Wednesday, January 14, 2009
She likes it!
Remember when I showed you Baby L's look of concern over her first baby food experience? She really wasn't all that impressed with solid foods...at least not the kind that comes out of a jar.
I noticed when I made some homemade applesauce, that she gobbled it up. I've been wanting to make homemade baby food ever since I first watched Baby Boom when I was about 12, so I did a little research and found this site.
So far I've made sweet potatoes, pears, carrots, and bananas. Really all I'm doing is pureeing the food in the food processor. I boil it first if it is a fruit or vegetable that needs softening and add formula if it's too thick. You could add breast milk instead of the formula, but the breast pump and I have never been friends, so formula works for me.
This page is helpful for choosing first foods.
Once the baby food is made, just put it into an ice cube tray and cover it with plastic wrap. Freeze it. Once it's frozen, pop out the individual servings of baby food and put them in a freezer bag. Make sure to label the bag with the name of the food and the date it was frozen, so you know when you need to use it up or throw it out. Here's how long the food will last if frozen:
Cooked fruits and vegetables 1-3 months
Meat 1-2 months
Meat/vegetable combination 3-4 months
Egg yolks 1-2 months
What is this I see on Baby L's face? It's not a look of concern...could it be a look of intrigue?
Let's take another bite. Mmmmmmmm.
Oh, yes! That's the look we we're going for.
Really, it is so easy to make the baby food...just boil it, puree it, and freeze it. When she's ready it to eat, I pop a couple of cubes into a bowl and warm it up in the microwave. It's healthier for her and she likes it better. Good news all around.
Please do remember the four day rule when introducing new foods to your baby. Even though Baby L happily gobbled up her bananas the other day, she promptly began throwing up a couple of hours later. She also developed a rash around her mouth. As soon as she threw up all of the bananas, she was happy again. Is their even a such thing as a banana allergy? I don't know...but we won't be trying them again anytime soon. Pin It Now!