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If you know me outside of the blog, you know I am laughing at myself regarding the title of today's post. Should I have asked Meghan Trainor for the rights? Hehe.
Anywaaaaay, I am sharing my experience thus far with homemade baby food. Finding what Madeline likes and dislikes has been pretty easy. She sure lets me know! The complete avoidance and sealed lips that I nostalgically call "the green pea incident" has yet to happen again. Mads' favorites include avocados, mangoes, bananas, apples and pears. She will tolerate sweet potatoes- usually after I mix a little apple or pear in there. I also try to sneak ground oatmeal into her apples, pears and mangoes for a little more sustenance.
This post isn't necesarily about what foods my daughter likes and dislikes but has to do more with the products I use. I registered and received the Baby Bullet for my baby shower. It is pretty awesome! There are much more expensive baby food systems out there, but honestly I am not sure why people bother with them. The Baby Bullet is under $60. Along with a cheap metal steamer, and maybe some extra tot-sized tupperware, you don't need much by means of supplies.
With the Baby Bullet comes this silicone freezer tray. So I have tried making double to triple batches of food and then just froze what wouldn't last longer than three days.
Unnnnnnfortunately, not all foods freeze effectively. Many of the foods become grainy after thawing. I don't know about your little babe, but mine just isn't that picky. But for some reason, the texture of her food bothers her. No matter how finely I puree the food, it still turns out grainy after spending any amount of time in the freezer.
The solution to this is to make food in small batches. I've begun making food for only as long as it will last- about 3 days. There are foods that survive better than others. For instance, avocadoes and bananas DO NOT LAST. They turn brown no matter what I try. So if Mads is having bananas, I toss a half of banana in the short cut, add a little water and oatmeal, and serve it to her right then and there. It forces me to eat the other half of the banana too!
Avocados on the other hand are a downright mystery to me. I am sure there is some scientific reasoning as to why the darn fruit doesn't hold its color (and flavor) but I have chosen not to research it and just continue being mad about it. You can try to tell me that lemon juice, lime juice or keeping the pit in the guacamole will keep it from turning but this is plain malarky.
Because I want Mads to get all those good fats, I generally make the avocado and eat the rest for myself. Occassionally I will make a whole batch and just scrape off the brown layer on top before feeding it to her. I know there is nothing wrong with the brown layer, but it just doesn't taste good!
Back to the Baby Bullet real quick... this appliance is a must have if you are considering making your own baby food. It is powerful and compact. There is no need for one of those big, bulky, billion-in-one chopper/steamer/puree/heater things.
From Vegies and Fruit to Meat
At Madeline's six-month appointment her pediatrician told me that I could introduce meat into her diet. I felt really uncomfortable with this. I mean, she only started putting food in her mouth 2 months ago. Meat is stringy and chewy. How could this possibly translate to pureed food?
After looking through a number of baby food books, I have decided to put off the introduction of meat. No where in any of the books is there a suggestions of adding meats so early. The Baby Bullet food guide has a pretty generic age guide that I loosely follow. But, babybullet.com has blocked me from enlarging the gif to show you. Babycenter.com has a pretty good guide but they do suggest meat at around 6 months. I plan on skipping meat until at least 9 months.
Sue Gilbert, a consulting nutritionist for Earth's Best products (I feed their oatmeal to Mads) has the following to say about feeding babies meat:
There is no need for your baby to eat meat, even when he reaches the age where it would be appropriate to introduce it to him. Meat is just one of the choices from the 'protein' group
This isn't any different than with an adult. But babies are still on formula, where they are already getting their protein.
Why I Make My Own Baby Food
I have inundated you with reading material today. IIIIIII'm sorrrrrrry. I feel as though we need to discuss one more thing before I let you get back to your work/cleaing/workout/shopping/facebooking.
Why do I bother making my own baby food afterall? I mean, can't I get perfectly good, organic baby food at Target or my grocery store? Well, yes. But one important thing is missing: FRESHNESS.
Yes, I can get my hands on organic baby food. Many, including Earth's Best are Non-GMO and contain no preservatives. But I really enjoy knowing EXACTLY what is going into my daughter's food. I enjoy cutting the whole fruit and mixing it with only water. I do buy organic fruit for the baby. I am not as picky for Danny and I.
The number one reason not to buy baby food is cost. Making your own baby food saves mucho mulah! Don't beleive me? Check out the chart below.
Sorry for blabbering on and on about baby food! As many of you know, I don't have many friends with kids and I look for an opportunity to share what I am experiencing at any given stage. I always love hearing experiences and comments :)
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About the Author
I am Dom. A mom, teacher, novice writer, cook, wine drinker, and so much more- filling the internet with unsolicited stories, questions, dreams, recipes, and advice. I'll be the voice that tells you what everyone is wondering but no one wants to ask!