I promised on instagram earlier this week that I would finally start blogging again. (p.s. I was encouraged by all of the feedback I received – THANK YOU, ladies!) I had several messages requesting this post! So, let’s chat baby food, shall we?
These days stores offer plenty of organic options for babies, thankfully. Squeeze pouches are great, especially for moms who are always on-the-go. But, to be real, the cost of the pre-made ones can really add up. (I just ordered these reusable squeeze pouches to attempt a DIY version for days we are out of the house. I will report back on how they work!) I figured out how to make homemade baby food when Davis was 6 months old, and I decided to make it a priority for Ridge as well.
It basically involves steaming, pureeing, and freezing healthy ingredients. So far I have only incorporated vegetables, fruits, oats, and quinoa. Ridge did really well with all of the purees from 5 1/2 months on. And now, at 8 months, he is alllll about picking up food and feeding himself, so we are including more finger foods in his meals. Honestly, it is d-r-a-m-a if we neglect to put some kind of food on his tray that he can pick up and put in his mouth himself. Gotta love it.
Baby Food Flavors:
- sweet potato
- butternut squash
- butternut squash with spinach*
- green pea
- broccoli with apple
- green bean with pear
- avocado with banana
- oatmeal with blueberries
- oatmeal with peaches
- oatmeal with strawberries and banana
- quinoa with strawberries
Ice cubes are around 1 oz each, so each of these puree cubes are around that amount. When we first started the purees, I just did 1 or 2 cubes at a time. Once Ridge got used to eating solids, we did 2-4 at each meal. By 7-8 months old, we were giving him 6 cubes for each meal. Now I give him a few cubes of purees plus some finger foods.
To make the vegetables and the pear:
To make the avocado and banana:
The avocado and banana is the simplest to prepare. Place a ripe avocado and a banana (or more of each) to a blender and puree. Then follow the same steps for freezing. Make sure the ice cube trays are wrapped tightly.
To make the grains combinations:
If you are in the market for a blender, I cannot recommend this one enough! Todd and I hesitated spending the money on a nice blender for years, but I am very glad we bought a Vitamix. And this one is refurbished, not too terribly expensive, and completely worth the money.