More on Solids!

Katy - posted on 02/04/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Is anybody making their own solids? This is the plan, but I am looking for success stories/suggestions. I have ordered a food mill and cookbook- but what about storage?

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Katy

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Alisha - posted on 02/06/2009

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Try 'Baby Cubes" for storing, they can be frozen and thawed in hot water or microwave. A hand whizzer is great for pureeing. I am currently doing sweet potato, potato, and carrot for my 5.5month old. Am still giving jarred fruit as I haven't been that adventurous yet.

Ashley - posted on 02/05/2009

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With banana I put it through the blender. I have a small rocket blender so it is only the size of a small cup which is great and easy to clean. It blends up smooth enough that he could eat it by itself...but I add it to his cereal to actually thicken it.

As for potatoes...I would add either breast milk or just boiled water to make it thinner. But once they get the hang of swallowing...you just have to make sure there is no lumps!

Maha - posted on 02/05/2009

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i have a question....i gave Tarek his first solid last monday, but i started with rice cereal...store bought....i have all these reciepes...i'm planning to move him onto bananas and later avocado....after that we'll try sweet potatoe....i know with the potatoes i have to steam and add milk or water before i feed him. but what do i do with the avacado and banana...once you mash them they are still too "solid" for babies.... do you add milk? can't figure it out...but i love his face while he's eating!

Tania - posted on 02/05/2009

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I make Aiden's meals myself. I don't eat jarred food, so why should my son (no offense to moms that do use jarred baby food). We just started last week and it is so much fun to see him enjoy solids. I got this baby cookbook at Williams & Sanoma - love it!! We have had zucchini, sweet potatoes, banana and he gets butternut squash & avocado tomorrow (for the first time). I too boil/steam, then puree and freeze in ice cube trays. The next day I transfer the cubes into a freezer bag and write date and content on the freezer bag. Frozen food stays good for 3 months. Also, initially give your baby 1 type of food for 3 days to see if there are any allergies to it - 3 days will give you enough time to see the reaction. Enjoy!!

Ashley - posted on 02/04/2009

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I boil or steam Henry's veggies and then put them in my rocket blender!! Puree the crap out of them and then place them in ice cube trays. Once they are frozen I move them to zip lock freezer bags and store. That way they take up less room in the freezer and I can keep making different flavors. It is also great, cause as he becomes more hungry you can just add another cube. The other thing my sister suggested is freezing them in silicone muffin tins as your portions get bigger!

Lisa - posted on 02/04/2009

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I make mine, either steam, boil or even cook in the microwave with a bit of water- then puree and put into ice cube trays to freeze blocks. This has been great for when baby's appetite gradually increases I think you waste less food by starting with one cube then up to 2, 3 etc.... Lily's favourites so far have been carrot, sweet potato, green beans, and pear. Not a fan of banana or apple.

Jessica - posted on 02/04/2009

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I make my daughters baby food and store it in those mini plastic tupperware cups. i got 8 of them for about 4 dollars



its really easy, just peal whatever you cook, chop it up into 1 inch chunks and then boil it until its soft and put it in a food processor. :) you can check out www.wholesomebabyfood.com for more information.

Venus - posted on 02/04/2009

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I use all organic stuff.  I chopped carrots, potato, squash, and a plantain. After that I boiled them along with a piece of Chicken for flavor. Then I blended them all together minus the chicken and he loves it mixed in his cereal and eating just like that.  I use the plastic gerber containers that the fruits come in which makes it a great and easy way to freeze.  Which is a great way to save on money. I am going to start adding meat in 2 weeks.  This is the only thing I have tried so far. 

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