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Kelly - Homemade baby food

I figured I'd start a new thread for this just in case anyone else wanted to read it too.

I started with homemade baby food the same time that I started the jarred stuff. The first thing we tried was bananas - I just mashed it up with a little water to thin it out - and she hated it. Later I figured out that she much prefers just a piece of banana in the mesh feeder (which are great, btw, but are a b!tch to clean.)

The next thing we tried was avocado. I just let it get really ripe and I mushed it up with a little of our ready-to-feed formula. She liked this better, and I think she liked that the formula made it creamy. I have also given her bites of avocado without formula in them though, and she likes that too.

Next, I did a butternut squash. This was a little more complicated, but still easy. I just cut the squash in half, cleaned out the seeds, and placed it face down on a greased baking sheet. I baked it in the oven for probably an hour or so, until it got really, really soft. Then I took it out and let it cool, then scooped all the pulp into my blender and added a little formula. I blended it together until smooth, then poured it into ice cube trays to make individual servings. I froze those and then popped them out and put them in a ziploc bag. Whenever I serve it to her, I will just put it in a dish and let it thaw in the fridge, or just microwave it until smooth and then let it cool. She loves it!

The last thing I've done for her is mashed potatoes. Well, really I did them for us but I let her have some. She really loves them! I just peel and dice up the potatoes, I usually use whatever kind I have. Russet, Yukon Gold, Red Skin, whatever. Anyway, then I just boil them with salted water until they're super super soft. If you poke them with a fork and they fall apart, they're done. I drain the potatoes and then beat them with the wire whisk attachment on my KA with milk and butter until smooth. I was concerned about giving her something with dairy in it at first, so the first time I gave it to her I only gave her a few bites. It didn't seem to bother her, so the next time I let her have more. I took out her portion before I put any seasoning in the potatoes, as I wasn't sure if pepper was okay for her to have, but I researched a little after the fact and apparently it's fine.

I also let her have some stuffing at thanksgiving and she loooooved it.

I hope this is helpful! It's really easy to make your own baby food. I don't do it all the time, but it's kind of fun. But basically, wish any fruit or veggie, if you just cook it until it's super super soft and then blend it up with some water, BM, or formula, it works!

Re: Kelly - Homemade baby food

  • Thank you so much!  When did you start giving her solids?  I know our pedi started him a little earlier than some so don't know if using real food is something we should wait closer to 6 months to do???
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  • We started with plain rice cereal at 4 months, both in bottle and from a bowl, just to get her used to eating from a spoon. She never had much trouble though. At about 4 1/2 months we started adding baby food to the cereal to introduce new flavors, and then at 5 months we started with straight baby food. She never had any trouble with rejecting foods or textures. She pretty much eats anything we put in front of her, and she's been showing interest in what we're eating since she was about 2 1/2 months old. So, we felt like she was ready.
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