tons of recipes and schedules about what they can eat and at what age.
Bud HATES rice cereal, still does. So, we actually switched to baby oatmeal instead. He downed that stuff! At first, we used the Earth’s Best baby oatmeal and mixed it with breastmilk. We tried it super runny at first and he couldn’t really get the hang of it so we thickened it up just a bit and that made it really yummy to him. Once we switched to oatmeal, we never went back. It’s still a grain, so it has the same fiber benefits, etc.
I now make my own baby oatmeal. I buy the big ole thing of old fashioned oats that I eat in the morning and just put a couple dry cups in the blender and blend it until its powder consistency. We did a few weeks of oatmeal, upping the quantity and frequency. We started it at supper, then added at breakfast, then added at lunch.
Then at 6 months, we started with sweet potatoes, then avocados, then pears, then bananas. We started with just about a tablespoon to make sure he didn’t have any reactions and followed the “Four Day Wait Rule”. He definitely didn’t love the avocados and bananas at first but now he LOVES them. So don’t give up if your kiddo doesn’t like something right away!
I cook the fruit and veggies (except bananas and avocado) and then put them in the food processor. Then, I pour it into the ice cube trays, cover them with foil and let it freeze. Then I pop those cubes out and put the food into freezer bags. I label them and put the date on there. Portion sizes… easy as that!
I batch cook on Sundays which lasts me for a couple weeks; that way I only get the food processor out once a week (code: only have to clean it once a week).
You’ll figure out your baby’s appetite and what he’ll eat/how much he’ll eat. For breakfast we do oatmeal with a fruit (apples, pears, mangos, and peaches are what we’ve tried so far). For lunch, we do a mashed up banana and a container of YoBaby Vanilla baby yogurt. For supper, we do oatmeal with 2 cubes of a veggie (squash, peas, cooked carrots, or sweet potato) and cubed up avocado. I still nurse him 4-5 times a day and I do it before I feed him solids, that way he’s still getting most of nourishment from me.
There you have it! If you have any questions at all, just holler at me! firstname.lastname@example.org