Six whole months (plus) has gone by since Eloise made her debute. I swear it feels like she was just so snug in my belly! She’s smiley, loves to watch what’s going on around her, hates (and I mean HATES) to be alone/put down, rolls over (when she feels like it) and can sit all on her own! I need time to slow down a bit. Please!
We had her 6 month well visit last week and our doctor gave us the thumbs up for solid food. So exciting! I made all of my own baby food with Madeleine and really loved every moment of it. It was fun to experiment with different combinations and see what she liked/didn’t like and I feel like it saved us money. You’d be surprised to see how much baby food just one sweet potato will make!
I tried to follow some basic rules when I started Madeleine on solids. We started with veggies and worked towards the fruits. I made it a point to try one food out for 3ish days to make sure there were no allergies and I always nurse, wait an hour or so and then offer foods. Our doctors office says that “food before one is just for fun” so I like to make sure she gets what she needs from my breast milk and then go from there. Sunday is prep day for me. In the beginning when we are just trying things out I pick up a small amount if each item (1 large sweet potato, 4 small applees…etc)- you don’t have to go crazy. I steam/roast all of my fruits and veggies, puree and freeze. I use a tiny bit of water to initially puree the foods (you can usually use the cooking water!) and then add breastmilk right before I serve it to her. Most purees will last 3 days in the refrigerator and usually around 3 months in the freezer. Each night I’ll take a cube out and let it thaw so it will be ready for the next day. So easy! I feel like the process of making baby food can seem really intimidating to some people but it’s really not! To help you get started on the right track here are a few things that I find come in super handy.
- This long silicone spatula comes in handy when you are trying to really get in there and scrape the purees out of your food processor/blender. I also use it to spread the puree out after I put it in the ice cube trays to freeze.
- I recently had the pleasure of trying out is the Nuby Mash N’ Feed. It’s great for quick foods that don’t need to be cooked and when you don’t feel like busting out a food processor. I also love that it comes with a lid and a spoon so I can toss it in my diaper bag and bring it with us for on the go feeding.
- Baby food cookbooks. Do you absolutely need one? Probably not. Do you want one? Yes. There is a TON of great info in these books! Timelines, recipes, freezing info.. It’s all in there! Most books also have really yummy dinner ides for toddlers too.
- A steamer basket. I love this basic one because it fits into my large pot.
- A food processor. Or blender, baby bullet, immersion blender- any of these will do! I just got this food processor for Christmas- aaamazing!
- 4oz Mason jars are great for storing fresh baby food in the fridge!
- These ice cube trays are a little pricey but they are awesome! They’re 1 ounce portions so it makes it easy to mix and match foods when your babe gets a little older. Super easy to pop out and clean. They also come in fun colors (and you get two in a pack)
I’d LOVE to hear about your experiences making baby food! Follow me on Instagram @roseandmarigold and use #RMfoodadventures on to share your creations and connect with other mamas!